First Avenue's yearly musical recap of the finest up-and-coming locals is a mix of some of the groups that owned the past year, and some who are about to conquer in the new year. (In Gimme Noise terms, you get a few acts that ranked on the 2014 Picked to Click poll, and some early picks for 2015.) Thus, the Best New Bands of 2014 lineup is right where it needs to be.
Soul singer PaviElle French and five other artists with varying levels of local familiarity fill out the bill for the January 17 showcase at First Avenue's mainroom.
The full lineup for the show is:
Sam Cassidy - An alt-country artist quietly emerging locally for a bit, he released the LP Debt -- with assists from members of Red Daughters and Mason Jennings's band -- earlier this year.
PaviElle - A versatile performance artist who informs her blend of R&B and soul with her skills as a dancer and poet, and a big band.
Suzie - The latest project from Mark Ritsema (Night Moves, Mouthful of Bees) is a playful, psychedelic glam adventure.
Tiny Deaths - Picked to Click 2014's number nine act, the Chalice vet Claire de Lune and producer Grant Cutler had electro pop on their minds.
Warey - The versatile Grave Trio (much of Roma di Luna) reformed with Polica frontwoman Channy Leaneagh and performed at this past year's Totally Gross National Party.
Zuluzuluu - This futuristic funk group, which finished just outside the top 10 for this year's Picked to Click, is led by rapper Greg Grease.
First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2014. 18+, $7, 7 p.m., Saturday, January 17, at First Avenue. Tickets.
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