7. Mesfin Fekadu's pick...Fitz and the Tantrums
“More Than Just a Dream”: Fitz and the Tantrums’ second album, “More Than Just a Dream,” is a wonderful mesh soul and pop sounds that is upbeat and irresistible—and leaves you wanting more. Fronted by singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs, this group is one to look out for. They have a rock hit with the funky mellow outtake, “More Than Just a Dream,” and other songs follow suit: “Fools Gold” is pleasing, “Break the Walls” is anthemic and the hook on “6am” is oh-so appealing.