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On the Rise 2014

On the Rise 2014: A mixtape

Dear local musicians,There's kind of no non-awkward way to say this, but: We like you. A lot.In honor of this week's On the Rise...

On the Rise: Avalon Emerson

A playful combination of house and techno, preferably listened to on a big club sound system

On the Rise: Major Powers & the Lo-Fi Symphony

"Freddie Mercury and Tom Waits in a cliff-diving competition"

On the Rise: Friction Quartet

Post-classical determination

On the Rise: Rocky Rivera

"Golden Gate gangster of love"

On the Rise: Astronauts, etc.

"Supermelodic pulp/arena pop"

On the Rise: Nu Dekades

"Sometimes the beat has a life of its own"

On the Rise: Tony Molina

Teenage Fanclub-inspired pop from a Bay Area hardcore veteran

On the Rise: Annie Girl & the Flight

"Slow, hypnotic folk and/or loud, trance-inducing art-rock"


"Electronic pop with a healthy dose of R&B and indie rock"

On the Rise: Meklit Hadero

"Jazz, soul, folk, art rock...I walk the road of hyphens"

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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