10 artists we can’t wait to see at Music Tastes Good

By: AXS Contributor Sep 11, 2016
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We're only two weeks away from Music Tastes Good, Long Beach's first major homegrown music festival (that doesn't involve tattoos)! A huge lineup is in store for those that attend and navigating the schedule can always be a chore, so we decided to take a little time and put a spotlight on 10 artists that you really need to see on September 23 -25. We only included one headliner, because those are near-sure things, but the rest of the card deserves some love and we're here to spread it! So check out the 10 artists we can't wait to see and keep checking back in with Axs.com for more info between now and the 23rd!

  • Sylvan Esso
    Sylvan Esso occupies a special place in modern music. There are a bunch of other male/female duos or trios that rely on groovy production an
    Music Tastes Good

    Sylvan Esso occupies a special place in modern music. There are a bunch of other male/female duos or trios that rely on groovy production and ethereal vocals, but none have the soul that Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn do. Each song dips into funk, pop, synth, and soul seamlessly, causing endless amounts of emotion to pour forth from both Meath and the listener. Headlining the final day is a big step up for the North Carolina duo, but if the latest track "Radio" is any indication of the future of the group, Music Tastes Good should feel pretty good about themselves for tapping such a great act to close out their inaugural gathering.

  • Gallant
    Gallant is an up-and-comer with loads of skill. Anyone that saw his Coachella performance can attest to his ability to belt out powerful not
    Music Tastes Good

    Gallant is an up-and-comer with loads of skill. Anyone that saw his Coachella performance can attest to his ability to belt out powerful notes live and while Seal probably won't be joining him on stage in Long Beach like he did in Indio, Gallant has grown strong enough to fly on his own. "Weight in Gold" has already put him on the map and all eyes and ears are on what his next output will be, but we'll happily settle for stellar live sets between now and then.

  • Melvins
    Flat out, there is no other band like The Melvins. The truly unique tone that Buzz Osbourne, Dale Crover, and Steven Shane McDonald produce
    Music Tastes Good

    Flat out, there is no other band like The Melvins. The truly unique tone that Buzz Osbourne, Dale Crover, and Steven Shane McDonald produce is wholly their own and the fact they often bring out a second drummer or some extra strings out for a set only serves to drive that sound even deeper into your brain. No, you won't be singing along to any songs or waiting for that big hit to kick on, but you will be witnessing some of the last gasps of freakish expression in rock and roll and that cannot be missed.

  • Living Colour
    What more can be said about the legendary Living Colour that 30 years of performances, award-winning albums, and countless reviews have not.
    Music Tastes Good

    What more can be said about the legendary Living Colour that 30 years of performances, award-winning albums, and countless reviews have not. Still, the band could be considered underrated, overshadowed by an era of other guitar virtuosos and hit makers. The band does wear a bit of a chip on their collective shoulder which can easily translate into stellar live shows and memorable performances. If you've never had the pleasure of seeing them before, be sure to do so here. 

  • Twin Peaks
    Fuzzy garage rock is making a huge comeback, with acts like Ty Segall, Mac DeMarco, and more dropping the pomp and circumstance associated w
    Music Tastes Good

    Fuzzy garage rock is making a huge comeback, with acts like Ty Segall, Mac DeMarco, and more dropping the pomp and circumstance associated with a lot of over-produced rock and replacing it with stripped-down electricity. Not every band makes it work, but Twin Peaks is a great example of a band whose genre trappings do not limit their ability to write a great song, killer lick, or catchy chorus. They are built for this festival, with the upbeat tunes and type of mellow energy Long Beach is known for.

  • Easy Star All-Stars
    Mostly known for their tribute albums to Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and The Beatles, Easy Star All-Stars is a collection of reggae artists that
    Music Tastes Good

    Mostly known for their tribute albums to Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and The Beatles, Easy Star All-Stars is a collection of reggae artists that reimagine classic songs for a modern audience. Radiohead themselves praised the covers and the band has made it a point to play some of their most popular renditions at festivals. While the lineup can rotate from gig to gig, just know that you might have the best time of the weekend singing along to "Money" or "Karma Police" that night. 

  • Girlpool
    Los Angeles had to show up somewhere on the bill and Girlpool is a product of a very specific slice of LA culture. Folk, punk, female empowe
    Music Tastes Good

    Los Angeles had to show up somewhere on the bill and Girlpool is a product of a very specific slice of LA culture. Folk, punk, female empowerment...all of the above combined to create a harmonious relationship between Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad. Places like The Smell housed the early days of Girlpool and proved that you don't need a drummer to carry a beat. This should be a fun singalong session for those looking to rebel and rock out, 

  • Metz
    Canada decided to chip in a band or two for the festival and none are as rowdy and awesome as METZ. With two Sub-Pop-distributed albums unde
    Music Tastes Good

    Canada decided to chip in a band or two for the festival and none are as rowdy and awesome as METZ. With two Sub-Pop-distributed albums under their belt as well as numerous summer festival sets, the trio knows how to slay a crowd if ten people are watching them in a shack or 10,000 are moshing in a field. If any set had the potential to cause a fight to break out or heads to spontaneously explode, this would be the one.

  • Christian Scott
    Christian Scott is as close to a trumpet prodigy that we have in 2016. The man has been plugging away at his instrument of choice for over 2
    Music Tastes Good

    Christian Scott is as close to a trumpet prodigy that we have in 2016. The man has been plugging away at his instrument of choice for over 20 years, attending prestigious jazz programs and playing with some incredible musicians like Thomas Pridgen, Matthew Stevens, and Esperanza Spalding. He's not slowing down one bit and an intense horn session will be the perfect palate cleanser during a weekend of ska, rock, and pop.

  • Open Mike Eagle
    The name Open Mike is mostly a statement about his incredibly personal lyrical content, as the man is not a stand-up comedian. But he does o
    Music Tastes Good

    The name Open Mike is mostly a statement about his incredibly personal lyrical content, as the man is not a stand-up comedian. But he does open up in almost every song, putting together rhymes more about the 9-to-5 grind of being a parent, a man, and a human in modern society more than bragging about any fake successes. If you want to get a good background into the man's philosophy of life and art, check out his recent WTF episode with Marc Maron and be sure to watch his set at MTG for the brainier side of hip hop.

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