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New Music to Know: Sturgill Simpson’s ‘Metamodern’ Country Is Turning Heads, Including Zac Brown’s

Zac Brown tapped the country newcomer to open his arena shows this summer, and it turns out that David Byrne is also a fan.

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New Music to Know: Lemaitre Brings Indie-Pop Sensibilities & Some Scientific Theories to the Dance Floor

Songs like “Blue Shift” and the new “High Tide” show Lemaitre is comfortably planted at the intersection of dance music, indie and pop.


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New Music To Know: Best of 2014, So Far

Sam Smith is well on his way to having a 2014 of Lorde proportions. Get to know him and the five other new artists — Tove Lo, Shamir, Naughty Boy, Nothing, The Cadillac Three — we believe you’ll be listening to for the rest of 2014.


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New Music To Know: Tove Lo Finds Inspiration in Heartbreak & Twinkies

Tove Lo has always been interested in writing about the perils of falling in love. And on her debut, the Swedish singer seems to be working through Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ five stages of grief as she looks to move past one very devastating break-up.


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New Music to Know: NONONO Make Sweden Proud With Eclectic Debut

“When you make a song, you don’t compare it to anyone else. At that point it’s like the best song in the whole world,” said NONONO singer/songwriter Stina Wappling.


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New Music To Know: Phox Get Vulnerable From The Rolling Hills of Wisconsin

There must be something in the water in Baraboo, Wisc. That’s the one thing Monica Martin could come up with to explain the sudden rise of her band Phox.


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New Music to Know: Lucy Hale on the ‘Road Between’ Her Acting and Budding Music Career

What led the successful young actress and ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star to turn around and pursue a career in country music? “I grew up wanting to do music,” Hale tells


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New Music to Know: Shamir Finds His Voice at 19

At the tender age of eight Shamir already knew he wanted to be a singer when he grew up. Now nearly ten years later, he’s gearing up to release his debut EP, which is a confident first look at a young singer who often feels like a 50-year-old man.


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New Music To Know: Brooke Candy’s Bizarre Journey From Stripper To Pop Diva

“I have no fear of no,” Candy told “Someone can tell me no but it’s not going to stop me. I’ll still get it done somehow.”


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New Music To Know: Royal Blood Bring New Meaning To The Word ‘Loud’

The very hard rocking duo from Brighton recently graduated from playing nightclubs of fewer than 20 people to stadiums of more than 50,000 in just a year’s time thanks in part to the Arctic Monkeys.


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New Music to Know: SomeKindaWonderful and the Serendipity of ‘Reverse’

A chance meeting at a small-town Ohio bar was the catalyst for one of the hottest new songs on the radio right now.


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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.


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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.



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