The Austin 100: Moaning For fans of Joy Division, Sonic Youth and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
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The Austin 100: Moaning

The Austin 100: Moaning

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Moaning
Michael Schmelling/Courtesy of the artist

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Genre: Punk

Why We're Excited: Beneath its chilly exterior — hypnotic riffs, vocals that seem to wail from another room and a bassline that recalls early New Order — Moaning's "Artificial" doesn't actually live down to its title. The rigid surface of the band's post-punk jams can only barely contain Moaning's raw, infectious intensity.

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