1. Marina and the Diamonds
Real name: Marina Lambrini Diamandis
Reason behind her moniker: as a reference to her last name, "Diamonds" is a shout out to her fans and not her backing band.
Why you should listen to her: although she is often compared to Regina Spektor and Florence and The Machine, her music still shines thanks to her interesting personality and fun electropop sound.
What you should listen to first: Primadonna
2. Owl City
Real name: Adam Young
Reason behind his moniker: he watched the film "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" which completely changed his outlook on life.
Why you should listen to him: this is just one of Adam's many projects with all the music being produced, written, composed and recorded by him. Plus, his twitter feed is hilarious!
What you should listen to first: I Hope You Think of Me
3. Vance Joy
Real name: James Keogh
Reason behind his moniker: a reference to the character of the same name in Peter Carey's book, Bliss.
Why you should listen to him: even though Taylor Swift popularized his hit song, Riptide, the Australian singer-songwriter is definitely making a mark all on his own. His raw voice and lyrics can attest to the fact that his music isn't just smoke and mirrors but rather pure talent.
What you should listen to first: Wasted Time
4. The Ready Set
Real name: Jordan Mark Witzigreuter
Reason behind his moniker: he was afraid everyone would mispronounce his last name so he created the name which "means being ready to put all of your inhibitions and fears behind you."
Why you should listen to him: Even though his genre is synthpop/electronic, his music still has that feel good positive vibe that will make you smile and dance at the same time.
What you should listen to first: Young Forever
5. St. Vincent
Real name: Anne Erin "Annie" Clark
Reason behind her moniker: a reference to her great-grandmother's middle name + a lyric from a Nick Cave song entitled There She Goes My Beautiful World.
Why you should listen to her: don't be fooled by her sweet pretty face because this multi-instrumentalist can sing and make music like no one can. And a breakthrough in mainstream music is set to happen anytime soon thanks to her unorthodox musical style and her first Grammy nomination.
What you should listen to first: Surgeon
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