As previously announced, this year’s massive Coachella lineup is topped by two huge reunions: Guns N’ Roses and LCD Soundsystem. In addition to those attention-grabbing reunions, highlights from the Coachella 2016 lineup include Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Sufjan Stevens, Sia, Ice Cube, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Jack U, M83, Beach House, and more.
Just as in recent years, Coachella 2016 once again operates over two back-to-back weekends, with Weekend 1 taking place April 15-17 and Weekend 2 taking place April 22-24. Read on for a more detailed look at the Coachella 2016 lineup.
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Coachella 2016 Lineup
Guns N’ Roses
What we’re predicting to be the biggest musical reunion of 2016 is that of illustrious rock band Guns N’ Roses. More specifically, the reunion we’re so excited about is that of Axl Rose and Slash, and it’s been hinted that bassist Duff McKagan might be joining in as well. Though we all saw it coming, the band has been tapped to be the huge headliner for this year’s Coachella, set to play what are sure to be legendary sets during both weekends.
What’s that? Another reunion? Back in 2011, James Murphy and the rest of LCD Soundsystem played their “final show” at Madison Square Garden. Now five years later, the band is back once again. After releasing a Christmas song this past December, rumors swirled around the internet about a reunion and headlining performances at major festivals, and soon enough those rumors became fact. The resurrected group will be headlining the first night of Coachella 2016 during both weekends of the festival.
Calvin Harris released his debut album in 2007, and shortly afterward embarked on a meteoric rise to international fame. Within a few years, he was churning out top 10 singles and writing and producing for popular artists like Rihanna, Kylie Minogue, and Rita Ora. In the last few years, he has won a Grammy Award and surpassed Michael Jackson’s record for the most U.K. top 10 hits from a single album. With so many amazing accomplishments, Calvin Harris is without a doubt one of the biggest producers in the world right now, and has definitely earned his headliner status at this year’s Coachella.
English pop star Ellie Goulding, known for hit singles like “Lights” and “Love Me Like You Do,” has become an established presence on mainstream radio in the last few years. After starting her career off rather quietly in the UK, Goulding eventually won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2010 poll, signifying her promise as a talented emerging artist. Soon afterward, she released her debut album Lights, which reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and became an international success. Following the success of her first album, she released a sophomore record called Halcyon in 2012, after which she went on tour supporting Bruno Mars. In 2015, Goulding dropped her third album, Delirium, which is her most successful record yet.
Though he rose to fame as a member of the renowned rap group N.W.A., O’Shea Jackson, Sr., better known as Ice Cube, has made himself known as an esteemed rapper, producer, and actor over the years. Known for his raw and honest lyrics, Ice Cube is often regarded as one of the greatest MCs of all time. In addition to a wildly successful music career, he’s broken into the world of acting as well, appearing in dozens of Hollywood films over the years. Ice Cube is expected to release a new album soon as a follow-up to his latest effort, 2010’s I Am the West.
Along with this lineup announcement comes some good news that will have Sia fans swinging from the chandeliers. The enigmatic Australian singer’s performance at Coachella will be her first show in the United States in five years (barring a few television appearances), since she didn’t tour for her 2014 album 1000 Forms of Fear. This month, however, Sia is set to release a new album titled This Is Acting.
2015 was a good year for acclaimed singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, who released his first album in five years, the beautiful and highly emotional Carrie & Lowell, last winter. The record came out on March 31 on Stevens’ own label Asthmatic Kitty Records, and it signals a return to his earlier folk roots. Carrie & Lowell has since been regarded as one of the best albums of 2015, with many critics regarding it as one of Stevens’ best.
English electronic music duo Disclosure consists of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence. Their breakthrough came in 2012 with the hit single “Latch,” which features vocals from Sam Smith. A year later, they released their debut album Settle, earning the Lawrence brothers their first Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album. On September 25, the duo released their highly anticipated sophomore album Caracal. The new record features collabs with The Weeknd, Sam Smith, Lorde, and more.
Major Lazer is an electronic music project created by famed producer Diplo. Major Lazer’s music is influenced by reggae and dancehall styles, and the project has spawned three studio albums so far. Major Lazer’s third and latest album, Peace Is the Mission, just dropped this June. The new album features collaborations with artists like Ellie Goulding, DJ Snake, Wild Belle, 2 Chainz, Ariana Grande, Pusha T, and more.
In addition to appearing as Major Lazer on Sunday, Diplo will be performing with Skrillex as the duo Jack U on Friday as well. The pair came together to form Jack U in 2013 and made their live debut later that year at San Diego’s Mad Decent Block Party. In February of 2015, Skrillex and Diplo released their collaborative album, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U, which features guest appearances from the likes of Justin Bieber, Kiesza, 2 Chainz, and more.
German producer Zedd (born Anton Zaslavski) rose to prominence in 2010 with his remix of the popular Skrillex track “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.” He is best known for his 2012 single “Clarity,” which rose to the top of the Billboard dance charts that year and later earned him a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2014. In addition to his own successful singles, he has released a number of popular remixes for artists like Armand Van Helden, B.o.B., and Lady Gaga. In 2015, Zedd released his second album, True Colors.
Flume is the stage name of Australian electronic musician Harley Streten. He released his self-titled debut album in 2012, which peaked at number 1 on Australia’s ARIA Albums Chart. The album and its lead single, “Holdin On,” earned him several nominations at the ARIA Music Awards in 2013, where he received wins in four categories, including Best Male Artist and Producer of the Year. 2015 saw Flume release a brand new single called “Some Minds” off his upcoming new album.
French electronic music outfit M83 has become one of the leading bands in synthpop right now, thanks to their explosively popular single “Midnight City,” which has been used in everything from commercials to sports broadcasts to movies and television shows. The now platinum-certified single launched the band toward international fame, and helped earn their 2011 album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming a nomination for a Grammy Award.
A$AP Rocky is the stage name of rapper Rakim Mayers. He released his debut mixtape called Live. Love. A$AP. in 2011, which was met with favorable reviews from critics and put him on the map. In 2013, he released his debut studio album, Long. Live. A$AP. The record debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and features a plethora of big-name guests, including Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Santigold, Skrillex, and Florence Welch. In 2015, Rocky issued his sophomore album, At. Long. Last. A$AP., which once again debuted atop the Billboard 200.
Beach House is the dreamy, shoegazey duo of vocalist Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally. Dropping critically acclaimed albums one after another since their self-titled debut in 2006, the band decided to up the ante in 2015, releasing not one but two new records. After putting out the wildly successful Depression Cherry last August, Beach House surprised fans with Thank Your Lucky Stars less than two months later. With two full albums of brand new music, the group will surely have plenty of stuff to perform during their set at Coachella.
British electronic group Underworld formed in 1980 in Cardiff, Wales. The band’s upcoming studio album, Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future, is due out in March and is their first record release since 2010.
Glasgow-based synthpop trio CHVRCHES mercifully stylizes their name with a V in order to make it easier to search for them on the internet (thanks, guys). The group formed in 2011 and is comprised of vocalist Lauren Mayberry along with keyboardists Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. In 2012, the band’s songs “The Mother We Share” and “Lies” earned them some buzz around the internet, leading to the chance to open shows for Passion Pit on their U.K. tour. Chvrches later finished fifth in BBC’s prestigious Sound of 2013 poll, and that same year released their acclaimed debut album, The Bones of What You Believe. In 2015, the band released their sophomore album, titled Every Open Eye.
English rock band The 1975 made their official debut in 2013 with a self-titled album that dropped in at the top spot of the UK Albums Chart upon its release. Prior to releasing the album, the band already had four EPs out and even supported The Rolling Stones during a show in Hyde Park, so they needed little introduction for their first official full-length as they were already selling out shows before it hit shelves. This fall, The 1975 premiered a new single called “Love Me,” off their new record I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, which is due out in February.
The Kills is the bluesy, drum-heavy rock duo featuring Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart (the latter of whom you may know as one half of The Dead Weather along with rock superstar Jack White). They came together in 2000 and put out their first record, Keep On Your Mean Side, in 2003. The Kills haven’t released anything since their 2011 album Blood Pressures, but they are at work on new material. Mosshart has stated that the band’s next record will take on a whole new sound.
Halsey is the stage name of New York’s Ashley Frangipane. In true hipster fashion, the New Jersey native took the name of a Brooklyn L train stop to use as her musical alias. She self-released her first single, “Ghost,” and based on the strength and popularity of that song alone she signed a deal with Capitol Records-owned electronic/dance label Astralwerks in 2014. Currently, the young singer is burning up the charts with her newly-released debut album Badlands, which dropped in at #2 on the Billboard 200.
One of the leading bands in the modern revival of punk rock, Rancid, is set to play Coachella on Sunday. The band set itself apart from its contemporaries during its rise to fame in the 1990s by staying true to its underground roots and remaining on independent labels, and they’ve since released eight studio albums to date. Their latest record, Honor Is All We Know, came out in 2014, and the band has hinted that they’re currently at work on a follow-up.
English indie rock band Foals, known for their catchy, upbeat, and dance-oriented rock songs, just released their fourth album this summer called What Went Down. The Oxford-based band formed in 2005, and quickly gained popularity in the U.K. before skyrocketing to international fame. Their music is undoubtedly fantastic recorded, but this band really shines onstage, so much in fact that they’ve won multiple awards for their live performances, so they’re an act you won’t want to miss at Coachella this year.
James Bay is an up-and-coming soulful folk pop singer/songwriter who hails from England. The 25-year-old musician toured with Hozier last year and recently received the Critics’ Choice award at the 2015 BRIT Awards. His debut full-length, Chaos and the Calm, came out last March, and features the popular single “Hold Back the River.”
Swedish indie pop group Miike Snow is the combined force of famed production team Bloodshy & Avant (a.k.a. Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg) and Andrew Wyatt. It’s no wonder their songs are so catchy, as Karlsson and Winnberg have written and produced for pop stars like Britney Spears, Madonna, and Kylie Minogue among others. They’ve released two albums since their formation in 2007, the highlight across which is their catchy hit single “Animal.” Miike Snow recently dropped a new single called “Genghis Khan,” and set to release a new record titled III later this year.
Of Monsters and Men
The indie folk five-piece Of Monsters and Men hails all the way from Iceland. Formed in 2010, the band centers around the talents of vocalists/guitarists Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir and Ragnar Thorhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, bassist Kristjan Pall Kristjansson, and drummer Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson. Of Monsters and Men first came into the spotlight in 2011 with their hit single “Little Talks,” which was getting airplay on radio stations all over the world and quickly propelled them to international fame. The next year, they released their debut album, My Head Is An Animal, which rapidly climbed the charts and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. The band came back this summer with their sophomore record, Beneath the Skin, which they released on June 9.
Canadian synthpop artist Claire Boucher, a.k.a. Grimes, just released a fourth album in November, titled Art Angels. The Vancouver native has maintained her indie cred with a refreshingly DIY take on production, with one album released on cassette and another produced entirely using GarageBand. The critics love it, and the record companies do too, as she’s struck deals with esteemed labels like 4AD and Roc Nation.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Indie folk collective Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros was formed in Los Angeles in 2007 by Ima Robot frontman Alex Ebert. The band features a rotating lineup of 10+ musicians, and their upbeat, communal music style evokes the positive vibes of 1960s and 1970s hippie culture. They released their debut album, Up From Below, in 2009, and the record contained the popular single “Home,” which earned the band commercial and critical success. They followed their successful debut with a sophomore album titled Here in 2012, and subsequently released a self-titled third album in 2013.
Gerald Gillum, better known as G-Eazy, is a rapper and producer from California. He has made a name for himself as “the James Dean of rap,” often sporting a leather jacket and a pompadour. His mixtapes have produced viral singles, including “Runaround Sue”, an R&B remake of the rock & roll classic. After hitting the road with Hoodie Allen, G-Eazy came out with his first full length album, These Things Happen, in 2014. In late 2015, he dropped another, titled When It’s Dark Out.
Australian singer-songwriter and recent Grammy nominee Courtney Barnett first entered the spotlight with her self-released EP I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris. With a unique style that’s casual, conversational, and effortlessly cool, she began to catch attention in her home country of Australia, and eventually critics all over the world caught on. She released her second EP later that year and began touring in the U.S. and Europe, after which she signed with Mom + Pop Records and put out a double EP reissue. Barnett’s latest album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, came out in 2015 and earned the singer a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.
Matt and Kim
Matt & Kim is an indie dance duo featuring vocalist/keyboardist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino, who came together in 2004 while they were both attending the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. They released their eponymous debut album in 2006 and built up their profile through heavy touring. Their following album, Grand, came out in 2009 and featured their hit single “Daylight,” which earned them tremendous commercial success. Matt & Kim have since released three more albums, with their latest, titled New Glow, having just come out in April 2015.
Purity Ring is an electronic music duo formed in Edmonton, Alberta in 2010. The group consists of vocalist Megan James and instrumentalist Corin Roddick. They released their first track, called “Ungirthed,” in 2011, which led to critical acclaim and a record deal with 4AD. Purity Ring’s debut album Shrines came out later that year, followed their sophomore effort, Another Eternity, in early 2015.
Run The Jewels
What started as a one-off collaboration between noted rappers El-P and Killer Mike evolved into the hip hop superduo Run the Jewels. Shortly after a successful self-titled debut album, they released their sophomore album titled Run the Jewels 2. Both albums were met with huge success, and Killer Mike has stated that the duo is working on Run the Jewels 3, which is expected sometime in 2016.
Country and bluegrass musician Chris Stapleton began his career as an established Nashville songwriter, having penned hit songs for many popular country artists, including Darius Rucker, George Strait, and Kenny Chesney (he co-wrote Chesney’s #1 single “Never Wanted Nothing More”). With those credentials, it was only a matter of time before he launched his own career as a recording artist, and unsurprisingly, he’s proving to be quite a success. Stapleton dropped his debut album Traveller in 2015, earning a #2 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart upon its release.
Rae Sremmurd is a hip hop duo based in Atlanta, Georgia. The group is comprised of two brothers: Khalif “Swae Lee” Brown and Aaquil “Slim Jimmy” Brown. The group’s name comes from the name of their label, EarDrummers, spelled backwards. Within the last year, they had two big charting hits, and their popularity is ever-growing. Rae Sremmurd released their debut album, titled SremmLife, last January, and will be touring with Lil Wayne this winter.
The Arcs is the latest side project of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. What began as a solo project evolved into a collaboration with musicians Leon Michels, Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, and Nick Movshon. Fans of Auerbach’s main band will find that The Arcs’ sound doesn’t stray far at all from that blues-heavy rock which they know and love. The Arcs released a debut album, Yours, Dreamily, in September.
Cold War Kids
Cold War Kids formed in 2004 in Southern California. Two years later, they released their major label debut, Robbers & Cowards, which included their bluesy, bass-heavy hit single “Hang Me Up to Dry.” Now almost a decade later, the band is still making great music and selling out tours, and released their fifth and most recent studio album titled Hold My Home in 2014.
Danish metal band Volbeat formed in Copenhagen in 2001. Inspired by rock and roll artists like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, they fuse that style with modern heavy metal. The band has released a total of five studio albums, the latest of which they released in 2013.
DJ/producer Henry Steinway, a.k.a. RL Grime, makes music in the “trap” genre, combining electronic and hip hop to make bass-heavy beats. RL Grime first emerged in 2011 with a series of tracks uploaded to the internet that were released a year later on the WeDidIt label. He kept building up his following with more original music as well as several bootleg remixes. His most recent album, Void, came out in 2014 and features appearances from Big Sean, Boys Noize, and How To Dress Well.
Death Grips is an experimental hip hop group from Sacramento. Formed in 2010, it consists of rapper Stefan Burnett, drummer Zach Hill, and keyboardist Andy Morin. They released their debut mixtape, Exmilitary, in 2011, followed by several more releases in the subsequent years. Death Grips’ latest effort, The Powers That B, was released in March of last year.
Gary Clark Jr.
Austin-based musician Gary Clark, Jr. has been compared to guitar greats like Jimi Hendrix. His sound is an innovative mix of blues, soul, and hip hop, incorporating both modern and classic elements of blues style, accompanied by smooth vocals. The Texas native recently collaborated with the Foo Fighters on the track “What Did I Do? / God As My Witness” from their recent album Sonic Highways, and last September released a new album of his own, called The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.
The Chainsmokers is a production duo based in New York City consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. They came to attention last year with their EDM hit single/ode to the modern day club scene “#Selfie,” which has since been certified platinum in several countries. The Chainsmokers have not yet released a full-length album, but they recently dropped a new EP called Bouquet, along with a handful of fun singles.
LA-based indie band Lord Huron initially came about as the solo effort of Michigan native Ben Schneider, who eventually developed the project into a full-fledged band. The group currently features Schneider on vocals and guitar along with guitarist Tom Renaud, bassist Miguel Briseno, and percussionist Mark Barry. Lord Huron just released their sophomore album, Strange Trails, last April.
Los Angeles band Silversun Pickups has become a huge force in indie rock over the last decade or so, with several acclaimed albums and singles and even a Grammy nomination under their belt. Debuting in 2006 with their album Carnavas, the band hit it big with their single “Lazy Eye,” which is arguably still their best-known song to date. Since then they’ve steadily put out records highlighting their signature distorted and shoegaze-y style, and this year released a fourth album called Better Nature.
Maceo Plex is the stage name of Eric Estornel, a DJ and producer from Miami. He began to gain attention when his eclectic mix of techno, electro, and house music made him popular in the early ’90s rave scene. Over the years he has gone by a number of aliases, including Maetrik and Mariel Ito, but has settled on his current name, Maceo Plex. He is currently based in Spain, and regularly performs at popular clubs in Ibiza.
Among the many reunions at this year’s Coachella is that of English shoegaze band Lush. Formed in 1987, the group disbanded way back in 1998, not reuniting until this past September. After a 17-year hiatus, it will be interesting to see what these guys have got in store for the Coachella audiences.
London-based rock band Savages formed in 2011 and consists of vocalist Jehnny Beth, guitarist Gemma Thompson, bassist Ayse Hassan, and drummer Fay Milton. They debuted their brand of arty post-punk with a few releases in 2012 before signing with Matador Records for their first official full-length. Savages’ debut studio album, Silence Yourself, came out in May of 2013, and the band is set to release a follow-up effort called Adore Life on January 22.
The Last Shadow Puppets
As evidenced by the headliners, this year’s Coachella is one for big reunions and newsworthy comebacks. While Guns N’ Roses and LCD Soundsystem may be getting all the press, my personal pick for the most exciting return is The Last Shadow Puppets, featuring Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and The Rascals’ Miles Kane. Anyone who’s a huge fan of all things Arctic Monkeys will be stoked to know that this supergroup is planning a new album, likely to be released sometime this year. Considering they haven’t put anything out since their 2008 debut The Age of Understatement, this is exciting news.
Electronic musician Zhu emerged from obscurity in 2014 with a track called “Moves Like Ms. Jackson,” which features an awesome mashup of Outkast songs. Though it is now known that his real name is Steven Zhu, he remained anonymous in the early days of his fame. Last April, Zhu released his EP The Nightday, which he followed with another EP called Genesis Series in November.
Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats
Soulful musician Nathaniel Rateliff makes music that falls somewhere between Americana, blues, folk, and roots rock. Rateliff, along with his backing band The Night Sweats, released an eponymus album earlier this year. You may have heard the album’s lead single, “S.O.B.,” which is a refreshingly old-school-sounding track that somehow broke through to the alternative radio airwaves this year.
Last January, rapper Joey Bada$$ released his debut album B4.Da.$$ on what was only his 20th birthday. The record dropped in at number 5 on the US Billboard 200 – not bad for such a young guy. Recently, Joey Bada$$ collaborated with British band Glass Animals for the popular single “Lose Control.”
Deerhunter is a noise rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. The five-piece group consists of vocalist Bradford Cox (also known for his solo project Atlas Sound), guitarists Lockett Pundt and Frankie Broyles, bassist Josh McKay, and drummer Moses Archuleta. Since the band’s formation in 2001, Deerhunter has released seven studio albums. The group’s latest effort, Fading Frontier, came out in October.
Adam Beyer & Ida Engberg
Producer and DJ Adam Beyer emerged on the Swedish techno scene in the mid-’90s. Beyer successfully owns and runs several record labels, including Drumcode Records and Code Red. His early music experience came in the form of playing the drums as a teenager, so it comes as no surprise that his style is very rhythmic and percussive. His style and skill brought him attention as a DJ, and his success was a catalyst for the influential wave of Swedish techno. He’ll be performing at this year’s Coachella with partner and fellow Swedish DJ Ida Engberg.
DJ and producer Dijon McFarlane performs as DJ Mustard, a hilarious play on his given name. The Los Angeles-based producer first came to attention as the official DJ for rapper YG, as well as for producing a number of hit singles for other artists like Tyga, 2 Chainz, and Young Jeezy. DJ Mustard has released two of his own mixtapes, and just released his debut solo album, 10 Summers, in August 2014.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a rock band comprised of singer, guitarist, and songwriter Ruban Nelson, bassist Jake Portrait, and drummer Riley Gleare. After signing with Fat Possum Records, the band released their self-titled debut album in 2011. They released their second album, II, in 2013, followed by a third called Multi-Love last May.
London-based alternative rock band Wolf Alice is widely regarded as a band to watch at the moment. The four-piece officially debuted in 2013 with an EP called Blush, drawing comparisons to female-fronted grunge bands of the ’90s like Garbage and Hole. In 2014, the band released a second EP, Creature Songs, as a lead-up to their debut full-length My Love Is Cool, which came out this past summer.
B∅RNS is the solo project of musician Garrett Borns. Originally hailing from Michigan, he eventually moved to Los Angeles, where he signed with Interscope and released his debut EP Candy. The EP came out in 2014 and contains four songs that blend dreamy pop with electronic synths, folk, and glam rock. B∅RNS recently released a debut full-length album called Dopamine.
Rhye is the duo of Canadian singer Milosh and Danish musician Robin Hannibal. They released their first singles in 2012, followed by their debut full-length, Woman, in 2013.
Singer-songwriter Pete Yorn earned his breakthrough early on in his career, entering the spotlight shortly after the release of his 2001 debut album musicforthemorningafter. The album was met with critical praise and earned gold certification, partly due to the success of its lead single “Life on a Chain.” Yorn has released five more albums since then, the latest of which is a self-titled effort that came out in 2010.
Christine and the Queens
Christine and the Queens is the musical project of French artist Heloise Letissier. She derives the name from her early performance days when drag queens accompanied her by dancing while she played. Influenced by more theatric artists like David Bowie and Michael Jackson, her live performances bridge the arts of music, dance, and theater.
Bat For Lashes
Bat For Lashes is the stage name of English musician Natasha Khan. Her career did not get off to a slow start by any means, as her first two albums were shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize. Although she did not win either year, she remains an acclaimed artist to this day. Khan’s third and latest album as Bat For Lashes, The Haunted Man, came out in 2012, and she is anticipating that she’ll put out another one later this year.
Ross Birchard, a.k.a. Hudson Mohawke, makes music that blends the genres of electronic and hip hop. With only limited releases, he managed to earn a deal with noted U.K. independent label Warp Records, after which the music he put out made him somewhat of an underground sensation. The Scottish producer then signed on with Kanye West’s GOOD Music label in 2012, and that kind of high-profile connection was just the career boost he needed.
Snakehips is an electronic R&B duo from the U.K. The group is comprised of Oliver Lee and James Carter, who initially gained attention with remixes of artists like The Weeknd, Wild Belle, and Banks before releasing their own original material. Snakehips recently released a new EP, titled Forever (Pt. II).
Gothic rock band The Damned formed in London way back in 1976 and has since been established as a pioneering force in British punk rock. Though recently they haven’t been up to much (their last record came out in 2008), The Damned is still renowned as one of the most influential punk rock groups out there.
Los Angeles-based electronic musician Robert DeLong mixes electronic dance music with singer/songwriter and indie rock influence. His live performances are always interesting, during which he plays drums and keyboards and often uses game controllers like Wii remotes to create his music. Delong released his latest EP, Long Way Down, in November 2014, followed by a full-length album called In the Cards this September.
Rapper Vince Staples surfaced in 2010 with appearances on albums from members of the renowned hip hop collective Odd Future. In October 2014, he released his debut EP, tiled Hell Can Wait, via Def Jam Recordings. Back in June, Staples dropped his debut album, Summertime ’06.
Enigmatic producer Claptone has joined the hordes of DJs who wear masks when they perform, opting for a gold, birdlike visage as his signature look. Hailing from Berlin, he has gone on to achieve international recognition as a DJ and producer.
Brooklyn-based electronic duo Bob Moses is comprised of Vancouver natives Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie. Last year, they issued the album All in All, which is a compilation of all of their previously-released singles. The album was released through Domino Records and came out last April.
Martin Bresso, a.k.a. Tchami, is a French DJ and producer. He has done remix work for artists like Janet Jackson, AlunaGeorge, and A Tribe Called Quest. In late 2013, he released his debut EP, Promesses, on Fool’s Gold Records. Last year, he followed up with a new EP called After Life.
Melody’s Echo Chamber
Melody’s Echo Chamber is the psychedelic dream pop project of French musician Melody Prochet. After her former band My Bee’s Garden toured with Tame Impala, Prochet struck up a working relationship with frontman Kevin Parker, who produced her 2012 eponymous debut. Prochet is expected to be releasing a second Melody’s Echo Chamber album soon.
Originating from Naples, Italy, Marco Carola began focusing on music at a young age. By the time he was 15, he decided to concentrate on electronic music, eventually putting together his own studio and releasing music through several different labels early on in his career. In 1996, Carola launched his own record label, Design Music, which was one of Italy’s first techno-based labels. Nowadays, he is still regarded as one of the most respected artists in techno music, and has an immense global following.
Canadian DJ/producer Snails has been releasing tracks since 2012, but recently the internet has started to take notice of this enigmatic artist. Recently earning the support of big-name DJs like Skrillex, Diplo, and Flosstradamus, the Montreal-based producer is surely one to watch this year.
RUFUS DU SOL
Aussie dance music group Rufus Du Sol dropped their debut album ATLAS back in 2013. The record debuted at #1 and achieved gold certification back in Australia, and paved the way for them to tour across the globe. Recently, the trio released two new singles, “You Were Right” and “Like an Animal,” ahead of a yet-to-be-named upcoming sophomore record.
John Digweed is an English DJ and producer. In 2001, he took the top spot on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 poll, and consistently ranked in the top 100 for years after that. Digweed is also the co-founder of British techno/house label Bedrock Records.
Thomas Jack, an Australian DJ and producer, is a young and talented emerging artist and a star quickly on the rise. Recently he’s been making a name for himself as the pioneer of a subgenre he has christened “tropical house,” which has really taken off as a trend in electronic music lately. Though only discovered within the last year or so, Thomas Jack has already established his presence on the internet, landing at the top of the Hype Machine charts an impressive five times with both remixes and original productions.
Years & Years
British electronic trio Years & Years formed in London in 2010. The group consists of frontman Olly Alexander, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy, and keyboardist Emre Turkman. As Years & Years, they have released a number of successful singles so far, and just dropped their debut album, titled Communion, in June.
Chronixx is the stage name of Jamaican reggae artist Jamar McNaughton, Jr., the son of the reggae singer Chronicle. He released his latest album, Dread & Terrible, in 2014. Chronixx performs live with his band, the Zincfence Redemption, and also founded his own record label, called ZincFence Recordz.
Justin Martin came onto the scene in 2003 with his debut album, The Sad Piano, which received buzz from the international press as well as superstar DJs like Pete Tong. The San Francisco-based producer is also known for his work with Claude VonStroke and the Dirtybird label.
Los Angeles noise rock band HEALTH first gained attention in 2007 when Crystal Castles remixed their song “Crimewave,” suddenly exposing the band to a large audience. Later that year, HEALTH released their self-titled debut album. Their next record, Get Color, came in 2009, followed by their third album, titled Death Magic, which dropped in August.
English electronic music duo AlunaGeorge features vocalist Aluna Francis and producer George Reid. They released their debut full-length album, Body Music, in 2013, after which they were nominated for a BRIT Award for Critics’ Choice and finished second in BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll. In addition to their own original music, they’ve become known for remixing popular artists like Florence + The Machine and Lana Del Rey, and also appeared on Disclosure’s 2014 album Settle.
As the lead singer for the iconic The Staple Singers, Mavis Staples is recognized as a leading voice in rhythm and blues and Gospel music. She first began recording as a solo artist in 1969, releasing a self-titled debut album that year. In 2011, Staples won her first Grammy Award for her album titled You Are Not Alone, produced by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. Two years later she teamed up with Tweedy again and released her latest album, One True Vine.
Shamir Bailey, better known as just Shamir, is an artist from Las Vegas whose music evokes ’90s-style house, pop, and R&B. Shamir released his debut EP, Northtown, in 2014 and put out his first full-length record, titled Ratchet, in May 2015. He has since earned considerable attention for his catchy, falsetto-fueled single “On the Regular.”
In 2015, the music industry was abuzz over Canadian singer/songwriter Alessia Cara, who’s been making it known lately that she’s a star on the rise. The 19-year-old artist initially gained attention with a series of popular song covers posted to YouTube, after which she signed with Def Jam and released her debut single and anti-party anthem “Here.” The single earned praise from publications like Billboard, Spin, and Cosmopolitan among others, and all of that positive buzz paved the way for the successful release of her debut album, Know-It-All, which came out in November.
Los Angeles-based musician Josh Legg, a.k.a. Goldroom, makes electronic and synth-based dance music. His single “Fifteen” became an internet hit with over 300,000 plays on Soundcloud, garnering the attention of media outlets like Pitchfork, MTV, and BBC Radio 1. Goldroom has also seen success as a remix artist, working with tracks from artists like Niki & The Dove, MS MR, and Charli XCX. He is currently working on a full-length debut album.
Toronto-based trio BADBADNOTGOOD consists of keyboardist Matthew Tavares, bassist Chester Hansen, and drummer Alexander Sowinski. They gained recognition with their jazz-oriented reinterpretations of hip hop songs that led to them working with musicians like Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean, and Ghostface Killah. They have released four studio albums to date, with their latest, a collaboration with Ghostface Killah titled Sour Soul, arriving in 2015.
Moon Taxi is a progressive rock and jam band from Nashville, formed when vocalist Trevor Terndrup, guitarist Spencer Thomson, bassist Tommy Putnam, drummer Tyler Ritter, and keyboardist Wes Bailey met while attending Belmont University. The band quickly gained quite a following in their hometown, which led to eventually signing a record deal with 12th South Records. The group has recently begun to see more commercial success, and just released a fourth studio album titled Daybreaker.
Joywave entered the spotlight after they were featured in Big Data’s #1 alternative hit “Dangerous.” The band, based in Rochester, New York, consists of vocalist Daniel Armbruster, guitarist Joseph Morinelli, bassist Sean Donnelly, keyboardist Benjamin Bailey, and drummer Paul Brenner. In addition to their successful collaboration with Big Data, they gained a lot of recognition for their own singles like “Tongues” and “Somebody New.”
The Front Bottoms
The Front Bottoms is an indie rock duo from New Jersey comprised of vocalist/guitarist Brian Sella and drummer Mathew Uychich. They put out their self-released debut, called “I Hate My Friends,” in 2008. After a few more independent releases, The Front Bottoms signed with New Jersey independent label Bar/None Records, who issued the band’s self-titled album in 2011. Since then, the band has released several more records, their most recent arriving in the fall of 2015.
SZA is the stage name of alternative R&B artist Solana Rowe. In 2012, she self-released an EP titled See.SZA.Run, which she followed with the release of her second EP S. Since then, she has signed with the indie label Top Dawg Entertainment and released her third EP Z in 2014. The Z EP includes collaborations with Chance the Rapper, Isaiah Rashad, and Kendrick Lamar. Unsurprisingly, her forthcoming debut album, which has yet to be given a release date, will be called A.
The members of Ex Hex are relative newcomers on the punk rock scene. Formed in 2013 in Washington, D.C., the band is a trio made up of Mary Timony, Laura Harris, and Betsy Wright, who came together to form the all-female punk band this generation has been waiting for. In 2014, they released their debut album Rips, a fast-paced, no-frills rock record upon which Pitchfork bestowed the accolade of Best New Music.
Young Fathers is an alternative hip hop and R&B group from Edinburgh, Scotland. The group formed in 2008 and is comprised of Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole, and G. Hastings. When the band’s members were just teenagers, they began performing together in nightclubs, and eventually found themselves with a record deal. In 2014, they won the U.K.’s prestigious Mercury Prize for their album Dead, impressively beating out more famous competition like Damon Albarn and Bombay Bicycle Club.
Dutch house music producer Sam Feldt emerged in 2013 when he began uploading his music online. Within a year, he signed with Spinnin’ Records and was soon garnering millions of plays on his SoundCloud page. Feldt has gained a lot of popularity recently for his updated remake of the house classic “Show Me Love.”
Not much is known about the London-based electronic music producer Sophie. This elusive, anonymous artist has become a fascination of media outlets like Billboard, Pitchfork, and BBC 1, what with all the secrecy and mystery surrounding his identity combined with his unique and critically acclaimed music. In 2015, Sophie released a debut album called Product.
Singer-songwriter Meg Myers moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music career when she was just 20 years old. There, she met producer Doctor Rosen Rosen, with whom she signed a production deal and recorded her first EP, 2012’s Daughter in the Choir. She soon scored a contract with Atlantic Records and released a second EP called Make a Shadow. Myers dropped her first full-length album in September 2015, called Sorry.
Toronto-based indie pop outfit Alvvays garnered a lot of buzz in 2015 with their single “Archie, Marry Me.” Vocalist Molly Rankin, keyboardist Kerri MacLellan, guitarist Alec O’Hanley, bassist Brian Murphy, and drummer Phil MacIsaac make music with catchy hooks and sweet melodies. After touring in support of bands like Peter, Bjorn and John and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Alvvays released their eponymously titled debut album in 2014.
Arizona native Zella Day was raised in a small mountain town outside of Phoenix where her parents ran a local coffee shop. It was there that she nurtured her love for music by spending time near local musicians and artists, who inspired her to begin playing guitar when she was just nine years old. She began writing songs and eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career, where she first garnered attention with an acoustic cover of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” Her sound has been described as that of a happier Lana Del Rey.
Dubfire is the stage name of Ali Shirazinia, an Iranian-American house and techno DJ/producer. He is best known as one half of the Grammy Award-winning electronic music duo Deep Dish. In 2006, he decided to embark on a solo career. He is known for his innovative and pioneering sound, often bringing fresh new elements into his music to make for something groundbreaking.
Girlpool is a drummerless duo featuring guitarist/vocalist Cleo Tucker and bassist/vocalist Harmony Tividad. In 2014, they issued their self-titled debut EP on their Bandcamp page, and the album was later re-released by Wichita Recordings. On June 2, Girlpool released their debut full-length, titled Before the World Was Big.
Sydney, Australia’s DMA’s is a band on the rise, both in their home country and overseas. The trio formed in 2012 and developed a sound that evokes the early-90s style of iconic Britpop bands like Oasis, Blur, and The Stone Roses. They gained a lot of recognition with the release of their successful debut single “Delete,” which has earned them critical praise and an ever-growing fan base.
Matoma is the stage name of Norwegian DJ Tom Lagergren. He emerged from obscurity relatively quickly, and now has millions of plays on his Soundcloud page. His most popular track is a remix of The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Want That Old Thing Back,” which he shortened to “Old Thing Back.” The remix became a huge internet hit and propelled Matoma to fame.
Nicole Moudaber & Skin
Mano Le Tough
Louis the Child
The Black Madonna
Strangers You Know
Nina Las Vegas
Amine Edge & DANCE
Nora En Pure
The Dead Ships
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