HOT DATE – Cozy lover’s music. Frontwoman Nora O’Brien serves steaming Lizzy Grant teas that harken back to pre-fame Lana Del Rey (sans any creepy thematic content). This is sweet stuff - like She & Him, but with hints of Caroline Smith-style kick to it. The duo’s debut record, "For Lovers," is currently available for digital download. The album-release show at Bedlam Lowertown is on Feb. 13.
HUSTLE ROSE – A groovy jazz band offering tight soul music. Their infectious energy, emphasis on horns and silky, playful vocals make the college-aged band irresistibly danceable.
DIVIDING EDEN – Avant-rockers with power and presence. They’re Evanescence meets Meg Myers. They’ll be putting their bad-girl business on display March 7 at the Fine Line for their debut album’s release party.
NOOKY JONES – Sophisticated, seductive and smooth neo-soul music. Brassy horns and a brassier voice. Nooky Jones is flavorful and mouthwateringly juicy. This is Minnesota’s freshest baby-making music.
BARTELL – Playful indie rock with a cool energy and flirty harmonies between male-and-female vocals. Impressive technical tricks here, too, like curious mid-song shifts and time signatures.
SAM CASSIDY – Opener of First Avenue’s recent Best New Band showcase, this folk-rock infused newcomer played amongst a lineup of hot artists like PaviElle and Tiny Deaths. An endearing and soulful songwriter.
JORDAN CARR – Minneapolis’ self-proclaimed “#1 bad boy.” Broody, booze-soaked acoustic goodness.
JAKE JONES – Somber and solemn songwriting steeped in a cup of melted Minnesota snow with a hint of spookiness.
GRAVEYARD CLUB – Recorded in the basement of a 19th century St. Paul mansion, this indie-synth band’s debut, "Nightingale," sounds like a lo-fi St. Lucia or a grittier Arcade Fire.
#MPLS – The flashiest submission is a hot dance-funk collective that seems like a version of the Black Eyed Peas curated by P. Diddy via a "Making The Band" reality TV competition.