Lily Fitts Lovin' Life Music Fest

Lily Fitts Debuts Effortless Set at Lovin’ Life Music Fest

Lily Fitts shared the main stage with role model Noah Kahan at Lovin’ Life Music Fest in Charlotte, NC. The Boston-area folk singer-songwriter encompasses charm and poise, gaining popularity through her captivating covers of Zach Bryan, Noah Kahan, and Dylan Gossett, among others. Her original music combines a hint of country and folk with her signature vocal rasp. Recent singles “Boston to Barcelona,” “Lose You Now,” and “Buying Time” give her momentum going into a busy summer of festivals. Sharing the Lovin’ Life stage with her idols, including Stevie Nicks, marks a significant milestone in her career.

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Lovin’ Life Music Fest: First Festival Performance

Lily Fitts demonstrated confidence on the Lovin’ Life main stage as she admitted, “This is my first festival performance. I only recently had my first stage performance with Zach Bryan not too long ago.” Recognizing her talent, Zach Bryan welcomed the young singer-songwriter on stage to perform “Oklahoma City” at his headlining tour last summer in L.A.

Joining some of her long-time influences for her first festival was an immensely surreal experience for Lily. When asked about her favorite moments, she gushed, “All of the sets I saw at Lovin’ Life were incredible. I was definitely excited to see Stevie Nicks as she is one of my biggest influences, but Post Malone, Noah Kahan, Maggie Rogers, Mt. Joy, The Fray, and Ripe were all so fun and inspiring to watch.

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Performing on Sunday ahead of Noah Kahan’s headlining set brought fans in early to see Lily. Kahan’s fans likely know her from her cover songs being shared across TikTok and Instagram, with “Stick Season” being the most prominent. “It’s hard to choose just one favorite Noah Kahan song, but “Stick Season” is the most sentimental because that cover really jump-started everything for me on social media. It gave me the confidence to pursue music full-time. I also love “Homesick,” “No Complaints,” “Glue Myself Shut,” “Growing Sideways,” “Mess,” “The View Between Villages,” and so many more.”

Raw Songwriting and Vocal Talent

Lily draws inspiration from real-life experiences when writing relatable, emotional lyrics for her original music. As for her sonic influences: “I love raw, natural, and acoustic sounds. I try to incorporate that heavily into all of my songs.” During her set, she seamlessly transitioned between songs, sharing a new track with the crowd about her daily struggle with anxiety. “What They Say” takes us inside her head as she expresses there isn’t a quick fix when it comes to mental health. Songs like “Boston to Barcelona” and “Hurts Like Hell” undoubtedly drew music fans into Lily’s set, creating a deeper connection with her audience.

Lovin’ Life Music Fest only kicks off the performances for Lily this summer. She heads out on a mostly sold-out tour across the States with Michael Marcagi on May 13th. “I’m so so excited; I can’t believe it! I’m also playing Summerfest, Bonnaroo, and Sommo Fest! I’m planning to release more new music this summer as well.”

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Top Festival and Concert Fashion Brands

Festival and concert season is here, and everyone has Eras Tour or local gigs and festivals on their minds. Festival and concert fashion is always fun and exciting but can be overwhelming and expensive at the same time. Here’s a list of the top festival and concert fashion brands to shop for this spring and summer. Find your next music festival outfit from our* guide:

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Coachella 2023 Undercard

Coachella 2023 Undercard: Indie & Pop Spotlight

One common misconception about Coachella Music Festival is that fans rely on the headliners to make or break the lineup. You’ve heard by now that the 2023 headliners are Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, and Frank Ocean. Regular festival attendees know that the Coachella undercard artists will consistently deliver and be full of surprises. If you’re attending the festival or streaming Couchella, you’ll want to know about these Coachella 2023 Undercard gems. This post spotlights some artists to watch in the indie and pop scenes.

Coachella 2023 Undercard Playlists

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Coachella 2023 Undercard: Alternative/Indie Picks

// Alex G // Alternative/Indie

FOR FANS OF: Turnover, Big Thief, Elliott Smith, The Martinis

Alex G is a solo indie rock artist repping the east coast and Philadelphia, PA. As a DIY singer-songwriter and producer, Alex G recorded his first EIGHT albums in-home. His most recent album, God Save the Animals, brought him to the forefront of the indie rock music scene in 2022. One stream of “Runner” or “No Bitterness,” and you’ll see what the hype is all about.

// The Breeders // Alternative rock

FOR FANS OF: Pixies, Nirvana, DEHD, Courtney Barnett

The Breeders are a band formed in 1989 by former singer and bassist of PIXIES (!!), Kim Deal. The Breeders bring the nostalgic 90s grunge rock back to the Coachella Valley in 2023. Kim Deal holds down one of the legacy acts of Coachella 2023 alongside iconic Blondie. For a blast from the past, if you’re over 30, start with “Cannonball.” The Breeders released All Nerve, their fifth studio album, in 2018. Recommended tracks include “Wait in the Car” and “Spacewoman.”

// boygenius // Alternative/Indie

FOR FANS OF: Conor Oberst, Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Clairo

The best-kept-secret supergroup, boygenius, will leave everyone misty-eyed as they take the stage for a Saturday evening Coachella serenade. For those that don’t know, boygenius is the indie rock group formed by Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus. Many music fans will recognize the cover of their self-titled EP released in 2018. While the three iconic women have gone on to release chart-topping solo albums, boygenius announced the release of their debut album on March 31st! Three new songs are currently available from the upcoming album, the record.

// Ethel Cain // Alternative/Indie

FOR FANS OF: Maggie Rogers, Caroline Polacheck, Lana Del Rey, Fiona Apple, Paula Cole

If you have yet to hear Ethel Cain’s debut album, Preacher’s Daughter (2022), don’t let it slip under your radar any longer. Cain’s sultry voice, similar to Lana Del Rey, will lead you through this masterful memoir of 13 tracks, some culminating as long as nine minutes of pure Americana storytelling. Start with the emotive single “American Teenager,” and you’ll recall Paula Cole in “I Don’t Want to Wait” and Maggie Rogers in “That’s Where I Am.” Coachella or not, download this album and add her to your list of artists to watch.

// MUNA // Alternative/Indie

FOR FANS OF: HAIM, The Chicks, King Princess, Rina Sawayama, The 1975

Hot off of their third studio album, trio MUNA is a top group to see on the Polo Grounds. MUNA’s stage presence will instantly draw you in and make you their “Number One Fan” after a few indie pop dance anthems (i.e., “Number One Fan,” “Solid,” and “No Idea”). For fans of a more twangy ballad-type song, check out “Good News (Ya-Ya Song),” “Taken,” or “Kind of Girl.” Fans are secretly hoping for an extra appearance by Phoebe Bridgers Coachella weekend for “Silk Chiffon.”

// The Murder Capital // Alternative/Post-punk

FOR FANS OF: Yard Act, Fontaines D.C., Black Country, New Road, Shame

Dublin-native five-piece, The Murder Capital, came to the scene in 2018 with the hit single “More or Less,” followed by their debut album, When I Have Fears. If you’re looking for the band to follow in the likes of Yard Act or Shame from previous Coachella lineups, The Murder Capital seals this spot for the post-punk scene. DORK magazine recently featured the band as a cover story ahead of their sophomore release, Gigi’s Recovery, out this Friday, January 20th. See “Return My Head” and “Only Good Things” for a quick introduction to their music.

// Snail Mail // Alternative/Indie

FOR FANS OF: Soccer Mommy, Clairo, Julien Baker, Mitski, Trespassers Williams

Solo female indie rock artist, Snail Mail, returns for her second Coachella in 2023. Releasing her sophomore album, Valentine, in 2021 brought her front and center to many audiophile turntables. Some quintessential tracks from her career include “Thinning,” “The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl In The World,” “Pristine,” “Speaking Terms,” “Valentine,” and “Light Blue.”

// Wet Leg // Indie rock

FOR FANS OF: The Ting Tings, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tegan and Sara, Wolf Alice

One of the most shared albums of 2022 leads Wet Leg to a perfect spot for a major festival performance. The British indie rock pair may have the most viral and instant stardom debut record of 2022. “Chaise Longue” and “Wet Dream” rose to the top of the charts and accompanied many an Instagram Reel and TikTok this past year. For further desert vibe listening, press play on “Too Late Now” and “Angelica.”

Coachella 2023 Undercard: Pop Picks

// Angèle // Pop

FOR FANS OF: Louane, Roméo Elvis, Dua Lipa, Stromae, Charli XCX, Coeur de Pirate

Coachella’s 2023 lineup is more global than ever, and fans are pleased to see Belgian-French-speaking pop queen Angèle just below the top of this year’s lineup. Angèle is known for her catchy breakout single “Tout oublier,” featuring her rap artist brother, Roméo Elvis. She even broke Stromae’s record for the most weeks at the top of the Belgian singles charts. Angèle also took a political stance with her statement song, “Balance ton quoi,” about the #metoo movement in France (#balancetonporc). The pop singer released her second studio album, Nonante-Cinq, in 2021. Add “Bruxelles je t’aime” and “Libre” to your Coachella pump-up playlist.

// Cannons // Indie pop

FOR FANS OF: DRAMA, Oh Wonder, Litany, Dua Lipa, The Knocks

L.A. three-piece indie pop band Cannons makes scenic dream pop tunes to soundtrack your Coachella 2023 weekend. The band’s most recent album, Fever Dream, is full of breezy highs like “Hurricane” and “Come Alive.” For a more downtempo track, be on the lookout for “Lightning” to hit the Polo Grounds at golden hour. Furthermore, the 2019 single “Fire for You” is a sweet summer earworm to add to any vacation-type playlist.

// Christine and the Queens // Pop

FOR FANS OF: Stromae, HAIM, Years & Years, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Kate Bush

Christine and the Queens is back for his third Coachella performance. For those that don’t know, Christine and the Queens is a solo French singer and songwriter who got their big break from the massive hit “Tilted” (English) or “Christine” (French) in 2015. Since his debut album, Chaleur humaine, the pop artist has released Chris (2018) and, most recently, Redcar les adorables étoiles (2022). Chris blends English and French lyrics with pop influences of both cultures in standout tracks “People I’ve Been Sad,” “Doesn’t Matter,” and “rien dire.” The innovative artist also sings on tracks with Charli XCX and 070 Shake, which may call for special guest performances in the desert.

// Sasha Alex Sloan // Pop

FOR FANS OF: Julia Michaels, FLETCHER, Chelsea Cutler, Nina Nesbitt, Lauv

Sasha Alex Sloan, aka sadgirlsloan, has a reputation for writing sad songs about personal anecdotes in her life. From growing up as an Only Child (2020 debut album) to struggling with an eating disorder and anxiety, Sasha pens beautifully written and highly relatable tracks. “Lie” is an empathetic breakup song with a pop backtrack, while “Is It Just Me?” is a compilation of wildly accurate unpopular opinions. Sasha’s sophomore album, I Blame The World (2022), continues the cynical songwriting with the title track preaching, “Can’t see the silver in the lines, can’t make the best of a bad time.” Other noteworthy songs to add are “New Normal” and her ever-popular encore track, “Dancing With Your Ghost.”

// TV Girl // Pop

FOR FANS OF: SALES, Wallows, Polo & Pan, Jordana

The L.A.-based pop trio, TV Girl, has recently gotten more social media attention, primarily due to the TikTok craze. Single “Not Allowed” from their 2016 album, Who Really Cares, has brought the band to the forefront of the teen-charged app. However, our interest is not in TikTok but their indie pop style on the 2014 French Exit album. “Lovers Rock” and “Birds Don’t Sing” are whimsical throwbacks to a time of a more simple creator-consumer culture.


Check out these indie and pop artists, plus many more, on our multi-genre Coachella 2023 Undercard playlists below.

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Hopscotch 2022

Hopscotch 2022: Lineup Playlist & Artist Spotlight

Hopscotch 2022 is knee-deep in talented artists from the emerging music scene. Headliners Courtney Barnett, Perfume Genius, and Kim Gordon take the stage at City Plaza Thursday-Saturday this weekend in downtown Raleigh. Undercard must-see artists include Tomberlin, Amythyst Kiah, Hand Habits, Nation of Language, Yaya Bey, and many more. Today, we let you in on some of the best-kept secrets of Hopscotch 2022.

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Hopscotch 2022 Lineup Playlist

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Hopscotch 2022 Artist Spotlight

// Amythyst Kiah //

Tennessee singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah brings her unique style to Moore Square on Thursday at 7:00 pm. Kiah’s songwriting blends her inspiration from American roots music and alternative rock with her critically acclaimed single, “Black Myself.” Her latest EP, Pensive Pop, is a collection of cover songs that shaped Kiah’s musical repertoire. Her country ballad spin on Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” lands Amythyst Kiah at the top of our watch list.

// Charley Crockett //

Country singer-songwriter and guitarist Charley Crockett will headline Moore Square on Thursday at 8:45 pm. Rooted in busking the streets of New Orleans and Dallas, TX, Crockett’s discography spans eleven albums in the past seven years. His second album of 2022, The Man From Waco, will release this Friday. Fans of blues, country, and Americana gawk over his vast resume of songwriting and collaboration. Must-hear tunes include “I’m Just a Clown,” “Jamestown Ferry,” and “Welcome to Hard Times.”

// Hand Habits //

Hand Habits is a solo indie-rock act founded by musician and guitarist Meg Duffy. Now a local L.A. artist, Hand Habits is known for contributing to albums for Weyes Blood, The War on Drugs, and William Tyler. Among other highly recognizable achievements, Hand Habits plays guitar for Perfume Genius! The style of their solo work is a lovely fuse of soft vocals and serene instrumentals. “No reply” and “placeholder” are our top picks for easy listening. Catch Hand Habits this Friday at 6:45 pm at City Plaza.

// Late Bloomer //

Indie punk band Late Bloomer is a hidden gem out of Charlotte, NC. Late Bloomer’s top song, “Heaven,” is a fan favorite from the first few seconds. Vocals bring nostalgia from ’90s bands like Better Than Ezra and Gin Blossoms. The trio recently announced a new EP, Where Are The Bones, available now on Bandcamp and streaming everywhere Friday. Stream “Restless Nights” for a chill-out fall tune about changing your outlook on life. Late Bloomer plays a late-night gig at Slims on Saturday at 1:00 am.

// Nation of Language //

New York indie pop band, Nation of Language, adds some synth spice to this year’s Hopscotch lineup. Similar to the likes of Dry Cleaning and Ela Minus, Nation of Language combines synth-pop with a bit of melancholy. “Across That Fine Line” is the obvious festival-type track you may hear on Saturday evening at City Plaza (6:00 pm). Our other song recommendations include “This Fractured Mind” and “September Again” for dance-inducing music yet, thought-provoking lyrics.

// Tomberlin //

Tomberlin is back for her second Hopscotch music festival appearance and this year is a big one. Solo folk singer-songwriter Sarah Beth Tomberlin released her sophomore album this April. Must-hear tracks from Tomberlin’s discography include “tap,” “Wasted,” and “Any Other Way.” Tomberlin is scheduled for double performances this weekend. Catch her at The Pour House on Friday at 10:30 pm and Moore Square on Saturday at 5:10 pm.

// Yaya Bey //

Brooklyn R&B singer-songwriter Yaya Bey is coming in hot for Hopscotch with her new album Remember Your North Star (June 2022). Bey experiments with crossing genre lines on tracks “keisha,” “reprise,” and “alright.” Pitchfork deemed Remember Your North Star as Best New Music of June 2022. Don’t miss Bey performing at City Plaza on Friday at 5:30 pm.


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CHANSONS CARITATIVES // SONGS FOR CHARITY: IGTV Virtual Festival

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Chansons caritatives // Songs for Charity is an Instagram TV festival series on @poetrydanslarue. Each IGTV exclusive video features one artist per day in support of a local charity of their choice. The charities and organizations are linked in Instagram stories and the IGTV description. Be sure to tune in from April 18th-27th at 4 PM PT // 7 PM ET to support the artists and their cause. Read below for more information on the lineup, schedule, and how to donate.

Chansons caritatives // Songs for Charity Lineup

4/18/20: Hand Made House supporting NCADV

4/19/20: Ian Logue supporting The Elizabeth Hospice Bereavement Camp for Children and Teens

4/20/20: FABER supporting Oakleaf Mental Health Charity

4/21/20: Black Tiger Bay supporting local food shelters

4/22/20: The Foes of Fern supporting The Project Matters and Heartstrings- New Jersey

4/23/20: Last Vacation supporting Milton Animal League

4/24/20: SAINT SLUMBER supporting MusiCares and PHL COVID-19 Relief Fund

4/25/20: Wilmah supporting Autism Society of WNY

4/26/20: Jonah Melvon supporting Alameda County Food Bank

4/27/20: Phavors supporting The Jed Foundation

Interested in a feature on our blog? Email kasey@poetrydanslarue.com or contact @poetrydanslarue on Instagram.

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Hopscotch 2019

Hopscotch 2019: Lineup Playlist

Raleigh’s own Hopscotch Music Festival is back for year ten, September 5th-7th. Rolling Stone denoted Hopscotch as having “an extraordinarily cool roster of bands with a Mardi Gras-like atmosphere.” Recent years featured acts like Gary Clark Jr., Young Thug, Vince Staples, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Solange, Lizzo, The Revolution, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and Miguel. It’s time to pay attention to Hopscotch 2019.

This year’s lineup has some distinctive stand-out acts at first glance. Hopscotch continues to build its brand, becoming a must-watch scene for up-and-coming artists. Let’s look at some artists to watch from our Hopscotch 2019 lineup playlist.

Hopscotch 2019: Top Artists to Watch

Snail Mail: Thursday, 9/5

Lindsey Jordan, better known as the alternative one-woman act Snail Mail, is headed for the City Plaza stage. Her songs have a very chill yet punk sound. She is similar to the likes of Soccer Mommy with her raspy voice and ’90s grunge music style. Her songs “Pristine” and “The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl in the World” will take you back to ’90s teen angst movie soundtracks and artists like Liz Phair or Fiona Apple.

Kurt Vile & The Violators: Thursday, 9/5

You may be familiar with Kurt Vile as the former lead guitarist from The War on Drugs. Indie-rock singer-songwriter Kurt and his band, The Violators, are back to play their second Hopscotch set. Songs like “Wakin’ On a Pretty Day” and “I’m an Outlaw” are tailor-made for folk, indie, rock, or country music fans.

James Blake: Friday, 9/6

Music fans are excited to see James Blake headlining Hopscotch 2019. “Retrograde” is a stand-out song that builds so much it slaps you in the face with its power. We have a soft spot for “Limit To Your Love,” which is a more piano-based track as opposed to his usual electro style. Overall, there is a lot to say about this artist and his innovative style; he is one you will not want to miss!

Raphael Saadiq: Saturday, 9/6

Raphael Saadiq will be playing at City Plaza on Saturday. His most recent release, “Something Keeps Calling,” ft. Rob Bacon is a song with emotional vocals that cut through to your heart on the first listen. As the Vocalist and bass guitarist for the R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné!, Saadiq has also produced songs for iconic artists, including Whitney Houston and John Legend.

Phantogram: Saturday, 9/7

Can we now agree that this lineup is stacked? And we haven’t even discussed the undercard yet. Phantogram is a dream pop duo that you have likely heard before. Their hit “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” is their most well-known festival-style track. Check out the music video they released yesterday for “Into Happiness” for a taste of what you can expect at Hopscotch.

CHVRCHES: Saturday, 9/7

Ultimate. Festival. Band. Headlining. Hopscotch. CHVRCHES is coming in hot from their pump-up Coachella set this past spring. Their songs are irresistibly catchy, with lyrics that get embedded in your brain. Some crowd favorites are “The Mother We Share,” “Miracle,” “Leave a Trace,” and “Get Out.” You can catch them lighting up the main stage at Red Hat on Saturday night.

MUST-KNOW Artists of the Hopscotch 2019 Undercard

Thursday 9/5: Joey Purp (Hip hop), Yowler (Alt/Indie), David Nance Group (Alt/Indie), Lucy Dacus (Indie rock), Tomberlin (Folk)

Friday 9/6: Tyler Ramsey (former lead guitarist from Band of Horses), Deerhunter (Indie rock), Channel Tres (Dance/Electronic), The Waston Twins (Alt-country), Ryley Walker (Indie folk/Blues), Orville Peck (Country)

Saturday 9/7: Cate Le Bon (Folk/Pop), Daughter of Swords (Folk), Boogarins (Psychedelic rock), Matt Martians (Southern Hip hop), Kelsey Waldon (Country)

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Coachella 2019: Discover Your Next Favorite Artists from Your Couch

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Every year for the past twenty years, people flock to Indio, CA, to experience one of the most iconic music festivals in the United States. Coachella brings together hundreds of artists and thousands of music fans from all over the world. But you don’t have to break the bank to discover new artists through Coachella. You don’t even have to leave your couch. Here’s how to make the most of your Coachella 2019 or Couchella experience the minute the lineup drops.

THE COACHELLA 2019 LINEUP

Coachella announces its lineup around the same time every year. After sending out some well-spaced teaser tweets featuring some of the lower-billed artists, Coachella dropped the lineup on January 2nd, 2019, at 8:28 pm local time. This was an excruciating 11:28 pm for those of us on the east coast! Nevertheless, fans scanned the list for artists they would hope to see.

Almost as soon as the lineup is out, it seems that some superpower dude on Reddit categorizes it into genres. This list is an excellent place to start if it is a bit overwhelming and you want to focus on the music styles you already like. Here is a look at this past year’s lineup by genre.

COACHELLA PLAYLISTS

There will be so many playlists available after the lineup comes out. Apple Music and Spotify will curate extensive playlists featuring all of the artists. This style can also be overwhelming, and you only get to hear about one song per artist. You can like or add them to your own Coachella playlist and then check out the rest of the artists’ discography from there.

The Coachella app is another easy way to discover new artists all in one place. I tried to go through every artist and listen to at least one of their songs. If I liked something, I would add it to my playlist and look up the rest of their music. It did take some time, but I found a lot of the artists that I wanted to see by doing this. You can always go back to the Reddit list if you aren’t finding what you like.

THE ARTISTS

Now, this is the fun part. Discovering new songs and artists makes you excited, even if you are watching Coachella from home. There are plenty of videos and full sets that you can find on YouTube to relive Coachella 2019. Here are some buzzworthy artists that I hope to help you discover if you missed them this Coachella/Couchella season.

COACHELLA 2019 BEST NEW ARTISTS

DERMOT KENNEDY

I have no idea how I didn’t know about Dermot Kennedy before January. It’s okay, though, because Coachella does a great job of booking the “up-and-coming” artists before they blow up. Go listen to his song “Power Over Me,” and you will not be disappointed. Dermot Kennedy is a highly talented Irish singer-songwriter with an Ed Sheeran vibe. His voice has a little more of that rock-style grittiness to it. I listened to his discography before Coachella, and his songs always seem to outdo themselves. “After Rain,” (see related post here), “Couldn’t Tell,” “Glory,” and “Young & Free” are goosebump-evoking for sure.

Dermot played to a packed Gobi Tent with Irish flags flying and fans singing every word. It was just like being at a sold-out show. Speaking of, I’m so excited that I just snagged tickets to his SOLD-OUT show in Chicago for his first headlining tour in NA!

The only downside to his set was that Lizzo played at the same time. She is killing it with back-to-back sell-out shows in the area. She recently performed at The Ritz, Raleigh, in May, only to announce a much larger show this September at Red Hat Amphitheater. I hope to catch her this round. *Prays to the StubHub gods.* Good news for Couchella viewers is that you don’t have to deal with scheduling conflicts. You can flip through the performances and see who you like.

Check out Dermot’s new music video for his current single, “Outnumbered,” below.

YELLOW DAYS

Well, I’m glad I looked more into this artist because I was about to start by saying, “This band….” Nope, wrong! I stand corrected. This. Solo. Artist. Is. Absolutely. Phenomenal. I’m not sure how I didn’t realize that Yellow Days (George van den Broek) was a solo act, but that makes him all the more intriguing. You can also cheat and preview an artist’s previous set on YouTube before Coachella to see who you want to check out. Weekend 2 ‘Chella goers have the luxury of doing this during weekend 1. Yellow Days has an alluring selection of live performances, like this one, that will give you an idea of what to expect.

He is one of those artists whose voice sounds exactly like the track when he does live shows. His show has such a chill vibe and was perfect for a Friday afternoon in the Polo Fields. You fall in love with his songwriting and style of delivering each song. Fan-favorite numbers were “That Easy,” “A Little While,” and “How Can I Love You.” He just released a few new singles, with the latest one being July 10th. Check out “It’s Real Love” below.

MAGGIE ROGERS

This girl is everywhere! I heard a little from Maggie Rogers before the lineup came out, but it seems that she is checking off bucket list boxes left and right. Her success makes absolute sense, as her major-label debut album, Heard It in a Past Life, was released in January. By this point, you’ve probably seen her on one of the many morning or evening talk shows. You can catch her on the TODAY show this Friday, July 14th!

Maggie has so much energy and is a great songwriter, performer, and artist. She sets herself apart from pop songwriters by adding some edge. Though you may have heard her referred to as the ‘Janis Joplin’ of this era, the singer reminds me of Coeur de Pirate in her musical style. Maggie also seems appreciative of every moment she is experiencing in her career. She was beaming on the Gobi Stage at Coachella and seemed overwhelmed by the crowd. A favorite moment was overhearing a fan say, “Maggie is soooo hot right now!” While he may have been referring to her appearance, it’s also true that she is currently on fire in the music scene. Many fans have had “Burning,” “Retrograde,” and “Fallingwater” on repeat for months.

MANSIONAIR

Mansionair snuck up on me too little too late. I was getting into their music around the time of Coachella. If you want a soothing vocal to add to your relaxation playlist, “Waiting Room” is the one. Don’t stop there, though, as they have many more magnetic tracks. I should have paid more attention to the rest of their music because I regret not making a point to catch their set. They have a similar sound to Year’s & Year’s, SAFIA, or Joji. They are worth the listen for sure!

CHVRCHES: Jonathan’s Pick

CHVRCHES is pretty much the ultimate festival band. They’ve played Coachella about 5x. Yes, I knew who they were before Coachella, but I hadn’t seen them live. My husband says, “he didn’t listen to their music,” even though he inadvertently did. We both agree; they killed their set! They could have been on the main stage before Khalid and Ariana Grande, which would have saved a lot of fans running back and forth. CHVRCHES is also playing at HOPSCOTCH here in Raleigh this September. Check out the lineup here.

There aren’t many bands that I trust to cover this song. Clean version!

I apologize for the untimeliness of this post, but it’s never too late to discover new artists or discuss past and future Coachella lineups.