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20 bands you need to hear in 2011

  • First up: it's lo-fi London dubstep man James Blake. His self-titled debut album is a "stunning hybrid of sparse electronics that's not afraid to let one note chime or thud alone", according to Laura Snapes in the new issue. Hear James Blake on MySpace.

    Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    Added: 16 Aug 2010

  • Punk tearaways The Vaccines have been hyped more than any other over the last few weeks and months, and they seem to split opinion right down the middle, like any decent band should. Download a track from the Radar blog and wade into the debate.

    Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Added: 16 Dec 2010

  • Anna Calvi is set to storm 2011 with her theatric PJ Harvey-esque songwriting. Brian Eno and Nick Cave are already fans - read her Radar profile to find out why.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 04 Nov 2010

  • Fans of MGMT and Passion Pit may get very excited indeed as The Naked And Famous shift into the public's conciousness this year. If you like exuberant pop and shamelessy widescreen choruses, go say hi on MySpace.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 01 Nov 2010

  • Self-styled "gritpop" band Brother have big and bold aims. They played an early show at the Met bar of all places and have Glastonbury's main stage in their sights. Prepared to accept nothing less than world domination, they're after the Oasis crown. Check them out on Facebook.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 04 Jan 2011

  • Scandanavian band Niki And The Dove purvey a shimmering goth-tinged electronica for fans of Bat For Lashes or Fever Ray. Watch their debut video on the NME Radar blog.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 06 Dec 2010

  • Australian's Gypsy And The Cat are here to pepper the music scene with a much needed hail of power pop. Watch their signature tune 'Time To Wander' live and download a free track on the Radar blog.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 16 Dec 2010

  • Jamie Woon is a graduate of the Brit School and a protegé of Burial, and crafts beautiful post-dubstep like James Blake. Grab a free track on the NME Radar blog.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 21 Dec 2010

  • Big Deal made their NME debut back in September on the Daily Download (where you can download a free MP3). The duo exhume the ghost of Big Star and their fragile acoustic pop is set to make them a, yep, big deal.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 16 Dec 2010

  • Grouplove featured in our summer round-up of 2010's top new bands, and are going to dominate 2011, thanks to their way with a big indie singalong chorus.

    Photo: Aaron Farley/NME

    Added: 13 Oct 2010

  • One of the best-looking new prospects for 2011 (not that looks come into it, Brother will tell you that): Oh Land. The Scandanavian ballet dancer turned pop starlet is looking to give Lykke Li a run for her money. Check her out on Myspace now.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 16 Dec 2010

  • Fan of The Beach Boys? Love Animal Collective? Get yourself a fix of Fixers then - the Oxford psychedelic warriors are the next to take up the torch. Fall under their spell on MySpace now.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 22 Dec 2010

  • Mona have been dubbed "princes of Leon", but the Nashville four plough their own distinctive furrow of southern-tinged rock and roll. Download a track on the NME Radar blog.

    Photo: Jo McCaughey/NME

    Added: 16 Dec 2010

  • Spark - aka 18-year-old Walthamstow girl Jess Morgan - is another Brit School graduate that's ditched the Kate Melua avenue for a more glam punk route. It's paid off - she's already toured with Marina and looks set to own this year. Read a full profile on the NME Radar blog.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 13 Oct 2010

  • Summer Camp have a new duo snapping at their lo-fi heels: Cults. The boyfriend / girlfriend pair hail from Brooklyn and have had the blogosphere in a lather over the last few months. We talked to them for a Radar feature back in April.

    Photo: Ben Rowland/NME

    Added: 16 Dec 2010

  • Montreal's Suuns have been hogging the NME stereo a bit of late; their layered electronic soundscapes call to mind LCD or TVOTR but they keep bouncing off in new directions to avoid proper categorisation. Have a listen on MySpace.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 20 Dec 2010

  • First profiled in Radar back in October, Tribes have done their best to avoid media attention and build a traditional buzz, but their mid-90s indie rock (think Pixies, Pavement) reached us soon enough.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 27 Sep 2010

  • Vondelpark has no MySpace and wouldn't send us a picture (there's always one "enigmatic" one, every year) but he hails from Surrey and has certain people all worked up over his dreamy electronica. Have a listen on the Hype Machine.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 22 Dec 2010

  • Outraging as many people as they turn on, LA rap crew Odd Future are rude, crude, and getting their swag on. Check Jaimie Hodgson's Radar blog to hear 10 more acts for 2011 that didn't quite make the cut.

    Photo: Julian Berman

    Added: 04 Jan 2011