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Musical duo THEESatisfaction is featured on NPR Music’s “10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2012.” Earlier this year, ELIXHER chatted with the singing sensation about their queer-centric music video for the single QueenS. Find out why they made NPR’s list!

It’s hard to keep track of new artists these days. Anyone with a credit card can start a Bandcamp page, and there are only so many hours in the day you can listen to music.

In an effort to make it a little easier on you, we asked some colleagues around the country to share their favorite new discoveries of 2012, bands that made a real dent in their communities. Here are the artists you should have known in 2012.

THEESatisfaction

Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White started out in living rooms, performed after-hours in an Eritrean restaurant, pressed their self-consciously weird souls to CDR; over four short years they rose to prominence in Seattle, and were eventually able to quit pushing shopping carts at Costco. Back in February, on Sub Pop Records, they dropped the album they’d been promising for years. awE naturalE is a deep, epic jazz poem that synthesizes and refracts several distinct phases of Black light, and more than lives up to the expectations. This year alone they saw the U.S., Europe, Australia and Iceland over the course of eight or nine tours. THEESatisfaction has had a major 2012 and promises more this next cycle, alone together or alongside key collaborators like Shabazz Palaces. –Larry Mizell Jr., host of KEXP “Street Sounds” in Seattle

Download: “QueenS (Live on KEXP)”

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