River City High
River City High rise above their influences to come up with something fresh -- not exactly the easiest thing to do for any band, especially those doing the Punk-Pop thing. Sure, melodic noise, infectious hooks and killer melodies are still the order for the day. But there's a tension in these songs that builds and sucks you in, until it's blissfully released when the chorus hits. It's a neat trick, and one that elevates River City High above the glut of bands with the same musical resume.