We've plugged in to the hottest sounds from universities around the world to bring you this mix of what's hot on campus right now. Here's the list for Autumn/Winter 2015 with a great collection of new and up-and-coming songs keeping college radio stations busy. Now you can be the big man (or woman) on campus too!
Great stuff from Lunchbox, Tnertle, Speedy Ortiz, Skyler Pia and more!
Here is Volume 21 of our Unsigned Finds series of playlists. We've searched far and wide for some great new, DIY and unsigned sounds. Which band will be the next new thing? Some of our favorites include tracks by The Parades, Austin Hull, Rachel Lahr, Paul Spring, Alessia Cara, Ceiling Demons, Digital Slumber Party and Lasse Passage.
Sometimes a song just grows on us...and grows..and grows...until we just need to put it on repeat and call it a day. The culprit this time is the incredibly catchy "Fine By Me (Acoustic Sessions)" by Beecher's Fault. Maybe it's the whistle (we're a sucker for a well blown whistle). Give it a listen below and we think you'll know what we mean (but be forewarned, it can be addictive!).
Based in Astoria, New York, Beecher’s Fault is a quartet made up of Ben Taylor and Ken Lamken with Max Maples on drums and Serge Ruccolo on bass. Earlier this month, the group released its newest song "Liquor Store." We think that song captures the potential of a band poised to really make a name for themselves. We love the sweet lead over the sublime background vocals. The catchy rhythm section makes this one playlist and radio-worthy.
Give them a listen. You won't be sorry!
What is TBAIMS? TBAIMS is the acronym for "The Big Apple Indie Music Series." According to their mission statement, TBAIMS is "dedicated to discovering, developing and showcasing music industry talent, worldwide." As part of that process, TBAIMS runs monthly artist showcases in New York City to expose these talents to the public and to music industry professionals. The events are all about connecting artists, musicians, bands, songwriters and producers to other within the music industry business. TBAIMS also offers development services, publishing and record deal opportunities to qualifying talent.
TBAIMS was founded by songwriter Jon Landers, as part of his commitment to provide a venue for independent artists to perform live in front of music and entertainment industry connections.
We love the idea of fostering independent artists and applaud Jon and the rest of the TBAIMS team in their efforts. Check out their next showcase event at Toshi's Living Room in NYC on May 13, 2015. Scheduled performers for that night are Lauren Marsh, Manny James, LaurenD and Victory Jones.
Listen to the playlist below to hear some past artists that have performed at TBAIMS events.
Sophie Janes is a force to be reckoned with. Her debut single 'Stop Me' is an emotional powerhouse and the well-produced video showcases the captivating singer at her alluring best (check out the video below). (The video also features a stirring and commanding performance by @RoseAkroyd1. )You can read the story behind the video on Sophie's blog at: sophiejanes.co.uk/blog/
'Stop Me' was mastered at Abbey Road Studios. Sophie says that she had "this very clear image from the start with 'Stop Me' of a woman finding her power and regaining her strength and general 'baddassness'." We think you'll agree that Sophie's vision is captured both in the video and the powerful performance of this song. In Sophie's words, we love the 'baddassness' of this song, the video and most particularly of Sophie!
You can find similarly compelling videos of Sophie (many of them covers) on Sophie's webpage or on YouTube. We HIGHLY recommend checking her out. She'll enchant you.
We can't wait to hear more from this breakout artist.
We love the music of Swedish singer, Adna. Adna (who now lives in Berlin) has described her sound as quite soft and melancholic, but we think her sound has an emotional intensity that is rare for a singer just starting to break through. There is a sweet blissfulness to her songs that make each track feel like a work of art. Her latest song, "Run, Lucifer" is a perfect example of what we mean.
We can't wait to hear more from her. For now though, we are more than happy to feature her as the artist of the week.
We love discovering new bands and artists and sharing their music with our friends and followers. Here's a mix of great music from artists that we think are about to break out big time. (Our rather unscientific eligibility criteria for this list is that band has to have fewer than 5,000 current followers on Spotify...and, of course, the music must be great.)
Some of our favorites:
We kickoff the mix with a fantastic track from Brisbane-based Thelma Plum (we particularly dig the Link Wray-like guitar layered under her sweet vocals).
Next up is "Jane," another guitar-driven song from the ever-awesome Girlpool.
"In Dreams" (featured on the web series "High Maintenance") sounds a bit like a cross between Jose Gonzalez and The Shins...in a very good way. The artist, tomemitsu, is our current obsession.
Hydrogen Sea's "Leave a Mark" is a mix of sultry vocals and sparkling rhythms that leaves us breathless.
Ivy Levan is on CherryTree Records and we guarantee you will be hearing a lot from her in 2015.
For some good old fashioned fun, check out Kero Kero Bonito and the great track "Intro Bonito."
We also can't stop listening to "Growing Up" from the fantastic Run River North, "Oh North" from Blue Rose Code and the dreamy "Hanging By a Thread" from Frida Sundemo.