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Profiles of the most interesting up-and-coming artists of the moment

Half Waif’s Restless Electro Pop

With her solo project, Nandi Rose Plunkett of the indie rock band Pinegrove seeks out a sense of home amid music that’s as mystical as it is fearless.

Perera Elsewhere Makes Mysterious Pop Music for Realistic Escapists

After years of working with bands, traveling the globe, and constantly leveling up her musical acumen, Sasha Perera is creating the moody and minimal songs she wants to create.

Equiknoxx Are Saving Dancehall by Making It Weird Again

Harps, glockenspiels, obscure psych-rock samples, bird noises—it’s all part of this Kingston crew’s bracingly original sound.

The Eclectic Soul Music of Nick Hakim

After struggling through a tumultuous adolescence marked by rejection and violence, this singer-songwriter started playing music, and his life changed.

Sacred Paws Are Having the Most Fun

This UK indie-pop pair are propelled by boundless punk idealism, DIY principles, and pure, unadulterated joy.

Call Super: Techno Expressionist

Coming from a family of progressive artists, this Berlin-based producer and DJ has a distinctly radical sensibility running through his veins.

Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan Is the Wisest Teenage Indie Rocker We Know

This Maryland 17-year-old makes frank, fearless guitar anthems about breaking free from suburban doldrums. 

Big in Japan: Visible Cloaks and the Power of Cultural Exchange

Inspired by Japanese electronic music from 1980s, this Portland duo embrace the distortions that arise when cultures are crossed.

Jay Som’s Hard-Working Dream-Pop

Enamored with both the crushing vulnerability of the Microphones’ Phil Elverum and the gloriously slick sound of Carly Rae Jepsen, Bay Area artist Melina Duterte makes intimate music spiked with big ambition.

Julie Byrne: Seeking Serenity in an Insane World

With nothing but noise around her, this singer-songwriter finds power in quiet.

Kraus Makes Noise Rock for Anxious People

Will Kraus is a young one-man band who is shouting and drumming his way to ecstatic catharsis.

Kelly Lee Owens’ Techno Daydreams

This London producer discovered a sense of healing and self-worth by creating her own dark, dizzying world of sound.

The Greatest Quotes in Rising History

Words to remember from early interviews with Lana Del Rey, James Blake, FKA twigs, Nicolas Jaar, Chvrches, Azealia Banks, Chance the Rapper, the xx, Vince Staples, and more

The Disgusting Beauty of Enigmatic Experimentalist Yves Tumor

From his music, which ranges from dissonant to sultry, to his confrontational performances, to his strangely hopeful view of the apocalypse, everything about Yves Tumor is marked by an uncanny elusiveness.

Vagabon Is an Indie Rock Game Changer

After finding community in New York’s underground rock scene, Lætitia Tamko wants to set a welcoming example for weird black girls just like her.

Risings of the Past Predict Risings of the Future

Charli XCX, Courtney Barnett, D.R.A.M., Shamir, Icona Pop, Joey Purp, and more highlight new artists you need to know about.

Tears of a Dirtbag: Rapper Lil Peep Is the Future of Emo

Combining themes of suicide and revenge with trap drums and scraggly guitars, this 20-year-old is reinventing heart-on-sleeve agony for a new generation.

Never Scared: Kodie Shane Is the Fearless Hip-Hop Prodigy We Need

As the breakout member of Lil Yachty’s Sailing Team, this Atlanta teen swings from carefree bubblegum rap to pensive modern R&B while remaining nothing but herself.

Moor Mother: Hardcore Poet

As a musician, writer, activist, and teacher, Camae Ayewa turns her truth and anger into a vital protest against injustice.

Weyes Blood’s Hymns for the Incoming Apocalypse

Natalie Mering updates classic ’70s singer-songwriter music for the smartphone generation.

Why the World Needs Emel Mathlouthi’s Anthems Against the Dictatorship Machine

Raised under an oppressive regime in Tunisia, this singer/songwriter spoke out against her country’s injustices and became a prominent musical voice of the Arab Spring. Now based in New York, she’s still singing her truth to power.

DJ Earl: The Future of Footwork

A onetime apprentice of the late DJ Rashad, Earl Smith combines tragedy and ecstasy in his BPM-busting tracks, offering elegies that breathe with frenetic life.