Download their albums now; here are the bands you’ll want to sing along with at Lollapalooza this weekend.
Chance the Rapper. Twenty-one year old and Chicago-native Chance the Rapper has been flagged as one to watch since he earned the coveted and allusive “Best New Music” title from Pitchfork.com for his self-released album Acid Rap. Like his fellow Chicagoan Kayne West, Chance has gained his notoriety for combining elements of classic soul, jazz and rap with just a dash of nostalgia.
Cut/Copy. Cut/Copy first blew onto the scene in 2008 with the release of their second album In Ghost Colors. The band blurs electronic, new wave and synth-pop genres to create its own vibrant version of summer pop music that soars above the usual memorable hook—although, Cut/Copy does have its fair share of sing-along choruses. Layers of guitars, rich synths and drum beats have distinguished Cut/Copy over the course of its 13-year long career and continue to distinguish the band as a constant fan favorite.
Fitz and the Tantrums. Pulling musical inspiration from soul, funk, doo wop and pop genres, Fitz and the Tantrums is simply fun music. Their nods to Mo-Town makes Fitz and the Tantrums feel familiar but their deep grooves add a fresh and high-energy beat is just the kind of sound to get your private Lollapalooza party started. Although it will be difficult to not dance along, the high-energy lead vocalist Michael Fitzpatrick is sure to do enough moving, shimmying and shaking to make up for even the most reluctant of dancing audience members.
Iggy Azalea. Iggy Azaela is the electro rapper responsible for summer’s infectious, “I’m so fancy, you already know” hook that, resist as you might, finds you taking your dancing attitude up a notch. Her other (explicit) but equally hot tracks include, “Work” and the 2013 single, “Bounce” and have helped Azalea break Lil’ Kim’s record as the female rapper with the longest-leading number one single. Rapping credentials aside, Azalea’s personal style is on-par with the likes of Nicki Minaj and her on-stage presence is a must-see at Lollapalooza.