Artists to Watch in 2014

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It's the end of 2013, and in regards to the music industry, I'm pretty positive there are two points we can all come together to agree on: it was an amazing year for music, and Miley Cyrus definitely needs to put her tongue back in her mouth.  (Sorry, girl.  Still loved your record.)  So to avoid rehashing the headlines that you've all already dealt with repeatedly for the past twelve months, I'd rather focus on the artists and bands who are slated to make noise in 2014 for all the right reasons. Check out Trim's top five artists to watch below, and don't say we didn't warn you when they're all you can talk about (and sing along to in the car, the shower, and the grocery store) over the course of the next year.

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  • THE 1975

    • FOR FANS OF: TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, IMAGINE DRAGONS

    • HOMETOWN: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

There is something terribly irresistible about this indie-rock four piece, hailing from the city of Manchester, England.  Maybe it's the fact that they were intelligent enough to release a sequence of three EP's in order to garner a huge amount of anticipation worldwide before their debut full-length, or maybe it's the infectious pop hooks and melodies in their tracks like "Chocolate" and "Girls".  Either way - I'm totally hooked, and it seems like the rest of the country is, too.  They just sold out a full U.S. run and already are close to selling out a second run here in the spring, with two tour stops scheduled at NYC's Terminal 5 next April.  I predict these guys will be making quite a few festival appearances stateside next summer, so Firefly and Bonnaroo fans - you might want to get your passes now.

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  • A WILL AWAY

    • FOR FANS OF: MAYDAY PARADE, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, ALL TIME LOW CIRCA "THE PARTY SCENE"

    • HOMETOWN: NAUGATUCK, CT

The first time I saw A Will Away perform live, it was in a near-empty gymnasium in Marlboro on a Sunday afternoon.  There were maybe twenty or so kids wandering around the venue, mostly friends of the bands who seemed more interested in their phone screens than whatever was happening in front of them on stage.  I had been watching from my place at my friends in The Stolen's merch table from the back of the room, and I very distinctly remember every head in the room turning to pay their full, undivided attention to the band once they started their first song - and with good reason.  A Will Away's sound commands attention in every aspect, from their hard-hitting and relatable lyrics to the way their energy and presence on stage captures the attention of a crowd.  They released an EP called "Cold Weather" on Friday that is available on iTunes and Spotify.

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  • MODERN BASEBALL

    • FOR FANS OF: THE FRONT BOTTOMS, SAY ANYTHING

    • HOMETOWN: PHILADELPHIA, PA AND FREDERICK, MD

Modern Baseball is the band breaking the awkward silence in the room when you want to talk about what's haunting you, but aren't sure how to start.  Recently celebrating the year anniversary of their LP, "Sports", they were announced for The Wonder Years' full US tour this coming spring that is already close to selling out in major cities - which will certainly be a drastic change for the Maryland and Philly natives, who recorded their LP in Drexel University's free student recording studios in between their classes just last year. MoBo is quirky, cool, and unafraid to talk about all the things that bother us in our college years, from feeling awkward at a party to not knowing how to text back a love interest.  Catch them at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville on April 18th.

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  • JAKE MILLER

    • FOR FANS OF: MACKLEMORE, CHIDDY BANG

    • HOMETOWN: WESTON, FL

The difference between Jake Miller and the majority of other hip-hop/pop artists is that Jake's songs are about real life stories that matter.  Getting into topics from teen suicide to abuse at home and a fan of his who was battling with cancer, he's an artist unafraid to really connect with his fans on things some other artists might be too afraid to discuss.  Recently signing on to the Warner Brother Records roster, Miller released a full-length called "Us Against Them" this past fall and is currently wrapping up a national tour that sold out venues from New York City to California.

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  • NOW, NOW

    • FOR FANS OF: TEGAN & SARA, PASSION PIT

    • HOMETOWN: MINNEAPOLIS, MN

The ambiance of Now, Now's "Threads" is the perfect blend of indie rock and playful melodies, allowing the vocals of Cacie Dalager and Jess Abbot to both soothe listeners and make you want to get up and dance at the same time.  Touring with the likes of The Naked & Famous and pop powerhouse group fun., they also made an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to escalate their mainstream exposure.  Expect more from the band in 2014 as they prepare to release new material.

Emily Tantuccio