1.NEW FACES. NEW SOUNDS. NEW BLOOD.

1/13

The music business may be reeling, but there's never been more new, exciting artists emerging fully formed and ready to forge their own path to your playlists.

From country-fried troubadours to self-made hip-hop impresarios to scruffy indie weirdos, these folks will soon need no introduction.

MEET THE NEXT BIG THINGS >>

2.NEW FACES. NEW SOUNDS. NEW BLOOD.

2/13

The music business may be reeling, but there's never been more new, exciting artists emerging fully formed and ready to forge their own path to your playlists.

From country-fried troubadours to self-made hip-hop impresarios to scruffy indie weirdos, these folks will soon need no introduction.

MEET THE NEXT BIG THINGS >>

3.LYKKE LI

3/13

Home sweet home: Stockholm, Sweden
Expect: Her stylish dance-pop and crystalline ballads veer excitingly between naked fragility and feline ferocity.
Influences: Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Madonna
Must hear: Wounded Rhymes (LL/Atlantic), out March 1

In her words: "Life is short," the shy superstar-in-the-making says. "It's very fragile. I know that firsthand. If I have a chance to make art that people will respond to, I have to take it."

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4.SMITH WESTERNS

4/13

Home sweet home: Chicago
Expect: Baby-faced lo-fi assassins, all grown up, sorta.
Influences: The Strokes, T. Rex
Must hear: Dye It Blonde (Fat Possum), out now

In their words: "If we were a bunch of fucking 'tards, we wouldn't be doing what we are doing at the level we're on," says frontman Cullen Omori.

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5.ODD FUTURE

5/13

Home sweet home: Los Angeles
Expect: Obscenely talented gang of skateboarding Wolves rapping about unspeakable things
Influences: Eminem, Wu-Tang, Sid Vicious
Must hear: Radical mixtape (self-released), out now

In their words: "We do what we want and we're ourselves at all times," says group member Syd. "Anybody else would be worried about burning bridges. What we stand for is not selling yourself short or selling out."

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6.JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD

6/13

Home sweet home: Kent, Ohio
Expect: Black Keys-approved, smart-ass country-rock ingénue
Influences: Chan Marshall, Dave Grohl (seriously
Must hear: Tell Me (Nonesuch), out now

In her words: "I'm the bad influence on most people I tour with. I meet a lot of pussy rock bands who are like, 'Oh, it's 1 A.M.? I gotta whiten my teeth and go to bed.'"

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7.JAMES BLAKE

7/13

Home sweet home: London
Expect: Soulful DJ-producer-singer-pianist phenom bringing electronic music beyond the laptop
Influences: Jamie Lidell, Aphex Twin, Ray Charles
Must hear: James Blake (Atlas/A&M), out now

In his words: "I can read things on the Internet about James Blake, and it's almost like I'm reading about someone else."

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8.TAME IMPALA

8/13

Home sweet home: Perth, Australia
Expect: Wigged-out psych rock for kids who dug Congratulations more than "Kids"
Influences: Flaming Lips, latter day Beatles, Sabbath
Must hear: Innerspeaker (Modular), out now

In their words: "I don't think we need to compare ourselves," says frontman Kevin Parker of MGMT, his band's tourmates and pals, "because we're not about to have a crazy hit that makes everyone jizz themselves and wear headbands."

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9.HAYES CARLL

9/13

Home sweet home: Austin, Texas
Expect: Silver-tongue-in-cheek country iconoclast
Influences: Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan
Must hear: KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) (Lost Highway), out now

In his words: "I better fucking keep the music job, because I wasn't any good selling vacuum cleaners."

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10.BIG K.R.I.T.

10/13

Home sweet home: Meridian, Mississippi
Expect: Self-made, self-produced, next-gen Southern rapper
Influences: T.I., Pimp C, Curtis Mayfield
Must hear: Return of 4Eva (Cinematic Music), out now

In his words: "I want to write music that, every time you hear it, evokes an emotion."

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11.MNDR

11/13

Home sweet home: New York City
Expect: Dance-pop multihyphenate; another Mark Ronson discovery made good
Influences: Bjork, Madonna
Must hear: still-untitled debut, due this spring

In her words: "I imagine it being like everyone putting their fingers in a light socket together," she says of her upcoming live tour.

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12.DOM

12/13

Home sweet home: Hadley, Massachusetts
Expect: Debt-dodging indie urchins boasting unlikely ghetto pass
Influences: Wavves, Jeff Spiccoli
Must hear: Sun Bronzed Greek Gods (Astralwerks/Burning Mill), out now

In their words: "Every day, it's a struggle to get drunk," says Dom, 23-year-old frontman. "We can't pay our rent, but we get food stamps. That's pretty awesome."

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13.ESBEN AND THE WITCH

13/13

Home sweet home: Brighton, England
Expect: Dramatic neo-goth that makes Florence look like M.I.A.
Influences: Kate Bush, David Lynch
Must hear: Violet Cries (Matador), out now

In their words: "We don't like to explain the songs," says Daniel Copeman. "If people want to, they can go and find where all these references come from."

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