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Lizzy Plapinger of MS MR
With all the bright colors she wears, you'd never guess that Plapinger from the alternative pop duo MS MR was based in New York. There's no sign of the typical all-black-everything NYC uniform. Instead, Plapinger prefers to wear a rainbow of shades—in both her hair and her outfits. You can catch the colorful pair on their first North American headlining tour to promote their album Secondhand Rapture beginning September 16.
Lizzy Plapinger of MS MR
Say Lou Lou
Twin sisters Elektra and Miranda Kilbey form Say Lou Lou, the pop duo whose hypnotic sound brings to mind the music of Lana Del Rey. In terms of their personal style, Say Lou Lou goes clean-cut and classic all the way. To hear the sisters sing, check out their single "Julian," out now.
Say Lou Lou
Shirli McAllen of Leftover Cuties
If you've ever watched Showtime's The Big C, you've heard this Israeli-born beauty croon the theme song "Game Called Life" along with her band Leftover Cuties. McAllen's personal style is as vintage-inspired and romantic as her music. Play the band's new album The Spark and The Fire (out tomorrow!) and let yourself get carried away to another time and place.
Shirli McAllen of Leftover Cuties
Hannah Reid of London Grammar
If you love Florence and the Machine, Reid is going to be your new obsession. Her mature and powerful voice is drop-everything-you're-doing captivating and her look is the very definition of polished perfection. London Grammar's EP, Metal & Dust, is out now.
Hannah Reid of London Grammar
Charli XCX
You know you've heard the infectious "I Love It" by Icona Pop—but you probably didn't know it featured (or was co-written by!) Charli XCX. While her touring's been mostly limited to the music festival circuit thus far, Charli XCX will be headlining her own North American shows starting August 30. We can't wait to get up close and personal with her awesomely sassy pop music and her girly rocker style.
Charli XCX
IAMEVE
Eve Ami (aka IAMEVE)'s soft voice and electric sound is magical. On Facebook, she lists her influences as "The Stars, The Moon, Anything Twinkly, Fairies, Orbs, Angels and such," and her style reflects that: it's a little ethereal with a dash of edge. You can hear her as the voice of Thalia in the upcoming Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, out August 7.
IAMEVE
Emmy Wildwood
Emmy Wildwood does it all. Not only does she sing—check out her single "Chick Chick Boom (Tired of Love)," out now—but she also started her own record company, Tiger Blanket Records. And this Brooklyn artist's entrepreneurial streak is perfectly matched by her wild-child sense of style.
Emmy Wildwood
Betty Who
This Sydney native's music video for her song "Somebody Loves You" is 1980s-era fabulousness at its finest. The track is featured on Betty Who's EP The Movement, along with three other catchy tunes. Her sultry voice is the perfect complement to her upbeat, poppy sound and her personal style is equal parts laid-back and feminine.
Betty Who
Jenny Maxwell of Strangefruit
Maxwell is the silky-voiced lead singer of the London-based band Strangefruit. Named after Billie Holiday's protest song of the same name, the band is influenced by both the iconic singer herself as well as classic folk and rock music. Maxwell's personal style is a mix of dark romance and mystery. You can check out Strangefuit's sound on their debut EP, Between The Earth And Sea, out now.
Jenny Maxwell of Strangefruit
Ruth Radelet of Chromatics
This Portland electric pop group says they'll "Kill For Love"—well, at least according to one of their songs. You might recognize another top Chromatics track, "Tick of the Clock," from the Ryan Gosling flick Drive. Lead singer Ruth Radelet has a slinky, sexy style to match her smooth vocals.
Ruth Radelet of Chromatics
Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge
Aluna Francis, the lead singer of AlunaGeorge, already has some street cred (or should we say catwalk cred?) in the fashion world. The British duo performed at the Moschino show at London Fashion Week last year, and are releasing their debut album Body Music on July 30. The band's sound is electric with hints of hip-hop, while Francis' personal fashion sense blends street style trends with urban edge.
Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge
ZZ Ward
Imagine if Adele went all bluesy rock on us—that's ZZ Ward. The singer's new single "365 Days" is out now, and her Down and Dirty Shine Tour kicks off on August 31. She dresses like a modern-day Carly Simon—boho, folksy and all around fabulous.
ZZ Ward
Lorde
New Zealander Ella Yelich-O’Connor's voice is so soulful, we can barely believe it belongs to a teenager. Also known as Lorde, this girl is already huge in her home country—and is ready to make it big in the USA. Her personal style is a blend of Victorian elegance and downtown cool; meanwhile, her music walks the line between rap and pop. Check out her singles "Royals" and "Tennis Court"—you'll be glad you did.
Lorde