Joanna Newsom

Beth Jeans Houghton - The new Jean Genie

Rising folk star Beth Jeans Houghton is only 19, but she's a fan of glam-rock stars like Bowie and Bolan. Two years ago Devendra Banhart pulled her out of an audience – now she's one to watch in her own right. By Elisa Bray

Album: Vetiver, Tight Knit, (Bella Union)

It was never going to be easy to follow up a debut album that featured Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, and, sure enough, Andy Cabic's fourth Vetiver album finds the San Francisco-based musician treading water.

Fleet Foxes: Are a hairy bunch of young folk-rockers inventing a new

The Junction in Cambridge is a nondescript venue: a white box, plonked in the middle of a retail park surrounded by gaudy chain restaurants, overlooked by a terrifying giant snowman. This is all that Fleet Foxes – Seattle's greatest musical export since you-know-who – will see of the city, but they're probably too exhausted to care, having already completed a dozen or so dates on their sold-out UK tour. Backstage in a dressing-room, marvelling at the hundreds of penis drawings on the walls, lead singer and songwriter Robin Pecknold sighs long and hard.