The Hottest Guys of Indie Music

There are a lot of hot guys at the top of the music world.
Justin Timberlake
, Ricky Martin, Usher and the like dominate our pop culture landscape for both their talent and their good looks. But what about the bands that don’t play the Super Bowl half time show
or make the cover of Rolling Stone? Well, it turns out there is a whole
underground world of hotness that most people haven’t been exposed to yet. I feel obligated to bring these men to your attention!

Matt Johnson – Matt
and Kim

Matt Johnson, the “Matt” half of dance pop duo
Matt and Kim, certainly has a lot going for him. For one, he is gorgeous. For
another, his band is having a great couple years, beginning with their 2009 MTV
Video Music Award for their video “Lessons Learned” (where Matt
strips completely naked in Times Square.
Seriously, go look it up, it’s pretty awesome) as well as playing major
festivals like Lollapalooza in 2010 and Bonnaroo this past summer. The band is gaining popularity, hopefully
Matt will remember his naked music video roots and be sure to not get too far
away from that, or else I will be forced to protest.


Chuck Criss – Freelance Whales

The surname for Chuck Criss might ring a bell for many of
you (and if not, let me be the first to welcome you to AfterElton) but rest
assured, my shallowness is completely unbiased and pure. After releasing their first album Weathervanes last April, Chuck’s band
Freelance Whales has gotten a lot of attention from sources like Spin Magazine,
Entertainment Weekly, Paste Magazine and MTVU, with most agreeing that
Freelance Whales has the potential to be “the next big band”, a
sentiment strengthened by the band’s amazing performances at this year’s
Coachella and Bonnaroo festivals.

Freelance Whales also released an EP through
the music charity Sweet Relief with 100% of the proceeds going to victims of
the Japanese earthquake (you can buy it through their website,
proving that not only is Chuck gorgeous and talented, he is generous and
charitable too.


Robert Levon Been –
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

As the super hot bassist for the band Black Rebel
, Robert Levon Been has the distinction of being a member of what I
believe is one of the best rock bands of the last couple of years. The band,
which has been together since 1998, has released several albums with a wide
range of sounds and styles, from hard rock, to soulful gospel, to all

Since touring, making music videos, writing music and being
extremely attractive was not enough to keep Robert and the rest of Black Rebel
Motorcycle busy, they also created their own record label, Abstract Dragon,
under which they released their last two albums, The Effects of 333 in 2008 and Beat
the Devil’s Tattoo
in 2010. The band also released a DVD of their live
shows, taken from their tour in Berlin, Glasgow and Dublin, a worthwhile
purchase so that one can stare at Robert and watch him over and over again,
without having to deal with shaky YouTube footage.


Kristian Matsson – The
Tallest Man on Earth

Musician Kristian Matsson, who performs as The Tallest Man
On Earth
, may not be as tall as his stage name suggests, but he is extremely
attractive and has an amazing voice. The young Swede is often compared to Bob
, with his deep, raspy sound and acoustic style, but it would be
unfortunate to dismiss him as some sort of Dylan wannabe, considering his

While I am not even going to pretend that I know anything about the
mechanics of playing an instrument, Kristian’s beautiful instrumentals and
unique voice are stunning to listen to.
It’s probably best that he plays solo, because having anyone else on
stage would simply be a distraction from staring at his gorgeous face.

Mark Foster – Foster
the People

Mark Foster, the singer and namesake of the buzzed about
indie band Foster the People, is creating quite the stir among music bloggers
for his catchy tunes, serious song lyrics, and gorgeous face. Okay, the last
one might just be me, but the rest is all true. Foster the People only released
their first album in May, but they are already becoming one of the most popular
alternative bands out there. Their first
single, “Pumped Up Kicks” is upbeat, fun, and it only takes about a
dozen or so listens before you realize that you are singing along to a song
about a boy who wants to shoot his classmates. The band is currently on tour,
selling out at a lot of their venues and reassuring us that we will be able to
look at Mark Foster’s pretty face for a long, long time.


Kid Cudi

While Kid Cudi is probably one of the more recognizable
names on this list, I decided to include him because he is very attractive and
I like having an excuse to look at pictures of him. Don’t ever let anyone tell
you I don’t have strong morals. Kid Cudi has been prolific in the hip-hop scene
ever since his release of his 2009 single “Day’n’Nite”. He has worked
with artists such as MGMT, Common, Kanye West and Jay-Z, although his most
recent project is a rock band called 2 Be Continuum and his new label, called
“Wicked Awesome Records”. If that was not enough, he is currently
starring in the HBO show How to Make it
in America
, with Mark Wahlberg, which is very courteous of him, as it gives
us a whole new way to enjoy is talents, in a completely respectful and
non-shallow way or course.


Steven Chen – The
Airborne Toxic Event

While it seems that there is very little Asian
representation in rock music, (sorry, I am not being intentionally obtuse, I
just can’t really think of anyone else off the top of my head. Any suggestions?)
at least there is Steven Chen, the super hot guitarist and keyboardist from the
Airborne Toxic Event. Airborne Toxic Event has been together since 2006,
releasing their first album in 2008 and a follow-up album just this past April.
The band weaves together classical instruments like the viola with Chen’s more
traditional rock guitar and keyboards to create an interesting mix of sounds
and feeling within their songs. Along with being extremely attractive, Chen is
a great performer, putting tons of passion and energy into his performances
during the band’s live shows.


Chidera Anamege – Chiddy

Chidera Anamege, the “Chiddy” half of duo Chiddy
, is an incredibly talented (and attractive) hip-hop artist. The group
became popular after posting their song “Opposite of Adults” on their
MySpace profile. The song, which sampled heavily from the popular MGMT song
“Kids”, quickly became a hit and drew attention to the group, already
a local favorite among music blogs and college kids. Chiddy Bang is notable for
their use of sampling from some of the most popular alternative groups, such as
Passion Pit, MGMT and Yelle, creating an interesting hip-hop alternative
sound. In April, Chiddy broke the world
record for longest freestyle rap, clocking in at 9 hours, 18 minutes and 22
seconds, which is just really, really impressive.

Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens, a singer-songwriter from Detroit, Michigan,
is one of those hard to classify artists. Some of his work fits into the folk
mold, while other albums are more electronic. However you classify him
musically though, he can clearly be classified as hot. Sufjan released his
first album back n 2000 and since then, he has released nine further albums,
many of which got rave reviews from music sites like Pitchfork, AV Club and one
of which, Illinois, reached Number
One on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers list.

While many of Sufjan’s songs feature
religious themes or allusions to spirituality, his soothing voice and smooth
instrumentals make his music accessible to everyone.




So now that I have hopefully brought some previously unknown
hotness…er…I mean talent, to everyone’s attention, let me know. Did I miss
anyone important? And did anyone out there manage to crack the mystery of what
kind of music I like? I know, I am pretty subtle, but if you look really closely, you might just be able
to identify it.