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Profiles of the most interesting up-and-coming artists of the moment

Hotline TNT Filter Heartbreak Through Dizzying, Distorted Guitar Rock

In this Rising interview, frontman Will Anderson talks about making shoegaze with pop parameters, the upside of DIY gatekeeping, and signing with Third Man Records to release his band’s clamorous new album, Cartwheel.

Anjimile Had an Uphill Climb. Now He’s Making Cathartic Indie Folk From on High

The North Carolina-based singer-songwriter on loving Sufjan, getting angry, and mutilating guitars while recording his new album, The King.

Sweeping Promises Make a Punk Home in the Heartland

After years in the Boston DIY scene, the duo of Lira Mondal and Caufield Schnug decamped to Lawrence, Kansas and set up a home studio that honors their cavernous lo-fi sound.

Teenage Post-Punks Lifeguard Are Living the DIY Dream

Along with throwing bolts of guitar-rock lightning on record and on stage, this trio is fostering an environment for young Chicago bands to thrive.

The Real World of Joanna Sternberg

Talking reality TV, imposter syndrome, and the pursuit of timelessness with the New York singer-songwriter, whose second LP I’ve Got Me arrives this week

Nourished by Time Is Dreaming of an Early ’90s R&B and Dance Utopia

Atop exuberant beats, the Baltimore singer-songwriter Marcus Brown explores life’s indignities—heartbreak, capitalism, and where they intersect—with the tender heart of a poet.

Meet Feeble Little Horse, the Young Noise-Pop Band Repping Pittsburgh DIY

The rising indie rockers on their city’s vibrant scene, signing to Saddle Creek, and “not making any fucking TikToks.”

Mandy, Indiana Combat Our Dystopian Hellscape With Menacing Post-Punk

Spelunking with the UK band, whose music is as unsettling as it is incendiary

Enter NOIA’s Glitchy Dance-Pop Cosmos

In this Rising interview, the Barcelona-born, Brooklyn-based artist talks about the mind-bending power of Björk, why ASMR is her greatest pleasure, and her gloriously fragmented debut album.

Don’t Even Try to Put TiaCorine Into a Box

Running around New York City with the charmingly offbeat North Carolina rapper as she navigates the hectic life of an almost-famous artist.

Kara Jackson’s Mournful, Joyful, Unapologetic Guitar-Ass Music

In this Rising interview, the singer-songwriter talks about flying in the face of racism, why it’s good to be petty, and her artfully honest debut album.

Rachika Nayar’s Fog-Machine Dreamscapes

In this Rising interview, the guitarist and composer reflects on what it means to be a reluctant performer, making music that’s accessible but not boneheaded, and her biggest-sounding album yet.

For Post-Punks Model/Actriz, Confrontation Is an Opportunity for Intimacy 

The Brooklyn quartet want to make you weep with their hypersexed industrial cuts. 

R&B Experimentalist Liv.e Sings Through the Bullshit 

The singer and producer is unabashed in her ambitions, contradictions, and deep love of Drake. 

For Post-Rock Octet Caroline, Everything Is Up for Debate

In this Rising interview, members of the expansive British band discuss the folk traditions and feelings of hope behind their music.

How Hagop Tchaparian Went From Pop-Punk Star to A-List Tour Manager to Globe-Trotting Electronic Musician

The British-Armenian producer has lived many musical lives, all leading to his spellbinding solo debut, Bolts, recently released on Four Tet’s label.

Teenage Rap Phenom Redveil Is Growing Up on Record

The Maryland hip-hop upstart released his breakout album on his 18th birthday last year. What’s next?

Glorilla Suffers No Fools

Get to know one of the most exciting new rappers of the last few years, whose music is an antidote to degenerate male behavior.

Cole Pulice’s Ambient Saxophone Multiverse

The endlessly exploratory musician is creating the experimental jazz tapes of your dreams.

The Incandescent Hope of Special Interest’s Dance-Punk Anthems 

In this Rising interview, the New Orleans band discusses the delusions of American exceptionalism and what it means to make radical ideas a reality.

Meet Mercury, the Atlanta Rapper-Skateboarder Who Keeps It Extreme

In this Rising interview, we hit the skatepark with one of ATL’s most promising underground rappers, to discuss the city’s vitality and why she loves Kid Cudi

Quinn Is Too Real For the Internet

In the early pandemic, the 17-year-old rapper/producer went viral for her spin on hyperpop; now, her new self-titled album looks for a more present life.