Every year, a new group of artists and acts makes its way to the head of the class. Some are more advanced than others; they've been steadily building their names at shows, creating a healthy buzz. Others have been toiling in virtual obscurity, holed up in basements or apartments, driven by the pure desire to craft compelling songs. Whatever their stage of development, each of the following acts is certain to make their mark this year. And even if they aren't all blog darlings or breakout stars by the end of 2011, they definitely... More >>>