100 Awesome Independent Album and EP Releases You Probably Missed in 2015

With all the “Best of…” lists coming out now, I figured it would be a good time to shine a spotlight on just a bit of the amazing independent music that most likely slipped right by you this year. These artists are from all over the world—the U.S., Canada, Australia, U.K., France, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Ukraine, Brazil, South Africa, China, Israel—and simply don’t live in the mainstream universe. They live right below the surface, and are proving exactly why the independent universe is the place to be for real “new music.”

Here are just 100 of the albums and EP’s that you probably missed in 2015. All were released during the 2015 calendar year, so this gives you an idea of just how small a window into the music world the mainstream actually cuts. As always, albums are in no particular order. Do yourself a favor and go listen to them. Right now.

1. Staring at the SunCherry White – London, England, UK

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2. The DemosIt’s Butter – Los Angeles, California, USA

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3. Bareknuckle LoveFreya Wilcox & The Howl – Brooklyn, New York, USA

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4. RelentlessThe Nixon Rodeo – Spokane, Washington, USA

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5. OmensThe Furies – Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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6. Welcome to the Whist Coast (EP)Whist – Lyon, France

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7. MillipedesThe Head – Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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8. Free Recovery EPFree Recovery – Guilford, England, UK

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9. Save Me EPForever Still – Copenhagen, Denmark

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10. Vacant YouthThe Path Less Traveled – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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11. Sleeping/Dreaming EPThe Abstract – Akron, Ohio, USA

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12. Where Has the Music Gone?General Tso’s Fury – Jacksonville, Florida, USA

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13. For Machines EPLimb to Limb – London, England, UK

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14. StasisLucid Fly – Los Angeles, California, USA

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15. Ginger and the SnapsGinger and the Snaps – New York, New York, USA

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16. MirrorsA Light Divided – Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

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17. Electric SymphonyAdam Singer – San Francisco, California, USA

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18. The Fair-Weather FriendSaint Savage – Etna, New Hampshire, USA

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19. Centaurus EPCentaurus – New York, New York, USA

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20. Do You Feel Electric? EPMiss – London, England, UK

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21. Fever PitchFever Pitch – Zaporizihia, Ukraine

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22. The Steppin StonesThe Steppin Stones – Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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23. Paint the SkyTigerface – Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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24. EgressorThe Body Politic – Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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25. The Lost [EP]The Beautiful Monument – Melbourne, Australia

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26. The Black Swan TheoryImber – Stockholm, Sweden

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27. Turkana BoyThousand Days – Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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28. Own Your OceanDirect Divide – Monterey, California, USA

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29. InsideEvenstate – Amsterdam, Netherlands

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30. Bottoms Up (EP)Old Pints – Køge, Denmark

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31. March in the Dark: Chapter TwoAnyone’s Guess – Orlando, Florida, USA

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32. Skies CollideSkies Collide – Brisbane, Australia

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33. Freakout Hell BusBumpin Uglies – Annapolis, Maryland, USA

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34. Darkstone Crows EPDarkstone Crows – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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35. Let’s Get DangerousBackyard Superheroes – New Jersey, USA

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36. EgoblasterEgoblaster – Rouen, France

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37. BootleggerBlack Ally – Leeds, England, UK

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38. DestinationNovembervägen – Stockholm, Sweden

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39. Sick Like ThisBeth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters – Cardiff, Wales, UK

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40. DepthsFogscape – Greenland (Denmark)

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41. Runaways EPPermission to Panic – Brooklyn, New York, USA

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42. Get FreeThe Freemen – Canberra, Australia

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43. BurstVenus In Aries – New York, New York, USA

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44. VagabondA Reluctant Arrow – Oxford, England, UK

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45. Burning Down EPNo Damn Good – Cascais, Portugal

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46. FacesSydney Eloise & The Palms – Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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47. West EPThe Red Harbour – California, USA

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48. It’s Alright to See BlackI Shot Samo – Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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49. Death of a CynicOnly Forever – Johannesburg, South Africa

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50. Medicine EPLucille’s Voodoo – Graz, Austria

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51. Out of OrderThe Pastures – Newcastle upon Tyne, England UK

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52. Paintbox FiresPaintbox Fires – Manchester, England, UK

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53. Passengers EPThe Fallen Prodigy – New York, New York, USA

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54. Dais EPDais – Jacksonville, Florida, USA

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55. DemoThird Season – Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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56. Fourstory EPA Black Eye Affair – Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

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57. Come On Come OutThe Shooks – Lyon, France

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58. AnchorsThe Wonderlife – Palo Alto, California, USA

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59. Rise to Fall EPAltermind – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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60. In My HeadHillary Hand – Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

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61. Take Control EPFree Sergio – Israel

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62. Last Known SurroundingsCarousel Scene – Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

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63. Jellyfish EPBlaine the Mono – Orlando, Florida, USA

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64. Francis Duffy & The Kingpins EPFrancis Duffy & The Kingpins – Dundee,
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65. Dead Echo ParanoiaElectric Deathbeat – Finland

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66. Nuclear Minds EPNuclear Minds – Gandía, Spain

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67. Gloomy TunesWeakend Friends – Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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68. Bring the A GameBeneath the Reef – Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

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69. Half BlueHalf Blue – Wroclaw, Poland

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70. Tottie & the WanderersTottie & the Wanderers – Melbourne, Australia

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71. The Black Album (EP)AggronympH – Yichang, China

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72. PerceptionsAll Comes Down – Rotterdam, Netherlands

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73. In Bloomyougetthewordswrong – Moscow, Russia

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74. Demo EPThe Last Exposure – Sydney, Australia

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75. Bring The LightElie & the Engine – Gothenburg, Sweden

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76. Blood LinesThese Little Kings – Glasgow, Scotland, UK

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77. Bury Me At SeaThe Shillelaghs – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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78. Red CallingRed Calling – Tampa, Florida, USA

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79. Art Capital – Art Capital – Angra do Heroísmo, Azores (Portugal)

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80. Sleepless NightsNever Count Me Out – Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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81. BattledWest Winds – Tucson, Arizona, USA

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82. Where It EndsThe Joy Arson – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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83. StarcoastStarcoast – Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

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84. AugmentNoveaux – Sydney, Australia

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85. DollminationThe Inferno Doll – Santiago, Chile

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86. Dreadful WorldDust Idols – Madrid, Spain

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87. Revery EPRevery – Johannesburg, South Africa

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88. Stories EPin Codes – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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89. Blur of Our SoulsHeavy Gloom – Moscow, Russia

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90. DetoursDamn Mondays – Berchtesgaden, Germany

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91. Do It YourselfCount Me Out – Cardiff, Wales, UK

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92. Generation DreamsTeenage Buzz – Salvador, Brazil

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93. Tide of MindTide of Mind – Lørenskog, Norway

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94. My Cruel Goro EPMy Cruel Goro – Italy

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95. Small Town Ghost StoriesTake Me Alive – Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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96. Summer Fits EPSummer Fits – Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

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97. Progress of EliminationThe Infinity Process – Toledo, Ohio, USA

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98. RTP EPReady The Prince – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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99. Up Not DownThe Bright Black – Manchester, England, UK

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100. Will We Never Learn?The Pisdicables – London, England, UK

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