By: Shayla Lee
This weekend I’ll be covering Bumbershoot with Femme Riot and I could not be more ecstatic to be heading back to the west coast after spending a month away. Festivals are great because not only do you get to see your favorite artists perform, with multiple stages and carefully curated lineups, festivals are also the perfect place to discover new music. I dove deep into each daily lineup and put together the artists who I’m most excited to see and who you should consider adding to your Bumbershoot schedule!
Let’s Eat Grandma
I’m not going to lie, after reading their name, I had no idea what to expect from Let’s Eat Grandma, but it turns out they are a duo made up of Rosa Walton and Jenny Wollington and they create music that is a sparkling rainbow of beautiful sounds. Their music is so interesting you could listen to it a million times and you would still be able to pick up new sounds. I think their Bumbershoot set is going to fulfill my dream of living in a John Hughes movie and I strongly urge any other 80s fanatics to join me.
If indie-rock is your vibe, I highly recommend checking out Mt. Joy. I’ve had the chance to see Mt. Joy twice this year and both times the band made me feel feelings I didn’t know I could feel. Melancholy, happiness, joy, and struggle, Mt. Joy’s music sounds like life and I connect with their lyrics on a personal level. If you’re looking to catch “the feels” I think Mt. Joy’s set will do it for you.
Performing at a variety of festivals this year like Coachella, EDC Las Vegas, Firefly, and HARD Summer, Xie is an LA-based producer and DJ who has been making waves in the industry this festival season. Fusing together elements of hip hop, pop, and electronic music, Xie’s music is layered, moody, and the epitome of summer vibes. Her glittery track ‘Drip’ is a banger and belongs on every summer playlist.
I fell in love with Superorganism’s unique and funky sound the second I heard ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D’ a few months ago. The group, which is comprised of eight members, released their debut LP earlier this year and the sounds are so textured I just can’t get enough. I’m really looking forward to seeing how their sound translates into a live set and if you’re looking for something different you should check them out.
Equal parts garage punk and grungy ‘90s, Cherry Glazerr’s music is a breath of fresh air in today’s current rock scene. Following the release of their killer LP ‘Apocalipstick’ last year, Cherry Glazerr has been hard at work in 2018 playing Coachella, touring, and recording their upcoming album. If you are looking for a rock fix on Saturday, Cherry Glazerr will help you release some of your pent-up teenage angst.
With the voice of an angel and an innate sense of lyricism that will pull on your heartstrings, Ella Vos is the woman behind the viral tracks ‘White Noise’ and ‘Down in Flames.’ It’s always a challenge for me to find music that I connect with on a deep level, but Ella’s music is about as authentic as music can feel. I’m sure her Bumbershoot performance will be otherworldly, just like her music, so be sure to catch it if you want to feel moved.
From working at a McDonalds drive thru in her small town in Wisconsin to gaining over 40 million streams in under a year, Carlie Hanson is definitely one of the most prominent rising musicians in the industry right now. Blending killer productions with her soaring voice and lyrics, Carlie’s music is full of moody layers and interesting sounds. If you’re a fan of artists like Billie Eilish, King Princess, or Robinson, you should definitely check out Carlie’s set on Sunday afternoon.
Remember when I included Elohim as one of the 10 musicians to watch for this festival season before I went to Coachella? Since then, I’ve somehow been lucky enough to see her at most of the festivals I go to and I can say with 100% certainty that you don’t want to miss her set at Bumbershoot. Glowing with authenticity and honesty, Elohim’s music is art in its purest form and her live performances are spiritual, moving, and full of love. Although I have no idea whether she’s an angel, alien, a badass superhero, or all three, I do know that she is on earth to share her love and art.
You can plan your Bumbershoot schedule by downloading the app here. Prepare yourself for a weekend of fun, music, and good vibes by listening to the official playlist below!