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20 Most Exciting New Bands Of 2012

By Tim Chester

Posted on 16 Jan 12

 
 

There's very few things that make January worthwhile. Film season is one (Shame being the highlight so far - read the review here - and of course the Golden Globes). Erm, what else? Well, nothing, save for annual onslaught of new band lists and tips for the year ahead.

With that in mind, we recently picked 100 names for you to check out, a massive list of new music that should see you through the next couple of months. Here's 20 of the best in glorious widescreen. Drop your own tips at the bottom, and listen to all 100 in our bespoke Soundcloud player at the end.



  1.    Grimes

  2. Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Not actually grime at all, Claire Boucher is rethinking electro pop instead. Photo: Tom Oxley/NME



  3.    Spector

  4. Photo: Roger Sargent/NME

    Fred Macpherson's latest project, a dapper arch indie collective. Photo: Roger Sargent/NME



  5.    A$AP Rocky

  6. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

    Harlem's new rap prodigy, just signed for big bucks. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME



  7.    DZ Deathrays

  8. Photo: Amy Brammall/NME

    Australian noiseniks that call to mind The Scare. Remember them? Photo: Amy Brammall/NME



  9.    Howler

  10. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

    2012's answer to The Strokes - expect a very successful year from this lot. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME



  11.    Wise Blood

  12. Photo: Press

    A gloriously chaotic mess of Led Zep beats and Outkast-style funk. Photo: Press



  13.    Azealia Banks

  14. Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    You must know Banksy by now - rap's potty-mouted protegee. Photo: Richard Johnson/NME



  15.    Friends

  16. Photo: Matt Salacuse/NME

    Angular indie thrills from the Brooklyn collective. Photo: Matt Salacuse/NME



  17.    Discopolis

  18. Photo: Eoin Carey

    Clue's in the title - kind of. Photo: Eoin Carey.


    [Pic from The Skinny]

  19.    Willis Earl Beal

  20. Photo: Press

    The fact XL picked him tells you all you need to know. Go listen. Photo: Press



  21.    2:54

  22. Photo: David Edwards/NME

    Bad name, great tunes from the sisters, who come hotly-tipped by Hayden Thorpe no less. Photo: David Edwards/NME



  23.    King Krule

  24. Photo: Mikael Gregorsky/NME

    He may sport "African sunset" hair, and only be 17, but the hype-adverse teenager will be doing Big Things this year. Photo: Mikael Gregorsky/NME



  25.    Citizens

  26. Photo: Press

    London's Citizens were tagged in the new bands issue as the new Franz Ferdinand. Alex Kapranos himself tips them, so check them out. Photo: Press



  27.    Toy

  28. Photo: Stew Capper/NME

    Formed from some of the ashes of Joe Lean's band, these Londoners look instead to The Horrors for their inspiration. Photo: Stew Capper/NME



  29.    Alabama Shakes

  30. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

    Rough Trade's raucous soul rocker from, you guessed it, Alabama. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME



  31.    Apes & Horses

  32. Photo: Press

    Parisian duo, for fans of Wu Lyf and Talking Heads. Photo: Press



  33.    Frank Ocean

  34. Photo: Press

    Odd Future's smooth soul crooner, striking out on his own. Photo: Press



  35.    Dog Is Dead

  36. Photo: Press

    Nottingham boys fond of harmonies, for Fleet Foxes and Mumford fans especially, but everyone welcome. Photo: Press



  37.    Zulu Winter

  38. Photo: Press

    Branded "the new Foals" in the mag, but sharing DNA with the Vaccines and Friendly Fires too. Download 'Never Leave'. Photo: Press



  39.    Milk Music

  40. Photo: Jean Nagai

    The most exciting DIY band to come out of America in years. Photo: Jean Nagai




 
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