The Mo Pop Festival returns in its fifth incarnation at the end of the month, and the lineup is truly astounding. From the fuzzed out guitar pop of Wavves to the hip hop of Tyler the Creator, the homegrown indie pop Michigander and the sweet soulful stylings of Solange, this year's festival has something for everyone. Mo Pop will be at West Riverfront Park in Detroit starting Saturday, July 28 through Sunday, July 29.
She may not be as famous as her sister but don't let that fool you, Solange is having a breakthrough year. After releasing last year's critically lauded A Seat at the Table, she's been touring with a full band and horn section that exudes a cool 70s vibe onstage. This is modern-day soul at its finest.
Run the Jewels
If you want to see some genuine legends at Mo Pop then your best bet might just be Run the Jewels. Last year Killer Mike may have made headlines as one of Bernie Sanders's BFFs during the election, but he and El-P have been around for years; Mike got his break with Outkast and El-P was around in the 90s with the legendary Company Flow and later the founder of the Def Jux label. Don't miss the combined force of these two hip-hop giants onstage.
Named for singer-songwriter Nathan Miller's fear of the ocean, Wavves have come along way from when Wavves was a bedroom recording project. For fans of guitar-based indie rock, especially that with a distinctive 90s flavor, pound for pound Wavves is one of the best acts out there. Check out their fuzzed out guitar based theatrics at their festival set on Saturday, and if that leaves you aching for more go see their afterparty at the Majestic Complex.
Tyler the Creator
Predictably unpredictable, Tyler the Creator is one of hip hop's outliers and the mastermind behind the collective Odd Future. After gaining attention as a skateboarder he went on to be the leader of Odd Future, even going so far as directing their videos and designing all of their artwork. His bizarre and gleefully profane lyrics and loopy stage presence will make for a mesmerizing and memorable performance.
Mo Pop is all about the local flavor, so it's fitting that a homegrown band named after what folks from Michigan affectionately call themselves, should be on the bill. West Michigan's Michigander is the project of musician Jason Singer, who hails from the Western Michigan burgh of Midland. His band creates anthemic indie rock that gels with the Great Lakes-surrounded state's vibe.