Summer music festival season is here in full swing and Hangout Music Fest is one of the best! Each year the festival takes place on the beautiful white-sand beach of Gulf Shores, Alabama, providing music lovers the perfect arena to listen to some of the biggest bands and hottest up-and-comers. White sandy beaches and live performances from some of the best bands on the scene sounds like a match made in heaven! As always, the festival has a headliner list of household names, including The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast, Jack Johnson, and many more.
Thankfully, the lineup consists of some amazing lesser known bands, as well. Here are the top 5 non-headlining artists of Hangout Music Fest worth checking out:
5. RAC | @RAC
Everyone wants to work with RAC, which stands for Remix Artist Collective. André Allen Anjos started the collective in 2007 and remains the only permanent member. Anjos’ last album Strangers featured some of the biggest names in the indie scene, including Kele (Bloc Party), Body Language, Tegan And Sara, Tokyo Police Club, Speak, YACHT, St. Lucia, Matthew Coma, and many more. At the core of the project, RAC delivers fun, bubbly, and collaborative Electro Pop music that is well worth digging your toes into the sand and foregoing some of the more well known artists of Hangout Music Fest.
4. Robert DeLong | @DeLongMusic
Normal instruments are hard enough to learn. Robert DeLong takes the entire musician thing to a whole other level by creating virtual instruments out of Nintendo Wii controllers, old joysticks, and other seemingly antiquated electronic devices. He plays just about any and every instrument you could think of on stage, including the drums, the joystick, and the ever important vocal chords. He has seen particularly great success with his track “Global Concepts,” but the rest of his music holds the same epic tone and showcases the true talent and creativity of the genius that is Robert DeLong. The following track “Happy” is one of his best.
3. Boys Noize | @boysnoize
You won’t likely find Hard Electro on your local FM station, but if such an oasis existed, they would be playing an earful of Boys Noize. Alexander Ridha, the boy behind the noize, released his first album Oi Oi Oi back in 2007, which became a modern classic the past several years as EDM has continued to transform. His hard electronic sound has become increasingly relevant and desirable since Post-Dubstep became a thing. He recently ventured into a side project with Skrillex called Dogblood and started his own record label, aptly names Boys Noize Records. You won’t want to miss Boys Noize.
2. Chance The Rapper | @chancetherapper
I don’t typically write about Hip Hop/Rap artists, but Chance The Rapper is different than most. Acid Rap was Chancelor Bennett’s second full length mixtape, which dropped just last year to reach universal acclaim. It was a beautiful trip of an album that left both critics and Hip Hop fans mesmerized. His familiar and smooth rap flow even landed him on the James Blake track below and the immensely popular Justin Beiber single “Confident.” Needless to say, Chance is quite the rapper.
1. Wrestlers (formerly Bagheera) | @wrestlersmusic
Changing your band name can be difficult. Earlier this year at SXSW, I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Wrestlers (Bagheera at the time) perform at the Belmont. Amidst the week’s craziness, I was able to work in an interview with frontman Aidan Kennedy. Aidan was great with the small chatter, which included many Disney/Jungle Book references, and a complete pro when it came to breaking down the technical aspects of the project and the artistic vision of his work. I was very pleased to see the following track drop about a month ago in collaboration with Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy. It is oozing with that Deep House R&B fusion that has been blowing up recently i.e., Sam Smith, Disclosure, Tove Lo. I see big things coming from the Wrestlers’ camp in 2014.
– Joseph Noga, Contributing Blogger | FirstCom Music