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What new bands or solo artists in the 21st century have impressed you?

Heather Shay

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I personally haven't found any - but I'm old.

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Female artists:


Ariana Grande

Miley Cyrus

Dua Lipa


All fabulous and gorgeous. If you think Miley shouldn't be on there, check out her Backyard Sessions on youtube where her country roots are on display with that gorgeous gravelly voice. 


Loads and loads and loads of other bands and artists. I still play the older stuff too ;) 



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Here's Miley singing 'Jolene' unplugged:




And here's a fun one of Miley and Ariana. As you probably know, Ariana has a huge vocal range. 



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Now I've started it's hard to stop :lol:


Here's Ariana when she was warming up for the Dangerous Woman video recording. They recorded her singing it A Cappella. Pure talent.



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There’s a bunch of people I like. Among the more traditional rock/pop acts are Sharon van Etten, Sam Fender, Phoebe Bridgers, Deep Sea Diver. But tbh I don’t know if you’ll relate to any of them very strongly. I have a feeling you might like Madison Cunningham though. She’s roots, a bit quirky, a bit Joni Mitchell, a talented singer/songwriter/guitarist.



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Hmm that should have said *rootsy*. 

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Sam Fender is great. I'm going to check out the others.


I've had a lot of fun at festivals and concerts. Some of them are older bands but as the original post was C21st here goes:


Faithless. Were just so great live.


Hurts. Beautiful.


The Maccabees. Loved them.






Foster the People: Huge fun live.


Enter Shikari


Arctic Monkeys




and obviously Amy Winehouse


Still play loads of my older stuff too: from Led Zep to Pink Floyd etc. etc. There's great music in all generations.

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Oh older singers that I've seen in the C21st who very much still have it:


Sting: incredible concert live


Robert Plant: ditto


David Gilmour: legend


In a completely different genre if you ever get a chance to see Hans Zimmer live, go!

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So glad to be able to talk about this, I utterly ADORE the music artist Will Wood! He dabbles in other kinds of art, as well, but his music always blows me away. I could go on and on, but I genuinely just think he's so incredibly talented. I'd recommend him to anyone, his music is magnificent! 

I'll link his EP Cicada Days here, because I think it's especially friendly to new listeners. Be sure to hear the whole thing, it's got a pretty folksy and acoustic feel for most of it. If that's not your thing, he's got plenty other songs with wildly different genres!



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Leikeli47. Imo, she is like if Missy Elliot and Lauryn Hill somehow had a love child. LK47 has also been recognized as an artist who subverts gender binary, which I am obviously here for 100%. You can read about her in the article below. (I have not checked out the artists mentioned, but am intrigued.)


How Music Subverted Gender in 2022 (vulture.com)


I recommend searching and listening to Leikeli47 NPR tiny desk concert. I'd post it, but some language she uses may violate TGP code of conduct (some references to marijuana and mature language). It is the smoothest thing I've heard in a long long time.

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I plan on two concerts this summer!








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2 minutes ago, Maddee said:






Love Mastodon. "Crack the Skye" is one album I listened to repeatedly when it came out.


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Also Liturgy. The album The Ark Work is transcendent. ALSO! The frontwoman of the band is trans.



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  • 2 weeks later...
On 5/24/2023 at 3:48 PM, Tilly said:

Sam Fender is great. I'm going to check out the others.

When Sam sings “17 Going Under” it gives me chills. I start fist-pumping — that doesn’t happen often.


Forgot to mention I also have a massive soft spot for Charli XCX, especially her last album and the stuff she did with SOPHIE (transfeminine Scottish producer, now sadly deceased).

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