Emily Blue (Chicago)
Think the theatricality and harmonies of vintage girl groups remixed with a futuristic bent and you get Emily Blue’s synesthesia-inducing compositions. She may describe her sound as cotton candy pop, and sweet though it may be, her music is anything but saccharine fluff. On the contrary, her vividly aural concoctions carry meaning and messages of empowerment, delivered over a bevy of arresting hooks. Live, her infectious, glitchy art-pop becomes a spectacle to behold.