To say it in simplest terms, I am completely obsessed with music and having plenty of diversity in my iPod.  My heart holds a special place for indie music.  The beginning stage of an artist’s career is so raw and you get to hear the bare roots in what they have to offer.

Now being the music junky that I am, I figure I should share a few artists I’m really into right now:

Dean Swift is a local Boston rapper getting his hands into just about anything.  He just recently completed an album titled Unheard Of with Atlanta rapper Geniu$, which features a handful of production from southern up and comer Izze The Producer (Production credits of Young Jeezy, Ace Hood and Birdman to name a few).  It will be released on August 14th, 2012 through

He is also a part of the VVS1 Crew which is a group that clashes Dubstep and Hip Hop in a very tasteful way.  The group consists of producer Mike Irish, singer Renzo and fellow rapper Soupa.  VVS1 creates a refreshing sound that is relatively new but done correctly.  They have a major internet single out now called “Pearl Harbor” with an EP coming soon.

Check out the Dean Swift x Geniu$ video for their video “Prayer”

And VVS1’s internet single “Pearl Harbor”

This Californian songstress has a very interesting take on R&B.  Her critically-acclaimed mixtape Sailing Soul(s) is definitely a listening experience with plenty of honesty and emotion.  What is so great about the tape is how great it flows incorporating different tones.  What also intrigued me about Jhene Aiko is her creativity outside of the studio.  I am a big fan of her tumblr page.  It consists of plenty of beautiful poetry, inspirational quotes and photos of her personal life.  Definitely take a listen to her tape Sailing Soul(s) which is all over the net and watch her video for the single “Stranger”.

A local band from Massachusetts, the Golden Spurs is a Blues Garage Band.  They do not have a huge internet presence but they do have a bandcamp music page.  I went to one of their shows at a hole-in-the-wall club and they completely rocked out with an amazing show.  Recently, the band moved to Nashville, TN to pursue their career.  Check out their Facebook page for updates.

This is a taste of my iPod, give these guys a chance and follow them on Twitter for more news and music.  If you like what they have to offer, let them know and spread the word.

Until next time,

-Steph, FBA Intern


About Future Boston Alliance

Future Boston Alliance is a non-profit organization seeking to revolutionize our city's creative economy. By advocating for new talent and businesses and holding educational events, we aim to make Boston a hub for collaboration, innovation, and culture.

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