Every year at this time, my friend Andy sends out a excited email asking a dozen of his music-obsessed friends to compile their lists of the year's best music. No music critic by training, I nevertheless dive in.
It saddens me to realize that the current "trend" may be one in which being an artist, writing songs, singing, and performing ranks rather low on the scale of importance when it comes to popular music; if at all.
The "Out 100" party has the distinction of being one of the few events where political hopefuls chat up pop artists, and reality TV stars are greeted with the same enthusiasm as porn actors as well as one notoriously disgruntled flight attendant.
I can't even imagine how music fans with jobs that don't involve surfing the web all day can keep up with all the good music out there. With that in mind, URB has assembled a list of our fave new artists.