Hospitality does a pretty nifty hypnotic key line, but the Brooklyn trio sticks in your craw a lot more effectively than nearly all of its poppy peers. Credit the nimble song constructions, alternately agitated and satisfying, and the sunny, youthful vocals of Amber Papini. Featuring former White Rabbits bassist Brian Betancourt, Hospitality took a few years between its first wave of hype in 2008 before releasing this year's excellent self-titled full-length on Merge Records. Check the video for "Friends of Friends" for your stamp of Arrested Development-alumnus cred — Alia Shawkat stars.
Best New Music: We know what the checklist looks like here, but if all "indie" music sounded this good, it wouldn't have a bad name.