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10 New Artists You Need to Know: January 2014

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Reignwolf

Sounds Like: An unhinged, lovelorn, electric Canadian blues wildman who can't decide if he wants to be Robert Plant or Jimmy Page.

For Fans Of: Black Keys, White Stripes, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Why You Should Pay Attention: The full-contact blooz-bash of sweat grenade Jordan "Reignwolf" Cook has been enthralling summer festival crowds with acrobatic antics that find him bounding off bass drums, riding security guards, soloing in the audience, and abusing his Gibson. Though he only has little more than a 1,000-edition 7-inch and an iTunes single to his name, he's already opened for the Pixies, has a 10-day tour with Black Sabbath on the horizon, and is headed into Dave Grohl's Studio 606 to record songs that may appear on his long-awaited debut.

He Says: "Usually when I come off stage I'll notice all sorts of new cuts and bruises and all sorts of blood on my guitar. But when you're in the act, you just don't think about those things. One of my last shows actually, in Seattle, I took a land from the soundsystem. I jumped up on top and then I landed right beside my drum… My arm hit the backside of [the foot], and there's still a nice scar kind of happening from that. And also in Texas, I was hanging from the roof in a little club there and same thing – landed right next to my drum. The same piece of my arm. Side-by-side scars, the twins, I call them.

'I've only [ridden the security guards] a couple of times. The security was hilarious at Lollapalooza because the guy was so clueless about what happening. Right after we were done, he was like, 'I've worked at this stage for six years,' or something. 'That's the most intense show I've ever seen.' Of course… that's 'cause I was on your back for the last song!'

Hear for Yourself:

The dramatic, distortion-caked rasper "Are You Satisfied?":

by Christopher R. Weingarten

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