Must See Bands: Part 3 – 2017 Festival
Editor’s note: This is the third post in a series covering the best talent at the fest. Listen to these artists-to-watch now, and get them on your festival schedule. This list comes from @atxconcert.
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Aminé is a hiphop/reggae singer/songwriter. Ethiopian and born and raised in Portland, Oregon, 20 year-old rising hip-hop star Aminé’s (uh-mean-aye) varied roots are just as complex as his unique and self-described “On Cloud Nine” musical styling; a styling that pushes listeners to the edge and seamlessly merges lyrical rap over melodic melodies. He is best known for his commercial debut single, “Caroline”, which peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Capyac is a dance music act with style from Austin, Texas. They create a live show that parallels the energy of a Parliament Funk concert poured over the colorful visuals and house cadence of Daft Punk. CAPYAC have created a wash over the music scene that can only be translated into pure funk. Their mission “is to strip bare the souls of their audience and make them forget where they are. You will dance, or they will punch you in the face with more funk.”
Norwegian electronic-based duo KREAM are known for their pulsing, high-energy house and dance-oriented pop. Hailing from Bergen, Norway and formed in 2009, KREAM feature the talents of brothers Daniel and Markus Slettebakken. Initially, they garnered attention online for remixes of songs by Major Lazer and Tove Lo. After signing with Big Beat/Atlantic in 2016, they released the original tracks “Love You More” and “Another Life,” featuring Mark Asari. That year they also delivered the single “Taped Up Heart,” featuring Swedish vocalist Clara Mae.
The Sydney three-piece Middle Kids has gotten a lot of mileage out of releasing just two singles. “Your Love” and “Edge of Town” are hook-laden, entirely delightful songs, but more than anything, it feels like people are looking toward the group’s potential, and that’s where things get exciting. Middle Kids combines singer Hannah Joy’s voice with the talents of guitarist Tim Fitz and drummer Harry Day. The band has received much love and airplay from Triple J Radio and won an award to appear at the recent Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik.
After taking his bedroom recordings to the next level with a full band in Jonquil, Oxford-based Hugo Manuel went back to recording as a solo artist under the name Chad Valley. Jonquil signed to Dovecote Records in the States and, around the same time, Manuel leaked a handful of dreamy, Ibiza and R&B-inspired electro-pop demos to the Web. A flock of sites (including Vice, Pitchfork, and Guardian) featured Chad Valley’s “Up and Down” and “Acker Bilk” in the summer of 2010. Manuel continued to play with Jonquil, and debuted his self-titled Chad Valley EP later that year. In 2011, a second EP, Equatorial Ultravox, was released, followed a year later by his album debut Young Hunger, which featured a long list of indie A-List collaborators including Twin Shadow, Glasser, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and Active Child. Valley’s follow-up effort, the more introspective Entirely New Blue, arrived in October 2015.
Sam Lao is a 24 year old rapper/singer from Dallas, Tx. Although an artist from birth – mainly drawing, painting and sculpting, she only recently began creating music. “I turned to music when my other creative outlets ceased to be satisfying anymore. I had always sang just for fun but rapping was something new for me and I really took to it.” Despite being a rookie in the game, with the help of her Brain Gang affiliates Sam Lao has already begun to cause a stir in the city of Dallas. With several shows under her belt, a music video and an EP all receiving rave reviews Sam Lao is clearly showing that she has what it takes to hang with the boys.
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