50 best new bands of 2011

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50 best new bands of 2011

50. Foster The People. Basically: Well-scrubbed indie rock'n'roll. For fans of: Vampire Weekend. Listen

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49. Computer Magic. Basically: Dizzy, cyclical sounds from Brooklyn. For fans of: MNDR. Listen

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48. Mozart Parties. Basically: Sullen, atmospheric pop. For fans of: Kisses. Listen

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47. Big Troubles. Basically: Inspired by ‘90s garage-rock and shoegaze. For fans of: A scuzzier Jesus And Mary Chain. Listen

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46. Chad Valley. Basically: Chillwave from Oxford. For fans of: Toro Y Moi. Listen

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45. Vondelpark. Basically: Dreamy electronica from a mystery man in Surrey. For fans of: Four Tet. Listen

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44. Ronika. Basically: ‘80s-inspired electropop from Nottingham. For fans of: Madonna. Listen

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43. Bass Drum Of Death. Basically: Spasmodic garage rock likely written under drug-induced paranoia. For fans of: Wu Lyf. Listen

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42. Dry The River Basically: Prog/rock-influenced folk rock. For fans of: Mumford And Sons. Listen

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41. Foe. Basically: A one-woman show of sleazy, grungy rock. For fans of: Garbage. Listen

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40. Walk The Moon. Basically: Catchy, bold indie-pop, brought to you by four guys from Cincinnati. For fans of: Two Door Cinema Club. Listen

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39. High Highs. Basically: Soft and mesmeric harmonies. For fans of: Memoryhouse. Listen

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38. Puro Instinct. Basically: Two stoner sisters from LA. For fans of: Ariel Pink. Listen

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37. Mafia Lights. Basically: This trio from Surrey make simple, hazy sounds. For fans of: Tame Impala. Listen

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36. Star Slinger. Basically: Manchester’s Darren Williams makes delicate, propulsive soundscapes. For fans of: A dancier J Dilla. Listen

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35. Beat Connection. Basically: A duo from Seattle making soft, synth-filled pop. For fans of: Fenech Soler. Listen

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34. Marcus Foster. Basically: Harmonic melodies, backed by horns, strings and a gospel choir. For fans of: Fleet Foxes. Listen

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33. Balam Acab. Basically: An American teen producing mellow, dubstep-infused music. For fans of: Salem. Listen

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32. SBTRKT. Basically: An anonymous masked producer from London. For fans of: Gold Panda. Listen. Our best new bands of 2011 as a Spotify playlist.

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31. Creep. Basically: A Brooklyn duo making ominously brooding electro. For fans of: The xx. Listen

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30. Dog Is Dead. Basically: The gang from Nottingham describe their music as “Louis Armstrong lost in disco”. For fans of: Local Natives. Listen

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29. Towns Basically: Bubblegummy Britpop from the Bristol-based four-piece. For fans of: Yuck. Listen

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28. Fixers. Basically: Experimental post-pop from Oxford. For fans of: Animal Collective, playing MGMT. Listen

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27. Oh Land. Basically: Quirky electro-pop from a gorgeous young Dane. For fans of: Florence And The Machine. Listen

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26. Kreayshawn. Basically: A Mickey Mouse ear-wearing 21-year-old rapper from Oakland who found fame through YouTube. For fans of: Nicki Minaj. Listen

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25. Disappearers. Basically: Self-described "pretentious pop". For fans of: Belle And Sebastian. Listen. Our best new bands of 2011 as a Spotify playlist.

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24. Friends. Basically: Cooly detached bass-heavy pop. For fans of: Little Dragon. Listen

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23. Spark. Basically: Post-Girls Aloud Brit-pop thrills. For fans of: Cocknbullkid. Listen

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22. Porcelain Raft. Basically: Damaged folk-tronica. For fans of: The Postal Service. Listen

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21. Bleeding Knees Club. Basically: Thrillingly off-kilter surf pop. For fans of: Hunx And His Punx. Listen

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20. Austra. Basically: Poised cold wave pop. For fans of: Ladytron. Listen

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19. Christian AIDS. Basically: Eerie post-rave laptop rumblings. For fans of: Jamie XX. Listen

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18. Born Blonde. Basically: Jittery psychedelia with baggy vibe. For fans of: The Stone Roses. Listen

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17. DOM. Basically: Blustery, power-pop. For fans of: MGMT. Listen

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16. Outfit. Basically: Brooding, naive melodies. For fans of: Connan Mockasin. Listen

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15. Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Basically: Collage like, nervy pop. For fans of: Bibio. Listen. Disagree with our choices? Let us know on the Radar blog.

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14. Love Inks. Basically: Stripped down desert-pop. For fans of: Au Revoir Simone. Listen

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13. 2.54. Basically: Unhinged, frozen shoegaze. For fans of: Curve. Listen

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12. The Weeknd. Basically: The dark heart of R'n'B. For fans of: Solange. Listen

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11. Tribes. Basically: Epic nods to classic Brit-pop. For fans of: The Verve. Listen

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10. Braids. Basically: Luminous, percussion heavy lo-fi-ness. For fans of: Glasser. Listen

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9. Eagulls. Basically: Clanging, urban-disaffected indie. For fans of: Pavement. Listen

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8. DZ Deathrays. Basically: Exploding Grot punk. For fans of: Jay Retard. Listen

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7. Cults. Basically: Spector-ish wall of sound with a hard edge. For fans of: Camera Obscura. Listen

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6. Zoo Kid. Basically: Grizzly, left-leaning funk. For fans of: The XX. Listen

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5. Niki & The Dove. Basically: Otherworldly synth sparkles. For fans of: Fever Ray. Listen

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4. Reptar. Basically: Elastic New Wave pop. For fans of: Clor. Listen

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3. Howler. Basically: Garage rock with a sun-kissed feel. For fans of: Black Lips, The Drums. Listen

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2. Jai Paul. Basically: Laptop-aided, psych-pop freak outs. For fans of: Prince, Twin Shadow. Listen

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50 best new bands of 2011

1. Suuns. Basically: Genre-hopping rockers, formerly known as Zeroes. For fans of: Hot Chip, Primal Scream. Listen. Now hear these bands as a playlist, and suggest your own favourite new bands, over on the Radar blog.

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