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(John Fletcher/Tyler Kohlhoff/Jean-Baptiste Mondino/Harvest Records/Jamie-James Medina)

New Music To Know: 6 Acts to See At Coachella

We’ve put together a list of six acts that we think are worth showing up bright and early to see, or watching on the webcast.

04/10/2014

(Shervin Lainez)

New Music To Know: Betty Who Makes Dance Music You Can Cry To

This dichotomy of pouring her heart out, while you bust a move on the dance floor was a conscious decision early on. “I didn’t want to write songs that would always make you want to slit your wrists in the bathtub,” Who said.

04/03/2014

dan and shay Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney

New Music to Know: How a Meeting Under a Tent Formed Dan + Shay

“Sometimes you’ve gotta take a chance, throw all your stuff in the back of the car and move there and live out of a suitcase for a while or live in a tent,” Dan said.

03/27/2014

(Courtesy of Republic Records)

New Music To Know: Jetta Talks Insects, Joy Williams & That Little Google Video

Her song, “Feels Like Coming Home,” was used to soundtrack last year’s “Google Zeitgeist” video, which has been seen over 31 million times on YouTube. And probably induced even more tears. Not a bad way to make your debut.

03/20/2014

(Courtesy of Capitol Music Group)

New Music to Know: Sam Smith Writes Songs for Lonely People

“I’ve never been in a relationship before,” Smith says. ” I wanted to write an album for lonely people, because I don’t think there’s been enough music out there that talks about unrequited love.”

03/13/2014

(Shawn Brackbill)

New Music to Know: Nothing Creates Something Beautiful Out Of an Ugly Past

“It sounds so dramatic,” Domenic Palermo told Radio.com. “I don’t necessarily think I’d be dead, but if there was no music in my life, I probably would have gone down a much more terrible road than I’ve been on.”

03/06/2014

(Shane McCauley)

New Music to Know: SKATERS Find Inspiration in New York City and Its Pizza

SKATERS’ debut, ‘Manhattan’ was written in New York City about New York City. And features sounds of the city that range from subway announcements, taxi cab confessions and bar chatter.

02/27/2014

(Courtesy: Island Def Jam/Mercury Records)

New Music to Know: American Authors Are Having the Best Days of Their Lives

Many have found a connection with the feel good vibes of “Best Day of My Life” where the guys are touching the clouds, howling at the moon and just generally grabbing life by the balls, singing, “No limits just epiphanies.”

02/20/2014

(Lauren Dukoff)

New Music to Know: Lo-Fang Finds His Center on Debut, ‘Blue Film’

On his Lorde-approved debut, Matthew Hemerlein attempts to balance the feminine and masculine elements of music, and maybe just bring to light the misogynistic undertones of the movie, ‘Grease.’

02/14/2014

Cole Swindell

New Music to Know: How Cole Swindell Went From Luke Bryan’s Merch Guy to Opening Act

“Just getting to write songs out on the road like that, that’s what got me started,” Swindell told Radio.com. “Everybody has their own path and mine started through songwriting.”

02/13/2014

(Musashi Ono)

New Music to Know: Ty Dolla $ign, a Hip-Hop Triple Threat With Rock Star Aspirations

“Sometimes I listen to the rock stations and I get jealous,” said Ty Dolla, who listens to KROQ regularly in his native Los Angeles. “Those people are really doing music and really having fun.”

02/07/2014

(Warner Music Nashville)

New Music to Know: Frankie Ballard’s ‘Helluva Life’ Is His Personal Anthem

“That statement of saying, ‘Man, it’s a helluva life,’ it just evokes some hope. It’s a coping mechanism for some people,” Ballard said of his latest single and personal mantra.

02/06/2014

(Pete Voelker for Frenchkiss Records)

New Music To Know: Drowners Do it All For Love on Self-Titled Debut

One part jangly guitar riffs à la The Smiths and one part disheveled punk, the Drowners love-filled debut is a testament to the gritty New York reality that’s helped craft perfect pop songs for generations.

01/31/2014

Eric Paslay

New Music to Know: ‘Friday Night’ Singer Eric Paslay Swings for the Fences on Debut Album

“A lot of times when people talk about the other No. 1s I’ve had, they’re always like, ‘Man, stop giving away all of your hits!’”

01/30/2014

(Courtesy Republic Records)

New Music To Know: John Newman Takes on Soul Music

All the best soul songs are about love: from falling into it to losing it and everything in between. And it’s that Motown sound in particular that John Newman takes inspiration from on his debut album, ‘Tribute.’

01/24/2014

gem club

New Music To Know: Gem Club Finds Inspiration in Love, Death & Porn on Latest Album ‘In Roses’

With his latest album “In Roses,” Christopher Barnes—who records under the moniker Gem Club—deals with fantasy and reality to make something hauntingly beautiful.

01/23/2014

(Courtesy of Sony)

New Music to Know: Mack Wilds Writes a Love Letter to New York with GRAMMY-Nominated Debut

“To us, [the album] felt like a summer in New York: the johnny pump, the dollar slices of pizza, the Italian ices. There’s nothing that tastes, looks, feels, smells like a New York summer anymore.”

01/17/2014

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