In this week's issue of NME, on sale January 7, we pick out the ten bands you need to hear in the coming year.
You can check out each of the artists we're tipping below, but obviously if you want to know more about them – including which artist spent her 16th birthday repeatedly jumping topless out of a tree, and which ultra-serious band harbour a secret passion for go-karting – you'll need to pick up the mag.
More importantly, we want to know which artists you think are worth hearing in 2009. Reveal your tips by leaving a comment below.
[Photo Gallery: the hottest new bands of 2009]
Florence And The Machine
Leather-lunged queen of kook
Essential track: 'Dog Days', although her cover of The Source/Candi Staton's 'You Got The Love' is pretty immense too.
The Big Apple's coolest party boys
Essential track: 'Rich Girls'
Empire Of The Sun
Essential track: 'Walking On A Dream'
Britain's next arena-filling gloom-rockers
Essential track: 'Death'
The Soft Pack
Pan-hammering San Diegan rock'n'rollers
Essential track: 'Bright Side'
R&B + anti-folk = the new sound of London
Essential track: 'Teardrops'
The Chapman Family
Teesside rippers who've been shot at for the way they look
Essential track: 'Million Dollars'
24-year-old space-pop goddess
Essential track: 'Meddle'
The Big Pink
East London electro drone-lords
Essential track: 'Too Young To Love'
Cleveland-based rapper. Kanye's a fan
Essential track: 'Day'N'Nite'