Best New Artists
Like a mutant with the ability to blow up cars with its mind, Allen Stone has the tough task of controlling the gift he has been given. His talent, however, is an impressive vocal range with more power than a '88 DeLorean. The man from Chewelah, WA brings a soulful sound desperately needed in this era.
Under the incredibly difficult to Google moniker Bahamas, Toronto-based badass Afie Jurvanen crafts effortlessly charming folk songs that can appeal to both hipsters and really anyone else with a pulse. Bahamas second LP, Barchords, comes out February 7th on Brushfire Records.
New Finds: Cookies are a budding New York trio who "specialize in popular music." Check out two of The Guard's favorite cuts - "1,000 Breakfasts With You," which builds a compelling soundscape from unembellished clicks 'n' pops and freaky riffs, and "Throw A Parade," chipper boy-girl pop at its most dandy - below.