With the new year comes fresh prospects. Here are five bands (in no particular order) that I'll be watching closely in 2013.
1. The Neighbourhood
British quintet that was the subject of a bidding war in the UK that resulted in a seven figure contract with Columbia. Interesting mix of indie R&B and hip-hop.
Four-piece from Bristol. This is a sample of their EP, We Will Wake.
3. MS MR
I was a big fan of their song "Hurricane." What might they do in 2013?
4. Paper Aeroplanes
Folky stuff from Wales. Gentle and sweet.
I've been following this Toronto band for a couple of years now. Here's hoping that they'll break through big-time in 2013. My early pick for Polaris 2013.
From Echo Park in LA. If you like The National, you'll appreciate this.