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New Music to Know: Zella Day and the Return of the ’70s Rock Goddess

Emerging singer-songwriter Zella Day covers a lot of territory on her debut album, but she says it’s all about rock and roll.


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New Music to Know: Leon Bridges Takes Us Back to the Golden Age of Soul

“I just feel like as far as R&B and black music, there hasn’t been anything like this in a long time.” We have to agree with you, Leon.


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New Music to Know: Years & Years on ‘King’, Ariana Grande & Being the Next Big Thing

Years & Years singer Olly Alexander left a burgeoning acting career for music, and considering the success of single ‘King,’ it was a smart decision.


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New Music to Know: Mickey Guyton Channels Heartbreak for the Masses

For Mickey Guyton, a career in the music industry was always the plan, she just took a roundabout way to get there that included a devastating breakup.



New Music to Know: Algiers Battle for Indie Rock’s Soul

Mission accomplished for the former President George W. Bush: Without him, there might be no Algiers, a band whose protest songs strike first for their intensity rather than their message.


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New Music to Know: Wolf Alice Get Heavy in America

This folk-turned-hard rock band from London is coming to America in hopes of becoming a band that will charm you.


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Sam Outlaw Takes on California Country: New Music to Know

Sam Outlaw stands out for being different and for this reason, he hopes he can turn new fans onto country music. His Ry Cooder-produced debut, Angeleno, comes out June 9.


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Kelsea Ballerini on Her New Album, Taylor Swift & Staying ‘Positive’: New Music to Know

When Kelsea Ballerini began writing songs at 13, she had no idea the music she was writing was country. Then she discovered Keith Urban and Taylor Swift.


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New Music To Know: Towkio is For the Children of Chicago

Bringing people together is important for this half Mexican, half Japanese rapper from Chicago.


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New Music to Know: Life of Dillon Set the Sound of Summer with ‘Overload’

With ‘Overload,’ British pop trio Life of Dillon may already have the song of summer 2015. And summer is still a month away.


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New Music to Know: Old Dominion is the Band Writing Today’s Country Hits

Old Dominion’s experience as songwriters writing for Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry & Tyler Farr has helped them land a major career boost—opening for Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour.


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New Music to Know: LunchMoney Lewis Wants To Make Your Life More Fun

The man behind “Bills” wants to make music that hinges on something more than a great hook. “I want to make music that people feel like they connect with,” he says. “I really want to make music for everybody.”


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New Music To Know: As American Wrestlers, a Scotsman Moves to the Midwest and Finds Freedom in Anonymity

“The whole record is so personal. I was avoiding this when I was talking to journalists before. I was avoiding the idea that any of it was personal at all.”


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New Music to Know: Allie X Is a Mystery, Even to Herself

Allie X does not want you to know much about her. Perhaps, because she’s still trying to figure out who exactly Allie X is herself.


Courtney Barnett

New Music to Know: Courtney Barnett Makes the Mundane Come Alive

Courtney Barnett’s songs focus on the boring things in her life. The things the average person tends to overlook, but she somehow makes sound poetic.


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New Music to Know: Nashville’s Striking Matches Have Guitars and Know How to Use Them

Striking Matches’ debut album ‘Nothing but the Silence’ shows that amazing things happen when Sarah Zimmermann and Josh Davis put their voices—and their guitars—together.