5 THE BEST NEW ARTISTS NOW!
1. The Hip-Hop Hitmakers
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
The ceiling can’t hold the Seattle duo of rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis, who have bum-rushed the pop charts with two consecutive No. 1 singles: “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us.” But there’s much more to them than ubiquitous party songs, as evidenced by the depth and range of their self-released debut, The Heist.
The aforementioned cuts, “Same Love”
2. The Teen Troubadour
It’s hard to believe that this English lad is the same age as Justin Bieber (19). He inhabits his self-titled debut with an old soul possessed by Buddy Holly, the Beatles and Bob Dylan.
“Lightning Bolt,” “Two Fingers,” “Note to Self”
3. The Neo-Soul Diva
Part Nina Simone, part Jill Scott, part Björk, this classically trained Brit takes lush, layered arrangements and orchestrations to celestial heights on Sing to the Moon.
“Green Garden,” “She,” “Father, Father”
4. The Indie Folkies
THE LONE BELLOW
This alt-folk trio may have Brooklyn hipster cred, but their Americana-rooted sound takes you to the heartland – even veering into backwoods gospel – on their eponymous debut.
“Tree to Grow,” “Bleeding Out,” “Teach Me to Know”
5. The Country Rebel
On Same Trailer Different Park, she bucks Nashville conventions. Bonus points for cowriting “Mama’s Broken Heart” by Miranda Lambert.
“Merry Go ‘Round,” “Follow Your Arrow,” “Blowin’ Smoke”
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