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Frontrunners of the New York rock revival that erupted at the turn of the millennium, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were about as fun as an arty punk band could get: a swirl of dangerous riffs, stomping propulsion and the sexy howl of Karen O, who dressed in tattered clothes, flung beer at crowds and sounded like she'd eaten Pat Benatar for breakfast. The excited splatter of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' early records eventually gave way to a more focused sound and even the occasional tender ballad — in 2004 the Yeah Yeah Yeahs scored an MTV hit with the rather gorgeous love song "Maps" — without losing its vibrant oddness. By decade's end, Karen O was flinging her beer at much, much larger crowds.