- A profile of a lesser-known or underground musician or band -

MusicBy - Christina

1. The Mynabirds: This indie rock/folk band was formed by singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn in 2009. Known for their socially conscious lyrics and captivating live shows, The Mynabirds have released four studio albums to critical acclaim.

2. Hurray for the Riff Raff: This New Orleans-based band fronted by Alynda Segarra blends Americana, folk, and blues with politically charged lyrics that give voice to marginalized communities. Their latest album, "The Navigator," was named one of the best albums of 2017 by NPR.

3. Melody's Echo Chamber: French singer-songwriter Melody Prochet's dreamy psychedelic pop project has been highly influential in the indie music scene since the release of her self-titled debut album in 2012. Her music has been compared to artists like Tame Impala and Broadcast.

4. Open Mike Eagle: This rapper and comedian from Chicago has been making waves with his socially conscious and introspective lyrics. His latest album, "Brick Body Kids Still Daydream," addresses issues of gentrification and police brutality.

5. Phoebe Bridgers: This singer-songwriter from California has been gaining attention for her haunting, confessional lyrics and stripped-down acoustic style. Her debut album, "Stranger in the Alps," was released in 2017 to critical acclaim.

6. Japanese Breakfast: Michelle Zauner's solo project takes indie rock into dreamy, synth-pop territory. Her lyrics explore themes of grief and identity, and her live performances are renowned for their high energy and emotional intensity.

7. Y La Bamba: Portland-based indie folk band Y La Bamba blends traditional Mexican folk music with lush harmonies and intricate instrumentation. Led by singer-songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza, their music addresses issues of cultural identity and social justice.

8. serpentwithfeet: This experimental R&B artist from Baltimore, aka Josiah Wise, has been praised for his powerful, soulful vocals and unconventional song structures. His debut album, "soil," explores themes of queer love and spirituality.

9. Snail Mail: 19-year-old Lindsey Jordan's indie rock project has been gaining attention for its raw, emotional songwriting and impressive guitar playing. Her debut album, "Lush," was released in 2018 to critical acclaim.

10. Saba: This Chicago rapper and producer defies genre, blending elements of jazz, soul, and hip hop in his music. His latest album, "Care for Me," addresses themes of gun violence and mental health in the wake of the murder of his cousin.