5 Up And Coming Artists You Should Know

Kiran Josen
Kiran is your average 20something living in Astoria and working in Manhattan--the hustle is indeed real. You can frequently find her lounging in the park (with a bottle of cheap-ass Rosé), checking out some obscure band in the basement of a Brooklyn warehouse (probably called MilkToad), or attempting (and failing) to cook.

I have this tendency to aggressively share things I like with the people in my life. As a kid this meant forcing my cousin to watch countless hours of Power Rangers (recently learned she hated it) or forcing my mom to listen to the OC Soundtrack everytime we got in the car.

Thankfully that hasn’t changed, and I’m happy to report I’ve got some new tunes to aggressively share with you. Give these guys a listen and share the word! Sharing new music with friends is on par with being that kid in middle school who shares dunkaroos with the entire class (meaning everyone will love you).


Artist : Kid Runner

Catchy synth hooks make this band the perfect addition to your summer playlist. These Columbus natives have been churning out feel-good tunes for a few years now and it’s clear that they’ve found their groove. Their six-track EP “Body Language” gives a nice nod to type of sound that Bleachers and Passion Pit are known for, shout along anthems and songs that simultaneously give you a toothache but make you want to bop along.

Sounds Like: A little bit of Bleachers + Matt and Kim + Foster the People.

Best Enjoyed: On that last weekend of summer when you’re just trying to convince yourself that the season isn’t over yet.


Artist : The Big Bend

You’re bound to find something you like on The Big Bend’s latest effort. The Pittsburgh natives sample several genres on its latest album “Celebrate” — from country folk to a bit of psychedelic rock. Lead singer, Chet Vincent, has got a bit of Jack White and a bit of Bob Dylan going on and that should be reason enough to give them a shot.

Sounds Like: A little Jack White crossed with a little Bob Dylan and throw in something bluesy for good measure.

Best Enjoyed: With a whiskey — neat.


Artist : Neiked

The Stockholm-based producer has been slowly posting tracks on his Soundcloud but has steadily gained a following. His latest, “Sexual,” is a high-energy pop/dance track with a danceable beat and cheeky lyrics with a nice vocal arrangement to boot.  Give him a year or two and he’ll be collaborating with Bad Girl RiRi and dating Taylor Swift.

Sounds Like: The Chainsmokers mixed with a bit of Calvin Harris.

Best Enjoyed: Probably an Electric Zoo-like situation.


Artist: VenessaMichaels

VenessaMichaels is simply put — really fucking cool. She started spinning vinyl at 18. She coined her own sound (2090, the future of the 90s) and she’s remixed some pretty solid tunes. Coming out on her own with her latest “Really Like,” she’s taking her music game to the next level with the dance jam. Take a look at her latest, but it’s also worth checking out her remakes of 90s classics like “Say My Name” and “Are You That Somebody.”

Sounds like: Though she clearly draws influence from R& B heavyweights, she’s got a bit of Robyn in her blood too.

Best Enjoyed: Late night dancing, preferably somewhere with a disco ball.


Artist: Stef Lang

Singer, song writer and producer, Stef Lang hails from Canada but currently resides in NYC. With enticing lyrics and catchy hooks, Lang has all the makings of a pop star — but don’t call her “generic.” Her sound is entirely distinctive, and not something to be overlooked. This rising star has already made great waves; she’s no stranger to the Billboard charts, and was recently a contestant in the preliminary rounds of the Coffee Music Project as part of the New York Coffee Festival.

Sounds like: A Joan Jett meets Britney Spears

Best enjoyed: Getting ready for a night out with your girls

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