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10 New Artists You Need to Know: July 2014

Meet the rising stars of rock, hip-hop, country, R&B and more acts shaping your tomorrow

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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: Benjamin Booker's blues explosion, Mr. Probz's globe-dominating hip-hop croon, Ought's taut indie-rock, the debut of Stones Throw's newest signees and more.

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Bernhoft

Sounds Like: Ray Lamontagne with access to running water, Robin Thicke after marriage counseling, Daryl Hall in Warby Parkers

For Fans Of: Allen Stone, Mayer Hawthorne, Willy Moon

Why You Should Pay Attention: Is there room in the retro-pop renaissance for a 38-year-old reformed rocker from Norway? That's what Jarle Bernhoft aims to find out with Islander, an album of stylish, slightly off-kilter soul that crackles in all the right ways (yet, tellingly, is also available as "the first true HD music app"). He's already done Glastonbury – and Ellen – and scored a YouTube hit with "C'mon Talk." Now, he's looking for more: "I'm setting my home country up as an island that accelerates away from the mainland," he says, "I'm trying to find myself in the world."

They Say: "My thing live is trying to be shamelessly entertaining for an hour or so, luring my audience into holding hands and singing together, whereby we can create an oasis in the desert of worry," Bernhoft says. "Being from Norway, I've found that my clout in making such maneuvers abroad is a bit thin, so I've written an album about that."

Hear It For Yourself: Islander's opening track, "Come Around," is a perfect primer, showcasing Bernhoft's lithe vocals (and up-with-everybody ethos) atop a liquid, "Love Train" groove. by James Montgomery

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Drenge

Sounds Like: Vintage Nineties VHS tapes of 120 Minutes, chopped and screwed

For Fans Of: Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, White Stripes

Why You Should Pay Attention: Formed by 20-something brothers Eoin (vocals, guitar) and Rory Loveless (drums) in 2011, Drenge play melodic, overdriven alt-rock that continues the rock lineage of bands like Pulp and Arctic Monkeys, who also hail from Drenge's hometown of Sheffield. The duo, whose name is Danish for "boys," has toured with Deap Vally and has played England's Glastonbury festival twice. It was at the pair's first Glastonbury appearance where they first earned some notoriety in the U.K.: That's because Tom Watson, a Minister of Parliament for the U.K.'s Labour Party, caught their set and resigned from his post shortly thereafter, recommending people listen to Drenge in his resignation letter.

They Say: "Usually politicians have very safe, middle-of-the-road tastes when it comes to art, so popular bands would be Mumford and Sons or Ed Sheeran," Eoin says of Watson's affinity for Drenge. "We had obviously awoken his inner punk ideal. I was really bewildered when he quit and said, 'Listen to Drenge.' I thought it was pretty cool. It's kind of the most teenage way to resign from a job. I don't think he's seen us live since. He's still in a really prominent position in the Labour Party but he doesn't have the role he had before he quit. It's mind-boggling."

Hear for Yourself: The Loveless brothers may call this song a "Fuckabout," but Eoin's wild guitar solo and Rory's crashing cymbals say otherwise. By Kory Grow

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