Sweetlife: Best New Bands for Summer
Sweetlife: An 11-hour outdoor music festival curated by a local salad/frozen yogurt company. Typical? Probably not, but Sweetlife has become a staple of DC’s springtime. The day was cold, but totally worth it (The “food forest” of local food trucks and free samplings was a serious highlight).
This year, Sweetlife expanded onto a second, smaller stage – the Treehouse. The Treehouse bands stole the show and gave us new artists to follow before they get scooped up by the mainstream. Because really, the best thing is being able to say- you knew that band before they were big and you knew they were good. Top two to watch (that we had never heard of before): LP and Haim. These girl-led bands rocked so hard.
LP: Almost no one knew who LP was before she came on. When she left, the crowd was in awe. This small, androgynous woman has a “voice from the gods,” as one concertgoer proclaimed in her wake. LP belts out a huge range of rich vocals that sound like they should take an immense effort but she performs them with a chilled out stance, hand on hip, and ukulele in arm. Lets face it…everyone wants to be a bit like LP.
Not only is LP an amazing singer, but she also has serious song writing skills. She co-wrote Rihanna’s song “Cheers” and then went on to co-write “Beautiful People” (performed by Christina Aguilera as part of Burlesque: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). Her most well-known song is “Into the Wild” which was used for a Citibank commercial.
Haim: These three sisters grew up performing with their parents on family road trips. Quirky, vulgar, and potentially very drugged, they had us laughing from their jokes and impressed with their songs from the start. You can download their LP for free on their website. What I appreciated most about Haim, was that they brought a real performance and sense of show. Their facial expressions, old school rock guitar moves, and general intensity drew the entire crowd in. Favorite Song: Forever.
Can’t wait for next year!
Image from sweetlifefestival.com