So last week, I took a look back at what was my Class of 2012. That was a set of 10 artists that I followed closely all year, with the prediction that all of them would have a significant rise in profile as time went on. Among the class were artists like A$AP Rocky, Lana Del Rey, Azealia Banks, Frank Ocean, Grimes and Purity Ring. Many of them did quite well for themselves in 2012, and I’m proud of them for doing so. Now in 2013, I’ve selected another set of 10 artists, and fittingly called them the Class of 2013. I’m quite excited about being able to keep a close eye on them for the next 12 months, and I’m remarkably confident that their successes will become even greater than the class before them. So I encourage you to check out that post and get educated on those 10 artists, as you’ll be hearing a lot more about them in the near future. I like to use the Pick Your Poison intros as Class of 2013 update centers, so we’ll have a lot of fun with that quite soon. Did any of the artists below make my Class of 2013? Well, no, but there’s some really promising acts in this bunch too. Be sure to check out tracks from The Cannanes, Go Exploring, Kait Lawson, The Lovely Bad Things, Lovestreams, Pissed Jeans and Rare Monk. In the Soundcloud section located after the jump, you can stream new tracks from A Hawk and A Hacksaw, Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) and Merchandise.
Bebe Black – Deathwish
A Hawk and A Hacksaw – You Have Already Gone to the Other World
The History of Apple Pie – See You
Jim James – A New Life
Lapalux – Guuurl
Merchandise – Anxiety’s Door