'Glee's Darren Criss Picks 5 Must-Hear Indie BandsWednesday, April 27, 2011
Darren Criss is an unabashed Justin Bieber fan. He also loves Beethoven, Katy Perry, Disney composer Alan Menken — the list goes on. "There's artistry in all kinds of music," says the breakout Glee star, who shot to fame last year after covering Perry's "Teenage Dream." "This is not me being diplomatic or all-inclusive. I honestly love all genres."
But Criss isn't just a fan of mainstream music — he's got solid taste in underground and indie-rock bands. He just got back from his first trip to Coachella, where he checked out plenty of up-and-coming acts like Yelle and Foals. "It was so well curated," Criss tells SPIN, adding that he jotted down his favorite acts so he could pick up their records. "A couple days after the festival, I stocked up."
With Criss taking center stage on the new compilation Glee Presents: The Warblers (which landed at No. 2 on the Billboard charts this week), SPIN asked him to list his favorite new indie music. Check out his picks — and hear music from the artists below.