MTV's latest Artist To Watch is pop singer and YouTube sensation Austin Mahone.
We hardly need to introduce you to our latest MTV Artist To Watch: 17-year-old pop wunderkind, dancer, and the next Justin Bieber hopeful, Austin Mahone. But just in case you can't call yourself a "Mahomie" yet or haven't listened to Austin's sparkling pop gems (if not, please listen to "11:11," the Flo Rida-assisted "Say You're Just A Friend," and "Say Somethin" STAT), then sit yourself down as we delve into the finer points of Austin's pop past and (what is sure to be promising) future.
Read more about Austin Mahone after the jump.
Watch Jessie Ware's "Artist To Watch" live performance at NYC's Webster Hall!
It's hard to believe that we only just met Jessie Ware, the bewitching English pop-soul nightingale, MTV's Artist to Watch, and seductive singer of songs like "Devotion," "Sweet Talk," and "If You're Never Gonna Move." To celebrate the impending release of her full-length Stateside debut, Devotion (dropping on April 16th -- um, happy day after Tax Day to us!), Jessie stopped by NYC's Webster Hall last Friday night for her MTV "Artist To Watch" Live showcase (check out photos from the night here!). Hopefully you had a chance to tune into our livestream, but just in case life got in the way (as it oft does), or you were just out doin' your Friday night thing, now you can watch full-length videos from Jessie's entire set right here, including live performances of "Wildest Moments," "Night Light," "Running," and more! If you're not a vowed Warewolf yet, giddy up.
Watch Jessie Ware perform "Wildest Moments," "Running," "If You're Never Gonna Move," and more at NYC's Webster's Hall after the jump.
Meet MTV's latest Artist To Watch: highbrow indie rock quartet Alt-J.
There are a few things to know about the Cambridge, U.K.-based, Leeds-formed Alt-J, the first of which being that they're an indie rock band who DO. NOT. MESS. AROUND. Each track in the four-piece's repertoire is its own perfectionist work of art, like the Wild Beasts-esque "Matilda," the heavier-than-expected "Fitzpleasure," and the xylophone-tinged "Breezeblocks." Their debut album, An Awesome Wave, a quirky mixture of folk, pop, hip-hop, trip-hop, and synth riffs, took a whopping five years to complete before the members were satisfied (who has that kind of patience?). But their dedication didn't go unrewarded -- Alt-J took home the prestigious British Mercury Prize for their 2012 disc. That's like the musical equivalent of being admitted to Harvard -- fitting, really, since Alt-J were originally a college band. But how many of those actually "make" it?
Read more about Alt-J after the jump.
Watch Austin Mahone make tough calls in a game of "This Or That."
We're not about playing favorites here at Buzzworthy (we love all of our pop stars equally), but that doesn't mean we can't play a harmless game of "This Or That" with the next available celebrity, right? And after watching Austin Mahone SLAY audiences at MTV's latest Artist To Watch showcase, we thought, why not ask the "Say You're Just A Friend" singer and Taylor Swift tourmate a few questions about his preferences? Because clearly Austin's a young stunna, and stunnas are often faced with hard decisions, like picking faves between Demi Lovato and Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber, and sweet versus salty. Watch it below!
Watch Austin Mahone play "This Or That" after the jump.
Get "Devoted" to MTV's latest Artist To Watch: U.K. soul songstress Jessie Ware.
U.K. soul singer Jessie Ware is not your average pop star. With her low-key, nu-soul singles and cascade of long dark hair, Jessie is a refreshing change from her U.K. pop familiars; she's got much more Frank Ocean-brand introspection and Solange-inspired retro throwback in her than, say, Emeli Sandé or AlunaGeorge cheek 'n' sass (not that we mind those things). And despite all her obvious talent and should-be showmanship, Jessie's on and offstage persona exudes a charming warmth, grace, elegance, and humility that instantly endears her to fans and critics alike.
Read more about Jessie Ware after the jump.
Senses Fail explore a harder, sludgier sound on their latest album, "Renacer."
Three notes into the grinding track of Senses Fail's Renacer, it's pretty clear we're in for a much heavier approach than we've come to expect from the band. The sludgy, looping riff and scorching vocals are a stark turn from the cleaner, poppier songs that made the New Jersey post-hardcore quartet scene favorites on albums like 2004's classic Let It Enfold You up through 2010's The Fire. "When you look in the mirror, are you the person you thought you'd be?" Buddy Nielsen screams. The band's answer is clearly no.
Listen to Senses Fail's Renacer after the jump.
Meet MTV's latest Artist To Watch: electro-house pioneer Zedd.
Russian-German EDM prodigy Zedd might be soft-spoken, but his electro-house concoctions are the musical equivalent of an atom bomb (minus the danger). Drawing influence from dubstep, prog-house, and complextro, Zedd's worked behind the scenes with multiple musicians before coming into his own as a solo artist -- and let's just say his résumé's not short. To date, Zedd's remixed The Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber (he co-produced "Beauty And A Beat" with Max Martin), Skrillex, AND Lady Gaga. And speaking of Lady Gaga, Zedd's producing her hotly anticipated ARTPOP album, and the two are so tight that Zedd even planned to do eight dates on her now-canceled Born This Way Ball tour (maybe next time, bbs). All canceled tour dates aside, when Mother Monster name-drops you, you'd better listen up, and fast.
Learn more about Zedd after the jump.
Stream Gold Fields' "Black Sun" album before it drops next week!
2013's already shaping up to be a defining year for Australian dance masters Gold Fields. Playing Cut Copy-meets-Bloc Party dark-horse party singles, Gold Fields' tightly wound minor-key electro-pop arrangements are not only a pleasure to witness in concert, but they're basically begging for a spot on every DJ's playlist -- especially the ones who can't get enough new wave. Now, after releasing a self-titled EP in 2011, working the 2012 SXSW circuit, and touring all over the U.S., they're just on the cusp of unveiling their first full-length album, Black Sun.
+ Listen to Gold Fields' Black Sun after the jump.
Catch up with Artist To Watch Robert DeLong in Buzzworthy's exclusive Q&A.
We REALLY envy Seattle-born, L.A.-based Robert DeLong's coordination. First off, the EDM performance artist typically has 15 to 20 instruments on stage with him AT ONE TIME, and he doesn't have anybody else up there to, say, shake a tambourine or hit a cowbell. Nope, it's just Robert up there alone, jumping up and down (literally), spinning dials, pressing buttons, drumming and singing, and utilizing everything from his laptop to game pads to a traditional guitar and snare. Not only has Robert proved his staying power with hook-happy songs like "Global Concepts" and "Change (How You Feel)," but he's just unveiled a brand-new full-length album on Glassnote Records called Just Movement, featuring even more dancehall-ready pop/EDM/electro/rock/8-bit tracks. Now that we're officially obsessed with Robert's unusual Anamanaguchi-meets-Moby-meets-The Postal Service vibe, we decided to sit down with the Artist To Watch to talk about his electro-indie influences, Seattle background, and, well, whether or not Martians exist. Check out Buzzworthy's Q&A with Robert DeLong below!
Watch Robert DeLong's Buzzworthy Q&A, watch his "Global Concepts" video, and check out exclusive live performances from his MTV "Artist To Watch" showcase at the Highline Ballroom in New York.
Meet MTV's Artist To Watch: electronic performance artist Robert DeLong.
We're suckers for an innovator, and one-man-band and musical multi-tasker Robert DeLong would've invented innovation if he could have. The Seattle electro guru is basically an one-man Rube Goldberg machine, kicking off MTV's Artist To Watch showcase at New York City's Highline Ballroom by looping his voice before tying in the crowd's shouts, keyboard, a laptop, and even an old-school Nintendo joystick.
The EDM mastermind/self-proclaimed performance artist will utilize anything, be it a snare drum, vocal mic, laptop, tambourine, game pads, guitar, and ambient noise -- he's usually got 15 to 20 instruments on stage at once. For all those puzzle pieces, Robert doesn't employ any backup players -- it's just him pounding the drums, singing into the mic, and spinning dials, all culminating into an EDM, dubstep, electro, and 8-bit symphony.
Read more about Robert DeLong after the jump.