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20 Most Exciting New Bands Of 2013

By Lucy Jones

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Posted on 09 Jan 13

 
 

Have you heard anything really special yet this year? Music is rising, like an expletive-breathing (Azealia Banks), guitar-wielding (Haim), precipitous (David Bowie) dragon with a pony tail (Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace), killer cheekbones (Suede) and a velour tracksuit (Julio Bashmore and Hyetal's 'Speedway'). Eat your heart out Beowulf's dragon.

Here's 20 bands you need to know about for 2013 in glorious widescreen. Drop your own tips at the bottom, and listen to 57 of the new bands feature in the Radar issue in the playlist below.



  1.    Merchandise

  2. Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Tampa's DIY trio are headed for big things judging by the raw power of 'Children Of Desire'. Photo: Pooneh Ghana/NME



  3.    Haim

  4. Photo: Roger Sargent/NME

    Three sisters from Los Angeles with killer tunes, amazing hair and a blue glitter drum kit. Photo: Emilie Bailey/NME



  5.    Palma Violets

  6. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

    Even if you hated the soapy ol' sweets (the poor man's Refreshers), you'll dig their namesake. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME



  7.    Ratking

  8. Photo: Amy Brammall/NME

    Wiki (one of the XL-signed NY collective) joined Wu-Tang Clan on stage at one of their gigs when he was just 13. Period. Photo: Matt Salacuse



  9.    Peace

  10. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

    Flying the flag for Midlands Indie, this Brummie quartet are ones to watch Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



  11.    Parquet Courts

  12. Photo: Press

    You've got to be pretty confident to name yourself after a floor, but this NY post-punk quartet have got it . Photo: Press/HeatherStrange



  13.    Goat

  14. Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    The psych-afrobeat of Sweden's Goat erupted last year with debut 'World Music'. Photo: Richard Johnson/NME



  15.    Wolf Alice

  16. Photo: Matt Salacuse/NME

    Pretty much every new indie band were at their Hoxton gig last night. For good reason. Photo: Matt Salacuse/NME



  17.    The Strypes

  18. Photo: Eoin Carey

    The Irish fourpiece play R&B covers along with originals. Remind you of anyone? And Elton's a fan. Photo: Eoin Carey.



  19.    Swim Deep

  20. Photo: Press

    You wouldn't get very far in that bath, sillies. This fourpiece from Birmingham aren't going anwhere. Photo: Press



  21.    Temples

  22. Photo: David Edwards/NME

    The self-described "neo-psychedelic band from the Midlands" are definitely ones to keep an eye on. Photo: David Edwards/NME



  23.    Savages

  24. Photo: Mikael Gregorsky/NME

    Savages' midday set at Field Day to an empty, flat crowd was one of my gigs of the year. Electrifying. Photo: Mikael Gregorsky/NME



  25.    Fidlar

  26. Photo: Press

    Fidlar means "Fuck It Dog, Life's A Risk". The LA grop make screamy skate punk that sounds dope. Photo: Press



  27.    Foxygen

  28. Photo: Stew Capper/NME

    This LA duo are described by their label as a "de-Wes Andersonization of The Rolling Stones" but don't let that put you off. Photo: Press



  29.    Deap Vally

  30. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

    Two valley girls making dirty, bluesy, glittery stomprock . Photo: Guy Eppel/NME



  31.    Joey Bada$$

  32. Photo: Press

    He's got flow, connects, and knows a good beat. 'World Domination' is a good place to blow your mind for a start. Photo: Press



  33.    Jagwar Ma

  34. Photo: Press

    Indie-dance's most exciting new duo hail from Australia. Photo: Press



  35.    MS MR

  36. Photo: Press

    NYC synth-pop duo's debut is expected in May. Richard Johnson/NME



  37.    The Family Rain

  38. Photo: Press

    Have The Family Rain been raiding Coldplay's wardrobe circa. 'Viva La Vida'? Photo: Richard Johnson/NME



  39.    Loom

  40. Photo: Jean Nagai

    Here's hoping Loom will complete the grunge revival by wearing Fruits Of The Loom sweaters. Photo: Jenn Five/NME










 
 
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