In the 21st Century, you don’t have to voyage to your local record store to get new sounds. All you have to do is open Spotify, kick back and rock out. In the spirit of helping you get the most out of the world’s hottest music app, we’ve singled out 13 performers (including Walk the Moon, in action above) that have the potential to light up the charts—or at least your smartphone—this year.
Fidlar This unusually named Los Angeles quartet plays punky party music for the post-Strokes crowd. The perfect band for tipping brews and reliving your college dorm days, Fidlar are known for playing raucous house parties.
Austin Brown Pining for the days of pitch perfect 1960s R&B? Austin Brown will take you back, but he’s not a purely retro phenomenon. Check out his track “Menage A Trois” that lit up Twitter some months back. You’ll be dancing in your office chair.
Atlas Genius This Australian three-piece released their debut back in February. It’s already seeing attention on indie rock industry standards like MTV2’s 120 Minutes and Sirius XM’s Alt Nation.
The Orwells Surprisingly catchy, The Orwells fuse the simplicity of lo-fi punk revival a la The Strokes with the meandering laziness of shoegaze. This is the perfect band to play for your buddies you used to be in a band with.
Luke James Luke James has been around the block a time or two as a songwriter for Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. Now he’s struck out on his own. “I Want You” narrowly lost to Usher’s “Climax” at the Grammy’s. Any way you slice it, this is some superior baby-making music.
Joel Grind's Yellowgoat Joel Grind might just be the hardest-working man in underground rock. Yellowgoat is a back-to-basics effort—just Joel and a four-track—that evokes metal’s early-’80s glory days.
Walk the Moon Walk the Moon floated around the Cincinnati scene for a few years, releasing albums on their own. In 2013, they got a deal with RCA that allowed them to bring their brand of upbeat indie-ish rock to the masses. Check out the exclusive Spotify sessions.
Earl Sweatshirt Earl Sweatshirt is one of the more under-the-radar members of LA-based hip-hop collective Odd Future. Doris doesn’t even have a release date yet and he’s already got buzz to spare, working with such luminaries as The Neptunes and GZA.
ACxDC No, it’s not Bon Scott and the boys. ACxDC (short for Antichrist Demoncore) are just about the most intense, violent band to come down the pike in years, and the LA scene is eating it up. Whether you need a little extra boost for your workout or just want to bang your head ’till it bleeds, check out ACxDC.
Tanlines If you have a thing for ’80s electro-pop but you’ve heard enough Human League for one lifetime, check out Tanlines. Based out of Brooklyn, this duo writes the type of catchy keyboard-based pop that you thought went out with Reagan.
Casey Veggies Casey Veggies is a mic master who raps over some of the most laidback, smooth beats you’ve heard in years. If you’re a hip-hop head struggling over what to play when you take a woman home from the bar, look no further than Casey Veggies.
Device You might not have heard of Device, but you’ve probably heard of members David Draiman, who fronted Disturbed, and Geno Lenardo, who played with Filter. Check them out on Spotify to hear what could be the first supergroup of its generation.
Public Broadcasting Service What do you get when you mix one guitar, a drum set and a host of WWII samples? Public Broadcasting Service, a band that sound a bit like your favorite trance DJ, in jam band form.
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