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10 New Artists You Need to Know: October 2016

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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: Recent Fetty Wap mixtape partner PnB Rock, Coldplay tourmate Bishop Briggs, languid electronic-pop crooner Ella Vos and more.

Bishop Briggs

Chad Kamenshine

Bishop Briggs

Sounds Like: Guttural dirges over a Nineties sci-fi film score

For Fans of: Florence + the Machine, Banks, PJ Harvey

Why You Should Pay Attention: The 24-year-old born Sarah McLaughlin hit the Top 10 of the rock and alternative charts this year with her passionate, fiery single "River." McLaughlin moved from London to Tokyo to Hong Kong all before she became a teenager. While in Tokyo, the culture and art of karaoke drew out her love for singing, and watching her dad sing Frank Sinatra inspired her to tackle big voices like Whitney Houston on her own. At home, she'd write and perform "very depressing, dark poetry" for her parents and sister, harnessing her songwriting talent for years until she relocated to Los Angeles at 18 to pursue a career in music full-time, which proved to be a more difficult journey than she anticipated. "It was definitely a difficult time in my life, but I'm so glad I did it." The struggle paid off: She recently toured with Coldplay and is prepping her debut album for an early 2017 release on Island Records.

She Says: Over the course of her nine-day trek with Coldplay, Bishop Briggs had the chance to hang with the band and even get a little advice from Chris Martin. "It was the last date [at Levi Stadium], and Chris came backstage and just sat with us for a moment," she recalls of their meeting. "I voiced to him that I was genuinely sad about leaving and he told me, 'It's okay. You don't want to be an opener forever.' It was ironic to have someone who really paved the way for alternative music tell me 'Do more! Aim higher!' when I'm like, 'But I'm here with you, Chris! I don't want to leave your side!'"

Hear for Yourself: The moody, synth-heavy "Be Your Love," shows that the soulful rocker has pop potential. Brittany Spanos

Street Sects

Nathan Hall

Street Sects

Sounds Like: Trent Reznor's workout mix: a lean, murderous blend of synths, samples, pained vocals and industrial rhythms.

For Fans of: Big Black, Youth Code, Agoraphobic Nosebleed

Why You Should Pay Attention: Street Sects vocalist Leo Ashline has turned a lifetime of distress, addiction and violence into an extreme-music triumph. Since 2013, he has collaborated with multi-instrumentalist Shaun Ringsmuth to create nightmarish noise, punk and industrial punchouts, playing strobing, molten shows around Austin. On their debut LP End Position – a title inspired by a lyric from Bonnie "Prince" Billy's "I See a Darkness" – more subtle layers reveal themselves. Amid the anarchy are moments of noir storytelling, black humor and satisfying breakdowns between pummelings. "[Shaun] and I have been through hell and worse together," Ashline says. "And although we have our differences at times, we have always supported and respected one another, as artists, and as human beings. I believe in him, and he believes in me. As corny as that sounds, it's a fucking rare thing to find, in any kind of partnership."

They Say: "I've always admired [Will Oldham's] ability to capture these seemingly grand and complex statements within a style that is very stark and spare," says Ashline. "He also blends humor, absurdity and even a sort of juvenile vulgarity into mature and poignant subject matter in a way that seems effortless. He's the rare kind of writer who can be hyper-specific while still giving his audience room to attach their own feelings and interpretations to his writing. His details are like clues to a larger story. He knows how to build myth and mystery around himself and his body of work."

"Before [Leo] and I started writing music together he had done vocals in a few hardcore bands," says Ringsmuth. "Not to say that the aim of Street Sects is to be hardcore, but there is a manic intensity to the music and lyrics that requires directness, and as a performer he's able to externalize an internal argument like few I've ever seen."

Hear For Yourself: "Feigning Familiarity" is a fatalist anthem that gradually increases in intensity to a final movement of blister-busting excess. Reed Fischer

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