There's nothing more gratifying than discovering an artist before their breakout moment, which is what makes SXSW the be-all and end-all when it comes to finding new acts to obsess over. Whether you work for a label and are scouting new talent to sign, or you’re a fan looking for cool new bands to add to your playlists, the annual 10-day fest offers no shortage of emerging artists to check out.
To help those trekking down to Austin pick and choose what acts to see this year, we’ve pinpointed 41 acts who have grown exponentially on Bandsintown over the last 12 months. Take Emily C. Browning for example, who had 39 trackers on Bandsintown in March of 2018. Now she’s clocking in at 8,632! Same insane growth can be said for Bandsintown Big Breaker, Omar Apollo, who grew from 587 to 13,660 trackers. So rad.
Based on our trending data, check out the artists we predict will be everywhere soon. Then make sure to Track them on Bandsintown, so you can see them when they roll through your city!
Drifting analog synthesizers, mind-bending electric guitars, and lulling vocals? Sounds like any fan of psychedelia’s ultimate dream, right? It’s the innovative reality of Reptaliens, a modern psychedelic, indie, and dreampop band that hails from Portland, Oregon. “Echo Park,” and “MJ-12,” are two groovy recent singles from the husband-and-wife team of Cole and Bambi Browning who are members of Reptaliens. Their 2017 full-length album release, FM-2030 is an eccentric, offbeat, outlandish effort itself, with freakishly hip songs meant for dancing, chilling, or tripping. Check out all things peculiar and bizarre with the music of Reptaliens, who will hit American tour stops in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, their native Portland and more! Reptaliens will open for Virginia-Beach-based indie group Turnover as they hit the road together this year!
From the first few lines sang in “Monster,” by folk singer Lola Kirke, listeners hear a voice from the past and future all at once. The British songstress and famous actress is uplifting other women in England and beyond with her vulnerable songwriting that hits topics of rejection, loneliness, and ever-changing self-esteem, all with a voice that seems to blend Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval and country folk singers of the twentieth century simultaneously. Her 2018 full-length album, Heart Head West is centered around gender, sexuality, and is an unguarded debut that shows true strength in vulnerability. Lola Kirke’s singles are all highly streamed on Spotify, and many indie folk fans are awaiting her exciting American tour stops with electro-pop artist Alex Cameron. Kirke echoes the sounds of her songwriting contemporaries, and is sure to win fans of Waxahatchee, Adrienne Lenker, or Lucy Dacus. 2019 is another year for girl power in indie, and we can’t wait to see Lola Kirke continue to promote it!
For Kenyan-born folk-rocker, J.S. Ondara, the American Dream was not easily obtained. Singing about modest upbringings, falling in love and heartbreak, J.S. Ondara’s breathtaking tenor voice, background playing guitar, and impeccable knack for storytelling all come together in the songs of his 2019 debut album, Tales of America. Ondara’s love for Bob Dylan and Neil Young is evident in the autobiographical lyrics of his experiences and melancholic themes. For fans of classic rock and folk, this singer-songwriter is definitely one to watch, and who brings his distinctive stories into modern music scenes! Check out the highly-streamed singles, “American Dream,” “Saying Goodbye,” and “Revolution Blues,” from J.S. Ondara’s new album and catch him live in his many tour stops across the U.S. this year!
Hailing from Busan, South Korea, Say Sue Me are a self-proclaimed “surf-inspired indie rock quartet.” In 2018, the four musicians released their second album, Where We Were Together after 2017’s self-titled full-length debut. Their new album features the brisk, chillwave track, “Old Town,” the dreamy and serene “Let it Begin,” and a cutesy, gushy love tune, “But I Like You.” Last year the band also released an indie-rock Christmas-themed EP. Say Sue Me echo the bedroom, dream and indie pop acts of the modern alternative music scene like their contemporaries, Hovvdy, Jay Som, Tanukichan, and Hatchie. This is an exciting indie pop/ surf rock group on the brink of stardom, and one you absolutely need to check out! Catch them on their 2019 tour across Europe!
Mixing bedroom pop and elements of lo-fi, fuvk is your new favorite acoustic-driven, chill, band that blends the most innovative genres out there. fuvk hails from Austin, Texas, and has just put out a reverb-filled, dreamily-written EP called Time Series in 2018. This is the follow-up effort to 2017’s acoustic masterpiece EP, Almost Tuesday and 2016’s lo-fi gem, Something Deliberate as well as multiple singles in each of the past three years. Tender, hushed vocals adorned with delicate fingerpicking and reverberation, the songs of fuvk are unforgettable, striking, and distinctive, making them a band to watch in 2019! Check out songs from Time Series such as the emo pop, “Glasses,” upbeat-yet-chill “Calm Down,” or the hauntingly resonant “Smile.” fuvk has lyrics that convey strong emotion, instrumentation depicts that depicts utter creativity, and potential to become a beloved indie act this year!
JP the Wavy is a 24-year-old rapper who got his musical start in his hometown of Shōnan, Japan. He is no stranger to entertaining since he began rapping at the age of eighteen, started dancing in middle school, and was raised by parents who played music from all around the world. In 2019, he released the single “Just a Lil Bit,” featuring Korean artist Sik-K. Last year, he released a well-received single in his home country, “Neo Gal Wop.” His 2017 EP, WAVY TAPE was also popular, and had four tracks full of his unique, Japanese, electronic mix of hip-hop. JP the Wavy is not a rapper to sleep on, as he is on the verge of hitting the U.S. for a live set! Check out JP the Wavy as he hits tour spots in his native Japan, and all across Asia!
British-Nigerian rapper Funmi Ohiosumah performs under the alias, Flohio and is becoming recognized by many music publications for her flaming rap vocal delivery, and sharp lyricism, with backing instrumentals that blend grime, techno beats, and beat drops. Her four-song EP, Wild Yout was released last year, as well as several separate singles. Flohio is a breakout hip-hop star that makes jams to be played and danced to in clubs, but also for intent listening as she has a great talent for storytelling and speaking her mind. Don’t believe us? Catch her on tour at her many music fest sets across Europe to see a rising star only get bigger and bigger in the hip-hop scene!
At just 20 years old, Ecko has already made a massive mark in the Latin hip hop scene. The Buenos Aires native has racked up streaming numbers in the tens of millions on several of his tracks, including “Dorado,” a trap-influenced jam that shows off the rapper’s quick delivery skills and big personality. Ecko often collaborates with other Argentinian artists like Khea and Cazzu, combining their individual sounds into huge tracks like “Mi Cubana Remix.” With a modern take on rap with a distinctly Latin twist, Ecko is a must-add to all your weekend playlists.
Whisking up a blend of indie pop, dreampop, and alternative, this Russian indie band hails from Saint Petersburg, the nation’s second-largest city with rich musical history. Chkbns has released three dreamlike EPs to streaming services; This Time in 2017, Private Fiction in 2015, and Eat Sleep Mom and Dad in 2012 before their new 2018 single, “Animal,” came out. The recent track has delicate vocals, soaring reverberation, light strumming that power through an incredible crescendo with embellishing beats. Each song by Chkbns is a fascinating experience from start to finish, made for dreaming in sleep, awake, intent listening or somewhere in between. Check out their recent single, “Animal,” to experience an indie pop lover’s dream come true and hear their unexpected shifts and swift beats for yourself!
Israelian, multi-layered, harmonious folk is the musical product when JonZ, the duo of Jenia Vasilenko and Yoav Or come together. Recorded in the Samarian mountainside, JonZ’s folk songs also have electronic elements that make them stand out amongst modern folk scenes. Their 2018 album release, Solid Wind, contains the beautiful and enchanting singles, “I’m the One,” and “Moving,” that have over ten thousand streams and seemingly effortless harmonies. The trickles of electronic sounds blend flawlessly with the two singer’s voices, gentle fingerpicking, and subtle beats. Check out JonZ’s new album for a magical whirlwind of a folk listening experience, and see them live in Austin, Texas or on their European 2019 Tour!
This charming quartet hails from New Zealand, bringing indie rock listeners witty-worded, electric guitar-centered tracks with absolute love-at-first-listen power. Future Me Hates Me is their 2018 endearing debut album with the title song now having over one million streams. “There’s just something about you,” sings lead vocalist Elizabeth Stokes on the track while strumming her electric guitar, “I wanna risk going through future heartbreak.” The breakout release features nine other songs about falling in love, crushes, getting over them, and so many more relatable and lovable topics. Highlights from the album include the vivacious, riff-heavy “Little Death,” and “Great No One,” with darling lyrics, ear-pleasing melodies, and the potential to win attention from others in the indie community who like the sound of their contemporaries, Snail Mail and Forth Wanderers. Catch your new favorite rockers on their American tour, and their many noteworthy stops: Brooklyn, Boston, Washington D.C, or Philadelphia!
The South Korean electronic scene has been buzzing ever since singer CIFIKA released her 2018 album, PRISM to streaming services. Singing in both English and Korean, CIFIKA is a multi-talented vocalist and musician who mixes electronic, k-pop, and melodies from traditional Korean songs to create beautiful, captivating dance tracks. “WATER,” and “OOH-AH-OOH” are two of her most streamed singles, and full of intricate electronic instrumentation, gently calm vocals, and interesting beats and basslines. Last year, she announced the longest American tour in history for a Korean musical act, and won many new fans along the way. With interviews by The FADER, i-d, and Buzzfeed, CIFIKA is inspiring women in many music scenes and around the world. Check out her latest album release PRISM, and become the next to fall in love with CIFIKA!
Indie pop singer-songwriter Sarah Tudzin defines her music released under the moniker Illuminati Hotties to be “pioneering tenderpunk.” In the 2018 album, Kiss Yr Frenemies, she blends together endearing lyricism about relationships, being on someone else’s mind, and cuffing t-shirt sleeves all with variating volume levels, and both electric and acoustic fingerpicking. The 2019 new single, “I Wanna Keep Yr Dog,” is a quirky, charmingly written tune about prioritizing a furry friend when going through shared items after a breakup. Illuminati Hotties are the epitome of classic indie; lovable lyrics, relatable topics to most millennials or Gen-Z members, and a well-blended mix of stark guitar riffs and Tudzin’s pleasant singing voice. This LA-based band is growing a fanbase similar to those of their trending contemporaries; Lala Lala, Great Grandpa, and Charly Bliss. Catch these Hotties on tour stops in their California hometown, Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, Utah, and more! They’ll also hit the exciting SXSW festival in Austin next week!
Four Welsh disco-rockers make up the indie band Boy Azooga that hails from Cardiff. Their 2018 single, “Face Behind Her Cigarette,” combines electronic beats, pounding basslines, and lead singer Davey Newington’s voice through a quieter, more muffled microphone. It is often the song they close live sets with and currently has more than one million streams on Spotify. With a wide array of classic rock and modern indie influences, Boy Azooga blends tones of garage rock, alternative, folk, and so much more in their 2018 acclaimed debut album, 1, 2, Kung Fu! This diverse mix of multiple genres comes together with eleven songs, each the more mysterious than the last, and warranting multiple listens. Check out these genre-defiers on their 2019 European tour where they’ll hit stops in England, Ireland, and Iceland!
Deep within the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, four teenagers were ready to bring their raw, explosive, alternative hard rock to live performances. Liily was formed on New Years Day in 2015, and has been shredding their way through modern rock scenes ever since. 2018 saw the release of two raucous singles that stirred up attention from many listeners across the nation. “Sold,” is a rowdy, boisterous masterpiece that now has over 1 million streams on Spotify. “Toro,” features raspy, loud and intense vocals along with strident, cranked-up electric guitar shreds. Liily’s 2019 single, “Sepulveda Basin,” is a smoother, more elusive track with the vocals of lead singer Dylan Nash on full display. This four-piece is no stranger to the gritty power of overdrive and distortion guitar pedals, and plan to release a new EP in March that all fans of contemporary rock need to check out!
Post-punk rockers Twin Tribes make self-declared, “dark melodic sounds,” with “lyrics about the undead, occult, and parallel universes.” The 2018 album, Shadows features nine synthesizer-powered tracks that echo sounds of the ‘80s alternative world, like those of The Cure, New Order, or Bauhaus. Twin Tribes incorporates lots of new wave elements too, with their highly-streamed tracks, “Shadows,” and “Dark Crystal,” having brooding vocal melodies, immense spotlights on synthesizers and basslines, and eerily mesmerizing lyrics. A revival of beloved gothic-rock would excite many, and is just what we’d love to hear in 2019! Catch Twin Tribes doing what they do best at one of their many music festival performances this year.
Musician and artist Katharine Paul pays homage to her Native American background with her alt-rock project, Black Belt Eagle Scout. The Portland-based singer and songwriter released the 2018 evocative, haunting, and poignant debut album, Mother of My Children on which she explores her identity as a queer and indigenous young woman. “Soft Stud,” and “Indians Never Die,” are tracks from the album that depict heartache through extensive introspection, and sentiments that coincide with falling out of love. Katharine Paul is also a multi-instrumentalist, and making waves in alternative and indie music scenes for her effortless blends of soft melodies and soothing guitar strumming that support her moving and rending lyricism. Black Belt Eagle Scout is inspired by the ‘90s alternative sounds of Hole and Nirvana as well as traditional music performed at powwows, gatherings Paul attended with the Swinomish Tribal Community in her childhood. Beautifully constructed, softly sung, and eloquently worded, we know the songs of Black Belt Eagle Sounds will continue to resonate with listeners across so many genres in 2019!
With intense, vulnerable, and striking verses that he raps, Berkley Rapper Koran Streets shows the world that he is no stranger to heartache. His 2018 album, Late 20’s is being praised by multiple music publications such as The FADER, Pitchfork, and more for his courageous, autobiographical hip-hop. From opening up about a fire burning most of his body in childhood to his neighborhood being gentrified to his brother being murdered, Koran Streets’ music depicts a life of incessant struggle but an artist of incredible strength. “Baby,” and “Fallin’ and Ballin’” have over six thousand and five thousand streams, respectively for that reason. Koran Streets has rapped about his music being “slept on,” but hip-hop listeners in 2019 think otherwise! Check out his raw, recent release that brings the rap genre touches of openness, honesty, and stories that so many can relate to.
With dazzling synth work and notes sung in falsetto, 22-year-old Thomas Michel makes exquisite indie electronica as Hazey Eyes. His new EP, Love Lost features self-described “emotional dance” tracks that’ll make listeners feel everything from lust to heartache. Sultry beat drops and enchanting synthesizer instrumentals can be heard on songs like “Emotion,” and “Too Young.” Hazey Eyes collaborates with several other modern acts on the EP, with Panama, Moli, Yoke Lore, Dresage, and Moli all making harmonious appearances. In 2017, Hazey Eyes released the alluring pop EP, Some Reason, and the captivatingly profound 2016 EP, Goodbye. You can catch Hazey Eyes on his 2019 tour where he’ll hit SXSW in Austin, Texas and stops in Phoenix and New York!
Singer and New Zealander Anna Robinson creates unapologetic, captivating pop with instant appeal under the moniker of her last name. She first rose to popularity in her home country with her 2017 debut single, “Don’t You Forget About Me.” In 2018, her single, “Nothing to Regret,” hit the Top 40 Charts of both New Zealand and Australia. The track currently has more than 62 million streams on Spotify, and Robinson’s latest releases are garnering worldwide praise and attention. “Medicine,” has more than twelve million streams, and “Don’t Trust Myself,” has more than 8 million, proving that Robinson is a star on the rise and will only reach more listeners with each single graces our ears with!
Backed with searing electric guitar solos, the bubbly pop vocals of Natalie Chahal are infectious, catchy, and your next favorite thing to blast. With quirky and modern song titles such as, “(U Watch My) Stories (But U Don’t Like My Posts)” or “This Could Be Us But U Playin,’” music released under Chahal’s project name, MISS WORLD stands out among other pop artists for its gritty instrumentals and zany lyricism. From the 2017 EP release, Waist Management to the 2018 full-length album, Keeping Up With Miss World, this British pop outfit has been creating eccentric feel-good jams you never knew you needed but now can’t live without.
As a self-defined “dreamy pool rock” band from Atlanta, Lunar Vacation has been making light-hearted, breezy tunes since 2016. Last year, they released the EP, Artificial Flavors, and the following singles from it, “Daytime,” “The Basement,” and “Too Late, Colin,” are wildly trending amongst indie music fans. In 2017, their debut EP, Swell also garnered attention in the indie community. They are currently hitting tour stops in America’s southern states — and if you’re around, you have to check them out!
Welsh singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Polly Mackey incorporates elements of shoegaze, new wave, and dreampop in her latest EP, Into the Blue Hour that spawned the ambient singles, “Outside,” and “Low.” Her 2017 EP, Measures is notable for its incredible use of synthesizers, reverb pedals, and other magical instruments. Check out the otherwordly concert experiences she provides as she embarks on her tour acoss the U.K!
Fresh off a leading role in the Netflix series The Get Down, Herizen’s cool tracks expertly straddle the line between R&B and pop. Her debut EP, Come Over to My House, exemplifies her talent; she expertly switches from airy, atmospheric vocals to her strong, powerhouse belt that made her a standout on The Get Down. An incredible performer, Herizen allows herself to almost effortlessly showcase her impressive range while maintaining notable remarkable control in a seamless transition between acting and singing. Dreamy production and Herizen’s graceful voice make songs like “Social Jungle” must-adds to your chill jams playlists.
Hailing from far north, Norwegian band Das Body stands out as an outlier in the increasingly saturated electronic indie pop category. Charismatic vocals from lead singer Ellie Linden combine with fun synths and unique songwriting to create hypnotically energizing tracks. Their upbeat energy and lively performances feel like a triumphantly positive answer to sad pop. Das Body’s debut self-titled EP radiates a distinct Scandinavian charm, while their latest single “Taller Than the Average Man” is a tongue-in-cheek declaration of the band’s appealing charisma. Das Body is touring in the USA throughout Spring, hitting several smaller festivals and showcases before heading out to SXSW!
Elusive, enchanting and androgynous, the voice of Another Sky’s lead singer, Catrin Vincent is utterly captivating. This British indie band is celebrating the release of their 2018 EP, Forget Yourself and two highly-streamed singles, “Avalanche,” and “Chillers.” Their extensive usage of both acoustic and electric fingerpicking, strong drum beats, and occasional piano make them incomparable to any other modern act. Be sure to see them live, and be blown away by unpredictability, versatility, and a powerful voice free of gender norms. Another Sky is currently on a tour across their native Britain but will hit U.S. stops next month!
With operatic vocal training and classical piano lessons under her belt, Josie Boivin is a cultivated Québécois musician who performs under the moniker, MUNYA. Her breathy, delicate voice travels across musical stratospheres along with her dreamy backing synth instrumentals. Her new 2019 single, “It’s All About You,” is a indie dream masterpiece, complete with a consistent bassline and radiant melodies. In 2018, she blessed us with the release of two EP’s that showcase her years of studying jazz in college. In listening to North Hatley and Delmano EP, it is evident that MUNYA is a genre-bender, one who incorporates a little bit of everything to create such resonating music. Check out her latest releases and be prepared to drift among the stars.
Blending the dreampop of Beach House, psychedelia of Tame Impala, and folk of Devendra Banhart, the Argentinian singer, producer and filmmaker Malena Zavala takes inspiration from a wide range of artists. Her soprano voice is impressive in its own right, but creates absolute magic when paired with intricate fingerpicking and resonant synthesizers. She has collaborated with many other artists during her budding career, and last year released her debut album, Aliso to multiple streaming services and critical success. Zavala will appear at SXSW in Austin, Texas just before she embarks on her 2019 tour across Europe. Trust us, with her influences, success in blending unique sounds and exquisite voice, Malena Zavala is a star on the rise.
With a debut EP and trending tracks, London-based producer Lucy Lu is being recognized by music magazines for his sleek jazz mixed with spoken word, delicate vocals, and contributions from other rising British artists. Puma Blue, an artist who blends bedroom pop and R&B is featured on Lucy Lu’s track, “Fakery,” that was acclaimed by reviewers. Lucy Lu Vol. 1 is an impressive EP that has four smooth tracks, perfect for late nights, chill hangouts, or easy listening. See him live this month at shows in Austin, Texas and his hometown of London!
From its enchanting electronic keyboard notes to heartfelt spoken samples, LA-based singer-songwriter Adrian Jean released the ravishing single, “See the Stars,” to streaming services in 2019. Jean’s soulful vocals display his wide-range, hitting impressive deep notes and climbing high up his falsetto. Jean caught our attention when he played at our Velvet Underground Exhibit in New York City last year, covering songs by Lou Reed’s iconic band. Now in 2019, the R&B singer will play at SXSW in Austin, Texas and we can’t wait to see him dazzle more audiences and shows to come!
Confident, positive lyricism about self-love? Yes, please! Yung Baby Tate knows how to deliver uplifting music with a multifaceted array of skills as a singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer. Her 2019 album GIRLS is an absolute must-have for anyone passionate about female empowerment, as well as her 2018 release, BOYS. Yung Baby Tate derives from Atlanta and writes tracks that feature lyrics about having confidence, knowing her worth, and never letting criticism bring her down. She also released a Christmas album in 2016, and a lovable, vibrant-themed effort, ROYGBIV, with every track being named after a color of the rainbow. Her songs “Bob,” and “Pretty Girl,” are trending across streaming services, and for good reason. Check out Yung Baby Tate if you love energetic, electric beats matched with words of positivity — she can’t be beat!
Irish rock has been beloved across the globe for decades. Here to maintain its relevance, the post-punk quintet from Dublin, known as Fontaines D.C. are combining poetic lyricism and spoken word with brash, vibrant electric guitar solos. Their unforgettable indie rock sound is continuing to turn heads and garner more listeners of the genre. The new 2019 singles, “Big,” and “Too Real,” pay homage to the group’s humble beginnings and the capital city rich of counter culture that they hail from. Catch these rockers from across the pond on their international tour across Europe and North America.
Bedroom pop is currently trending, and Omar Apollo’s effortlessly smooth vocals, soulful beats, and soothing guitar solos with wave-bar effects are about to be as well. Echoing sounds of his contemporaries like boy pablo and Rex Orange County, this Indiana-based guitarist and singer is on the rise with DIY mixing, classic Latin music influences, and R&B arrangements. His 2019 single “Trouble,” is currently trending, along with his 2018 debut album, Stereo. You won’t want to miss this rising indie star, and won’t have to since he’s currently on a tour across the U.S.
Rhythmic keyboard-playing, bass-heavy grooves, and highlighted sax solos all coincide to create the jazz of South London’s Joe Armon-Jones. His track, “Almost Went Too Far,” off of the 2018 album, Starting Today features dreamy vocals and boasts over one million Spotify streams. His impressive debut album garnered rave reviews from Pitchfork, The Wire, and many other music publications. Joe Armon-Jones represents a British community of jazzy fusion, dub and eclectic soul within his recent debut, and while embarking on a European tour, he shows no signs of slowing down.
Tribade consists of an all-female rap trio from Barcelona who create empowering lyrics with instrumentals inspired by reggae and soul with flamenco flair. With two 2017 singles released to YouTube, Tribade’s “Gaupasa,” currently has more than one million views, and “Mujeres,” has more than 400,000. The band delivered their debut album, Las Deheradas this year, and worked with producers immersed in Spanish and Catalan music scenes as they prepared for its release. With the single, “La Purga,” already having more than 100,000 Spotify streams, this Spanish group is on the verge of worldwide success.
With unique drum beats and a restrained yet soulful voice, Brazil native Xenia França has established herself as an exciting new player in Latin music. Her sound embraces aspects of both modern pop and electronic and more traditional cultural sounds, with purposeful emphasis on her Afro-Brazilian roots. Last year, the singer received a Latin Grammy nomination for her debut album, Xenia, and gained recognition for her breakout song and mesmerizingly directed video, “Pra Que Me Chamas?” With tracks that range from gently floating ballads to swaggering, dancy bops, Xenia França is a must-see at this year’s festival.
Husky, raspy vocals meet gritty, electric guitar riffs and solid beats on Arkansas Dave’s bluesy self-titled debut album released last year. Hailing from Austin, Texas, this southern rocker experiments with Americana-inspired sounds, gutting lyrics penned from a life of hardships, and honest depictions of struggle. After attending classes in Texas for audio engineering, Arkansas Dave is currently showcasing his songwriting skills and knowledge of many genres in the industry. For fans of modern folk, country, and rock, Arkansas Dave is one to put on repeat.
With over 100,000 Spotify streams, a tour across his native England, and two new singles, this alternative rapper is certainly making waves in the hip-hop community. Dylan Cartlidge is also a multi-instrumentalist who takes inspiration from Kid Cudi, The Black Keys, and Jack White when writing his music that pushes genre boundaries. With a conglomerate of influences and sounds, Cartildge’s music is hard to define, making it even more rewarding to listen to over and over again. His 2018 EP Scratch, Sniff and new single, “Wishing Well,” are available on multiple streaming services.
New Zealander, singer and guitarist Emily C. Browning dabbles with multiple genres to create her vocal-heavy tracks. Jazzy, soulful, and pop sounds all collide on her recent 2018 single, “Outgoing,” and 2017’s duet with Tree Theater, “Lover.” Last year, she collaborated with Marie Dahlstrom, Maddie Jay, The Naked Eye and Dani Murcia in LA to create a five song EP called Los Angeles in six days. You can check out her music with them and her solos on all streaming services.
Ten contemporary rappers hailing from San Marcos, Texas make up the hip-hop collective pronounced, “pantheon.” They dropped two brand new albums last year, RICO and POTLUCK. Their most recent single, “Megatron,” was made in collaboration with fellow hip-hop artists, Kenny Casanova and twohorizonra. It was released to streaming services on New Year’s Day. Catch them on tour with rap god Vince Staples, and on their own across Texas this month.
LA-based contemporary rock duo, KOLARS, consists of guitarist and lead vocalist Rob Kolar and drummer Lauren Brown. KOLARS describes their music as “desert disco, glam-a-billy, space blues, r&beyond," reflecting their many genre inspirations and influences. Their long-awaited 2019 single, “Turn It Up,” features raucous vocals, deep electric guitar shredding, and both piano and synthesizer backing instrumentals. In 2017, the modern rockers released their self-titled debut album filled with epic headbangers, infectious dance tunes, and a conglomerate of all things cool. In 2018, KOLARS proved they can do no wrong with a transformed, amped-up version of “King of Carrot Flowers,” a classic tune by 90’s indie band, Neutral Milk Hotel. This two piece has an exciting year of touring ahead of them- stopping in Philadelphia, New York, Minneapolis, Seattle, and more! You can also catch them tearing up the stage at SXSW in Austin, Texas!