5 bands to check out at SunFest that you may not have heard of


This year’s SunFest has some pretty bigs acts coming through. You know them: Snoop Dogg, WeezerBlink-182, Fetty Wap, Macklemore, Flo Rida… I could go on, but you get the point. But don't let their glitz or haze (Snoop, Ziggy, I'm lookin' at you) be the only reason you go. 

Here are five artists at SunFest this year that you didn't know you could love. After all, this time next year, they could be a big act that sells out quicker than you can buy.


If you like Hozier and The Lumineers listen to... 

KALEO

Kaleo means “the sound” in Hawaiian, but the band hails from Iceland where they met in elementary school. . Their rock-folky-bluesy sound has been heard Cali’s Coachella, Paris’ Lollapalooza and the UK’s Latitude. By the end of this year, Kaleo is sure to be a household name. Listen now to say you heard them first. 

Songs to listen to: “All the Pretty Girls”, “Save Yourself”, “Way Down We Go”


If you like Vampire Weekend and Capital Cities listen to... 

MAGIC CITY HIPPIES

This not-too-far-from-home, Miami-based band describes themselves as “an indie Funk band, dusted with a taste of Hip Hop, and baked in an oven of Soul.” And that is exactly what they are. They are bound to get you up and dancing without being overly mainstream. The group is also playing another huge festival this year, Bonnaroo in Tennessee. 

Songs to listen to: “Bull Ride”, “BRNT”, “Fanfare” 


If you like Postmodern Jukebox and Alabama Shakes listen to... 

ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES

The resurgence of the blues-soul-jazz-southern rock style is in full swing with St. Paul and the Broken Bones. You’ll feel like you walked into a jazz club or a dive bar in the South when you hear them. And you'll want to be on your feet dancing before the end of the first song. You may have even heard them on NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series. 

Songs to listen to: Call Me, “Grass is Greener”, “Like a Mighty River” 


If you like Rihanna (circa early 00’s) and Destiny’s Child listen to... 

TINASHE

In addition to being a pop-hip-hop-R&B singer, Tinashe knows how to dance. Her audiences always rave about her high energy performances and her multi-genre voice. Though she is new to the scene, she knows how hot she is. She's already collaborated with Chris Brown and the one-and-only Britney Spears. Wonder who's next?

Songs to listen to: “Company”, “Superlove”, “Player” 


 

If you like Passion Pit and MGMT listen to... 

THE NAKED AND FAMOUS

One cool chick leads this five-piece ensemble from New Zealand. Hooray for female rock singers! The Naked and Famous have an indie rock sound, but with undertones of a funky beat. Their music has been featured on shows such as Gossip Girl, True Blood and Grey’s Anatomy. They’ll also be playing at Firefly, another big summer music fest. 


Songs to listen to: Young Blood”, “Girls Like You, “Last Forever” 


Not a believer yet? No worries. Check out our SunFest playlist.


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