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The Most Awesome New Artists Of 2009
Snarky, jaded types may grumble that no real quality new music came out in 2009, or that this decade's musical output could never compare to that of the '90s, '80s, '70s, and beyond. But those cynics are wrong: 2009 was actually the fantastic finale to a sonically rich decade (although much of this year's retro music sounded like it was recorded in '79 or '89, not '09), thanks to many stunning newcomers joining the late-Noughties party.

And so, to silence all doubters, here are the year's alphabetically assembled brightest breakouts...

Chester French - Endorsed by Kanye West (don't hold that against them), Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams, DJ Clinton Sparks, and basically anyone with good taste in quirky indie-pop, this duo of multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Harvard grads released one of the year's most underrated debuts, the aptly titled, very fresh-sounding Love The Future. With its wry odes to Jimmy Choos and '70s groupies, and its clever, subtle hip-hop influences, the album was a perfect example of intelligent, modern crossover pop, and such a fitting way to end this diverse decade.

Empire Of The Sun - The superfantastical side duo of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore (from Australian cult bands the Sleepy Jackson and Pnau, respectively), EOTS drew the attention of Jay-Z (who enlisted Steele to sing on the first track of The Blueprint 3, "What We Talkin' About"), Justin Timberlake (who in an InStyle interview cited the band's Walking On A Dream as one of his favorite new albums), and the producers of Entourage (who featured Empire's tracks "Standing On The Shore" and "We Are The People" this season). There was good reason for this: Bringing to mind a sort of more ethereal (and even more melodic) MGMT, Empire's album was one of the year's most stunning releases, and they made some eye-popping, Sigfried & Roy-esque music videos to complement it.

Glasvegas - Sounding like Jesus & Mary Chain covering the Phil Spector songbook, these brooding, swooning Scots crafted one of the year's lushest and most gush-worthy opuses with their self-titled debut. They became one of Britain's biggest breakout stars due to their nostalgically dreamy goth-pop and charismatically leatherclad Joe Strummer-doppelganger frontman, James Allan...but considering that so many of their songs conjured bittersweet memories of prom scenes in '80s John Hughes flicks, it's surprising that they didn't launch a more successful, full-scale British invasion on U.S. shores.

Kid Sister - It took two years for this Chi-Town hip-hop diva's debut album, Ultraviolet, to finally come out (it was originally supposed to be released in 2008 under the title Dream Date, but the rapper, whose real name is Melissa Young, asked the label to hold off so she could tweak it). But she'd already made a name for herself with the Kanye collabo (don't hold it against her) "Pro-Nails"--aka, the single that made Kid Sister to nail lacquer as Lil' Mama is to lipgloss, and the song that should've landed her a lucrative a spokesmodel deal with OPI. "Pro-Nails" was just a taste of things to come, however, and judging by excellence of the Kid's new full-length, she is set to claw her way to the top very soon.
Posted: Wednesday, March 03, 2010 7:58:25 AM
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Glasvegas and Empire of the Sun both broke out in 2008, if we want to get technical about such things. But I'm just being facetious because I don't like these particular acts.
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