MOURN

We featured the band MOURN last year and now their self-titled album is finally getting the attention it deserves beyond the European continent.

Here these Barcelona teenagers sing “Your Brain Is Made of Candy”.

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Father John Misty

Josh Tillman’s 2nd album under the moniker Father John Misty is enticingly entitled I Love You, Honeybear.

Even more powerful than his debut Fear Fun, listen here to “Bored in the USA” as well as the title track.

Father John Misty

“Bored in the USA”

“I Love You, Honeybear”

Twerps

Twerps write some irresistible rock songs.

The 2nd album form this Melbourne quartet, Range Anxiety, just came out on Merge Records.

Get lost in the beauty of “I Don’t Mind”.

Twerps

Lower Dens

We’ve been waiting for new Lower Dens music for almost 3 years.

This band from Baltimore offers Escape from Evil at the end of March.

“To Die in L.A.” is the wondrous first single.

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Courtney Barnett

The fresh new voice of Courtney Barnett enthralled us last year with her brilliant debut The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.

Her new album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, will be with us in March.

The song “Pedestrian At Best” leads the way.

Courteny Barnett

Zella Day

Zella Day is a young beautiful songwriter hailing from Arizona and now based in L.A.

Expect to hear more about her in the year to come.

“Hypnotic” is from her self-titled EP.

Zella Day

Will Butler

Will Butler, the multi-instrumentalist and dynamic performer of the band Arcade Fire (and brother of frontman Win Butler) has a solo debut in March.

Last year he and Owen Pallett were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for the film Her.

“Anna” is a free download from his album Policy.

Will Butler

Mikal Cronin

A couple of years ago Mikal Cronin created one of my fave albums of 2013.

MCII was solid all the way through.

He follows in the spring with MCIII.

“Made My Mind Up” is an early sampling.

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Laura Marling

She’s only 24 but has already given us 4 exquisite albums.

Laura Marling’s 5th will be entitled Short Movie.

And “Short Movie” is the lead song.

Laura Marling

Björk

The new album from Bjork swirls with emotional turmoil.

Leaked and rush-released, Vulnicura is a breakup album, chronicling her split from artist Matthew Barney.

The song “Black Lake”-intense, sorrowful, a uniquely Bjork masterpiece.

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Matt and Kim

A new album from Matt and Kim is on the way.

“Get It” is the first single from New Glow.

Matt and Kim

Hanni El Khatib

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Hanni El Khatib is a San Francisco garage-rocker, now based in L.A.

He moved quickly from creative director for a skateboard company to full-time musician when Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys took notice and produced his 2nd album.

His 3rd, Moonlight, is brand new as we listen to the song “Melt Me”.

Hanni El Khatib

Turbo Fruits

Turbo Fruits is a rock band out Nashville led by Jonas Stein, formerly of the band Be Your Own Pet.

Their 4th album No Control comes to us in the early spring.

“The Way I Want You”, the 1st single, produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, is a sweet taste.

Turbo Fruits

Panda Bear

Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) is the co-founder of the experimental band Animal Collective.

As a solo artist he has created 5 albums, the 5th, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, just released.

He dazzles us with “Boys Latin”.

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“Boys Latin”

Alex Winston

Alex Winston has such a compelling voice.

Initially classically trained in Detroit, she now resides in New York.

Her first album King Con came out two years ago.

Expect to hear much more about her with the wonderful new song “Careless”.

(and yes, she does remind us of Kate Bush, which only enhances her appeal.)

Alex Winston

“Careless”

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