I ceased listening to (the majority of) mainstream music when I grew bored of its lackluster lyrics and frustrated that an overabundance of songs sounded strangely…well, s i m i l a r. By embracing indie music and speaking with a number of emerging independent artists, I’ve come to learn that the greatest disparity between mainstream musicians and their indie peers (across multiple genres) isn’t necessarily a matter of talent but a matter of WHAT is being created. While many mainstream artists are molded to...

Don’t let the almost-always-frosted-with-sprinkles facade people tend to paint fool you into thinking anyone has a perfect life. Even the most coveted stars with caravans of followers have a spectrum of emotions, just like you and I. (And, let’s be honest, true growth rarely, if ever, stems from flaunting flashiness.) Over the past year, I’ve personally come to learn it’s often in our darkest places, breaking bread with our dreams, our reality, and our fears, where we have the potential to become something greater than...

Young Ritual, the Mid-Michigan based Indie-Alternative solo project started by singer-songwriter Dylan Grantham, *just* dropped his debut EP, You Can Be Beautiful, Too, and we’re ALL ABOUT celebrating this milestone. (Listen while you read.) If you’ve been following the blog, you already know Young Ritual has sparked our attention (and playlists) for months. I mean, this marks our THIRD post with Dylan this year! (If you’re like some people I know—*clears throat*—and prefer to work in chronological order, first read our mini-post about “Prime,” Young...

If you’re anything like us and LOVE finding lesser-known indie artists at the start of their ascent, this post is for you. Over the summer, my path luckily led me to see indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Cassi Nicholls perform, and I was blown away (so much so that I’ve seen her perform THREE times since). If you’ve been following the blog, you already know we have covered a variety of shining, rising indie artists in various genres all across the US. (If you haven’t been...

Young Ritual, the Mid-Michigan based Indie-Alternative solo project started by singer-songwriter Dylan Grantham, has sparked our attention (and playlists) for months. His first official single, “Prime,” hit us hard at the end of August (just as we were craving new music). The oh-so-relatable lyrics—“Worries and shivers in sheets every night, Working up the courage to just say hi to the people in my life”—feel like a bit of a homecoming. It’s a repeat-worthy track for anyone who embraces Americana and appreciates songs with substance. (Listen while...