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10 New Artists You Need to Know: January 2015

George Ezra, Tanya Tagaq, Marmozets and more artists shaping your tomorrow

YP and the Marmozets

YP (left) and Marmozets (right)

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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: Marmozets' mathy punk fits, George Ezra's indie-folk croon, YP's impassioned Chicago hip-hop, Tanya Tagaq's avant-rock take on Inuit throat singing and more.

Kagoule

Ralph Barklam

Kagoule

Sounds Like: Tough, ragged Nineties indie-rock revivalism with just the right amount of anthemic lift to push them beyond the basement.

For Fans of: Jawbox, Lungfish, Unwound, other bands that scraped at their angst with jagged guitars and body-confusing post-punk charge.

Why You Should Pay Attention:  The teenage trio from Nottingham, England had a bit of a coming-out party at this year's Glastonbury festival, where they made good on U.K. hype built on their artfully retro sound and an ebulliently downcast live show. The band will be releasing their debut full-length soon and, if their great 2014 single "It Knows It"  b/w "Adjust the Way" is any indication, it should be a fun little bummer of a record.

They Say: "Being born in '95 in England meant we kinda missed the Nineties," says guitarist Cai Burns. "It was at our first few gigs where we got people mentioning Smashing Pumpkins and Fugazi. The names meant very little to us. It was a world we hadn't even poked our noses into. I checked out some bands mentioned in a review of one of our gigs and instantly felt at home amongst them. A few long, dark days at my computer followed. What a religious moment it was finding Dischord Records…..It just happens that when we play songs together they fall into that style. I try to write simple catchy songs but they always seem to end up a bit wonky and wrong."

Hear for Yourself: The pumpy, smashy "It Knows It." By Jon Dolan

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