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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

10 Artists That Will Still Matter in 30 Years

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

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LCD Soundsystem

The Talking Heads for arty oughts-era college kids. And what a finale they had.

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Arcade Fire

The U2 for arty oughts-era college kids. And with the hook of an unexpected Grammy, they'll have an everlasting claim to fame.

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Odd Future

The rise of Odd Future saw an entirely new generation exert its influence over the music industry. The L.A. rap collective won't just be remembered for its controversial lyrics, but rather for its striking and timely synthesis of influences: skateboarding, the Internet, a newly voracious attitude toward cultural consumption, etc. These rappers are reshaping the music world one Tweet at a time, and having an impact that their young fans won't forget.

Girl Talk
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Girl Talk

Gregg Gillis doesn't call what he makes mashups, but he's still likely to be remembered as the figurehead of the mashup era. He's also canonizing the last 30 or so years of pop music for a young audience, giving classic songs (or snippets thereof) at context that those new to them will remember a long ways down the line. Also, anyone who attended an early-2000s music festival somewhere in the world probably saw this guy play at least once. (Though it's an open question whether they have any memory of it.)

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Diplo

Thomas Pentz is that rare studio wizard who's also a major public figure -- much more than, say, Timbaland is. Diplo's had his hand in hit songs by so many big artists it's difficult to even remember them all, and some of his work -- like his productions for M.I.A. -- thrust the pop zeitgeist to adventurous new places. He also shows no sign of slowing down. In 30 years, people will scratch their heads at the mention of a Blackberry, but we bet they'll still remember Diplo.

-- @iPORT


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