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,…

Anticipated albums of 2017

By Brendan Kane At the start of a new year, it’s always exciting to anticipate all the new music that will be released. This year will be full of new jams from all different kinds of artists and bands. Here are five albums to look out for in 2017: St. Vincent (Title TBA) Annie Clark,…

Top 3 most influential black artists

By Anna Newton During the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month in which we remember integral individuals and moments that helped shape African American history. In doing so, we remember cultural icons as well who are essential to establishing this history. One significant facet of cultural icons is that of music icons. They…

Radiohead Covers (That Are Good)

by Cody Kenner In honor of Radiohead’s recent release of A Moon Shaped Pool, I thought it’d be appropriate to aggregate some of the better covers of Radiohead’s music. Countless artists of all backgrounds have been influenced by their career, so it’s only fitting that their covers be so different (and yet consistently poignant) in…

Ten Influential Trans Musicians

by Cody Kenner In many ways and in many fields, trans people have seen a significant increase in public visibility. Caitlyn Jenner was featured on the cover of the July 2015 Vanity Fair, actress Laverne Cox was featured on the cover of Time, and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez received critical acclaim for her role in the Sundance Film Festival-premiering…

Creative Music Videos and the Stories Behind Them

By Lauren Lopez The aesthetic of an artist’s music video is an incredibly important decision. Should it be simple, emotional, or funny? Should it have complicated choreography or none at all? Should it be in black and white or color? These simple alterations can dramatically affect the success of an artist’s video. Alternative rock band…

Boston T Station Musicians

By Cody Kenner Boston is home to a diverse cast of characters, as many notice from a mere casual glance across its busy streets. This ensemble is at its most diverse in the great underground halls of public transit. The T is where people of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and classes flock in order to…

The Front(man) Lives On

By Aidan Connelly What ever became of the frontman? For that matter, whatever became of the frontwoman? What became of the ever-cool, charismatic, alluring figure at the front of the stage—the role solidified in the seventies by singers like by Mick Jagger and Freddie Mercury who gave nothing less than everything in putting on a…

Top Five Reissues of 2014

By Chris Gavin Year after year, the best albums get reissued with a new mastering or added bonuses and features. These editions often enrich the sound of each with fuller bass and boosted vocals, among other variations. Reissued material is also an honor in itself for the artist, highlighting what is worthy to be revisited…