Medasin isn't done yet.EXPAND
Medasin isn't done yet.
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10 Dallas Music Acts to Watch in 2018

Dallas-Fort Worth is overloaded with musical talent, and it's not limited to any particular genre. The acts that caught our attention last year spanned EDM, indie, psychedelic, emo-revival and more. Here are 10 that seemed poised for breakouts in 2018.


Medasin

Medasin is the most established artist on this list, but he hasn't reached his peak. In 2017, his inventive EDM remixes drew the attention of DJ Khaled, Deadmau5 and Portugal The Man. He’s been booked heavily across the country and just returned to the states after performing aboard the popular EDM cruise festival Holy Ship. Now he's embarking on a headlining tour, and the Los Angeles stop has already sold out. He'll play a homecoming show Feb. 3 at the South Side Ballroom.


Luna Luna

This Oak Cliff quintet isn’t reinventing the wheel, but the five tracks Luna Luna released in 2017 are all absurdly endearing and earnest. The band is nostalgic, romantic and indebted to the '80s, and its sound is already picking up steam on Facebook.


Sad Cops

Sad Cops is criminally underrated. Central Track voted “Best Friends” its favorite local song of 2015, and the

Observer

named the band one of five DFW bands under 21 to watch in 2016, but the emo-revivalists haven’t garnered much local attention since. Perhaps new music on the way this year will change that.


Hey Cowboy!
Hey Cowboy! is off to a great start this year. On Jan. 1, the Denton trio released its debut album, The Soft Kind, and it's playing several shows this month. The band's sound is high-energy dream-pop; tracks like "Gaby's Noodles" are frantically paced.


Medicine Man Revival

Medicine Man Revival is already a favorite in Deep Ellum, where it frequently plays, but its online footprint is minimal. It only has a few songs and one music video to its name. But “Bittersweet” is good enough to carry the band a long way. What has us excited for the band’s prospects in 2018 are the behind-the-scenes clips the band has been posting on Instagram in the studio with Leon Bridges. That's a powerhouse combo if there ever was one.


Kaz Moon

Kaz Moon’s

Anomie

was one of our favorite surprise discoveries of 2017. The songwriting on the album is sharp, and its tone is cohesive, smooth and enticing, with just enough progressions to keep listeners on their toes. Since then, Kaz Moon has released two more new tracks that have us really excited. On "dba.1986," the artist is more confident in his vocals. This year, you can expect a new release, a new project and even a live show or two.


Sunbuzzed
Denton's Sunbuzzed trades in a brand of psychedelic rock that is brooding and phantasmagoric. Anchored by Lo Ramirez’s haunting vocals, the band's album is varying and rich with lots of interesting progressions — it's remarkably complex for a debut.


Matthew McNeal

Next month, Fort Worth-based artist Matthew McNeal will release

Good Luck,

a nine-track album that blends Americana, psych-rock and soul, as heard on the lead single, “Rumorosa.” McNeal develops that song from a whisper to a yell and couples it with sharp storytelling.

Good Luck

was produced and engineered with Israel Nash and Grammy Award-winning Ted Young, suggesting this could very well be McNeal's year.


The Bralettes
There’s a sweet sentimentalism to the songwriting on The Bralettes’ first EP, as heard on “Mr. Movie Phone,” but don't mistake its honesty for vulnerability. This trio is all about girl power and has a simple message: Be confident. Love yourself and your body. Start a band and take your shirt off in front of strangers. Do whatever you want.


GuitarEmoji

FlexinFab’s “where nightmares never end” introduced us to GuitarEmoji, but since then, the enigmatic artist has released two tracks. “Vintage Ferrari Coupe” has our full attention. The track is a throwback that would be right at home on

Miami Vice.

GuitarEmoji's manager says he is planning to play live shows soon. From the unreleased material we’ve heard, it’s safe to say GuitarEmoji is finding a lane of his own, and this could be his year.


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