Imagine Dragons is a four-piece rock band based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The group's name is an anagram, the original word(s) for which are unknown except to the members of the band. The band released two EPs titled Imagine Dragons EP and Hell and Silence EP in 2010. Another EP, It's Time, was made before they signed a record deal.
The Temper Trap is an Australian indie rock band that formed in 2005. The core members are Dougy Mandagi on vocals, Jonathon Aherne on bass guitar, Toby Dundas on drums, Lorenzo Sillitto on lead guitar and Joseph Greer on keyboards and guitar. The Temper Trap's eponymous second album was released in 2012.
Foster the People is an American indie pop band formed in Los Angeles, California in 2009. The group is composed of Mark Foster, Cubbie Fink, and Mark Pontius. The group's music, described as melodic dance-infused pop and rock, spans many genres. "Pumped Up Kicks" became a crossover hit on commercial radio in mid-2011.
The Black Keys is an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The group began as an independent act founded after the duo dropped out of college, and they eventually emerged among a second wave of popular garage rock revival artists from the 2000s.
The Lumineers are a rock band, based in Denver, Colorado. The band consists of founding members and songwriters singer Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites. Neyla Pekarek joined the band in 2010 after responding to a Craigslist ad. Two additional fulltime members Stelth Ulvang (piano), and Ben Wahamaki (bass), were added in 2012.
Fun is an American indie pop band based in New York City that was formed by Nate Ruess, formerly of The Format. After the breakup of The Format, Ruess formed Fun with Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff, of Anathallo and Steel Train, respectively. The band is best known for its three hit singles: "We Are Young", "Some Nights," and "Carry On."
MGMT's first album, Oracular Spectacular, debuted at No. 12 on the UK album chart, was number 13 after 34 weeks in the New Zealand RIANZ charts, and hit number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. It has also been named the 18th best album of the decade by Rolling Stone magazine. It was named the best album of 2008 by NME.
Miike Snow was formed in 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden. Band members Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg were childhood friends who spent time playing in bands and working on various projects in studios throughout the city of Gothenburg. Karlsson used to be a member of Swedish hip-hop band Goldmine, who toured with The Fugees.