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This Just In: NME Thinks America Is Cool Again

Bad news, Buzz readers (and America): Apparently, we have all been suffering from a crisis of uncoolness for some time now. And the worst part is we didn't even know it (or, at least, I didn't)! This is all according to the British music magazine NME — but there's good news, too, since NME has now managed to find 25 American bands that are making us cool again!

To quote the press release, the new issue is celebrating "the 25 American acts who are whipping up a storm on both sides of the Atlantic — signaling the re-birth of the US music scene!" Which is good, since I've had nothing to listen to for years now when I want to support the good ol' US of A!

Sarcasm aside, I'm glad the magazine is recognizing some great bands that started here — but this is kind of dramatic. I mean, did you know our music scene had died? I thought things were going pretty well, even before Vampire Weekend showed up.

Anyway, I may not agree with NME's sensational declarations, but I am OK with these bands representing America's fine musical taste abroad. I'll share the list of bands after the jump, but I'm also curious what acts gave our friends in the UK such a sour feeling about American music before now. If they really thought we were suffering, they could have just asked, and I would have been happy to point them to some great music!

To see the 25 bands that have helped us reclaim some cool points and let me know your thoughts,


  1. Vampire Weekend
  2. Lil Wayne
  3. Glass Candy
  4. Kings of Leon
  5. MGMT
  6. Spank Rock
  7. TV on the Radio
  8. Boy Crisis
  9. Black Kids
  10. Holy Ghost Revival
  11. The Hold Steady
  12. Fleet Foxes
  13. Amazing Baby
  14. Jay Reatard
  15. HEALTH
  16. The Cool Kids
  17. Black Lips
  18. Yo Majesty
  19. White Denim
  20. Telepathe
  21. Iglu and Hartly
  22. Chester French
  23. Girl Talk
  24. TheDeathSet
  25. Grace Jones


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