Artists To Watch 2012

Band Song Next area appearance Why them
01. The Jayhawks She Walks In So Many Ways I love The Jayhawks so much, and was thrilled with their first new album since 2002 and the first one with co-founder Mark Olson since 1995’s masterpiece Tomorrow The Green Grass.
02. Martin Solveig featuring Dragonette Hello Yeah, I heard it in a commercial, but it’s so catchy.
03. Bleu B.O.S.T.O.N. This one’s for all my Boston peeps.
04. Butterfly Boucher Not Foolin’ Around Tonight I’ve liked her for a while, but this track really took me by surprise.
05. Jonathan Coulton Sucker Punch 02/17/12 Rams Head Live! Only his second studio album, this time appropriately produced by a member of TMBG.
06. Rachael Yamagata Starlight 03/27/12 Birchmere Can’t resist her sultry voice.
07. Pat McGee Release 01/07/12 Birchmere The Virginia native back again with a nice selection. Jill would like you to know she preferred “Juliet” (on the leftovers).
08. Native Run Let Me Down Easy 12/31/11 Jammin’ Java Can never go wrong with a Todd Wright song.
09. Butch Walker Summer Of ’89 He’s been around for a long time, but this song just grabbed me from the start.
10. The Head And The Heart Lost in My Mind 03/20/12 Rams Head Live! This track has a Gomez feel, and the one on the leftovers has a Ben Folds feel. Tough choice.
11. Dawes A Little Bit Of Everything The second coming of Jackson Browne.
12. The Joy Formidable Whirring An updated Smashing Pumpkins (if Billy Corgan was a woman (but not bald)).
13. Blackfield Blood I’ve featured them before, but this song has their other singer on vox, Israeli singer Aviv Geffen (great driving song).
14. The Naked And Famous Young Blood 04/02/12 The National An Australian band with a cool sound.
15. Matt Wertz Someone Like You I just like the sound of his voice with the guitar and percussion.
16. Billy Bauer Band Maybe Tomorrow A Herndon Festival alumnus with a DMB feel.
17. Thea Gilmore The Difference A great song for a good cause.
18. Bill Michalski Little Black Hole The Mayor of Shantytowne with his first solo EP.

Leftovers (in no particular order):
A.J. Roach – The Poet
Beth Patterson – Range Rover
Crooked Still – It’ll End Too Soon
Dawes – So Well
Ember Swift – I Could Stay Here
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Great Lake Swimmers – Pulling On A Line
Hurtsmile – Love Thy Neighbor
John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours – Love Has Made It So
Mates Of State – Palomino
My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
Pat McGee – Juliet
Red Molly – Hold It All
Sara Radle – The Pins
Shane Hines – Leave It All Behind
Steven Wilson – Postcard
Telekinesis – Car Crash
The Decemberists – June Hymn
The Head And The Heart – Ghosts
The Jane Austen Argument – Holes
The Jezabels – Endless Summer
Tori Amos – Carry
Wax Audio – Thunder Busters