The missing link

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The missing link

Camilla Pia trawls the far reaches of the inter-web so you don't have to, and presents some digital delights from the stars of this year's Hydro Connect

Trawling the internet for new music is something of a favourite past-time here at The List, so it gives us great geeky joy to bring you a couple of online highlights from the best of Hydro Connect this year. Firstly we're long overdue fresh material from Franz Ferdinand and Gossip, so to whet your appetite for their forthcoming live unveiling check out a studio teaser from the arch-pop foursome at http://tiny.cc/franz97 along with two of Beth Ditto and co's latest efforts, 'Heavy Kross' and '8th Wonder' at http://tiny.cc/gossip482.

You know roughly what to expect from the more established acts, but taking a chance on festival newcomers can be a hit or miss affair. To lessen the risk we've selected a few snippets from the best of the whippersnappers, starting with Santogold who has as much inimitable substance as she does style. View her mesmerising, intimate SXSW performance at http://tiny.cc/santogold before heading to http://tiny.cc/fires to catch the thrilling post-punk disco of St Albans trio Friendly Fires in action.

You'd have had to be living under a rock for the past year to miss the hysteria surounding Glasvegas and their notoriously tear-jerking anthems (best band from Scotland in 20 years says industry old-timer Alan McGee and a growing number of devoted fans). Their much-loved 'Daddy's Gone' has a good chance of being one of Connect's memorable moments when it's played live on Saturday so head to http://tiny.cc/glasvegas and start learning the words.

Snotty scenester following aside, Crystal Castles are currently one of the most exciting young bands in the world so give this live video and studio compilation a click at http://tiny.cc/crystal664 before braving some half-naked newbie action as Iglu & Hartly terrorise London at http://tiny.cc/iglu and Black Lips take on Tijuana – http://tiny.cc/lips276. Your computer just won't know what's hit it.

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Returning for a second year after its successful debut the boutique festival has corralled headliners Kasabian, Manic Street Preachers, Bloc Party, Paolo Nutini, Grinderman, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros and Goldfrapp. There will be five stages: 'The Oyster stage', 'Guitars and other Machines', 'Manicured Noise', 'Unknown…

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