I think with the dissemination of technology and the fragmentation of markets, "the next big thing" may consigned to the early-2000s.
With that said, all of those bands rock. Synth pop has been steadily gaining a foothold here in Beijing since mid-2006, but with every new band who creates sexy, bouncy beats, a dozen more create derivative and forgettable trash.
A trend that I've noticed are those (Vampire Weekend, Girls, Fucked Up, These Are Powers... the Beijing band Gum Bleed) who incorporate a dozen-or-so sounds into undefinable genres.
But, as always, music journalists feel as if they should slap a label on everything.
Music journalists. God, I hate those pretentious fuckers.