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#9 Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, 'Portlandia')

The next stop on the Gummys express is Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011; ten females, ten males, one Gosling. Hit the gallery to check out the winners of this award, truly the people’s champions when it comes to crushes. Just outside the fray: EMA and Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner for the ladies, Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, Noah Lennox and Kurt Vile for the fellas. And for the person that voted for ’311′ in every single category, we’ll relay the (paraphrased) wisdom of an old sage as advice; “Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged. Missing me one place search another, [We] stop somewhere waiting for you.”

Male crushes:
10 Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys)
09 Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound)
08 Anthony Gonzalez (M83)
07 Matt Berninger (The National)
06 Ryan Gosling (Dead Man’s Bones)
05 Donald Glover (Childish Gambino)
04 Christopher Owens (Girls)
03 James Blake
02 Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)
01 Sufjan Stevens

Female crushes:
10 Alison Mosshart (The Kills, Dead Weather)
09 Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag)
08 Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast)
07 Florence Welch (Florence & The Machine)
06 Madeline Follin (Cults)
05 Leslie Feist (Feist)
04 Lykke Li
03 Zooey Deschanel (She & Him)
02 Lana Del Rey
01 Annie Clark (St. Vincent)

Comments (145)
  1. Weird. P-Nut form 311 isn’t on this list. Is he not indie enough?

  2. bradford cox should rank higher. obviously.

  3. WOOOOOOO

  4. This is the best year end list ever as voted by everyone ever.

  5. You should have written “Ryan Gosling (Dead Man’s Bones)”! I don’t understand why that project isn’t more celebrated. It’s so great!

  6. If only Annie Clark and Sufjan Stevens got together when she was part of his touring band, then we could have had cutest indie couple.

  7. Donald Glover? Ladies, c’mon.

  8. Come on no one has a crush on Bradford Cox no matter how good his music is.

    • rude and false.

    • i would imagine that the people who voted for him also have a thing for Ric Ocasek

    • I know this may come off as a bit ill-humored, but all of the “Bradford Cox iz totes ugly u gaiz!!!11!1″ comments in this post strike me as rather immature and more than a bit too Hipster Runoff for my tastes. Yeah, everyone gets it – he’s not going to be on magazine covers anytime soon. Hilarious stuff, that.

      And maybe this is also a very feminine viewpoint, but crushing is hardly all about looks (in my opinion of course, though I’m sure lots of others would agree). Besides being a ridiculously talented and endlessly fascinating musician, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Bradford before, and he’s very kind, engaging and endearing. (Not that I’ve had the chance to meet tons of famous people, but of all the ones I have, he was probably the sweetest.) What isn’t attractive about being kind, interesting and super talented again?

      • I read tons of comments, but yours are the most humblebraggy

        • I feel rather silly replying to a months-old comment, but I suppose I’m already wasting my time reading old stories on a music blog for no particular reason (other than being extremely bored), so whatever.

          I guess I can see why you may have thought that about this comment, even though I honestly don’t think saying that I met a modestly popular indie rock musician is that special, in the grand scheme of things. (I thought I did the right thing to avoid sounding like a namedropper by going out of my way to say that I’ve only met a small handful of people who could even marginally be considered famous, but perhaps not.) I’m not exactly sure why past comments of mine gave you that impression though. Especially given that over the past two years, give or take, I haven’t commented regularly on this site anyway.

          I’m probably just taking this way too personally. Oh well. Given some of the interpersonal insanity this site has seen over the past several months, at least I won’t be the only one, nor the most egregious offender by a long shot. And hopefully if you do notice this somehow and respond, it’ll take me less than two months to reply this time. :-P

  9. I wasn’t sure at the time if it was applicable, but now seeing Ryan Gosling on here, I wish I had voted for Kristen Wiig.

  10. I def have an Indie crush on Annie Clark. However my crush on Zooey has become more mainstream in recent years.

  11. Wait, people think Lana Del Ray is attractive? I had no idea. Oh man I’m so out of the loop. At least my man-crush on Matt Berninger doesn’t feel as weird.

    • Wow, I could not disagree more on LDR.

      • When asked to judge Lana Del Ray’s attractiveness, this is my thought process:
        1. Her lips
        2. What the fuck is going on with her lips?
        3. Seriously can somebody help me with this because those do not look like human lips
        4. Those lips are incredibly distracting right now
        5. Everything else.

  12. No Andrea Estella from Twin Sister? what is this madness?

  13. Even if she hasn’t released any music this year, my indie crush will always be Jenny Lewis !

  14. This list always serves to remind me why I am single, because I do not look like any of those dudes.

  15. am i the only one who voted for Sharon Van Etten?

  16. alexandra lawn is hotter than all these people combined…. into one mutant beast with 20 really, really good looking heads. that’s right. she’s that good.

  17. I’m a Sufjan fangirl and proud of it, so I have no complaints about this list. The inclusion of Ryan Gosling is just the icing on the cake.

  18. Too high: LDR (because she looks weird)

    Snubbed: Alexis Krauss (because she looks the opposite of weird)

    Congratulations to: Bradford Cox (because that’s incredible) and Ryan Gosling (whose looks apparently transcend rules)

  19. How did what’s-her-name from Wye Oak not make it?? Is it because we need to know names? Because I certainly voted for her.

  20. ++++++++++++++Madeline Follin+++++++++++++ what a dreamboat

  21. The chick from Beach House is pretty damn cute, I guess they didn’t really do anything this year so no one thought about her.

    LDR is hot, I don’t know what some ppl on here are talking about. If you want to hate on her music that’s fine, but I’m not going to stand idly by while people question her hotness/indie crushability.

    • Ehh, LDR doesn’t do much for me in the hotness department, especially when you figure that she’s high-maintenance with fake lips and other cosmetic enhancements. She actually reminds me of that character from The Wuzzles, Moosel:


      • She’s gotta be pretty young, so I doubt that she has had many, if any cosmetic enhancements.

        Having said that, the above comparison is pretty hilarious.

  22. C’mon Alexis Krauss from Sleigh Bells?

  23. Celeste “CC” Spina, little hurricane’s drummer

  24. Should read: Ryan Gosling (Dead Man’s Bones)

    Don’t know about anyone else, but I still listen to them every once in a while.

    Guys, it feels like I make this same comment every year BUT can you have a female significant other or friend pick the picture for the guys? The selection is always so dismal compared to the girls! If you need someone to volunteer their time for this task I am willing to sacrifice for the greater good.

    Better Alex Turner pics: http://www.last.fm/music/Alex+Turner/+images

  25. On a semi-related note, I found out that my favorite Mexican pop star, Julieta Venegas, follows Stereogum on twitter so if you guys could please say something to make me look cool in front of her I would appreciate it.

    • “Hi Julieta, you should totally @ Chris Trash, he comes full range.”

    • don’t Freak Out, My Stoney Baby, but If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Chris Trash besides his long Flowing hair, it’s that he’ll Do You Right. Trust me it Feels So Good – like Paradise.

      you’re Welcome.

  26. Alexandra Lawn, the cellist for Ra Ra Riot, is gorgeous. She is destined to be the figurehead of the cute indie girls, she just hasn’t taken off yet.

  27. Why didn’t Merrill Garbus’ mustache make it on there? That thing gets me red hot.

  28. so glad that Annie Clark and Sufjan are number one

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    • Honestly, I’m surprised this thread made it this far with no downvotes. I was like, totally expecting a lot of WAY OFF BASE comments relating to this topic, but somehow nothing!

      Until now. Congrats, W.C.

      • But djfreshie, “Indie Rock” still means something in 2011.
        - William Curtis

        “Indie Rock” hasn’t meant anything since 1991.
        -Reality

        • Well…Dubya-Curt is right, as are you, that Indie Rock is a meaningless title that lazy people give things that are better described differently (and more accurately.) So, really…technically, this is a statement I generally agree with.

          However we are here in the spirit of superficiality to judge the looks of musicians. Not quibble over semantics.

          If you want Alexandra Lawn to smooch you under the mistletoe (or under the Hannukah Kreplach, if you will) and you should for chrissakes, then leave these criticisms outside the house. Then come on in. Oh hello Alexandra. Why is this Kreplach we’re standing under? Oh my….mmmmm

  30. Eleanor Friedberger is top 5 material. Female, of course. Her absence on this is a travesty to mankind.

  31. I’m partial to Sarah Barthel (Phantogram) myself, but that list is fine.

  32. Where Heems at on that male list

  33. these list are so educational. I listen to the music but I didn’t know what many of these people even looked like.

  34. No one told me Ryan Gosling was eligible!

  35. So happy to see Matt Berninger make the list this year…that combo of smoldering voice and snappy dressing get me every time.

  36. finally white women are getting their due.

  37. Janelle Monae. I would marry the fuck outta her.

  38. Victoria Legrand should be here, she’s the most perfect girl in indie rock, but well, Annie Clark’s also wonderful <3 and I loved Sufjan Stevens in the first place.

  39. Denis Schröder  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2011 +1

    Lykke Li’s hot drummer is definitely missing on the male list!

  40. Oh guys, we all messed up because we forgot to vote for Heems from Das Racist. We’ll get ‘em next year.

  41. LISA LOBSINGER TIE THE BELT AROUND MY FOREARM I’M RIDING THE CRAZY TRAIN.

  42. The two absolutely flawless human beings

    Ugh, look at Sufjan’s smug face. He totally knows he got the ladies (and the gays) going.

  43. Also, no one gave a shit about that Whitman reference?! Oh well, I guess I’ll revert to your regularly scheduled programming. Drizzy Drake forever. ‘Under The Misteltoe’ in stores now.

  44. Where’s Axl Rose?

  45. i can’t help it.

  46. Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls!

  47. Gillian Gilbert rejoined New Order this year; therefore, this list makes no sense to me.

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