In comparison to the high-energy dance bands that have swooped up "Best New Act" over the past two years (electro quartet Yes Giantess in 2009 and dance-funk group Gentlemen Hall in 2010 — who, by the way, recently performed at the Billboard Music Awards in Vegas), Gem Club are a refreshing move toward pristine pop. The Somerville duo of Christopher Barnes and Kristen Drymala gained national popularity last summer with their dreamy debut EP, Acid and Everything — six tracks of mostly minimal, bare-bones cello and piano. The release took the concept of "bedroom pop" to a new level — they actually included white pillowcases handstitched with their band name with each copy. A highlight is "Sevens," a soft, atmospheric four-minute piano ballad. Catch 'em yourself on June 22 when they play T.T. the Bear's Place in Cambridge with Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors and Chad VanGaalen.
2. Dirty Dishes
4. Mount Peru