10 Must-See Artists Coming to MoPop


10 Must-See Artists Coming to MoPop

Mo Pop is July 28th & 29th on the Detroit Riverfront. The festival features the biggest names in indie music, from established acts to those still up and coming, here is our guide to the shows you will not want to miss:

1. Clairo
Newcomer Clairo provides a fresh take on indie rock, with a slightly electronic tinge to her sound.  Following the success of her breakout hit “Flaming Hot Cheetos,” Clairo has released an EP “Diary 001,” and is expected to find greater success in the years to come.
Recommended Listening: “Better” or “Diary 001”

2. Rex Orange County
Influenced by anything from jazz to alternative to electronica, Rex Orange County combines a myriad of sounds to create a sound which appeals to fans of all genres.  Recent success from him breakout single “Loving is Easy” has allowed Rex Orange County to begin crossing over into mainstream success.  Be sure to see Rex Orange County Saturday at 4:20pm on the Grande Stage.
Recommended Listening: “Loving is Easy”

3. Lovelytheband
L.A. based band lovelytheband provides an easy to listen to sound sure to catch on with audiences.  Their painfully honest lyrics about life and love in Los Angeles and New York create a sense of universality among their listeners, and have reached recent success with their breakout single “Broken.”  See lovelytheband at 2:50pm on Sunday at the Grande Stage.
Recommended Listening: “Finding it Hard to Smile”

4. Alvvays
Canadian indie rock band Alvvays (pronounced always), is on the cutting edge of indie music.  While this band is newer to the music scene, their beach-tinged, fuzzy sound is the perfect soundtrack to any beach day.  Make sure to see Alvvays when they play the River Stage on Saturday at 6:50pm.
Recommended Listening: “Antisocialites” 

5. Vince Staples
Long Beach-based rapper Vince Staples began by giving listeners a glimpse into life in his hometown, but has since evolved greatly as an artist.  Staples often speaks candidly in his songs, whether it be about more serious and controversial topics, or about remaining true to himself despite his newfound success.  Catch the Long Beach rapper on Saturday at 8:50, where he will be playing on the River Stage.
Recommended Listening: “Masseduction” 

6. St. Vincent
Indie rocker St. Vincent is best known for her emotionally rich and intricate songs.  Vincent is not afraid to criticize elements of her immediate environment, such as the ridiculousness of Los Angeles culture (“Los Ageless”) or society’s collective dependence on digital technology (“Digital Witness”).  The upbeat instrumental backing on these tracks, and numerous others, keep fans coming back for more.  Make sure to see St. Vincent on Sunday at 8:50pm, where she will be playing on the River Stage.
Recommended Listening: “Summer ’06”

The self proclaimed “best boyband since One Direction” stops in the Motor City as part of the MoPop lineup. Throughout 2017, BROCKHAMPTON released three records; “Saturation I”, “Saturation II” and “Saturation III.”  The group’s unique style, which features multiple vocalists on each track, sets them apart from other hip-hop artists.  Be sure to check them out at 6:45 on Sunday, where they will play on the River Stage.
Recommended Listening: “Saturation II”

8. Portugal.  The Man
Fresh off of their Grammy win for “Woodstock”, the Seattle-based band hits the road once more.  Despite having a rather extensive discography, it took until 2017 for the band to reach mainstream music with the hit single, “Feel It Still.” The band’s live performances are lively with an infectious energy sure to have the crowd up and on their feet.  See Portugal. The Man play Sunday at 7:40pm on the Grande Stage.
Recommended Listening: “Woodstock”

9. The National
Identifiable by the distinct, baritone voice of vocalist Matt Berninger, The National has delivered a smooth, indie rock sound to their fans for years.  The band’s dark undertone makes their songs difficult to shake, and can be best exemplified on their latest record, “Sleep Well Beast.”  See The National at 10:05pm Sunday on the Grande Stage.
Recommended Listening: “Sleep Well Beast” or “Trouble Will Find Me.” 

10. Bon Iver
Notorious for soft acoustics and broken-hearted lyrics, Bon Iver strayed from the mold in their last record, “22, A Million.”  Where there used to be soft sounds backing Vernon’s melancholy lyrics, now boasts synth-tinged horns and distorted vocals.  This new direction demonstrates the effects of collaborations with artists such as James Blake and Kanye West.  Be sure to see Bon Iver on Saturday at 10:05pm on the Grande Stage.
Recommended Listening: “22, A Million” 


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