Familiarize yourself with 30 artists we obsessed over in 2013.
Who ruled your playlist this year? If you were anything like us, you probably obsessed over names like Lorde, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus, and maybe you got familiar with a bunch of 2013 breakthrough acts like 5 Seconds Of Summer, Sleeping With Sirens, and HAIM. But what about the artists that stayed under the radar? You know, the artists who probably opened for the aforementioned arena seat-fillers? Or influenced and inspired them? Or, you know, wrote their music?
In celebration of these mega-talented names who we sincerely hope you didn’t sleep on, we felt compelled to gather up some of our favorite acts of 2013 and give them a massive Internet group hug. Call the po-lice. Call the guv-nah. These 30 artists are so good it’s criminal. We present them to you here today in hopes you get your s*** together and your life right and give them the love they so deserve.
You still have a few weeks left in the year to get familiar with artists like dream-pop act Pure Bathing Culture, Glaswegian synthpop trio Chvrches, and the Pro Era rapper Joey Bada$$. So when everybody’s reblogging them in 2014, you can say that you knew them when.
Check out more criminally overlooked bands after the jump!
Waxahatchee: This all-star punched even the snobbiest hipster kids right in the feels this year. With a super-sad sophomore album, Cerulean Salt, Katie Crutchfield’s band notched a Pitchfork Best New Music and just headlined a tour with sister Allison’s equally punk-tastic Swearin’. The band’s road domination will continue in January, with fellow girl-powered rockers All Dogs and Cayetana along for the ride. –DG
Allison Weiss: The Los Angeles power-pop musician laced up her Converse for the 10-track Say What You Mean this year, an unmissable album she could’ve just as easily called Power Chords & Heartbreak. Weiss is the kind of musician who’ll spend her birthday crying in bed for eight hours (for her “Making It Up” music video, of course), which is some Beyoncé-level hustle (but with way more tears and probably a resulting migraine). She just wrapped a two-week tour with Austin Lucas and has more dates starting in January. –DG
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