While many people flocked south to Austin, Texas last week for this year’s South By Southwest festival, which showcases more than two thousand artist performances alongside label presentations, technology reveals, and discussion panels, some of us had to settle for attending Couch By Couchwest from home. I spent the past week digging through a spreadsheet of 2,121 artists who were slated to play during SXSW 2015, and after whittling down the list and listening to 622 of them, I have selected 76 independent acts that warrant further attention now that the festivities have ended. Read a short blurb on each artist below along with a prime track among their discography, or skip ahead to the full playlist on SoundCloud by clicking here. Continue reading “76 independent artists to watch following SXSW 2015”
These are one hundred songs that stayed in my heavy rotation throughout 2013. In a year that saw personal advancements including eight weeks studying abroad in France and graduation from college, these songs soundtracked my year, each song appealing to me through instrumentation, lyrics, or just its overall mood. Read on for descriptions of each track, access the whole playlist on SoundCloud to listen, and judge away.
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Maroon 5 and Sheryl Crow hold the top two spots once again with “Misery” and “Summer Day,” but The Script jumps in at #3 with “For The First Time.” Paramore also moves into the top five as “The Only Exception” jumps from #11 to #4. Lissie’s two debuts include the highest of the week, for “When I’m Alone” at #11, and “In Sleep” at #38. Lifehouse also debuts in the top twenty with “It Is What It Is,” an album cut from Smoke and Mirrors.