Pandora Blog

Artists to Watch at Hangout Music Festival

It’s official—festival season is in full swing. To gear up for Hangout’s three day music extravaganza in Gulf Shores, Alabama, we’re checking out the lineup’s up-and-comers that we predict will blow up this year. The 10 breakout artists range in style from indie, hip hop, rock, electronic, pop and beyond. They were selected based on a combination of Pandora and Next Big Sound data—trajectory of station adds, spins and thumbs, viral activity across social platforms, and insights from our expert musicologists.

“We are buzzing to play Hangout Festival and be one of Pandora’s top 10 emerging artists there. The support Pandora gives to emerging artists is incredible, and we’re excited to be working closely with them around our debut album Everybody Wants.” – Luke Spiller, The Struts

Can’t make it to the festival? We got you covered. Tune into our exclusive Hangout Festival Mixtape and check out the some of the artists’ upcoming shows at Ticketfly venues.  

Bully

The Nashville locals play upbeat but noisy indie rock with pop hooks and more than a slight grunge influence. Their fierce debut album Feels Like was written, produced and engineered by lead vocalist Alicia Bognanno.

 

Jai Wolf

The Bengali-born producer mixes a unique future sound with hip-hop and pop elements. He has some pretty legit friends too; he got his big break when Skrillex re-issued his bootleg remix of “Ease My Mind,” ODESZA released his debut single “Indian Summer” on Foreign Family Collective, and he’s collaborated with Alesso, Dirty South, Melanie Martinez, and more. Jai Wolf just released a new single “Drive” featuring Chain Gang of 1974 on Foreign Family Collective.

 

Lizzo

Bold and brassy one minute, and devastatingly sincere the next, Lizzo is an artist that defies easy definition. She’s a gifted rapper, a hair-raising gospel singer, a razor-sharp wordsmith, a classically trained flautist, and a passionate advocate for feminism and black empowerment. Following two critically acclaimed independent releases — 2014’s Lizzobangers and 2015’s Big GRRRL Small World — she is now embarking on her major label debut with Atlantic Records with the infectious Good As Hell.

 

MAGIC MAN

The Boston band makes melodic, dance-influenced indie rock. Their synth-heavy beats and mesmerizing vocals put a contemporary spin on a timeless sound.  

 

Moon Taxi

The alt rock outfit hailing from Nashville are known for their epic performances.  Their album Daybreaker was produced by Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse, Tom Waits, James Bay) and plays like a live set, gliding effortlessly from track to track with upbeat hooks and heartfelt lyrics.

 

Muddy Magnolias

The innovative duo is dropping their debut album this summer and poised to blow up. They capture the everyday experience of the 21st century woman by blending a variety of musical influences for a bluesy, soulful and sexy vibe.

 

POWERS

POWERS introduced themselves to the world with the premise that intimate can be loud, rambunctiousness can be endearing, and heartfelt can be lighthearted. With a versatile background in crafting both sonic and melodic textures, the creative powerhouse duo are doing classic popular songwriting with a biting and prescient sense of modernity.

 

The Griswolds

The Australian indie rock band is known for their catchy tunes, laid-back style, and party-hearty philosophy. Since releasing their debut album Be Impressive, they’ve toured with Passion Pit, Walk The Moon, and fellow Artist to Watch, Magic Man. Fun fact: they’re named after the fictional family from the Vacation films.

 

The Revivalists

The septet of roots rock iconoclasts infuse their southern roots into an amalgam of rock, R&B, soul, folk, and funk. The New Orleans-based band formed from a chance encounter and have been making friends and groove-oriented beats ever since.

 

The Struts

The U.K. bred four-piece have opened for The Rolling Stones and got hand-picked by Mötley Crüe to serve as the supporting act for their four last-ever performances. Their massive riffs, powerfully catchy melodies, and tongue-in-cheek swagger are unapologetically rock ‘n’ roll.