Band Name: Foals
Members: Yannis Philippakis (vocals, guitar), Jimmy Smith (guitar), Edwin Congreave (keyboards), Walter Gervers (bass), Jack Bevan (drums)
Associated with: The Edmund Fitzgerald, Face Meets Grill, Youthmovies
Their math rock is: dance-y, techno-y, glamorous, spacey
They are cool because: NME magazine put Yannis at #47 on their 2007 Cool List.
News: Full length album, Antidotes, drops March, produced by Dave Sitek of TV On the Radio, then remixed after Dave's sound unanimously rejected
Video for "Balloons"
Band Name: Battles
Members: Tyondai Braxton (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Ian Williams (guitar, keyboards), Dave Konopka (bass, guitar, effects), John Stanier (drums)
From: New York City
Associated with: Helmet, Don Caballero, Lynx, Anthony Braxton
Their math rock is: funky, futuristic, sometimes frightening
They are cool because: NME magazine voted Atlas "Best Single of the Week" one week.
News: Playing Big Day Out, annual music festival held in Australia and New Zealand, going on as I type.