Within a few hours of my first trip to Austin's sprawling South by Southwest in 2007, by bizarre coincidence I ended up backstage at Stubb's shooting pool with indie rockers We Are Scientists. They're nice dudes, and their music sounds it - melodic, snappy and rarely dangerous in the raunchy Chuck Berry sense of the phrase "rock 'n' roll." Their latest, "Barbara," plays like Jimmy Eat World attempting to make a synth-punk album.

Within a few hours of my first trip to Austin's sprawling South by Southwest in 2007, by bizarre coincidence I ended up backstage at Stubb's shooting pool with indie rockers We Are Scientists. They're nice dudes, and their music sounds it - melodic, snappy and rarely dangerous in the raunchy Chuck Berry sense of the phrase "rock 'n' roll." Their latest, "Barbara," plays like Jimmy Eat World attempting to make a synth-punk album.