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Give alternative music a shot

Updated on July 10, 2015

If you like "Shut Up and Dance," you'll probably like alternative music

You know all the words to Walk the Moon’s hit, “Shut Up and Dance.” You may have even looked up when they’re touring because you like it that much. But, when someone asks, “What type of music do you listen to?” Never in a million years would you answer with, “indie alternative.”

Come on!

It’s the music that is featured on commercials, soundtracks to your favorite movies, and sometimes even remixed with popular rap music.

Lacking in profanities, vulgarity and overall awfulness, indie alternative music is a breath of fresh air.

Don’t get me wrong, I listen to my fair share of trap music on the weekends at parties. But, when I am driving with my parents or little siblings, I would rather have something other than “Watch Me (Whip /Nae Nae)” playing.

Our standards of quality music have drastically dropped.

If a song features a made-up dance move, it goes viral. Soulja Boy was one of the first to master this, with their hit, “Crank That,” and the trend has since continued with the help of Vine and Snapchat with today’s dance being to, “Nasty Freestyle,” by T-Wayne.

Meanwhile, songs like “Tongue Tied,” by Grouplove are widely known and adored, except for one little issue:

Non-alternative listeners have no idea what the title of that song is, but they do know the words.

Maybe it is just a lack of interest or initiative to find out, since other genres music is plastered all over social media.

But, I firmly believe that everyone can find at least one indie alternative song that catches their interest.

“Shut Up and Dance” fans, check out Atlas Genius. You have probably heard “Trojans” by them, but you should check out some of their other material as well.

Again, it’s okay to like “Nasty Freestyle.” Just be open to finding music that isn’t played at your local frat house.


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