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7 Lesser Known Bands and Artists You Should Be Listening To

As a music junkie, I feel it as part of my melodious duty to spread the word of unique, new, and beautiful music with people. These are some of my favorite low-key bands and artists that I think others need in their lives. Hope you’ll give ‘em a listen! :-)


1. Dua Lipa

  • Vibe:  indiepop, GNO, dancing, party, pregame
  • Similar to: Tove Lo, Jonas Blue, Sia

Listen to: “Be The One” / “Last Dance” / “Hotter Than Hell”



2. Academy

  • Vibe: beachy, relaxing, day-drink, reggae
  • Similar to: Aer, Shwayze, Dirty Heads

Listen to: “High Tide” / “Hold Me Down” / “Panoramic” / “Sweet Talk”


3. Tame Impala


  • Vibe: psychedelic rock, trippy, relaxing, jammin’
  • Similar to:  Alt-J, M83, Mac DeMarco (and even like the Beatles on their older albums)

*Honestly, this band is like nothing you’ve ever heard before. In a sense, they take getting used to due to their completely unique sound, but I am hooked.

Listen to: “The Less I Know The Better” / “Love Paranoia” / “Reality in Motion”


4. St Lucia

  • Vibe: feel good, running, synthpop, electronic
  • Similar to: Two Door Cinema Club, Passion Pit

Listen to: “Elevate” / “Dancing on Glass” / “Wait For Love” / “September”

5. Bad Suns

  • Vibe: alternative rock, driving down the highway, (and his voice is amazinggggg)
  • Similar to: Grouplove, New Politics, The 1975

Listen to: “Daft Pretty Boys” / “Transpose” / “Heartbreaker”

*Literally anything off their Language and Perspective album OR Disappear Here album. They rock.


6. Thomas Jack

  • Vibe: deep house, summer, groovy, beachy remixes, day drink
  • Similar to: Kygo, Felix Jaehn, Matoma

Listen to: “Rise up” / “Rivers” / “Little Talks – Thomas Jack Remix”

*Also check out the “Best of Thomas Jack Continuous Mix” on YouTube. That playlist is the anthem of my sophomore year.


7. Rationale

  • Vibe: chill, alternative, soul, electronic rock
  • Similar to: Young the Giant, Bastille

Listen to: “The Mire” / “Fuel To The Fire” / “RE.UP”

Jenna is a senior occupational therapy student here at the U. She enjoys making people laugh, frolicking in warm weather, eating copious amounts of food, and dancing the night away. Follow her on insta @jennarizzy
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