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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Christine Knapp

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Honorable Mention - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs balance their own accolades with a multitude of indie-music superstar collaborations, especially by frontwoman Karen O. The punk-pop bombast on their first studio album, Fever to Tell, dragged the critical spotlight to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and they have kept that shining beacon of acclaim firmly engaged ever since. Their studio albums meld a Heart-like fondness for heavy guitars and strong female vocals and a Sigur Ros affinity for using the voice as its own instrument instead of a simple vehicle for lyrics. Karen O and Co.'s joint efforts run the gamut from the purely musical—as on their earlier songs with TV on the Radio and their recent collaboration with the Flaming Lips—to more cinema-centric musical collaborations—like their partnership with Arcade Fire for the soundtrack to nostalgia porn ""Where the Wild Things Are."" If the band's music alone isn't enough to land them in the company of the Top 10 Bands of the 2000s, their ubiquitous work should.

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