Each year, Alive celebrates the city's rich musical heritage by choosing five artists or bands poised to breakout in Columbus and beyond. Our Bands to Watch show is the best chance to check out some local music you haven't heard of -- yet. This year's free showcase is Saturday, January 19, at Skully's Music Diner. Doors open at 9 p.m.; music starts shortly after.

Be sure to check out the paper for more on each of our selections. Also, we printed five covers, so collect them all and trade with friends. Here are this year's selections:

Each year, Alive celebrates the city's rich musical heritage by choosing five artists or bands poised to breakout in Columbus and beyond. Our Bands to Watch show is the best chance to check out some local music you haven't heard of -- yet. This year's free showcase is Saturday, January 19, at Skully's Music Diner. Doors open at 9 p.m.; music starts shortly after.

Be sure to check out the paper for more on each of our selections. Also, we printed five covers, so collect them all and trade with friends. Here are this year's selections:

Fly.Union Listen Witty, hilarious and impeccably dressed, Fly.Union is both a throwback to the glory days of party rap and a talented group of forward-thinking producers, DJs and emcees. Often compared to Chicago's The Cool Kids, the group is using industry connections to get on a track that will allow them to reach new audiences. They've got a set opening for Diplo in Cleveland and other big things happening this year.

Rosehips Listen It'd be easy to call Rosehips the city's best female rock group. (They are.) Then again, focusing on the band's makeup -- four attractive females instead -- is to ignore that the group plays an amazing brand of indie-rock the borrows from The Breeders, Sonic Youth,. Smashing Pumpkins and Wussy. The band has a record ready for release March 1 and plans to tour regionally this summer. They were recently filmed for a segment of MTV2's "On the Rise."

Sinkane Listen Perhaps no one in Columbus offers a better, more powerful live show than jazz-rock fusion pioneer Sinkane. Ahmed Gallab has worked with Sweetheart and Pompeii, This Morning, but his solo outing allows his creative, multi-instrumental genius run free. He plans to hit the road for seven weeks later this year, and his debut record, Color Voice, will be released nationally by Emergency Umbrella.

The Slide Machine Listen The youngest band of the bunch, The Slide Machine has been around for a few years and has recorded two full-length albums. Problem was, one was lost when a hard drive hit the dust; the other was scrapped for the Bloodbirds seven-inch release last year. Only now is one of the city's best psych-rock bands on the right track. They plan to record new material and hit the road in the coming year.

Young Wise Listen Readers of this blog should know by now that I've been blown away by the flurry of mixtapes released by this Columbus emcee. Young Wise, Wizzle the Great to many, has a flow that wavers between T.I. and Lil Wayne, and his new record contract with Multiman Music Group in New York is allowing him to reach new audiences. For Wise, those resources mean music videos, marketing and new music. He plans to release The Cocky Mixtape Vol. 5 and a studio record, Selfish, this year.