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Emerging Atlanta artists you'll grow to love/hate



Wowser Bowser More precious than precocious, the members of Wowser Bowser sound as if they wandered out of a 1920s Disney short and settled atop a fortress made out of frosting and licorice. Their dimple-cheeked pop tunes are caked in synthy positivity that strikes an endearing chord when you're in the right mood. — M.T. Richards

Deku Describing yourself as someone who makes "loop-based experimental downtempo electronic music" is a sure way to attract a horde of haters. Luckily, with breathtaking organic breaks, local electro-acoustic whiz kid (and occasional wedding DJ!) Deku surpasses expectations. — Gabe Vodicka

Ca$h Out We have some reservations about Ca$h Out, but the island-wafting, unshakably catchy "Ca$hin' Out" remix (featuring a rare rap verse from Akon) is liable to put us in a forgiving mood. If he's a shameless AutoTune abuser, it doesn't appear to have bothered L.A. Reid, who somewhat incredulously signed Ca$h to Epic last winter. — MTR

Jarren Benton The crazy-ass "Skitzo" rapper makes horrible acts of violence sound like a lot of fun on his new mixtape, Freebasing with Kevin Bacon. The title pretty much says it all. Jarren Benton's Freebasing mixtape release party is Sat., June 30, at Star Bar. — Chad Radford

Reverends The stylistically obstinate new vehicle for quasi-legendary songsmith Dand Lee Strickland's gorgeously deranged noise-gaze tunes, Reverends will no doubt inspire equal amounts of adoration and ire. Isn't that the best kind of band? — GV

P Villa Savannah transplant P Villa is quickly becoming a centerpiece of Atlanta's overstuffed beats scene with his dope brand of free-yet-claustrophobic eclec-tro — a liquefied style that draws equally from psych, soul, and techno. — GV

Kebo Gotti While we're not ones to promote ableism, Brick Squad second-stringer Kebo Gotti — at best an inoffensive hybrid of Waka and Gucci — poses the ultimate test to our sympathies. That said, his gothic, reverberant beats sound like the trippiest case of seasickness ever. — MTR

Sadistic Ritual The future of headbanging looks an awful lot like the '80s if this junior league crossover thrash-metal band has its say. Sadistic Ritual might night resonate beyond the black T-shirts of metal's core audience, but the doom-laced speed of the group's riff frenzy is wicked beyond its member's collective years. — CR

Resons The group embodies everything Atlanta loves about generic garage-punk hybrids into three chords slathered in distortion and undeniable catchiness. — CR

The Difference Machine The dynamic duo of D.T. (Clan Destined) and Dr. Conspiracy churn out hip-hop surrealism from the darkest recesses of the subconscious. The midsummer release of the group's debut album arrives a solid year after the single "Psychology" got the locals all riled up. — CR

GRUU Mysterious doom-metal outfit GRUU plays self-consciously crushing songs about death, nature, and other typical doom-metal things, but balances it with a wonderful weirdo-melodic edge that purists will absolutely hate. — GV

Tikka People will compare vocalist Asha Lakra's pixy ways to Björk, but the group aims to craft a more bedrock sound with its exotic, impeccably produced pop. — CR

Rich Kidz Once endowed with enviable co-signs from Ludacris and Young Dro, the preternaturally cocky Rich Kidz have since parted ways with member Jose Guapo and scored an independent hit in the clumsily rapped but sonically massive "My Life," which makes a lie out of the myth that young'uns can't swag it out. — MTR

Dasher The two Bandcamp songs are OK, but watching the underwater noise-pop band's evolution unfold on stage over the last year has been truly compelling. With its in-the-red melodies, driving guitars, and drummer Kylee Kimbrough's screaming lyrics, Dasher wears punk on its sleeve without aping the genre stereotypes. — CR

Rozewood Amityville, N.Y., transplant Rozewood has honed a dark and cinematic mystique that transcends the wit and intellectual bite so typical of Atlanta's underground hip-hop scene. Since relocating to the South, he's been dropping one solid mixtape after another — each one drifting into deeper, more enticing sonic terrain with eerie, sophisticated rhymes. — CR

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