Artist: Deva Mahal
Why I Chose It: Deva Mahal’s soulful voice and the message that she delivers creates a powerful song.
Song: “Hate On Myself”
Why I Chose It: The dark, introspective lyrics and theme juxtaposes with the pop-punk sound that makes this song an earworm.
Why I Chose It: The blend of traditional First Nations music with contemporary rock gives this band a totally unique sound.
Why I Chose It: The Welsh all-female trio tackle themes of sexism and feminism while sounding like they came right out of Cherry Red Records in the 80s.
Artist: Rebecca Lappa
Song: “Till the King Comes Home”
Why I Chose It: Powerful female vocals soaring over rock instrumentals gives emphasis to the dark themes.
Artist: Ra Ra Ruby
Song: “I Need A Woman”
Why I Chose It: The song features energetic lyrics and a driving bass line.
Artist: Skye Wallace
Song: “Scarlet Fever”
Why I Chose It: This young musician is a classically trained singer with east coast roots whose love of punk shows through her style.
Artist: The Nursery
Song: “Everybody’s Famous”
Album: Life After Wartime
Why I Chose It: Both the song and the video are upbeat and fun.
Why I Chose It: High-energy indie rock that makes use of a horn section.
Song: “Can You Hear Me Now”
Why I Chose It: It’s a fun song with an incredibly catchy tune.