Our tips for the twelve months ahead

A new year of music lies before us riddled with hope.

Over the next twelve months there will be all sorts of unexpected faces peeping from our iPods and a myriad of scrapes to hear new tunes.

Will weird and wonder-ful leftfield bands follow in Animal Collective’s feral footsteps to dominance? Is mathrock about to multiply? Which side of the Atlan-tic will warp the welt of folk inflections further than last year? Will dubstep be blasted by the retro futurism of funky? Will Manchester surpass New York once more in its ability to gift us revolutionary bands?

Who the fuck knows.

What follows are twenty great acts stretching from the beating pulse of under-ground to the chart-bothering confidence of mainstream pop.

It’s a start... and here’s to the unknown that follow.

1. The Drums
2. Local Natives
3. Gallops
4. Pulled Apart By Horses
5. Penguin Prison
6. Mayer Hawthorne
7. Geneeus
8. Best Coast
9. FM Belfast
10. Marina And The Diamonds
11. Atlas Sound
12. Rustie
13. Siriusmo
14. Esben And The Witch
15. The Antlers
16. Treetop Flyers
17. Frankie and the Heartstrings
18. Alan Pownall
19. Cold Cave
20. Egyptian Hip Hop

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