One of the more intriguing music festivals to hit Los Angeles is Culture Collide. Now in its fifth year, it’s a music festival that offers attendees the chance to pick among over 60 bands, curated from around the world. Last year, I was able to “discover” a handful of foreign acts like IZA and Jacco Gardner while rediscovering bands like Medicine.
Clearly, De Lux, Cloud Nothings and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will be major draws for concert-goers, here are a few foreign acts, who you may or may not be able to catch in Los Angeles again, that would suggest checking out.
MØ (Denmark): If you are fan of Grimes, I would suggest going to see MØ. This Denmark native, is a singer songwriter whose electronic music has been making waves as of late. Critics have compared her sound to both Siouxsie Sioux and Janet Jackson, and though the comparisons may seem like an odd pairing, her “electro music with guts” is sure to impress.
Taymir (Netherlands): This band from the Netherlands is a rock band whose sound that made me think that they were the offspring of The Beatles and Oasis. I know really know nothing about this act other than what I’ve heard online, so I’m really interested to see/hear if their sound translates well live.
TKAY (Australia): We’ve already got Iggy Azalea, so do we really need another hip-hop artist from Australia? Well, if they’ve got a vibe and sonic imprint like M.I.A., I’ll take my chances to check it out.
PINS (United Kingdom): I’m always down to check out an an all female post-punk band from the United Kingdom. Their sound has a garage/surf rock vibe, so I’m sure that they’ll have the Echo pretty packed.
Until The Ribbon Breaks (United Kingdom): The band has merges R&B and electronica in a way that’s somewhat reminiscent of Chet Faker, but perhaps a bit more upbeat. Again, I don’t know too much about this band, but I’ll be sure to check them out at Culture Collide.
Quantic (Columbia): Will Holland is Quantic, and Quantic is bad ass. Mixing bossa nova, jazz, funk, trip hop, and downtempo into his music, I’m excited to hear his band’s live performance at Culture Collide. If you feel like shaking your money maker to some sweet latin sounds, I suggest that you check this act out.
Two day passes for the event are only $30. The Culture Collide website also has accommodation options available, but you can always find a deal for housing through other sites (Expedia, AirBNB, etc). If you are and adventurous music-phile, I would suggest buying a pass ASAP, and spending a few evenings in the Silverlake area to get exposed to the sounds of the world.