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The rebirth of US indie rock

  • In This week's NME (on shelves May 26) we check out the very best in US indie. First up, there's Wild Nothing. For fans of: Television, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Sonic Youth. Essential track: Their cover of 'Cloudbusting' by Kate Bush.

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  • Warpaint - the prog-pink grrrl gang. For fans of: Sonic Youth, Mazzy Star, The Breeders. Essential track: 'Billie Holiday'.

    Photo: Dan Dennison

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  • Titus Andronicus - blue-collar indie-punk grafters. For fans of: Dinosaur Jr, The Hold Steady, The Replacements. Essential album: Don't download, but buy their entire second album, 'The Monitor' their concept record about the American civil war out now on XL/Merok.

    Photo: Guy Eppel

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  • Surfer Blood - sun-drenched slacker genius. For fans of: Pixies, Weezer, Yo La Tengo. Essential track: 'Harmonix'.

    Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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  • Pure Ecstasy - the reincarnation comedown kids. For fans of: Animal Collective, Yeasayer, Slint. Essential track: 'Voices'.

    Photo: Ben Aqua

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  • Harlem - snotrag dust-punk heartbreakers. For fans of: The Black Lips Richard Hell, Royal Trux. Essential track: 'Be Your Baby'.

    Photo: Ben Rowland

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  • The National - stately romantic miserablists. For fans of: Death Cab For Cutie, Nick Cave, Tindersticks, Arcade Fire. Essential track: 'Sorrow', 'Terrible Love', 'Anybody’s Ghost'.

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  • Hunx & His Punx - the ga(y)rage rock icon. For fans of: Jay Reatard, The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las. Essential track: 'U Don't Like Rock'n'Roll' (featuring such lyrical back-handers as ‘You like Morrissey/You like U2/What the fuck is wrong with you’)

    Photo: Guy Eppel

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  • Gauntlet Hair - nuclear pop to go deaf to. For fans of: Pussy Galore, Big Black, Nirvana. Essential track: 'I Was Thinking'.

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  • Freelance Whales - glockenspiel-loving futuristic folkies. For fans of: Smashing Pumpkins, Death Cab For Cutie, Decemberists. Essential track: 'Starring'.

    Photo: Ben Rowland

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  • Strange Boys - the garage-rock torch bearers. For fans of: Tom Petty, 13th Floor Elevators, The Sonics. Essential track: 'Laugh At Sex, Not Her'.

    Photo: Tom Martin

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  • Avi Buffalo - sundrenched tenn slackers. For fans of: The Shins, Pavement. Essential track: 'What’s In It For Me?'

    Photo: Pamela Littky

    Added: 26 May 2010