10 Small Indie Bands You NEED To Know About

10 Small Indie Bands You NEED To Know About

A must-see list of smaller indie artists if you're sick of mainstream radio.
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Need some new music? Want to listen to more underground indie music that normally doesn't get played on the radio? Here are some of my current favorite smaller bands to add to your playlists!

1. Portugal. The Man

Some songs I would suggest listening to from their newest album titled "Woodstock," are "Feel It Still" and "Rich Friends." Some more awesome songs from them from their past albums include "Purple Yellow Red and Blue" and "Modern Jesus."

2. POWERS

You have to check out this bands newest release titled "Closer." One song you might recognize would be "Beat of My Drum."

3. Arkells

This is one band I can say knows how to put on an awesome live show! Some "must-hears" from these guys would be "Leather Jacket," "Private School" and "Savannah."

4. Hop Along

Check out my favorites tracks "The Knock," and "Tibetan Pop Stars."

5. Moon Taxi

You can't go wrong with any moon taxi song. Make sure you check out their live and unplugged album. Also- don't miss their newest release "Two High."

6. COIN

Coin was my first small/intimate, type of show! Listen to their newest album "How Will You Know If You Never Try." Some of favs from their past work is "Time Machine" and "Run."

7. Cobi

Beautiful hair and beautiful music. Check out "Don't You Cry For Me," and "Prophet Story."

8. DREAMERS

One of their most played songs is "Sweet Disaster." Another one of my favorites is "DRUGS."

9. Hello Luna

Had the pleasure of interviewing these to at Bunbury! What an awesome experience! Take a listen to "Sound & Sorrow" and "Ghost of You"

10. Geowulf

Roll the windows down and play "Saltwater" you won't regret it!

Need some new music? Want to listen to more underground indie music that normally doesn't get played on the radio? Here are some of my current favorite smaller bands to add to your playlists!

1. Portugal. The Man

Some songs I would suggest listening to from their newest album titled "Woodstock," are "Feel It Still" and "Rich Friends." Some more awesome songs from them from their past albums include "Purple Yellow Red and Blue" and "Modern Jesus."

2. POWERS

You have to check out this bands newest release titled "Closer." One song you might recognize would be "Beat of My Drum."

3. Arkells

This is one band I can say knows how to put on an awesome live show! Some "must-hears" from these guys would be "Leather Jacket," "Private School" and "Savannah."

4. Hop Along

Check out my favorites tracks "The Knock," and "Tibetan Pop Stars."

5. Moon Taxi

You can't go wrong with any moon taxi song. Make sure you check out their live and unplugged album. Also- don't miss their newest release "Two High."

6. COIN

Coin was my first small/intimate, type of show! Listen to their newest album "How Will You Know If You Never Try." Some of favs from their past work is "Time Machine" and "Run."

7. Cobi

Beautiful hair and beautiful music. Check out "Don't You Cry For Me," and "Prophet Story."

8. DREAMERS

One of their most played songs is "Sweet Disaster." Another one of my favorites is "DRUGS."

9. Hello Luna

Had the pleasure of interviewing these to at Bunbury! What an awesome experience! Take a listen to "Sound & Sorrow" and "Ghost of You"

10. Geowulf

Roll the windows down and play "Saltwater" you won't regret it!

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus are both series which helped shape my life. I want to share my love for them here, with you.

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Two days before I moved from New Jersey to California, I had a late night at a friend's house. Just a few miles outside of my small town of Morris Plains, his house was out of the way and a safe haven for myself and my mother during a harrowing and strenuous move. My father had been across the country already for almost two months trying to hold down his new job and prove himself. His absence was trying on me (at the tender young age of nine years old) and my mother, and we often spent time at my friend's home, as our mothers got along well.

That night came the time to say goodbye for the very last time, and as our mothers were tearfully embracing at the door, he ran up to me and shoved a book in my hands. Bewildered and confused, I tried to give him my thanks but he was already gone - running away in a childish fit that expressed his hurt at my leaving more than any words he could've said. I looked down at the book in my hands. It was a battered copy of Rick Riordan's "The Lightning Thief," with its binding bulging slightly out in a strange fashion, the cover slightly torn and bent, and quite a few pages dog-eared. The book wasn't in good condition, but I took the time to read it. I was ensnared and enchanted by the lurid descriptions of mythology, of the lovable characters of Percy, Annabeth, and Grover, and the upside-down world they lived in. Over the course of the move and our eventual settling into our new California home, I devoured the series adamantly, reading "The Battle of the Labyrinth" almost five times in the fifth grade and eventually finishing out with "The Last Olympian." The series accompanied me through a difficult move and a whirlwhind of early puberty; by that time, Percy and friends I knew intimately as my own companions. When the series ended, I happily parted with it, and began other literary conquests (namely in the realm of classics).

After an almost year-long break, I re-discovered the series in sixth grade. I hadn't realized that there was a companion series to the first, in fact, a continuation - The Heroes of Olympus. I lapped up "The Lost Hero" and "The Son of Neptune" with greed, and eagerly awaited the arrival of "The Mark of Athena" the following year.

One of my most vivid memories of middle school was sneaking downstairs the morning of the Kindle release of "The Mark of Athena", sneaking past my parents' bedroom as stealthily as I could in the wee hours of the morning to get my kindle and immerse myself in the world. I believe I finished it in about two days. For the next two books in the series, I followed the same pattern: get up early, read it as fast as I could get my hands on it. "The Blood of Olympus", the last book in the series, came out in my freshman year of high school. After finishing the second series, I shelved my much-loved paperbacks for good, and turned myself to other literary pursuits. I eventually relocated to Virginia, and went to college. Percy and friends were almost forgotten until my first year at the University of Virginia.

I was devastatingly alone my first semester at university. I didn't know what to do with myself, entombed by my loneliness. However, at the bottom of my suitcase, I found my old Kindle Paperwhite, with both of Percy's series neatly installed for me. I made a resolution with myself: I would reread both series, reading only at mealtimes where I sat alone. By the time I was finished, I wanted to see where I was compared to when I started.

Re-reading the series was like coming home. It was nostalgia, sadness, and ecstasy wrapped into one. I delighted in revisiting Percy's old haunts, his friends, his challenges. However, it was sad, knowing I had grown up and left them behind while they had stayed the same. It was a riveting memory train which made me look forward to meals, and eased my loneliness at school. Gradually, as the semester progressed, I was reading on Percy's tales less and less, as I found my friends, clubs, and organizations that gradually took up more and more time.

I still haven't finished my re-read, and am about halfway through "The Blood of Olympus". I've come a long way in the almost decade since I first received that tattered copy of "The Lightning Thief", and I still have some ways to go. So thanks, Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Jason, Piper, Reyna, Nico, Frank, Hazel, Leo. Thank you for growing up with me. I'll never forget you.

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