Artists To Watch 2022

Again this year my music buying was mostly online from Bandcamp, high quality audio from Qobuz & 7digital and preordering mp3s and CDs from Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Here’s a playlist of everything on Spotify.

Here’s a playlist of everything on YouTube.

Here’s a playlist of everything available on SoundCloud.

Band Song Why them
01. Paula Cole Shenandoah Kinda need this version after the last two years.
02. Butch Walker F*ck It (I Don’t Like Love) I’ve tried to leave profanity off these mixes, but this song just slaps.
03. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram 662 Tasty blues.
04. Adam Melchor Moon In The Morning Dream pop.
05. Wet Leg Chaise Longue What if The Strokes were fronted by a woman?
06. Billy Strings Fire Line Blurring the lines between jam band and bluegrass.
07. Arlo Parks Hurt Smooth groove.
08. Heartless Bastards How Low More groove.
09. Snail Mail Valentine Like that 90’s dynamic.
10. Black Pumas Colors You’ve probably heard it, but it’s still a great song.
11. Bachelor Stay In The Car Nice noisy chorus.
12. Steve Almaas Goodbye Nicolina (feat. Gary Louris) Gary Louris – duh.
13. Valerie June Smile She’s got a fantastic new album – my favorite track.
14. Anthony da Costa Away From My Heart (ft. Anna Vogelzang) He’s back to making his own music after excelling as a sideman.
15. Wendi Dunlap Season of Loss New pop artist.
16. The Fox Run Five $20 Bill (For George Floyd) Falcon Ridge favorites gather, and member Tom Prasada-Rao brings his moving song.
17. Sarah Jarosz Across The Canyon I’m With Her member.
18. Sara Watkins Night Singing Another I’m With Her member – if only Aoife’s album was coming out this year…
19. Soft Skies (Chuck Andrada & Scott Brotemarkle) Slowburn Chuck & Scott from Fairfax’s Smartbomb get back together.
20. Allison Russell Persephone Birds of Chicago singer goes solo.
21. The War on Drugs I Don’t Live Here Anymore (featuring Lucius) Gives me a Tears for Fears vibe.

Artists To Watch 2021

Again this year my music buying was mostly online, free tracks from NoiseTrade, as well as paid tracks from Bandcamp, and preordering mp3s and CDs from Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Here’s a playlist of everything available on Spotify.

Here’s a playlist of everything available on SoundCloud.

Band Song Why them
01. The Misses (Todd Wright, Cassidy Ford and Ethan Daniel Mentzer) Devil’s Got Nothing On Me Local pop supergroup with nice harmonies.
02. The Lemon Twigs No One Holds You (Closer Than The One You Haven’t Met) Two brothers, rockin’ out.
03. Capitol Sun Rays (Luther Dickinson, Amy Helm, Grahame Lesh, Allison Russell, JT Nero & Drew Lindsay) Dream Of Spring Another supergroup, this with some legacies.
04. Man Man Cloud Nein They hade me at “Instruments played by the band include clavinet, Moog Little Phatty, sousaphone, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, flute, bass clarinet, drum set, euphonium, Fender Jazz Bass, Danelectro baritone guitar, xylophone, marimba, melodica and various percussive instruments including pots and pans, toy noisemakers, Chinese funeral horns, spoons, smashing plates, and fireworks.”.
05. A Sound of Thunder Udoroth (That One Club From the Movie Blade Where the Sprinklers Spray Blood) Possibly the best song subtitle ever.
06. Sam Roberts Band Ascension Canadian rocker with pop twists.
07. Kings Daughters Get Up (with Brian May) Harmonies? Brian May? C’mon!
08. Crown Lands Leadfoot Canadian duo known to cover Rush.
09. Drive-By Truckers Armageddon’s Back In Town Ok, they’ve been around for a while, but they’re great.
10. Pillow Queens Handsome Wife Lovely vocals.
11. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Be Afraid Former Drive-By Truckers member, also great.
12. Twisted Pine Papaya Got a summer feel; coincidentally, they also have a fantastic holiday EP out now.
13. Mt. Joy Death I think they’re going to be fun to see live.
14. Pete Droge Skeleton Crew (feat. Elaine Summers) He’s back!.
15. Bonny Light Horseman (Anais Mitchell/Josh Kaufman/Eric D. Johnson) Deep In Love Great new supergroup.
16. We’re About 9 On The Other Side Of The Internet This song’s only here right now, so not on any of the playlists. But it’s perfect for this year.
17. Ellis Delaney You Got This Another song for this year.
18. Midtown Social Savoir Faire Dig that groove.
19. Tanya Donelly and the Parkington Sisters Automatic The Belly singer joins this band for a covers album, including this Go-Go’s song from out of left field.
20. Static In Verona Poor Juliet Nice power pop.
21. Molly Venter Hold It All The Red Molly member has been exceptionally prolific on her Patreon this year, here with a remake of a song she wrote for the group.
22. Julian Velard Half Done My theme song this year, as I turned 50.

Artists To Watch 2020

Again this year my music buying was mostly online, free tracks from NoiseTrade, as well as paid tracks from Bandcamp, and preordering mp3s and CDs from Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Here’s a playlist of everything on

Here’s a playlist of everything available on

Band Song Why them
01. The Highwomen (Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris & Amanda Shires) Redesigning Women A country supergroup with great harmonies, I’d follow Brandi Carlile anywhere.
02. Philip B. Price C’mon World Winterpills frontman goes solo again.
03. Our Native Daughters (Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla & Allison Russell) Moon Meets The Sun Another supergroup, this one spiritual and banjo heavy.
04. Jakob Dylan and Norah Jones Never My Love The film looks fun, but the soundtrack with of The Wallflowers frontman doing duets on covers is a classic.
05. Delta Rae Take Me There First single from the 5th biggest music Kickstarter campaign.
06. Adam Lambert Loverboy The occasional Queen frontman shows he can still produce some impressive music on his own.
07. Wild Harbors House On Fire They did a great job opening for SHEL at Jammin’ Java.
08. Heather Maloney We Were Together (feat. Taylor Goldsmith) Wonderful duet with the Dawes frontman.
09. Farewell Angelina Baby Best part of the Herndon Festival this year in its new location.
10. The Rembrandts Count On You The “Friends” famous band returns with their sound unchanged.
11. Calva Louise I Heard A Cry A review said “Fuse surfy riffs to fuzzy grunge pop” and seems fairly accurate.
12. Fruit Bats Drawn Away Sad lyrics and upbeat melodies make a sweet song.
13. Joy Williams The Trouble With Wanting Formerly half of The Civil Wars, she’s back with this soulful song.
14. Bill Michalski Hunch I try to avoid repeats of artists, but this song really grabbed me.
15. Madison Cunningham Trouble Found Me She impressed me at Live From Here with her cover of Radiohead’s No Surprises, and her own stuff is good as well.
16. Keuning Restless Legs Lead guitarist of The Killers steps out with catchy solo debut.
17. Kate Davis Open Heart Would not have predicted songs like this from the woman singing here.
18. Local Natives When Am I Gonna Lose You Nice harmonies and falsettos.
19. Mary Lambert Write You A Song No Macklemore here, just a sweet song.
20. Smug Brothers Every One Is Really Five Reminds me of early Golden Smog.
21. Lily & Madeleine Can’t Help The Way I Feel Feels like a classic girl group song.
22. Jaret & Kelly Daddy’s Girl Singers for Bowling for Soup and The Dollyrots team up for a song close to my heart.
23. Katy Vernon Undertow Hits a sweet spot between country and pop.
24. Josh Rouse Sleigh Brother Bill Yes, it’s from his Christmas record, but aside from the subject matter, it’s a good song with a great beat.
25. Sass Jordan Cinnamon The Canadian singer/songwriter is back.
26. Pan Rocks Steel Drum Rock Orchestra (with Mike Portnoy, Philip Bynoe & Pete Thorn) YYZ An obvious cover, but fun (and you can’t go wrong with Mike Portnoy on drums).

Artists To Watch 2019

Again this year my music buying was mostly online, free tracks from NoiseTrade, as well as paid tracks from Bandcamp, and preordering mp3s and CDs from Kickstarter and PledgeMusic.

Here’s a playlist of everything available on

Band Song Why them
01. Steamcog Orchestra (featuring Beth Patterson) Harry Poppins Beth Patterson is one our faves, and this is a genius mashup.
02. Dark Desert Eagles Santa Ana Pat Badger from Extreme and producer/singer/songwriter Bleu put together a tribute to the Eagles, and decided to write some songs in their style.
03. The Mammals Make It True Mike + Ruthy reform The Mammals and come out with a great album.
04. Goodbye Road Ring The Bells Johnnyswim and Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors joined forces to make an album full of hope for these times.
05. Fortunate Ones Northern Star We saw this fine duo open up for Alan Doyle, and he co-wrote other songs on their album.
06. Lord & Lady Dance It Out I found this charming free holiday EP and enjoyed them, so checked out the rest of their music, and it’s also charming.
07. Sidecar Astronauts Too Much Love Storm (from Paul and Storm & Da Vinci’s Notebook) turns out to have a talent writing power pop songs.
08. Low Lily Hope Lingers On Lovely harmonies from this trio.
09. J.S. Ondara Revolution Blues Opening for Lindsey Buckingham and before his album came out, he held his own with his voice and humor..
10. Laurie MacAllister Ten Year Night Lovely cover of one of our favorite Lucy Kaplansky songs.
11. Willodean Devil & Me Trio creates pop gems.
12. Pale Waves Heavenly Goth-y synth pop delights.
13. River Whyless Van Dyke Brown This year’s Herndon Festival discovery.
14. Dawn Landes Traveling Nice intersection of country and pop.
15. Fox and Bones Love Me Like A River Portland folkie duo with good harmonies.
16. Amanda Duncan Big Time Superhero Off her upcoming album, and not out yet, so here’s a live take.
17. Parks Fools Another Boston band rocking out.
18. Jade Bird Lottery An English songbird with a stunning voice.
19. Ben Folds Mr. Peepers My love of Mr. Folds is no secret, nor that I’ve been pushing this song for a while.
20. Alicia Witt Still Sorry Yes, another actress who sings, but she’s good.
21. The Push Stars Nightclub Singer A comeback with horns!
22. Ross Lara (with Emma Rowley & My City Glory) Wide Open Todd Wright brought out Emma Rowley in concert, so I had to dig deeper and find this gem they cowrote with Ross Lara.
23. Drakeford Ready Or Not Husband and wife pop/folk.
24. Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Black Coffee One for my wife.
25. Matt Costa Sharon And one for my sister.
26. Katie Herzig Beat Of Your Own Singer-songwriter with a lot of songs in TV shows.
27. Ben Tsakopulos (feat. Todd Wright & Will Salzmann) Sunshine Speaking of Todd Wright, here’s a song that’s since shown up on his new album.
28. Arthur Buck Are You Electrified? Ben Arthur and Peter Buck (from R.E.M.) weren’t creative with their name, saving it for their music.
29. Ben Lee B-E-E-R A musical about beer? How 2018 (but a collaboration with Tom Robbins in the works for years).

Artists To Watch 2018

Again this year my music buying was mostly online, free tracks from NoiseTrade, Bandcamp, and Amazon as well as preordering mp3s and CDs from Kickstarter and PledgeMusic.

Here’s a playlist of everything available on

Band Song Why them
01. Scars on 45 Crazy For You Opened for Tori Amos and blew me away.
02. Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie Red Sun You know them from Fleetwood Mac, but their new album together has some of the best songs they’ve written in years.
03. Little Silver Fall From Me A spin off from Hem with a fellow kindergartener on vocals.
04. Anthony D’Amato Rain On A Strange Roof Galloping pop in the Paul Simon vein.
05. The Secret Sisters He’s Fine Brandi Carlile produced and you can feel the influence.
06. The Struts Could Have Been Me Opened for the Foo Fighters at The Anthem and brought the glam power.
07. Good Lovelies I See Gold Lovely harmonies from these ladies.
08. Somerdale Take It From The Top Power pop in the Splitsville vein.
09. The Doubleclicks Extra Gin The only NSFW track here comes from this girl geek duo.
10. Corin Ashley Wind Up Boy Lovely Beatlesque tune with Belly’s Tanya Donelly.
11. Noah Guthrie Razor Blade Former Glee cast member rocks a little harder than you might expect.
12. JJ Heller Free Indeed I found her through her Christmas music.
13. See She Cries Great chourus, produced by the ledgendary Brad Wood.
14. The March Divide Exit Signs Their 80s covers were so great, I wanted to know if their originals were good, and they were.
15. Nicole Atkins A Little Crazy Patsy Cline-esqe throwback.
16. Adam Ezra Group Let Your Hair Down Folk-rockers were a FRFF discovery.
17. Callaghan Surrender My daughter and I found her at Jammin’ Java playing a matinee.
18. Joshua Radin High And Low Great chrous and beat.
19. Kim Pittinger Glass Heart It can’t be ATW without a Todd Wright co-write.
20. Cotton Mather Better Than A Hit Got that Stone Temple Pilots vibe.
21. The Daybreaks The Machine Kind of an 80s feel with a modern sound.
22. The Wild Reeds Catch And Release This one’s for Dave.
23. Heather Aubrey Lloyd The Animal Crackers Song Member of ilyAIMY steps out on her own.
24. Weird Al Yankovic Please Don’t Nuke Us, North Korea Serious and funny, just like Al, from Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (and a nice callback to “Christmas At Ground Zero”).

Artists To Watch 2017

Again this year my music buying was mostly online, free tracks from NoiseTrade, Google Play, and Amazon as well as preordering mp3s and CDs from Kickstarter and PledgeMusic.

Here’s a playlist of everything available on

Band Song Why them
01. Look Park Shout Part 1 Chris Collingwood leaves Fountains of Wayne, but brings Winterpills.
02. The Dollyrots Save Me Power pop punk parents.
03. Tommy Gann Medicine A Todd Wright co-write he sings at his shows.
04. Letters To Cleo Can’t Say Reunited and it feels so good.
05. Miike Snow Genghis Khan The video is great, but so’s the song.
06. Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion Chairman Meow Woody’s granddaughter goes in a different direction, but I like it.
07. Elle Macho Your Sister Called Butterfly Boucher returns as part of this trio.
08. Ryan Wright More Than You Another Todd Wright co-write, this time with his daughter.
09. AJR Weak Brothers who toured with Ingrid Michaelson, good match.
10. The Krickets Guinevere Lovely folk harmonies.
11. Pop Etc Please, Don’t Forget Me Released a lot of great covers as The Morning Benders before coming out with their own stuff.
12. Valerie Vigoda Just Getting Good GrooveLily singer and violin player goes solo.
13. The Cowards Choir Name The Fear Local Andy Zipf’s new band.
14. The Accidentals Parking Lot Wants to work with Ben Folds and Jack White – sounds about right.
15. Miles to Dayton Reason And Rhyme Second married couple in this year’s mix.
16. No Fuss and Feathers Union Pacific Folk supergroup with an ex-Red Molly.
17. Tom Chaplin Still Waiting Keane frontman tries the solo scene.
18. Cimorelli Up At Night Six sisters singing.
19. Abbie Gardner & Jesse Terry Joyful Noise Speaking of Red Molly, here’s Abbie with her tourmate.
20. Applewood Road Honey Won’t You Amy Speace’s new trio.
21. The Legal Matters Anything Power pop pizazz.
22. Infamous Stringdusters Run To Heaven I like Aoife O’Donovan solo, but still miss Crooked Still. This track is the closest thing since they split up.
23. Johnny Kasun and Caroline Powers Haven’t Seen The Sun Todd Wright co-write one more time.
24. Birds of Chicago Dim Star Of The Palisades Lovely song to end on.

Artists To Watch 2016

Again this year my music buying was mostly online, free tracks from NoiseTrade, Google Play, and Amazon as well as preordering mp3s and CDs from Kickstarter and PledgeMusic.

Band Song Why them
01. Alan Doyle 1,2,3,4 If Great Big Sea is no more, we’ll be sad, but Alan solo is still great.
02. Charli XCX & Bleachers Rollercoaster Bleachers released a free album, collaborating with other artists on all the songs off 2014’s Strange Desire. This was one of the best originals.
03. Au Pair In Every Window Gary Louris has a new Jayhawks album with a classic lineup coming out next year (and produced by Peter Buck), but he still found time to start another band with Django Haskins (from The Old Ceremony).
04. I’m With Her Crossing Muddy Waters Aoife O’Donovan (from Crooked Still) and Sara Watkins (from Nickel Creek) are joined by Sarah Jarosz. It sounds as good as you can imagine.
05. Barnstar! Darling Mark Erelli and the Armerding brothers with a touch of country.
06. Found Wandering That Home Far Away Their Christmas album was a must buy after one listen, and so was this.
07. Da Costa I Can’t Stop It Anthony da Costa has a power trio. ‘Nuff said.
08. Della Mae Boston Town Great song, production, and harmonies.
09. Cal Everett Older Now Former 4 Out of 5 Doctors frontman is back.
10. Kristin Andreassen The Boat Song (Gondolier) The slowest tempo of any song here (I love a pop tempo), but couldn’t get it out of my head.
11. Bombadil Amy’s Friend Delicate chamber pop, reminded me of Winterpills.
12. Cassidy Ford Monster A Todd Wright discovery and co-write.
13. love+war Lost I found them because they mashed up Sam Smith/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (see this for more info), but it turned out they had good songs too.
14. Watkins Family Hour Steal Your Heart Away Sara Watkins’ second appearance here, this time with her brother (and some killer pedal steel from Greg Leisz) on an amazing Fleetwood Mac cover.
15. Darlingside The Ancestor A nice Mumford/Lumineers vibe.
16. The Empty Pockets Find Or Fail A Facebook ad that worked on me.
17. The Sea The Sea How Will We Know FRFF folks making a joyful noise.
18. The Pine Hill Project Sweetest Thing Richard Shindell & Lucy Kaplansky reunite years after Cry, Cry, Cry for a new album with this fine U2 B-side cover. I also liked their cover of “Farewell To Saint Dolores”, but not as much as this one.
19. The Boxcar Lilies Home Tight harmonies from these FRFF vets.
20. Jamie Lawson Wasn’t Expecting That Ed Sheeran’s first signing to his label for obvious reasons.
21. Emily Hearn Volcano Powerful pop found via Luke Brindley.
22. The Lowlifes A Spark Matt Pond was having issues with his label and manager, so started a new band and released an album better that the other one he put out this year.
23. Kat Robichaud Somebody Call The Doctor One Doctor? Three Doctors? Five Doctors? You decide.
24. Michael Clem Going Back To Llanfairpwll-gwyngyllgogerych-wyrndrobwllllanty-siliogogogoch Eddie From Ohio singer/songwriter back with his first solo album in 10 years.

Artists To Watch 2015

Again this year my music buying was mostly online, free tracks from NoiseTrade, Google Play, and Amazon as well as preordering mp3s and CDs from Kickstarter and PledgeMusic.

This year was marked by a lot of unexpected collaborations.

Band Song Why them
01. The Family Crest Beneath The Brine Unexpected instrumentation and tempo.
02. Robbie Schaefer No More Goodbyes Collaboration #1: Robbie formed a trio for this recording with Jake Armerding and Rachael Davis.
03. Bobtown Across The River Falcon Ridge faves with fine voices melding together.
04. The Silent War We Are Broken Collaboration #2: Adrianne Gonzalez and Garrison Starr join forces officially.
05. Team Mathias A Thousand Years Collaboration #3: Todd Wright with Toby Lightman and Taylor Carson to raise funds for Team Mathias.
06. Early Winters Love Won’t Leave Me Alone Carina Round plays with Puscifer and Tears for Fears and of course formed an Americana band with harmonies.
07. Pearl and the Beard You A folk-pop trio I saw on a whim at Barns At Wolf Trap when the family was out of town.
08. Space Elevator Elevator And now it’s time for the big dumb rock with harmonies. Speaking of…
09. Hurtsmile Rock & Roll Cliché Extreme’s Gary Cherone is back with a band that tends towards the harder side.
10. The Both Milwaukee Collaboration #4: Didja know Aimee Mann and Ted Leo formed a band? And it’s good?
11. The Grownup Noise New Outsiders Catchy pop, just got a nice review here.
12. Toby Lightman Running From Love More dance oriented that her last album, but still a great chorus.
13. Coin It’s Okay Power poppers found because they toured with Jukebox the Ghost.
14. Owen Danoff Never Been Kissed Local (and son of Bill Danoff) does just fine on his own.
15. The Once We Are All Running Canadian folkies with nice harmonies.
16. Johnnyswim Diamonds Husband and wife duo with a big sound.
17. Twin Forks Back To You Collaboration #5: Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba starts an Americana band and it’s darn good.
18. Dan Wilson I Can Never Stay Mad at You And I can never stay away from the beautiful pop from the ex-Semisonic frontman.
19. The Whiskey Switch Minnesota Collaboration #6: Luke Brindley forms a trio with Taylor Swift sideman Mike Meadows on banjo and mandolin and Laura Tsaggaris.
20. Mouths of Babes River On Your Right Collaboration #7: Girlyman’s Ty Greenstein and Coyote Grace’s Ingrid Elizabeth form a band (and couple).
21. We’re About 9 A Beautiful Fear (Write It All Down) Locals still making some damn good music.

Artists To Watch 2014

This year my music buying was mostly online, free tracks from NoiseTrade, Google Play, and Amazon as well as preordering mp3s and CDs from Kickstarter and PledgeMusic. The first song is special to me, though, as it’s the first song I’ve commissioned.

Band Song Why them
01. Nate Borofsky
Two great CDs from the former Girlyman singer this year.
02. Badger Whatever Happened 2 Us? Extreme’s bassist steps out on his own with help from Bleu.
03. emmet swimming Heading South Two local groups, both of whom I’ve seen more than any other bands…
04. The Excentrics Same Diane both put out new CDs this year for the first time in 15 years.
05. Carbon Leaf The Donnybrook Affair Another local group, this one with 2 CDs released this year – this track is more traditional.
06. Brindley The Laughter Song And even more impressive, the Jammin’ Java owner put out a song a week this year.
07. Foy Vance Closed Hand, Full Of Friends Speaking of Jammin’ Java, this Irish singer played to a packed house there in November.
08. Jules Larson Best Is Yet To Come I found her from her EP with Adrianne Gonzalez, but this song was my favorite of hers.
09. Born Cages Don’t Look Back Excellent poppy mess.
10. Hey Ocean! Big Blue Wave Why does a Canadian group sound like they’re from Southern California? Who cares!
11. Bastille Pompeii Chanting + pop = genius.
12. Minor Alps I Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands Minor key goodness from Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf).
13. Vegas With Randolph Salt Water Taffy Local power-poppers.
14. South Rail Everybody Knows It Local Americana, sweet blended voices.
15. Blue Sky Riders Dream It’s not a surprise Kenny Loggins can write a good song, just that he’s started a new group at this point.
16. Joy Kills Sorrow Was It You If you’re missing your Crooked Still fix.
17. The Hunts Make This Leap A family band that was a surprise hit at the Herndon Festival.
18. Poor Old Shine Ghosts Next Door A nice Falcon Ridge find.
19. Amy Speace The Sea And The Shore (with John Fullbright) A great idea for a song, elegantly rendered.
20. pomDeter Call Me A Hole And as a palate cleanser, enjoy my favorite mashup.

Leftovers (in no particular order):
The Civil Wars – The One That Got Away
Mikal Cronin – Weight
Caitlin Rose – Only A Clown
The CO – Frequency
Matt Costa – Good Times
Josh Rouse – Julie (Come Out of The Rain)
Over The Rhine – Meet Me At The Edge Of The World
Laura Cortese – Into The Dark
Wild Feathers – The Ceiling
The Deadly Gentlemen – Bored of the Raging
Raina Rose – Swing Wide The Gate
Katie Herzig – Little Bit Of Love
Corin Ashley – Badfinger Bridge
Eleanor Friedberger – Stare At The Sun
Aoife O’Donovan – Red & White & Blue & Gold
Lily & Madeleine – Tired
Deerhunter – Back to the Middle
Rosi Golan – If You Stay
Sarah Miles – Stand Up
The Head and the Heart – Shake
Django Jones – Counterpoint
Melissa Christopher Green – Blue
Foxygen – No Destruction
Liz Longley – This Is Not The End
Matt Pond – Love to Get Used
Phosphorescent – Ride On / Right On
Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project – Love Won’t Bring Us Down
Ruut – Glimpse
Smallpools – Dreaming
Sons of Fathers – Roots & Vine
Wooly & the Mammoth – We Are Love
The Boxcar Lilies – Lightnin’

Artists To Watch 2013

Band Song Why them
01. Air Traffic Controller Hurry Hurry From Boston, produced by Bleu, totally catchy.
02. Bleu It’s Not Over (‘Til it’s Over And Done) Speaking of Bleu, possible first artist at the Lakeside House Concert.
03. The Rescues Did It Really Even Matter? Love this chorus.
04. Winterpills Rogue Highway Lovely chamber pop.
05. David Wax Museum Born With A Broken Heart Paul Simon-esque.
06. Marina and The Diamonds Primadonna Bold, brassy voice.
07. Great Lake Swimmers Easy Come Easy Go Summer music.
08. Royal Teeth Wild Vampire weekend-esque.
09. The Wellspring Willing To Lose Buckingham-Nicks-esque.
10. Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra Want It Back Great 80s vibe.
11. Alan Doyle I’ve Seen a Little Great Big Sea frontman.
12. Emeli Sandé Next To Me The next Adele?
13. Anthony da Costa St. Therese Fave FRFF alum.
14. Barnaby Bright Made Up Of From our NYC peeps.
15. Nate Ihara Count Me In A song cowritten by Todd Wright.
16. Pesky J. Nixon Talk About Heaven Speaking of FRFF, these guys camp near us.
17. Marie Miller You’re Not Alone Nice voice.
18. Spuyten Duyvil Freight Train Love the groove.
19. Paul Cusick Everything This guy loves Steven Wilson so much, he uses both of his drummers. The feeling is more 90s Rush, though.
20. Matthew Perryman Jones Land Of The Living Starts slow, but it builds.
21. Robby Hecht A Reckoning Of Us Red Molly had him sing this at The Barns, and with good reason.
22. Todd Wright Home He doesn’t sing so much anymore, but when he does it’s a doozy (tough choice between this and this).

Leftovers (in no particular order):
Kate Miller-Heidke – Ride This Feeling
Jack and White – Night After Night
Freelance Whales – Spitting Image
Family Of The Year – Living On Love
Tony Vincent – Starting Over
Alabama Shakes – Hold On
Antje Duvekot – Noah’s Titanic
Ben Arthur – If Anyone Can Save Me
These United States – Born Young
The Adventures Of – Complication
Jesca Hoop – Hospital (Win Your Love)
Jenny Owen Youngs – Born To Lose
Jukebox the Ghost – Oh, Emily
Mika – Love You When I’m Drunk
Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
Parks – Sweater Weather
Walk Off The Earth – Gang Of Rhythm