Four Boy-Meets-Girl-Starts-a-Band Duos With New Albums

The Ting Tings Members: Jules De Martino and Katie White Origins: Manchester, England Album: Sounds From Nowheresville (out February 28) The sound: A highly caffeinated blend of Britpop and New Wave that garnered a...

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The Ting Tings

Members: Jules De Martino and Katie White

Origins: Manchester, England

Album: Sounds From Nowheresville (out February 28)

The sound: A highly caffeinated blend of Britpop and New Wave that garnered a Grammy nomination in 2010 for Best New Artist.

Relationship status: Friends. Survivors who put aside past traumatic musical relationships to become a massive phenomenon in the U.K.

Sleigh Bells

Members: Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss

Hometown: Brooklyn

Album: Reign of Terror (out now)

Sound: Speaker-melting noise-rock anthems overlaid with Krauss' breathy schoolgirl vocals.

Relationship status: Friends. Became bandmates after Miller, then waiting tables, served Krauss and her mother—who generously offered up her daughter's vocal services.

Die Antwoord

Members: Ninja (Watkin Tudor Jones) and Yo-Landi Vi$$er (Yolandi Visser)

Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa

Album: Ten$ion (out now)

Sound: Snarled, heavily accented hip-hop boasts over fluid rave beats that are as entertainingly outrageous as the duo's look.

Relationship status: It's complicated. They claim they're "just friends"—but they do have a kid together.

Tennis

Members: Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore

Hometown: Denver

Album: Young & Old (out now)

Sound: Simple doo-wop melodies and gentle surf-rock riffs that reference the early sixties without feeling overly retro.

Relationship status: Married. Met as philosophy majors studying at the University of Colorado Denver; got married after an eight-month sailing trip that inspired their debut album.

—Christopher Ross

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