Friday on My Mind: Local Artists to Watch Out for in 2012

Every week, we bring to you Friday on My Mind which is centered around a different musical topic each week. These posts are a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News. This week we’re talking about Seattle artists to watch out for in 2012.

1. Pickwick:

The future couldn’t be any brighter for Seattle’s own Pickwick. This up and coming band has six members at its core and will sometimes play with as many as thirty people on stage.  Early on, they were doing their thing as an indie-rock band, but the band’s direction changed when one of the members was moved while hearing a Sam Cooke song on the KEXP airwaves. This inspired the band to take on soul music and give it their own unique and energetic spin.  In 2012 they’ll be releasing a full length and going on a national tour. They’ve already been selling out countless shows around Seattle and watching this footage from when they stopped by the KEXP studios will show you why:

2. Allen Stone:

A 24-year-old Preacher’s son from Chewelah, WA released one of the best albums of 2011. The self-titled, self-produced, second album from Allen Stone needs to be heard if you haven’t already listened. He doesn’t necessarily have a connection to the man upstairs, but he did connect with the men who worked with neo soul artist Raphael Saadiq, along with Darren Johnson, the former keyboardist for Miles Davis in order to record this most recent release. Stone’s 70’s-influenced soul sound really shines and his live show continues to blow everyone away.  With buzz and critical acclaim coming from every which direction, along with a recent  appearance Conan O’Brien during Late Night TV it’s only a matter of time before he’s selling out arenas all over the world.

3. Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground:

Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground formed back in 2005 and features members of local band Gatsbys American Dream. With two proper releases under their belt, this band is poised to release their 3rd and strongest record in 2012. They’ve taken their orchestral folk-rock and jazz influenced sound and rounded it out with reggae and soul to give the music an even warmer sound. The upcoming new material is their best and most accessible release to date. In addition to the recorded music, once people witness the lively vibe that this band exudes while performing live, they will keep coming back for more.

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