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20 Best Debuts of 2013

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

Parquet Courts, 'Light Up Gold'
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2. Parquet Courts, 'Light Up Gold'

The songs on Parquet Courts' breakthrough are fast, brief and laugh-out-loud funny. These Brooklyn dudes take inspiration from the Nineties vibe of Pavement or Archers of Loaf, hitting their slack-ass glory in the climactic guitar groove "Stoned and Starving," where picking out snacks in a bodega feels like an epic quest.

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