The Top 20 Most Underrated Artists Of Lollapalooza 2014
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
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
For Fans Of: The Tontons, Panama Wedding, Twin Shadow, Grizfolk, Bear Mountain, Noosa
(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)
For Fans Of: Bear Mountain, Cage the Elephant, Machines Are People Too, Pujol, The Tontons, The Districts
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
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.
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.
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”.
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.
For Fans Of: The Districts, Turbo Fruits, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Black Taxi, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Features
Fly Golden Eagle has been going strong for over 5 years. Starting with Ben Trimble first playing shows solo with a boombox and tape-recordings, it has since evolved into a full-fledged band that has released 3 albums and an EP. Richard Harper, Mitch Jones and Matt Shaw flesh out the foursome.They’ve traveled the Silk Highway to help in The Resistance of the Propagators of the Pinkest Floss, as well as the nation of Canada, where the people love their music, but the Government does not. Their songs are meant to be titillating, multilateral, and other fun, vintage buzz words. Fly Golden Eagle sincerely tries to find it’s place in the cosmos and the sentient beings on earth. They are greedy for the big synthesis and are highly listenable.Fly Golden Eagle is currently touting their latest, psych-funk release, “Swagger”, wherever they go and are done with their follow-up, “Quartz”, to be released soon. In the past year the band has toured with Alabama Shakes, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Dr Dog, Arctic Monkeys, Clear Plastic Masks and Chrome Pony. See them outside and in the sun.
For Fans Of: Max Frost, The Districts, Alvvays, The Preatures, Glass Animals, Hamilton Leithauser
Benjamin Booker is a young New Orleans based singer-songwriter. He is influenced by The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex. He is already getting attention from the likes of NPR and Noisey/Vice, and has opened for Jack White. His debut, self-titled album will be released August 19th.
For Fans Of: Haerts, The Colourist, ASTR, Night Drive, The Naked and Famous, Gold Fields, nonono
blends indie and pop music into an irresistible mix of bold soundscapes, Top 40 hooks, and knowing lyrics. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she played cello by age four and began writing her first pop songs in her early teens. Her voice is striking and memorable, and, according to Billboard, “shimmers with a self-assuredness extremely uncommon in an unsigned artist.”Her recent debut EP The Movement
was welcomed with rave reviews, including being crowned “Best EP of 2013” by both Billboard Magazine and Popjustice, being called “This Year’s Major One To Watch” by MTV Buzzworthy, and being called “The Artist Who Will Save Pop Music” by Idolator, with The Guardian, Digital Spy, Arjan Writes, Kick Kick Snare, All Things Go, Pop On And On, Jon Ali, and countless others chiming in with equal praise, as the EP soared to 250K+ streams and 70K song downloads.She is currently working with producer Peter Thomas of Pulse Recordings on new material, and describes her artistic goal quite directly: “I’d just like to make people dance.”
For the rest of her story, just press “play.”
11. The So So Glos
For Fans Of: Swearin’, Titus Andronicus, Diarrhea Planet, Parquet Courts, Waxahatchee, Speedy Ortiz
“The So So Glos are a punk rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. The band consists of Alex Levine (vocals, bass), Ryan Levine (guitar, vocals), Matt Elkin (guitar, vocals) and Zach Staggers (drums, vocals). They have toured the U.S. and Europe extensively on their own and are recognized for their active participation in New York’s all-ages venues and the DIY movement. “[They are] hometown heroes,” says Blackbook Magazine of the band’s high level of community involvement, “They rule the underground, all-ages music scene in the city.”Brothers Alex and Ryan Levine, originally from Bay Ridge, met drummer Zach Staggers in pre-school. Through divorces and remarriages, Zach became their step-brother and they began playing music at a very early age. Over the course of their childhood, the three brothers moved around the New York metropolitan area frequently, yet always devoted time to writing and playing music together.The So So Glos adopted their current name in 2007, the same year they self-released eponymous debut, recorded after-hours in a Staten Island studio with childhood friend Adam Reich. Guitarist Matt Elkin joined the band late in the year, just prior to their first cross-country tour. They returned in early 2008 and co-founded all-ages Brooklyn venue The Market Hotel with DIY show promoter Todd P.
The So So Glos released their EP, Tourism / Terrorism, in fall 2008 through Warner subsidiary Green Owl Records. Consisting of nine tracks, the EP received an A- from Robert Christgau and won the “Best Punk Album” category of the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards. After several D.I.Y. tours of the U.S. in support of the album, the band toured Europe as an opening act for Trail of Dead.
During the summer of 2009, The So So Glos teamed up with Shea Stadium founder Adam Reich (who is also a touring member/producing collaborator of New Jersey band, Titus Andronicus) to establish the all-ages performance space/recording studio in Brooklyn affectionately called Shea Stadium. They toured the U.S. and Canada for six weeks with New Jersey heroes Titus Andronicus and embarked on their second European tour (supporting the Virgins) shortly afterward.
In June 2010 the band recorded new material with Nicolas Vernhes at the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. They released their 7-inch EP Low Back Chain Shift on October 12th that same year. They supported both Matt & Kim and the Futureheads during their North American tours that autumn.
Their 2nd full length, Blowout, was released in partnership with Shea Stadium Records and Votiv Music April 23rd, 2013. Garnering 4 out of 5 stars from Rolling Stone and glowing reviews from Consequence of Sound, Pitchfork, Blackbook Magazine and Stereogum among others, the band played The Tonight Show with David Letterman in April and has been on the road since.”
12. Vic Mensa
For Fans Of: Flatbush Zombies, ScHoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Isaiah Rashad, Casey Veggies, Childish Gambino
Born in 1993, Vic Mensa is an independent recording artist from Chicago, Illinois who released his mixtape INNANETAPE online last year to critical acclaim. Vic has toured North America with J. Cole and Disclosure and Danny Brown on his recent European Tour. Vic is also the leader and co-founder of the SAVEMONEY collective.
For Fans Of: U.S. Royalty, Pacific Air, The Lonely Forest, Givers, Youngblood Hawke, Freelance Whales
Bronze Radio Return know what it takes to get to the heart of American roots music. You have to go to America’s roots.
When it came time for the band to record their latest full-length album Up, On & Over, they found themselves in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on a farm in the tiny town of Louisa, Virginia. In their journey as a band, recording in different parts of the United States has opened up their ears and minds. “We find it’s easier to get into a creative zone when we’re outside of our element,” lead singer and guitarist Chris Henderson explains, “we were surrounded by goats, chickens, and farmland.” The trek south this year was just the latest venture for Bronze Radio Return (Henderson, drummer Rob Griffith, lead guitarist Patrick Fetkowitz, keys player Matthew Warner, bassist Bob Tannen, and harmonica/banjoist extraordinaire Craig Struble) who are no strangers to recording in new – and sometimes remote – places.
Their story starts in Hartford, where members orbited each other at The Hartt School, one of the country’s top music conservatories. After finding each other and solidifying their line-up in 2008, they began writing music and found that their surroundings played a huge part in their creative energies. While writing their debut album Old Time Speaker, they bounced between the buzzing urban community in Hartford, where Henderson says melodies and chord progressions come naturally, and a remote Maine town, where they holed up to focus on lyrics. When they went into the studio in 2009, they went, as Henderson says, to “a place we’d never been before with a producer we’d never met to play a bunch of songs we’d never played before.” The producer was Chad Copelin (Ivan & Alyosha, Ben Rector), who would go on to form a solid and lasting partnership with the band.
Two years later, Copelin brought the band to his home turf in Norman, Oklahoma to record their follow-up album Shake! Shake! Shake! The small community lived and breathed music. The Midwestern neighborliness and kindness shined through on the album – drenched in harmony, warmth, and soul, the songs were made to make people come together. Sing-alongs, foot stomps, hand claps, and all.
It was during this time that the band began to get picked up for numerous TV spots and ads. Shake! Shake! Shake! produced over 50 syncs in the past year-and-a-half when all was tolled. Highlights include a worldwide Nissan Leaf commercial and a national Behr Paint/Home Depot ad. In addition, HBO, ESPN, NBC, MTV, the CW, American Idol, ABC Family, USA, and more licensed their music for shows, promos and bumpers. Instead of waiting for the syncs to break them out, Bronze Radio Return threw themselves into a rigorous touring schedule. “We’ve been really fortunate to have our music used in a lot of TV and film, and also made some real traction at radio. But this band is first and foremost a live band,” says Henderson. The band has spent the better part of the last two years playing every corner of the US and winning fans over with their packed-with-energy live show.
Cut back to 2013 and find Bronze Radio Return back in Virginia with Copelin at their side recording Up, On & Over, the band’s most ambitious release to date. “You can hear there’s an obvious progression with this batch of songs. It’s very much still a Bronze Radio Return record but we really found ourselves getting into a groove during the recording process which allowed us as a band to dig deeper into the material than ever before,” says Warner.
The album is a collection of songs defined by the band’s ability to step out of their comfort zone and push forward. Leading the way is first single “Further On,” an optimistic anthem steeped in summertime brightness. “Further On” started making waves months before the album’s anticipated release, when it was tapped as the soundtrack to the PGA Tour’s national ad campaign featuring Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The rest of the record follows suit with strong hooks, twangy guitars, and driving percussion. While we can’t be sure where Bronze Radio Return’s story will take them next, Up, On & Over is an exciting new chapter in their journey. Keep an eye out as their story unfolds, taking us all for a ride moving… well… Further On.
For Fans Of: Zedd, Adventure Club, Krewella, Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Chromeo
With international support growing from renowned DJs and producers including Tiesto
and Nicky Romero
, as well as two successful Spinnin’ Records singles under their belts (“I Like It Loud” & “Michael Jackson”), New York’s emerging electronic three-piece Cash Cash
has signed with legendary dance music imprint, Big Beat Records, home to a diverse electronic roster which includes Skrillex, Icona Pop, Chuckie, Martin Solveig, Flux Pavilion, Rudimental
.The group, which consists of best friends and brothers, Jean Paul Makhlouf, Alex Makhlouf and Samuel Frisch first made their way into the hearts of core dance music enthusiasts with their vibrant remixes for the likes of Nicky Romero (“Symphonica”), Capital Cities
(“Safe And Sound”), Vicetone (“Heartbeat” ft. Collin McLoughlin) and Krewella
(“Alive”); as well as Bruno Mars
(“Treasure”), Calvin Harris
(“Let’s Go” ft. Ne-Yo) and Nervo & Hook N Sling (“Reason”), several which have reigned on the Hype Machine charts.But the trio truly impresses with their originally produced material, including Krewella’s next single, “Live For the Night,” coming just before their first official Big Beat release, “Take Me Home” ft. Bebe Rexha
, dropping on July 16th along with a remix package to all digital retailers. The track recently premiered during the trio’s guest mix on Nicky Romero’s ‘Protocol Radio’ Sirius/XM Radio show and officially debuted on BPM, hailed as the “best new track… heard in a long time” by host, Austin Kramer.
The groups’s fusion of captivating pop vocals and signature banging electro-house beats have already captivated dance music insiders and tastemakers like elektro magazine, Complex’s Do Androids Dance and Dancing Astronaut, who named Cash Cash one of their “five breakthrough artists for summer 2013.” Expect to hear more praise for this crowd-pleasing act from EDM and pop music fans and writers alike.
For Fans Of: Kitten, Noosa, Blondfire, Son Lux, Sir Sly, MisterWives
On her current single, the raging, unapologetic “Desire,” Meg Myers
“juggles the pretty and the ugly perfectly,” as Stereogum noted, adding that with her “fierce then-vulnerable voice, you have something that is as sweet as it is unsettling.” The Nashville-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has consistently worked that dichotomy in her music, exploring the tension between dark and light, sweet and sour, and sex and death in her cathartic songwriting. Her richly powerful voice, which can slide on a dime from a feathery trill to an anguished howl, is the perfect instrument with which to express her brooding, fiercely raw lyrics about craving what’s just out of reach. The words are bolstered by the layered guitar-synth soundscapes she creates with her collaborator and producer Dr. Rosen Rosen.Released in April 2013, Myers’ debut EP Daughter In The Choir
gave listeners their first taste of such ferocious anthems as “Monster,” earning her rave reviews and comparisons to female iconoclasts like Fiona Apple
, Sinead O’Connor
, and Alanis Morissette
, though Myers cites Tracy Chapman
, Joan Osborne
, and Heart
‘s Ann Wilson as inspirations, along with Kurt Cobain
, Layne Staley
, and Trent Reznor
. The Nine Inch Nails
frontman’s influence is evident on “Desire,” which is the first single from Myers’ new EP, which was released by Atlantic Records in January 2014. Like Reznor, Myers lets her pop instincts temper the dark quality of her songs, thanks to help from Rosen, a prominent remixer who’s worked on tracks by Britney Spears
, M.I.A., La Roux
, and Lady Gaga
among others.”I came from this grunge, punk-rock background, but I always wanted to write catchy pop songs,” Myers says. “I just didn’t have the technical knowledge to make them work. But I grew up listening to well-crafted songs. I loved Sting, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, James Taylor
and Fleetwood Mac
. That’s what I was drawn to. I love the simplicity of a great song, I just didn’t realize how hard that was to capture in a recording. That’s why working with Rosen is so great. It was like, ‘Okay, I found this guy I can write songs with and who is really good at turning everything into pop, while still letting me be myself.'”
The songs on the EP express the various facets of Myers’ personality, from the raucous “Go,” in which the person in question is dismissed with the simple, imperious directive in the song’s title, to the deeply personal acoustic guitar-driven ballad “The Morning After,” to the unrestrained “Heart Heart Head,” a live favorite that closes with the sound of Myers’ feral screams. “It’s kind of animalistic when I sing that song live,” she admits. “I can really let myself feel the loneliness and pain I was experiencing when I wrote it and just let it out.”
Music has always been an emotional release for Myers. Born in Nashville, she spent the first five years of her life in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains where she was raised by a truck driver father and a Jehovah’s Witness mother. After her parents divorced, her mother married a fellow Witness, who moved the family to Ohio. Her mother and stepfather worked for a cleaning business. “They cleaned all night and slept during the day,” Myers says. When she was 12, Myers and her siblings were taken out of school when the family moved yet again, this time to Florida, where they bounced from town to town throughout her teen years. During this period, Myers began singing, writing songs on keyboard, and teaching herself to play guitar. She played bass in a band she started with her brother. “I had a huge need to express myself,” Myers says. “Music was always an escape from reality, because reality was pretty shitty. I had a really tough childhood, and was forced to be an adult at a really young age. Music was the only safe place that was my own, where I could say whatever I wanted.”
A few days shy of her 20th birthday, Myers made the decision to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. She lived in a studio apartment with her then-boyfriend and got a job waitressing at a coffee shop in Hollywood and played whenever she could get a gig. Things didn’t work out with the guy, but she did end up meeting Rosen, who signed her to his production company. The two began writing songs, including those that appear on Daughter In The Choir and her new EP. A full-length album will follow in 2014. Her goal for her music, she says, is simple: “I want it to make people not afraid to feel.”
For Fans Of: Cash Cash, Tove Lo, Foxes, Broods, Chromeo, Betty Who
is a 24 year old recording artist hailing out of Brooklyn, NY, born from Albanian parents. Bebe got her first break as the front woman for the Pete Wentz
project, Black Cards
. Bebe sharpened her chops on the road opening up for acts like Travis McCoy, Panic & The Disco
and Bon Jovi
, to name a few. The project never fully got off the ground, as Pete decided to rejoin forces with his long time band, Fall Out Boy
, but Bebe wasn’t stopping there.Bebe started writing songs for her debut project, and found her self collaborating with upcoming and established acts as a songwriter for their projects. Bebe penned the Top 15 debut hit, “Glowing”, for Island Records newcomer Nikki Williams. She also co-penned Eminem’s chart topping smash, “”The Monster””, that spent 5 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Charts. Her original demo version leaked online, and has garnered rave reviews.Bebe enjoyed recent mainstream success as the writer and featured artist on the debut single for red hot DJ trio, Cash Cash, on their song “”TAKE ME HOME”.
In early 2014, Billboard Magazine identified Bebe as an “”Artist That Will Help Define 2014″”, alongside other upstarts such as Sam Smith, Sage The Gemini and Foxes to name a few.
Bebe is signed to a worldwide recording deal with Warner Bros. Records. Her debut single is called “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You”, and the album will be released in early 2015.
For Fans Of: RAC, Carousel, Max Frost, Pacific Air, Little Daylight, Sir Sly
Joywave is an eclectic group specializing in alternative pop hailing from Rochester, NY. After the success of 2013’s 88888 mixtape, they established their Hollywood Records imprint Cultco Music, through which they released their debut EP How Do You Feel? on March 11. With a catalog that deftly jumps between genre, Joywave’s How Do You Feel? EP demonstrates the band’s pointed talent for blending influences. The Joywave sound is grounded in classic songwriting, often injected with house music’s energy, disco’s playfulness and an overarching hip-hop spirit. Where any other band might lose its identity in the quest to experiment with so many different sounds, Joywave’s all-embracing approach and ineffable knack for making music that feels good puts their distinct personality front and center.tinct personality front and center.d center. They have also collaborated with Big Data, and will soon be touring as opening support for Betty Who this fall.
For Fans Of: Bro Safari, Kill The Noise, RL Grime, Minnesota, Flosstradamus, Griz
HeRobust, otherwise known as Hayden Kramer, is an electronic producer from Atlanta, Georgia. In the short, two year existence of HeRobust, Kramer’s hip-hop inspired bass music has quickly garnered the attention of online media giants such as Rolling Stone, Vice, The Huffington Post, and MTV. 2012 saw a relentless release of music from Herobust. His downtempo beats got him attention from tastemakers such as Mad Decent and XLR8R, while his bass heavy remixes landed him as the second fastest growing artist on social media for fall on 2012 according to Billboard’s Next Big Sound. 2013 has seen tours with Big Gigantic, Gramatik, and headlining and festival dates across the United States. It has also seen a barrage or original single’s and EP’s to critical acclaim. His busy schedule has paid off, getting his tracks played out by the likes of Skrillex, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, and DJ Shadow. His latest effort, released via the infamous LA based label SMOG, SHEKNOWSHEBAD has received the support from legendary names such as Flux Pavilion, Dillon Francis and Kill The Noise. With a stacked touring schedule with Gramatik and Pretty Lights, 2013 is shaping to launch heRobust into places never thought possible by the prolific young beatsmith.
For Fans Of: Frank Ocean, Dom Kennedy, Miguel, Aaliyah, Solange, SZA
Are you hip to Jhene Aiko yet? Pronounced juh-nay. ahh-ee-ko, she represents a new generational wave of R&B. You may remember the 25 year old ‘s vocal work with B2K from back in the day. She is the first signee to No I.D.’s Artium imprint, and just released her debut EP Sail Out earlier this week. Her first album Souled Out is slated for release in in the early part of next year in 2014. First week sales for the EP are expected to reach between 25,000-30,000 copies.Her mixtape Sailing Souls was released in 2011. She has already lent her voice on songs by Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Big Sean and Wale. She has also previously collaborated with both Miguel and Kanye West. You may know her from Drake‘s track “From Time” off his new Nothing Was The Same. Drake also brought her along as opening support for his 40 city arena tour before Future performed.She released a new music video for “Bed Peace” featuring Childish Gambino, in which the pair do their best impression of the infamous John Lennon and Yoko Ono protest. She wrote all seven songs on the new EP, and there are guest appearances on it from hip-hop artists Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Vince Staples. Expect to see and hear a lot from this new up and coming artist in 2014.
For Fans Of: MiM0SA, Bassnectar, ill.Gates, Excision, Datsik, Felix Cartal
Anytime he hits the stage, Crizzly has no choice but to go hard. Channeling hyperactive energy and uncontainable swagger, the San Antonio DJ and producer ignites crowds with an intoxicating, infectious, and inimitable blend of dubstep and hip-hop, which he affectionately terms, “Crunkstep”. However, there’s a lot more to the 21-year-old artist.Music became a part of Chris Lee “Crizzly” Marshall’s life at a very young age. As he recalls, he discovered it as a child‚ “insisting on making his kindergarten class listen to the Space Jam soundtrack during naptime” but he didn’t formally embrace it until high school. Picking up a set of turntables, he scored his first gigs at birthday parties. At 19-years-old, production began to inspire him, and he started remixing rap songs from YouTube with a distinctive flare. He released his own takes on Waka Flocka Flame
‘s “Hard in Da Paint” and “Snap Back Swag” from AJ Hernz, and suddenly he set the blogosphere ablaze. Numerous web sites began reposting these cuts, and Crizzly developed a fervent following.However, some guerrilla tactics helped garner even more high profile attention for the fledgling DJ. After playing 2011’s Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, he took 20 USB drives with his music and distributed them to some of the festivals top names. “I made it a mission to pass them out to my favorite producers,” he remembers with a smile. “I was nervous, but I gave it to Diplo
. He listened, and now he plays ‘Hard in Da Paint’ in his set.”
Meanwhile, he slipped “Snap Back Swag” into a playlist on Skrillex‘s tour bus, catching the megastar’s ear in the process. As a result, Skrillex added the remix into his set as well. Soon after, even more support came in addition to Skrillex and Diplo with Excision, Datsik, and many others introducing his remixes into their shows.
He describes his sound and style best though. “It’s definitely a mixture of two different worlds, dance music and hip-hop,” he goes on. “People can connect because there’s a lot going on, and there’s more than one dimension. The audience responds immediately too. Since there’s a half-time feel, the blend just makes sense. It feels right to me.”
Most importantly, it feels right to audiences. In February 2012, he embarked on a highly successful tour with 12th Planet and Flinch, and he followed that up with shows alongside Zed’s Dead. In the midst, he was featured in the July 2012 issue of Spin. Currently, he’s confirmed on the bill for the 2012 installments of Nocturnal [California and Texas], Electric Daisy Carnival [Las Vegas, New York, Puerto Rico, Orlando, and Colorado], Atlantic Impulse, Electric Forrest, White Wonderland, Escape From Wonderland Lights All Night in Dallas, Global Dance in Kansas City and Denver, and more. Plus, he’ll embark on his first headline tour of college markets in Fall 2012.
In fact the best way to experience Crizzly is to actually be in the audience. “I play a lot of hard stuff,” he concludes. “I expend a ton of energy. I want the fans to get buck wild, crazy, and crunk. I want them to make some bad decisions and have fun.” One thing’s for sure: there ain’t no party like a Crizzly party.” Rick Florino, May 2012.