Best New Indie

The past, present, and future of Punk intersect in Still Alive. The Spook School feature a kind of snarky New Wave vocal style, in line with The Stranglers, Devo, or the Dead Kennedys’ Jello Biafra.
As January continues to drag on, we're making sure that you have everything that you need to get through this harsh winter with yet another edition of New Indie Music. Featuring MGMT, First Aid Kit, Nina Nesbitt, and lots more, there's something here for everyone!
If you are reading this on We Are The Guard, welcome to a new year of hope, possibilities, and new music. The first one of the year is actually provided by something the Frills released at the end of last year named We Can Be Friends.
If you haven’t heard of Superorganism yet, they’ll be your first obsession of the year. Think of them as a super-indie/hipster version of supergroups like Broken Social Scene, or Brockhampton. Listen and watch their video, Everybody Wants to Be Famous.
Turn your attention to the NEXT year's (potential!) Coachella lineup with the following tracks from TR/ST, Coucheron, FIDLAR, James Blake, Kendrick Lamar & SZA, and much more.
If this playlist is at all indicative of what's to come over the next 12 months, then something tells us that we're in for one HELL of a year for indie music! Hit play on the following 10 tracks from Cigarettes After Sex, Allie X, SZA, San Holo, VÉRITÉ, and LOTS more!
There are few artists as confident as Kyan Palmer, which is probably why his contribution to our Indie Christmas compilation is so sweet. Palmer clearly isn't afraid to experiment with his pristine vocals, which may explain why he's filling BIG blue suede shoes this winter season.
We'll see you in 2018 for what's going to be our most exciting chapter to date, but in the meantime, we'll leave you with the final edition of New Indie Music of 2017, featuring Franz Ferdinand, Moby, Unlike Pluto, Hundred Waters, Billie Eilish, and more!
AlternativEDM. Just coined a new genre. Done. Easy. Or Unlike Pluto did and I’m just the vessel from where the words come. I mean he did all the real work after all in creating a song that fits as casually with early 2000’s alterna-grunge as it does with late 2010’s electro-future.
If you told me that dark, dirge-y electropop group MXMS tried their hand at recording a Christmas cover song, I would have laughed at you. But they’re totally part of We Are The Guard Indie Christmas compilation, and they chose such a fitting, epic song for the holidays that it could be the best indie Christmas song of the whole bunch.
Gabriel Black’s sound is relatable; it’s genuine, DIY indie, and he groups it with videos of his unique sketches, personalizing his music even further. Hurricane presents itself as a stark emo anthem; the guitar riffs churning along the track are just the right amount of pop punk and fit well with the themes of the song: love sucks.