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Photo: Twin Shadow (left) and Pinky Pinky

Including "the sweatiest rock band in Sydney" and a Moroccan singer who learned her runs from Beyoncé

Emerge Impact + Music is created and produced by ABP Media’s parent company, A Beautiful Perspective. Leading up to the event, we’re featuring some of the musicians and speakers who’ll be performing in Las Vegas April 6-8. 

We are four weeks out from Emerge Impact + Music, so it’s time to drop a fresh round of rising artists and speakers heading to the Las Vegas Strip April 6-8. From the silken sounds of R&B singer Rhye to Pinky Pinky’s infectious rock rhythms, these up-and-comers will join previously released names like OK-Go, Hurray for the Riff Raff and Waxahatchee in Las Vegas next month.

Single showcase tickets are also now on sale, so if you’re more of an a la carte entertainment fan, browse the lineup, pick your shows and grab your passes. But first, pull up Spotify and pop in your headphones. It’s time to get to know some of the brilliant folks you’ll see at Emerge Impact + Music.

Rhye

Rhye is the sound of bodies tumbling in fresh cotton sheets, of eye contact through smokey rooms, of low-lit memories of love. Canadian singer/producer Mike Milosh’s breathy vocals glide over gently funky bass lines or skittering disco rhythms, a poppy R&B confection that beckons to the bedroom in no uncertain terms. Got a hot date or a deep crush? Add Rhye to your must-see list.

Listen to: “Sinful,” the closer on 2018 album Blood, which moves beyond low-key seduction to a more desperate place, pulled along by bending string riffs and an eager beat.

Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow, aka George Lewis Jr., started recording his last album inside the Hollywood cemetery that’s home to Johnny Ramone, Cecil B. DeMille and Jayne Mansfield. The result was Eclipse, a rock album rooted in ’80s swagger with plenty of masculine bluster. But it’s been three years since then, and if the first tracks from his as-yet-unnamed upcoming record are any indication, Lewis is moving in a more pensive direction. We can’t wait to see what he has in store.

Listen to: “Saturdays,” a new collaboration with Haim that evokes Bruce Springsteen in all the right ways.  

Kalpulli Ehecatl

This New Mexico-based group performs the warrior dances of central Mexico’s Mexica people, weaving music, dance and storytelling into a trilingual presentation in Spanish, English and Nahuatl or Aztec that is both entertaining and enlightening. Kalpulli Ehecatl have performed at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian, bringing an ancient culture to contemporary audiences.

Read: About Tenochtitlan, modern day Mexico City and the heart of the Mexica civilization, in essays from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pinky Pinky

This LA trio calls their sound “just good ol’ rock ’n’ roll,” which, sure!, but also in the parlance of improv classes everywhere “yes and …” Yes, with shades of ’60s girl groups (see the title track on new EP Hot Tears), The Black Keys and toe-tapping rhythms that make you want to move. Put on your dancing shoes. Pinky Pinky deserves them.

Watch: The video for “Margaret,” released last month which starts out all BFFs and hair pom-poms before taking a decidedly dark turn.  

Polish Club

They’re just two blokes from Sydney, Australia belting Motown melodies over garage rock riffs. Oh yeah, and they’re both kinda Polish. They are David Novak and John-Henry Pajak, aka Polish Club, “the sweatiest rock band in Sydney.” Welcome to Las Vegas, guys. It’s hot here.

Listen to: “Don’t Fuck Me Over,” a pleading, bluesy track that’s eminently relatable.

Hanni El Khatib

Some artists point straight at their influences and shout out their names. Hanni El Khatib calls his mindset “creative ADD,” veering from reverb-drenched ragers to disco-tinged dance rock with plenty of swerves in between. Captured in 19 tracks on this year’s Savage Times, that range makes it feel like anything could be coming around the corner.

Listen to: “Born Brown,” an anthem for this chaotic moment, followed by “Paralyzed” to get a sense of just how far El Khatib can stretch.

David Putrino

Scientist/doctor/author/innovator, David Putrino is a multi-hyphenate on a mission, combining tech, medicine and innovation to solve humanitarian problems, improve health care and help Red Bull’s athletes be more badass than ever.

Read: Putrino’s book Hacking Health: How to Make Money and Save Lives in the HealthTech World.

Abir

Box Abir in at your own peril. The soulful alt-pop singer dances across genres with energetic tunes that at turns evoke Etta James and Beyoncé (“[She] taught me how to do my runs”). “I’m this Moroccan girl with these power vocals, and then I’m singing on these cool-ass, funky beats,” says Abir, who dreams of collaborating with Frank Ocean and pairs traditional djellaba tunics with Nike Air Maxes. Take notice.

Listen to: 2017’s “Playground,” which has Abir doing her thing over horns and dancey beats.  

Morgxn

“You had a bed made/And all these precious memories/You had to run away/You’re looking for that bigger stage.” Morgxn’s “Home” is a song about belonging, finding your place and yourself, set to an infectious beat with a choral chorus that begs you to sing-along. And like much of the artist’s catalogue it lingers with you just a little longer than expected—grooveable indie pop equally fit for the dancefloor as belting in the shower.

Watch: The video for “Home,” where we follow a teenager as he sneaks out of the house to a spiritual home in a New York City dance club.

Goon

Lost love and lost faith, both are woven into 2017 EP Happy Omen from LA grunge-poppers Goon, who’ve earned ink from The San Francisco Chronicle, Stereogum and our friends at Noisey. “What I like most about this collection of songs is the shared melancholy, longing, introspective vibe,” frontman Kenny Becker has said.

Check out: Goon’s trippy album art, painted by Becker himself.

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