A production duo featuring Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, the Chainsmokers mix indie, dance, and pop into a chart-topping sound that spawned hits like “Roses,” “Closer,” and “Don’t Let Me Down.” Pall and Taggart first made a name for themselves by creating remixes of their favorite indie bands that garneredContinue Reading

Since their inception, Florida’s Underøath have evolved from a run-of-the-mill Christian metalcore band into a fluid, dynamic, and energized rock group that adeptly blends emotive melody, charged punk rock rhythms, and a chunky, engaging bottom end. Underøath formed in 1998 in vocalist Dallas Taylor’s bedroom. Within a year, the groupContinue Reading

Kygo (born Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll in Bergen, Norway) broke through with a sound termed “tropical house” that tended to be brighter and more relaxed than that of his commercial dance music contemporaries. In 2013, the Avicii-inspired producer and DJ reached number one on Norway’s VG-lista chart with his slow-galloping remix ofContinue Reading

California rapper Lil Xan debuted with a drugged-out sound that helped propel his track “Betrayed” to viral success. Delivering emotive rhymes that focused on sex, drugs, and hedonistic behavior, his music fell somewhere between contemporaries like Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Peep. Born Diego Leonas in Redlands, Xan emerged inContinue Reading

A Macon, Georgia-born singer/songwriter, Jason Aldean quietly turned into a genuine country superstar in the back half of the 2000s. His parents separated when he was three years old, and he spent his childhood with his mother in Macon through the school year while spending the summers with his fatherContinue Reading

American pop singer/songwriter Charlie Puth began his career with acoustic covers uploaded to YouTube. Ellen DeGeneres was an early supporter and she signed the Berklee College alum — along with his duet partner, Emily Luther — to her Warner Bros.-affiliated ElevenEleven label. Though nothing materialized from that deal, Puth eventuallyContinue Reading

New York-based duo Sofi Tukker craft throbbing ’90s house-inspired jungle pop that resulted in a Grammy nomination before they even released a full-length album. The pair — Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern — met in Providence, Rhode Island while attending Brown University. Soon after, the solo artists joined forces andContinue Reading

Pearl Jam rose from the ashes of Mother Love Bone to become the most popular American rock & roll band of the ’90s. After Mother Love Bone’s vocalist, Andrew Wood, overdosed on heroin in 1990, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament assembled a new band, bringing in Mike McCreadyContinue Reading