18 Artists You Need To Know In 2018
2017 was jam-packed with radiant tunes, stacked tours, and fresh emerging artists. Artists like Khalid, Post Malone, Cardi B, and SZA skyrocketed, dominated charts, and broke records. Bands Glass Animals, Imagine Dragons, Portugal. the Man, and dozens more had their biggest year yet. The following list is who we believe your eyes should be kept on, as they are climbing their way to the top, about to make 2018 their year as artists.
18. The Band CAMINO
For Fans Of: The New Coast, LANY, Parachute
To put simply, The Band CAMINO makes you feel warm with nostalgic guitar licks and synth lines that are uplifting and euphoric. Their melodies are delicate, passionate, and make you feel like you’re in the biggest crowd of people at a sold out music festival during the peak of summer. The instruments echo, vocals are swooning, and soft drums fill your ears, laying a blanket of peace, calm, and relaxation over your mind. Their songs are the soundtrack to your summer fling, making you exude happiness.
17. Julien Baker
For Fans Of: Phoebe Bridgers, Lady Lamb, Daughter
Julien Baker revolves around her voice, piano, and guitar, penning songs that deal with personal issues and beliefs. Julien brings raw emotion to the table with her music and allows her listeners to peer in at her demons, while showing that we shouldn’t be afraid of our own hardships. Her lyrics are relatable, uncensored, and thundering. Julien Baker treats her music like an open diary, offering comfort and sympathy through her words. Perfect for winding down and spending time to yourself, Julien Baker deserves your attention this year.
16. Oso Oso
For Fans Of: Weezer, Death Cab For Cutie, Tiny Moving Parts
Oso Oso sets themselves apart in a clever way— for example, their second LP is advertised as an album about a mixtape, creating a tribute to what typically goes into making a mixtape, along with the feelings that push the creation of one. The concept of love, heartache, and various realizations on the matter of love are evident in Oso Oso’s tracks. With indie rock that makes you misty eyed, one may be overcome with such an emotional experience while listening to their records.
15. A Will Away
For Fans Of: The Dangerous Summer, Dryjacket, Have Mercy
A Will Away creates music where melodies shine bright and gang vocals manifest in perfect moments. While vocals are delicate, they also pack a punch in the band’s unique blend of genres. With tones of punk, emo, and rock meshing together all at once, A Will Away have been painting their path to success with diligence and determination. A Will Away should be in constant rotation of your day to day life, they are that good and different.
14. Local Natives
For Fans Of: Ra Ra Riot, Cold War Kids, Grizzly Bear
Local Natives may not be new to some of you reading this, and if you’re attending PARAHOY!, you’ll be seeing them out at sea. Synthetic, baroque pop is what Local Natives creates, and they have it down to a fine science. Unique vocals, breathtaking lyrics, and memorable beats is what makes Local Natives the next big thing in their genre. Though their albums may be different from each other, it is still Local Natives at their finest.
13. The Hunna
For Fans Of: Catfish & the Bottlemen, SWMRS, Nothing But Thieves
The Hunna put a remarkable amount of energy into their music, and truly present something different than most alt-indie bands that are heard today. The Hunna are currently causing a stir with their new release “Dare,” and have been releasing catchy, dance-worthy songs since their beginning as a band. If you’re a fan of You Me At Six and SWMRS, consider The Hunna to be their child that you need to keep an eye on. Their songs are soon to be replaying in your head, and you won’t hate that.
12. Noah Gundersen
For Fans Of: City and Colour, Bon Iver, Iron & Wine
Noah Gundersen is a breath of fresh air when it comes to today’s music. With a new record out, you get to hear just how raw, passionate, and authentic Gundersen is when it comes to his music. Dabbling in acoustics, synths, and ballads, Gundersen knows how to create a perfect balance of experimenting with his sound while staying true and consistent with the music he creates. His songs are perfect for relaxing and letting your worries wash away.
11. Declan McKenna
For Fans Of: Mac Demarco, Glass Animals, Sundara Karma
Declan McKenna entered radio waves in early 2016, quickly rising to the top with his single “Brazil.” His raspy, powerful voice paired with beautiful bass lines and guitar riffs is the icing on the cake for this young talent. It didn’t take him long to start headlining shows, but he still has some room to push until he gets his big break. He’s already been named the voice of his generation, which is clear that you’re missing out if you aren’t spinning his records.
10. Two Feet
For Fans Of: Bishop Briggs, Lewis Del Mar, Awolnation
Two Feet’s EP First Steps was undoubtedly one of the best records released in 2017, filled with mysterious beats, soft vocals, sensual lyrics, and in-your-face song titles that do not disappoint musically. Two Feet’s songs flow effortlessly between each track, even if you don’t listen in order. It’s awe-worthy, and leaves you craving more. The songs pose an option to be listened to when you’re going through heartbreak, letting the music flow through your ears, easing the pain with each note.
9. Day Wave
For Fans Of: The Head and the Heart, Car Seat Headrest, NEEDTOBREATHE
If you like calming, bass-driven music paired with synths and raw drum beats, Day Wave is the artist for you this year. Day Wave can be described as nostalgic, dreamy pop music that has been perfected with a formula. While Day Wave is another artist whose songs are built for summer road-trips, he will simply make you feel a sense of wanderlust if you are sitting in your room listening to his tracks. A hunger for travel, good memories, and pure moments is what one will feel while listening to Day Wave, which is why you should spin his records and use it as a catalyst to have the best year of your life.
8. The Wombats
For Fans Of: Two Door Cinema Club, Young the Giant, Vampire Weekend
The Wombats are a trio based out of Liverpool, formed in 2003. Though they may not be a new band, their electronic, jumpy, indie-sound is infectious and dance-inducing. If you’re planning on heading out to Weezer and Pixies’ co-headlining tour, there is a chance that you will see The Wombats open the show. Their US presence is lacking, but when they are here, they always put on a great show. They are currently undergoing a headline tour in the US, and heading overseas afterwards. Their new album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, is due to release this year, and based off of their current singles, it is going to be a record to remember.
7. Ella Mai
For Fans Of: Kehlani, R.LUM.R, JAHKOY
Before being a solo artist, Ella Mai was on the X Factor as a part of a group called Arize. After dismantling, Ella Mai released an EP via Soundcloud and was discovered by DJ Mustard on Instagram. Since then, Ella has toured with Kehlani and released more music throughout 2016 and 2017. Ella Mai’s voice is unique, soulful, and rich, which pairs effortlessly with her ballads in modern R&B. Ella is naturally talented and raw, you don’t want to keep her out of your playlists any longer.
6. Big Thief
For Fans Of: Angel Olsen, (Sandy) Alex G, Palehound
Big Thief is a female fronted quartet that offers infectious indie-rock tracks where instruments are powerful, but subtle enough to let lead vocalist Adrianne’s beautiful vocals shine. Big Thief’s music can calmly put you to sleep, and that is meant in the best way possible. Their songs hold powerful meaning, speaking of family hardships and trauma, but the way it is translated through their music is simply alluring. The band may only have two planned dates in the UK, but we are holding out for a US tour. Be sure to listen to their new release Capacity.
5. Hippo Campus
For Fans Of: Vinyl Theatre, Colony House, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves
Hippo Campus formed in 2013 and has since released three EPs (2014, 2015, 2017), and their debut record, Landmark, last February. Between the years 2015 and 2017, the band embarked on five headlining tours across North America and Internationally. The band has Riot Fest, Summerfest, Leeds Festival, and Lollapalooza under their belt, so you may have seen them before. Hippo Campus has plans to head out on a headlining winter tour in just nine days, and will play Okeechobee Music Festival (Florida) and Hangout Music Festival (Alabama) afterwards. Their records consist of whimsical riffs and lyrics, and are sure to be the soundtrack to your long night drives.
4. Now, Now
For Fans Of: Tegan and Sara, Metric, Chvrches
Now, Now is a female/male duo based out of Minneapolis. The pair recently returned, in their original form, mid-2017 with their new single “SGL.” The single is an acoustic-pop track paired with soothing-yet-tough vocals that make the song atmospheric, powerful, and nostalgic. The pair released another single in September called “Yours,” a more instrumentally backed track with catchy lyrics, riffs, and beats. With plans to support X Ambassadors in February, the band is sure to gain momentum and become music’s new favorite female-lead band.
3. Sir Sly
For Fans Of: Young Rising Sons, The Moth & The Flame, Bad Suns
Sir Sly is a Los Angeles based band whose sound is truly like no one elses right now. Sir Sly spent 2017 topping alternative music charts, playing a handful of radio shows and festivals, such as Firefly in Dover, DE and House of Creatives in Miami, FL. In 2018, the band is already slated to play Coachella, and they’re directly supporting K.Flay, a 2x Grammy nominee, and those shows are already starting to sell out. Sir Sly’s music is nothing less than euphoric, and they belong on your playlists. Trust us on this.
For Fans Of: Panama Wedding, BØRNS, The Japanese House
Flor is an indie-pop band that has sparkling, infectious melodies and an overall unique sound. If you attended Paramore’s Tour Two dates in Florida, you most likely saw Flor — unless you only showed up for Paramore because you’re lame. The Oregon-based band is exactly who you should be listening to right now. Flor is heading out on their first ever headlining tour beginning on February 2nd, and you should definitely check them out.
For Fans Of: Bleachers, Misterwives, Night Riots
COIN has been around, working hard and evolving as a band since they came together in 2012. We’ve seen the band play major festivals such as Bonnaroo, Life Is Beautiful, Music Midtown, and Hangout Music Festival. We’ve also seen the quartet headline their own tours, support PVRIS, The 1975, and Bad Suns on tour, and now, we’re about to see them dominate their biggest headline tour yet, with only two records under their belt. COIN is without a doubt going to grow as a band exponentially in 2018, and you’re going to want to know them before they blow up.