New Year, New Bands: Indie Bands to Watch in 2013
Which bands we think should be on your radar this upcoming year.


One of the most exciting aspects of a new year is new talent that's sure to make itself known throughout the next 365 days. With all the new, fresh acts that will undoubtedly be shoved in your face, here's a little list of bands worth taking note of to help you narrow it down. Happy listening!


Dresses –  Portland, OR sweet-folk duo Timothy Heller and Jared Maldonado recently released their first music video for “Blew My Mind” and have been receiving praise from anyone with a Tumblr and an ear drum. Though the band is known more for their covers (check out their latest of Foster the People’s “Houdini”), one listen of “Blew My Mind” will tell anyone that this band is on the right track to becoming huge this year, so hop on the bandwagon now

Sounds Like: Eisley, Mountain Man, Feist


Hrvrd – Charlotte, North Carolina’s Hrvrd is set to release their second full-length,  From The Bird’s Cage on February 19 and is heading out on tour with Letlive later this month in support of it. The band’s first full-length The Inevitable and I (2009) is packed full of well-written lyrics accompanied with catchy guitar riffs, making the album one of the rare releases that can still keep up with the times years after it’s release date. Catch them out on tour and see for yourself what the buzz is all about.

Sounds Like: Circa Survive, As Cities Burn, Balance and Composure

Ula Ruth - Conneticut based rock band Ula Ruth started making their music mark in 2012 with the release of their EP “Extended Play,” garnering praise of music critics and New Englanders alike. While most bands take time off to record their debut full-length, the boys of Ula Ruth decided to open for Paul Simon and stay relevant in the New York City circuit; playing packed shows at venues like the Knitting Factory, Mercury Lounge and Bowery Electric.  With a tour, EP and a stint in this year’s MOVE Festival, 2013 is definitely Ula Ruth’s year. 

Sounds Like: Kings of Leon, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys

Diamond Youth – Hailing from Chicago, Baltimore and Richmond, this bands sound is just as diverse as their locations. The band has already started off 2013 perfectly with their new album “Orange”, an album full of tracks that’s sure to keep fans happy well into 2014. Diamond Youth are one of those bands you haven’t heard but should get excited to do so, and quickly.

Sounds Like: Muse, Queens of the Stone Age

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