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A New Playlist For 2013

New music for a new year.

Parquet Courts

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It’s a new year. Maybe time for some new music on your playlist.

Maybe you’ve had enough of Adele, Mumford & Sons, Fun, Taylor Swift. Time for a changing of the guard. A new batch of options.

Well, allow us to make a few suggestions. We’ve got Ann Powers from NPR Music with us. J. Edward Keyes from eMusic. And a bunch of fresh tunes.

From Jessie Ware. Haim. Parquet Courts. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Atoms for Peace.

This hour, On Point: new music for a new year.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Ann Powers, NPR Music critic and correspondent.

J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-chief of eMusic.

From Tom’s Reading List

eMusic “We hate to gloat, but last year, we predicted Purity Ring, Kendrick Lamar, Porcelain Raft and Nicolas Jaar would have big years in 2012. Were we wrong? That’s a decent success ratio, sure, but we’re aiming for an even better guess-rate for next year. And looking through our list of 13 to Watch in 2013, I feel confident in saying this year’s hopefuls will be next year’s breakouts. Take a few minutes to get to know them now.”

Billboard “Expect great things from new or emerging artists in the country and Americana worlds in 2013. Here’s the 615’s picks for ten artists to keep a keen eye on, from the Brooklyn-based Americana band the Lone Bellow to a new album from Pistol Annies star Ashley Monroe to the throwback sounds of Coy Taylor.”

USA Today “Shazam makes its 2013 predictions, which were pretty spot on in 2012. Last year, Shazam predicted that Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey, A$AP Rocky and Michael Kiwanuka would be stars in 2012. They were right.”

Ann Powers: 13 Artists To Watch In 2013

Gary Allan

Ashley Monroe

The Band Perry

Valerie June

Bobby Rush

Wynter Gordon

Lady

St. Paul And The Broken Bones

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Atoms For Peace

Lisa Germano

Haim

Angel Haze (song at link includes explicit language)

J. Edward Keyes: 13 Artists To Watch In 2013

Parquet Courts

White Lung

Merchandise

Icona Pop

Pure Bathing Culture

Joey Bada$$

Savages

Night Beds

Sky Ferreira

Daughn Gibson

Jessie Ware

Blut Aus Nord

Ducktails

And Tom Ashbrook Adds

Lake Street Dive

Spotify Playlist

Also, check out our Spotify playlist of music we played during the hour at this link:
A New Playlist For 2013
Careful, some explicit language.

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