Oh okay umm well the thing bout contemporary music I find is that it has
all become such an off shoot of genres and things as well as there being a
lot of music that really doesnt push the bounds of what music is, or
challenge someone's notion of what say rock music sounds like, that the
contemporary can be either amazing and fresh or dull and staid.
I like the amazing and fresh, and to think about music like that I can't
help bout think of Arctic Monkeys - lyrically by far and away the best in
contemporary music at the moment and sonically, pushing out the boat for
an indie band. Also, Klaxons are worth checking out, as is Duke Special,
Oppenheimer(an electo duo from Belfast, who have a great song about a
party yhey were at with Allen Ginnsberg!)...for bands who are more
sonically challenging, I'm a huge fan of Electro-House and funky House
etc., I would highly recommend listening the Chemical Brothers(esp.
collaborations w/ Noel Gallagher, Richard Ashcroft, The FLaming Lips and
Bobby Gillespie), Justice, Mstrkrft, Soulwax, Ladytron, CSS(hilarious
lyrics!), Daft Punk, Vitalic.