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50 BEST NEW BANDS OF 2010

 

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.

 
 

30

Wilder

 

From: Bristol.

NME said: "Sparky foursome making tightly-wound, tick-tocking post-punk in the Foals mould."

Essential Track: 'Girls Vs Boys'.

[Listen]

 
 

29

MNDR

 

From: California.

NME said: "This in-demand electro duo are already famous, you just haven't heard of them yet - just ask Mark Ronson, who asked singer Amanda Warner to guest on his new album.

Essential Track: 'I Go Away'.

[Listen]

 
 

28

JJ

 

From: Sweden.

NME said: "For us, discovering JJ is how we've learned to connect with this higher state we knew was there but couldn't reach before."

Essential Track: 'Let Go'.

 
 

27

Flats

 

From: London.

NME said: “The most visceral mess of a punk band we’ve seen in about a decade, they’re a snotty, grubby-faced antidote to today’s trust-fund shmindie landslide.”

Essential Track: ‘Flatz Waltz’.

[Listen]

 
 
 

From: New York.

NME said: "By mixing electronics with 18th century instruments, they can beam their wholesome sound into every nook and cranny of your temporal spectrum."

Essential Track: 'Starring'.

[Listen]

 
 
 

From: United Kingdom.

NME said: "He's recently started putting his classical voice training to use, creating a stunning selection of minimal compositions with his maudlin voice slicing through blanketing sub-bass 'pooms'."

Essential Track: 'Air And Lack Thereof'.

[Listen]

 
 
 

From: Austin, Texas.

NME said: "Part of Austin, Texas' skulking clique of art rock hedonists."

Essential Track: 'Voices'

[Listen]

 
 
 

From: Los Angeles.

NME said: "Blessed with a knack for melody, boogie-time beats, and an ornate electronic detail, Foster The People craft a sound ideal for a fantasy backyard barbecue with The Strokes, Vampire weekend, MGMT, and Daft Punk as guests."

Essential Track: 'Pumped Up Kicks'.

 
 
 

From: Brooklyn, New York.

NME said: "Their name might make you roll your eyes, but Cerebral Ballzy are New York's best new hardcore punk band."

Essential Track: 'Insufficient Fare'.

[Listen]

 
 

21

Dom

 

From: Worcester, Massachusetts.

NME said: "DOM makes highly danceable, postmodern no-fi pop – bounding from garage to synth, while making frolicsome wry references."

Essential Track: 'Jesus'.

[Listen]

 
 
 
 
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