On Your Radar: Briston Maroney


Top Tracks: “Freakin’ Out On the Interstate”, “Small Talk”, “Caroline”
Similar Artists: Flipturn, The Backseat Lovers, Hippo Campus
Recent News: Currently on the second run of his Ultrapure Tour, which began on May 11.

A rising figure within the independent alt-pop scene, Knoxville, Tennessee-based singer-songwriter Briston Maroney is a pivotal musician to keep on your radar. Having made his musical debut back in 2017 with the release of his Bigshot EP, Maroney released an EP every year until 2020, where he released a steady stream of singles including his 2020 single “Freakin’ Out On the Interstate” which now has over 200 million streams on Spotify. In 2021 the singer released his debut full-length studio album Sunflower, which took nearly a decade to make and conveyed Maroney in a new musical era of overcoming his fears and anxieties.

In September of 2023, Maroney released his sophomore LP Ultrapure, an extensive body of work which takes a look at Maroney’s childhood memories. Combining more emotional tracks with danceable pop tunes, Ultrapure is a well-rounded creative journey for Maroney. To celebrate and promote the album’s release, Maroney embarked on his Ultrapure World Tour from October 2023 to April 2024. On May 11, the indie star set out on his Ultrapure Tour Part 2 where he’ll be touring across the U.S. Maroney is also set to play a number of different musical festivals this year, including Lollapalooza, All Things Go and Summerfest.

With a musicality that is equal parts emotive and light-hearted, Maroney has created a discography that is diverse in the emotions it produces for listeners. His latest album Ultrapure is a representation of reflection, whether it’s on your past, your relationships or yourself. Through this, Maroney is able to connect and relate with listeners across the globe, thus making him a rising star to keep on your horizons. The album itself, opening with a melancholy intro and ending with the title track, is cinematic in storytelling as Maroney is at his most vulnerable self. Throughout the course of the album, over acoustic guitars, heartfelt lyrics and upbeat catchy riffs, Maroney looks back on his past trauma and learns to let go of his fears. Now, as Maroney is becoming an artist that music listeners are keeping on their radar, the Tennessee native is learning to embrace the feeling of an ultrapure life.

Be sure to stream Ultrapure on Spotify and Apple Music.

Buy tickets for Briston Maroney’s Ultrapure Tour Part 2 here.


May 11 San Diego, CA
May 16 Boston, MA
June 28 Milwaukee, WI
August 3 Chicago, IL
August 4 Montreal, QC
September 13 Greenwood Village, CO
September 22 Orlando, FL
September 23 Columbia, SC
September 24 Wilmington, NC
September 26 Charlotte, NC
September 27 Pittsburgh, PA
September 28 Columbia, MD
September 30, Providence, RI
October 1 Portland, ME
October 2 New Haven, CT
October 4 Grand Rapids, MI
October 5 Indianapolis, IN
October 6 Cincinnati, OH
October 8 St. Louis, MO
October 9 Kansas City, MO
October 10 Madison, WI
October 12 West Des Moines, IA
October 13 Oklahoma City, OK
October 14 San Antonio, TX
October 16 El Paso, TX
October 18 Albuquerque, NM
October 19 Aspen, CO
October 20 Salt Lake City, UT
October 23 Phoenix, AZ
October 24 San Diego, CA

Follow Briston Maroney: Instagram // TikTok // Twitter // Spotify

Justice Petersen
Justice Petersen
Justice Petersen is a Chicago-based music journalist and freelance writer. She is a recent graduate from Columbia College Chicago, having earned a journalism major with a concentration in magazine writing and a minor in music business. Justice regularly contributes artist interviews, On Your Radar features and various other articles for Melodic Magazine, serving as an interviewer, writer and editor. She also writes for several other online magazine publications, including Ghost Cult Magazine, Chicago Music Guide and That Eric Alper, and her work has been featured in Sunstroke Magazine, Fever Dream Zine, ChicagoTalks and the Chicago Reader. Her favorite band is Metallica and her go-to coffee order is an iced vanilla oat milk latte with strawberry cold foam on top.

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