Boys of Summer Boy-band fever is over and out. Now solo guitar guys are taking over the stage
With so many crooners on the loose, it’s hard to tell which guitar-cradling guy is worth the download. To help fuel your iPod/MP3 player with Mr. Right, we’ve called on a few pop-hunk faves for every girl’s listening pleasure.
The Pop Prince: Teddy Geiger His shtick: 17-year-old musician/actor from Rochester, N.Y. Think of him as the male version of Hilary Duff. Recent release: his debut, Underage Thinking His crowd: O.C. fans His sound: John Mayer-ish tunes you’ll hear blazing in the high school parking lot His look: American Idol meets GQ Put it on your playlist now: his latest single, “These Walls” Our prediction: more music and a leap into the film biz
The Crowd-Pleaser: Daniel Powter His shtick: This Vernon, B.C.-born 35-year-old has mastered the catchy kind of mainstream pop that lingers in your head for days (“Bad Day”). Recent release: his Juno-winning self-titled debut His crowd: boy-band die-hards looking to expand their horizons His sound: straightforward piano-driven pop His look: vintage Put it on your playlist now: his latest single, “Jimmy Gets High” Our prediction: TV sound-track gigs will abound.
The Sensitive Type: James Blunt His shtick: The 29-year-old ex-military Brit hit it big with “You’re Beautiful.” Recent release: multiplatinum-selling Back to Bedlam His crowd: suckers for a sore heart His sound: soft rock/pop ballads His look: Gap-commercial chic Put it on your playlist now: his next two singles, “High” and “Goodbye My Lover” Our prediction: Blunt’s next disc, Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions, will give him yet another awards-show victory lap.
The Boy Next Door: Jack Johnson His shtick: This 31-year-old Hawaiian surfer/rocker/filmmaker is the big kahuna behind his own label, Brushfire Records. Recent release: Sing-a-Longs and Lullabies for the film Curious George. His crowd: twentysomething R&Rers, pub lovers and cottage dwellers His sound: soulful folk His look: a collegiate Baywatch boy and back-to-schooler Put it on your playlist now: “Lullaby” Our prediction: He could go either way: Eric Clapton-type heights or Ted Nugent-esque lows.
The New Folkie: Teddy Thompson His shtick: The 30-year-old Brit (his mom is famed folkstress Linda Thompson) has been singing backup vocals for both Rufus and Martha Wainwright for a couple of years now. Recent release: his debut, Separate Ways His crowd: soy-latte fans, boho-chicsters His sound: hard-core folk with a bite of country peach His look: suit jackets and tees Put it on your playlist now: his anti-celeb anthem, “Shine So Bright” Our prediction: writing songs and singing with A-list performers
The Next Big Thing: Matt Costa His shtick: 24-year-old skater dude turned popster from Huntington Beach, Calif. Recent release: his first disc, Songs We Sing His crowd: know-it-all indie-music junkies His sound: Van Morrison meets The Beatles His look: artsy, under the radar, could be a Viper Room regular Put it on your playlist now: “Astair” Our prediction: mainstream invasion