The Districts are an impressive young four-piece from Lititz, in Lancaster County. They do the very Pixies loud-quiet-LOUD thing, but in a more textured way than simply turning their overdrive pedals on and off. Singer Rob Grote’s searing voice cut across the concert hall, blending with the band’s smartly-arranged instrumental interplay.
December’s Artist To Watch is Courtney Barnett, a singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. With two EP’s to her name that she self-released on her own label, Milk! Records, she’s just starting to gain some traction in the States. She played CMJ this past Fall to some excellent reviews which led to coverage on some high profile music blogs.
The Artist To Watch for November is singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer Jonathan Wilson. Wilson just released his second solo record, Fanfare. In the States, the album is out on Downtown Records.
Up until 2011, when he released his critically acclaimed Gentle Spirit, Wilson was mostly a behind the scenes musician. His own studio in Echo Park, – Fivestar Studios – is known for its warm sound and analogue equipment.
UK trio London Grammar began in 2009 as the low-key pursuit of three students at the University of Nottingham. A few years and a couple EP releases down the line, and the eclectic electronic trio developed its sound into the gorgeous and sophisticated full-length record, If You Wait.
The UK singer-songwriter, Laura Mvula, releases her gorgeous, exotic, engaging debut album, Sing To The Moon, on May 14th.
No stranger to the music scene, British singer-songwriter Laura Mvula has consistently captivated Europe’s music scene with her soulful yet remarkably astonishing voice. Characterized as an artist who can easily sweep music lovers off their feet.