5 Up-And-Coming Indie Artists You Need To Know

5 Up-And-Coming Indie Artists You Need To Know

Start listening before everyone else does.

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Been needing new music? Look no further. Familiarize yourself with these 5 indie music artists before they blow up- you'll be glad you did!

1. Gus Dapperton

Gus Dapperton first began turning heads (and ears) when he released his single, "Moodna, Once With Grace" in May of 2016. Since then, he has gone on to release many more singles and two EPs. His first EP, Yellow and Such, garnered Gus a larger group of listeners. After releasing his second EP, You Think You're a Comic!, in early 2018, it became clear that his music was truly special. Gus says that every lyric in each of his songs has a literal meaning, a metaphorical meaning, and a secret meaning that only he knows. Combine his meaningful lyricism with his electronic beats and groovy melodies reminiscent of 80s synth-pop, and you have something truly magical. Gus is very recognizable, known for his brightly colored, bowl-cut hair, pearl earrings, and unique clothing. His meticulously detailed, visually striking music videos have made quite the impact on the internet as well. Despite having yet to release a full-length album, Gus Dapperton has already developed one of the most distinctive sounds of today's artists. He's already been featured in The New York Times and Vogue, and something tells us that there's much more to come. For first-time listeners, we recommend "Gum, Toe, and Sole", and "Ditch."

2. Still Woozy

His name perfectly describes his music: dreamy, funky, and a little bit removed from reality. The true magic of Still Woozy's songs lies in their ridiculously catchy beats. Sven Gamsky, the man behind Still Woozy, has been in the music industry for a few years, but just began this solo project last year. His first single, Vacation, was released in May of 2017. Since then, Sven has released 5 more songs as singles- he always puts his songs out into the world only hours after he's finished with them. Although we'd love to have a full-length album, this music release method is pretty interesting. Considering Still Woozy is pretty new to the world, it has already seen great success, with over 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify. We're sure that this success is just the beginning. Two great introductory tracks are "Goodie Bag" and "Lucy."

3. Kid Bloom

This band first formed in 2015 and released their first song, "Different State Of Mind," into the world in early 2016. This song is actually their most successful to date, with nearly 4 million streams on Spotify. Not without reason- the track is absolutely perfect. Kid Bloom's music is a bit funky, a bit pop-y, and a bit rock-y. Take a listen- it'll be hard for you to pin them to a genre. Kid Bloom released their first and only album so far, A Long Kiss Goodbye, in September of 2017. This past summer, they released a dreamy single called "Prom?" that you definitely need to hear. Kid Bloom's upcoming EP, Lemonhead, is set to come out very soon. We can't wait to hear more from this group!

4. Her's

No matter what kind of music you usually listen to, it's safe to say that Her's' music is quite different from anything else you've heard. The band began making music in 2016, releasing their first two singles, Dorothy and What Once Was, that April. Coincidentally, these two songs are also our personal favorites. Their sleepy, hazy, angsty melodies are just perfect. Her's continued to release many singles and even two albums throughout 2017 and 2018. We're sure that there is much more to come from Her's, and we just can't wait! In the meantime, you should definitely listen to the aforementioned songs as well as "Marcel" and "Cool With You!"

5. Will Joseph Cook

Will Joseph Cook? We're not sure, but he can definitely sing! Name-related jokes aside, Will Joseph Cook is one of the most underrated indie artists of today. He began making music in 2015 when he released his first EP, You Jump I Run. Only a few months later, he released his second EP, Proof Enough. These two EP's marked a strong start for WJC, but he truly made a splash when he released his insanely catchy single, "Girls Like Me." The world fell in love with this jumpy pop hit, which now has nearly 6 million streams on Spotify! WJC's first full-length album came out in April of 2017, and we've been dying for more ever since. Although Will hasn't released anything new in 2018, he is currently working on his second album. We're sure that plenty of new, exciting things are not far down the road for him. Some underrated bops by WJC are "Daisy Chains" and "For Thursday," but you can hardly go wrong with any of his songs! Get ready to dance, because it's pretty much impossible not to.

Listen now, thank us later. You've just found your five newest music obsessions!

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Understanding Why We Love Metal Music

Nothing says fun like watching someone scream in your face and guitars blasting at Drop C right? If you know you know.

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Every metal fan's journey through the genre is generally the same. We all start with old school bands like Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, and ACDC then moved to Iron Maiden and from there discovered bands like Metallica, Motorhead (RIP Lemmy), Black Sabbath, and Slayer (RIP Kerry) and then it all snowballed from there.

We then each had our phases, whether it was metalcore (we all liked old Bring Me The Horizon at some point, just be honest with yourself), nu metal (come on, we all liked Slipknot a little bit), metalcore, post-hardcore, or whatever genre you liked we all had our moments that we look back on and reminisce.

For some of us, our phases weren't enough and kept growing. We kept searching for darker, more brutal rhythms, riffs, moving towards death metal, experimental death metal, symphonic death metal (there's a lot of sub-genres of death metal ok?), deathcore, and the untimely discovery of the rabbit hole that is black metal. We've all come a long way.

Outsiders may not understand it, as we're met with the condescending questions of, "Why do you like it? You can't even understand the lyrics" and "Are you a Satan worshipper?" but nonetheless we continue on.

Personally, I didn't like metal at first, but there was something addicting about the riffs, breakdowns, and (once you have an ear for it) the lyrics. I just kept coming back to it like there was something in it that I needed. It became a release of pent up aggression and discontent stemming from feelings others don't seem to understand or maybe we didn't even understand. We found our community. Even better, we found the meaning behind the screaming.

The great thing about metal music is all the sub-genres (yes all the confusing sub-genres) because there really is something for every metal fan to get into, even so, at the end of the day we're all one tight community of metalheads.

Stay metal my friends. \m/

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10 Easy Ways To Incorporate Essential Oils Into Your Life

You're gonna wanna stock up on your favorite fragrances!

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1. Get a diffuser or 8

You know, one for each room? I highly recommend having one in a bedroom and a living area, rooms you spend a lot of time in. For me, I have mine on my desk in my office. Currently diffusing sweet orange to engage my creativity and energy. For the bedroom nothing beats smelling a calm lavender when falling asleep.

2. The new bath bomb

A few drops of a relaxing scent will take your bath to the next level! Try with a peppermint or eucalyptus to relieve tension and sore muscles.

3. Direct application

Sweet orange essential oils are known to help with headaches and stomach cramps. The next time you are faced with these symptoms try applying a small amount to your temples or abdomen.

4. Keeps things fresh and clean

A few drops of a fruity oil on a tissue to use as a facial cleanser when you need a refresher.

5. Shoes will thank you

Tea tree is known for for deodorizing and medicinal. A few drops in a show will have them smelling brand new.

6. Forget lotion

Up your massage game with oils and skip the lotion. A musky and herby blend is great for muscles and most floral scents can be most invigorating.

7. All natural

Essential oils are all natural so you can ease your mind and know you're filling your home and body with something good for you.

8. Purifying the air

Along with filling a room with a sweet scent you are purifying the air.

9. Enhancing quiet time

Relaxing sometimes can use a hand and having a diffuser nearby can help with concentration and meditation.

10. Healing powers

Got bug bites? Use tea tree. Cough? Rosemary or peppermint. Sleepless? Lavender.

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