Our Top 25 Independent Music Picks

The SnazThe Snaz - #5

NOVEMBER 21, 2014 -- For some people, indie music is the only way to go. As you know, we here at nonhollywood are most definitely into indie. I know that for me personally, there is nothing more exciting than artists forging their own creations the way that they want to forge them (and I'd much rather see my money going to these artists rather than to some giant corporation and the corporate musicians that they create).

But it is always tricky to find the really good stuff out there. That's why we've compiled this list, which we hope turns out to be the first of many such lists, of what we feel are the 25 best indie acts out there. Have a read (and a listen) through the article and let us know if you agree.

    The Best Covers of...

    You might say that this is the golden age of the cover song. With the sudden access to sites like Youtube, millions of talented folks are out there interpreting their favorite songs and gaining an audience by doing so. We at nonhollywood get a little obsessive about some things, and one of those obsessions is scouring the internet for independent artists who are doing a killer job interpreting the songs of others. Join us as we review a wide array of great covers of some great songs.

    Some of the great bands we've found great covers of...

  • REM

    How many bands over the last 3 decades have taken REM as their role model and a mapbook to where they want their careers to go? Quite a few, we can tell you that.
  • The Cure

    From gigantic, gothic and somber to silly love songs, The Cure has covered all of the ground and inspired a ton of bands in the process.
  • U2

    Passion incarnate, Bono and company are one of the few bands from the 80s still very much relevant today.

The 10 Best Indie Songs from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

This TV show was a groundbreaker in many ways, including the use of indie bands--lots of them--in the soundtrack.

Short Story: The Library Addict

We get a start on our new Short Stories section with one by Neal

Philosophical Fiction

If you're the type who appreciates a little meaning in your fiction, check out the novel The 33rd Year by Neal A. Yeager

This unusual and highly original story follows one man who is desparately trying to seek out meaning--any sort of meaning--in life in the modern world.

Yes, we went there...

Though some may feel that the 80s was potentially one of the cheesiest decades in music history, there is still no doubt that there was some seriously great music created in that time period. Join us as we try to prove that to you.



Thanks for visiting nonhollywood. The main focus of this website is news and reviews of independent artists in the areas of music, film and literature. We say "main focus," because the site also occasionally veers off into whatever area that we find interesting (yes, there really is a section of the site devoted to the best 80s music). But the indie scene is our main thing. Enjoy!