Between now and January 4 – ‘the street date’ of Radar’s annual January takeover issue – we’re going to be counting down the artists that didn’t quite make our 20 big guns in the mag.

Calgary’s Braids have been causing a late stir in the shimmery, glistening waters of 2010’s deconstructed avant-indie. But cool waters will inevitably be running deeper in ‘011 with full length releases slated and debut UK shows planned.

In the new issue – 20 bands you need to hear in 2011

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