At the end of every year, the Hype Machine posts a list of their most blogged artists. They also post a mid-year glimpse at what’s trending.
As Chromeo said at SXSW, Hype Machine is basically the Billboard of indie music. 814 quality blogs are sourced (including my own), giving a fairly accurate representation of which bands are taking off. Banks is currently leading as the most-blogged artist of 2014. Disclosure topped the 2013 list, and Grimes topped the 2012 list.
Hype Machine also has a “ones to watch” list, and they’ve provided a mid-year look at it as well. The artists in this list aren’t on the lips of every tastemaker yet, but you can almost guarantee they will be by year’s end. These 20 artists topped Hype Machine’s most-blogged list for the first time in 2014, and haven’t released a full length album yet. If you’re trying to figure out who the next hype-bands are then look no further.
I interviewed Zella at SXSW this year and watched her perform. I was completely blown away by both her personality and her live presence.
Tinashe was easily one of the most impressive live acts I saw at SXSW, just look at this photo I snapped of her.
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