Fall is here — and so is plenty of new music. To celebrate the season, EW picked five artists — from preppy pop-rockers Hippo Campus to future-R&B singer Gallant — we’re expecting big things from these coming months. Read more about them below, and download some of their music for free on iTunes by going to EW.com/free. (Available for the first 50,000 downloads. Offer ends Sept. 27, 2015.)
Maryland native Christopher Gallant, who has been collaborating with Moby in recent weeks, turns out achingly gorgeous alt-R&B, which he updates with buzzy synths and glitchy beats.
HEAR IT: Gallant lets his powerful vocals rip on the stunning ballad “Weight in Gold.”
After wowing the freewheeling crowd with late-night sets at the annual Burning Man festival in 2013, the Brooklyn-based electronic duo serve up one of the year’s most chilled-out, enveloping electro-pop albums, Days Gone By (out Sept. 18).
HEAR IT: The comfy, mesmerizing jam “Too Much Is Never Enough.”
The rebellious rock & roll spirit of the Clash and the Kinks lives on with these impossibly cool Brit dudes, who met as schoolmates in East London and have opened for Franz Ferdinand. Their killer debut, The Making Of, is out now.
HEAR IT: “Where You At” mixes terse new-wave guitar hooks and handclaps with Dominic McGuinness’ raspy wail.
This Nashville newcomer and singer-songwriter counts Patsy Cline and Linda Ronstadt as influences—and she’s got bold, brassy tunes (and incredible pipes) to match those towering talents.
HEAR IT: On the blazing track “Lightning,” Lane splits the difference between retro country and Top 40 pop.
These brainy art-school grads from Minnesota turn out shimmering pop-rock earworms reminiscent of Ivy League grads Vampire Weekend. After releasing a debut EP, Bashful Creatures, and performing blistering sets at Lollapalooza this summer, they’re back this fall with another EP, South.
HEAR IT: The infectious, breezy “Suicide Saturday.”
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