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New Music To Know: 6 Acts to See At Coachella

At this point, everyone knows who’s headlining Coachella, but what about those acts playing the early hours of the festival?

04/10/2014

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New Music To Know: Betty Who Makes Dance Music You Can Cry To

This dichotomy of pouring her heart out, while you bust a move on the dance floor was a conscious decision early on. “I didn’t want to write songs that would always make you want to slit your wrists in the bathtub,” Who said.

04/04/2014

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New Music To Know: Jetta Talks Insects, Joy Williams & That Little Google Video

Her song, “Feels Like Coming Home,” was used to soundtrack last year’s “Google Zeitgeist” video, which has been seen over 31 million times on YouTube. And probably induced even more tears. Not a bad way to make your debut.

03/20/2014

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New Music to Know: Sam Smith Writes Songs for Lonely People

“I’ve never been in a relationship before,” Smith says. ” I wanted to write an album for lonely people, because I don’t think there’s been enough music out there that talks about unrequited love.”

03/13/2014

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New Music to Know: American Authors Are Having the Best Days of Their Lives

Many have found a connection with the feel good vibes of “Best Day of My Life” where the guys are touching the clouds, howling at the moon and just generally grabbing life by the balls, singing, “No limits just epiphanies.”

02/20/2014

(Pete Voelker for Frenchkiss Records)

Drowners Do it All For Love on Self-Titled Debut

One part jangly guitar riffs à la The Smiths and one part disheveled punk, the Drowners love-filled debut is a testament to the gritty New York reality that’s helped craft perfect pop songs for generations.

01/31/2014

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New Music To Know: John Newman Takes on Soul Music

All the best soul songs are about love: from falling into it to losing it and everything in between. And it’s that Motown sound in particular that John Newman takes inspiration from on his debut album, ‘Tribute.’

01/24/2014

Gem Club (Tonje Thilesen)

New Music To Know: Gem Club Finds Inspiration in Love, Death & Porn on Latest Album ‘In Roses’

With his latest album “In Roses,” Christopher Barnes—who records under the moniker Gem Club—deals with fantasy and reality to make something hauntingly beautiful.

01/23/2014

(Andrew DeSantis)

New Music To Know: Painted Palms Take the Information Superhighway All the Way Back to the ’60s

Many would say the Internet has had a negative effect on the way people communicate with one another, but Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme of the band Painted Palms aren’t those people.

01/17/2014

Jamie, Noah, Graham and Sydney Sierota of Echosmith (Smallz & Raskind)

New Music To Know: Echosmith Aspires Toward Role Model Status

“What we wanted to do with our music is write songs that have messages. I guess at the core of our songs they are pop, but we wanted to embrace the pop song with real and raw music.”

01/10/2014

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New Music To Know: Vance Joy Goes From Lawyer to Folk Singer and Never Looks Back

James Keogh originally intended to become a lawyer, but after earning his degree he decided to become a singer/songwriter named Vance Joy instead.

01/03/2014

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Best of New Music To Know 2013

This year, everyone and their mother was singing along to Lorde’s anti-consumerist anthem “Royals,” but the New Zealand teen wasn’t the only new kid on the block who got us excited.

12/24/2013

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New Music to Know: Drake Collaborator Sampha Brings His British Soul Across the Pond

When Drake debuted the song “Too Much” live on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,’ the performance also served as a showcase for the emerging British alt-R&B artist who played alongside the rapper.

12/13/2013

(Photo by Dario Calmese)

New Music to Know: Rocket & the Ghost Aim for Pure Rock Gold on Debut EP

“Five people that get along who want to be there and want to play music together and be in the same room together, that’s a feat within itself. A band of brothers. It’s working for us so far,” Brian Kesley said.

11/14/2013

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New Music To Know: James Bay Bares His Soul on Bluesy Debut

James Bay started writing songs when he was just a teenager, all of which were based on his own life. Now at 22, he’s still writing about himself, but admits it’s gotten harder over the years to lay it all on the line.

11/08/2013

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New Music To Know: In the Valley Below Make Moody Pop Inspired by Power Ballads & Phil Collins

In the Valley Below members Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob both want to make music they like listening to. And what they both like listening to is power ballads and Phil Collins.

11/07/2013

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New Music to Know: Dan Croll Proves The Beatles Aren’t the Only Good Thing Out of Liverpool

Croll grew up and still lives in Liverpool, home to a little band called the Beatles. And as one might expect, it’s a hard act to follow, but it doesn’t weigh on Croll. It just makes him work harder.

11/04/2013

(Kaitlin Christy)

New Music To Know: Kitten Puts Its Own Charli XCX-Approved Spin on the ’80s

Chloe Chaidez, the frontwoman for the L.A. band, grew up listening to punk rock and classic rock but when it came to her own direction she went in her own synth-heavy direction. Just don’t call them an Eighties band.

11/01/2013

(Josh Shinner/ RCA Records)

New Music To Know: Kodaline Only Looking To Spread the Positive Vibes

Three and a half years ago, Kodaline decided they would never again write a song that was just for fun. The Irish band wanted to keep things honest and the change seems to be paying off.

10/18/2013

(Courtesy of Columbia Records)

London Grammar Brings The Sound Of Young Britain To America

Back in their home country of England, London Grammar is already a sensation, but as they make their way across the States for the first time, they hope to win over the American public.

10/10/2013

(Tom Beard)

New Music To Know: Haim Spread The Sisterly Love With Debut, ‘Days Are Gone’

Though HAIM shy away from calling themselves role models, they hope they encourage some other little girls to go out and rock. Preferably sisters.

09/20/2013

(Dan Monick)

New Music To Know: Nervo Make The Move From Cover Girls to Pop Stars

Liv Nervo will tell you that her and her twin sister, Mim–better known as the DJ duo NERVO–are not pop stars, but she may be in a bit of denial.

09/13/2013

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New Music To Know: Valerie June Channels Her Memphis Roots, With Help From Dan Auerbach

June has a taste for vintage music. Her favorite being that of which was recorded in the 1920s and ’30s, something the Tennessee native attributes to growing up in a church that featured a lot of music.

08/23/2013

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New Music To Know: Kopecky Family Band Go Full Wes Anderson On Debut

The Kopecky Family Band’s “Heartbeat” is one of those songs that is one perfect placement away from turning them into a creeper success band, like the Lumineers or Imagine Dragons. You know the type, that six months later you can’t escape because it was just so damn catchy.

08/09/2013

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New Music To Know: Andrew Ripp Lets His Guard Down

“I try to be as honest as I can possibly be when I’m writing a song. I think that’s what the listener wants: total vulnerability from a writer,” he said.

06/07/2013

(Courtesy of Republic Records)

New Music To Know: Pacific Air, Electropop With Just A Touch Of Enya

Listen closely to the duo and you might hear a bit of early ’90s R&B or hip-hop. Pay even closer attention and you’ll detect a little Enya.

05/24/2013

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New Music To Know: Laura Mvula’s Unexpected World Of ‘Orchestral Soul’

About thirty seconds into her debut single, “She,” Laura Mvula introduces a choir. And the vocal arrangement is like the sun coming out. It’s reminiscent of what the Beach Boys did, but filtered by way […]

05/23/2013

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New Music To Know: Daley

Some artists are discovered in back room deals by industry insiders who package them and turn them into a commodity that the iTunes buying public can stomach. And some artists, like Manchester’s blue-eyed soulful son […]

04/01/2013

(Steve Gullick/Interscope Records)

New Music To Know: Jamie N Commons

He’s an old blues soul buried in the body of a young British man. He wears a planters hat – a gift from his sister – and overcoat everywhere he goes, evoking images a certain […]

03/21/2013

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New Music To Know: POP ETC

The story of an indie band who changed their name, their sound, their homebase and ended up on the final “Twilight” soundtrack.

11/09/2012