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7 Black Alternative Bands to Listen to After Willow Smith’s “Transparent Soul”

"Transparent Soul" is a full teen-angst banger, the stuff of our adolescent dreams. With the new single, Willow Smith joins the ranks of Black pop punk/alternative artists changing the genre for the better.

Willow in Transparent Soul

Willow Smith just released her new single, "Transparent Soul," and it's an alt-rock, pop-punk influenced banger.

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An Introduction to Twee Pop in 8 Essential Albums

From Beat Happening to Belle & Sebastian, we look at eight albums that came to define an underground subgenre.

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There's indie music. There's pop music. And then, there's indie pop.

Before indie pop was used as a descriptor for left-leaning pop acts like HAIM, Gus Dapperton, and King Princess, the subgenre embodied a very different ethos. Originally stemming from the British post-punk movement of the 1970s, the indie pop scene that followed appealed to young music geeks who appreciated DIY methods, a playful attitude, and good, old-fashioned songs about crushes.

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Indie Roundup: Five New Albums to Stream Now

Here's what to listen to this weekend.

If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.

Popdust's weekly column, Indie Roundup, finds the five best albums coming out each week so that you don't have to. Every Friday, we'll tell you what's worth listening to that might not already be on your radar.

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8 Rap Songs that Sample Indie Music

These unexpected crossovers live in our head rent-free.

Beautiful things can happen when Hip-Hop comes together with other genres.

Be it the jazz fusion that came about with old-school Hip-Hop or the rap-rock crossovers that took over the 2000s, it's nothing new for rappers to borrow elements from artists outside their primary genre. Surprising samples can be found in Hip-Hop since the genre's inception in the '70s and '80s.

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The 15 Best Alex G Songs

To celebrate Alex G's 2010 album 'Race' finally being pressed on vinyl, we've rounded up the beloved musician's best tracks.

This week, Alex Giannascoli — the beloved singer-songwriter known to most as Alex G — did the unthinkable.

With an expansive back catalog of recordings on his Bandcamp page, Alex G has developed a fervent fanbase. It makes sense, then, that when Alex announced he was finally pressing his often overlooked 2010 album, Race, on vinyl, the copies were swept up seemingly in an instant. (Of course, you can still buy digital copies to support Alex and his band until touring is safely back on).

It wasn't until Alex signed with the record label Domino in 2015 that some of his past Bandcamp releases were, at long last, available on Spotify. Now, Race has joined the mix, meaning now is as good a time as any to acquaint yourself with Alex's music — especially if your only foray into his music is his unreleased track, "Treehouse," that's blowing up on TikTok.

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Indie Roundup: Five New Albums to Stream Now

Here's what to listen to this weekend.

If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.

Popdust's weekly column, Indie Roundup, finds the five best albums coming out each week so that you don't have to. Every Friday, we'll tell you what's worth listening to that might not already be on your radar.

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