HQ: New York City
CHECK OUT: '07 (self released ; www.thevirgins.net)
ROCKS LIKE: Jonathan Richman, The Bee Gees, Flight of the Conchords
Sorry, haters everywhere, but The Virgins' seemingly have it all. The strength of the artfully disinterested, lo-fi indie on their debut EP -- not to mention heir apparent status to the LES hipster throne -- jumpstarted a leap to Atlantic Records for their forthcoming record amidst a hail of fawning press coverage (like this). And for good reason: "Rich Girls," a bouncy, shambling, disco-bass party jam dripping with wry sarcasm is the catchiest song of the year. No joke. While they still haven't figured out exactly what they sound like, said singer Donald Cumming, expect plenty more dance grooves. "I've always gone to nightclubs and danced since I was kid," said the one time Ryan Mcginley model unashamed to admit he spent the day at home watching Walter Matthau movies. "It just made sense that we would make music that we could hear when we went out in our daily lives to clubs and parties, not just music you could listen to at home."