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Take a listen to (and look at) Rebel Noise writer Jen Dan's Top 12 (Indie, Alternative, Noise, Dream, and Post)-Rock Songs of 2016.

1.  "Poison Halo" by Bloody Knives
The Texas-based extreme post-punk/post-rock band led by Preston Maddox blasts off with an exhilaratingly overwhelming whirlwind of densely textured, relentlessly propulsive sonics and Maddox's hazily dispassionate vox.  Buckle up - It's a turbulent ride!

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2.  "Initiate Contact According To the Sound of Your Heart" by Jaguwar
On this aurally powerful number, the Dresden, Germany-located, noise-rock/dream-rock trio Jaguwar runs on restless drum rhythms, an ominous bass line thrum, majorly distorted guitar warp, and hazy, androgynous-sounding male and female vocal swoon.

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3.  "Habit" by The Velvet Hands
London-residing indie garage-rock band The Velvet Hands shakes it up with a melodically infectious single that attracts the ears with a spirited punk attitude, agitated, gritty guitar hooks, jittery drum rhythms, and sing-song vocal exclamations.  It's a hard 'habit' to break.

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4.  "Castaway" by The Franklys
Transcontinental band (England-Sweden) The Franklys dives into a lively, pushing garage rock sound tempered and inflamed by the lead singer's dispassionately cool to indignantly fiery vocal delivery.

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5.  "Get Away" by Vertigo
Australian indie rock band Vertigo unleashes a rousing, gritty smash 'n' bash, sing-along rock 'n' roll song punched up with the rough, turpentine growl of its lead singer letting loose his pent-up frustration.

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6.  "FUU" by Dream Wife (feat. Fever Dream)
British-Icelandic band Dream Wife gets an assist from Fever Dream on a rippin' alt rock/punk rock track punctuated by unbridled ragin' female exclamations and a riff on the Spice Girls' mega-hit "Wannabe".

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7.  "I Don't Get Anything but Shit from You" by Rein
Striking, Swedish electro-punk upstart Rein (AKA Joanna Reinikainen) rages against crappy relationships on this ferociously aggressive single that hits with a propulsive sonic barrage and Reins's vividly raw, shouted out vocals.

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8.  "Hey Sweet" by Skating Polly

Step-sisters Kelli and Peyton of indie rock/alt-pop duo Skating Polly blast through this rhythmically lurching and grunge-guitar churning tune with sharply exuberant vocal abandon.

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9.  "Grindie" by Coquin Migale
The Newcastle, UK-based indie rock band goes the hard-charging post-punk/post-rock hybrid route on this propulsive single which soars and swoops both vocally and instrumentally, full of driving guitar distortion, kinetic drumwork, and scintellating cymbal crash.

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10.  "Better Learn How To Swim" by Ultrviolence
Canadian post-rock/darkwave trio Ultrviolence submerges itself in the broodingly foreboding deep end of hooky bass line undertow, restless guitar and drums churn, and lead singer Nate J's hollowed-out, low vocal timber.

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11.  "I See Static" by We Three And The Death Rattle
UK-based noise-rock/blues/punk trio We Three And The Death Rattle shakes it up with a tight and dynamic combination of thickly distorted guitar jags, a seismic rhythm section, and addictive lyrical refrains delivered with drop-dead cool by frontwoman Amy Cooper.

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12.  "This Everything" by WAAX
Kick-ass Brisbane, Australia-based band WAAX, vividly fronted by the vocally wild and riveting Marie, brings its spirited, punk-influenced rock sonics to this tune that builds up in intensity right to the very end.

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