California-based indie Hip Hop artist K.Flay writes pensive music that's both self-reflective and dynamic. Her latest Mixtape is called I Stopped Caring in '96 and is available for free download on her site.
Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes is one of the most dynamic performers on the rock scene today. Her unmatched live shows have earned the band tens of thousands of raving fans and unanimous critical acclaim.
Originally from Chicago and now Seattle-based, rapper Grieves combines contemplative lyrics with expressive instrumentals. His new album is Together Apart and was released on influential Rhymesayers label. He recently came through Chicago on his first headlining tour.
Brooklyn-based noise-pop band Pterodactyl have a knack for reinventing their unique sound with each release. Their third full-length album, Spills Out (available on November 15th), brings a near-perfect balance of abrasive noise and crooning harmonies.