TWELVE ARTISTS THE PEOPLE ON LIST SHOULD LISTEN TO, RANKED
Thank you *so* much for the request, @andersun! Hope you don't mind that I tweaked the title a little.
- •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.
- •HAIMHonestly, 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"]
- •CryingMy 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"]
- •Bright Light Bright LightHis 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"]
- •Michigan RattlersThey 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.]
- •The RevivalistsIf 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"
- •Sarah PotenzaHonestly, 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"]
- •The Head and the HeartI 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"]
- •Teeth & TongueIs 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"]
- •Courtney Marie AndrewsIf 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"]
- •SeratonesIf 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"
- •Kacey MusgravesI'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"]
- •Brandy ClarkA 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"]