Yesterday we divulged our expectations of which foreign bands will be making a splash on US playlists in 2013. Today, we're taking a look at our own crop of home-bred artists that you'll certainly be hearing about in the coming 12 months.
This Los Angeles-bred group has a culty vibe similar to that of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. They seem to match the current formula success in the folk-pop movement (yes, this is a real thing). The album Nobody Dances In This Town is now available.
We were immediately infatuated with Ohio's Cloud Nothings after hearing the gritty rock of their 2012 sophomore release, Attack On Memory. They recently announced that a 2013 full-length is in the works, and we couldn't be more thrilled.
Comparing this California group to 60s psychedelic rock doesn't quite do them justice. Their first studio album, Take The Kids Off Broadway, was released in 2012 on Jagjaguwar, having a unique fluctuation of sound that mimicked the darkest days of The Rolling Stones and Velvet Underground, even a few touches of Bowie. The group's second album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, is being released on January 22nd. Watch the music video for its single, "Shuggie" below.
This Brooklyn-based group released their self-titled debut back in 2011, and we're looking forward to its follow-up, entitled Almanac, which will be released on January 22nd. Listen to the album's first single, "Ballad of the Golden Hour," below.
LA's The Local Natives aren't necessarily a new group on the indie radar, but their forthcoming, 2013 release, Hummingbird, will be their first in four years. It's one of the most highly anticipated albums of the coming year, and we're proud to say they're 'Mericans! Listen to "Breakers" below.
Watch Local Natives live at The Bowery Ballroom on Baeblemusic: