Tara Mahadevan is a Chicago-based journalist, who has been writing professionally for seven years. She got her start in her hometown of St. Louis, where she first wrote for the Riverfront Times, and later moved to New York, where she was given the chance to work with The Fader, Complex, Pigeons & Planes, Genius, Clash Magazine and more. Much like New York, she moved to Chicago on a whim in 2015, where she expanded her creative practice beyond journalism, to video and event production, creative direction, and curation. Her aim is to always champion music discovery and emerging and indie artists—and to dig deep into the communities that rear them.
Through a fierce amount of digging, we're proud to present four more must-hear artists that deserve your ears.
Digging deep to bring you under-the-radar artists you need to hear.
Four more must-hear artists, all under 1,000 followers.
SoundCloud is a platform built for discovery, so we handpicked four promising artists who all have a thousand followers or fewer.
We talked to the Florida buzzmaker about the influence of art in his music, Basquiat and evolution as an artist.
SoundCloud is a platform built for discovery, so we handpicked four promising artists who all have under a thousand followers.
On his new album, the Closed Sessions signee shuffles through the motions of a young man feeling adrift.
After a short Colorado skiing stint ended badly, the Madison native returned home in more ways than one.
Chicago lost one of the brightest talents on its West Side.
The Muslim-born Queens rapper's latest single is a rallying cry for minorities and immigrants.
The founding member of Odd Future has been behind so much music, but hasn't been in the foreground. Until now.
The Chicago rapper returns with his first project in three years.
We have "Bist du down?" on repeat, and we expect you will too.
I learned to become a full-fledged fan of R&B in 2016.
'Stillness in Wonderland' is a wild trip through a reality-soaked dreamland.
Chance, Malcolm London and friends continue to build a sense of unity in their local community.
If Smith's quirky style has never previously resonated with you, "Fallen" might change your tune.
The West Coast rapper tells us how his new project saved him from a creative rut.
Chicago artist L.A. VanGogh puts on for his community with his latest EP.
The 21-year-old Chicago native packs nostalgia and self-reflection into a short-but-sweet new project.
The Midwest joins forces with the East Coast on a murky new lyrical affair.
"Party Monster" and "I Feel It Coming" are the latest previews of Abel's highly anticipated album.
The fearless young artist continues his evolution with a genre-blending exploration of self.
Get familiar with the 18-year-old Madison, Wisconsin talent and his brand new debut album.
The most poignant moment on "We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service" is delivered on its second track.
Donald Trump won the White House, but we must use our fears and turn them into fuel.
The lead single off the younger Knowles' latest album has inspired quite a few remixes.
The Texas rapper-slash-singer delivers an empowering pop single from his forthcoming full-length album.
Young M.A's ringing endorsement of the cognac is being culturally appropriated, surprise, surprise.
Stream the rising New Jersey artist's funk-laden new project now.
With his new project, Saba positions himself as the voice for Chicago's West Side.
Milwaukee emcee WebsterX joins the label's burgeoning roster of artists from across the Midwest.
Grime is making noise overseas, but Jay Prince reminds us that UK hip-hop is alive and well.
D.R.A.M. is on a roll heading into the release of his debut album.
If you don’t believe me, then run back Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright.”
The Pivot Gang member pushes the confines of Chicago rap, much of which has been staked on the South Side.
We've barely had a chance to sit with "Woptober," yet Guwop's already announced a new project.
There's no doubt about it — Kanye can level up an artist's artistry.