10 Must See Artists at MoPop 2019


10 Must See Artists at MoPop 2019

Each year Mo Pop Detroit brings a collection of artists spanning a multitude of genres to their riverfront stages.  The festival is July 27 & 28 at West Riverfront Park and whether you are a fan of well established acts, such as Tame Impala or Vampire weekend, or want to see what is new in Indie music, here are 10 artists you will not want to miss at Mo Pop.

Find out more about the music festival check out our Guide To Mo Pop 2019.


1. Yellow Days

A product of the resurgence in indie bedroom pop, the relaxed beats and angst-filled lyrics of Yellow Days are a perfect compliment to lead singer George Van Den Broek’s voice.  Fans of Mac Demarco, Rex Orange County, and FKJ alike may like Yellow Days; the unique combination of synth-tinged beats, melodramatic lyrics, and the raspy quality of Van Den Broek’s voice spanning multiple genres.  Be sure to see Yellow Days when they perform on Sunday, July 28th at 5:05pm on the Grande Stage.

Recommended Listening: Harmless Melodies

2. Caamp

Despite having roots in the Midwest (Ohio to be exact), listening to Caamp feels like you are about to begin a massive road trip West with no destination in mind.  Lead singer Taylor Meier’s voice is reminiscent of a heartier Ray LaMontagne, backed by the banjo-tinged folk sound the band is known for.  Fans of bands such as Lord Huron or Shakey Graves may like Caamp’s sound.  Be on the lookout for the release of their new record, By and By, on July 26th.  Caamp performs on Sunday, July 28th at 4:20pm on the Grande Stage.

Recommended Listening: Caamp, By and By

3. Ella Mai

Despite the light and airy quality to her music, Ella Mai’s music shows a vast emotional and sonic range.  Her rise to fame through the use of platforms such as SoundCloud and Instagram are a prime example of how the music industry is evolving with the rise of social media- and in this case it is for the better.  Much like her break out hit “Boo’d Up”‘s steady ascent to popularity, Mai is an artist who only gets better the more you listen.

Recommended Listening: Ella Mai (self titled)

4. Kali Uchis

While she may be known for collaborations with artists such as Tyler, The Creator and Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis is a talented musician in her own right.  If anything, her past collaborations demonstrate Uchis’ ability to seamlessly adapt to any genre, as well as her own unique spin on R&B.  See Kali Uchis on Sunday, July 28th at 7:35pm on the Grande Stage.

Recommended Listening: Isolation.

5. King Princess

Perhaps the best representative of modern indie pop, King Princess brings a unique perspective and voice to the music scene.  The refined, yet bluesy quality to her voice layered over minimalistic beats creates a timeless sound that is sure to draw fans for years to come.  Be sure to see King Princess on Saturday, July 27th at 7:40pm on the Grande Stage.

Recommended Listening: Make My Bed- EP

6. Snail Mail

After being featured as Pitchfork’s Best New Track in the beginning of 2017, indie act Snail Mail was propelled to the forefront of indie music.  The project of child music prodigy Lindsey Jordan, Snail Mail specializes in introspective lyrics set over lo-fi beats and perfectly captures the uncertainty and restlessness that often accompanies one’s late teenage years.  See Snail Mail on Saturday, July 27th at 5:05pm when she performs on the River Stage.

Recommended Listening: Habit

7. Wallows

Wallows first gained broader public attention thanks to lead singer Dylan Minnette’s starring role in the Netflix teen drama show, 13 Reasons Why.  Their 80’s, post punk inspired sound makes for easy to listen to indie rock that has an almost chameleon like quality to it.  While rock may be the jumping off point of the band’s sound, a collaboration with MoPop veteran Clario demonstrates how Wallows can easily shift into a more contemporary bedroom pop sound.  Be sure to see Wallows when they perform on Saturday, July 27th at 6:45pm on the River Stage.

Recommended Listening: Nothing Happens

8. Lizzo

Detroit-born hip hop artist Lizzo’s seemingly meteoric rise to fame is unsurprising when you listen to her music.  A multi talented singer, rapper, and classically trained flute player, Lizzo’s music leaves you equal parts impressed at her vocal prowess and the razor sharp wit which characterizes her songs.  The singer’s latest release, Cuz I Love You, is a thematic departure from her previous music, emphasizing the importance of self love and loving each other, creating an even more honest quality to her music. Be sure to see Lizzo when she performs on Saturday, July 27th at 8:40pm on the River Stage.

Recommended Listening: Cuz I Love You

9. Tame Impala

Long time indie favorite psychedelic rock band Tame Impala makes the journey from Down Under to perform at MoPop this July.  While their sound is originally rooted in 1960’s rock, the band’s sound has evolved quite noticeably over the years to a more dance friendly, upbeat tempo.  The band’s most recent single releases, Patience and Borderline, heavily feature both piano and bongos, an unlikely combination that only the work of Kevin Parker (bass/guitar) could make a hit.  While a formal album release has not yet been announced, new music is sure to come soon.  Be sure to see Tame Impala on Sunday, July 28th at 10:00pm when they play on the Grande Stage.

Recommended Listening: Currents, Patience, and Borderline

10. Vampire Weekend

Long revered as a pinnacle of indie music, Vampire Weekend takes to the MoPop stage as they tour for their long awaited album, Father of the Bride.  The band’s upbeat sound has taken listeners from the inner circles of East Coast high society to the depths of a narrator’s mind as they prepare to get married.  The band’s discography is just as diverse, ranging from Afro-pop inspired upbeat songs to those adjacent to country.  See Vampire Weekend on Saturday, July 27th at 10:00pm at the Grande Stage.

Recommended Listening: Father of the Bride


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