Crystal Fighters, Manu Chao
I'm a big fan of The Cat Empire. They have a sound unlike any band out there today. Pulling inspiration from jazz, funk, Latin, and pop and tied to together by lead singer Felix Riebl's distinct voice, they craft music that sounds like it's backpacked around the world picking up flourishes from every place it's been. It's music that'd be just as comfortable in a New Orleans back alley as it would in a trendy NYC bar. "Brighter Than Gold" continues to expand upon their sound and is pretty damn catchy to boot.