There’s no doubt that there are some music gods head lining at Lollapalooza 2015. Paul McCartney, Sam Smith, Kid Cudi, Florence and The Machine are just a few of the big dogs you’ll get a chance to see this year. However, if you keep scrolling down to the lineup page, you might be shocked by some of the lesser-known gems. We’ve highlighted a couple the Razorgator team thinks should be on your radar this year.
The Lonely Biscuits
It’s not a secret. The team at Razorgator has a big fat crush on the dudes from The Lonely Biscuits. Actual crush? Musical crush? Bromance crush? That all depends on who you’re talking to. All we know is that is was fate that put Grady Wenrich and Sam Gidley in the same dorm room at Belmont University. We’ve probably watched the video for Ma’am about 1,000 times….today. Grey sweatpants are mandatory for our next casual Friday.
With a face like Jack White, and a sound all his own, BORNS is setting the indie/psychedelic pop scene on fire. His beats make us dance, and his angelic voice transports us to a poolside party in the Hollywood hills on a warm summer night. Yea, he’s that good. We’re also obsessed with the acoustic video he did of his hit “Electric Love”, featuring Zella Day, who you can also catch at Lollapalooza 2015.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Shakey Graves combines everything you need for a down-home, boot-stomping good time, with a bluesy and folksy twist. With the perfect combination, of country, blues and rock n’roll, this modern day Johnny Cash has proven time and again that not only is he great in a studio, but also live. With three albums out to date, he has spent ample hours on the road solo and also with his new singing and song-writing partner, Esme Patterson.
Chicago born, brother/sister duo Natalie and Elliot were born to musician parents in a house filled with music. It’s no wonder why they grew up to form the soulful, jazzy rock duo, Wild Belle. With a psychedelic undertone and a touch of reggae these siblings are nothing like we’ve heard before. And they’ve got that crazy cool factor. Watch a couple of their music videos. Can they dress us, please?
Black Pistol Fire
Originally from Toronto, Canada, the guys from Black Pistol Fire split their time now between their home country and Austin, Texas. With a sound that combines the White Stripes, Creedence Clearwater Revival, with a steady dose of dirty blues, these guys will get the boots of Lollapalooza stomping. With their songs featured on top shows like 90210, Hawaii 5-0 and Sons of Anarchy, they have been gaining more and more attention for their unique artistry. We certainly have our eyes on them. Make sure to catch them this year.
Strand of Oaks
Between the raw and grit that can be heard in Tim Showalter’s voice, the deep and melodic rhythm, and the organic beauty of his lyrics, his band Strand of Oaks is in a league all its own. There is something really unique about the mix of power and vulnerability found in each one their songs. Take a look at his music video for the song Goshen ’97. It perfectly exemplifies everything we love about Tim and Strand of Oaks.
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
With her drop-dead vampy looks, and soulful Mo-town like vocals, with a garage punk edge, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas make us want to throw on our leather jackets and wing-tipped shoes and twist like we did last summer. Her lyrics have glamour, power and the sass of a female singer who knows just what she has going on. She’s got us dancing at our desks.
Not feeling the festival scene? Here’s what else is going on around Chicago. Find the best prices around on the Razorgator App.
Kelly Clarkson with Pentatonix and Eric Hutchinson @ Allstate Arena (August 1)
5 Seconds of Summer @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater (August 1-2)
Not feeling music at all? Here’s what’s happening in sports.
Yankees @ White Sox (July 31- August 3)
There’s so much going on! GO DO SOMETHING