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New Artists on the Rise

Every week, we feature independent and emerging artists who are making exciting, innovative music.
One Man Rocker Hanni El Khatib Combines “Old Weird America” With A Modern Esthetic

May 20, 2013 - Hanni El Khatib is a first generation American who grew up with a Palestinian father and a Filipino mother in San Francisco. His music has origins in the 50’s and 60’s soul, blues, r&b and garage rock, and all those influences are filtered through a love of punk.
Singer Songwriter Laura Stevenson Continues To Confront Life’s Terrifying Questions

May 13, 2013 - Sometimes dark (yet often humorous!) Long Island raised Laura Stevenson describes herself as an “unfunny Woody Allen.”
Brits Treetop Flyers Channel LA In The 60's

May 6, 2013 - London’s Treetop Flyers effortlessly capture the CSN&Y sound of California Folk-rock in the 60’s on their debut The Mountain Moves. They all met on the periphery of the London folk scene that gave the world Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling.
A New City And A New Sound For The Saint Johns

April 29, 2013 - A little reinvention never hurt. The Nashville duo of Jordan Meredith and Louis Johnson met in St Augustine, Florida, and quickly discovered how well they sang together.
LA Sisters Bring Energy Of 70’s Punk To Bleached

April 22, 2013 - You could hear it in their first singles in 2011 - sisters Jessica and Jennifer Clavin and their band Bleached are onto something.
Nashville's Escondido Sounds Like “Desert Sex”

April 15, 2013 - It’s not like Escondido members Jessica Maros and Tyler James don’t have enough going on already. She is a thriving fashion designer in Nashville, dressing Lady Antebellum and others.
Raw Gospel and Roots at The Heart of Nashville’s Luella and The Sun

April 8, 2013 - For our Sense of Place: Nashville week we went with the consensus pick of Luella and The Sun out of the many more than qualified Nashville bands we heard.
What’s It Like Inside A Twenty-Something’s Head? Listen To Waxahatchee’s New Cerulean Salt To Find Out

April 1, 2013 - There is a good reason the world is catching up with Katie Crutchfield and Waxahatchee. Her shows at SXSW, including an NPR showcase, were greeted rapturously.
After a three-year intermission from the music world, Duquette Johnston is back on the national stage with his upcoming release, Rabbit Runs a Destiny.

March 18, 2013 - The Alabama artist, known for his fusion of rustic and modern sounds, founded and played bass for the band Verbana, and has shared performances with The Civil Wars, Foo Fighters, The Strokes, and Bonnie Prince Billy.
There’s something so warm and so likeable about Birdie Busch, West Philly’s whimsical, verse-weaving siren—that hearing her sing is like being greeted with a wave of energy.

March 11, 2013 - Birdie's lyrics are quirky, candid, and refreshing, and she infuses each song with a real sentimentality that makes you think she’d make a great listener and a great best friend. So when she croons—voice breaking like the sun’s rays through the trees—to “settle in for the greatest night in history,” as she does on new tune “Sitgreaves Pass”—one can’t help but wonder exactly what she’s referring to.
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