The best things our older kids do for us? Make us tune in to hipper stuff. Here, rut-shaking ideas from younger people we trust
Stills, 25, is a music-scene photographer who, as the daughter of rock star Stephen Stills, developed a keen ear for new sounds.
The three sisters in this group are trying to connect many generations of music and women. I am inspired by their strength—and their ability to get people dancing.
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A singer-songwriter from Sweden, Kristian is an updated version of Bob Dylan. He takes me back to the ’60s and ’70s.
I enjoy this Perth, Australia, band because they sound like a psychedelic take on the Beatles. I especially love their song “Elephant” because it has such a great beat.
English musician Lidell comes on as a combination of the Bee Gees and R&B. His soulful voice, similar to Marvin Gaye’s, is sweet, smooth and sexy.
These New Jersey guys have the power of their state’s rock icon, Bruce Springsteen. When I listen to them, I feel so American because they bring the spirit of our country to their songs.
Once I saw them on Saturday Night Live, I was hooked. Their music is inspired by gospel, and lead singer Brittany Howard is mesmerizing; she sounds exactly like Janis Joplin.
When I hear them, I think Jimi Hendrix. I feel they’re using their music to bring back the distorted guitar and soulful music you don’t find anymore—raw rock from eras ago.
They’re an English indie band who remind me of our Violent Femmes. The Vaccines have a happy sound that makes you want to let loose. They’re the perfect remedy for a stressful day.
Marano, 20, plays Bay Kennish on the ABC Family series Switched at Birth and had a recurring role on Dexter.
"I watch the DVDs over and over again because I constantly find myself laughing at jokes I didn’t realize were there before."
Rossum, 26, stars in Showtime’s Shameless and such films as Beautiful Creatures. Her latest CD is Sentimental Journey.
This Italian thriller, which I saw on iTunes, centers on a woman who gets involved with a man and winds up in a coma. When she wakes up, she is under investigation.
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A fresh take on a Woody Allen film, this low-budget comedy portrays a sometimes complicated and questionable relationship.
This Iranian drama, which won a 2012 Oscar, focuses on a family in which the mother wants a divorce, which is completely taboo. The acting is simply brilliant.
Depicting the friendship between a Nazi’s son and a Jewish boy who lives on the other side of a camp fence, it shows World War II through a child’s eyes.
In this film, based on a true story, a Danish girl marries a king and then has an affair with his doctor. The cinematography is beautiful, and so are the costumes.
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