warning Hi, we've moved to USCANNENBERGMEDIA.COM. Visit us there!

Neon Tommy - Annenberg digital news

7 New Artists You Need To Know

Jenny Chao |
October 9, 2013 | 12:47 a.m. PDT

Senior Entertainment Editor

New Beat Fund is an up-and-coming band that has opened for Blink-182 (Red Bull Records)
New Beat Fund is an up-and-coming band that has opened for Blink-182 (Red Bull Records)

Not particularly interested in Miley's "#Bangerz" or JT's "20/20 Experience (Part 2)"? Not to worry. Here are seven up-and-coming artists that are worth a listen, with styles ranging from alternative rock to electronic music. 

ARTIST: New Beat Fund

GENRE: G-punk (punk, funk, reggae, rap)/Alternative

New Beat Fund's energetic fusion of punk, funk, reggae and rap have catapulted the band into the likes of Blink-182 and 3OH!3; they recently completed their tour opening up for Blink-182 and are set to play a series of shows with 3OH!3 this month. Discovered by Blink-182's manager at a college party, the band brings their laidback Southern California style and fun-loving lifestyle to their first album, $ (CoiNz). Catchy, fun and sometimes over-the-top, New Beat Fund brings you fresh beats in their debut EP. 


ARTIST: Five Knives

GENRE: Electro-punk, Rap

There's something about Five Knives' debut EP "The Rising" that is reminiscent of rebellious adolescents in the '80s era. Add some synthpop, and then there's Five Knives. It's easy to pin their tracks as merely "dubstep with some chick rapping," but it is so much more than that. With lyrics such as "I'm like what what / Who you think you messin' with / Comin' back around again / Better go hit the road," Five Knives is rough around the edges with its no-nonsense anthems, plus has a tremendous amount of energy on each track that makes them so addictive.



GENRE: EDM, House, Electro 

Formerly the lead singer of Attack Attack!, 20-year-old Caleb Shomo is the mastermind behind his new EDM project, CLASS. His EP "Stereo Typical" is evocative of today's prominent EDM artists, but he adds a unique touch of metal and punk from his Attack Attack! days that diversify him from the rest. Keep an eye out for this up-and-coming artist!


ARTIST: Blitz Kids

GENRE: Alternative Rock

This band reminds me of Warped Tour, UK edition. English band Blitz Kids released their first EP back in 2009 and have been gaining momentum ever since, with their upcoming "The Good Youth" EP being released this month. With the band's emotional self-penned vocals, energetic guitar riffs and drum strikes, the Blitz Kids' vibrant personalities shine through from their music. 



GENRE: Punk, Rap

The first beats of every track on Itch's "The Manifesto" EP instantly entraps you into the unique cadences and hard-hitting vocals that epitomizes the UK solo artist's style. He describes his genre as a mixture of reggae, hip hop, folk and punk, and also has a strong interest in societal welfare issues that is evident in his politically-charged lyrics. 


ARTIST: Heaven's Basement

GENRE: Rock-metal

Heaven's Basement has come a long way, starting as Hurricane Party in 2003 and Roadstar in 2008. Now, Heaven's Basement is revolutionizing legendary classic rock and infusing the style with their own modern twist. The band has toured with Bon Jovi and Papa Roach, and have said that they "can be inspired so much" by opening for them. 


ARTIST: Twin Atlantic

GENRE: Alternative Rock, Pop 

And to end this list, Scottish band Twin Atlantic offers a driving, powerful sound that lends itself to both their chill melodies and emotional anthems. Similar to old-school favorites such as Fall Out Boy and Taking Back Sunday, the band combined their energy and deep passion to create their EP, "Free." Twin Atlantic has supported bands such as Blink-182, My Chemical Romance and The All-American Rejects on tour, and their most famous single "Free" was featured on BBC Radio 1 earlier this year.


Reach Senior Entertainment Editor Jenny Chao here. Follow her on Twitter here.



Craig Gillespie directed this true story about "the most daring rescue mission in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard.”

Watch USC Annenberg Media's live State of the Union recap and analysis here.