20 Best Debuts of 2013

From the precocious Lorde to the impish Fidlar, these are the rookies of the year

Joanna Gruesome, 'Weird Sister'
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14. Joanna Gruesome, 'Weird Sister'

Yeah, the awful name's a riff on oddball pysch-folkie Joanna Newsome, but this Welsh quintet strum and pound a fuzzy, grimey guitar pop, just like the UK used to make in spades back in the Eighties. Over amp buzz and busted jangle singer Alanna McArdle coos like she can't decide whether to toss you off the balcony or order you room service.

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