Best Brooklyn Band Named After a Member of the 'Axis of Evil' - 2005
Noise-pop purveyor Aaron Aites, a/k/a IRAN, belts out some of Brooklyn's loveliest below-the-radar sounds. Generally a one-man bedroom project, he records and plays occasional shows with TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and a revolving cast. Surprisingly, Aites's forthcoming album eschews crackly lo-fi for multi-track, marching-band high. This, coupled with the eventual release of his expansive documentary on Norwegian Black Metal, should find Aites on the verge of a higher profile just in time for W.'s invasion of his namesake.