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10 (More) Rising Artists You Need to Know in New York City

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Music Editor
Updated: 26 October 2017

Culture Trip continues its foray into New York City’s formidable music scene with 10 more rising acts that should be on everyone’s radar. From a drummer redefining the relationship between man and machine in music to a Beyoncé-approved “brass house” trio, these artists should be added to your daily playlist rotation.

Ian Chang

Here are a few things you need to know about Ian Chang:

1. He is redefining what it means to be a drummer.
2. He is redefining what it means to be a producer.
3. He is redefining the relationship between man and machine in music.
4. Seeing him live needs to be at the top of your list of concerts in 2018.

Watch the video below and you will understand what we mean.

Childish Japes

We could talk about how Childish Japes is comprised of a trio of Berklee College of Music grads, and how drummer JP Bouvet won the 2011 Guitar Center Drum-Off. We could talk about how these three experts of their instruments seamlessly blend a variety of genres that few other artists are capable of doing, or how they are prone to go into states of improvisation while performing live that result in tunes better than most others could create given a month. But talking about this would all be cliché, and so we’ll just say they write really good music that has a little something for everyone.


It’s almost unbelievable the volume of music producer Flamingosis puts out in any year; even more impressive is the quality of each output. Winter may be coming here in the northern hemisphere, but the smooth grooves of Flamingosis—ranging anywhere from flute-led, jazzy poolside anthems to disco party starters—will bring the warmth wherever you need it.


Michael Jordan Bonema, who raps under the economical MIKE, is already proving himself to be one of New York’s most formidable lyricists, and he’s only 18 years old. If you’re a fan of relaxed, and, at times, depressive, wordsmiths like Earl Sweatshirt and MF Doom, consider MIKE your new grimy go-to.

Too Many Zooz

Leo Pellegrino, aka Leo P, is quickly becoming a superstar on his own, notching performances alongside Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks at the 2016 Country Music Awards and starring with trumpet virtuoso Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah at the 2017 BBC Proms. But despite the baritone saxophonists success, he still looks most at home playing with his “brass house” band Too Many Zooz in the subways of New York City.

Bing & Ruth

Pianist/composer David Moore and his ensemble have been at it for over a decade now, and their signing to 4AD (The National, Grimes, Deerhunter) in 2016 serves as a cornerstone moment in their long climb from academia to the common audience. Minimal and sensitive, Bing & Ruth’s music deliberately unfolds like a film soundtrack that is entirely of your own design.

Michael Beharie

If you told us you found Michael Beharie’s music a bit challenging to consume, we wouldn’t be entirely shocked. One song to the next is often a massive leap in texture and rhythm, if not entire genre—it all can feel overwhelming at first. Beharie is the artist that might require your patience, but if you give it to him, the rewards are infinitely greater.

The Shacks

The Shacks’ Shannon Wise and Max Shrager’s music is tailored perfectly to soundtrack your family’s old home movies. Wise’s whispered vocals never feel farther than a few inches from your ears, and Shrager’s rock-before-it-was-rock instrumentals pull you further into nostalgic bliss thanks to its grainy quality.


A Dominican-Jamaican singer from Harlem, Satyra’s music combines the traditional vocal approach of R&B’s best with the melancholic trap production that currently dominates Soundcloud. Satyra is like the center of a venn diagram examining fans of Rihanna and Yung Lean, and that’s going to put big numbers on the board in due time.

Charly Bliss

“This is the official website for Charly Bliss, a band from New York City. They’re rad.”After listening through the group’s ’90s-inspired, indie-rock-meets-pop debut, Guppy, we agree: Charly Bliss is very rad.