Jo Stephens, Georgetown University
The singer-songwriter once again hits her stride on a well-composed, well-balanced piece of music.
Noir Galvin, Arcadia University
Originating from Sweden, the indie acoustic music duo covers popular songs from the ’90s while adding their own unique sound.
Virginia Laurie, Washington and Lee University
The popular artist has returned to the music scene for the first time since 2018 with a song discussing the demands of the music industry and capitalism’s negative effects on art.
Mariam Nasief, Columbia University
The English musician’s new pop-sound may have been nothing more than a failed experiment.
Natalie Gabor, Indiana University-Bloomington
The popular indie artist known for her dreamy music explores deeper and more intense topics in her sophomore release.
Mason Cannon, Columbia University
Someone new discovering old favorites doesn’t always water them down.
The addicting app has boosted the popularity of previously unpopularized movies, music and books, but is it for the better?
Michelle Buckley, Chapman University
On her latest album, the young musician will hopefully put a stop to critics’ insistence that she’s entered a period of artistic stagnation.
This promising indie music star’s latest EP tells a story about growth and demonstrates a positive turning point in the artist’s rising career.
Anna Hupp, University of Wyoming
This indie rock album, released by a long-standing icon of the genre, explores the new world of semi-responsible adulthood through the lens of a lifelong feeling of insecurity.
There has been a recent wave of fantastic releases from rising and risen woman musicians, and fans of the genre have the pleasure of witnessing this changing of the guard.
In her debut album, this up-and-coming artist explores themes of heartbreak, love, religion and family through beautiful lyricism and stunning soundscapes.
In her newly released ballad, the rising artist discusses these difficult themes through narrative lyricism and intentional vocal techniques.
The singer roasts a former lover and celebrates the acceptance stage of grief with a group of girlfriends in her most recent track and music video, both worthy precursors to her upcoming album.
Arianna Taylor, University of Rochester
This album examines the stages of a relationship … out of order. It explores the journey of romance and what it means in the end.
Kieran Benson, Luther College
The young artist has put out his second single since the release of his hit album ‘Kid Krow,’ and it has gained the admiration of international pop star Taylor Swift.
The band’s fans were pleasantly delighted when they released two albums, ‘Green Blue + Indigo Violet’ and ‘Rainbow Mixtape,’ which followed shortly after postponing their anticipated tour.
Chloe Noone’s feature on the remix of the song ‘parents’ showcases how crucial TikTok is for the careers of aspiring artists.
Emma Watts, University of Arizona
Caleb Mullenneaux, St. Olaf College
Despite several decades separating the heights of their popularity, both the rapper and the English singer-songwriter share an unwavering independent spirit.
The singer-songwriter is painting a complex picture of the United States in his soon to be released album, ‘The Ascension.’
Nora Markey, Wesleyan University
The up-and-coming surf rock pop band uses mundane, everyday scenarios to express deep longing in their most recent album, ‘You and Your Friends.’
Audrey Martin, Boston University
Playlists are king on the streaming platform. These five users take their playlist curation to the next level.
The singer’s latest album, an unexpected surprise from isolation, is an ode to storytelling with empathetic lyrics and mystical sounds.
Eva Halvax, University of Arizona
The EP channels anxieties toward a bleak reality, employing the upbeat nature of indie-pop alongside feelings of loss, emptiness and the desire to escape.
Julia Greene, Columbia College Chicago
The self-proclaimed ‘one man boy band’ has kept busy by making music and advocating for mental health amidst the global pandemic.
Nayeli G. Pena, Colorado College
Hailing from the U.K., the band mixes hip-hop, jazz, indie rock, pop and ambient house — and they haven’t let quarantine dampen their prospects.
Lauren Buchko, Michigan State University
The versatile musician has moved beyond her ‘Whip My Hair’ days, and she deserves a lot more recognition.
Emma Lichtenstein, Brandeis University
The indie pop band’s newest single will make a fine addition to their upcoming album out this February.
Kelsey Rogers, Susquehanna University
It’s been over four years since their last release, and all I can say is ‘Finally!’
Camilla Forte, Columbia College Chicago
Metaphorically, of course.
Tricia Crimmins, Bates College
The eight person indie pop group represents what the web has done for music.
Bradley Howlett, Grand Valley State University
The fest’s first year overcame rainy weather to put together an intensely vivid experience for fans.
Haley Newlin, Southern New Hampshire University
Four albums later, Florence Welch is finally letting audiences into her world.
Gabbi Calabrese, Arkansas Tech University
You only get one chance to prove that you deserve the aux cord.
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