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Yung (DK)

21-year-old Mikkel Holm Silkjær named his first band for a Big Lebowski reference, which gives a sense of the kind of left-field humor and existential darkness that inhabits his particular breed of melody-driven punk. Yung is not Silkjær’s first band, but it’s the one where he put all the songs that didn’t fit anywhere else, the ones that felt too self-driven to try out in a group setting. Raised by two music obsessives, his initial impulse was to avoid music all together. That adolescent rebellion lasted until he was about 16 and then quickly melted away, re-emerging as an insistent, hooky, and bright strain of punk rock.

For the last five years or so, Silkjær has been writing and recording songs at home as Yung. No one else ...

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Mean Jeans (US)

The Ramones have probably surpassed the Beatles as the most imitated band on the planet. Mean Jeans began as a tribute to Ramones ripoff bands, but the Portland, Ore., outfit’s debut album, Are You Serious? (Dirtnap), sounds like these guys sneaked into Hollywood Forever Cemetery and smoked the ashes of Johnny and Dee Dee. A million bands go for this formula and fail, but Mean Jeans seem to have been injecting and snorting the formula for years. Download lead track “Born On A Saturday Night” below. Read more on . User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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