New Music: 2014

Out with the old. We’re listening to great new music – a new playlist – for 2014. Don’t miss it.

R&B artist Tei Shi's is one of's top 14 artists to watch in 2014. (photo via Facebook)

R&B artist Tei Shi’s is one of’s top 14 artists to watch in 2014. (photo via Facebook)

New year, time for new music.  Beyoncé jumped the 2014 gun with her “sneak attack” release and huge sales.  Springsteen’s got an album – “High Hopes” – of covers and re-imagined oldies coming out this month.  But there’s a lot more, and more range, in the pipeline.  “Opaque” by Eagulls, behind me here.  New music from St. Vincent, Chance the Rapper, Mean Creek, Angel Olsen.  And Prince – yes, Prince – is back. This hour On Point:  new music, what’s coming, 2014.

– Tom Ashbrook


J. Edward Keyes, editor of chief of eMusic. (@keyescore)

Maura Johnston, editor of the online culture publication, “Maura Magazine.” Former music editor for The Village Voice. (@maura)

From Tom’s Reading List

eMusic: 14 To Watch in 2014 — “Every year, we look forward to two things: looking back on our “Ones to Watch” from the previous year, and assembling that same list for the year to come. Last year, we predicted Parquet Courts, Icona Pop, Savages, Sky Ferreira and several others would have a great year in 2013. We think our predictions were borne out. I’m even more excited about this year’s list, as I feel like it consists of 14 artists who are moving music forward, taking time-tested blueprints and refashioning them in their own image.”

The Guardian: Pop music in 2014: what to look out for this year — “A few weeks ago, one of the most powerful men in the music industry, Columbia Records boss Rob Stringer, was interviewed about his label’s plans for 2014. He mentioned the forthcoming January release from Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes, a collection of covers, outtakes and “reimagined” versions of songs from previous albums – and, more speculatively, a forthcoming album by Pharrell Williams, set to include his current single Happy, from the soundtrack to Despicable Me 2. Then he added, vaguely, “at some point, Beyoncé will put a record out and when she does it’ll be phenomenal”. The headlines duly suggested a Beyoncé album would arrive in 2014.”

Esquire: 15 Bands To Watch In 2014 “Ah, a new year. And here we have some “in with the new” for you, a preview of some great new — and not-so-new — musical acts you should have on your radar for 2014, culled from the playlists of our music writers. We know you’re anxious to get on with writing those resolutions, so without further ado.”


Producer’s Note: Some of the included tracks on this playlist contain explicit language 

J. Edward Keyes’ Picks


Perfect Pussy

Chance the Rapper

Tei Shi

Hurray for the Riff Raff


St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Angel Olsen


Pity Sex




Maura Johnston’s Picks

Against Me!

Mean Creek

St. Vincent

Angel Olsen



Katy B

Ex Hex

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