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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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