10 Artists To Watch In 2013

In no particular order, here’s 10 artists I suspect will be popping up both in the press and festival circuit this year. Get acquainted now and keep an eye out for these artists on the rise.










Dance pop at its finest, Avan Lava puts the spice back in music with energetic songs and hyped up live shows. Can you say neon, confetti, inflatables and (most of all) dancing? Expect to see them blow up this year in response to their electric release, Flex Fantasy.

With the release of their Sophomore album Hummingbird on January 29th, the Los Angeles locals are sure to take flight. “Breakers”, the first single off the album predicts a strong follow-up and fan-following.


Rhythm? Check. Attitude? Check? Party Rock? Yup. This Brooklyn-based band delivers the goods with mean beats that make you want to move. They released their debut EP, Headlines & Firefights via Mother West Records in the fall, and our set to take over with their irresistible sound. Don’t take my word for it though, see for yourself when Cold Blood Club headline Highline Ballroom on February 10th.



Kitten coos and wails to 80’s inspired indie-pop. Chloe Chaidez’s breathy voice and grungy flair make this band one to watch. With a couple EP’s already released and an album scheduled for this year, 2013 should be a buzzworthy year for them.


After some delay, Charli XCX’s debut album finally arrives this year. An edgy look and sound has everyone hooked on this Brit who’s awesome mixtapes and singles have kept hungry fans at bay. With big things in the works, Charli XCX is ready to make waves on both sides of the ‘pond’.


The Neighbourhood’s debut album drops in March and follows their EP, I’m Sorry, which got them signed to Columbia Records. Their R&B influenced indie-rock has a cool vibe reminiscent of Foster The People. Expect fans to flock.

On An On make beautiful hazy, synth pop as revealed on the haunting “Ghosts” and the atmospheric “The Hunter”. Both songs prove On An On have plenty to offer and major talent that won’t go unnoticed. Their debut album Give In reveals all on January 29th.

Brooklyn pop experimentalist Autre Ne Veut releases his debut album Anxiety on February 12th. If the  standout single “Counting” is any indication, the album will cause a stir.


Intoxicating and fervent, Rhye proves teasing pays off. With one single, “The Fall” and barely any information or photos to be found of this mysterious artist, music fans are waiting with baited breath to discover more.

With big bright eyes and a powerful, soulful voice, Foxes is sure to gain major traction this year. Her debut EP Warrior on Neon Gold Records garnered lots of buzz for the budding Brit. The singer kicked off 2013 with the release of the music video “Clarity” in which she collaborates with Zedd. One can expect much more on the way from Foxes – including a full length album.

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