On the Rise 2014
A playful combination of house and techno, preferably listened to on a big club sound system
"Freddie Mercury and Tom Waits in a cliff-diving competition"
"Golden Gate gangster of love"
"Supermelodic pulp/arena pop"
"Sometimes the beat has a life of its own"
Teenage Fanclub-inspired pop from a Bay Area hardcore veteran
"Slow, hypnotic folk and/or loud, trance-inducing art-rock"
"Electronic pop with a healthy dose of R&B and indie rock"
"Jazz, soul, folk, art rock...I walk the road of hyphens"
Spaced-out electro-pop, Ethiopian-influenced jazz, feminist hip-hop, and a string quartet partial to Radiohead: 11 Bay Area artists who will keep you on your toes this year