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5. Michael Kiwanuka
Kiwanuka's heady brew of throwback soul and acoustic ballads have rightly launched him into a spotlight that most twenty-four-year-olds only dream of in their studio apartments. Like Bill Withers (who Kiwanuka cites as an influence), there's a real down-home, manly sexiness to Kiwanuka's music, which contrasts nicely with his very English and very dapper cardigans-and-tweed style. I do love a man in a cabbie hat. — A.H.
Listen: "I'll Get Along"
4. Deck D’arcy (Phoenix)
Does having a fuckyeah Tumblr automatically garner you hot-dude indie cred? How about proximity to the Coppolas? How about a sexily percussive first name, and an apostrophe in your last name? Because Deck D’arcy has all of these things, as well as perpetually rosy cheeks. And, he plays bass, which, as everybody knows, means he is probably good with his hands. While Phoenix is reportedly working on a more experimental release for 2012, hopefully the rigors of innovation won’t sully D’arcy’s boyish good looks or his beguiling Gallic charms. — A. M.
3. Michael Angelakos (Passion Pit)
Sometimes, a person just has a good face. Passion Pit's high-pitched vocalist Michael Angelakos is one of those people. There's hardly a picture available that doesn't show him either grinning like a goofball or screeching into a microphone, full of unabashed enthusiasm. And then he can turn around and look unfairly dapper in a suit. Plus, scruff. (If you’re into that kind of thing. Which I am. Call me?) — A.M.
Listen: "I'll Be Alright"
2. Anand Wilder (Yeasayer)
Anand Wilder is beautiful, even with long hair. (Long-haired men weird me out purely because my mom is into them. She loves Robert Plant.) A classically-trained cellist whose influences are as disparate as TLC and Simon and Garfunkel, Wilder plays guitar, keyboards, and sings — now that's an indie-rock catch. And how could you not be into a band that makes videos simultaneously referencing Meshes of the Afternoon and The Abyss? — A.M.
1. Kele Okereke (Bloc Party)
When Bloc Party's long-awaited fourth album arrives later this year, it will no doubt be greeted with a resurgence of Tumblr and Pinterest-related interest in Kele Okereke. This will be based largely on his voice and musical talents, but also on his megawatt, insanely endearing smile. We could power an amusement park with this man's face. — A.H.
Listen: "3 x 3" (Sorry about the quality, but this is a brand-new song that made its live debut last month)
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