New Music You've Never Heard Of

Check out our favorite under-the-radar music picks.

avi buffalo! Better than Bieber
We’re smitten with folksy California newcomers Avi Buffalo’s smooth, atmospheric melodies. Their self-titled album ($12) debuts April 27; preorder now at Sub Pop to get four bonus tracks.
forest family! Follow Their Feed
Out-obscure your music-snob pals by keeping tabs on Forest Family Records, a new label from bloggers Gorilla vs. Bear and Weekly Tape Deck that debuts up-and-comers on vinyl.
theresa andersson! Woman on Top
Theresa Andersson mixes klezmer, New Orleans blues rock, Feist-like vocals, and a hint of Motown (for starters). Catch her Big Easy performances this month or get her Live at Le Petit DVD ($20).

free energy! Free Your Mind
The ’70s garage-rock jams on SXSW buzz band Free Energy’s debut release, Stuck on Nothing ($5), will take you on a road trip through Labor Day (think the endless summer mood of Dazed and Confused).

small black! Back to Black
After recording a lo-fi release in a Long Island surf shack, Small Black remixed their chill electro sound in a pro studio for their self-titled EP ($8). We’re kicking ourselves for missing their U.S. tour.

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