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The 40 best musical acts in America

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The list of the 40 best American acts currently touring or releasing new music may be very alt-rockist for some tastes (Sufjan Stevens at No. 1?), but that’s what you get when you ask a panel of music bloggers to compile it. Obviously, there’s not much hip-hop or R&B, a blind spot that the list compilers acknowledge. Aside from that, though, who could you argue for who’s been left off? Madonna, maybe, but does she count as American anymore? What was Beck’s Guero, chopped liver? Are Rilo Kiley so hip they’re unhip?

Help me out, sharp-eared PopWatchers.