The New York Times: Nifty 50

The NY Times’ Nifty 50 came out a few weeks ago, with these southerners making the cut:

23. The New Orleans-based duo of singer-songwriters Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner, known as Generationals (pictured above), are nostalgically pop; their idea of techno is a Moog synthesizer. Their first single, ”When They Fight, They Fight,” caught on, and so did they.

27. It’s fitting that Boyd Holbrook should look more like an artist, a filmmaker and an actor than a model. This Kentucky-born 28-year-old got a bit part in ”Milk,” had a gallery show in Chelsea and wrote a screenplay. A real model for models to follow.

41. The plucky Georgia teenager Melanie Oudin is American tennis’s next big hope. She scored upsets at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open — only a year after turning pro — and has a breathless charm that brings to mind Alicia Silverstone in ”Clueless.”

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