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Female Artists to add to Your Playlists

Are you looking for new artists to listen to? Have you realized that most of the artists you listen to are men and want to add more women to your playlists? In honor of women’s history month, here are some underrated female artists you can check out and add to your rotation.

  1. Rina Sawayama

Rina Sawayama’s song “Comme Des Garcons” (Like The Boys) will make you feel like anywhere is your runway. The Japanese-British artist fuses pop with everything from R&B to club beats sure to brighten up your mood.

Recommended Songs: Comme Des Garcons (Like The Boys), XS, Lucid

  1. Chloe x Halle

The iconic Grammy-nominated sister duo, Chloe and Halle Bailey, are self taught musicians from Mableton, Georgia. The sisters were signed by Beyonce in 2015 and appeared in her visual album “Lemonade”. Chloe x Halle deliver vocals, visuals and songs that make you feel everything from angelic to powerful. You might recognize them from their trending song featured on Tik Tok “Do It”, acting performances on “Grownish” and the buzz for the upcoming live action production of “The Little Mermaid”.

Recommended songs: Do It, Ungodly Hour, Happy Without Me

  1. Snoh Aalegra

Snoh Aelegra is an Iranian-Swedish R&B artist with a soulful sound and music that reflects her coming of age story. She sings about love, heartbreak, and everything in between. Whatever mood you’re in or whatever emotion your feeling, Snoh Aelegra has a song that will perfectly accompany it.  

Recommended Songs: Situationship, You Keep Me Waiting, Nothing Burns Like the Cold

  1. UMI

UMI is an R&B and neo-soul artist that gives a unique and nostalgic feel to each and every one of her songs. The Seattle native who attended the University of Southern California has a sound influenced by the r&b, sould, gospel, and Japanese pop her African-American father and Japanese mother listened to.

Recommended Songs: Butterfly, Frequently, Sonshine

  1. Raveena

Raveena is an R&B artist with a dreamy and spiritual feeling to her music. As an Indian-American artist she beautifully incorporates elements of South Asian culture within her music. Raveena’s sound is creamy and her visuals add to the illusion of the dreamlike sound.

Recommended Songs: Honey, Close 2 U, Headaches

  1. Noname

Noname is a rapper and poet inspired by artists like Lauryn Hill and Andre 3000. The Chicago native incorporates storytelling and witty poetry with critiques on race, sex, identity, and politics in her music.

Recommended Songs: Diddy Bop, Shadow Man, Self

  1. KAINA

KAINA is a Latina R&B artist whose music has elements of  pop and salsa. The Chicago native strives to make music that is positive yet honest. Kaina tells her story as a first generation Latina through her smooth and melodic music. 

Recommended songs: La Luna, Honey, Could Be a Curse


Sometimes when bad things keep happening to you it feels like life won’t get easier. Having a rough couple of days, weeks, or months can be partially healed by a good playlist. This playlist reflects the sorrow, the anxiety, the angst, the desire for change, the heartbrokenness you feel, and puts it all into a tangible form. Music can be very healing, whether you choose to cry to the songs or scream along with the lyrics, I hope you find comfort in this empowering playlist I carefully crafted.   

Playlist by Emily Gift, Cover by Kara Fields
  1. “Visions” by Loving 

It’s hard to have a set vision for yourself because it can create anxiety for what the future holds or prevent you from accepting your reality. You might want something to be your reality, but under unfortunate circumstances, it can’t happen. By holding onto things that aren’t real, it’s like lying to yourself. This song explains this feeling perfectly. 

  1. “circle the drain” by Soccer Mommy 

This song reminds me of something that would come out of an early 2000’s movie. It’s somber melody and catchy chorus emulates that scary feeling of life happening to you, but also reminds you that life does go on. 

  1.  “Sad Dream” by Sky Ferreira 

Sleeping is so incredibly hard when you’re upset. To me, this song is recognizing that problem. Because if you got no sleep the night before, your next day is awful and the sleepless cycle can continue in order to prevent having a sad dream. 

  1. “Paper Thin” by Lianne La Haves

It’s extremely frightening when you acknowledge that only you can feel the amount of pain that you are currently feeling. It’s very isolating and daunting to know that no one else can feel or completely understand how unique your pain is. This song is healing because it acknowledges just that, but it also says “your future is bright,” meaning one day things won’t hurt this much. 

  1. “Loving You is Lonely” by Harmony Byrne

Having trouble getting along with your significant other, a friend, a family member? Realizing they have changed or that maybe you have too? Sometimes you can find yourself feeling lonely for someone and who they used to be. Or you could feel lost yourself. Finding yourself or searching for someone else is always difficult but this song helps remind you that this experience is common and that you’re not necessarily alone in this type of search. 

  1. “Don’t Know How To Keeping Loving You” by Julia Jacklin 

This is a great breakup song. Whether you have been the one dumped or you are the one who initiated the breakup, the consistently repeated lyric, “don’t know how to keep loving you,” is good reassurance to hear. It reminds you that you can’t keep loving someone who doesn’t love you back or that you can’t keep forcing yourself to love someone who you honestly don’t. 

  1. “Cherry Tree” by Sam Evian 

I find this to be a very calming song. It helps remind me of the healing power that nature has. If you’re having a rough day, taking a walk around your neighborhood with headphones in could possibly be really healing.

  1. “Graceland Too” by Phoebe Bridgers

This is my go to cry song. When I feel severely sad and need to let out a good cry, I come to Phoebe Bridgers and she never disappoints. Sometimes you just need to bask in your sadness and this does just the trick. Hopefully this song does the same for you.  

  1. “Hypochondriac” by Fenne Lily

If you’re an overthinker or a constant worrier, this song encompasses all those thoughts and feelings that are stuck in your head and are hard to explain. I find this song especially comforting in times of a pandemic and constant paranoia of having COVID-19.

  1. “Saccharine” by Atta Boy 

Life is so complicated. This song represents the contradictory feelings you can have about someone or something. Life is so incredibly complex and I like how this song shows just that as it is filled with a plethora of juxtapositions.  

  1. “Too Good” by Haley Blais 

I suggest listening to this song when you’re feeling very low about yourself. It’s easy to get stuck in a spiral of self-hatred, but it is not necessary and the narrative you start to create gets misconstructed. This song may help remind you of your worth when you are unable to.

  1. “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore” by Lucy Dacus

Putting up a cheerful facade when hanging with friends or family is a really tough, yet strong thing to do. This is a great song to dance to and unwind with alone in your bedroom. It feels empowering to do so. 

  1. “Shut Up Kiss Me” by Angel Olsen 

The chorus of this song makes it a great dance song. When you finally get out of your funk, I suggest singing along to this song while trying on all the clothes in your closet. 

  1. “February” by Beach Bunny

Because February encompassed the Texas snowpocalypse and was a particularly bad month for me, I thought this song was an appropriate addition to the playlist. Now that we’re in March, it’s nice to know that truly, “any day’s better than February.” Whether you are like me and had a particularly awful February, or maybe you can relate to the feeling of having a bad month, this song is well suited for you. 

  1. “anything” by Adrianne Lenker 

I think this is a great song to end this playlist with. For a playlist filled with sad, angsty songs, this song is slow-paced but encompasses the feeling of hope and love. In my opinion, this song portrays the beauty of just being with someone, a friend, a partner, etc., and how your love for them blurs time. 

Featured image by Kara Fields

A longhorn snow-day playlist

The entire state of Texas is under a Winter Storm Warning as parts of Austin are covered in up-to seven and a half inches of snow. Until the roads clear up and it’s safe for Longhorns to go out again, here is the ~ definitive ~ Snow-Day Playlist to keep spirits high even though the temp is low!

  1. “Baby It’s Cold Outside (duet with Michael Bublé)” – Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé

Come on, you knew this one had to be on here. I didn’t make the rules. Between Idina Menzel’s and Michael Bublé’s silky-smooth vocals and the temperature-based lyrics of the song, it demands being on every cold-weather playlist.

Snowiest Lyric: “Baby it’s cold outside.”

  1. “Sweater Weather” – The Neighbourhood

Is there a better song to play while cuddling with your SO on a cold day? Sweater Weather is super cute and temperature-relevant. Bonus points if you and your partner can get your hands on a set of matching sweaters.

Snowest Lyric: “‘Cause it’s too cold (woah) for you here and now. So let me hold (woah) both your hands in the holes of my sweater.”

3. “Let It Go” – “Frozen” Cast

Idina Menzel is iconic even to be on this playlist twice and I will NOT be accepting criticism on that matter at this time. This is the perfect song to play while you take a scenic walk around the snow-covered streets. P.S.: It is absolutely acceptable (and maybe even encouraged) to imagine your ice-cape blowing dramatically behind you as the song plays.

Snowiest Lyric: “The cold never bothered me anyway.”

4. “Oh Ms Believer ” – Twenty One Pilots

I’ll be honest, this song breaks my heart a little every time I hear it. The emotion is palpable and the lyrics are nothing short of poetic. I highly recommend listening to this one with a box of tissues and a lovely view of the snow to get the full experience.

Snowiest Lyric: “Your twisted mind is like snow on the road.”

5. “The A Team” – Ed Sheeran

Somehow this song just sounds like cold weather. The combination of acoustic guitar, melancholy lyrics and the unique comforting feeling of Ed Sheeran’s voice bring every connotation of the cold, good and bad, to life.

Snowiest Lyric: “It’s too cold outside for angels to fly.”

6. “Ice Ice Baby” – Vanilla Ice

We’ve had some sad songs, now get ready for the exact opposite. Ice Ice Baby is a timeless, upbeat masterpiece that makes everyone want to dance. Just don’t slip on the snow!

Snowiest Lyric: “Ice, ice baby, too cold, too cold.”

7. New Year’s Day – Taylor Swift

So, it’s a little past New Years’ but this song still gives out major “cozy on a cold day” vibes. It’s all about having someone who will go through the hard or just mundane parts of life with you instead of only being there for the highs. If that doesn’t give you the warm and fuzzy feelings to get you through the cold, I don’t know what will.

Snowiest Lyric: “I want your midnights but I’ll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year’s Day.”

8. Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson

Eating pancakes, sleeping in late and staying in for the day? YES PLEASE! “Banana Pancakes” is a fantastic song to listen to while making breakfast, or breakfast for dinner, on a relaxed snow-day.

Snowiest Lyric: “There ain’t no need to go outside.”

9. If the World Was Ending – JP Saxe and Julia Michaels

The cold can stimulate the cuffing season for sure. This song works through feelings of wanting someone who you know isn’t right for you long term. It’s part wish-fulfillment, part love song and all cold-weather vibes.

Snowiest Lyric: “The sky’d be falling and I’d hold you tight.”

10. I’m With You – Avril Lavigne

This song is bursting with nostalgia while still being an intriguing and unique piece of music. The lyrics mix messages of hope, anxiety and feeling left out in the ~ cold ~.

Snowiest Lyric: “It’s a damn cold night. Trying to figure out this life.”

Here’s Your Fall 2020 Playlist

It’s that time of year again where Texans are freezing in weather less than 70 degrees! After months of sweating just from stepping outside, it’s finally sweater weather. With cooler temperatures in Texas, daylight savings time, and dozens of 11:59pm assignment deadlines, here’s a playlist that’ll put you in the perfect fall mood. Even if cold weather and rainy days aren’t your thing, this playlist is sure to put you in a cozy mood.  When it’s 60 degrees and you see leaves falling on 24th street, grab your favorite coffee or tea, put on a warm sweater and relax with this playlist full of fall favorites.

A few notable songs on this playlist are:

Like Real People Do – Hozier

Something about this song is so cozy and nurturing to my soul. I would really do anything for that tall Irish man with amazing hair named Hozier. The soft guitar chords and tender singing really make me feel like this man is about to sing me to sleep. It’s beautiful, soft, and enchanting. Also any song from his self-titled album is a guaranteed autumn and woodsy hit, but I didn’t want to bombard the playlist with all of them!

Woodland – The Paper Kites

Alright for anyone who wants to have a fall “main character” montage moment, this is THEE song. Listening to this song makes me feel like I’m driving around town with friends, getting coffee, taking pictures and just going on adventures and making memories that’ll last me a lifetime. Granted, things are a little different now with the pandemic, but with this song, you can still live your best “y/n” life.

Rosyln – Bon Iver & St. Vincent

Is it really autumn weather without a little bit of the Twilight Saga. The Twilight soundtrack had no business being as good as it was, but here we are today, 10 years later and album after album of bangers. 

8 – Willow

Something about this song is so introspective. When you listen to it, it’s like you’re walking down the streets of downtown Austin, being a main character, and just realizing that you’re moving on to bigger and better things. It’s been a tough semester for a lot of us, and this song reminds you that you’re doing the best you can and that no matter what’s happened, you will move on and things will get better. 

Sometimes – Snoh Aalegra ft. Logic

This is a good song to listen to on a fall self-care sunday. Clean up your space, put on a face mask, do some journaling, and keep warm inside. Snoh Aelegra has many songs that make you feel luxurious and remind you how amazing you are. “Sometimes” is just one of the perfect fall pick me ups that she has.

Bloo – Zack Villere

There’s nothing inherently fall related about this song, but something about the vibe feels very fall semester-ish. Kinda like when you have that one person in your class you have a crush on and never had the courage to talk to them or make a move on. Or in this semester’s case, that one fine person who always has their camera on in class. You have a crush on them and start fantasizing about watching each other’s favorite shows and going on dates, but then next thing you know, the semesters over and you’re going back home for winter break and nothing happened with them and you’re probably never going to see them again.