Check out our picks for October, including their vital stats and new music. And be sure to come back next month for more!

1. Musicians That Matter

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Discovering great new bands and solo 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 all-night, every-night to spot those innovative musicians?Turns out, we do.

Each month on SPIN.com, our editors sort through hundreds of new artists to bring you five we believe are especially worth your time. They might be rappers, indie rockers, metalheads, punk sirens, 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 October, including their vital stats and new music. And be sure to come back next month for more!

2. Musicians That Matter

2/7

Discovering great new bands and solo 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 all-night, every-night to spot those innovative musicians?Turns out, we do.

Each month on SPIN.com, our editors sort through hundreds of new artists to bring you five we believe are especially worth your time. They might be rappers, indie rockers, metalheads, punk sirens, 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 October, including their vital stats and new music. And be sure to come back next month for more!

3. FREDDIE GIBBS

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Who: Freddie Gibbs, a 28-year-old drug-dealer-turned-rapper from Gary, Indiana.
Why he matters: Gibbs is carrying the torch for '90s gangsta rap. With his buzz-worthy mix-tapes and debut EP, the Str8 Killa, Gibbs spits about 'hood life in his economically deprived hometown, including drugs, prostitution, and family strife. His first full-length, Baby-Faced Killa, featuring production from hip-hop heavyweights like Jim Jonsin, Hi-Tek, and Ski Beatz, is expected this year.
SPIN Music Editor Charles Aaron says: "Technically, he's just dead-on. He has such a great deep tone to his voice, and the effortless flows; he's got that perfect gangsta-rap mix of sounding kinda laidback but clearly on a knife's edge. And his worldview is so cold—dude does just not give a shit what anybody thinks he should be doing. He's on his own path."
File next to: Twista, UGK, Young Buck.
Where to start: "Live By the Game" (listen below), a catchy tale of a character who puts his dreams on hold to sell dope on the corner, while hoping "baby brother don't follow my footsteps."
Fun fact: Gibbs formed a yet-to-be-named supergroup with Bun B, Cool Kids' Chuck Inglish, and Chip Tha Ripper, which is in the studio recording its debut album.

LISTEN: Freddie Gibbs, "Live By The Game"

4. DOM

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Who: Dom, an indie-pop quartet from Worcester, Massachusetts, led by 22-year-old jokester Dom. (He insists that his surname remain anonymous for fear of the IRS. Honest.)
Why they matter: Their debut, the Sun Bronzed Greek Gods EP (out now), combines arena-sized guitar hooks, electro-pop, and punk into a catchy and unique sound. Dom (the person) sings cheekily about the beauty of living in America (fast food, bikini-clad babes, and shopping sprees) and treating a broken heart with -- what else? -- ecstasy.
SPIN Music Editor Charles Aaron says: "Dom makes indie rock sound the way it should – crappy and savvy and dumb and smart and ugly and lovely and unforgettable in spite of itself. His 'Living in America' is better and more patriotic than James Brown's, and that's saying a lot since James' version was Apollo Creed's entrance music in Rocky IV and that was pretty much the proudest I've ever felt been to be an American until that 'Yes-We-Can' guy."
File next to: Passion Pit, Surfer Blood, Neon Indian
Where to start: "Living in America" (listen below), a fuzzy electro-pop jam with twinkling samples and an anthemic chorus. Watch the video here.
Fun fact: Dom (the person) solicited members for his band on Craigslist.

LISTEN: Dom, "Living In America"

5. MINIATURE TIGERS

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Who: Miniature Tigers, an indie pop quartet from Phoenix (which relocated to Brooklyn this summer).
Why they matter: Two years and countless live gigs after the release of their buzz-worthy debut, Miniature Tigers are back with a new album -- and a more experimental sound. On Fortress (out now), the band expand their sunny, '60s-inspired pop into tribal folk, psychedelic rock, and electronic territory with production help from Neon Indian's Alan Palomo (see: glossy synths and samples) and the Morning Benders' Chris Chu (see; layers of piano, surf guitars, and vocal harmonies).
SPIN Music Editor Charles Aaron says: "What I like about them is that they could probably be a very successful, standard-issue indie-rock band aping Death Cab or Grizzly Bear or Vampire Weekend, but they're too restless and busting with ideas. Fortress is dazzling at times, and once they figure how to be baroque and pretentious without trying so hard, they'll get even better."
File next to: Animal Collective, Beach Boys
Where to start: "Bullfighter Jacket" (listen below), a folk anthem about a summertime crush. Plus, watch their hilarious clip for "Gold Skull," in which a porn star comes out of a TV to chase band leader Charlie Brand!
Fun fact: Miniature Tigers are huge fans of the TV show Lost, and Brand sports a Dharma Initiative sticker on his guitar.

LISTEN: Miniature Tigers, "Bullfighter Jacket"

6. GLASSER

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Who: Glasser, the electronic folk project of L.A.'s Cameron Mesirow.
Why she matters: On her debut album, Ring (out October 4), Mesirow is an indie rock priestess. Armed with a laptop (her first music was recorded on GarageBand), she yelps about nature over clanging percussive loops and eerie synths, and samples of bells, glockenspiels, strings, and brass. In concert, Glasser's sound is brought to life with a nine-piece band comprising members of Darker My Love, Fool's Gold, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Foreign Born (frontman Matt Popieluch is her boyfriend).
SPIN Music Editor Charles Aaron says: "Hypnotic laptop pop that sends you off into misty reveries if you relax and muse and don't expect a Twilight soaring-through-the-trees chorus. She obviously loves Fever Ray, and I can see her music getting more sneakily melodic and theatrical as it goes, without losing the lo-fi tribal mystery."
File next to: Fever Ray, Bat for Lashes, Bjork
Where to start: "Home," a percussive tribal romp with xylophones and an wall of menacing keys. Plus, watch the trippy video for "Apply," a morphing collage of color and images of Mesirow's face.
Fun fact: Mesirow's father is a member of the performance-art troupe Blue Man Group, and her mother fronted an all-kazoo outfit called Kazoondheit in the 1970s and later founded the new-wave group Human Sexual Response (behind the 1980 song "Jackie Onassis" quoted in Rage Against the Machine's "Tire Me").

LISTEN: Glasser, "Home"

7. WILD NOTHING

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Who: Wild Nothing, the dreamy Britpop project of 22-year-old Anglophile (and Virginia native) Jack Tatum.
Why he matters: Tatum recreates the jangly guitar sounds of 1980s England. But that doesn't mean Gemini, his debut full-length (out now), or Golden Haze, his new EP (out this fall), aren't original. Tatum uses these influences to build his own wholly hazy, romantic sound, with enough tortured lyrics to make Morrissey blush.
SPIN Music Editor Charles Aaron says: "For me, the '80s were mostly stressful and fucked-up, so it was hard to be all romantic and daydreamy about fey and gloomy Britpop—the Smiths, Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen. I liked it all, but it rarely fit my life. Now that life has beaten me down and I've come to terms with that, Tatum makes these lovely little musical postcards of all that music, and I can drift off without being pissed at Reagan and stuff."
File next to: The Smiths, the Cure, Jesus & Mary Chain
Where to start: "Golden Haze" (listen below), a twinkling bit of classic Britpop with intertwining guitars and Tatum's starry-eyed vocals: "Surrender to me / What does it take to be like you?"
Fun fact: Tatum also helms a tropical punk band called Facepaint (listen), as well as a singer-songwriter project, Jack & the Whale (listen!).

LISTEN: Wild Nothing, "Golden Haze"