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New Music to Know: With a Washboard and Spoon, the Ben Miller Band Go Their Own Musical Way

A washboard miked up and plugged in to be used as an electric instrument is not something you’d expect to see at a rock concert. But for the Ben Miller Band it’s a regular staple — and crowd pleaser — at their live shows.


Shawn Mendes

New Music to Know: Shawn Mendes Vines His Way to Pop Stardom

For the emerging teen pop star, music stardom is coming six seconds at a time.


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New Music To Know: Ella Henderson Is Coming For America

The Brit got her start back in 2012 when she appeared on UK’s The X Factor. She ended up coming in sixth, but don’t feel sorry for her, she’s got her sights on a much bigger prize: America.


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New Music To Know: Meghan Trainor Doesn’t Care if You’re Ready For This Jelly

For most music fans, Trainor seemed to come completely out of nowhere, but in actuality she’s been making music since she was 13 years old, producing her self-penned tracks with GarageBand on the Macintosh she begged her dad to buy her.


Sturgill Simpson

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: Mary Sarah Goes From Kidz Bop to Duetting with Dolly Parton

Mary Sarah got her start with kidz, and is now working with legends like Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard on her album ‘Bridges.’ She talks to us about connecting with her elders, the sage advice she was given, and what songs not to listen to in the car (because they will make you weep).


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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.


Lucy Hale

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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