There’s no shortage of new music out there — but these acts are bound to make some noise in 2013:
1. Ava Luna
These art rockers cram their tunes with buckets of disco and soul. Think Dirty Projectors meets Otis Redding and Donna Sommers. Singer Carlos Hernandez bravely leads the band on guitar, synth, and vocals. He’s supported by the lovely voices of Becca Kaufman, who also plays guitar, and Felicia Douglass, who also plays synthesizer. Their live performances showcase the group’s fantastic chemistry and musicianship. Look for them to blow up after their tour in the beginning of 2013.
2. Lily and the Parlour Tricks
A sauntering trio of female vocalists fronts Lily and the Parlour Tricks, lead by the intoxicating Lily Claire. The band’s performance often suggests a night in a New Orleans gin joint, but with some fierce, distorted guitar work, which makes their sound so dynamic. They demonstrate that range in an incredible live mashup of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” Missy Elliot’s “The Rain,” and Nine Inch Nails “Closer” that is not to be missed.
3. Bear Hands
This band filled the Williamsburg venue Glasslands recently and blew the place out. Lead vocalist and guitarist Dylan Rau has a distinct, lashing vocal delivery, which compliments the band’s fierce, yet danceable, music. It’s always fun to watch a band that’s been working for a few years and is really hitting their stride. They play Brooklyn shows frequently so be sure to find them before those ticket prices go up.
4. Little Green Cars
All the way from Ireland, the group recently signed a record deal with Glassnote records, which also represents Mumford and Sons. While there are definitely shared qualities between the bands in terms of vocal harmonizing and constructing anthemic songs, Little Green Cars’ sound is more electric and modern. Their single “The John Wayne” is one of the best songs of 2012 and will have people singing along in offices and car rides for years to come.
5. Dent May
Dent May is a funky, synth rock band that wowed music fans in an unbelievably loud show in the basement of the Cake Shop. They are an unassuming group, letting their talent do the talking. Strong, mobilizing bass rhythms and drums allow the guitarist and namesake, Dent May, do the work he can do with cooing vocals and wandering guitar work. Hopefully they come back to Brooklyn soon — noted music writers are already offering up their couches.