To conclude our coverage of everything next-level in 2011, these are the eleven most compelling “breakout” acts of the year.
Around this time each year we have the ask, has the whole world gone list crazy? And yes, we have, and ours go to eleven. Here’s our favorites this year.
This Week: The Back Keys finally cross over; all that Amy Winehouse left behind; The Roots tell the story of a child who grows into a drug-dealer; Poland’s Jacaszek combines classical and electronic; Auto-crooner T-Pain is back with club jams and guests.
Now three albums deep, including this year’s fiery Sound Kapital, Dan Boeckner and wife Alexei Perry are a post-punk Bonnie and Clyde. Let’s peruse their videos.
This Week: Japanese weirdo rockers Boris’ third album for 2011; Gorillaz look back at 10 years of hits with a box set of singles; The Smashing Pumpkins remind you how great they were with reissues of Gish and Siamese Dream; Wilco puts out special vinyl for Record Store Day’s Black Friday.
Kate Bush has been out of the spotlight for some time, releasing her first album in 10 years just this week. With that in mind, here are a few tributes, classic wins, and the occasional amusing and/or unfortunate happening.
This Week: Kate Bush gives us 50 Words For Snow; Rihanna’s all sexed up – with guests!; Mary J.’s album title is impressive, thankfully the album is too. Yelawolf’s big debut on Eminem’s label; Neutral Milk Hotel’s history in a vinyl box set.
Let’s talk blokes. Three emerging artists, young and from the UK: WU LYF, King Krule and MONEY.
This Week: Drake is back with superstar guests; Swedish electronic outfit Korallreven’s debut; Pterodactyl is noisy and bright; 31 years of R.E.M.; A synth-phonic release from Tycho.
There’s something about those familiar asphalt driveways and picket fences that put us in a certain mindset—video directors know this well and push the button often. And it still works, even now as we’ve been swept back to suburbia too many times to count. Instead of calling trite!, we’ve compiled a few all-time favorites for your viewing pleasure.
This Week: A beautiful and progressive release from Deerhunter frontman Brandford Cox; Cass McCombs keeps telling stories with his second album this year; Creepy auter David Lynch’s album is as odd as you would expect; Florence Welch and her Machine are massive in every way; Daniel Lopatin breaks out with another release as Oneohtrix Point Never.