Sonia Noorbakhsh, UC Berkeley
This indie group might be known for a few specific songs, but they have so many unique, underrated gems in their discography.
The band can’t be defined by a single genre, which is just one of the qualities that makes them so unique.
The beloved artist released a new record after a five-year wait, which comes complete with mature vocals and styles.
Virginia Laurie, Washington and Lee University
The duo formed by icons Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak released a record full of ’70s-inspired bops to their audiences’ absolute delight.
Re’nesia Mills, University of Tampa
After a two-year wait, the American R&B singer is preparing to release her second album that is sure to have female fans in their feels and craving more.
Mariam Nasief, Columbia University
Her new hit solo single, which evokes the R&B sounds of the ’90s, shows off the singer’s prowess both as an artist and as an entertainer.
Mai Senser, Virginia Commonwealth University
In the first half of her sophomore record, the singer-songwriter has taken control of her own narrative, exploring a wide variety of musical genres.
Sarah Esquivel, University of Texas at San Antonio
With plenty of highly anticipated releases and online concerts slated for this year, here are the female artists to keep an ear out for.
Laura Song, Biola University
These musicians sound a little different from their K-pop counterparts, but the music is just as good.
Renee Cantor, University of Pittsburgh
Sibling acts like the Jackson 5, the Jonas Brothers, HAIM and the Bee Gees need to make room because there’s a new and ferocious sister duo that’s here to stay.
Madelyn Haasken, Bemidji State University
Using beautiful melodies, catchy beats and lyrics that stick with you, this music reflects the struggles of these tumultuous times.
Gabrielle Pascal, Hofstra University
American pop culture has been defined by black excellence for decades. From Gordon Parks to Aaliyah, black artists continue to influence the new generation.
Michelle Young, Simon Fraser University
Contemporary rhythm and blues has been one of the most prominent musical styles over the past few years — what are these global newcomers adding to the mix?
The electronic artist’s latest record draws on personal experiences and mixes a wide range of genres to create something mesmerizing and boldly experimental.
Rickea Bell, Saint Peter’s University
These two have been working hard for their whole careers. It’s time to see them work together.
Cynthia Vasquez, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
After falling a little behind the times, its smooth sounds are back to capture the ears and hearts of listeners.
This album is the comeback of R&B no one knew we needed.
Mela Lozano, University of Texas at San Antonio
He will have you reminiscing about your first love in every song.
Eric Alexander, University of Colorado Denver
One of the U.K.’s fastest-rising producers is expanding his signature style.
Myah Clinton, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Mostly because Lucious is just too ridiculously terrible.
Maya Ramani, University of Virginia
10/10 would recommend taking a listen.
Jamie Lovley, University of Maine
The album’s impressive streaming record might actually be its least surprising quality.
Emilie Romero, University of Nevada
After years of financial struggles, Kali Uchis has finally found success in the music industry.
Xavier Austin Reyna, University of Texas at San Antonio
Watch out this month – artists are dropping albums like no tomorrow and you’ve got to be prepared. Here’s a list of some you should definitely look out for.
Onaje McDowelle, University of Texas at Austin
If these music artists can make their way to the SXSW stage, this year will be unlike any other the festival has seen before.
Joiya Reid, Georgia Southern University
Jump onboard if you are tired of heart-wrenching ballads.
Tyler Fitch, Florida State University
Ricardo Valdez Valentine, a.k.a 6LACK, is channeling his traumatic upbringing into rhyme with great success.
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