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(John Fletcher/Tyler Kohlhoff/Jean-Baptiste Mondino/Harvest Records/Jamie-James Medina)

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

(Courtesy RCA Records)

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

(Courtesy of Republic Records)

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

(Courtesy of Capitol Music Group)

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

(Courtesy: Island Def Jam/Mercury Records)

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

(Courtesy Republic Records)

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

(Courtesy of Atlantic Records)

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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