Every season, mtvU highlights 5 up and coming artists who have captured our attention. Here are the 5 artists who will be soundtracking our summer. Take a gander and pick your favorite.
Crafting glimmering indie-pop with gloomy undertones, Brooklyn band Cults quickly stormed the blogosphere this year. After meeting in San Diego and bonding over their shared music tastes, band members Brian Oblivion and singer Madeline Follin eventually headed east and began creating. Since posting their first EP the band has steadly gained legions of fans. Cults self-titled debut full length was released this month.
“Something Else (Live)”
Toronto based Diamond Rings is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist John O who crafts smart electropop ballads often detailing the trials and tribulations of love & desire. He has gotten a lot of attention for his live shows where he can be seen playing multiple instruments simultaneously and rocking rainbow infused makeup that can’t be ignored. Diamond Rings’ debut full-length, Special Affections, is out now.
“Internet Killed The Video Star”
Having started creating music via email before they had even met, electropop duo The Limousines is now playing major festivals globally. With one foot firmly planted in todays internet realty and another in the world of vintage drum machines and synths the band crafts richly inspired music with sophisticated lyrics. Their latest full-length Get Sharp was just rereleased by Dangerbird Records this year.
After releasing some well received mixtapes and touring with Wiz Khalifa this spring, 19 year old Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller has established himself as a leader in the current 90s-style revivalist hip hop genre that eschews the oversaturated machismo of much of todays rap in favor of a more nuanced and vulnerable style. His latest mixtape, Best Day Ever is out now.
Young The Giant
With members hailing from India, Persia, Canada and the UK, California based alt-rock band Young The Giant crafts a youthful and melodic blend of rock & roll that makes good use of the diversity inherent in the band itself. Having started making music as teens as The Jakes, Young The Giant settled on their new moniker as a reflection of the maturing of their sound in 2010. Their eponymous debut album is out via Roadrunner.
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