Are You Listening? Alternative Songs You Might Have Missed

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In the past few months, a plethora of new alternative music has been released. The holidays and the new year have made it hard to keep up. In the past few weeks alone, new artists have taken the new year as an initiative to release new music. Here’s what you might have missed:

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend

After nearly six years, Vampire Weekend returns with “Harmony Hall” which will appear on their awaited fourth album, Father of the Bride, that will be released this spring.

“Love It If We Made It” by The 1975

The 1975’s album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, was released at the end of November. “Love It If We Made It,” released as a single, has no intention of passing quietly in the alternative music scene; its pleads, yells, calls for action and political protest animates the song and searches to breach like-minded ears.

“Chlorine” by Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots has made leaps and bounds in alternative and mainstream music. With the release of their fifth studio album, Trench, they have cemented their presence. Months after the album’s release, “Chlorine” has been released as a single that weaves the band’s old and new sounds together.

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant

Cage the Elephant returns with “Ready to Let Go,” which reflects on lead singer Matt Shultz’s divorce from a seven-year relationship. The lyrics are poetic punches: “On both sides the vow was broken / Oh my my, I’m the one trying to hide this damage done / One day, all our secrets will be spoken.” The coming album, Social Cues, will be released in April.  

“100 Bad Days” by AJR

AJR has grown quickly in popularity. They made their name known in the alternative music world after their collab with Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, and they’ve made it mainstream with their 2017 summer  hit, “Weak.” Following their first album’s success, AJR returns with new music.

“Big City Boys” by BRONCHO

Oklahoma’s four-piece band, BRONCHO, broke ground with their fourth album, Bad Behavior. BRONCHO, yet again, has not failed to bring a new sound to another great album. “Big City Boys” is the single that speaks for it.  

“Sepulveda Basin” by Liily

Emerging at a rapid rate in the alternative rock scene, Liily’s name is recurring in all spheres, from festival line ups to new music playlists. In announcing their first EP, “Sepulveda Basin” was recently released.

“Less is More” by Demob Happy

Alongside Liily, Demob Happy has a growing presence in alternative rock music. They’ve opened for Jack White and Nothing But Thieves, and their name is scattered over several festival lineups, as well as new alternative playlists. “Less is More,” produced by Nothing But Thieves member, Dom Craik, promises an emergence of quality rock in alternative music.

“Apologize” by Grandson

Known for his politically charged messages and lyrics in his songs, live performances, and social media presence, Grandson has released another single that comments critically on society: “I lose a bit of myself with every selfie / Lose sleep over wealth, it’s not healthy.” “Apologize” brings new and needed energy to this side of music

“Land of the Free” by The Killers

For all of us who have danced our hearts out to “Mr. Brightside” on a Saturday night bar crawl, the undeniably well-known band, The Killers, have released a new single that breaks their apolitical presence as artists of nearly 20 years. The Killers break silence and comment on gun control, immigration, and other subjects in this gospel-esque ballad.


Breana Rich is a senior studying Professional Writing and English with a concentration in writing, editing, and publishing. She is happiest with a cat sleeping by her side, a cup of coffee in one hand, and a book in the other with one of her many playlists playing in the background. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @breanalynrich.