Red Light Company. The epic rockers are an international bunch: bassist Shawn Day moved from Wyoming to London in order to join the band, while frontman Richard Frennaux spent his youth in Australia and New Zealand.
Little Boots, aka Blackpool-based singer-songwriter Victoria Hesketh, is one of many synth-pop artists poised to break big in 2009. You can download a free Little Boots mix-tape from www.littlebootsmusic.co.uk.
West London gloom-rockers White Lies combine the stern atmospherics of Interpol with the arena-ready hooks of The Killers. They play the NME Awards Tour alongside Glasvegas, Florence And The Machine and Friendly Fires, from January 29.
La Roux takes her name from the French for "red-haired one". The 20-year-old synth-pop artist, real name Elly Jackson, started out as a folk singer before switching tack upon meeting studio partner Ben Landmaid.
Young Fathers. In November 2008 we described the Edinburgh-based rap trio's sound as "an old-skool reimagining of the booty bass template." Read about loads more exciting bands for 2009 in the forthcoming New Noise issue of NME, on sale Wednesday January 7.
Florence Welch of Florence And The Machine appears on the cover of the forthcoming New Noise issue of NME, on sale Wednesday January 7. We're not the only ones tipping her for success: Florence And The Machine also topped the BBC's Sound Of 2009 poll.
Kid Cudi. The Cleveland rapper, real name Scott Mescudi, received a boost to his profile in 2008 when he guested on Kanye West's '808s And Heartbreak' album, contributing vocals to the song 'Welcome To Heartbreak'. He is set to release his own debut album in spring 2009.
Influenced by Prince, Talking Heads and David Bowie, Essex foursome Magistrates claim to have "a masterplan to infect the world with a dirty groove like some out of control STD."
The Soft Pack (formerly known as The Muslims) have been compared to The Strokes and Pavement. The San Diego band decided to change their name in November 2008 to reflect the start of a "new chapter" in their lives.
New York's The Virgins formed in 2005 and released their self-titled debut album in 2008. Their US profile received a boost recently when their song 'Rich Girls' was used in a episode of the hit TV show 'Gossip Girl'.
The Temper Trap are a Melbourne-based foursome who specialise in widescreen rock in the Coldplay/U2 mould. Their debut album, due for release in spring 2009, has been produced by renowned British producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Massive Attack, Goldfrapp, Kasabian).
Janelle Monae is being tipped as the R&B name to watch in 2008 - although the Kansas-raised vocalist has actually been bubbling under for some time. In 2006 she appeared on the soundtrack to Outkast's musical film 'Idlewild'.
The Big Pink take their name from The Band's classic '60s album, but sound nothing like them. Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell are more in thrall to late '80s/early '90s indie, and their promise led to them landing support slots with Crystal Castles and TV On The Radio in 2008.
Intense Teeside four-piece The Chapman Family were handpicked to play Glastonbury in 2008, and claim that their influences are "anything sounding somewhere between Joy Division and Sonic Youth".
Dinosaur Pile-Up got their unusual name when guitarist Matt Bigland watched Peter Jackson's 2005 remake of the classic movie 'King Kong'. They claim their influences include "old school casio watches" and "a good cup of coffee". And they rock...
The midpoint between Klaxons and White Lies, Delphic suggest that if last year Manchester was all about Oasis-indebted grit-rock (The Courteeners, Twisted Wheel et al), in 2009 guitars are returning to warehouse raves, gurns are replacing furrowed brows and the children of Factory Records are finally taking over. Read more in the New Noise issue of NME, on sale Wednesday January 7.
Leeds-born Rusko's own fun-loving take on dubstep has turned the genre upside down, and he's set to ruffle even more feathers in 2009. The likes of Santogold and Pete Tong are already huge fans.