alternative

Alternative music from the underground, straight to your listening device.

  • Libby Shabada
    Published 5 months ago
    5 Alternative Artists to Play on Your Next Road Trip

    5 Alternative Artists to Play on Your Next Road Trip

    Ah, there’s nothing like hitting the open road with people whose company you deeply enjoy—for hours. And hours. And hours...
  • Terry Koss
    Published 5 months ago
    How Punk Rock Changed My Life

    How Punk Rock Changed My Life

    I grew up listening to music. My Dad was a child of the 60s and enjoyed bands such as The Byrds, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles. My Mom on the other hand was a child of the 70s, and love the music of Edward Bear, Dr. Hook, and Sweeney Todd. I grew up with this music. I am forever grateful to my parents for introducing me to such great music. Bands like The Guess Who, BTO, and Trooper were a big part of my childhood. Although I didn't appreciate it as much as I do now. As a kid I didn't really have an interest in music. As I grew older a lot of different bands entered my life. Let's start with the first album I ever bought with my own money. "Weird Al" Yankovic's Bad Hair Day. I was so in love with this album, and now as an adult, I appreciate it on a higher level. Let's fast forward to 1999. I was at school in the gym for something, and someone played Green Day's Nimrod album. I had never heard of this band, but was intrigued by their music. So on one family vacation, I was able to go to a record store, and buy the album. And it changed me. I listened to the song The Grouch for hours on end. I had never heard music like this before. So fast paced and fun. It wasn't until a few years later that I really became a fan of punk. At that time I was a subscriber to Rolling Stone Magazine, and every year they would chronicle who was going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The year was 2003, and that was the year The Clash were inducted. I had never heard them before, but below their picture on suggested listening was the song "London Calling," I listened to it and I was hooked. I soon heard "Rock The Casbah," and I wanted to find everything out I could about this band. So on a trip to Winnipeg I had $20 in my pocket, and I bought The Essential Clash. One of the best albums I have ever bought. This band was my introduction to punk rock; songs like "Tommy Gun," "London Calling," and "Complete Control," just blew me away. I loved how fast paced and fun they were.
  • Jayla McKiver
    Published 7 months ago
    Popular Shoegaze/Dreampop Groups

    Popular Shoegaze/Dreampop Groups

    Dreampop AKA Shoegaze has been around since the early 1980s with origins in the United Kingdom, but eventually reaching cultural popularity within the states thanks to groups like My Bloody Valentine and Lush solidifying this sub-genre’s social impact on the youth of the early 90s
  • Maliha Anwer
    Published 7 months ago
    Tribute to Kurt D. Cobain

    Tribute to Kurt D. Cobain

    I've always been a music lover. What oxygen is to common people, music is to my brain. I just cannot function without it. It feels as if I get teleported to some other parallel universe, and since music became my passion, my first ever gift as a child was a toy guitar, and second, a piano. Later on, my grandmother, who enjoyed music equally, decided to lend me her radio since she saw I just couldn't live without music. I loved listening to the Radio everyday, and the more I listened to it, the more my thirst for music increased, and I couldn't constraint myself by listening just to the local media and songs available. I decided to listen to all sorts of the world's music that I got exposed too without judgment. Slowly and gradually, I started to fall in love with sweet boy bands with all the romantic love songs on my playlist.
  • robert massimi
    Published 7 months ago
    Howard Jones

    Howard Jones

    Robert Massimi.
  • Paul Conneally
    Published 8 months ago
    'Yew Trees (The Mixes)' by Giant Glove

    'Yew Trees (The Mixes)' by Giant Glove

    Anglo-Japanese sound scientists Giant Glove collaborate with Bred Pudding Collective (BPC) to bring us an EP of remixes of their track "Yew Trees."
  • Evie Gricoski
    Published 10 months ago
    Your New Favorite Band—April 2019

    Your New Favorite Band—April 2019

    When I first heard the name, “Rainbow Girls,” all I could think of was some “pop” genre girl band, or a weird k-pop group coming up from the underground. However, I was shocked to find that the self proclaimed, “Rainbow Girls” were a trio of “eclectic folk singers” (as stated on their website). I immediately fell in love with their raspy sound that I, personally, can appreciate no matter who you are.
  • Violet Moreno
    Published 12 months ago
    Forever to the Moon

    Forever to the Moon

    Hi, first things first, my name's Violet. I started releasing music by the age of 15, by the name of Forever to the Moon.
  • Shea S
    Published about a year ago
    Review of "Skeletons" by New Years Day

    Review of "Skeletons" by New Years Day

    Rock group New Years Day have released a haunting new graveyard bop titled nothing other than “Skeletons,” and it's one of their best. This song was likely inspired by vocalist Ash Costello's recent engagement to Jimmy Trigger, of A Trigger Within. In this song, Costello hints that she wants the intended audience to tell her their secrets, to confide in her. She wants them to open up to her about all of their wrongs, their lies, and deepest secrets, no matter how deep and dark they may be. She wants all of the audience's trust, to really get to know the subject in the deepest way possible.
  • Jessica Bailey
    Published about a year ago
    Twenty Years Young: 'Whatever and Ever, Amen'

    Twenty Years Young: 'Whatever and Ever, Amen'

    The year is 1998. I have just come back from New York visiting my brother, and am so incredibly proud of scoring an autograph from two of the Spice Girls and am spending sunny and hazy days listening to cassettes of "Spice Up Your Life", shouting “GIRL POWER” at every boy who passed me and kicking them with my Doc Martins on the football pitch. But incidentally, this was also the very year I started to take piano lessons.
  • E.W Hemmings
    Published about a year ago
    An Idiot's Guide to Emo

    An Idiot's Guide to Emo

    The messages society is giving us are changing. We're told to open up and talk about our feelings now, as opposed to the stiff upper lip mentality of before. We're told to break out of the man box, that it's okay for boys to cry now. In a time where everyone will probably know someone affected by mental illness (one in four of us will, to be precise), this change in tune is vital. But when you think about it, the mainstream is only just catching up with what alternative culture has known for decades.
  • Sara Al Mahdy
    Published about a year ago
    Youth Lagoon - Trevor Is Back!

    Youth Lagoon - Trevor Is Back!

    When I was 13, I first discovered my favorite song of all time: "July," by Youth Lagoon. I was introduced to it by my favorite writer of all time (aside from Bukowski), Jason Myers.