Bottom of the List: Artists to See At Upcoming Music Festivals

When any music lineup comes out the first thing that everyone looks at are the headliners. Their eyes may continue down the list to a certain point, but those on the bottom of the lineup lists are often ignored. Here are some of the groups and artists that hang out toward the bottom of the lists at three of this year’s upcoming Texas festivals—Free Press Summer Festival in Houston, Float Fest in San Marcos, and Austin City Limits Festival.

Story by Gabrielle Sanchez

Sweet Spirit

Festival: Float Fest in San Marcos, TX

Genre: Rock

Hometown: Austin, TX

Recommended Tracks: “The Power,” “All Mine” and “Take Me To A Party”

Sweet Spirit recently released their sophomore album, “St. Mojo,” and are quickly becoming the band to see. Much like their music, their performances are electric and although one does not need to know their songs by heart to have a good time, jamming along with them in the crowd makes for real fun. Sabrina Ellis knows how to lead a band and every member leaves everything they have on stage.

 

Walker Lukens

  Photo courtesy of Black Fret

Photo courtesy of Black Fret

Festival: Float Fest

Genre: Rock

Hometown: Austin, TX

Recommended Tracks: “Jacket On Ya Shoulders,” “Where Is Thunder Road?” and “Ain’t Got A Reason”

Walker Lukens released an EP titled “Never Understood” in 2016 and last month released another by the name of “Ain’t Got a Reason.” Both of these albums mark a stark change from their only full album release, tying together blues, rock and pop elements in a special way. In songs such as “Where Is Thunder Road?” an extended horn section mixed with dissonant piano, soulful vocals and edgy guitar greatly sum up Walken Luken’s style.

 

Rose Ette

Festival: FPSF in Houston, TX

Genre: Indie Pop

Hometown: Houston, TX

Recommended Tracks: “Skin,” “Way Outside” and “Predator”

Catchy tunes with a light, siren-like voice are what Rose Ette gives to the Houston music scene. Their songs would fit nicely into any summer playlist, as songs like “Skin” invoke images of sunny afternoon drives, perfect for a summer festival like Free Press. Rose Ette’s music is pretty straightforward. It doesn’t try to be anything that it’s not, and is a solid addition to the indie pop genre.

 

Kay Weathers

Festival: FPSF

Genre: Electronic pop

Hometown: Houston, TX

Recommended Tracks: “Bored Games,” “Given” and “Lucy”

Kay Weathers is a solo artist with a powerful flowing voice, which pairs perfectly with the elegance and intelligent use of electronic beats and melodies reminiscent of artists such as Perfume Genius. She has one EP called “Songs for Lucy” out at the moment with no information on a full length album. It’s a great change of pace to see just one woman standing on stage, playing all the instruments and singing her heart out. Plus, she likes to rock flower crowns and long, flowing dresses, so we’ll see what she dons for her reign at FPSF.

 

Cherry Glazerr

  Photo courtesy of Rhyan Santos

Photo courtesy of Rhyan Santos

Festival: FPSF

Genre: Rock

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Recommended Tracks: “Told You I’d Be with the Guys,” “Moon Dust” and “Nuclear Bomb”

Cherry Glazerr recently put out their first studio album, “Apocalipstick” and it’s killer, featuring a glam end of the world theme. Lead singer Clementine Creevy has a dynamic voice, with the ability  to switch from a more tender, emotional tone to one that’s edgy, and forceful. If their performance is anything like their music, it will be high energy, interesting and is not likely to disappoint.   

 

Dreamers

Festival: FPSF, Austin City Limits

Genre: Alternative

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Recommended Tracks: “Drugs” and “Shooting Shadows”

Dreamers attempt to capture a sense of homelessness, nostalgia and angst in their album “This Album Does Not Exist.” They evoke images of desperation, love and pain, that’s encompassed by catchy tunes and a little bit of of what they call “cosmic rock.” If you enjoy bands like Walk The Moon, Bleachers or Saint Motel, these guys will fit in pretty well with  your music library.

 

Los Coast

Festival: Float Fest

Genre: R&B, Soul

Hometown: Austin, TX

Recommended Tracks: “Simplify,” “Summer Samaritan”

Los Coast’s music is funky, soulful and feels like an all out jam fest. It’s a great fusion of jazz and hip hop, with some rock influences as well.  As of right now he only has two songs out for listening, but that gives you plenty of time to listen up and prepare to get down at Float Fest.
 

White Reaper

  Photo Courtesy of LEO Weekly

Photo Courtesy of LEO Weekly

Festival: Austin City Limits

Genre: Rock

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Recommended Tracks: “Party Next Door,” “Eagle Beach” and “Judy French”

White Reaper’s most recent album is titled “The World’s Best American Band,” which might be an exaggeration, but they have  the skills of any  quintessential American rock band. They are currently touring across the U.S., and their final stop is ACL, and will probably be their most amped performance.

 

Amy Shark

Festival: Austin City Limits

Genre: Pop

Hometown: Gold Coast, Australia

Recommended Tracks: “Adore,” “Blood Brothers” and “Drive You Mad”

Coming from the land down under, Amy Shark could fits seamlessly alongside artists like Lorde or Halsey. In her EP “Night Thinker,” she sings about love, heartbreak and desires. Her songs are unrushed, tender, but fun. She follows the tide of female singers who perform over darker, syncopated beats and synth, and  she does it well.

 

The Bishops

Festival: Austin City Limits

Genre: Hip-Hop

Hometown: Austin, TX

Recommended Tracks: “Blood Ring,” “Mr.Scatterbrained”

The Bishop’s debut  single shows a lot of promise for the future of these three young artists. They offer great electronic melodies behind rap verses that play with rhythm and showcase their  creativity. What makes The Bishops unique is their inclusion of a singer  who is an integrated member of the group, not just a feature for choruses and hooks. The Bishops can also be seen at ORANGE’s festival 5-1-Tunes this week at Barracuda on Thursday.