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10 New Artists You Need to Know: April 2016

Bibi Bourelly, Seratones, Lil Uzi Vert and more

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Seratones and Lil Uzi Vert are two of the new artists you should not miss this month.

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Once again, we talked to 10 of the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos. This month: Philly rap star Lil Uzi Vert, Australian chart-topper Grace, Rihanna co-writer Bibi Bourelly, eclectic Louisiana rockers Seratones and more.

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Margaret Glaspy

Sounds Like: Low-end-heavy indie rock with disarmingly honest lyrics

For Fans of: Exile in Guyville-era Liz Phair, Alabama Shakes, Joni Mitchell

Why You Should Pay Attention: Trained on instruments ranging from fiddle to trombone, inspired by Elliott Smith and Bill Withers, this California-born singer-songwriter's first full-length, Emotions and Math (due June 16 on ATO) shows off an ability to create heady, openhearted rock. Her upcoming tourmates — moody synthpop band Lucius, folk pair the Milk Carton Kids and jazz-rock outfit Lake Street Dive — show the breadth of her appeal. Her upcoming Bonnaroo appearance will be a chance for her voice — which can sound both gnarled and feather-light — to charm a field of people.

She Says: "I produced this record. I started to demo all of the songs a while back; I had the demos on an iPad and was doing multi-tracking through GarageBand to get all my ideas down. By way of that — and I didn't quite know it yet — I started producing it. Lots of different ideas were coming through; ways to pan things, different sounds, different sections of things started to come to the surface. From there, my partner and I bought some recording equipment and I decided to record it more officially. That would be in my room, because I couldn't afford to go to the studio."

Hear for Yourself: The title track to Emotions and Math is strutting yet off-kilter, neatly capturing its lyrical themes of wide-eyed longing. Maura Johnston

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Raime

Sounds Like: Where dubstep mutates into post-punk

For Fans of: Actress, the Haxan Cloak, Sonic Youth if they scored a vampire film

Why You Should Pay Attention: Taken with the punishing rumble of dubstep, Reading duo Raime coupled it to gothic bleakness and industrial noise that suggests apocalyptic times — earning the admiration of Aphex Twin along the way. Their debut, 2012's Quarter Turns Over a Living Line, earned some good reviews and upcoming follow-up Tooth finds them incorporating live guitar and drums, giving their dark electronics a more serrated edge.

They Say: "Getting back to rhythm was a priority for us this time," the pair says over e-mail. "Dance music has always been the backbone of our influences so propulsion comes pretty naturally, but we really started getting into bands a lot more over the last seven years or so and experienced what they can offer dynamically. We thought it might create more immediacy and ultimately move our sound on. We realized that we wanted to change the way we were saying things, lay a few old tropes to rest and try something new, ultimately learning how to make records according to different rules."

Hear for Yourself: "Dead Heat" is a menacing, dissonant slow-build. Andy Beta

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