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Every week, we feature independent and emerging artists who are making exciting, innovative music.
What’s It Like Inside A Twenty-Something’s Head? Listen To Waxahatchee’s New Cerulean Salt To Find Out

April 1, 2013 - There is a good reason the world is catching up with Katie Crutchfield and Waxahatchee. Her shows at SXSW, including an NPR showcase, were greeted rapturously.
After a three-year intermission from the music world, Duquette Johnston is back on the national stage with his upcoming release, Rabbit Runs a Destiny.

March 18, 2013 - The Alabama artist, known for his fusion of rustic and modern sounds, founded and played bass for the band Verbana, and has shared performances with The Civil Wars, Foo Fighters, The Strokes, and Bonnie Prince Billy.
There’s something so warm and so likeable about Birdie Busch, West Philly’s whimsical, verse-weaving siren—that hearing her sing is like being greeted with a wave of energy.

March 11, 2013 - Birdie's lyrics are quirky, candid, and refreshing, and she infuses each song with a real sentimentality that makes you think she’d make a great listener and a great best friend. So when she croons—voice breaking like the sun’s rays through the trees—to “settle in for the greatest night in history,” as she does on new tune “Sitgreaves Pass”—one can’t help but wonder exactly what she’s referring to.
Jesse packs the house with his live shows in New England, and is currently touring and poised to break through across the country.

March 4, 2013 - Boston's R&B musician, soul-singer songwriter, Jesse Dee just released his debut alum, On My Mind, In My Heart, on Alligator Records. The album is a fusion of funky, feel-good grooves, all wrapped up in an energetic and soulful vibe. He's opened for soul legends Etta James and Al Green.
Dutch multi-instrumentalist and producer Jacco Gardner's debut album offers a fresh take on the baroque pop sound of the 1960s.

February 25, 2013 - Gardner plays every instrument on the record except drums, and his studio acumen, command of instrumentation and sense of arrangement recall and update the kind of ornate songs orchestrated by groups like The Left Banke and The Zombies and producers like Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks. Hear two tracks from Cabinet of Curiosities in this installment of World Café: Next.
Released one single at a time on 7" vinyl it put the band on the map and became one of the most popular albums of the year in Seattle.

February 18, 2013 - Formed in 2008, Pickwick members Galen Disston, Michael and Garrett Parker, Cassady Lillstrom, Alex Westcoat, and Kory Kruckenberg forged a path toward neo-soul and in 2011 released a compilation of music from three of their EPs.
With roots in Texas and operations in New York, up and coming post-punk band Parquet Courts is covering all the bases.

February 4, 2013 - The group’s first full-length album Light Up Gold is now available everywhere from Calgary to Yokohama, and the refreshingly raw ‘70s punk vibes throughout the record have it spreading quickly.
Sometimes characterized as a dark and deep rock and roll.

February 11, 2013 - An active musician since 2006, John Murry is clearly climbing the social recognition ladder in the music industry with the upcoming March 5 release in the U.S of his critically acclaimed album The Graceless Age.
Drawing from jazz, folk, and indie pop to craft an ornate sound uniquely its own, Hey Marseilles formed in 2006.

January 28, 2013 - Hey Marseilles’s sound includes symphonic cello, drumbourine, accordion, and viola in addition to the standard lineup of guitar, bass, and drums.
If you like reggae music inspired by the sound systems that roam Jamaica pumping out the vibes, you will like The Lions.

January 21, 2013 - In 2007, a dozen or so reggae and soul artists met in Los Angeles, California and, somehow or other, developed the band The Lions.
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