Darlene (Cincinnati)
Indie Pop

After six years years of making the danciest, poppiest (and most sonically dense) Dance Pop imaginable, Darlene finally hauled their shaking asses back into the studio to follow up their debut EP, 2008’s Studio of Beauty, and officially documented the madness that they had been spreading like a shimmy-transmitted disease. The result was Shiny & Bright, Darlene’s first full-length and one of the best albums of last year, this year or any other time-measured unit you’d care to name. Sparkling harmonies, rock-steady percussion, megabass rumble and guitar screed from the Ira Kaplan School of Happy Noise. Darlene? Love.

YDIIYD: Sonic Youth as a Shonen Knife tribute band. (BB)