Jim Carroll

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In 2008, you will be seeing and hearing a lot of….

It’s that time of the year when music pundits gets a crick in their neck from all the looking backwards and forwards. Here’s a round-up of the round-ups. As you would expect, some names come up again and again and …

Tue, Jan 8, 2008, 08:48

   

It’s that time of the year when music pundits gets a crick in their neck from all the looking backwards and forwards. Here’s a round-up of the round-ups. As you would expect, some names come up again and again and again

At The Ticket, we’re gambling our lunch money on such acts as Adele, The Ting Tings, Santogold, JayMay and Foals.

At The Guardian, their panel of experts think 2008 will be “the year of odd band names” such as Black Kids, Dead Kids and The Whitest Boy Alive.

Reuters are also in on the act with 10 fresh faces they think will make a splash in ’08 including Kate Voegele, Blitzen Trapper, Lady Antebellum and Esperanza Spalding.

Rolling Stone compiled their 10 to Watch list back in November which gave shouts out to Santogold, Cool Kids (we heart the Cool Kids so much), Black Kids and OneRepublic.

The Sun’s Something for the Weekend Class of 08 includes Vampire Weekend, The Ting Tings, The Courteneers, Ebony Bones and Glasvegas.

Q magazine’s list includes such predictable Q fodder as Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong, Nick Harrison and The Troubadours, while Mojo go a little left-of-centre bigging up Hercules & Love Affair (we’re smitten with Andrew Butler and friends after a couple of listens to their album due soon on DFA), Pete Molinari, Howlin’ Rain and Lightspeed Champion.

The daddy of them all is the BBC Sound of 2008 poll which rounds up the views of over 150 pop-pickers. Like all these polls, it has featured some duds over the years (we’re still waiting for Kubb, Marcos Hernandez and Air Traffic to set the world alight) so, as with all these lists, caution is advised. Their Number 1 tip is Adele and the Top 10 also featured Duffy, Santogold, Vampire Weekend and The Ting Tings.

And, lastly, welcome proof that not everyone thinks the same way. The Cleveland Free Times are predicting that 2008 will be the year of such acts as Afternoon Naps, To Be A High Powered Executive and Unsparing Sea.

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