Welcome to the first in a new series of posts on The Point Of Everything. This site will be a year old on January 6 so I will be trying out a few things to spice things up. Below is the first in the ‘A crash course in…’ series where you will find out all you need to know about some aspect of music, whether it be a new album release, a new band, a genre, an old band and much, much more. This is #1. I hope you enjoy…

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50 Cent, Electric Six, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Thrills, Dizzee Rascal, Interpol, Audio Bullys, Mario, The Datsuns, Sean Paul, Keane, Franz Ferdinand, Wiley, Razorlight, Joss Stone, McFly, Scissor Sisters, The Ordinary Boys, Tali, Gemma Fox, The Bravery, Bloc Party, Kano, The Game, Kaiser Chiefs, KT Tunstall, The Dead 60s, The Dears, Tom Vek, The Magic Numbers, Corinne Bailey Rae, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Feeling, Plan B, Guillemots, Sway, Chris Brown, Marcos Hernandez, Kubb, The Automatic, Mika, The Twang, Klaxons, Sadie Ama, Enter Shikari, Air Traffic, Cold War Kids, Just Jack, Ghosts, The Rumble Strips, Adele, Duffy, The Ting Tings, Glasvegas, Foals, Vampire Weekend, Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, Black Kids, MGMT, Santigold, Little Boots, White Lies, Florence and the Machine, Empire of the Sun, La Roux, Lady Gaga, VV Brown, Kid Cudi, Passion Pit, Dan Black, Ellie Goulding, Marina and the Diamonds, Delphic, Hurts and The Drums.

Since 2003 the BBC Sound of the year list, the 2011 list is set to be announced in the first few weeks of January, has had a pretty good eye for who will be big (for six months at least), and unlike other tip lists, it features all genres great and bad. And over the next 12 months, the 15 bands that feature on the longlist will enjoy success to some degree. But if we cast our eyes to the above list of bands, how many can you say have made it into the big time, could still sell out major arenas and top the charrts? The above list goes back to 2003 and many are still going strong. Many who have featured have carved out six months of success and below you will get a chance to cast on ear over who you should and should not listen to. There are plenty videos, streams and links to keep you entertained, as well as pictures of each. Whether or not all of it is worth a second listen (or even more than 30 seconds) is questionable, but the Sound Of list is a good place to look for new talent. I have tried to be restrained in featuring all 15 of the bands, though there are some where you just wonder why… And we all know who Warpaint, The Vaccines and The Naked & Famous are already don’t we? Over the next three pages you will hear dubstep, pop, rock, Kings of Leon rock, dubstep, dance, urban, New Zealand rock and dubstep. Intrigued? Read on…

BBC Sound of 2011 website

Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi has already supported Arctic Monkeys and Grinderman in 2010 so big things are expected of the girl with the big voice next year. There are a number of live videos doing the rounds, many of which you will find below. The Guardian has already written about her, and her classic look, style and voice seems perfect for a music world that is always looking for the next big thing in nostalgia. Her self-titled album is out on Friday, January 14 on Domino Records, who wrote a great, lengthy bio of her, and is sure to attract some curious ears.

Tony Clayton-Lea of The Irish Times was in Dingle for Other Voices at the beginning of December. On the first night of what is described as a magical little festival, Anna Calvi performed. Tony wrote for On The Record: “While not officially on the Richard Hawley curated evening, the elfin-like London-Italian Anna Calvi started the show with a short burst of keyed-up intensity. So reserved in person, and so expressive on stage, Calvi channels multi-stranded influences. We can hear PJ Harvey, we can see Twin Peaks, we can feel the ground move, and standing above it all is pint-sized Calvi, so striking in black and white and red. We will be hearing so much more about this smart woman, believe me.”

Here is the album closer ‘Love Won’t Be Leaving’:



Clare Maguire

Clare Maguire seems like the most obvious pop star to appear on the list. She has the ‘big voice’ that guarantees her to get on the radio. But in a change to recent years where the electro pop female was at the forefront of the future sound, Clare seems happy to make sure her voice stays centre stage. Listening to the cover of Anthony and the Johnsons’ track below shows that.

Read more about her here and see what the Guardian thought of her here.

This is the big single, ‘Ain’t Nobody’

Clare Maguire – ‘Ain’t Nobody’ (Breakage Remix)

Clare Maguire – ‘You’re Electric’

She has also covered Anthony and The Johnsons’ ‘Hope There’s Someone’.

You can download ‘Strangest Thing’ here (It’s not going to be on the album).

And this is what she looks like live:

Her debut album Light After Dark is out at the end of February and she is touring with Hurts that month (which should strike fear into any music fan’s heart). She will support them at Dublin’s Academy on the seventh of that month. Tickets here.



Not content with competing with Jack White as the busiest man in the music business, Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur etc. He is kind of a big deal) is setting his sights on Simon Cowell. Breaking talent and the next big thing may well be next on Albarn’s checklist (even though he has said in the past how much he hates X Factor). Daley would probably not be on the Sound of 2011 longlist if it wasn’t for his appearance on Gorillaz’ standalone single ‘Doncamatic a few months ago. Does he qualify as a hipster? The haircut would seem to confirm such fears and the voice is a bit divisive, but Daley obviously has friends in high places. He has been around for a few years too – ‘Rainy Day’ is almost two years old.

Daley – ‘Rainy Day’

Daley – ‘More Than A Woman (Calvey Richardson cover)’