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Cayetana

Cayetana

Like a lot of the other bands from eastern Pennsylvania – Tigers Jaw, The Menzingers, etc. – Cayetana play a style of punk-inspired alt rock that’s sad, but comforting. Nervous Like Me by Cayetana

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Cloakroom

Cloakroom

I’ve heard Cloakroom categorized as “stoner emo,” and it’s not a stretch. Their music is slow and sad, but when the noise picks up, those guitars get crunchy. Time Well by Cloakroom

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Mansions

Mansions

Mansions are one of the most underrated indie bands in the game. They’re dropping their first material since 2013 early next month, so keep an eye out. Dig Up The Dead by Mansions

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Caracara

Caracara

Caracara’s top-notch emo straddles the line between modern pop-punk staples like Modern Baseball and slowcore greats like Low. Their debut LP, Summer Megalith, is one of the most impressive indie records of the year. Summer Megalith by Caracara

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Shroud Ritual

Shroud Ritual

This one-man project churns out a wild, instrumental blend of death metal, progressive metal, and a bunch more genres. Fun fact: you can download the entire record for free right on Bandcamp. Five Suns by Shroud Ritual  

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La Luna

La Luna

La Luna play a brand of screamo hearkening back to the style’s heyday in the early 2000s, albeit with their own modern twist. There are moments of sheer intensity and intriguing technicality. Something for everyone. Always Already by la luna

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Bent Knee

Bent Knee

Bent Knee are one of a kind. They play a strange blend of theatrical art rock and singer/songwriter-esque alternative, and they’re undeniably weird. Frontwoman Courtney Swain is one of the most powerful, distinct, and underrated vocalists in the game. Say So by Bent Knee

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High Priest

High Priest

High Priest are a relatively straightforward stoner/doom band, but their music is packed with hooks that aren’t often found in the such genres.  The result is easily accessible doom – thanks to the stellar vocals, in particular – that nonetheless delivers plenty of depth. Think Baroness mixed with old-school Sabbath. Consecration by High Priest

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Oso Oso

Oso Oso

Shirking the often aimless noodling that pervades much of the modern emo scene, Oso Oso takes on a more straightforward, emotional, mainstream-friendly sound that works heavily in their favor. the yunahon mixtape by oso oso

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