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.