Which Band We Liked Will Blow Up In 2012?

By Zachary Swickey

We’ve covered quite a few diverse rock acts for Bands We Like – from the soul-powered retro pop of Fitz & the Tantrums to the always evolving musings of Dredg – and all of the groups had a stellar year in 2011. Other Lives will soon be the opening act for Radiohead, El Bronx fulfilled their own fantasy by appearing on Conan’s late night show, and The New Regime’s Ilan Rubin is now the new drummer for Tom DeLonge’s side-project, Angels & Airwaves. We’ve taken the liberty of rounding up the five bands to keep an eye on in the New Year and wonder which one you think will be the breakout act of 2012?

Check out the Bands We Like All-Stars and vote in our poll, after the jump!

Mariachi El Bronx
Seriously, we can’t recommend the Spanish-soaked sounds of Mariachi El Bronx enough. The group – a Mariachi side project of LA punk heathens The Bronx – clearly has a firm, respectful grasp on the niche genre. It’s downright crazy how much wide appeal a band so unique actually has, but their songs are infectious (“48 Roses” and “Revolution Girls”) and occasionally rather deep (“Holy” and “Poverty’s King”). They just opened for the Foo and are now in the midst of an overseas jaunt. Vibrant strings, piping trumpets and tatted-up dudes in charro suits – what more could you possibly ask for?

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