Who: Three real dark English dudes whose inherent heaviness is offset by bewytching catchiness and bursts of roiling surf-rock. Wytches are both heavy and scrappy — death-obsessed angst-addlers whose shouty and tousled sound has us dancing on the unmarked grave of Ozzy's beheaded bats. What's more, head weirdo Kristian Bell has a way with words, snarling streaming poetry that ranges from spooky tales of nights out that end in the cemetery, to self-deprecating stories involving lovers and embarrassing things that happen on beds. Long hair does care, and we're better for it. CHRIS MARTINS
Sounds Like: Black Sabbath, Dick Dale, Jack White
Where to Start: "Wire Frame Mattress" combines all three of the aforementioned names in perfectly shredded harmony and was our first taste of the band's August 25 debut LP Annabel Dream Reader, arriving via Partisan.
From a thrashing group of Washington punks to angsty British rockers to dancing, pop-loving L.A. crooners, these are five artists to know right now.