Discovering great new artists is one of the joys of being a music fan. But who has the time to listen to hundreds of EPs and attend shows every night to spot innovative musicians?Turns out, we do.
Each month on SPIN.com, our editors sort through the best new artists to bring you five we believe are especially worthy of your time. They might be rappers, indie rockers, metalheads, punks, folk singers, electronic artists, world musicians, or.... But what they have in common is that each was hand-picked by SPIN music editor Charles Aaron as an artist worthy of breaking out to a larger audience -- i.e., you and your friends.
So check out our picks for January, including their vital stats and new music. And be sure to come back next month for more!
Will Butler has always been an outlier. As Arcade Fire's second-most-famous Butler, he's always made being weird seem just as alluring as fitting in. During the band's live shows, the multi-hyphenate artist (synthesizer, bass, guitar, clarinet, and hell, even the glockenspiel) avoids the spotlight while throwing out enough manic energy — howling in one moment,… More »