Let’s set the scene: you’re waiting in the bathroom line at a Starbucks in Chelsea when suddenly some painfully “hip” guy bumps into you. You turn to scowl at him, but suddenly it doesn’t even matter because some incredible song starts caressing your ears. You find yourself in that explosive mental zone while climaxing but this time it’s all thanks to the sounds of some treble and off-kilter singing.

Maybe you know these artists and maybe you don’t but that’s okay. The most important thing here is that you’re listening to some great music that has slipped past the Top 40 but still manages to accumulate a solid following. Continue reading for some popular non-popular music. I’ll have a cigarette waiting for you at the end.


ST. VINCENT – CRUEL
DOMINANT LEGS – HOOP OF LOVE
WALK THE MOON – ANNA SUN

THE VACCINES – WETSUITS
LISSIE – WHEN I’M ALONE

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