Pet Door Show’s top underplayed Bandcamp picks

Hannah Werdmuller
5 min readFeb 3, 2023


a newsprint dog says, “Happy Bandcamp Friday!!!!!” Text reads, “shout out to some favorite hidden gems:”

It’s Bandcamp Friday, which means today Bandcamp is waiving their 15% portion of sales, and 100% of purchases go to the artists! Love that!

On the Pet Door Show (Thursdays 2–4pm Pacific / 5–7pm Eastern / 10pm-12am GMT on Shady Pines Radio), I love to share what I consider to be the world’s best new independent and underplayed music, all by artists from around the world with fewer than 5,000 instagram followers. You’re guaranteed to hear a bunch of new music every week.

A lot of the music that I play on the Pet Door Show is stuff I’ve found on Bandcamp, often by independent and self-publishing artists. Below I am sharing a list (arranged alphabetically by artist’s full name) of some of the most underplayed releases available on Bandcamp that I’ve played on the Pet Door Show so far this year, all by artists with fewer than 2,000 instagram followers. These are the hidden gems that I believe deserve a brighter spotlight.



2:00AM Wake Up CallWe Are Sun and Moon and Stars
EP, released February 3, 2023.
Favorite track: New Year
High Point, NC. Alternative rock.


angel apricotthe pink sunset over you
Album, released November 25, 2022.
Favorite track: gender envy
Toronto, Canada. Indie bedroom pop.

Album, released November 16, 2022 on Slow Down Records.
Favorite track: Shinagawa — 品川
Tokyo, Japan. Emo punk.

April ChungFrom a Silver Scene
Single, released November 18, 2022.
Amsterdam, Netherlands. Neoclassical.

Arms Like RosesBlooming
Album, released July 1, 2022.
Favorite track: The Separation Between Fact and Feeling
New Haven, CT. Alternative indie rock.

augchamp Leftovers
EP, released January 4, 2023.
Favorite track: Chapped Lips
Minneapolis, MN. Folk alternative.


Batoma SissokoNiarela Sessions
Album, released January 19, 2022.
Favorite track: Dôké Tônon (ft. Nouhoun Sissoko)
Bamako, Mali. Afrobeat.

Birthday DadThe Hermit
Album, released September 9, 2022.
Favorite track: I Am
Turlock, CA. Indie.

BKODjine Bora
Album, released July 15, 2022.
Favorite track: BKO Kagni
Bamako, Mali. Indie rock.

Blues LawyerAll In Good Time
Album, due to be released February 17, 2023.
Favorite track: Chance Encounters
Oakland, CA. Pop punk.

Album, released November 2, 2022 on Sweet Dreams Press.
Favorite track: 魚​(​Fish)
Tokyo, Japan. Folk.


Crush FundDrama
EP, released November 11, 2022.
Favorite track: Seeing Stars
New York City, NY. Post punk.


DowdelinP​é​ké Viré
EP, due to be released March 10, 2023.
Favorite track: P​é​ké Viré
Lyon, France. Caribbean electrojazz.

Dr FabolaAll Behind
EP, released November 25, 2022.
Favorite track: All Behind
Manchester, England. Folk.


ENKELLove Hurts
Album, released October 7, 2022 on Nordic Notes.
Favorite track: Kentelpolkat
Finland. Humppa folk.

Expert TimingStargazing
Album, released September 23, 2022.
Favorite track: Super Ordinary Unimpressed
Orlando, FL. Bubblegrunge.


Idi Et AminCandy Suck
Album, released June 24, 2022.
Favorite track: More Than Much
Salt Lake City, UT. Dirtgaze.


Jali Fily CissokhoBIMO
Album, released April 25, 2022.
Favorite track: MAMADOU BITIKI
Oxford, England. African folk.

Jess KallenA Garden Bed of Thistle Weeds
Single, released November 29, 2022 on New Professor Music.
Los Angeles, CA. Indie folk.

João SelvaPassarinho
Album, released February 3, 2023.
Favorite track: Passarinho
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Latin indie pop.

JobberHell in a Cell
EP, released October 21, 2022.
Favorite track: Entrance Theme
Brooklyn, NY. Alternative rock.

Joe.D230PM (ft. Yu)
Single, released December 19, 2022.
Atlanta, GA. Hip hop.

Junk RiverThere is a Dog
EP, released October 28, 2022.
Favorite track: Changing
Malmö, Sweden. Indie alt folk.


Kat LockThe Retrograde
EP, released January 6, 2023.
Favorite track: Dead Deer
Norman, OK. Indie rock.


Album, released October 10, 2022.
Favorite track: Solipsismo
Montréal, Canada. Folk jazz.

Lo Ke BaDelirio
Album, released September 7, 2022.
Favorite track: Spring is Here
Croydon, England. Afrocuban jazz.


Madalitso BandMusakayike
Album, released June 17, 2022.
Favorite track: Ali Ndi Vuto
Lilongwe, Malawi. Indie.

The MagpiesUndertow
Album, released October 14, 2022.
Favorite track: I Never Will Marry
York, England. Folk.

Single, released June 3, 2022.
Los Angeles, CA. Indie.


Oh Lonesome AnaMEG​/​\​DETH TEE
Abum, released July 15, 2022.
Favorite track: The Slow Death of Lung Cancer
Sacramento, CA. Indie alternative.


Sherwood RahmingGrounded
Album, released September 9, 2022.
Favorite track: Liberate Me
Nassau, The Bahamas. Afrocaribbean R&B.

Shreyas IyengarOST
EP, released March 11, 2022.
Favorite track: Pinocchio
Pune, India. Jazz.

Sketchy McClainwanna be
Single, released October 23, 2022.
Fargo, ND. Indie punk.

Spice WorldThere Is No I In Spice World
Album, released January 20, 2023.
Favorite track: Dying to Go
Whadjuk Noongar Boodja.

Sun SpotsLoosey
EP, released October 14, 2022.
Favorite track: Never Gonna Change
Seattle, WA. Alternative rock.


Teens in TroubleTeens in Trouble
EP, released September 2, 2022.
Favorite track: Decomposing
Raleigh, NC. Alternative rock.

tiny giant Ng​à​y M​ớ​i
Single, released December 24, 2022.
Favorite track: Ng​à​y M​ớ​i (original)
Hanoi, Vietnam. Electronica.


vivian panachemove your body
Album, released June 3, 2022.
Favorite track: on top of me
San Francisco, CA. Indie funk.


Zoe GuigenoWe Were Radar Stations
Album, released October 13, 2022.
Favorite track: Queen of My Domain
Tofino, Canada / Brooklyn, NY. Indie pop.

That’s the end of the list! Tune in to the Pet Door Show this Thursday 2–4pm Pacific / 5–7pm Eastern / 10pm-12am GMT on Shady Pines Radio for a completely fresh and unique sampler of independent and underplayed music, all by artists with fewer than 5,000 instagram followers.

If you enjoyed this list, check out the Pet Door Show Best of 2022, and Pet Door Show’s up-and-coming artists you should know in 2023! And if you really enjoyed it, please consider buying me a cup of coffee. Thanks!



Hannah Werdmuller

Hannah Werdmuller:: frontperson of Django Moves to Portland / singer in Chonk! / Hosts the Pet Door Show on Shady Pines Radio, Thursdays 2-4pm (PST) / they/them