4. Neko Case (part-time New Pornographer)
- with the most powerful and astounding voice in music today, and gorgeous to boot, how can you not be in love with her?
5. Wayne Petti (Cuff the Duke and Hylozists)
- poster boy for all the scrawny music geeks who couldn't get any action in high school, who are now modest and self-effacing indie stars - that spells adorable.
6. Chad VanGaalen
- disarming gentle giant with the attention span and the enthusiasm of an 8-year-old boy, who makes his own instruments.
And he got his driver's license this year.
Who's on your list?