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Published on December 31st, 2012 | by Alan Cross


5 Bands I’ll Be Watching in 2013

With the new year comes fresh prospects.  Here are five bands (in no particular order) that I’ll be watching closely in 2013.

1.  The Neighbourhood

British quintet that was the subject of a bidding war in the UK that resulted in a seven figure contract with Columbia.  Interesting mix of indie R&B and hip-hop.


2.  Seasfire

Four-piece from Bristol.  This is a sample of their EP, We Will Wake.


3. MS MR

I was a big fan of their song “Hurricane.”  What might they do in 2013?


4.  Paper Aeroplanes

Folky stuff from Wales. Gentle and sweet.


5.  METZ

I’ve been following this Toronto band for a couple of years now.  Here’s hoping that they’ll break through big-time in 2013.  My early pick for Polaris 2013.


Bonus:  NO

From Echo Park in LA.  If you like The National, you’ll appreciate this.

About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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2 Responses to 5 Bands I’ll Be Watching in 2013

  1. jmj says:

    Alan: you should really get an amazon associates account (and the itunes equivalent), and set up links to what you post. that way you get commission to what you link to. Reason being, is that I just bought 3 albums of the artists you posted here after spending all night listening to their tracks (no, Paper Aeroplanes and Ms Mr)

  2. Mark A. says:

    Good news!

    MS MR is playing Toronto, April 6 at The Opera House.


    They're opening for Jessie Ware.

    Unfortunately I don't care for that artist too, but at $20 I'll strongly consider going anyway and skipping the main act. Or who knows, maybe Jessie Ware puts on a great live show. I didn't mind seeing Lady Gaga once.

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