Hometown: New York City, via Moscow, Russia
Why they matter: On her latest album, 2009's Far, the quirky piano songstress recruited four top-notch producers, including Traveling Wilbury collaborator and ELO founder Jeff Lynne, to craft an entrancing beach soundtrack complete with Caribbean piano hooks and vocals mimicking a dolphin's bark.
You should know: The 30-year-old musician recently covered Radiohead's Ok Computer gem "No Surprises" for the Doctors Without Borders charity. Get details here.
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Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »