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(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

(Courtesy of Interscope, Columbia, Atlantic, Def Jam, RCA)

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

(Courtesy Beggars Music)

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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