Readers of The San Francisco Examiner’s entertainment pages already have been introduced to some of 2013’s soon-to-be-huge pop music artists, from the whimsical brother-sister duo Wild Belle to the stylish rockabilly-techno hybrid Willy Moon.
Next week comes the most remarkable new talent of the year, teenage U.K. folk-rocker Jake Bugg (yes, that’s his real name, not a hipster alias).
But there are more — many more.
Wondering where the post-Adele and Amy Winehouse onslaught of soulful divas was in 2012? It’s coming, over the next few months, led by an old-school stylist from Australia.
Naturally, Britain has cutting-edge bands to offer, while the U.S. East Coast boasts commanding young female hip-hoppers.
Here’s a quick guide to what’s next:
Anyone who caught her as the bouffant-haired bandleader in last year’s Heineken commercial, belting out her song “The Letter,” was transfixed. The saucy Aussie soon debuts in the U.S. with “Baby Caught the Bus.”
Another soul-steeped phenomenon, this time from London, Ware is heavily influenced by Sade. That could be why her sleek overseas debut, “Devotion” (out here soon), recently was nominated for the Mercury Prize. She appears in a sold-out show at Popscene in The City on Jan. 24.
This band could possibly be England’s most energetic new outfit. Check out the video for the slam-bang anthem “Best of Friends,” which just came in at No. 1 on NME’s list of best tracks of 2012.
Although 2012 should have been her year, the gritty Harlem-bred rapper simmered on the back burner, saving her long-awaited full-lengther “Broke With Expensive Taste” for February.
Born Raykeea Wilson in Michigan, the red-hot rapper just released her first EP, “Reservation” online, before inking to Republic Records for her forthcoming album.
The Haim sisters — Este, Alana and Danielle — grew up playing in a family band called Rockinhaim. Now they’re a trio with a killer EP (“Forever”) and an entire album on the way.
Is gothic post-punk dead? Not if vocalist Jehnny Beth and guitarist Gemma Thompson — the core of this Banshees-dark new British combo — have their way.
Signed to Columbia via Lily Allen’s classy ITNO imprint, this Elton John-influenced folkie just issued his first EP, “Songs From Another Love,” with an album to follow in June. He appears at Popscene on Jan. 31.
Birmingham, England, siblings Harrison (on vocals and guitar) and Sam Koisser (on bass) formed this combo out of boredom. But their garage-kinetic music is anything but.
The next Coldplay? Could be. This Irish outfit has already made inroads overseas with the sweeping single “All I Want.” It should be even bigger on these shores.