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The 20 Best New Indie Bands For Your Fall Mixtape

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Let there be no doubt that, in my humble opinion, Fall is the best time of the year. Hands down. This season brings with it so many awesome things including (in no particular order) lovely weather, beautiful foliage, decorative gourds, figs, baseball playoffs, pumpkin recipes, spiced cider, mulled wine, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

The official first day of Fall is a mere week away (September 23rd in the United States) and we’re excited enough about the impending change in season that we decided to curate a mixtape to soundtrack all things Autumn.

Below you’ll find 20 of our favorite up-and-coming songs to help you craft that perfect Fall mixtape. As you might expect, the mix focuses exclusively on bands we consider to be relatively new and exciting in the indie realm. Although there are plenty of excellent new singles by established artists that we admire (including The New Pornographers, Spoon, Zammuto, DARKSIDE, and so on) that would fit wonderfully on a mixtape, we wanted to shine a line on the best of what’s next.

If you’re so inclined, we’d encourage you to take your favorites and put them together for your own seasonal soundtrack. Of course, we think they work together as is. If you’re looking for even more great new music we suggest checking out our previously published 20 Rising Bands mix that includes many of our other favorite rising artists including IYES, GEMS, Shamir, BANKS, Paperwhite, and so forth.

In the order of appearance, you’ll discover new music by the following artists on this collection:

1. CATHEDRALS
2. Daniel Wilson
3. Operators
4. SW/MM/NG
5. Black Honey
6. Salt Cathedral
7. DEATHS
8. Billie Black
9. Fickle Friends
10. Wonder Wonder
11. The Night VI
12. The Tallest Tree
13. VÉRITÉ
14. Banoffee
15. Visuals
16. Zola Blood
17. Evy Jane
18. Oxford Drama
19. Osca
20. J. Fernandez

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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • Guest

    wow…this is a REALLY good playlist

  • Thanks Adam!

  • Belicious

    I have the flu so please excuse me if this is the stupidest question ever, but how how do I download this mix? Usually there’s always a zip file of the whole mix and I dont see the option on soundcloud either.

    In other news, this mix is totally cheering me up despite my achey body.

  • It’s definitely not a dumb question. The answer is that, unfortunately, we’re not able to legally offer free downloads of most of these songs, so the mix isn’t available for download. That’s been true for many of our recent mixes.

    In the past (even a year or two ago) many labels released their band’s singles as free downloads. That’s started to change over the past year or two and we’re seeing significantly less material available for free. We still actively seek permission to offer free downloads for the Pairings Box mixtapes, but it’s easier to do it in that context because it’s being shared with a smaller audience (i.e. because we’re sharing with 500 people versus the entire Internet).

  • Amity Gregg

    This set is killer! Many thanks from a recent TK fan and SF native 🙂

  • Thanks so so much Amity! Always great to hear from other Bay Area people.

  • Belicious

    Okay, that makes sense. Wow 500 subscribers for your pairing box? Congrats, that’s pretty awesome. And now I’m gonna subscribe and give it a try 😉

  • Gosh, I love your playlists!

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