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New Music to Know: Niia Finds Her Voice With a Little Help from James Bond

“Some artists love that power of swooping in and watching the crowd eat out of their hand,” Niia says. “But for me, it’s a little scary and I think I realized we both can play the vulnerability card. Me as the artist, them as the audience.”

11/14/2014

(Courtesy of Interscope Records)

New Music to Know: The Eeries Make a Name For Themselves, With a Little Help From Rock Radio

One can’t help but wonder if the guys of The Eeries purposely tried to make it extremely hard for anyone to discover their band. Or, if it was an accidental business model that has just so happened to pay off.

09/25/2014

(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

New Music to Know: Shawn Mendes Vines His Way to Pop Stardom

For the emerging teen pop star, music stardom is coming six seconds at a time.

08/14/2014

(Courtesy of Columbia)

New Music To Know: Ella Henderson Is Coming For America

The Brit got her start back in 2012 when she appeared on UK’s The X Factor. She was an early favorite to win with famous backers like Cher, Adele and Leona Lewis tweeting her praises, but she would only end up coming in sixth. But don’t feel sorry for her, she’s got her sights on a much bigger prize: America.

08/07/2014

(John Fletcher/Tyler Kohlhoff/Jean-Baptiste Mondino/Harvest Records/Jamie-James Medina)

New Music To Know: 6 Acts to See At Coachella

At this point, everyone knows who’s headlining Coachella, but what about those acts playing the early hours of the festival?

04/10/2014

Betty Who in studio with Dylan at Fresh 102.7 in NYC. (Photo: Joe Cingrana/Fresh 102.7)

New Music To Know: Betty Who Makes Dance Music You Can Cry To

This dichotomy of pouring her heart out, while you bust a move on the dance floor was a conscious decision early on. “I didn’t want to write songs that would always make you want to slit your wrists in the bathtub,” Who said.

04/04/2014

(Courtesy of Republic Records)

New Music To Know: Jetta Talks Insects, Joy Williams & That Little Google Video

Her song, “Feels Like Coming Home,” was used to soundtrack last year’s “Google Zeitgeist” video, which has been seen over 31 million times on YouTube. And probably induced even more tears. Not a bad way to make your debut.

03/20/2014

(Courtesy of Capitol Music Group)

New Music to Know: Sam Smith Writes Songs for Lonely People

“I’ve never been in a relationship before,” Smith says. ” I wanted to write an album for lonely people, because I don’t think there’s been enough music out there that talks about unrequited love.”

03/13/2014

(Courtesy: Island Def Jam/Mercury Records)

New Music to Know: American Authors Are Having the Best Days of Their Lives

Many have found a connection with the feel good vibes of “Best Day of My Life” where the guys are touching the clouds, howling at the moon and just generally grabbing life by the balls, singing, “No limits just epiphanies.”

02/20/2014

(Pete Voelker for Frenchkiss Records)

Drowners Do it All For Love on Self-Titled Debut

One part jangly guitar riffs à la The Smiths and one part disheveled punk, the Drowners love-filled debut is a testament to the gritty New York reality that’s helped craft perfect pop songs for generations.

01/31/2014

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