Paste names its 20 Best New Bands of 2012

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Paste begins the list by answering obvious question of what counts as “new”:

Our criteria “new” simply means “new to us,” a band or solo act we haven’t covered in any significant way prior to 2012. We eliminated established artists with new bands (sorry, Divine Fits) or new names (sorry, Father John Misty).

A few that have played or will play in Savannah:

#2: Shovels & Rope. The duo from Charleston has played Savannah a number of times, including for The Unchained Tour and back in January at The Jinx on the same bill as Dare Dukes.

Hardly all that new to folks around these parts, but congrats to Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent.

Here’s one of my favorite songs from Shovels & Rope:

#4: Field Report. The band from Milwaukee is booked for the 2013 Savannah Stopover. Here’s a quick sample:

#5: Grimes. Grimes played a packed gig at the Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center during the 2012 Savannah Stopover.

Mac DeMarco by Christina Hicks

#18: Mac DeMarco. As I noted in a recent Man About Town column a couple of weeks ago, Mac DeMarco has all the makings of being a breakout star by the time the 2013 Savannah Stopover rolls around.

I’ll have more about DeMarco and Field Report in upcoming posts, but here’s DeMarco’s latest video:

Here’s a preview of Paste’s entire playlist: