Today, the focus is on two, young, emerging acts on different sides of the musical spectrum, but both are poised for breakouts in 2014.


vamos midwasteFor Those Who Like: METZ, Japandroids, The Misfits, The Black Keys, P.S. I Love You

I remember hearing Vamos for the first time early last year when they released Heatwave, which had a much more garage-rock feel. It was like listening to The Black Keys when Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney were just starting out.

Since their debut EP, the Chicago-based rockers – which comprise of Josh Lambert, WIll Wood, Ryan Murphy – have released two more EPs, including this month’s Midwaste. With each EP, the band has gotten heavier, grittier, and louder. They incorporate catchy hooks at times, like on “There’s No Stopping Me”, but without compromising the punk-ish sound they’ve been producing more and more.

They’re touring right now, which includes a stop at SXSW. Catch them now before they breakout. They could be the Japandroids of 2014.

Their EPs are available on their bandcamp site, which is below.

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Rachel Thomasin coverFor Those Who Like: Lykke Li, Bats for Lashes, Purity Ring, Banks

There is a romantic beauty to the music that twenty-something year old Rachel Thomasin writes. It’s ethereal and atmospheric, soothing and relaxing. She combines synthesizer beats with acoustic guitar rifts to produce a very unique sound. As such, it’s difficult to compare her with any particular musician; hence, the wide spectrum of artists listed above.

The Boston singer-songwriter and producer has been busy the past two years. In 2012, she released her debut EP, Framed. In March 2013, she put out her first full-length, R. Thomasin – a 12-song album of excellent synth-pop. Finally, in October, she released The Gravitate EP, which is a more intimate recording that is borders from in the indie folk realm yet still has some synth textures.

The young Thomasin has an incredibly bright future. You can stream and download her music at her bandcamp site, and you can pay what you want. But do pay and support her as she produces her next album. A couple of songs are provided below – the atmospheric “Laurels” and the synth-folk “Gravitate”.

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