5 new country artists to watch

5 new country artists to watch

We've got something for every taste

Kacey Musgraves surprised the Nashville music community when she snagged Grammy Awards for both country song for “Merry Go ‘Round,”  and country album of the year with her debut album, “ Same Trailer, Different Park.” A number of other newcomers hope to follow in her successful path. Like Musgraves, many of them have already experienced success on the charts as songwriters for other artists.

Here’s a look at five hot new country acts to watch and listen for. They range from good-time party boys to artists you'll want to lean in closely to hear what they have to say.

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Iggy Azalea's new single 'Fancy' with Charli XCX is her catchiest yet
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Iggy Azalea's new single 'Fancy' with Charli XCX is her catchiest yet

Debut album slated to come out April 14

Australian model-turned-rapper Iggy Azalea is back with a new single, “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX.

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Cher blasts label via Twitter for not "caring" about her album

She's looking ahead to next month's tour

“Closer to the Truth,” Cher’s first studio album since 2002’s “Living Proof,”  debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in September, but it failed to make much of a splash after its initial bow.

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Foster the People's new video for 'Coming of Age' doesn't land its punches

Foster the People's new video for 'Coming of Age' doesn't land its punches

The concept doesn't quite gel

There are so many rituals associated with coming of age, whether it’s getting your school portrait taken, fending off bullies, having your first crush, or running from the cops after committing some minor prank.

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<p>Miranda Lambert</p>

Miranda Lambert

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Miranda Lambert longs for a simpler past on new song, 'Automatic'

Does nostalgia suit her?

Miranda Lambert is only 30, but she’s already longing for the good old days. 

On “Automatic,” the first single from her forthcoming fifth solo album, laments how easy folks have it these days as she reminisces about the days that people used maps, dried laundry on the line, recording the country countdown on cassette from radio (guilty on that one, but for me it was the Top 40), driving a stick shift…and that’s just the first verse.

The greater theme of the song, written by Lambert, Nicolle Galyon, and Natalie Hemby, is that when everything is handed to you, you don’t appreciate it. I’m not so sure that having to roll down our windows instead of pushing a button built character, but Lambert seems to think so.

The song "is about slowing down, taking a breath and remembering what it's like to live life a little more simply," Lambert said in a statement.

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<p>Broken Bells</p>

Broken Bells

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Broken Bells' lyric video for 'Leave It Alone' sums up the song's isolation

Did you now the duo embraces a pink aesthetic?

Broken Bells’ lyric video for the stark “Leave It Alone” is an appropriately bleak clip with a coldness that matches the downer lyrics.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

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Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' heads off a charge from Beyonce to remain top song

Jason Derulo's 'Talk Dirty' also surges

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J remains a winner on the Billboard Hot 100, as it spends its second week at No. 1, but Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love,” featuring Jay Z, is hot on its trail.

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<p>The Chili Peppers</p>

The Chili Peppers

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Axl Rose weighs in on Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'karaoke' Super Bowl performance

My thoughts on 'Peppergate'

For reasons that are unclear, Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose has decided to weigh in on Peppergate, as I’m now calling it, which is better known as the mini-scandal that has erupted since it was revealed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers were not playing live during their guest appearance with Bruno Mars during the Super Bowl  halftime show on Sunday.  In fact, their instruments weren’t even plugged in.

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<p>Broken Bells</p>

Broken Bells

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Album review: Broken Bells' 'After the Disco' is a melancholy beauty

Danger Mouse and James Mercer come together for their second full set

On the excellent “After the Disco,” Broken Bells —aka Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer — wonder how we got here. Not physically, but metaphysically. Song after song on the synth pop-driven set asks hard questions for which there are no answers.

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<p>Outkast will headline Sasquatch this year</p>

Outkast will headline Sasquatch this year

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Outkast and Soundgarden set to headline expanded Sasquatch!

Music festival spans two weekends with two different line-ups

An expanded Sasquatch! Music Festival will see Outkast headline its first weekend,  May 23-25, while Soundgarden does the honors the newly added second weekend, July 4-6.

While the dates are far apart, and certainly a switch from fests like Coachella, which offers the same line up over two adjacent weekends, Sasquatch, which takes place at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Wash., is going for your holiday money by holding its usual Memorial Day festival and adding the second over the Fourth of July weekend.

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