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The Debutantes

This fall, the best bands making their debuts are an eclectic lot—so eclectic, in fact, that the best way to organize them is not by style, but by temperament.


1. Patrick Watson
Montreal singer plays the kind of achy, atmospheric room-fillers that seem engineered for teary movie scenes.

2. Jesca Hoop
Precious, Tom Waits–approved singer from California delivers inventive, fantastical folk-pop poems.

3. Georgie James
Good old-fashioned indie rock courtesy of Omaha’s Saddle Creek Records, with thoughtful structures, a great rhythm section, and a boy-girl pair of singers.

4. Kevin Michael
Soulful Philadelphia crooning with stick-in-your-head choruses and A-list collaborators like Wyclef Jean and Lupe Fiasco.

5. Jamie T
An endearing British performer who veers from jagged Streets-ish rap-speak to weird indie sing-along anthems.

6. Ghostland Observatory
This Austin act’s edgy dance-rock anthems and (relatively) low-key grooves have been earning dance-floor devotees.


Fall Preview 2007

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