After chatting about music with a co-worker he asked me make a mix CD of "good new music." Apparently he spent some time in NYC's East Village music scene in the early 00s but hasn't been able to pay much attention to contemporary music recently due to law school/work. So what are some essential bands and their signature songs from the past 4 years? I've got a few in mind but admittedly do better with edm than rock. Thus far...
Battles - Atlas
Foals - Cassius/Two Steps Twice
Hercules and Love Affair - Blind
Handsome Furs - What We Had/Handsome Furs Hate This City
No Age - Teen Creeps
Vampire Weekend - A-Punk/Oxford Comma
Bon Iver - Skinny Love
EDM suggestions are also appreciated. I'm planning on making one of each.