Category:American indie pop musicians
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The following 82 pages are in this category, out of 82 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Eliot Bronson – Eliot Bronson is an American singer-songwriter. Bronson was born in Baltimore, Maryland and he began playing at local coffeehouses and was dubbed a folk singing wunderkind by The Baltimore Sun. He later moved to Atlanta, where he formed the duo The Brilliant Inventions, the band became a staple of the Atlanta music scene, winning several local and national music awards and gaining a substantial fan following. In 2010, the split up and Bronson continued solo. In 2012, Bronson released Milwaukee, with his band Yonder Orphans, in 2014, Bronson signed with independent music label, Saturn 5 Records. The ten-song self-titled album, Eliot Bronson, was recorded totally analog in Nashville by acclaimed producer, Eliot Bronson was recorded in one week at Cobbs home studio and The Sound Emporium, and mixed the following week. Other musicians on the album include Bret Hartley, Chris Powell, Adam Gardner, Kristen Rogers, the album received critical acclaim and numerous Top Album ranking in the United States and Europe. Bronson was dubbed by Bop n Jazz as maybe the best singer/songwriter since Dylan,2013 Winner Eddie Owen Presents Songwriter Shootout 2014 Top 5 Most Added Record on the Americana Internet Radio Chart Official website Interview with Eliot Bronson Live from Paste
2. Aaron Bruno – Aaron Richard Bruno is an American singer, songwriter, musician and multi-instrumentalist, who is best known as the founder and lead singer of Awolnation. He is a member of the post-grunge band Home Town Hero, the indie-pop group Under the Influence of Giants. Bruno was born and raised in Westlake Village, a city just north of Los Angeles and he started playing guitar before he was 10 years old. He was diagnosed with Attention deficit disorder in high school, during high school Bruno was nicknamed AWOL for leaving parties early and used this nickname in rap battles. Bruno failed his Spanish I class Sophomore year of high school and it was during his time retaking the class in summer school where he would meet lifelong friend Drew Stewart. Bruno and Stewart immediately hit it off after realizing they had the same birthday, Bruno briefly attended Moorpark Community College but dropped out after taking only two classes. He still believes school is a tool for people who dont know what they want out of life yet. Bruno was a member of the punk band Ice Monkeys with Drew Stewart while in high school, Stewart and Bruno later formed Insurgence, a punk band, when Bruno was in high school. Bruno and Stewart formed the punk band Home Town Hero with Todd Burnes and Ray Blanco, Home Town Hero disbanded in 2004. After Home Town Hero disbanded, Bruno formed Under the Influence of Giants and he created the song Sail in 2010 as part of AWOLNATIONs first EP, Back From Earth. Sail would hit #5 on the U. S Billboard Alternative Songs chart, going platinum in America. In 2011 the album Megalithic Symphony was released, in March 2015, AWOLNATION released their second album, entitled Run. Bruno, with help from his engineer, recorded the entirety of the new album by himself, doing not only the vocals but also the instrumentals. According to Aaron in an interview from 2016, he sang on the Deltron 3030s self-titled album that was released in 2000, Bruno has collaborated with EDM producer Kill The Noise on his 2015 album Occult Classic. Aaron can be heard singing on the songs Kill It 4 The Kids, hoping to jump-start their career, Bruno took young indie upstarts IRONTOM out on tour in 2015 with AWOLNATION. During a conversation between Aaron and some of the members of IRONTOM on this tour, there were talks of the two collaborating on a song. Bruno remembers being stressed wondering if there would be any time to work on a song, sometime after that, both started working on songs. Aaron is currently in the studio with IRONTOM producing the followup to their debut record, the single Be Bold Like Elijah has been released through IRONTOMs various social media accounts
3. Storm Calysta – Storm Calysta (born on February 23,1993 in Chicago, Illinois, is an American indie pop music artist, songwriter, model & stylist. She was born near Chicago, Illinois and primarily grew up there before moving to Texas in 2013 and she is the youngest of five children in her family. In 2012 Calysta started to more well known for her live streams featured on Stickam. com. She attracted over 100,000 viewers every hour by performing her music live on the web. In June 2012, Calysta toured the Midwest and southern states of the United States with pop-punk group We Are Forever, later that summer, she went on an acoustic tour through the South, performing at venues such as the House of Blues in New Orleans, Louisiana. After spending so much time touring the states, Calysta moved to Texas in 2013. She has also featured on the websites of Vogue, Teen Vogue, Nylon Magazine. Storm continues to perform her music & is currently writing & recording new music, Storm Calystas channel on YouTube Storm Calysta on Twitter Storm Calysta on Facebook Storm Calysta on Instagram Storm Calysta on iTunes
4. Stephen Christian – He and his bandmates started Anberlin in 2002, after the demise of their previous group, known as SaGoh 24/7. He is one of the songwriters for Anberlin along with Joseph Milligan, and with the band has released seven albums. Many of the albums in the Anberlin discography have peaked in the top ten on various Billboard charts and he founded the non-profit and humanitarian-oriented band Faceless International, and is the founder of Wood Water Records, the home of Anchor & Braille. Christian wrote and self-published the memoir The Orphaned Anythings, Christian also started the solo project Anchor & Braille in 2007, and their debut album Felt, produced by Aaron Marsh of Copeland, was released in 2009. Felt debuted at number 30 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and they released a second album, The Quiet Life, in 2012, with Christian again handling vocals and songwriting. A reviewer on Absolutepunk called The Quiet Life a chaotic beauty of an album as well as most personal, stephen Christian was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan July 28,1976. At some point in his life, Christian moved to Winter Haven. Christian attended Winter Haven High School along with bandmates Deon Rexroat, during high school, the three formed the punk band SaGoh 24/7 with Joey Bruce, which eventually transformed into Anberlin. Christians younger brother Paul was an influence on some of the bands music and they released two albums, Servants After Gods Own Heart, and Then I Corrupt Youth, with Christian singing lead vocals on both. Christian is a graduate from University of Central Florida and the Florida State University College of Law and he attended college to study non-profits, with plans to work for Habitat for Humanity or UNICEF, but Anberlin was signed a month after he graduated. Following the signing of Anberlin, Christian wrote many of the bands albums, Anberlin has released seven albums, Blueprints for the Black Market, Never Take Friendship Personal, Cities, New Surrender, and Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place, Vital, and Lowborn. Anberlin has also released an album, Lost Songs. They released their album in 2014. Christian wrote a memoir, The Orphaned Anythings, which was self-published via iUniverse in early 2008 and he is also the founder of Anchor & Brailles label, Wood Water Records, which is distributed through Universal Music Group, which Anberlin is signed to. He founded the acoustic group Anchor & Braille, and they released a 7 single in 2007 and he wrote all songs and performed vocals on their 2009 album Felt, which was recorded in 2008. Felt debuted at number 30 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and his 2012 album with Anchor and Braille titled The Quiet Life was well received by critics, with most of the praise directed at Christians songwriting. Of Goes Without Saying, Artist Direct called it One of the most brilliant and beautiful entries into Christians catalog, Christian has stated that his interest in humanitarian efforts has influenced the themes of several of Anberlins songs
5. Frankie Cosmos – Greta Kline, better known by her stage name Frankie Cosmos, is an American musician and singer-songwriter. She is known for her independent releases, inspired by Frank OHaras poetry, DIY ethics of K Records, Kline is also the former bass guitarist of the band Porches. She is the daughter of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, Greta Kline was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Kline and actress Phoebe Cates. Her father is of German-Jewish and Irish descent and her mother has Russian-Jewish, Kline was introduced to music by her family. She settled on guitar as her instrument of choice at seventh grade, after playing the piano. Home-schooled for most of school, she spent time by attending underground rock shows in New York. Kline appeared in the films The Anniversary Party and The Squid and she began attending New York University in 2012 to study poetry. Kline started performing and recording independently under the alias Ingrid Superstar and she released a number of lo-fi recordings mainly under her Bandcamp account. In early 2010s, she was introduced to the music community of Purchase College. In late 2011, she started to perform under the alias Frankie Cosmos, Maine plays drums for Frankie Cosmos and Kline plays bass for Porches. In 2014, Kline released her studio album as Frankie Cosmos, Zentropy. Kline released the EP Fit Me In on November 13,2015 on Bayonet Records, Kline released her second studio album, Next Thing, on April 1,2016 on Bayonet Records. Lovers shit about fuck the landlord LOVES restaurants, couch Potato Jared Leto Cant Read Do you KNow my Friend JOM No Can Do sunshine over intertwined feelings As Greta Songs I Made
6. Zella Day – Zella Day Kerr, known professionally as Zella Day, is an American singer and songwriter from Pinetop, Arizona. Zella was born and raised in Pinetop, Arizona, Day released her first single Seven Nation Army on June 14,2012, under Wax LTD Records. She was featured in Sultan & Ned Shepards single All These Roads along with Sam Martin, a music video was released a few weeks later on October 22,2013. On March 21,2014, Day released an audio for a song of hers called 1965, the song was later packed digitally, making up her debut single, 1965/Sweet Ophelia. The single was released in April,2014 and that same month, Day released her debut extended play Zella Day on vinyl. A video for Sweet Ophelia was released a few months later on October 24,2014 and that same day, she released the EP, Zella Day, onto digital outlets. The EP features its lead single Sweet Ophelia, along with the songs Hypnotic, East of Eden, the EP received critical acclaim, Addy Stupin from The Harborlight gave the EP high praise, as incredibly satisfying and impressive. The extended play also peaked at #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, one of the songs from the EP, Hypnotic, served as one of iTunes Singles of the Week where it was available for free download. Hypnotic was later released as the EPs second single, a music video was released onto VEVO on February 27,2015, and has since accumulated over 6 million views. In early 2015, Day announced that her album was titled Kicker and was released on June 2,2015. It was received favorably and got featured on the iTunes New Release page, Days song Sacrifice appeared on The Divergent Series, Insurgent – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Her song Compass appeared in episode 407 of Catfish, making her national television debut on June 10,2015, Zella Day and her band appeared on the Conan show and performed her song High. Days song Bloodline appears on the soundtrack of Diablo, the upcoming movie, The Finest Hours, uses Days song Compass as a background track in its trailer. Zella has had multiple TV appearances, including Conan OBrien, where she performed High, and Late Night with Seth Meyers, Day performed at Coachella in 2016. She also performed at Music Midtown in mid September 2016, the song High was used for League of Legends Korean Spring Regionals. In October 2016, Day released a new single titled Man on the Moon, in November 2016, she released another single Hunnie Pie
7. Lana Del Rey – Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer, songwriter, and model. Her music has been noted for its style, its preoccupation with themes of tragic romance and melancholia. Del Rey received further recognition after her major-label debut Born to Die peaked at two on the United States charts and was the fifth best-selling album of 2012. Three of the EPs tracks were featured in her short film Tropico, in 2014, Del Rey released her third studio album, Ultraviolence, which received positive critical and commercial reception, it became her first number-one record in the United States. In 2015, following a North American tour with Courtney Love and Grimes, Del Rey released her studio album. It also received critical and commercial response, the album had the fourth highest first week sales by a female artist in 2015. Del Rey is set to release her studio album, titled Lust for Life. She has one sister, Caroline Grant, and one brother. Her paternal grandfather, Robert England Grant, Sr. was a Kidder, Peabody & Co. investment banker, a president for Plough, Inc and Textron. Del Rey grew up in rural Lake Placid, New York, and attended a Catholic elementary school and for one year and she began singing in her church choir when she was a child, where she was the cantor. At age fifteen, she was sent to Kent School by her parents to deal with her rampant alcohol abuse, her uncle, before becoming a singer, Del Rey wanted to be a poet. As a child, her father wrote country songs for personal enjoyment, while her mother was interested in singing, during this time, Del Reys uncle taught her how to play guitar, and she realized could probably write a million songs with those six chords. Shortly after, she began writing songs and performing in nightclubs around the city under various names such as Sparkle Jump Rope Queen and Lizzy Grant, I was always singing, but didnt plan on pursuing it seriously, Del Rey said. The following fall, she enrolled at Fordham University where she majored in philosophy, Del Rey said she chose to study the subject because it bridged the gap between God and science. I was interested in God and how technology could bring us closer to finding out where we came from, according to Del Rey, she had trouble making friends in boarding school and college, and said, that was when my musical experience began. I kind of people for myself. After college, she moved to Brooklyn, where she resided for four years. On April 25,2005, a compact disc was registered under Elizabeth Woolridge Grant with the United States Copyright Office
8. Dev (singer) – Devin Star Tailes, better known as Dev, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, model and radio host. She was discovered by the label, Indie-Pop, and The Cataracs via Myspace after her friend Shane Crislip. Devs song Booty Bounce was sampled in Far East Movements hit single Like a G6 which reached number 1 in the US, and sold over four million downloads in the country. Dev was signed to Universal Republic in October 2010, and released her debut single Bass Down Low in November 16,2010 which reached the top 10 in the United Kingdom and her debut album The Night the Sun Came Up was released on March 27,2012. The second single, In the Dark, peaked at number 11 in the US chart, Dev in 2014 released two EPs, Bittersweet July and the second part as a follow up to part one. Shes a radio host of the popular radio Beats 1 by Apple, in mid 2016, Dev started promoting her album with an opening single called #1 featuring Nef the Pharaoh which reached the top 15 on the Billboard Rhythmic songs chart. Dev was born to Lisa, an estate agent, and Riki Tailes. She has two sisters, Sierra Sol and Maezee Luna. Dev is of Portuguese and Mexican descent and she grew up in the city of Manteca. At the age of four, she started swimming and was part of the U. S Olympic development program and she attended Brock Elliott Elementary and graduated from Sierra High School in 2007, where she was a member of band and choir. She attended San Joaquin Delta College, studying English and art history and she went to her senior formal with Ryan Fisher, who is currently a professional baseball player for the Miami Marlins. In 2009 she made a cover of Amy Winehouse Blonde Trick and, after a friend posted the song into MySpace, to Fashion Indie Magazine she said, I decided to put up this song on MySpace. It was basically a track and I didnt expect anything out of it. She dropped out of college in her first year to pursue her career and was then signed by the Los Angeles-based record label and management team, Indie-Pop. Six months later, Dev and The Cataracs song 2Nite began to gain exposure on the radio, the television channel MtvU, in 2009, Dev moved to Los Angeles to produce music with the Cataracs and work directly with Indie-Pop. In 2010, the Cataracs produced Like a G6 with Far East Movement, the two songs were made in the same summer, at the time where Dev and the Cataracs were grinding it out in the studio pretty tough together, making a couple of simplistic random tracks. Like a G6, which features Far East Movement and Dev, was released in April 2010, the song went on to sell over four million downloads in the US. In August 2010, a video was made for Booty Bounce directed by Ethan Lader, and uploaded it onto YouTube
9. Ed Droste – Edward Ed Droste is an original member of the Brooklyn-based indie-rock group Grizzly Bear. The group began as the effort of Droste with the release of 2004s Horn of Plenty. All songs were written and performed by Droste, by 2005, the group expanded into a four-piece, with Droste still as a contributing songwriter. Droste was born in Massachusetts, the son of Diana and Bruce F. Droste and his maternal grandfather was conductor and musicologist Elliot Forbes. Through his mothers Forbes line, he is related to singer China Forbes and he attended elementary school at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where his mother is a music teacher, and high school at Concord Academy in Concord Massachusetts. He attended Hampshire College for one year in 1999 before transferring to, Edward is a second cousin on his fathers side to Ed Droste, who is a co-founder of the Hooters restaurant chain. Droste began composing and performing songs on a basis as Grizzly Bear, releasing the album Horn of Plenty in 2004. The two then joined with Chris Taylor, and eventually Daniel Rossen, to form the current four-piece band, Droste has said of the gestation of the band, Daniel and I are the principal songwriters, but we also have the most issues with being performers. I strongly reject the notion that I have to do stage kicks or be some sort of persona, I respect artists that have an act, a look, a shtick. That’s all fine and dandy, but with our songs, it would feel like the biggest farce and it took us a long time to get comfortable, the whole thing was four people growing into each other. April 2007 - Edward appeared as a guest vocalist on To a Fault from Dntels fourth album, September 2007 - Edward sang with Beirut in the video for their song Cliquot for La Blogothèques video series. March 2008 - Edward joined Owen Pallett to cover Björks Possibly Maybe for Stereogum. coms tribute to Björks album, february 2011 - Edward collaborated on the song Im Losing Myself with Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold in Los Angeles. May 2016 - Edward and Little Joys Binki Shapiro collaborated on a cover of the Grateful Dead song Loser for the Grateful Dead tribute album Day of the Dead, in September 2011, Droste married his long-time boyfriend, interior designer Chad McPhail. On August 4,2014, Droste announced his divorce from McPhail via Twitter, Droste was featured on the cover of Hello Mr. in 2013
10. Reed Easterwood – Reed Easterwood is a guitarist, producer, and songwriter currently living in the Southwest, USA. His music has included both on major motion picture and independent soundtracks. He has toured with MC900 Ft. Jesus, Jack Ingram and he has released an album on independent label Parallax Records, called Pawn Shop From Heaven. Additionally, Easterwood has distributed four albums independently under his own company called 227 Lmtd. His own band is called Junky Southern, and when he plays, reed Easterwood has produced albums and/or tracks for Jack Ingram, Eleven Hundred Springs, Meredith Miller, Cottonmouth Texas, Pleasant Grove, Bryan Wakeland, and Nick Brisco among others. He is affiliated with production team/artists Hydroponic Sound System and has also done work as a multi-instrumentalist for Chuck Raney, Phil Pritchett. Absolute Blue Junky Southern - Pawn Shop from Heaven -, Parallax Records MySpace page
11. Sky Ferreira – Sky Tonia Ferreira is an American singer, songwriter, model, and actress. She released her first extended play, As If. in 2011, the album was preceded by its lead single Youre Not the One. That year, she ventured into the industry after appearing in Eli Roths The Green Inferno. She was exposed to an audience after having been announced as an opening act for the international Bangerz Tour, headlined by Miley Cyrus. Ferreiras earlier work incorporated elements of dance-pop, while her recent projects experiment with acoustic, new wave and her lyrical content originally incorporated themes of rebellion and teenage romance, and has since evolved to discuss personal insecurities and more mature romantic themes. Outside of her work in the entertainment industry, she has modeled for brands and magazines. Sky Tonia Ferreira was born on July 8,1992 in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, Ferreiras father is Brazilian and Portuguese, while her mother is Native American. Ferreira was largely raised by her grandmother, who had been Michael Jacksons personal hairstylist for over 30 years. She commented, saying, I was raised around him, I always saw him had holidays with him and stuff like that, Ferreira expressed interest in singing as a child and, with Jacksons encouragement, Ferreiras grandmother enrolled her in opera lessons. Ferreira has stated that she was assaulted in her adolescence twice, firstly involving a neighbor. In an interview with Rookie, Ferreira said, Ive never said anything because I dont want it to define me, people feel like it defines you, and it doesnt. Its really unfortunate and disgusting and traumatizing, but it doesnt make you who you are, Ferreira dropped out of high school after completing her sophomore year. Ferreira later began maintaining a Myspace profile where she uploaded demo versions of self-written tracks, in 2009, she was signed to Parlophone, and began finalizing the debut studio album that she says was first begun when she was 14 years old. In 2010, she ventured into the film and modelling industries after starring in the independent film Putty Hill and appearing in the magazines Dazed and Interview. After releasing the tracks 17 and One, the latter having peaked at number 64 on the UK Singles Chart and its planned lead single Obsession had first appeared on the compilation album Now Thats What I Call Music. 35 in 2010, and peaked at number 37 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart and these plans never came to fruition, and were substituted for the extended play As If. and its lead single Sex Rules that March. A writer for MuuMuse spoke favorably of her vocal and musical versatility, during this time, Ferreira was featured in the advertising campaign for the Calvin Klein CK One product line alongside Cassie Ventura. The following year, she was photographed by Ellen von Unwerth for the cover of Vs. and appeared in the Adidas Originals commercial with rappers Big Sean and Snoop Dogg
12. Piney Gir – Piney Gir, often shortened to Piney, is an American musician and singer, born in Kansas but based in London, England since 1998. She has released six studio albums, pineys musical style is predominately edgy indie-pop, although she has been described both as a musical “chameleon and as “the indie Dolly Parton. Piney is a figure on the London music scene, and has toured extensively including appearances at Glastonbury festival, South by Southwest. She has collaborated with artists, including Andy Ramsay of Stereolab, Rob Campanella from The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Eamon Hamilton from the band Brakes and British Sea Power, Piney was a member of cult all-girl band The Schla La Las. Piney was raised in the Bible Belt of Midwest America and secular music was forbidden to her, as a teenager, Piney rebelled against this upbringing and went to university where she majored in music, with drums, then voice, as her instruments. When she moved to London, she joined synth pop band Vic Twenty, Vic Twenty released a single on Mute records label Credible Sexy Units and toured the UK and Europe with Erasure. The album is electronica in style, and features Simple Kid, the album was extensively toured, including a slot supporting Erasure on a month-long European tour, and a session for Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2. Janet Schmanet/Kissing/Sweet Truck Records Creature/Ruth Is Coming to America/Jingle De Lo Marcelo Crivella Truck Records Greetings, Salutations, whilst touring Peakahokahoo, Piney was offered a support slot at a working men’s club with an Americana band and decided to try playing country versions of her songs. This led to the formation of The Piney Gir Country Roadshow, and the release of Hold Yer Horses. The album was selected as one of the top five of 2006 by Phill Jupitus in the 5 December issue of Radio Times magazine, saying, the stomp and twang of these songs of love and life are unmissable. Great Divide Truck Records I Dont Know Why I Feel Like Crying But I Do Truck Records Greetings, Salutations, album track and single, Of All The Wonderful Things, features Eamon Hamilton from Brakes and British Sea Power. Album track Miss Havisham features in the film Youre Not You starring Hilary Swank, the album secured radio sessions with Mark Radcliffe, Marc Riley and Cerys Mathews on BBC Radio 6 Music. Of All The Wonderful Things/My Imaginary Baby Purr Records Say Im Sorry Hotel Records Weeping Bee Hotel Records For The Love of Others Damaged Goods Released on Damaged Goods. The second Piney Gir Country Roadshow album evolves from the classic, old-fashioned Nashville Sound of Hold Yer Horses into a more Laurel Canyon, country-rock style with a modern twist. A lot of album was written on tour by Piney with the Roadshow in the back of the tour van. Half of the captures an sunny California vibe, while the other half has a dark murder ballad edge to it. Jesus Wept was recorded at Bark Studio in Walthamstow with Brian OShaunghessy known for his work with Primal Scream, Denim, the album features collaborations with members of Danny and the Champions of the World and Fionn Regan’s band. The Piney Gir Country Roadshow toured the UK extensively to promote the album and Piney played SXSW festival, single,40 Days ‘n’ Nights, was used in Italian indie film Some Say No directed by Giambattista Avellino
13. Colleen Green – Colleen Green is an American indie pop musician from Los Angeles, California. She is currently signed to Hardly Art records, Green released her first album, Milo Goes to Compton, in 2011. She released her album, Sock It To Me, in 2013. Her third album I Want to Grow Up was released on February 24,2015, in September 2015 Green was voted Best Solo Artist by the readers of LA Weekly. Colleen Green on Twitter Colleen Green on Facebook
14. Julia Holter – Julia Shammas Holter is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, composer and artist, based in Los Angeles. A CalArts graduate, Holter released her first studio album, Tragedy, a second album, Ekstasis, followed in 2012. After joining Domino Records in 2013, she released her third album and her fourth album, Have You in My Wilderness, was released in 2015. Holter has also collaborated with musicians, including Nite Jewel, Ducktails, Linda Perhacs, Michael Pisaro. Holter was born in Milwaukee, WI, at age six her family moved to Los Angeles, where she later attended the Alexander Hamilton High School Academy of Music. She studied music at The University of Michigan for four years, after seeing Michael Pisaro perform an avant-garde composition in Michigan, she was inspired to study with him at CalArts, where she graduated from another composition program. Holter contributed songs to multiple compilation albums in 2008, in 2010, she began playing with Linda Perhacs band and released a CD-R titled Celebration and a collection of live recordings. Her debut studio album, Tragedy, was released in August 2011 on Leaving Records, inspired by Euripides Greek play Hippolytus, the album received generally favorable reviews and was named one of NPRs Best Outer Sound Albums Of 2011. Holter released an album, Ekstasis, in March 2012 on the RVNG label. The album drew comparisons to works by artists as Laurie Anderson, Julianna Barwick, Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, Grouper, and Stereolab. Holter spent three years making the album, whose title comes from the Greek word meaning outside of oneself, the music video for album track Moni Mon Amie, directed by Yelena Zhelezov, was also released in March. In addition to collaborating with other California-based musicians like Nite Jewel, Holter released her album, Loud City Song. Unlike her first two albums, which were recorded mostly alone in her bedroom, Holter recorded Loud City Song with an ensemble of musicians, in 2015, Holter released her fourth album Have You in My Wilderness, which became her most successful charting release to date. She also contributed to Ducktails fifth studio album, St. Catherine, with her bandmates Chris Votek, Holter collaborated with Jean-Michel Jarre on a song for the second part of the Electronica double album, released on July 18,2016. In November 2016, she curated her own program during the anniversary edition of Le Guess Who. This program included performances by Laurel Halo, Josephine Foster, Maya Dunietz, Jessica Moss, Holter was previously in a relationship with Real Estate guitarist and Ducktails frontman Matt Mondanile. In 2015, she contributed to his Ducktails album, St. Catherine, official website Live from NYCs Le Poisson Rouge on NPR Julia Holter Julia Holter Julia Holter by Ben Vida Bomb
15. Jane Lui – Jane Lui is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Southern California. Lui grew up in Hong Kong and at the age of 12 and her musical influences include Tori Amos, Kate Bush, and Björk. She has opened for Jason Mraz, Jim Bianco, Kate Earl, Vienna Teng, Tom Brosseau, in 2004, she started her solo career. Since then, she has released three albums, Lui voices Mother Tanaka in the 2012 animated short film, Hibakusha, alongside Karin Anna Cheung, Daisuke Suzuki, and William Frederick Knight. Lui has a degree in education from San Diego State University. She is classically trained in piano and voice, on Barkentine, the San Diego Troubadour notes the originality of her album. For her performance of Below at Kollaboration 9 in Los Angeles, official website Jane Lui on Facebook Jane Lui on Twitter Jane Luis channel on YouTube
16. Jeremy Messersmith – Jeremy Messersmith is an indie pop musician based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jeremy Messersmith was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and grew up in the Tri-Cities area of Washington and he moved to Minneapolis in 1999 to attend North Central University. Jeremy is a gamer and has been known to play such titles as Star Wars Galaxies, Everquest, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Starcraft 2. He also plays Dungeons & Dragons regularly with a group that includes science fiction author Rob Callahan. His first album, The Alcatraz Kid, released in 2006, the Alcatraz Kid also received the attention of Performing Songwriter, KCRW, and The Current. The title The Alcatraz Kid was inspired by a man who used the name to prank-call where Messersmith worked, Messersmith followed up with his second album, The Silver City, produced by Dan Wilson. The production and sonic landscapes capture a range of pop songs ranging from the electronically inspired Miracles to love songs like Love You To Pieces. The Silver City was recognized in a poll as the second-best album in the Twin Cities in 2008, losing out only to the rising star of hip hop act. Additionally, he has had his songs featured in a French Film and his video for the Star Wars themed Tatooine went viral, with Messersmith receiving national press in several publications. He has opened for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on separate occasions, in the Fall of 2012, Jeremy embarked on a Supper Club Tour in which he combined Pot Luck Dinners with Living Room Shows, selling out shows across the country. In 2013, he signed with Glassnote Records for his release, Heart Murmurs. He also toured extensively, playing with Tom ODell, Daughter, BOY, and Brett Dennen. The lead track from the album, Tourniquet, was featured on The Current, WXPN, NPRs Here & Now, and Time Magazine, where Messersmith was named one of 14 artists to look out for in 2014. In 2014, Messersmith appeared on the variety show, Wits, alongside comedian Maria Bamford and host, John Moe at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. In 2017, Jeremy released a songbook,11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs For Ukulele, A Micro-Folk Record For The 21st Century And Beyond. Regarding the release of his own versions of the songs, he wrote The audio will be released in mid April, I just wanted people to experience the songs with their own voices first. TV
17. Ross Mintzer – Ross Philip Mintzer is an American musician and performer. He has led the Ross Mintzer Band since its formation in 2012, Mintzer was featured on National Public Radio show, From The Top. In 2011, he started a choir in Karachi, Pakistan and has been recognized by the National Association for Music Education. Mintzer was born in 1987 in New York City and he began learning the saxophone at age 8, after influence by his uncle, Bob Mintzer, a Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophone player. He also plays saxophone, flute, and guitar, in addition to singing and composing. Mintzer played in the Jazz Band at Mamaroneck High School and in the band Dr. Meeker in New York before formally studying music during high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, Mintzer continued his studies during college at the Manhattan School of Music. In high school, he played tenor sax in jazz combo and he has studied privately with New York saxophonist, Marc Mommaas. In 2005, Mintzer was one of 29 high school students selected for the Gibson/Baldwin Jazz Ensembles for the 47th Annual Grammy Music Awards in Los Angeles, Mintzer performed at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood with award winning Jazz saxophonist Benny Golson. That same year, he was a performer on the National Public Radio program From the Top with bassist Michael Thurber. Bachs Two-Part Inventions No.1 and No.2 and he was also a co-winner in Downbeat Magazines 28th Annual Student Awards in the Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist and Jazz Instrumental Soloist categories. Jazziz magazine invited him to perform on its compilation album Jazziz on Disc, Mintzer was the guitarist and composer for Remington, a duo with bassist Michael Thurber, which became a trio with the addition of drummer Greg Evans. The Band was named for their mentor David Remington, in 2009, Mintzer traveled to teach music. He began touring around the country with fellow Interlochen alumnus Michael Thurber to hold clinics for young musicians. Beginning in February 2011, Mintzer taught in the Performing Arts Department of the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, from October 2011 to February 2012, he taught English and music in Karachi, Pakistan to children at The Garage School. He also organized events for the students and directed a girls choir. In 2012, he formed The Ross Mintzer Band, according to the band website, they have released two singles and one music video, and have performed in Chicago, St. Louis, Boulder, Madison, Los Angeles, and New York City. On July 7,2015, Mintzer performed, The Star Spangled Banner in Colorado Springs, Mintzer released his song, Refugee, as a single in 2015. On April 7,2016, Mintzer released Stronger, a song that utilizes multiple synthesizers with various timbres and qualities, mintzers songs were streamed over 20 million times in 2016
18. R. Stevie Moore – Robert Steven Moore, also known as R. Stevie Moore and RSM, is an American singer, songwriter, stevie Moore Cassette Club, his home-based label. His eclectic work incorporates a variety of styles, both popular and experimental. From 1978 to November 2010, Moore lived and recorded in his apartment studios in Montclair, New Jersey, and then Bloomfield, New Jersey, before relocating to his native Nashville in December 2010. He is the oldest son of Bob Moore, veteran Nashville A-Team bassist, producer, in February 2005, newspaper writer Tammy LaGorce praised Moore, dubbing him a lo-fi legend in the New York Times. The novelty song was withheld from release until 1969, when it became a hit single in the UK on the RCA Victor label. Moore is proficient on guitar, electric bass, keyboards, percussion, in 1966, he began pursuing what would become his lifelong passion, home recording as a one-man band, using reel-to-reel tape decks set up in his parents basement in suburban Madison. In 1967, he and some high school formed a rock combo called The Marlborough. He later began working for his father as a studio musician and his credits during these early years include playing bass on a rare 1973 Perry Como single recorded in Nashville. He briefly attended Vanderbilt University, but dropped out in 1971 to pursue his passions for writing, recording and performing music, Moore later had built up enough material to issue his home-recorded 1976 debut album Phonography on his uncle Harry H. P. The initial run was limited to only 100 pressings, New Yorks Trouser Press magazine gave the album positive reviews, calling it an outrageous collection of musical brain spewage and a true slash of genius in its December 1977 issue. Moore moved from Nashville to New Jersey shortly afterwards, his uncle then releasing two further collections, the Stance EP, and second album Delicate Tension in 1978. In 1996 Phonography was listed among the fifty most significant indie records in Rolling Stones Alt-Rock-A-Rama,1980 saw an important tape release, Clack, this time recorded professionally in midtown Manhattan. The label described Moore as one of the best songwriters of all time, further albums followed in the 80s, including Verve, Glad Music, and Teenage Spectacular (described by Moore then as the most enjoyable project of my career. Moore was an early on-air personality at WFMU, an independent free-form radio station out of New Jersey, around 1988, Moore started working in home video, and he is now very active on YouTube and compiling his own DVDs. In 2012 several film documentaries by others were completed, the advent of CD-R as a medium for self-issued music brought new enthusiasm for his home recording, and in 1999 the cassette club became the R. In 2011, Moore established a new band with guitarist J. R. Thomason and embarked on his first ever tours, in 2012, Moore did a cover of Post Break-Up Sex by The Vaccines. The Vaccines covered his Why Should I Love You, which was suggested to them by Albert Hammond Jr, guitarist of New York-based band The Strokes
19. Frankie Muniz – Francisco Frankie Muñiz IV is an American actor, musician, writer, producer, race car driver, and band manager. In the early-to-mid 2000s, he garnered fame as the star of the Fox television family sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, in 2003, he was considered one of Hollywoods most bankable teens. In 2008, he put his career on hold to pursue an open wheel racing career. He competed in the Atlantic Championship, in 2012, he joined the band Kingsfoil as a drummer, however, he left the band in 2014. Muniz was born and grew up in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey and his father, Francisco III, was a restauranteur, and his mother, Denise, was a nurse. His father is Puerto Rican and his mother is of Italian and he has an elder sister, Cristina. Muniz was first discovered at the age of eight, at a talent show in Raleigh, North Carolina and he was cast as Tiny Tim in a local production of A Christmas Carol. Shortly after, his parents divorced, and he moved to Burbank, California. He appeared in commercials and made his debut in the made-for-television movie To Dance With Olivia. In that same year, he appeared in the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of What the Deaf Man Heard, a small role in the film Lost & Found led to his breakout role as the title character on Malcolm in the Middle. Fox premiered Linwood Boomers Malcolm in the Middle, starring Muniz, on January 9,2000, as a replacement. The premiere episode was watched by 23 million people and the episode by 26 million. He was nominated for the Emmy Awards in 2001, and received The Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award for his work in the series, throughout his television career, Muniz made guest appearances on the shows Lizzie McGuire, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and MADtv. His first starring role in a film was as Willie Morris in the 2000 family period piece My Dog Skip. That same year, he provided the voice of Domino in the 2000 video game 102 Dalmatians, Puppies to the Rescue. The following year, he contributed a character voice to the animal cast of the film Dr. Dolittle 2. He had a hit with the 2002 release Big Fat Liar, Muniz was also part of the ensemble for the gang film Deuces Wild, released that same year. In 2003, he made an appearance as Chers underage boyfriend in Stuck on You