If Flower Boy didn’t make it clear with the various collaborations, Tyler, the Creator has an impeccable taste in music, among other things. The annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival lineup is always stacked with the buzziest artists and in addition to the big, household names that many of us are familiar with, Tyler always includes up-and-comers that are on the verge of blowing up. Here are 10 artists on the rise that you definitely won’t want to miss that weekend. Friendly reminder that tickets for the music festival go on sale on August 17 at 12pm ET!
We profiled the Philly rapper a few months ago, but no doubt there are still unfortunate souls that continue to sleep on her majesty. Whack World is all you need. No need to rush, thank us later for our exceptional service.
This Baltimore band has been tearing it up since 2010. They’re one of the most diverse hardcore bands to ever grace the punk scene and are all about building community which is imperative during these turbulent times. Back in February, they dropped a new full-length album titled Time & Space via Roadrunner Records.
The Bay has talent bursting out the wazoo right now and this 21-year-old crooner shouldn’t be overlooked. Long Beach artist Shane Blanchard makes dreamy music for those that are laidback and mellow-minded. His chill, genre-bending tunes are ideal for getting lovesick on the beach and soaking up in your raw feelings. Last year, Bane’s World performed alongside Tyler, the Creator, BROCKHAMPTON, and Steve Lacy at the Observatory in Santa Ana, Calif. He hasn’t put out a project since 2016’s Drowsy, but we have a good feeling that more material is on the horizon.
Rex Orange County
About a year has passed since Apricot Princess came out, but people still can’t get enough of this English singer-songwriter. Under his moniker, Alex O’Connor makes the kind of love songs you’d expect to hear playing in the background of a sitcom about Gen Z. In case you forgot, he was also featured on Tyler, the Creator’s Flower Boy tracks “Boredom,” “Foreword,” and “Garden Shed.”
This New York-based R&B singer will give you endless eargasms with her sweet, smooth and sensual songs that practically glow with positive energy. Raveena crafts empowering self-love anthems that will instantly heal your heart and re-instill and strong sense of self-worth. Get with the rhythm by bumping and grinding to her radiant Shanti EP.
Men I Trust
This indie jazz band hails from Montréal and already has two polished projects under their name to really get you in the groove all night long. The Canadian group is fronted by Emmanuelle “Emma” Proulx who also has a solo act called Bernache in case you’re parched for more tunes. Their accompanying visuals roll out like a Sarah Bahbah series coming to life.
Did you ever force yourself to watch the controversial Netflix show 13 Reasons Why? If so, you’ll remember Dylan Minnette and his bandage-adorned resting worry face. Turns out that when he’s not playing Clay Jensen he is the frontman of the surf rock band Wallows. Not only are they way better than you would expect, but they’re signed to Atlantic Records. This past April, the trio put out their debut EP Spring and completely sold out their first ever headlining tour. Last month, Wallows randomly dropped a fun new song called “Underneath the Streelights in the Winter Outside Your House.” Good vibes only with these guys.
Leave it to a British DIY artist to break down your inner barriers and leave you emotionally exposed. Ama Lou will do just that once her riveting voice hits you with introspective thoughts paired with delicate layers of production and instrumentation. The 19-year-old is also a skater and has a cool sense of androgynous style. Her debut EP DDD is available to stream now.
This too-cool-for-school 16-year-old is already shaping up to be a streetwear icon based on the posts from her Instagram account, but her music is even more jaw dropping. After all the hype cooled down from her breakout hit “ocean eyes,” she released her debut EP dont smile at me in 2017. She recently collaborated with Khalid and Vince Staples and continues to slip out new tracks here and there.
There’s still so much to learn about this lo-fi band, but what we can tell you is that they are based in Los Angeles and started as the solo project of Austin W. Anderson. Kevin Abstract once directed a visual for them so it’s safe to assume that their music is BROCKHAMPTON-approved. Last month, Slow Hollows shared a new single called “Selling Flowers.”
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