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41 SXSW 2015 Artists You Need In Your Life

Even if you're not headed to Austin, get to know all the up-and-coming artists everyone will be talking about. In no particular order.

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8. Tobias Jesso Jr.

Sandy Kim

Need To Know: A hard-luck piano man from Vancouver whose timeless melodies and accessible, sentimental songwriting made fans of both Adele and Taylor Swift.

Listen To This: "How Could You Babe."

10. Fetty Wap

RGF Productions.

Need To Know: A Patterson, New Jersey, singer/rapper whose viral love-in-the-trap anthem "Trap Queen" earned him a deal with Lyor Cohen's 300 Entertainment.

Listen To This: "Trap Queen."


13. Natalie Prass

Spacebomb Records.

Need To Know: A former Jenny Lewis backup singer with a birdlike tenor and hard-to-forget songs that pair Amy Winehouse's Motown brass with Jon Brion's orchestral whimsy.

Listen To This: "Bird of Prey."

16. Summer Moon

Alex John Beck

Need To Know: An indie supergroup featuring members of The Strokes, Au Revoir Simone, and The Like.

Listen To This: There's no music available yet, but expect that to change after the band performs some of their first shows at SXSW this year.


18. Hudson Mohawke

Tim Saccenti / Warp Records.

Need To Know: A Glasgow electronic/trap producer who helped craft the bombed-out, fight-or-flight music of Kanye's Yeezus phase.

Listen To This: "Chimes."


23. Girlpool

Wichita Recordings.

Need To Know: Stripped-down guitar-and-bass-and-nothing-else rock with the casually reflective quality of a conversation between best friends.

Listen To This: "Ideal World."

24. Allan Kingdom

The Windish Agency

Need To Know: This St. Paul-based Corbin (formerly known as Spooky Black) affiliate crafted his own brand of dark, left-of-center hip-hop before Kanye West scooped him up for the chorus of "All Day." (Catch him onstage at that instantly iconic BRITs performance.)

Listen To This: "Souls."

25. Autre Ne Veut

Software Recording Company.

Need To Know: The future-R&B/soul project of Brooklyn's Arthur Ashin is set to return after widely praised 2013 breakthrough Anxiety.

Listen To This: "Counting."

26. Charlie Belle

Barclay Ice & Coal.

Need To Know: Texas teen purveyors of jangly indie folk with infectious harmonies and the sonic maturity of a band twice their age.

Listen To This: "Get To Know."

28. SOAK

Rough Trade Records.

Need To Know: An 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Ireland whose vulnerable voice and spare, heartbreakingly beautiful ballads would make her a star at any age.

Listen To This: "B a noBody."

29. Wayward

Black Butter Records.

Need To Know: A U.K. production duo whose futuristic takes on soul and house music are as vividly rendered as they are irresistibly danceable.

Wayward: "Love Jones."

30. Chastity Belt

Chastity Belt.

Need To Know: Punk-flavored power pop from an all-girl quartet who love awkward family photos even more than your aunt Sheryl.

Listen To This: "Joke."

35. Lapalux


Need To Know: The Flying Lotus-approved downtempo electronic and effervescent R&B producer returns with a follow-up to his underrated 2013 album Nostalchic.

Listen To This: "Closure."

37. Your Old Droog

Seher Sikandar

Need To Know: Golden-era East Coast rap from a Coney Island native with bars so nice he was once, erroneously, suspected of being Nas in disguise.

Listen To This:Nutty Bars.

39. Tunji Ige

Tunji Ige / YouTube

Need To Know: A Philadelphia-bred communications major with Kudi-descendent singsong flow and a modern take on backpack rap.

Listen To This:Day2Day.”


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