Lollapalooza 2021: 15 Ones to Catch (Who Aren't Headlining)
Lollapalooza is officially one week away, and wow does that feel good to say. As one of the first music festivals to welcome us back to festival season after a far too long hibernation, the annual festival, hosted at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, is set to bring the musical stylings of Tyler, the Creator, Miley Cyrus, Foo Fighters, Megan Thee Stallion, and plenty more. But, unless you've been living under a rock, chances are that you're already more than familiar with the artists set to headline. So why not figure out who to see while you're waiting to scream along to Call Me If You Get Lost.
From collectives who are moving beyond the need for genres to music that is just as likely to make you cry as it is laugh, these are 15 ones to catch (who aren't headlining) at Lollapalooza 2021.
Peach Tree Rascals
When & Where: Sunday, 2 p.m. at Bud Light Seltzer Stage
Peach Tree Rascals' Lollapalooza set has been a very, very long time coming. The Bay Area - bred collective has been steadily making waves with their genre-bending approach to indie-pop that calls to mind a more idyllic, lovesick BROCKHAMPTON (an act you should most definitely catch as well). And despite emerging a growing fan-favorite in the last couple years, the aforementioned rascals have yet to play a show, ever. With a headline tour that was canceled due to COVID, Lollapalooza will officially be making history as the first-ever Peach Tree Rascals set.
When & Where: Saturday, 5:15 p.m. at Grubhub Stage
Tate McRae's rise through the pop stratosphere has felt meteoric. First gaining fame at the young age of 13 for being the first Canadian finalist on So You Think You Can Dance, McRae has certainly come a long way to stand as one of the most promising voices in pop. With a vocal range more than powerful enough to deliver haunting dark pop ballads like "you broke me first" one moment and stand side-by-side with Khalid on the summer bop "working" the next, there are no two ways about it. McRae is a pop star in the making and this is your chance to catch her before her inevitable headliner status.
When & Where: Saturday, 9:00 p.m. at Grubhub Stage
Part-time meme and full-time artist, Marc Rebillet creates music with an unmatched comedic timing. It's a comedic genius that has led to him getting a 24-hour ban on Twitch - for taking his shirt off in the middle of a stream, an act which I'm guessing Lollapalooza will be more than forgiving of giving his penchant for performing in a bathrobe. The self-described improvisational artist creates all his songs from scratch, resulting in an experience where no two live shows are quite the same. Come for the comedy, stay for the absolute dancefloor bangers.
When & Where: Thursday, 3:45 p.m. at Lake Shore Stage
Dayglow is sure to bring a smile to your face and put a pep in your step. Apologies if I sounded like my grandparents there, but there's no denying the sonic sunshine that is Dayglow's rapturous brand of indie-pop. Paying homage to the dance-inducing melancholy of '80s pop duets, it's difficult not to get swept up in the Austin, Texas - bred artist's hypnotic vision. It's the sort of euphoric music that feels almost tailor-made for the return of festival season - drenched in sunny rays and brimming with infectious sincerity.
When & Where: Friday, 4:45 p.m. at T-Mobile Stage
Before his breakout moment on Justin Bieber's "Peaches," Giveon was already charting his path for R&B domination. With an angelic and haunting baritone, each R&B rumination carries with it a palpable weight - an emotional turmoil that is only elevated by the minimalistic soundscapes which allow the proper space for his transfixing voice to fully shine. For a crash course on Giveon, check out a compilation of his two standout EPs, When It's All Said and Done... Take Time. Or better yet, experience the magic of Giveon live.
When & Where: Thursday, 6:30 p.m. at Grubhub Stage
Ashe creates effortlessly timeless music, blurring the line between the nostalgic songwriting of Fleetwood Mac and a modern-day folk-pop star. The sentiment is best expressed in her critically-acclaimed debut album, Ashlyn, which demonstrates the Los Angeles artist's peerless songwriting acumen, toeing the line between rapturous euphoria one moment and deeply affecting storytelling the next. If you need a good laugh or cry, do not miss out on Ashe.
When & Where: Sunday, 12:45 p.m. at T-Mobile Stage
Fronted by Dana Foote and comprised of Teddy O'mara on guitar, Palmer Foote on drums, and Austin Holmes on bass, Sir Chloe's music exists in the nebulous void of haunting dark pop and heart-rending alternative garage rock. The New York - based indie rock band originally started as a college project, birthed in the music halls of Bennington College, and now they're set to take Lollapalooza by storm. With an impressive debut album, 2020's Party Favors, under their belt, this set feels only the beginning for the bewitching indie outfit.
When & Where: Sunday, 3 p.m. at Bud Light Seltzer Stage
jxdn is the latest artist to make good on pop-punk's continued resurgence. The first signing to Travis Barker's DTA Records, the breakout singer-songwriter has found a fan in not only the blink-182 star but in Machine Gun Kelly, who jxdn is set to tour with this fall and makes an appearance on his debut album, Tell Me About Tomorrow. With an acclaimed debut album in the books and some of pop-punk's biggest stars behind him, jxdn is sure to deliver a Lollapalooza debut for the ages.
When & Where: Friday, 7:45 p.m. at Grubhub Stage
AG Club, an abbreviation of avant-garde club, is a genre-less music collective that shares a lot in common with fellow Lollapalooza must-see act, Peach Tree Rascals, including a collaborative single. But don't get things twisted, this Bay Area collective has their own vision in store for you. With a brash, in-your-face attitude, AG Club is likely to draw comparisons to the Saturation era of BROCKHAMPTON and glory days of ASAP Mob, but with their introspective, omnivorous approach, they deftly manage to emerge as an act all their own. If you want to go where the party is, don't miss AG Club.
When & Where: Friday, 1:45 p.m. at Bud Light Seltzer Stage
Where would we be without TikTok? I, for one, would be without my preferred form of short-form entertainment and the world be without the infectious pop-R&B stylings of one Tai Verdes. Originally working at Verizon before his breakout single, "Stuck in the Middle," became a viral hit on TikTok, Verdes is now one of the most promising and rapidly rising acts in music today. And with his debut album, TV, the viral star proved himself no one-hit-wonder, delivering a collection of tracks that span a range of emotions and genres that we cannot wait to experience live.
When & Where: Thursday, 7:45 p.m. at Grubhub Stage
Dominic Fike is a musical chameleon. First breaking out with his unassuming radio hit "3 Nights," to only jump into the absolute vibe that is the Kenny Beats - assisted "Phone Numbers," and culminate it all with the genre-spanning debut album, What Could Possibly Go Wrong, Fike is an artist whose limitations seem limitless. It's a notion that plays out in his breathtaking live show, reworking his hits with an insatiable appetite until they're songs that exist only in that singular moment. Fike's is set you will not want to miss.
When & Where: Thursday, 9 p.m. at Grubhub Stage
Alternative auteur Oliver Tree is nothing if not unpredictable. Flaunting his signature JNCO jeans and an impressive professional razor scooter pedigree, the inimitable artist delivers on an infectious blend of alternative, electronic, hip-hop, and pop that defies any simplistic classification. And with his debut album, Ugly Is Beautiful, now out in the wild after a much-hyped cancellation and subsequent surprise release, Tree has more than his fair share of music to pull from. Plus, given his penchant for going in and out of retirement like he's trying to break a record only known to him, it's probably best not to miss this set.
When & Where: Sunday, 2:45 p.m. at Tito's Handmade Vodka Stage
RMR originally made headlines with his breakout single, "RASCAL," a transfixing country trap ballad that saw the rapper donning a black balaclava and Saint Laurent bulletproof vest while rapping over an interpolation of Rascal Flatts' "Bless The Broken Road." Since then, the anonymous rapper has been spotted hitting the town with Sharon Stone and embracing his penchant for melodic trap in the Westside Gunn, Future, Lil Baby, and Young Thung - loaded Drug Dealing Is a Lost Art. Existing at the fusion of trap country and melodic rap, RMR's Lolla set is one you're not likely to forget anytime soon.
When & Where: Sunday, 12:00 p.m. at Lake Shore Stage
Nostalgic and novel, Chiiild's self-described brand of "synthetic soul" is nothing short of intoxicating. Setting its own sauntering pace, Chiiild's unique take on R&B and soul takes on a cosmic energy, as if floating through a wormhole with nothing but a single cassette deck on hand. It's a testament to the Canadian band's all-encompassing approach that draws upon not just R&B and soul but psychedelia, jazz, indie, and pop to craft a sound that is all their own. Take a trip on Sunday, and meet us at Chiiild.
All Time Low
When & Where: Thursday, 6 p.m. at Tito's Handmade Vodka Stage
Because teenage you wasn't old enough to convince your parents to let you see All Time Low the first time "Dear Maria, Count Me In" was trending.