10 for 2010- WHERE ARE THEY NOW? //
It’s only appropriate for us to tell you how right we were when we made our predictions for bands to watch in 2010. So before we tell you who’s going to kill it in 2011, let us reflect… and GLOAT!
The above chart from NextBigSound.com shows how artists trend online through fan counts, song plays and comments. With almost 15 million fans, Drake was our best prediction followed by Local Natives, Fanfarlo and Screaming Females. Read below for a synopsis of each band/artists awesome year and please leave a comment and tell us that we told you so!
#1 Hank and Cupcakes- Hank and Cupcakes have a special place in our hearts.They are helped us celebrate our 1 year anniversary at the Glasslands last week. If you’ve ignored our affinity for them in the past year, its your loss! Check out pictures from our 1 Year Anniversary last week here.
#2 Local Natives- One of 2010’s most anticipated bands made themselves one of 2010’s most celebrated albums. Gorilla Manor made countless Top Albums of 2010 lists across the web including here at MV, and other reputable sources like Paste Magazine. We definitely told you so!
#3 Fanfarlo- These SXSW Veterans had a very Hollywood 2010 with multiple late night TV appearances and their songs were featured in movies like The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Going the Distance.
#4 Zach Deputy- Releasing a few new singles in 2010, Zach Deputy, continues to delight his fans and acquire new ones. Touring extensively in the first half of 2011, fans lit up the dance floor on Jam Cruise this week.
#5 Neon Indian- Neon Indian took off like a rocket this year after releasing, Psychic Chasms on Lefse Records also the home of Keepaway. After receiving tons of love from every important music publication out there and of course all the NYC and Brooklyn locals he took the show on the road and even made an appearance on in February of 2010, on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
#6 Drake- This artist blew up so big that they had to cancel his free show on the Seaport in NYC this summer because the crowds got so big they were blocking traffic and the city was afraid for the public’s safety. You saw him perform with Jay-Z and Eminem even before he had dropped his first LP. Pretty good for a guy who then had no label and only a mix tape out. Although, everyone tapped Drake as someone to have major success in 2010 I don’t think anyone knew how big he’s actually be. Most recently he has collaborated with top artists like Rhianna and Nicki Minaj.
#7 Angus and Julia Stone- Another band making our Top Albums of 2010
#8 Stryk Nine- For 5+ years, these guys have been rockin the Boston area and beyond and 2011 was no exception. It was a big year for the “Boston Metalcore” group who just released their new single, The Life I Want. Highlights of the year include a shows with The Misfits, Soulfly and Powerman 5000 and the boys kick-off 2011 with a tour down south. Love metal? Show your support by “liking” them on Facebook… because we told you last year!
#9 Screaming Females- The Screaming Females have had a great 2010. They played the MOG music CMJ party with DOM and Yo La Tengo to a packed house at Brooklyn Bowl this year as well as Siren Fest on Coney Island this summer. Buzz has been building and anyone who can rip guitar and write lyrics like that deserves praise and attention. They started in New Jersey’s basement underground with two mini albums, Baby Teeth, 2007 and What If Someone Was Watching Their TV, which has since been reissued. After signing with Don Giovanni Records they released their first official LP, Power Move. 2010 saw the release of Castle Talk, by far the groups strongest and most polished album. If you’re a true rocker you will fall in love with this album. We predict that Screaming Females will have a killer year in 2011 too and that Castle Talk will become a classic. We already consider it as a favorite in our archive.
#10 Keepaway- Babystyle made our Top Albums of 2010, you didn’t see that coming?