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Three sisters from Los Angeles who have been enjoying a surge in popularity in the last year.
Daughn has an incredibly unique voice and world view and creates songs that seep into your consciousness slowly and satisfyingly.
Self-taught musician, singer and songwriter from small-town Humboldt, Tennessee, Valerie June is a force to be reckoned with.
What’s not to like about Houndmouth? They’ve got it all - a little roots, a little rock, a little soul and some great songs.

A four piece folk-rock group with a soulful flare and an amazing layered sound, Houndmouth hails from Albany, Indiana.
The UK singer-songwriter, Laura Mvula, releases her gorgeous, exotic, engaging debut album, Sing To The Moon, on May 14th.

No stranger to the music scene, British singer-songwriter Laura Mvula has consistently captivated Europe’s music scene with her soulful yet remarkably astonishing voice. Characterized as an artist who can easily sweep music lovers off their feet.
Little Green Cars has been attracting a significant amount of spotlight in the music scene. Hailing from Dublin, this five-piece group can attribute its rise in attention to its dynamic yet charming performance at SXSW. Equipped with invigorating vocals and exquisite lyrics, Little Green Cars offers unmatched unique and fresh musical style which has led them to XPN’s April Artist To Watch. Working with critically-acclaimed producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, and Mumford and Sons), in order to perfect their debut album Absolute Zero (Glassnote Records), Little Green Cars is expected to exceed the expectations placed in them from the musical world.
Seattle band Pickwick offers a fresh sound while playing back to traditional rock and soul roots - a sound that is quickly turning this six-piece into a rising star in their local music scene with national success soon to follow. The group's debut full-length album, Can't Talk Medicine, comes out this month and is packed with great new tracks, including one featuring XPN favorite Sharon Van Etten.
The Lone Bellow mixes folksy roots, rock and roll, a little bit of soul, and gorgeous, close harmonies..
We kick off the new year with the fast-rising experimental pop-rock project of Sam France and Jonathan Rado.
January 7, 2013 - London's new soul sensation is twenty-two year old, songstress, Lianne La Havas. She blends soul, jazz and folk in her new album, released in the U.S. on August 7, "Is Your Love Big Enough?" La Havas has been nominated for BBC's Sound of 2012, along with another XPN favorite, Michaeal Kiwanuka and her performance of "Age" on the cult video site Black Cab Sessions created a nice buzz online."
December's Artist To Watch is the Kopecky Family Band, one of the most exciting acts to come out of Nashville’s recent hotbed of indie music.
November's Artist To Watch is the folk and rootsy rock band, David Wax Museum. They have elements of traditional Mexican Latin music and recently released a new album, Knock Knock Get Up.
October's Artist To Watch is Los Angeles based Lord Huron and is the musical and visual project of Ben Schneider. Once a solo project and now a five piece, Lord Huron's mix of dreamy world influenced indie island pop and Graceland styled grooves.
With their chemistry and history, the North Carolina-based group, Delta Rae began charming audiences from the Bay Area to the Mississippi Delta.
London's new soul sensation is twenty-two year old, songstress, Lianne La Havas. She has an absolutely gorgeous and original voice, and an album of stellar songs, blending soul, jazz and folk
Minneapolis' Polica played SXSW in March. Urgent, original and genre defying, Polica are absolutely essential in 2012. Their debut album, Give You The Ghost was an XPN Featured Album of the Week earlier this year.
Michael Kiwanuka combines roots and soul with such old-school, retro-sounding verve. He's released three EPs in the last year alone, including one that so impressed Adele, she invited Kiwanuka to tour with her!
Stemming from Oklahoma, roots rocker JD McPherson just released his highly anticipated Rounder Records debut album. His true-blue rockabilly combined with the classic rock sound that will satisfy any purist, packs a punch that leaves audiences enchanted.

Good Old War is an indie-folk trio consisting of three Philly natives. Pulling from each of their surnames to create the band's moniker, these three friends and collaborators have created a great chemistry on stage and a knack for mesmerizing three-part harmonies.

Three years ago a singer-songwriter from Brooklyn named Sharon Van Etten recorded the first Shaking Through session. The session would be the first step toward writing her second album.

January’s Artist To Watch is the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men. Their American debut EP, Into The Woods, came out December 20, with a full length due in early 2012.

200% soul power! If you dig Fitz and the Tantrums, Daptone Records, Mayer Hawthorne, Otis Redding, Black Joe Lewis and J Geils then chances are you’ll get in to JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound.

The hotly buzzed Alabama Shakes from Athens, Alabama are bringing the soul back to rock and roll. They're quickly growing buzz in other places as well

Twenty-one year-old Laura Marling has the makings of the next great folk singer-songwriter. With a sound characterized by graceful refined lyricism and remarkable, ear-catching melody, Marling has been taking the music world by storm.

Diego Garcia first rose to prominence in the New York indie rock scene as frontman of the moody post-punk group Elefant. After the band split, Garcia pursued a solo career, and released his debut, Laura, earlier this year.

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