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Mitski Miyawaki ‘13

Indie rock star beyond compare.

A recent post on Mitski’s Facebook page (@MitskiLeaks) announces she’ll be performing at Coachella on the same day as headliner Beyoncé, to which a fan pithily replies, “No, Beyoncé is playing on the Mitski day…”

Using only her first name as a performer, Mitski Miyawaki ’13 (MusB studio composition) holds a unique place in the indie rock scene—there’s truly no one like her. She wrote her first two albums here at Purchase in the studio composition program. She collaborated with a 60-person orchestra on her second album, Retired from Sad, New Career in Business. It was her senior project.

Rolling Stone magazine listed her as one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know” in its February 2015 issue.

And as 2016 came to a close, her latest album Puberty 2 appeared on many Best of 2016 lists, including at #3 on Time Magazine’s Top 10 Best Albums, while her song “Your Best American Girl” landed at #2 on NPR’s list of Top 100 songs for 2016.

Brooklyn Magazine writes about the latter, “The first spin through the song proves that Mitski is a rock star. The second listen proves that she is a poet. The third listen shows that she is still learning to join those outsized talents together and carve out a space for herself in a world that hasn’t always accepted her…. Mitski has primed herself to become the kind of rock star we need now: open-hearted, full of questions, experimental, searching, funny, equally messy and wise, and most importantly, armed with pristine riffs that will blow out your speakers.”

While she’s done so much in so little time, we can’t wait to experience what Mitski has in store for the future.