The annual Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning to Washington from May 27-30 with killer headliners including Florence and the Machine, The Cure, Disclosure, and more. To kick off the countdown to the fest, we checked out the lineup’s up-and-comers that we predict will shake the Gorge Amphitheatre this year. The eight artists range in style from electro-pop, hip-hop, psychedelic rock, 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.
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Can’t make it to the festival? We got you covered. Check out the some of the artists’ upcoming shows at Ticketfly venues.
The Seattle-based quartet has a unique electro-pop vibe that blends synthetic electronic elements, breezy vocals and pulsing beats. Their highly-anticipated new album Product 3 drops this fall.
Big GramsTalk about a dream collab. Big Boi of Outkast and electronic duo Phantogram have joined forces for an experimental and genre-bending “psyched-out hip-hop” sound. Their debut album #BigGrams is out now.
King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardThe Aussie psychedelic rock band are known for their energetic live performances and a style that blends elements of garage rock, 1960s surf music, folk and soul. Their latest album Nonagon Infinity was recorded so that one track bleeds into the next, then jumps back to the beginning after the last song. Far out.
- 5/25: The Independent, San Francisco, CA
- 5/26: Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
- 5/27: Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
- 5/28: Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC
La LuzThe all-female quartet fuse the harmonies of doo wop and girl group pop with the splashy guitars of surf music, the low-budget keyboards of ’60s garage rock, and the simple but snappy rhythms of first-era rock and roll with lyrics that speak from the heart and the soul.
- 5/24: Stage 112, Missoula, MT
- 5/27: Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, BC
- 6/1: Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
- 6/5: Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA
OddiseeThe D.C. raised, Brooklyn-based, Sudanese-American producer and MC mixes thoughtful lyricism, retro soul and social commentary for a style that’s all his own.
- 5/24: Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
- 5/26: The Independent, San Francisco, CA
- 6/5: Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
- 6/12: Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY
Son LittleBlending elements of acoustic blues and vintage soul into a mixture that’s expressive yet deeply personal, the artist formerly known as Aaron Livingston creates music inspired by America’s eclectic culture.
- 5/24: The Casbah, San Diego, CA
- 5/25: The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
- 9/23: Music Tastes Good Festival, Long Beach, CA
TacocatThe punk-pop quartet from Seattle has made a name for themselves with their fun, pop culture-referencing, catchy tunes inspired by the riot grrrl music of the ‘90s.
- 7/16: Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara, CA
- 7/19: The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
- 7/21: Club Congress, Tucson, AZ
- 7/22: Valley Bar, Phoenix, AZ
Thao & The Get Down Stay DownThe San Francisco-based indie-rock outfit is led by the distinctive-voiced Thao Nguyen, whose songwriting tends toward the musically playful and lyrically heavy-hearted. Their latest album A Man Alive was co-produced by Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards) and is beat-and-bass driven with nods to hip-hop influences.