Eight New Artists To Watch In 2018, From 'Slingshot'

By Bob Boilen

Liz Brasher, Haley Heynderickx, Sidney Gish, Lawrence Rothman, Knox Fortune, Air Credits and Bedouine are part of the 2018 class of Slingshot.

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All this year, NPR Music and its member stations will be following a group of outstanding new and emerging artists from local music scenes across the globe for a series we’re calling Slingshot. On this week’s All Songs Considered, we talk to some of the music directors from our partner stations about the artists they chose for this year’s list. Some are hometown favorites, and others are rising stars from abroad.

WGBH‘s Stacy Buchanan talks about Sidney Gish, a student in Boston with a homemade sound and brand. Bruce Warren of WXPN chose Mt. Joy, a group that blends old-school classic rock with Americana. Silvia Rivera of Vocalo talks about Air Credits, whose hip-hop songs tell stories of a dystopian future. WMOT‘s Jessie Scott chose powerful vocalist Liz Brasher. Carmel Holt of WFUV shares why she chose Bedouine, an artist who reflects on love and solitude in her delicate songs. And KCRW‘s Jason Bentley talks about Lawrence Rothman, whose debut album explores several alter egos through ’80s power-pop.

Artists Featured On This Episode

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01Presumably Dead Arm

3:34

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Sidney Gish

  • Song: Presumably Dead Arm

Sidney Gish is a singer-songwriter and full-time student with a wry sense of humor in Boston, Mass. where she’s been recording and releasing her own work since 2015. She dropped her first album, Ed Buys Houses, in December 2016.

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01Oom Sha La La

2:54

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Haley Heynderickx

  • Song: Oom Sha La La

Haley Heynderickx has been building an audience in her hometown of Portland, Ore. for several years. So far, she’s released two EPs: Fish Eyes (2016) and The Bug Collector (2017). This song is the title track to her debut album, I Need To Start A Garden, due out later this year.

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01Silver Lining

3:19

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Mt. Joy

  • Song: Silver Lining

Philly-raised, Los Angeles-based Mt. Joy recently released an EP bringing together elements of old-school, classic rock and Americana. The band’s debut album is due out on Dualtone in March.

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01Safe Room

3:14

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Air Credits

  • Song: Safe Room

Air Credits is the futuristic hip-hop project of Chicago rapper ShowYouSuck and producer STV SLV (aka Steve Reidell) of The Hood Internet. The duo’s most recent mixtape, Omega Virus, imagines a dystopian, post-war future with a backstory for how we arrived there.

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01Body Of Mine

2:51

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Liz Brasher

  • Song: Body Of Mine

Liz Brasher is from the Dominican Republic by way of North Carolina and Memphis. She blends blues, soul, gospel and R&B in music that digs down deep.

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01Solitary Daughter

4:20

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Bedouine

  • Song: Solitary Daughter

Bedouine (aka Azniv Korkejian) began her life in Syria, then Saudi Arabia before her Armenian parents won a Green Card lottery and moved to the U.S. On her self-titled debut album, hints of Southern country music and the soft, rustic folk of ’70s-era Laurel Canyon fuse with her smooth, soothing voice.

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01Wolves Still Cry

4:18

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Lawrence Rothman

  • Song: Wolves Still Cry

Lawrence Rothman is a Los Angeles-based artist who takes on several personas on the group’s debut album, The Book Of Law. The band combines meticulous production, interesting guests and creative affiliations with a knack for slick pop songwriting.

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01Lil Thing

3:26

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Knox Fortune

  • Song: Lil Thing

Knox Fortune is known mostly for his production skills. But he came out from behind the boards on the chorus of fellow Chicagoan Chance the Rapper‘s “All Night.” Here he steps in front of the mic for his latest solo album, Paradise, in catchy, breezy songs like “Lil Thing.”

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