With his mop of messy hair and shy, unassuming manner, Philipp Poisel seems like any other boy next door with a guitar. But his unusual voice and knack for songwriting have sent him to the top of the German charts.
The Berlin-meets-Vienna indie rockers Ja, Panik are back with a new album, and we take a look at the music that sent them into the spotlight. This is Ja, Panik in concert at the c/o Pop Festival in 2010.
1000 Robota, but nope, they're not machines. They're flesh and blood, although not kin to electro-pioneers Kraftwerk. 1000 Robota play punk, post-punk, hardcore - with a cool, original sound and a 'let 'er rip' energy.
The members of The Bonny Situation lifted their band name from Quentin Tarantino's cult film "Pulp Fiction." The five musicians from Duisburg try to mix match styles - everything from electronic to melancholy rock.
For great, straight-up pop music from Germany, look no further than Klee. The band is fronted by Suzie Kerstgens, famous for her musicianship and intelligent songwriting - in a style personal, intimate and authentic.
Stefan Hantel has many professions: DJ, musician, producer, label manager and impresario. But the man from the German state of Hesse is best known for his stage name 'Shantel' - the uncrowned king of Balkan-Pop.
They sound as if they were old-time Pink Floyd meeting up for drinks with The Police and coming up with the idea of recording a Muse album with a lot of echo. But they're The Intersphere and come from Mannheim.