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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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1
57 44
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Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music
2
37 31
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Indie pop, Downtempo, Dubstep
3
39 36
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Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
4
22 17
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adambussey added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop
5
9 4
Halestorm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
DonnieJohnson added Rock music, Heavy metal, Post-grunge
6
25 29
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Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dubstep
7
1 0
Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
JeffJeff added Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock
8
17 22
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Ron Mexico added Americana, Folk music, Folk rock
9
6 10
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Power pop, Alternative rock, Art rock
10
0 2
Fixers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Fixers Psychedelic pop, Dance music, Experimental music
11
6 11
meteorEYES is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
MeteorEYES added meteorEYES
12
14 23
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Pop music, Electronic music, Experimental music
13
11 19
Alabama Shakes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Ron Mexico added Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music
14
13 23
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Lon Harris added Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk
15
4 11
Youth Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Randolph Strauss added Psychedelic pop, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop
16
9 19
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Lon Harris added Afrobeat, Rhythm and blues, Noise music
17
4 12
Niki & The Dove is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Niki & The Dove
18
8 18
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Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music
19
10 21
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Lon Harris added Post-rock, Indie rock
20
7 17
Typhoon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Lon Harris added
21
9 20
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Ron Mexico added Indie pop
22
7 18
Born Blonde is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Born Blonde
23
7 18
Austra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music
24
3 12
Eagulls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
25
3 12
Dry the River is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2011
Folk rock, Indie folk