Best New Artists of 2012

Album art for Alt-J's
Album art for Alt-J's "An Awesome Wave" (Album Art)

The Current plays new music every day, and this year we had the opportunity to introduce our listeners (and ourselves!) to countless talented new bands and musicians. According to our Top 89 poll this year, some of them stood out to you in particular. Here are your picks for the best new artists of 2012.

1. Alt J

2. Lumineers

3. Father John Misty

4. Of Monsters and Men

5. Alabama Shakes

6. JD McPherson

7. Frank Ocean

8. John Mark Nelson

9. Django Django

10. First Aid Kit

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  • The Lumineers performs in The Current studios
    The Lumineers performs in The Current studios (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Album art for Father John Misty's
    Album art for Father John Misty's "Fear Fun" (Album Art)
  • Icelandic indie-pop outfit Of Monsters and Men.
    Icelandic indie-pop outfit Of Monsters and Men. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Alabama Shakes perform in The Current studio
    Alabama Shakes perform in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • JD McPherson and band in studio at The Current
    JD McPherson and band in studio at The Current (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
    Frank Ocean - Channel Orange (Courtesy of Def Jam)
  • Album art for John Mark Nelson's
    Album art for John Mark Nelson's "Waiting and Waiting" (Album Art)
  • Album art for Django Django's self-titled album
    Album art for Django Django's self-titled album (Album Art)
  • Album art for First Aid Kit's
    Album art for First Aid Kit's "The Lion's Roar" (Album Art)
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