When we asked readers yesterday if Gwyneth Paltrow was the mainstream’s Zooey Deschanel, we got an interesting response: a yawn. It turns out, many of you are sick of hearing about Zooey at this point. And frankly, we’re beginning to agree. Which begs another question: Who has enough style and substance to become the next Queen of the Indies? We’ve got 10 solid nominees after the jump.
10. Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast
What She’s Known For: Only time will tell if the “beach”-wave trend that her fame has successfully ridden so far will last longer than this summer, but we have faith in this singer-songwriter.
Why She’s A Possible “It” Girl: Although relatively new to the scene, massive coverage from websites such as the Hipster Runoff and Gorilla vs Bear has helped Bethany establish name recognition in most indie households. Also, hipsters probably hate to admit it, but most of them enjoy gossip as much as anyone else, and her relationship with Nathan Williams of Wavves makes for indie gossip gold. Bethany and Nathan may just be the next Ben and Zooey.
Bethany’s potential for lasting success is too early to call. Her songs are approachable and fun, which could lead to high album sales in the future, but being a somewhat successful indie artist would certainly not earn her “queen” status. Perhaps she’d have a shot if she starred in an indie movie about surfing or a remake of Disney’s classic Johnny Tsunami, but we have a feeling that isn’t going to happen.