The scary lady who seems tailor-made for fans of PJ Harvey and Nick Cave is actually unassuming and likes classical music and hot chocolate

She's grown-up pop's darkest new gem, and she's as alarming as she is arousing. The first thing you'll notice is Anna's rich, imperious voice, but the second is her Spanish-tinged guitar-playing. She's a female guitarist to get very excited about.



He hated school and university, loves playing in the dark and wants to make women cry. And he's one of 2011's brightest stars.

A stunning hybrid of sparse electronics that's not afraid to let one note chime or thud alone, made sturdy by hummingbird wing bass and the constant of his devastating voice.



Members of KOL's inner sanctum have seen their buddies' widescreen blues-rock and raised it 100 pixels

They're unapologetic, God-fearing church boys. Burning with punk rock passion, this is a band closer in spirit to The Clash than the Kings. Mona are coming for your souls.



The Kiwi five-piece from the dream-pop lanscape of sapphire oceans and hazy clouds

They're not just another electro mush to whack on the Hype Machine's flaming tyre pile. They have turned the messy vulnerability of first love, teenage rebellion and drunken mistakes into a precise punchy electro.



As far as this young lady's concerned, you can take your pop preconceptions and shove them up your shaft.

Spark might be jumping the gun a bit to call herself a success story, but from where we're sitting, it's pretty nailed on that by this time next year, it'll be justified. She's got the songs and the single-minded, hard-arsed will to succeed.


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