Nick Mulvey – “Mountain to Move”
Verdict: Get a front row spot if you like eating dinner at 4:30 in the afternoon and can’t wait for the reboot of Fraiser.
Caleborate – “4 Willem”
Genre: Late 90s/early 2000s backpacker hip-hop.
Verdict: Check him out if you miss A Tribe Called Quest and Living Legends, or if you enjoyed Kendrick Lamar’s first couple albums.
Bonus: He’s from Berkeley!
Sasha Sloan – “Normal”
Genre: Pop/background music for Hallmark commercials.
Verdict: If you loved jamming out to the store music at Aeropostale circa 2003, you’ll love this!
Olivia O’Brien – “Empty”
Verdict: If you ever wished that Ke$ha and Iggy Azalea were the same person, this is your jam!
Mikky Ekko – “Pull Me Down”
Genre: Indie pop.
Verdict: Check him out if you like pop artists who never quite lived up to their potential.
Lucy Dacus – “Addictions”
Genre: Indie rock.
Verdict: Check her out if you want to see what it would be like if a shy Adele fronted a 90’s alt band.
Dermot Kennedy – “Glory”
Genre: Broadway show tunes with a pop twist/Irish folk-pop.
Verdict: If you like crying at festivals, this is probably the set to be at.
Elohim – “Hallucinating”
Genre: Nine Inch Nails-inspired pop.
Verdict: One of the first really interesting artists that I learned about while putting this together. As unique of a sound as it gets within the pop genre.
Shannon and the Clams – “The Boy”
Genre: 60’s doo-wop prom band on acid.
Verdict: This Oakland band is something special. They are one of the top spots on my “Must See” list.
Quinn XCII – “Straightjacket”
Genre: Really basic pop with a splash of cringe-worthy reggae.
Verdict: If you eat toast plain with no butter and love fake patois this is your jam.
Lauv – “Paris in the Rain”
Genre: Electro Ed Sheeran.
Verdict: Probably the biggest pop star no one has heard of. Check him out if you are 17 and are in search of a male Demi Lovato.
The Mountain Goats – “This Year”
Genre: Blues Traveler indie folk B-sides.
Verdict: If you own multiple pairs of hiking boots and put kefir in your cocktails, you’ll love ’em!
*Negative points for not actually being mountain goats
Genre: Some sort of funk/jam band type thing.
Verdict: Check them out if you’re into a Creedence Clearwater/Sly and the Family Stone hybrid.