PTM Podcast: Building community with Lauren Rearick of The Grey Estates

Lauren Rearick
Photo: Lauren Rearick

In 2013, Lauren Rearick founded The Grey Estates as a way to write about the bands that she loved while working on freelance assignments, and to make new friends who shared her passion for music. Since then, The Grey Estates has become one of the Internet’s most influential indie music blogs, and also one of its most heartwarming.

Lauren uses her social media presence to hype the bands that she loves and build up her followers through honest conversations about mental health. Scrolling through The Grey Estates Twitter feed, it’s not uncommon to see a thoughtful interview with your new favorite band next to a photo of Lauren’s adorable new cat, Paul Rudd.

Now six years since the launch of The Grey Estates, Lauren is constantly creating new, creative features for the blog like the Beat, a series where musicians share their makeup routines, or TGE Recipes. While the blog has grown over the years, at its core it remains a passionate team of writers championing the music that matters.

This week on the podcast, I caught up with Lauren to talk about founding The Grey Estates, falling in love with indie music through The O.C., launching new features like The Beat, and learning when to close your email inbox and make time for yourself.

You can stream the episode using the player above, or subscribe via PodbeanApple Podcasts, and Spotify.

The Pass The Mic Podcast is produced by Allie Pasiuk and Colleen Cowie, and is presented by Renaissance People’s Media. If you want to support the people who make this podcast and Pass The Mic possible, you can head to our Patreon at

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