5 Up and Coming Alternative Artists

By Carissa Dunlap

Here at Five Cent Sound we are looking at five artists, we believe are ready to have a major breakout in 2017. The first couple months in 2017, listeners will see an outpour of new artists and material. These bands and solo artists are redefining and bending the genre of Alternative music, allowing them to occupy prime spaces in the alt scene.

Hey Violet

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Single Guys my Age

5SOS’s proteges the pop-rock quintet Hey Violet accompanied the band on the summer leg of their 2016 arena tour and signed on to their record label Hi or Hey Records, opening the group up to a whole new audience. The five some has been around since 2008, when they were originally known as Cherri Bomb. Four years later, they released a full-length album called This is the End of Control with Hollywood Records. After original lead singer, Julia Pierce, left bass guitarist Rena Lovelis took over as lead vocalist. The group decided to change their name to Hey Violet and created a more contemporary sound. The group incorporates groove heavy vibes and guitar pop to match Lovelis’s unique, quiet and raspy vocals. They are planning to release a second album in 2017. Two singles have been released off their impending album, “Guys my Age” and “Break my Heart, both having success on the airwaves.

PWR BTTM

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Single Big Beautiful Day

Duo Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins, are a rare find that can inspire conversation through their musical prowess and personal political rhetoric giving both listeners something to thoroughly enjoy and believe in. Through their complicated instrumentation and diary retelling of life and love gone wrong, the pair has become a voice for the generation. It has been two years since their debut album Ugly Cherries. Listeners have been slowly awaiting a sophomore release, especially in this political climate. Their album Pageant is set to release May 12th already two singles have been released off it “Big Beautiful Day” and “Answer my Text”.

Maggie Rogers

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Single Alaska

Life has a funny way of playing out, especially for 2017 breakout hit indie folk singer Maggie Rogers. In 2016, Rogers was a student at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute. The singer presented an unfinished version of her song “Alaska” in a masterclass with Pharrell Williams, who supposedly after one listen was on the brink of tears and admitted to “never have hearing anything that sounded like that”. The entire ordeal was filmed, giving Rogers a viral moment and an eventual hit once the electro – folk song was formally released. Rogers always grew up playing the banjo and folk music, and it wasn’t until a trip to France that she learned dance music has “universal spirituality”, all sounds evident in her lead single. Recently, she released her EP Now that the Light is Fading and is currently on a North American headlining tour. An album is expected by the end of the year.

Sorority Noise

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Single Using

Sorority Noise is home to the underground emo music scene in Philadelphia, but the standout group has made headway with personal songwriting skills and distinctive croons from front man Cameron Boucher. The group’s sophomore album release in 2015 Joy, Departed showed immense growth from their first album, gaining more fans outside of Philly. Their newest album, You’re not as as you Think was recently released and is described as an “emotional bulldozer” covering heavy topics such as depression and the death of close friends. It has received positive reception, as stated by a review Pitchfork.com “Sorority Noise know brutal honesty can be uncomfortable, but they employ it so well on their latest album, a rafter-reaching emo record about the raw stages of grief and loneliness.”

Amber Coffman

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Single Get Free with Major Lazor

Amber Coffman received a lot of attention in 2016 after accusing music publicist Heathcliff Berru of sexual assault and calling for other victims to come forward in a single tweet. In 2017, the spot light will hopefully refocus into her immense musical ability. Coffman has worked on three albums with Dirty Projectors and diverse collaborations with Major Lazor and J.Cole. She is set to release her debut solo album, City of No Reply with Columbia Records. The lead single is “All to Myself” which mixes old school Motown with modern alternative pop and powerful vocals. Her role on the upcoming Dirty Projectors album is still undefined, but she did not appear on its first single.

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