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 littler 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.
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Los Angeles jazz guitarist Graham Dechter.
Oklahoma's John Fullbright.
L.A.'s Ben Schneider.
Poliça lead singer Channy Leaneagh.
From left, Radiation City's Cameron Spies, Lizzy Ellison, Randy Bemrose, Patti King and Matt Rafferty.
Savoir Adore's Deidre Muro and Paul Hammer.
THEESatisfaction's Catherine Harris-White and Stasia Irons.