I don't know why, but there is something undeniably sexy about a man with an instrument. Maybe it has to do with their assertive confidence as they move across the stage or the way they hold the crowd in the palm of their hand or maybe its the fact that they can create and orchestrate such beautiful sounds that move and transport you. I just spent this last weekend at Bonnaroo Musical Festival and in addition to the shockingly large number of cute male patrons (many of which were shirtless), there was a whole plethora a cute musicians to feast your eyes on. I remember when I was reading I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres, the original groupie, she kept a sort of sexual hit list of musicians she wanted to, well, get to know better. So I made my own.
1) Justin Townes Earle
Bad boy. Mama's boy. Boy next door. Good ole boy. Hipster. Hick. Player. Lover. Gentleman. Junkie. Classy. Trashy. Nerd. Badass. And oh my damn, does this boy know how to dress! When he walked out onto the stage, in classic southern fashion, he tipped his hat to the audience and gave a cocky wink. I had turned into mush before the set had even started. And don't even get me started on that sexy twang or that lazy smile!
2) Andrew VanWyngarden (MGMT, guitar, vocals)
MGMT's frontman is definitely what I would consider a pretty boy. Plus, he's a college grad, from Wesleyan University no less! I remember when I saw them at Lollapalooza last summer he was wearing this retro-mod tweed suit!
3) Aaron Dessner (The National, bass, guitar, keyboards)
This boy hails back from my own home town, Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a HUGE fan of The National and it is actually Aaron who writes most of the music. The fact that he can create such amazing music makes my head spin in the best way possible. Plus, as an added bonus, he is also adorable! I've always been a sucker for curly hair and scruff. Plus he has a twin brother who is also in the band!
Impossible considering his religion forbids his from touching anyone from his wife (or
any gentile woman for that matter) and he is consequently married. Also, to some, perhaps a slightly odd choice, but I cant
5) Chris Martin (Coldplay, vocals)
Okay, taken. And I mean really taken considering he's married to Gwyneth Paltrow! Talk about unbeatable competition! Also, he has two kids. I'm no home-wrecker. But still, this guy is unbelievably sexy.
6) Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons, keyboard, vocals)
You gotta love an Englishman. They've got some kind of inherent charm that I can't quite put a finger on. I just saw these guys live at Bonnaroo and it was, without question, one of the best concerts I have ever seen!
7) Winston Marshall (Mumford and Sons, banjo, vocals)
Winston was practically humping his banjo. Kinda makes you think.
8) Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show, fiddle, vocals, harmonica)
I just saw these guys live and let me tell you, this is a band that wields a hefty amount
of sass. Like Justin Townes Earle, I get the sense that these country boys are more than
a little bit naughty. When I saw them, Ketch was wearing a neon bandana across his forehead and a bright flannel shirt (a look for which I am an undeniable sucker). But
more importantly, the way Ketch's lips moved across that harmonica made me suspect
that he would have expertise in multiple areas.
9) Matt Berninger (The National, lead vocals)
Matt Berninger may very well have the single sexiest voice in music today. I have seen
The National live three times at festivals and each time I was pulled away from another concert by the lull of his hypnotic baritone. Alas, sadly, he is also married.
10) Kid Cudi
A rapper who plays guitar? This guy revolutionized the hip hop genre! Never mind
the fact that he is also a sick dj! Plus, I love a brother who can pull off the thick
frame nerd specs.