10 New Artists You Need to Know: January 2015

YP and the Marmozets

(10photos; Tom Barnes)

Once again, we talked to 10 of the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos. This month: Marmozets’ mathy punk fits, George Ezra’s indie-folk croon, YP’s impassioned Chicago hip-hop, Tanya Tagaq’s avant-rock take on Inuit throat singing and more.


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Bob Marley archives to be opened 


This is Bob Marley’s 70th birthday year and, to celebrate, the Marley Family Vaults and Private Collection are planning a number of new archive releases.

Up first is Easy Skanking Boston ’78, capturing Marley’s show at the city’s Music Hall from June 8, 1978. Available February 17, the album marks the first time that the Marley family has allowed access to the personal material from their private collections and vaults.

The set will be released on CD, DVD/CD combination, Blu-Ray/CD combination and via digital download. The video footage was shot with a hand-held camera by a fan that Marley allowed to sit right in front of the stage. The result is remarkable imagery that captures Marley from just a few feet away, allowing one to experience the intimacy of his set...

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Madonna Strikes Back: Inside Her Star-Packed New Album ‘Rebel Heart’

After a devastating leak, the Queen takes back control of her 2015 LP

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Madonna was “devastated” by the leak, but immediately got back to work on ‘Rebel Heart.’Michael Tran/Getty

Madonna was in Africa in late November, visiting schools built by her Raising Malawi nonprofit, when the first leak hit the Web: 40 seconds of “Rebel Heart,” a defiant, dance-y track she had recently been working on. Three weeks later, the leak became a flood. Madonna was back in New York on December 17th, when fans started alerting her via Instagram that 13 demos recorded for her unfinished 13th album, also called Rebel Heart, had been illegally posted online and were spreading like wildfire.

It was an unprecedented leak: Nearly a full album’s worth of work arriv...

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The Who, Elton John Lead New Orleans Jazz Fest Lineup

Wilco, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Ed Sheeran and countless more lined up for weeklong Big Easy party

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Elton John and the Who are both slated to perform at this year’s New Orleans Jazz Fest. Andrew H. Walker/Getty; Matt Kent/Getty

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is routinely one of the most diverse annual music fests, and the 2015 incarnation boasts one of its strongest lineups yet as the Who, Elton John, No Doubt, Widespread Panic, Keith Urban and Jimmy Buffett have all been enlisted as headliners across the fest’s seven days. Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Pitbull, Chicago, T.I. Jerry Lee Lewis, Steve Winwood and Buddy Guy will also be on hand.

Fleshing out the Jazz Fest lineup are Jimmy Cliff, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Allen Toussaint, Sturgill Simpson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Meters, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Hozier, Galactic with guest Macy Gray, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Juvenile and Mannie Fresh Together, Taj Mahal and countless others. Organizers note that a Sunday, May 3rd headliner is still to be announced.

Jazz Fest usually does a masterful job of procuring a lineup stocked with classic rock, alternative, pop, hip-hop, country and the sounds of New Orleans. Visit the Jazz Fest site for the complete lineup.

The festival’s opening weekend goes down at New Orleans’ Fair Grounds Race Course from April 24th to the 26th, while the second weekend kicks off Thursday, April 30th to Sunday May 3rd. More than 500 artists will hit the stage over the course of the festival’s seven days, 80 percent of which hail from the Big Easy.

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