We're sure Jesse Dee won this honor because of his tremendous songwriting and nostalgic fare. But the Arlington soul prodigy also looks the part of a friendly neighborhood heartthrob who's done good with nothing but his smile, charm, and a hollow-body Gibson. In the past year, Jesse graduated from smaller venues to headline the Paradise, and he continues to tour internationally on the strength of his full-length debut, Bittersweet Batch (7not). With perennial white Boston throwback fave Eli "Paperboy" Reed slated to drop his forever-awaited first major-label album, no doubt heads will turn here for the next R&B revivalist. And when they do, Dee, whose Batch was produced by Reed collaborator Jack Younger, might just get the larger pop recognition he deserves.
2. Bad Rabbits
3. Tokyo Tramps
4. Jordan Valentine and the Sunday Saints