While we might not look back on the noughties with the romantic notions about culture and music we nostalgically attach to the past, there's no denying that there's been an annual shift towards a certain theme or genre as each year of the decade has ticked over.
2007 was all about boys 'n' guitars, last year was electro's return to the spotlight, but so far '09 has been a tough one to call.
The industry start of year mutterings have pointed towards folk, electro-pop, metal - you name it, there's a band out there doing it well.
Which is why nights like this are so interesting - a reminder to shake those slippers off and try something a bit more uncomfortable, something you're not used to.
The lastest in the Radio One presenter's semi-regular tours, Huw Stevens Introduces this time brings together two relative veterans of the Leeds scene.
Formed from the ashes of four defunct bands, Pulled Apart By Horses have the chaotic whirr of a group of frontmen who are all used to doing their own thing.
They might look harmless enough, but on stage they're complete lunatics.
A dirtier, scuffed-up And You Will Know Such is his intensity that he runs off for a 'sick break' half way through their set.
He then sets about bounding through the crowd, scaring the bejesus out of everyone apart from one rather stocky, raucous man in the front row,who is quite clearly ready to rock.
Rescuing the ICA from near destruction, Sky Larkin singer Katie Harkin peeps from under her fringe to excitedly talk about their debut album release (The Golden Spike is released on Monday on legendary indie label Wichita).
A tomboy in jeans and a T-shirt, she's a reminder of the Britpop frontwomen of yore - Justine Frischmann, Louise Wenner et al.
Like her '90s counterparts, there's a vulnerability that sweeps in and out of her vocal - it's piercing and self assured, but not quite confrontational.
Singles Fossil, I and Beeline are runaway favourites, but it's when Harkin ditches her guitar to add the multi-synth layers to the beautiful Somersault, that the Breeders comparisons that are sure to dog them are at their most obvious - and they really shine.
They're the indie-pop band we've been missing for so long - think Los Campesinos fronted by Sleater Kinney's Corin Tucker - they're a twee/rock mash-up.
They might not have the energy and aggression of Pulled Apart By Horses, but tonight's show just might have set the tone for this year.