London indie folk ensemble Passport to Stockholm knows their way around a hook. The group creates memorable, pristine, addictive folk pop.
Sulfur City is a really honest to goodness working class rock band, the kind you can unwind to with beers and pool games at the local pub.
With a gossamer brat-pop voice that recalls Like a Virgin-era Madonna, Jessy Lanza sings in slashes and bursts of highly-pressurized air.
Deeply concerned about the plight of the world's refugees, Anoushka Shankar felt she needed to make an artistic and political stand.
Birmingham, Alabama's Will Stewart has stepped away from his old group, Willie and the Giant, to emerge as a compelling solo artist this year with a new EP, Faultline.
Basmala walks the line between hip-hop and electronic music, visiting the realm of avant-garde jazz, all in an effort to create forward-looking, experimental music that he dubs visionary soul.
Somewhere between the dreamy folk-fiction of Joni Mitchell and the cine-pop balladry of Lana Del Ray, "All the Colors in the Dark" is a concentrated swath of emotionally charged atmosphere.
Gregory Porter has his eyes on the good things in life and uses his voice to remind us of their presence.
Kiss"-era Prince updated for the 21st century... "Love As a Weapon" is a bright, shiny jolt of dance-pop heaven.
Jamil Rashad, a/k/a Boulevards, is part of the batch of new indie soul musicians lighting up the music world and bringing some serious grooves back into contemporary popular music.