Gambit's first-ever New Music Issue features some young faces as well as some more seasoned ones, but they're all aiming to hit the big time — jumping to larger labels, working with new groups and releasing new music. At just 18 years old, Kourtney Heart has already been working on music for seven years. Signed to Jive Records last year, she's poised to reach ever bigger national audiences. King Louie Bankston is a familiar face to local rock fans, and now, together with the Missing Monuments, he's set to claim the mantle of Southern power pop. Punkers the Small Bones, also are getting buzz from media exposure. And hip-hop group the Rap Pack features a collection of seasoned performers banding together as the city's newest crew of rappers. Indie rockers Big History and Empress Hotel also are making waves with new music. Chosen from across the spectrum of New Orleans music, these are bands you're sure to hear more from soon.