Seattle band Pickwick offers a fresh sound while playing back to traditional rock and soul roots - a sound that is quickly turning this six-piece into a rising star in their local music scene with national success soon to follow. The group's debut full-length album, Can't Talk Medicine, comes out this month and is packed with great new tracks, including one featuring XPN favorite Sharon Van Etten.
October's Artist To Watch is Los Angeles based Lord Huron and is the musical and visual project of Ben Schneider. Once a solo project and now a five piece, Lord Huron's mix of dreamy world influenced indie island pop and Graceland styled grooves.
Michael Kiwanuka combines roots and soul with such old-school, retro-sounding verve. He's released three EPs in the last year alone, including one that so impressed Adele, she invited Kiwanuka to tour with her!
Minneapolis' Polica played SXSW in March. Urgent, original and genre defying, Polica are absolutely essential in 2012. Their debut album, Give You The Ghost was an XPN Featured Album of the Week earlier this year.