We always find ourselves wondering the age-old question, “What should I listen to?” Whether it be on our walk to the Pit, drives around campus, or during our four hour study stint in Davis, we’ve got your back on this one. 

(In no particular order)

1. Courtney Barnett

This up-and-coming Australian rebel was just recently nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist. A personal favorite of mine, her stream-of-consciousness lyrics and Punk tones make me feel invincible on the way to class.

Check out: Pedestrian at Best and History Eraser 

Source: Pitchfork

Source: Pitchfork

2. Allan Rayman

If you don’t already have 2 or 3 of his songs from his latest album, Hotel Rayman, on your playlists then you need to right now. This heartthrob is going to big. And you don’t want to miss out on it.

Check out: Lucy the Tease or 27

Source: Facebook 

Source: Facebook 

3. Anna of the North

If you’re looking for a song to drive around aimlessly to, this one’s your winner. Sightly mesmerizing, this song will make you think about the ex you never had, but in a good way.

Check Out: Sway

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Source: alltomorrowmusic

4. Bryson Tiller

If you follow Kylie Jenner on SnapChat, then I’m sure you know of Bryson Tiller. The musical baby of Chris Brown + Tyga, Bryson Tiller is supreme when you want a little umf to your day.

Check out: Don’t and Sorry Not Sorry

Source: VIBE

Source: VIBE

5. Rainbow Kitten Surprise

If you went to their recent show at Cat’s Cradle, then I don’t even need to persuade you. RKS grew on me quick, and made me want to listen to that old band Rehab again. His voice is great to study to, and maybe you’ll even catch them next time they come back to Carrboro.

Check Out: Seven and Cocaine Jesus

Source: Rainbow Kitten Surprise 

Source: Rainbow Kitten Surprise 

6. Grimes

I know what you’re thinking. You’ve always heard of Grimes, but was never really too crazy about her. I felt the same way until her latest song. 

Check out: Flesh Without Blood

Source: The Fader

Source: The Fader

7. Saint Motel

If you’re laying in bed, and you desperately need something to get you outside, check out Saint Motel.  It’s hard not to immediately start dancing once I hear My Type.

Check it out, along with: Puzzle Pieces

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Source: Inforoo

8. Death Grips

My sister told me this was the best concert she’s ever been to. It’s also probably the most “out there” band on this list. This band is for the people reading this listicle who might have a little different taste than the norm. 

(Disclaimer: Listen with caution. You will complete too much homework and probably next month’s paper.)

Check Out: I’ve Seen Footage

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Source: UnderTheRadar

9. HONNE

This band will make you wonder why you never talked to that person in 11th grade who smiled at you from the across the room. Listen to this band if you need something fresh, but still slow and mellow. With small techno undertones, his voice still is contagiously fantastic.

Check out: Coastal Love and The Night

Source: Huh Magazine

Source: Huh Magazine

10. Jamaican Queens

Last, but not least, Jamaican Queens have probably some of the best mixing and sound effects I’ve heard in awhile.  Listen to them on a long car ride, where you can really appreciate the lyrics.

Check out: Water

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Source: The Key

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