Eclectic New York trio Sunflower Bean's new album is "Human Ceremony." (Courtesy Crista Simiriglia)

Ten musical acts to check out in 2016

Musically, 2016 seems like it will kick off with a bang, beginning with the long-awaited release of “Leave Me Alone,” the jagged, jangling debut from Spanish all-girl quartet Hinds (formerly known as Deers, the band had to change its name due to conflict with Canadian indie-rockers The Dears). It’s the first great record you’ll hear in the upcoming year.
But there’s more. Like “Information,” the first album by Sting and Trudie Styler’s daughter Eliot Sumner under her own name (she originally recorded as I Blame Coco). Rather than following in her father’s footsteps, she’s veered off down her own dark, quasi-Gothic avenues, with spooky success. Otherwise? Here are 10 future titans, in random order.


1) Sunflower Bean

This spunky New York trio will drop its debut “Human Ceremony” on Feb. 5, bristling with buzzy, neo-psychedelic guitar chords and the dreamy twin vocals of guitarist Nick Kivlen and Julia Cumming.

2) Nots
Ever wonder what it was like to be a punk rocker in New York’s late-1970s CBGBs heyday? Listen to “We Are Nots,” the gut-punching album from Natalie Huffman’s Memphis combo Nots to find out.

3) The Heirs
Brother and sister songwriters Brandon and Savannah Hudson grew up in secluded Boca Raton, Fla. But The Heirs’ heart was rooted in the Laurel Canyon sound. The current EP “Ecliptic” precedes a 2016 full-lengther.

4) Promise & The Monster

Swedish chanteuse Billie Lindahl has crooned many genres of music. But with her ethereal Promise & The Monster project, she’s found her niche, as evidenced on the new disc “Feed the Fire.”

5) Tor Miller
Like Billy Joel before him, this New Yorker spent years playing East Coast piano bars, honing his songwriting chops along the way. His “Headlights” EP is out now; an album follows.

6) Cam
Believe it or not, country’s newest star Cam – born Camaron Marvel Ochs – actually hails from San Francisco. She’s also responsible for one of the hottest singles of the year, “Burning House.”

7) Vaults
It’s a rare occurrence, indeed. But this British trio actually manages to evoke the spirit of vintage Cocteau Twins. Signed to Republic, their debut hits later this year.

8) Ruth B
Starting out on Vine, this 20-year-old became an Internet sensation, courtesy of her viral Peter-Pan-themed smash “Lost Boy.” Columbia won rights to her debut.

9) Night Beats
The ‘70s muscle car this trio is photographed in for the cover of its Heavenly bow “Who Sold My Generation” should give you a clue about its greasy, garage-rock sound.

10) Kaleo
This clever Icelandic combo was raised on a diet of classic arena rock, like Led Zeppelin. So its forthcoming Atlantic debut promises to both bombastic and brainy.

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