Katelyn Melder, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Two years after Styles teased new music, the follow-up to his successful 2017 debut album has been shrouded in mystery.
Tom Pinto, Ringling College of Art and Design
Straight out of the forests of Norway, Aurora puts a violent twist on environmentalism and what it means to be a woman on her latest release.
Christopher Duggan, Boise State University
Time to meet Chuck Person, Blank Banshee, Saint Pepsi and George Clanton.
Madison Feser, Seton Hall University
Jam out or binge-watch? With these soundtracks, you can do both.
Veronica Kuffel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
‘Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass’ promises a chapbook composed of her signature lyricism. Is that a good thing?
Born from Stan Twitter and the ashes of early Britney rises Slayyyter, in all her glittery glory.
Caleb Clark, Hillsdale College
‘Happiness Begins’ suffers from high expectations and an apathetic output.
Kathryn Milschewski, Carthage College
Reading has never been easier.
Nicole Peterson, Geneva College
The song is a perfect introduction to the band’s mobile game and its focus on following your dreams.
The Jonas Brothers are back with a new outlook on life and a new album that is sure to define the summer of 2019.
Marie Christensen, George Fox University
The album that caters to, literally, every personality type.
Maddy Ipema, Columbia College Chicago
‘Lucid’ is a safe space for inclusivity, representation and inner strength.
Kaitlin Romriell, Southern New Hampshire University
A Great Big World is not afraid to break barriers and challenge people to change.
Madalyn Watson, Baylor University
The musical ‘Rocketman’ is like no other biopic, mixing in a little magic to tell the story of Elton John’s rise to stardom.
As the band’s members have grown, their sound has changed. Some fans aren’t happy about that.
And why shouldn’t he?
Kelsey Rogers, Susquehanna University
This music student knows passion when he sees it.
Amber Amortegui, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Did your favorite make the cut?
Keely Cohen-Breen, SUNY Plattsburgh College
His last album marked a stark break from its predecessors. So does ‘IGOR.’
Carlie Moses, Union University
In her lyrics and life, Rogers exudes a confident self-assurance.
Each of these programs has a standalone format, which means no bingeing required.
Once ambiguously closeted, Lacy is now definitively out and making music that feels alive with bravado.
Mela Lozano, University of Texas at San Antonio
The band is so psychedelic that just listening to them will get you buzzed.
Sarah Mease, Columbia College Chicago
The ‘Nailed It!’ star and her ‘dick-list’ are the perfect podcast to contextualize your romantic woes.
Indigo Holmes, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Welcome to the world, Lavender May Avery.
Eric Alexander, University of Colorado Denver
The most talented musician you’ve probably never heard of is keeping the genre alive and well.
Simona Barca, American University
You should see her in a crown.
The hit summer track is beginning to tread hallowed music-history ground.
The latest album from the pop darling is for herself, her lovers and the sounds of her past.
The musician’s ‘It takes a village’ approach to his 11th album hasn’t sit well with … anyone.
The project is her strongest yet and rings with spiritual confidence.
The artist’s latest release, ‘Our Place,’ has all the hallmarks of a viral hit.
Camilla Forte, Columbia College Chicago
The search for the song of the summer has officially begun.
Britni Hones, Lindenwood University, Belleville
Bailey’s primary concern is, and always will be, her YouTube family.
Brandon Sasserson, University of New Hampshire
On his new project, Tyler leans into some experimental production.
Matilda Schulman, University of California, Berkeley
The mastermind behind a number of canonical musicals has found his work resonating with a new generation.
Meagan Bess, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
‘The Chi’ star’s newest album explores love, lust and loss.
Eilish’s music might not be for everyone, but it’s also not required listening.
E.L. Meszaros, Brown University
Her retro sound and clever lyrics will hook you before her new album drops.
Layan Sasa, University of Texas at San Antonio
Inspired by the birth of his son, Ezra Koenig et al. explore the rhythms of life.
Check out these triple double no assists.
At just 21-years-old, Bird seems poised for a vertiginous career.
You probably love his music, even if you don’t recognize his name.
While Q has yet to release his magnum opus, he’s showing every sign of reaching all-time status.
The young musician is hoping to bring the Windy City to the pop soundscape.
Hannah Cullen, St. Cloud State University
Funny jokes aside, the song’s message is no laughing matter.
Who knew even Emma Chamberlain tried her hand at podcasting?
Jocelyn Campos, University of Texas at San Antonio
The 55-minute island getaway doesn’t disappoint.
Through thick and thin, the band has focused on what’s most important… creating content that sends a powerful message to the world.
Colin Boyd, Ithaca College
Crumb’s melding of psychadelic rock and groovy rhythms has produced an original, refreshing sound.
Using transparency and self-deprecating humor, hosts Lawrence Schlossman and James Harris are democratizing style.
Bekah Black, Spring Arbor University
Inspire by the creepiness of Eilish’s latest album, choreographers countrywide had a field day.
Grace John, Rutgers University
K-pop is great, but some variety certainly wouldn’t hurt.
The four-person ensemble has already hit six-digit plays with their single, ‘Existential Crisis.’
Michael Wu, Case Western Reserve University
And nobody can tell him anything.
The actress, singer and vlogger will make you laugh, cry and sing along.
In it, he grapples with the all-too-familiar trials of adolescence.
The student-radio-run music festival in Austin is the first of its kind, and an absolute can’t-miss.
You’ve probably forgotten about them, but you shouldn’t have.
On the bright side, at least now you have the creative anguish you need to make some new music!
Welcome to your go-to summer jams.
It’s been over four years since their last release, and all I can say is ‘Finally!’
Maya Butler, Baylor University
Because love is more than just romance.
It’s hard to be Puff, but it’s even harder being Puff’s son.
From rap to jazz to soul, this up-and-coming artist does it all.
Gabrielle Sheehan, Montclair State University
In three videos on Instagram, the 31-year-old rapper explained why he had been on a yearlong hiatus.
Dylan Minnette, of ’13 Reason Why’ fame, flexes his musical chops on the band’s wobbly first project.
Will the ‘You Say’ singer lead a worship session for the Lolla crowd?
You’re definitely gonna miss it all.
The Nashville dark-pop savant is combining his confessional songwriting with a sultry, haunting sound.
Take a chance on it!
The ‘Pinata’ sequel, ‘Bandana,’ is slated to release next month.
Whether you’re on a road trip or a bender, they’re your soundtrack.
The Norwegian pop sensation’s debut is torn between her musicianship and her contractual obligations.
For me and so many others, a twenty one pilots concert is a second home.
The shocking video for “Come Over Here” premiered live on YouTube, and fans are still beside themselves.
The bloated album did well on the charts, but its standards are clearly lower.
Sarah Diggins, Ithaca College
Plus which ones are likely to win, lose, shock and awe.
His unique voice and clever lyrics seem guaranteed to lead to a successful future.
A fierce, multilingual, female rapper? Yes, please.
This year more than ever, local acts shone.
This August’s 50-year Woodstock reunion will feature some of the biggest names in the industry, but who?
The two projects, which are completely interrelated, break down the barriers between text, image, emotion and sound.
Grace Larson, Ripon College
The title is a clear instance of queer-baiting, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The song’s narcotic catchiness is no accident.
His two visual albums, ‘Straight Outta Oz’ and ‘Forbidden,’ illustrate his personal struggle growing up gay.
She might be an award-winning musician, but country fans are hesitant to embrace the left-leaning songwriter.
The diy musician and performance artist wants to radically transform the music industry, and so far she’s succeeded.
He’s 16 and ‘Ready’ to Ruel the world.
Solange is home, and she’s working.
The Grammy-nominated artist known for ‘Take Me To Church’ has suddenly released a work of pure art.
It’s finally time for badass women to take the mic.
Jillian Morris, Chapman University
The project addresses romantic partners, children and friends, all relationships characterized by different kinds of love.
Michaela Shea-Gander, Denison University
To a trained eye, the pop star’s Instagram is littered with hidden clues.
The fan-girl in me is screaming.
The self-taught musician and recovering addict turned her studio into a therapist’s chaise and her music into a sensation.
They’re like a newer, better One Direction, at least according to Logan Paul.
Older rock stars are making good music for more people, and it’s an unequivocal good.
Whether you like Christian music or not, Franklin’s is worth a listen.
Throw on some SHAED.
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