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15 Acts to Check Out in 2015

The new year is here, and that usually means a ton of artists will burst out onto the music scene, whether they're a brand new act or a band hustling for years to finally get their shot. Here is a list of music acts worth checking out in 2015


1) Berenika Kohoutova
Genre: Pop
Location: Czechoslovakia

When she's not busy acting in several movies and TV shows, Berenika Kohoutová devotes the rest of her time into singing at various clubs, collaborating with different artists, and releasing music (her last studio album was 2013's Berenika Meets Jazz).


2) The Scandals
Genre: Punk
Location: New Jersey

New Jersey punk rockers The Scandals spent last year touring Europe and performed with acts such as Bad Religion, Plow United, and FrnkIero AndThe Cellabration. The band will release a brand new EP, which was produced by Brian Fallon, and embark on a tour with Fallon's band The Gaslight Anthem.


3) Lorna Shore
Genre: Deathcore
Location: New Jersey

New Jersey deathcore act Lorna Shore had a pretty busy 2014 that involved a performance at Skate & Surf, playing alongside deathcore legends Despised Icon, and tours with Carnifex, Within The Ruins, and The Black Dahlia Murder. This spring, the band will release their debut album, and you can bet they'll spend a plethora of their time on the road. The band already have a peformance booked at this year's New England and Metal Hardcore Festival.


4) Doe
Genre: Pop Punk
Location: London 

Based out of London, Doe's pop punk delivery is the poppiest of all the pop punk (if that makes sense). Their forthcoming debut album First Four is a collection of their first four EPs released since their 2013 formation. The band will embark on their first ever United States trek in February.


5) Die Sektor

Genre: EBM/Industrial

Location: Georgia

Georgia EBM/industrial outfit Die Sektor are putting the finishing touches on their brand new album Death My Darling I, which will be followed by Death My Darling II in the near future. Last year, the band performed outside of North America for the first time ever. Die Sektor are set to perform at the Florida Underground Industrial Music Festival in February, and you can expect more performances from them all over North America soon.


6) Yael Kraus
Genre: Pop
Location: Tel Aviv/NYC

Hailing from Tel Aviv and currently residing in NYC, Yael Kraus is a major star in her hometown with her band Panic Ensemble. In 2010, she released her solo debut album Boutique. She's been in the studio working on brand new material set for release this year.


7) Brick + Mortar
Genre: Electro-indie
Location: New Jersey  

New Jersey electro-indie duo Brick + Mortar had a stellar 2014 with tours alongside Manchester Orchestra, Vacationer, and Middle Class Rut. The band will release their new album this year, but before they can do that, they have some more touring to do. Brick + Mortar will open for Motion City Soundtrack's Commit This To Memory 10th anniversary tour.


8) Noisestorm

Genre: Drum and bass
Location: Ireland

Dublin bass producer Noisestorm has been firing out fierce tracks via Monstercat Records since his 2011 album Airwaves. He has plenty of tricks up his sleeve for the new year, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears open.


9) Dumbfoundead

Genre: Hip Hop

Location: Los Angeles

Los Angeles rapper Dumbfoundead, aka Parker, has been dropping dope lyrics worldwide and performing alongside acts such as Far East Movement, Watsky, and Tokimonsta.


10) Wovenwar

Genre: Metal

Location: San Diego 

Featuring former members of As I Lay Dying, Wovenwar exploded onto the scene last year with their debut album and tours alongside Black Label Society and In Flames. The band are currently on an U.S. trek with Periphery, and you can expect bigger things from this group in the following months.


11) Orion

Genre: Electro

Location: Sweden

Stockholm producer Orion spent 2014 remixing tracks for RABBII ("Why Can’t I Be You"), Daniel Adams Ray ("Babblelover"),  and Von Valley ("Shadows").


12) Thank You Scientist

Genre: Prog rock
Location: New Jersey

It's not everyday when Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez signs you to his label and takes you on tour with him. That's exactly what happened to New Jersey progressive rock outfit Thank You Scientist, who re-released their 2012 debut album Maps Of Non-Existent Places on Claudio's Evil Ink Records and performed on Coheed's 10 year anniversary tour for In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. The band will release new music this year, and while you wait for that, catch them on tour with Periphery right now.



13) Circuit of Suns

Genre: Progressive metal

Location: New York

Forming in 2010, Circuit of Suns features ex members of Through The Eyes Of The Dead, My Bitter End, and We Are The Romans. The band closed out 2014 with a performance alongside Despised Icon, and they're set to release their new album very soon. With a sound that somehow mixes Car Bomb with Bad Rabbits, you can expect to hear more from them in the near future. Head to their bandcamp to listen to some tunes.


14) Hazem Beltagui

Genre: Trance

Location: Egypt

Producer Hazem Beltagui has been making a name for himself in the trance world with several of his tracks being  featured on Armin Van Buuren's popular A State of Trance broadcast. 


15) Crying
Genre: Chiptune rock
Location: New York 

For a band named Crying, their music certainly doesn't make you want to tear up. Forming in 2013, the chiptune rock band from Purchase, NY recently released their album Get Olde/Second Wind on Run For Cover Records and spent last year touring with Modern Baseball and You Blew It.