Sure, you’re stoked about Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Lights, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix…you get the idea. But here’s five under-the-radar bands you should start to get excited about.
These psychedelic surf rockers (or beach goths, as they’ve been called before) released their third album, Hung at Heart, in January, a mixture of twisted doo wop melodies, scratchy vocals, and old western guitar lines.
Hailing from Adelaide, Australia, the band started their career by first building a studio and then writing and recording songs. Might seem a little backwards, but their single “Trojans” is just as infectious as any other pop hit, so we’re not complaining.
Throw Phantogram, Florence and the Machine, and Bat for Lashes into a melting pot and you’ve got MS MR. The combination is best exemplified in their single “Hurricane.”
Twenty One Pilots
The pop duo combines keyboards, syncopated beats, and vocals to make a sounds that’s part Beastie Boys, part Fun., and a little twist of Gym Class Heroes. Their debut album, Vessel, is worth a listen.
Gary Clark Jr.
The Texas guitar player/blues singer has soul to boot. He started playing guitar at 12, but his breakout came just this last year at—fittingly—an Eric Clapton concert. His single “Bright Lights” has all the self-deprivation of the Black Keys and guitar solos worthy of a Hendrix cover.