SunFest's New Music Night: These United States, Crash Kings, Constellations, Gringo Star, and We Are Scientists

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About to become SunFest professionals: These United States
​Whoa, we were sure excited the day SunFest announced their initial slate of performers the 28th installment of the music festival,

which takes place April 28 - May 2 in downtown West Palm Beach. Nas, Damian Marley, the Flaming Lips and Weezer are among the choice goodies in the batch.

After 2009's SunFest featured indie blog buzz act Wavves, the energetic post-punk of the Mae Shi, as well as

Kinky, Solillaquists of Sound, the Spam Allstars, and

Awesome New Republic, we figured that a similar crop of diverse and edgy acts would land on our doorsteps today.

That is not to be. Joining Weezer during SunFest's New Music Night on Wednesday, April 28 is a cast of arguably talented, but safer choices. And no Surfer Blood.

New Music Night 2010

1. We know

that the Crash Kings are

a fave of SXSW correspondent Bradford Schmidt, so we'll hand this one to the organizers. Tentative thanks for reading the blog!

2. We Are Scientists

are currently based in Brooklyn, and make perfectly unoffensive indie rock. Possibly a little too similar to Weezer.

3. Gringo Star is a

band of British psych-rock devotees from Atlanta.

4. The Constellations, also from Atlanta, are

self-described as "a psychedelic soul-rock explosion," and that's pretty accurate. For brevity's sake, it seems strange to have two bands of such similar ilk on the roster

5. The weirdest band on the roster -- and the one that I'm most looking forward to -- is definitely

Kentucky and D.C.'s These


States, who seem to lean towards ragged indie rock at times, but

aren't afraid of the guitar solo.

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