- Jenny O.
With a vocal rasp that makes her sound like someone from the ’60s, Jenny O. seems wiser than her 30 years. Then again, her lyrics contain slang such as “I’m never gonna be a proskater ’cause I can’t do tricks and I’m not that sick,” so let’s just call it a wash. What’s clear is that the Silver Lake songstress blends a vintage Laurel Canyon aesthetic with a compellingly modern folk-rock sound, with plenty of witty vocal asides to boot. Plenty of people are taking notice: She’s had songs featured in ad campaigns with Toyota and Target, and has toured with everyone from Ben Harper and Father John Misty to Sixto Rodriguez. A native of New York, she came to L.A. six years ago and started singing with the L.A. Ladies Choir. She still maintains abit of shyness onstage but these days, armed with an acoustic guitar, she has only her twangy, gentle strumming to hide behind. It’s this raw, candid nature that makes her music so refreshing. —Artemis Thomas-Hansard