The schedule has been announced, tickets have been sold, and with 80 days until Lollapalooza it’s about time you started planning your method of attack. Don’t worry WCRX FM is prepared to be your personal festival assistant. From The Killers and Kendrick Lamar to Steve Aoki and The Art Department we shall leave no new artist left behind. Welcome to Discover Lolla 2013.
First up D-Pryde a 19-year-old Canadian rapper/singer/songwriter
often compared to a cross between Drake (is it the way he turns ‘about’ cleverly into ‘auboot’?) and Eminem. Coming off the buzz of his 2012 mixtape “Flagship” Pryde is embarking on his first national headlining tour this summer & release a brand new EP.
Check out his cover of Drake’s “Girls Love Beyonce” and pencil him into your Friday schedule.
Lianne La Havas
Grabbing inspiration from the likes of Jill Scott, Prince, and Stevie Wonder, our next stop on the Lolla discovery train is Lianne La Havas. After catching major airplay in the states with her single “Is Your Love Big Enough” this UK import is a rare live concert experience you won’t want to miss. A truly raw and agressive voice will prove that not everyone needs exploding pyrotechnics and acrobats for a memorable Lolla show. Lianne is a great example of balance in an artist, exhibiting friendly yet polished tracks in a complex mannor.
Previously operating under the Koko moniker, Southern California brothers Ryan and Taylor Lawhon renamed their musical project Pacific Air. Spicing reinvention into their music, the brothers played tribute to their former selves on the EP “Long Live Koko“. Six months later we have “Pacific Air” and a band who is ready to release their debut album “Shut Up“. The lead single “Lose my Mind” is all you could ask for in California pop. Its a cold sarcastically named drink in front of a beautiful beachfront sunset. Or in our midwestern case, its an Old Style and a crisp Chicago sky.
The Bright Light Social Hour
The Bright Light Social Hour is an American rock band from Austin, Texas. Born out of a university art-rock collective, the band first gained attention in Austin from their incendiary live performances and innovative vision of rock and roll. Their first full length album dropped in 2010 and they haven’t looked back since. They have performed in front of thousands of new fans, most notably at SXSW 2012, Wakarusa Festival and opening for Aerosmith at the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. Current plans include producing their second album on their own in Austin Texas. They certainly dont mind you pulling up a patch of Lolla lawn and watch them cavort on stage as they have been chronicling their recent adventures. Bright Lights Social Hour has released a series of self-produced tour documentaries depicting their life on the road.
Keys N Krates
We’ve landed on one of our personal favorite acts in this years line-up. Keys n Krates are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. They recently wrapped up their first BBC Radio 1 mini mix, dropped the super hot “Lucid Dreams EP” and remixed everyone from Kanye West to Zedd. The Canadian trio comprised of Adam Tune on drums synth David Matisse on keys, and internationally award-winning Jr. Flo on turntables. We have no doubt “Treat Me Right” will be the festival anthem of the summer.