Now we're over halfway through the year, we thought it was high time we looked back and rounded up the most exciting new acts to surface in 2010.

Here, then, are the 50 bands who've blown our minds over the past few months. Do you agree with our choices? Let us know who we've overlooked over on the Radar blog. You can also listen to every band on the list via our Soundcloud player.

Oh, and if you're in a new band yourself, make sure you sign up to NME Breakthrough - it's a great way of sharing your music with others and, just maybe, earning a write-up in the pages of NME.


From: Manchester.

NME said: “Responsible for the most idea-packed British debut of the year.”

Essential Track: 'Photoshop Handsome'.



From: Hackney and Kreuzberg.

NME said: "Some tracks sound like tortured, stalking disco-ballads, some is more no-fi soul, elsewhere it's disheveled, haunted gutter-funk."

Essential Track: 'Gee Wiz'.



From: Birmingham.

NME said: "She might be about as schmindie as a WOMAD knitting circle, but she's punk at heart and her voice is a siren call loud enough to lure the hardiest Factory Floor fan on to pop's craggiest rocks."

Essential Track: 'Strangest Thing'.



From: Los Angeles.

NME said: “LA pogo punks reigniting America’s coastal gang wars and indie rock’n’roll’s embers.”

Essential Track: ‘Where Did It Go Wrong’.



From: Los Angeles.

NME said: "Piano chords rising from the synth swirls, freefalling harps and operatic croons like a beautiful apparition."

Essential track: 'She Was A Vision'.



From: Memphis.

NME said: "Anyone who's felt themselves frozen out by arena-chasing indie should look no further than these wide-eyed orchestral-doo-wop magic kids for their salvation."

Essential Track: 'Hey Boy'.



From: Los Angeles.

NME said: “They consolidated their bonds via ritualistic slumber parties, gorging on a diet of early Cocteau Twins dream-pop, the muddy bass twang of grunge and sassy R&B in order to write songs about toying with your heart.”

Essential Track: ‘Elephants’.






From: Minneapolis, United States.

NME said: "Antique keyboards pulse, fretless basses thrum and a variety of voices echo in and out, underlying the trippy feel and making this pretty much the most scintillating and daring record of the year so far. Buy it. Play it. Get beaten up for being different."

Essential Track: 'The Gaudy Side Of Town'.





From: Los Angeles

NME said: "This ethereal West Coast singer-songwriter, signed to the mighty True Panther Sounds label, is like an electro Joni Mitchell crossed with Cocteau Twins."

Essential Track: 'Apply'.



From: California.

NME said: "Avi Buffalo are one of the more impressive of the Californian lo-fi set; more thoughtful, delicate even, than the distorted daze of their contemporaries."

Essential Track: 'Summer Cum'.


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