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Best Of 2011 Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011  

Adam Tyler
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The coolest new bands of 2011 have brought new sounds, created fun new music videos and played at our favorite venues across the world. These bands, be them pop, rock, electronica, rap or another musical genre, are just making their first splash on the music scene and people are taking notice of the fresh tunes. If you're not familiar with these top new bands from 2011, get to them now. That way you can brag to your hipster friends about knowing them before they were cool.

While the new bands 2011 each bring something fresh to the table, they're all inspired by the many musicians that came before them. Take Foster the Poeple for example. The band, which saw a sift rise to fame in 2011, took lists a wide variety of performers such as Brian Wilson, The Beatles, Sublime, Nirvana, David Bowie and even Kanye West as their influences.

As Foster the People was burning up the alternative rock charts, others were rising on other charts, including on the hip hop and R&B charts with artists such as Kreayshawn and Tyler the Creator earning recognition as the new faces of the genre.

Though these bands, singers and musicians are new to the mainstream music scene, they still do things like the more established groups. They play shows for their adoring fans, though in slightly smaller venues, and they create music videos, though perhaps not to the point of what we'd call the best music videos of 2011. But they've got their foot in the door of the music scene and like many acts before them, will continue to create beautiful music as they mature in their musical careers. Who knows, perhaps they'll grow to the legendary status of their influences. Stay tuned to find out.

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Foster the People Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

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The Weeknd Indie pop, Downtempo, Dubstep

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Tyler, the Creator Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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adambussey added Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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Halestorm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
DonnieJohnson added Halestorm Rock music, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

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Kreayshawn Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dubstep

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Ron Mexico added The Civil Wars Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
JeffJeff added Imagine Dragons Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

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Fixers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Fixers Psychedelic pop, Dance music, Experimental music

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meteorEYES is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
MeteorEYES added meteorEYES

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Walk the Moon Power pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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Alabama Shakes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Ron Mexico added Alabama Shakes Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Oh Land Pop music, Electronic music, Experimental music

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Lon Harris added Wild Flag Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk

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Youth Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Randolph Strauss added Youth Lagoon Psychedelic pop, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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Lon Harris added Tune-Yards Afrobeat, Rhythm and blues, Noise music

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Niki & The Dove is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Niki & The Dove

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Jai Paul Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

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Lon Harris added WU LYF Post-rock, Indie rock

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Typhoon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Lon Harris added Typhoon

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Ron Mexico added Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Indie pop

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Austra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Austra Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Born Blonde is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Born Blonde

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Suuns Krautrock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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Dry the River is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Dry The River Folk rock, Indie folk

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Eagulls is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011

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Ronika Synthpop, Nu-disco, Funktronica

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Foe

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Tribes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Tribes Indie, Rock music

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Mafia Lights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Lon Harris added Mafia Lights

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Howler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Howler Rock music, Garage rock, Indie rock

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Lon Harris added Tennis Indie pop, Indie, Rock music

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Mozart Parties is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Mozart Parties

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DZ Deathrays is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
DZ Deathrays

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Zoo Kid is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Zoo Kid

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Marcus Foster is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011

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Sesel88 added Clare Maguire Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

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Christian AIDS is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Christian AIDS

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The Coolest Band in America is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011