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Real Estate and Woods are two of the most exciting prospects to come out of the United States recently, and if tapes were sold on indie-cred alone they would no doubt be permanent fixtures on the top-sellers lists. Both bands have been awarded the “Best New Music” seal of approval by indie tastemakers Pitchfork Media: Real Estate for their self-titled debut released at the end of last year; Woods for 2009’s “Songs of Shame” LP.

Four-piece Real Estate bring to the table a psyched-out brand of pop music, with Woods offering a similarly intriguing lo-fi aesthetic, albeit with a stronger leaning toward the folk end of the spectrum. Both bands cite the likes of the Grateful Dead and Yo La Tengo in their influences, and nowhere is it more obvious than in their live performances, where extended improvisational jams and free-form interludes result in a unique show that’s sonically captivating from start to finish.

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