Bubbling under from Southern California, fresh-faced alternative combo Weathers first made their mark on social media, cultivating a fervent army of fans who helped the band sell out a headlining gig at Los Angeles’ legendary Troubadour and land an opening slot for folk-pop duo Oh Honey, a sold-out gig at New York City’s Webster Hall. With ambitions to take their music to the next level, Weathers are currently working on their debut album with singer/songwriter Denis Lipari and Halsey producer/songwriter Larzz Principato.
Despite having cut their teeth on the gritty indie scene, Ontario’s irreverent Arkells started to feel constrained by rock’s conservative limitations, opting instead to take cues from Top 40 pop and hip-hop. While still capable of plugging in and letting rip, the band’s new album, Moring Report, showcases their musical versatility, with a wit as sharp as ever.
Pairing his rural Alabama roots with a contemporary sound, Firekid (a.k.a. singer/songwriter Dillon Hodges) makes music that is a compelling hybrid of the traditional and the cutting edge. By interspersing classic bluegrass melodies and acoustic guitars with the widescreen production and electronic fizz of modern pop, Firekid showcases his unforced brand of authenticity and innovation.
Contemporary R&B singer/songwriter SoMo (his stage name an abbreviation of his full moniker, Joseph Somers-Morales), and 2015 BMI Social Star Award winner, got his start at the dawn of the decade crooning Drake covers on YouTube. Two successful mixtapes and one album of smoldering bedroom odes later, fans are now covering SoMo’s seductive original songs.
Related: BMI chats with SoMo
Boasting a rousing sound that recalls the dayglo digital sheen of vintage ‘80s pop, Brooklyn’s Secret Weapons inject a modern sensibility and urban swagger into that decade’s big choruses and chirping synths, resulting in an undeniably contemporary style.
Related: Secret Weapons SXSW Interview
Deliberately difficult to categorize, Brooklyn trio Flatbush ZOMBiES were raised on a steady diet of skewed pop culture, cult cinema and boundary-pushing hip-hop, and have injected a surreal, hallucinogenic sensibility into the ever-evolving rap underground.
Related: Meet the Flatbush ZOMBiES
Get ready to rock at the BMI/Lollapalooza stage, our 11th edition in the festival’s 25-year history, featuring an eclectic lineup of some of today’s rising stars. From July 28 - 31, beginning at 1:00 PM, you can check out 24 of BMI’s most promising bands and songwriters, ranging from the R&B/pop grooves of SoMo and the psychedelic sounds of Sunflower Bean to `80s-inspired pop duo Secret Weapons and the boundary-pushing hip-hop trio Flatbush ZOMBiES.
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In 2007, Lady Gaga made her debut at Lollapalooza on the BMI stage with special guest Lady Starlight. In 2010, she surprised the audience (and us) by taking the stage yet again to perform with Semi Precious Weapons! At just 30 years old, Gaga is the fourth-best-selling digital singles artist in the United States and was the first female artist to receive the prestigious Digital Diamond Award from the RIAA for her single “Bad Romance.”
From the very beginning of their career, Cage The Elephant has exuded a special quality with their music and expertly brought it to our stage in the summer of 2009. Since then, they have earned a GRAMMY Award nomination in 2015 for Best Alternative Music Album. Their most recent album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and has been well received by music critics.
In support of their second album, You Love You, Semi Precious Weapons stormed our stage with electrifying performances including “Magnetic Baby.” They have since toured with Lady Gaga and Kesha. Lead singer Justin Tranter has also found great success as a songwriter after teaming up with Julia Michaels and co-writing hit singles such as Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Selena Gomez’s “Good For You” and Hailee Steinfeld’s “Love Myself.”
With his second mixtape, Acid Rap, earning him major recognition, Chance the Rapper brought high energy to our stage with stand-out tracks such as “Cocoa Butter Kisses.” The Chicago native has since worked with music heavyweights including Kanye West, met with President Obama to discuss the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge initiative and has since released his third mixtape, Coloring Book, which has been described as a “Gospel-Rap masterpiece” by Rolling Stone magazine.
With only one EP to her name, Halsey headlined the final night of Lollapalooza to a massive crowd singing along to every word. Later that summer, she released her debut album, Badlands, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart and became the highest charting album for her record label, Astralwerks. She has since toured with Imagine Dragons, The Weeknd and even sold out Madison Square Garden.