The Curls (Chicago)
You can debate whether the Curls’ fit more snuggly into the pop-rock or art-rock realm. What’s inarguable, though, is how deliciously weird and liberating they are. Stuffed to the gills with madcap catchiness, theirs is an anachronistic sound that is quirkily unfettered and tosses off limitations with a contagious laugh. If you like any type of music, you’re sure to find some element in their caution-to-the-wind stew for you.