With just a drum machine and distorted guitar, Colleen Green creates bubble-gum punk that's as relatable as grunge, catchy as new wave and dark as her knockoff Wayfarers. She's the quintessential bedroom artist, spending most of her time alone, sketching out songs on her rug-burned MacBook and creating her own merch. Green's “whateverness,” along with her wry lyrics and sugary hooks, gives her music a cool, disconnected feel. She started out in 2010 with a lo-fi drum machine and a fuzzed-out Ramones cover, but on her latest album, this year's I Want to Grow Up, she graduated to potent, sticky power-pop for stoners, with soft vocals and MTV-relatable lyrics. As a result, 2015 has been her biggest year, including her late-night TV debut on Last Call With Carson Daly and a shoutout from Rolling Stone. So she's about to get famous, all while rolling joints on copies of that same Rolling Stone. All hail the queen of weed-pop.
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