Thank you *so* much for the request, @andersun! Hope you don't mind that I tweaked the title a little.
  1. Note: I tried to limit myself to newer artists because a) yay for sharing (mostly) new music and b) if I didn't, it would probably just end up being another list of my standard favorites.
  2. HAIM
    Honestly, the only reason they're this low is because they haven't put out a new album in three years. [Song to start with: "Forever", "The Wire", and "Don't Save Me"]
  3. Crying
    My favorite description I've read about them came from Rolling Stone magazine, who described them as sounding like playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater after a meal of Cap'n Crunch and LSD. I mean if that doesn't perk your interest then nothing probably will. [Songs to start with: "Wool in the Wash" and "Revive"]
  4. Bright Light Bright Light
    His sound reminds me a lot of Wham! and Pet Shop Boys. [Songs to start with: "All in the Name" (which features Elton John) and "I Only Want to Please You"]
  5. Michigan Rattlers
    They haven't actually released a full-length album yet, but don't let that stop you from checking out this duo who brings to mind Tom Petty, Wilco, and a Whiskeytown-era Ryan Adams. [Songs to start with: their entire self-titled EP.]
  6. The Revivalists
    If My Morning Jacket and Alabama Shakes had a baby, it would probably sound something like The Revivalists. [Songs to start with: "Wish I Knew You", "Soulfight", and "Catching Fireflies"
  7. Sarah Potenza
    Honestly, I don't think I could come up with a better or truer description than Janis Joplin with a pen. [Songs to start with: "The Cost of Living", "Monster", and "Take Me to Church"]
  8. The Head and the Heart
    I had actually forgotten just how much I loved them until I saw a post from @nikkilounoel a few weeks back so a major thank you to her for that. As for the band themselves, they bring about the same relaxing vibe I get when I listen to James Taylor, Cat Stevens, etc. [Songs to start with: "All We Ever Knew", "Lost in My Mind", and "Another Story"]
  9. Teeth & Tongue
    Is a good chunk of my semi-obsession with her because she reminds me a lot of Blondie and Kate Bush? Maybe. But while she may remind me of those legends, her somewhat dark, disco-tinged pop is all her own. [Songs to start with: "Dianne" and "When We Met"]
  10. Courtney Marie Andrews
    If Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and Joan Armatrading are the holy "J" trinity then Courtney Marie Andrews is one of their disciples. [Songs to start with: "How Quickly Your Heart Mends", "Rookie Dreaming, and "Table for One"]
  11. Seratones
    If you were to throw soul, punk, jazz, and a slice of just general badassery in a bag together and shake it up, the Seratones are what would come out of it. But be forewarned: their songs are definite ear worms that'll have you humming them long after your player's turned off. [Songs to start with: "Don't Need It", "Sun", and "Keep Me"
  12. Kacey Musgraves
    I'm convinced that one day we'll be saying her name in the same breath as people like Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, and Kris Kristofferson. [Songs to start with: "Merry Go 'Round", "Somebody to Love", "Follow Your Arrow", and "Pageant Material"]
  13. Brandy Clark
    A frequent co-writer of Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark first caught my attention a couple years ago with her wickedly funny song "Stripes" while her album Big Day in a Small Town is easily one of the best albums to come out of music this year. [Songs to start with: "Love Can Go to Hell", "Homecoming Queen", "Girl Next Door", "Stripes", and "Just Like Him"]