Best New Arrival to NYC (2008)

Out Hud

Sacramento transplants OUT HUD (who overlap with the also-mighty band named !!!) are doing something nobody else here is doing: dense, pungent instrumental groove-wave with a bold hand on a mixing board full of dub effects. At a kickass Knitting Factory gig recently, they evoked New Order in the "Perfect Kiss" video: clean electronics and dirty electricity rubbing up against each other, unable to pull themselves apart. Their occasional cello is a nice touch, too. A full album (following a handful of singles) is due later this year.