20 Most Exciting New Bands Of 2013

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

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

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

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

  11.    Parquet Courts
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    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
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    The psych-afrobeat of Sweden’s Goat erupted last year with debut ‘World Music’. Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

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

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

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

  23.    Savages
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    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
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    Fidlar means “Fuck It Dog, Life’s A Risk”. The LA grop make screamy skate punk that sounds dope. Photo: Press

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

  31.    Joey Bada$$
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    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
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    Indie-dance’s most exciting new duo hail from Australia. Photo: Press

  35.    MS MR
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    NYC synth-pop duo’s debut is expected in May. Richard Johnson/NME

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

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