Lollapalooza music festival has been held annually around the world since its creation in 1991. This year, Lollapalooza will take place from August 3-August 6 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. Lollapalooza 2017 showcases a range of genres, including rap, rock, heavy metal, and electronic dance music. These talented men and women are some of the performers.
Lollapalooza 2017: Top Artists to Watch this Year
Emerging as a fully formed enigma from her native New Zealand in 2013, Lorde tapped into an untouched well of alienation, becoming the poster child for a generation who found refuge from the eternal excess of the 2010s by submerging themselves in moody art. “Royals,” the hit single that made her an international phenomenon, became a genuine sensation, topping the charts in country after country. The singer/songwriter struck a chord, functioning as the dark corollary to the bright, happy pop of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. Born Ella Yelich-O’Connor on November 7, 1996 in Takapuna, New Zealand, Lorde delved into art at an early age.
2Cage the Elephant
On Cage The Elephant’s third album, “Melophobia,” the rock band was faced with the challenge of finding cohesiveness in the ideas of five different people. After touring for nearly five years straight on their prior releases, 2008’s “Cage The Elephant” and 2011’s “Thank You, Happy Birthday,” the musicians took some time off the road, to write as individuals before getting back together in August of 2012 to begin work on “Melophobia” as a collective. For Cage The Elephant, who originally hail from Bowling Green, KY, the aim is to always improve and evolve, ensuring that each subsequent release and tour represent a step forward.
While their rise to fame was somewhere between fast and meteoric, the Atlanta trio Migos are steeped in the Southern tradition of hip-hop groups, having come together due to their shared love of acts like the Hot Boys and OutKast. Members Offset, Quavo, and Takeoff came together in 2009 under the name Polo Club, with the name Migos becoming official in 2010. In 2012 they released the mixtape “No Label,” which featured the cut “Bando,” a regional hit that caught the attention of producer Zaytoven and Kevin Lee aka Coach K, the manager who launched the careers of Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy.
4Lil Uzi Vert
Gaining notoriety and a nickname for his rapid-fire delivery, young overnight superstar-in-the-making Lil Uzi Vert is the artist on everybody’s tongue in the industry. Breaking out seemingly overnight with his smash mixtape Luv Is Rage, Uzi has been pouring gasoline on his own fire ever since. He shined the brightest on Carnage’s “WDYW,” holding his own and then some against the likes of A$AP Ferg and Rich The Kid. With the release of his mixtape followup, Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World, North Philly’s latest hope is taking his buzz to the next level.
Singer/songwriter Jon Bellion makes contemporary pop that mixes R&B, hip-hop, and indie rock influences. Born on Long Island, New York, Bellion grew up focusing on his love of basketball. However, in his junior year of high school, his long-gestating love of music, spurred on by such influences as Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, J Dilla, and Eminem, came into bloom after he began writing songs on his brother’s keyboard. After high school, Bellion enrolled in the music program at Long Island’s Five Towns College, where he ensconced himself in the vibrant local music scene.
Trap and Bass Procucer
Brooklyn-based producer Baauer made headlines when his track “Harlem Shake” became the first viral sensation to debut on top of the Billboard charts thanks to calculating YouTube plays. An aspiring bedroom producer since the age of 13, Harry Rodrigues took the name Baauer to brand his tracks, which combined crunk hip-hop beats, dance music tempos, and clever samples from video-sharing sites. Diplo’s Mad Decent label then signed Baauer and released “Harlem Shake” on their sub-imprint Jeffree’s in May of that same year.
Electronic Production Duo
Tritonal is a music duo consisting of producer/DJs Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed from Austin, Texas, United States. They have frequently collaborated with singer Cristina Soto and host a radio show called Tritonia. Formed in 2007, Tritonal are No. 65 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs of 2012 and one of MTV Clubland’s “10 Artists to Watch in 2013.” Their 2011 debut artist album “Piercing the Quiet” produced eight top 20 Beatport singles, including five that held the No. 1 position on the trance chart for over three weeks. Tritonal have a worldwide fan base who have self-titled themselves “Tritonians.”
Their debut single, “Trojans,” was released on 4 May 2011 and in the United States, the video premiered on MTV2’s show 120 Minutes on 13 January 2012. The group were signed to Warner Bros. Records and released their debut EP, Through the Glass on 12 June 2012. On February 9, 2013, Atlas Genius issued their debut album, When It Was Now, which peaked at No. 34 on the US Billboard 200. In June 23, 2015, the band revealed a new single, “Molecules”, and announced the release date for their new album, Inanimate Objects, out August 28, 2015.
Actor/Singer Max Schneider began performing at the age of three and hasn’t stopped since. He started off singing and dancing for family and friends on his living room table, but ended up singing and dancing on a Broadway stage. Max is best known for his role on Nickelodeon’s “How to Rock (2012),” playing the popular character of “Zander Robbins.” An avid singer and songwriter, Max has written for several other projects and artists.
10Foster the People
Formed in Los Angeles in 2009 by multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Mark Foster, indie rock trio Foster the People make melodic and atmospheric, dance-oriented pop. Foster initially began the project alone, but before long he added long-term friend Cubbie Fink on bass and drummer Mark Pontius to complete the lineup. The following year, their single “Pumped Up Kicks” was posted on their website, picking up considerable buzz online and significant airplay on KROQ, alongside packed performances at the Texas musical festival SXSW.
Hip Hop and Electronic Producer
Denis Jašarević, known by his stage name Gramatik, is a Slovenian-American hip hop and electronic music producer, originally from Portorož, Slovenia. He currently resides in New York City. Denis Jašarević was born in Portorož, Slovenia on 10 October 1984. Jašarević’s interest in music began at the age of three, when his mother would catch him listening to American funk, jazz, soul and blues from his older sister’s cassette tapes. As he got older, he was entranced by hip hop culture and listened to artists such as DJ Premier, Guru, RZA and Dr. Dre.
A sharp dresser, singer, and rapper with geographic connections ranging from Nigeria to U.S. cities like Oakland, Atlanta, and New York, Jidenna Mobisson arrived in 2015 with a hybrid R&B/rap sound he called swank. The son of pioneering Nigerian scientist and educator Oliver Mobisson, he cited Nat King Cole, James Brown, and OutKast among his many inspirations. The Stanford graduate signed to Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland label and debuted with “Classic Man,” where he delivered boastful, foul-mouthed rhymes and a neat vocal hook over a sparse, street-level beat.
Briggs was born in London, England to Scottish parents but attended school in Tokyo and Hong Kong before settling in Los Angeles after secondary school. There, she was heard performing in a local bar, which led to the recording of her first single, “Wild Horses,” with the producing team of Mark Jackson and Ian Scott, who also helped launch indie rock band DOROTHY. The song was licensed for an Acura TV commercial and became an Internet hit. Exhibiting shades of trip-hop with acoustic guitar, electronic beats, and a strong dose of soul, “River” followed in early 2016 and hit multiple streaming and social networking charts.
14The Head and the Heart
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So many decisions in life and in the music we love can come down to a critical tug between the logic in our heads and the hot red blood beating through our hearts. Seattle’s The Head and the Heart live authentically in that crux, finding joy and beauty wedged there. Their music pulses effervescently-both explosively danceable and intuitively intelligent. With Americana roots and strong vocal harmonics that swell like a river, this band finds its anchor in solid songwriting that has even the jaded humming along by the second listen.
Sylvan Esso was not meant to be a band. Rather, Amelia Meath had written a song called “Play It Right” and sung it with her trio Mountain Man. She’d met Nick Sanborn, an electronic producer working under the name Made of Oak, in passing on a shared bill in a small club somewhere. She asked him to scramble it, to render her work his way. He did the obligatory remix, but he sensed that there was something more important here than a one-time handoff: Of all the songs Sanborn had ever recast, this was the first time he felt he’d added to the raw material without subtracting from it, as though, across the unseen wires of online file exchange, he’d found his new collaborator without even looking.
A talented Swedish vocalist and songwriter with a penchant for crafting soulful electro-pop that falls somewhere between Rihanna, Lorde, and Robyn, Zara Maria Larsson first caught the public’s eyes and ears in 2008 as the winner of the popular Swedish talent show Talang Sverige (the regional version of Got Talent). Born on December 16, 1997 in Stockholm, Larsson inked a deal with Ten Music Group after winning Talang, and issued her debut EP, Introducing, which featured the hit single “Uncover,” in 2013.
Born in California but raised in Detroit, rapper Big Sean made big news in 2007 when he signed with Kanye West’s then-recently formed label GOOD Music. Sean had met West through a hip-hop radio station in Detroit. He was just trying to impress the superstar by displaying his freestyle skills, but after Sean’s in-studio performance, West offered him a recording contract and helped set up his debut mixtape, Finally Famous, Vol. 1, released in 2007. A second volume arrived in 2009, with a third following in 2010. In 2011, Sean issued his official debut, Finally Famous.
Indie Rock Band
Colony House is an American Indie rock trio. Their debut album, When I Was Younger, reached No. 154 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on the Heatseekers Albums chart. Caleb and Will Chapman began making music with friend Scott Mills in 2009, forging a bright indie rock sound influenced by alt-rock legends like U2 as well as more contemporary influences such as Cold War Kids. Natives of Franklin, Tennessee, the band is composed of brothers Caleb Chapman (vocals) and Will Chapman (drums), and guitarist Scott Mills.
At just 20 years old, singer-songwriter Tucker Beathard already exudes the confidence and swagger of an established artist. He started playing drums and guitar in a band with his brothers at 10 years old and had an early immersion into songwriting via his dad, Casey Beathard. It was Tucker’s rebellious attitude as a teenager that inspired the lyrics for the chart-topping hit “Homeboy” recorded by Eric Church. Not long after making the decision to forgo a baseball scholarship to focus on music, Beathard signed a publishing deal with Big Machine Music and a recording contract with DOT Records.
Singer, keyboardist, and producer Sampha started making music early in his teenage years. He attempted to get MCs to rhyme over his beats, but he was rebuffed. In 2009, however, the South London native remixed the xx track “Basic Space,” which led to a busy schedule throughout 2010 and 2011. During these two years, his profile was raised significantly through collaborations with SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, and Lil Silva. Most of the tracks on SBTRKT’s self-titled album, released in 2011, involved him in some capacity. His 2012 wasn’t quite as eventful, but 2013 brought a featured role on Drake’s “Too Much” (from Nothing Was the Same), as well as Dual (Young Turks), the debut Sampha EP.
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