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4 DIY Artists to Watch

We are living in a great age of music: the DIY era. Artists have more options and opportunities to turn their visions for a song into a reality. As a total music geek (there, I said it), I just love hearing what they come up with. Having creative control and producing the music themselves gives their sound this edge, something new.

It’s always a treat to discover this new talent. Hipsters, music geeks, and artists alike live for this sort of thing. But wading through all this raw talent can be a bit exhausting. So. Many. Choices!

That’s why I’ve compiled some very new sounds to enjoy. These are people doing something new with their sounds all on their own. They are the ultimate DIY musicians.

Ian Green

It is difficult to put Ian Green into a boxed category for his music. He has a classic sound, yet is inventive and fresh. It’s timeless.

He has just released an album titled “Starlight,” and it’s magical. Now, the entire album is of piano solos, but he is able to convey more emotion with the touch of a key than many singers can with line after line of lyrics. I would play this during a dinner with family or while typing away on my computer.


On his album, songs like “A Peaceful Event” are just that…peaceful. Perfect for that morning yoga routine you’ve been putting off and that is now haunting you when you’re just trying to put off work by reading articles online. Wink, wink. That’s where a song like “White Sound” comes in. It intensifies as it goes on and is perfect for focusing. Of course, it remains a gorgeous piece throughout.

You can find “Starlight” here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/starlight/id991180080


How do you even describe this girl, her creativity, and her music? In a word: Wow!

She is the ultimate DIY artist with mega star power. I initially discovered her from her cover of “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails. A woman covering Nine Inch Nails is awesome enough in itself, but the way she puts a spin on it with her techy instrumentation brings it to a whole new level. She has a lot of amazing covers of everything from Nirvana to Shakira on her popular YouTube channel. But she also has some great original music.


Kawehi has quite a few albums out that she funded through Kickstarter (told you she’s the ultimate DIY), but my favorite songs are on her EP Toy. There is this awesome 90s influence on that one, with her modern electro sound.

You can find her latest project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kawehi/interaktiv

W O O F.

I found W O O F. by pure chance through some entertaining Tweets, and later found out about the awesome music behind them. W O O F. describes its style as “ugly pop songs,” but it’s pure alternative at its finest. I would compare it to a collision of the Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes with a hint of Len. The songs are full of energy contrasted by mellow instrumentation and spacey lyrics.

W O O F.

WOOF. has only one album out that can be streamed online http://woofmusic.wix.com/woof#!music/c2fm. I am already eager to hear what W O O F. comes out with next. And when WOOF. becomes the next big phenomena, remember that I told you about this awesome music first. *Looks at you through hipster aviator shades

Nuns of the Tundra

I will say up front, that album cover. It’s so off-putting…but I guess that’s the point. They have a Queens of the Stone Age vibe, but they’re from the UK, and you can definitely hear the European influence.

Nuns of the Tundra

Nuns is guitar heavy with a garage rock sound. They are also unapologetic. They take their “blasphemy” theme and shove it in your face. And isn’t that kind of the point of rock? They can also be downright funny sometimes. Again, I point to their album cover.

They have an EP on Bandcamp you can check out: t.co/jZ4SuPVKtN

As a Bonus: DOROTHY

Technically not totally DIY because they were signed, but this band kicks butt. That’s the best way to describe their powerful rock style. They have a sound similar to Heart, The Runaways, or more recently, The Pretty Reckless, but I can picture them taking over the world with their own style.

They have one EP out. Five songs. That’s it. But I have listened to those five songs so many times since downloading it in December that I feel like I know them so well.

Just listen to “After Midnight,” and you’ll know all you need to about DOROTHY.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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