The ones to watch 2012

LOCAL BOYS: Alice Blu making the big move.
LOCAL BOYS: Alice Blu making the big move. Contributed

Mining a modern twist on a Happy Days-style shtick, Gold Coast trio Bleeding Knees Club are the new pranksters of the Oz music scene.

Together less than a year, best mates Alex Wall and Jordan Malane got a couple of rambunctious 2-3 minute tunes together and released an EP.

A year or so onwards and they have a third member, got a mention in the US Rolling Stone and recorded their debut album Nothing To Do with Dev Hynes from Lightspeed Champion.

It'll be out in March.

If you like BKC check out Dune Rats.

THE moniker of failed mainstream pop star Lizzie Grant, Lana Del Ray's debut album Born To Die is highly anticipated for it's release early this year.

Her first single Video Games is a morose and sultry track that bluntly draws on a 50s housewife turned harrowing harlot aesthetic.

If his single Brother is anything to go by, Matt Corby is well on his way to becoming the crossover indie star of 2012.

Released at the end of last year on EP Into the Flame it's not uncommon to hear Brother at least twice a day on the radio.

The blue-eyed charmer may be familiar from Australian Idol 2007, where he was a big hit with hoards young girls.

It's as a dynamic troubadour that his sincerity shines.

Melbourne band Alpine have been on a slow rise ever since the single Villages began getting airplay earlier this year.

Their newest hit Hands is a pulsating alt-pop anthem, with kooky female vocals and a sweet bass line and will be on their as-yet-untitled debut album that comes out this year.

Local four-piece Alice Blu released their debut EP Still Tortoise Nothing last month.

The lads are young - like high school young - and will relocate to Melbourne to continue making their sweetly folk influenced rock.

!Remember the band Lost Valentinos?

They were a five-piece of tribal electro tripsters heavily influenced by South American culture.

Ex-member Jono Ma now operates under the name Jagwar Ma and his single Come Save Me is psychedelia meets Gotye's soul-inspired tracks.

Look out for this melody gun.

Whether it's for the money or (we hope) for the love of rock, again there's plenty of bands reforming and releasing albums in 2012.

Grunge stalwarts Alice in Chains will have something out early this year, Aerosmith are rumoured to be in the studio and the Boss himself Bruce Springsteen will release an album in conjunction with a world tour according to Rolling Stone.

Other rumoured album releases include Christina Aguilera, The Killers and John Mayer.

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