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Who doesn’t love a music festival, right? It’s all the best parts of a concert–music, friends, alcohol and drugs…just lots and lots more of them! Each year, more and more of them are popping up all over the place, over 60 happen in the U.S. each year alone. As you probably already know, one of the biggest and baddest is always Lollapalooza. The 1oth annual fest is to be one of the most incredible line ups this year, and once again takes place in Chicago’s Grant Park this weekend. We’re talking about Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Nas, Outkast, Calvin Harris, Lorde, The Avett Brothers, Broken Bells, Foster The People, Zedd, and tons more! Is it just us, or does it seem like the year that each fest is trying to out do and top each other? You can see the entire lineup here.

A few larger music websites will publish guides which present a good summary to the impressive bill, but who doesn’t already know about most of these celebrity performers? Yet one of the best reasons to go is to discover new music! For each of these well known artists, there are a ton of massively talented, vastly underrated ones they don’t get the attention they deserve. Anyone who has ever been or considered going to experience a massive event like this knows what it feels like when looking towards the bottom of the schedule. It can almost feel like reading a foreign language, seeing bands listed that you have never heard of. Almost everyone will want to watch performers like Chvrches, Interpol, Chance The Rapper, Krewella, Childish Gambino, Spoon, Cage The Elephant, Phantogram, Grouplove, and Lykke Li. That’s why we want to draw your attention to this list and that’s why we are here to help.

Live music festivals are still, despite all the advanced technology of 2014, one of the best methods of discovering new music. What happens if you don’t have time to catch an artist you wanted to see, or if it’s too crowded? And everyone loves an underdog! Besides, these some artists that could very well be at the top of the lineup next year or the year after.

These are artists that are already turning up everywhere this year, and others we expect to follow them very soon. The list includes everything from pop to hip-hop to EDM to metal to folk. So in our best and on going effort to cover the best in up and coming music, we present our picks for The Top 20 Most Underrated Artists Of Lollapalooza 2014. The list is not presented in any logical or sequential order whatsoever.

PS–if you aren’t able to attend, be sure and stream the event free all weekend here.
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1. of Verona

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For Fans Of: Royal Teeth, MS MR, Echosmith, Delta Rae, The Neighbourhood, Barcelona

of Verona is an indie rock group that formed in Los Angeles in 2010. The trio’s debut album The White Apple was released in July 2012. Dillon Pace was introduced to Mandi Perkins in early 2010 and they formed of Verona shortly thereafter. The two then invited Jeff Sojka to join the band after a chance meeting at Mikal Blue’s Revolver Studios. The band’s name is derived from William Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona. They released their Fall Like Roses EP in July 2011.The album’s lead single, “Castles”, received radio play on stations such as KROQ and 98.7fm in Los Angeles, and the song’s video was also added to rotation on mtvU. Their song “Dark in My Imagination” has been played regularly on specialty stations such as KCRW and reached number fifteen on the Hype Machine chart.Other songs from the album have been used in several television shows, including Teen Wolf, Army Wives, The Vampire Diaries, Dance Moms, Pretty Little Liars, Finding Carter, Welcome to Sweden, Rectify on the Sundance Channel, The Real L Word and many others.“of Verona is perfectly dark futuristic electro-rock soaked with brooding and swirling melodies that wrap around your brain with a relentless musical hold” — Kick Kick Snare

“The band blends electronica with a timeless take on alternative pop and forward thinking production, making music that could score a soundtrack to a film that takes place in the not-too-distant future. While innovating the electro-pop genre, instantly catchy opening song, Castles, sets the tone for The White Apple.” — iTunes Official Editor Review

“If you like melodic rock and roll with great female vocals like Florence & The Machine, you’ll definitely dig of Verona.”– MTV Buzzworthy

“I expected of Verona to come out with a strong debut, but “The White Apple” is more than just strong.  It’s a challenge to anyone out there, as if to say “This is 2013, this is the future of music. Now let’s see what the rest of you can do.” — Lemonade Magazine

“It has been said in the past that some bands create a wall of sound, of Verona creates a tsunami of sound that crashes down all around the venue, sweeping the audience away in the pure pleasure of the moment.”–The Examiner

“of Verona has quickly become a leading act to watch for.” — KROQ

“The White Apple introduces a brand of electro rock that is mesmerizing and simply put, addictive.” – Stereo Subversion

“of Verona are one of the best new bands I’ve heard in years.” — What’s The Ruckus

 

 

2. Wrestlers

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For Fans Of: The Tontons, Panama Wedding, Twin Shadow, Grizfolk, Bear Mountain, Noosa

Wrestlers (formerly known as Bagheera) began as the alias of 21-year-old Houston producer Aidan Kennedy, who released a house-and-chillwave-blending full-length called 100% Panther in 2012 on France’s Plik & Plok Records. The record received raves from blogs like Aerial Noise and Neonized and scored Bagheera high-profile gigs opening for the likes of M83, Ghostland Observatory, Passion Pit, and Matthew Dear. Kennedy eventually invited his old Hebrew school friend David Elkin to join him and form Wrestlers’ current incarnation as a funky electro-dance duo. Wrestlers will spend 2014, continuing to make what Cat5 Magazine calls “dance music for those who give a damn about dance music.” The Red Bull Sound Select artists have shared the stage with The Neighbourhood, HAIM, Bun B, Big Gigantic, Body Language, Classixx, Kisses, and Chet Faker.“…full of punky daftness, it’ll have all your BBQ ravin’ parties and wide-open-windowed kitchen shindigs as the envy of your neighbours – and thee-best-house-to-be-at on your street.” — Matthew Chandler, Aerial Noise“…blends the house, the funk, and the deep” –Neonized Magazine (Spain)

“…it’s a mixture of tribal and disco sounds… slowly draws you in with it’s ever-building groove…” –Too Many Sebastians

“Well dear friends I wanted to share with you my new found music. A massacre itself, The song that makes you simply want to move, move your royal buttocks”–Where Is Samantha (France)

 

 

3. Plastic Visions

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For Fans Of: Bear Mountain, Cage the Elephant, Machines Are People Too, Pujol, The Tontons, The Districts

Plastic Visions is a creation from the mind of California native and frontman Kane Stewart. Upon moving to Nashville Stewart enlisted the help of his cousin, Brad Shultz, for production of his project and just some all around family love. With that came the self-titled debut EP from Plastic Visions. The sound is a combination of melodic punk anthems and heavy grunge rock. Plastic Visions is currently touring in support of their 5-song debut EP out now on Death Panda Records.“Like a rocket-powered surf board, “Love Hate” blasts forward with thick, pulsating guitars and waves of noisy effects piggybacking off Stewart’s hoarse yelps. “Now I Know” condenses the dissonance into random interludes, making the quieter parts more poppy and the rest a raging mess of unceasing, feedback-powered anarchy.”-Consequence of Sound“Plastic Visions, is a no-nonsense rock and roll effort that captures the frenetic-yet-poppy attitude of Nirvana and The Pixies, courtesy of Brad Shultz’s playing, and meshes it with Kane Stewart’s Californian surf-rock attitude.”-Alternative Nation

“Stewart pinballed around the stage like a madman, wailing punk anthems off his band’s debut EP (like “Bitch This Ain’t L.A.” and “Kamikaze,” for instance) and throwing himself around like rag doll. Truly, The Spin hasn’t seen that kind of mad punk glee from a frontman since the last Titus Andronicus show we saw.”-Nashville Scene

“Welding punk tendencies with surf-rock edge, the slow-step verses of “Kamikaze” explode in the chorus, where seduction turns to murder.”-Antiquiet

“A snotty, blown-out, three-minute fuzz-pop burner that lands somewhere in the vicinity of Flaming Lips’ psychedelic art rock — only it’s seemingly about a self-destructive person rather than, say, someone who battles robots.” (about “Kamikaze”) –Nashville Cream

 

 

4. Shy Girls

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For Fans Of: SOHN, Bear Mountain, Banks, holychild, FKA Twigs, Great Good Fine Ok

Straightforward, seductive and sincere, Shy Girls producer and vocalist Dan Vidmar creates with an unabashed pop proclivity. The irresistible sensualism in his songwriting calls out with certain clarity, a soulfulness distinct unto itself. The immediacy of Vidmar’s croon turns listeners towards a captivating empathy. Bedroom eyes shine dewily upon these tracks, carrying melting melodies through perfectly minimal compositions, as undertones of New Jack Swing carry a punch that sways with each hook right on target.Working days at an emergency room, Vidmar returns to his loft in Portland’s inner Eastside industrial district to craft his sultry pop-R&B into the mystical pre-dawn hours. As much as Vidmar is part of a growing R&B resurgence, he stands apart from the herd of “avant-R&B” artists thanks to his crystal clear production. The tenderness of his art is never submerged in the muck and mire of dissonance, making for a refreshing and universally alluring listen. Vidmar’s swoon-worthy voice is already in demand for vocal features: He partnered with producer extraordinaire Cyril Hahn on the blissed-out dance jam “Perfect Form”, and has lent his vocal prowess to a track on the forthcoming album of Chicago’s cosmonaut house duo Supreme Cuts. As well, he has already seen online love and praise for his six-minute seduction “Under Attack” (which features a gourd-blowing celestial sax solo from tUnE-yArDs’ Noah Bernstein) and its far out remix by The-Drum. The first proper Shy Girls release was on Oct. 29th, an EP of devastating slow jams and woozy club cuts entitled TIMESHARE. The Red Bull Sound Select artist went on tour earlier this year opening for HAIM.

 

 

5. Cardiknox

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For Fans Of: Parade Of Lights, The Limousines, Walla, Little Daylight, Wildcat! Wildcat!, Chvrches

New York-based Cardiknox is the duo of Lonnie Angle and Thomas Dutton. Having grown up in Seattle playing classical piano on Lonnie’s side and punk music on Thomas’ end, the pair originally teamed up to create and produce rowdy musicals before moving to New York.Cardiknox was thereafter born from a love of folding their unique talents into an original craft-mixing 80’s beats and production with ferocious vocals and dynamic hooks.Their debut single, “Hold Me Down,” is an indelibly hard-hitting, giant tiger bite of a song that will take hold of your brain and not let go.Though having only formed in August of 2013, Cardiknox have already racked up accolades from Spin, Billboard, MTV, AV Club and and a number of other outlets. In their short existence, they’ve managed to sell out Mercury Lounge, headline a Neon Gold Popshop, and performed at SXSW. The band also went out on a nationwide tour opening for RCA recording artist Betty Who and Zak Waters earlier this year. They are also playing an official Lollapalooza after party with Bleachers.

 

 

6. JOHNNYSWIM

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For Fans Of: The Lone Bellow, Delta Rae, Jamestown Revival, The Head and The Heart, The Oh Hello’s, Seryn

Diamonds marks the full-length debut by JOHNNYSWIM, the duo fronted by singer-songwriters Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez. Recorded in Nashville, and infused with the LA-based duo’s “undeniable chemistry” (Billboard), the album celebrates a return to the husband and wife team’s roots. Produced by Abner Ramirez, and engineered by seven-time Grammy winner Gary Paczosa, Diamonds also features the duo’s writing collaborations with Mat Kearney, Josiah Bell, and Britten Newbill. “I wanted every song to be able to fit into a movie,” says Abner. “I wanted you to listen to the record and feel that you went somewhere. When you get the album, you’re gonna get us. It presents us well.”

Signed to Sony/Red-distributed Big Picnic Records, Diamonds follows JOHNNYSWIM’s critically acclaimed EP Heart Beats (2013). VH1 created You Oughta Know+ for the duo, which included a national tour alongside Emeli Sandé that succeeded their appearance on the sold-out Old Crow Medicine Show tour across the U.K. They were spotlighted on Pandora Radio’s Toyota Sessions, performed at Bonnaroo and MTV’s 2013 O Music Awards, and have appeared on nationally broadcast programs including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC), The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (CBS), The Today Show (NBC), Bluegrass Underground (PBS), and A Prairie Home Companion. Their music has also aired on VH1’s Mob Wives and Black Ink Crew, Hawaii Five-O (CBS), and promotional spots for Fiat.

Like the swim to freedom that inspires the duo’s name, JOHNNYSWIM has navigated a course of loss, love, hope, and joy over the past few years. “Abner lost his father. I lost my mom,” says Amanda. “The songs came from how relationships change when everybody’s dealing with creating a new normal.” From soulful, powerful anthems like “Diamonds” and “Live While We’re Young,” to rollicking, crowd-pleasing favorites like “Home” and “A Million Years,” Diamonds encompasses both the rigors of the road the duo has already traveled and a radiant light guiding them to the future. Amanda adds, “One of the three most important things I got from college was something my friend said to me, ‘No pressure, no diamonds.’ You go through a lot of pressure, but if you can stick with it, you end up being a beacon that shines.” For JOHNNYSWIM, the sparkling brilliance of Diamonds leads the way.

The two began writing and singing together in the spring of 2006 and found that their similar influences of folk, soul, and rock blended together lusciously. Nashville newspaper “the Tennesean” describes JOHNNYSWIM as ,”A mix of Lauryn Hill and John Mayer”.

 

 

7. wallpaper.

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For Fans Of: Outasight, Sam Adams, Radical Something, Shwayze, K.Flay, G-Eazy

Led by Oakland, California native Ricky Reed, Wallpaper. fuses hip-hop, pop, and dance music in a carefree, occasionally pointed fashion. After a pair of EPs in 2006 and in 2008, the first Wallpaper. album, Doodoo Face, was released in 2009 on Eenie Meenie. Reed dished out lighthearted and Auto-Tune-treated lyrics about partying over productions that seemed equally inspired by ’80s electro-pop andcontemporary mainstream rap. #STUPiDFACEDD (2011) followed on Hype Music in a similar manner. It featured one of Reed’s goofiest and most outlandish songs yet in “F*****g Best Song Everr,” which was licensed by Epic and re-released in 2012. The song reached the Top Ten of Billboard’s club chart. By May 2013, its animated video had close to four-million YouTube views. The album Ricky Reed Is Real followed in 2013 and featured the singles “Good 4 It” and “Drunken Hearts.” He has been on the Vans Warped Tour, and has been on tour opening for AWOLNATION.

 
 

8. Fly Golden Eagle

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For Fans Of: The Districts, Turbo Fruits, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Black Taxi, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Features