Fun Fact: The band jokingly lists The Oneders—the 60's pop heartthrobs from the Tom Hanks movie That Thing You Do!—as its one and only influence. And for the record, it's pronounced "wonders," not "oh-knee-ders."
Why They're Worth Watching: D.I.Y., multi-instrumentalist duo crafts light-as-air melodies that hark back to an era of unassuming, saccharine-free feel-good pop.
For Fans Of: The Shins, Rogue Wave, Camera Obscura
At first, the songs from Cleveland-based duo Bears sound casual and jaunty, exemplifying breezy pop that aspires to be nothing other than good-natured and agreeable. But there proves to be underlying hurt behind some of the lyrics. On "Wait and See," the band bemoans: "I can't take it / I give up / I knew that we were doomed right from the start." The relationship-minded songs are accompanied by sunny, toe-tapping arrangements, and it's a juxtaposition the duo embraces—as if