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Of Monsters and Men is a six-person collective hailing from Iceland and the makers of very catchy folk-pop. The group came together in 2009 when lead singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir began recruiting back-ups for her acoustic solo act. In 2010, Of Monsters and Men gained national fame when they won an annual Icelandic battle of the bands competition, and since then, the buzz has only grown.

Grimes is the one-woman project of Claire Boucher, a talented and artistic Canadian songstress. Born and raised in Vancouver, she moved to Montreal for college but left to pursue her craft when Grimes began to take off. Marrying lo-fi punk with a dream-pop aesthetic, Grimes quickly became a fixture in the DIY underground music movement in Montreal.

Emeli Sande is young, but she already has an enviable list of accomplishments under her belt. Along with a specialty in neuroscience from the University of Glasgow, she's become a global R&B phenom at the tender young age of 23.

Geographer's glittery, electronic pop rock has been winning over fans on the west coast for years.  The trio formed in 2008, released their first full-length that August, and began playing the Bay Area. 

Gotye (whose real name is Wouter "Wally" De Backer) has become an international pop star with his 2011 release, "Making Mirrors". The pop-infused collection includes a little ditty, "Somebody I Used To Know", that subsequently took the world by storm after its early leak in July 2011.

Named after a French novella by poet Charles Baudelaire, Fanfarlo is a pop outfit hailing from London. With a wide range of instrumentation (mandolin, glockenspiel, musical saw, melodica, sax, clarinet, and the usual drums, bass, and guitar), Fanfarlo have been able to craft some uniquely beguiling and uplifting pop-folk.

Electric bluesman Joe Louis Walker is nothing short of a living legend. He was strumming a guitar by the age of eight, and by the age of 16, he was on stage and has released twenty-three ablums over the course of his career.

On his new album Justin Townes Earle aims to prove a few things. Ten songs clocking in just over thirty minutes, "Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now" is one of Justin’s finest works to date harnessing his strength as a captivating storyteller.

Often, an artist can be defined by his or her influences.  Woody Guthrie's legacy demands instead that he be remembered for the legendary writers that he influenced.

John K. Samson, known for his deeply eloquent lyrics and tenure as the frontman of Canadian indie rock outfit The Weakerthans, is just now releasing his first solo album.

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