The Top 10 Artists to See at Red Bull Sound Select's 30 Days in L.A.

Tink
Tink
Photo by Miyako Bellizzi

Last month Red Bull Sound Select announced it's ultra-curated month-long musical event, 30 Days in L.A. It starts November 1 and features a range of well-known headliners (Cut Copy, Warpaint, Bad Religion and Chet Faker, to name a few) paired with artists hand-picked — and cultivated — by Red Bull's Sound Select team. 

Unless you're planning to go to 30 consecutive concerts, chances are you'll miss at least one of the incredibly talented up-and-coming acts. But don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are the top 10 rising stars to catch at 30 Days in L.A. 

Tink
Nineteen-year-old Chicago Rap&B starlet Tink was breaking musical expectations before she even entered her senior year of high school (the video below was shot when she was in 11th grade.) Pitchfork praised her as "a sort of potential long-lost member of TLC," but with major freestyling capabilities. The aptly named Winter's Diary 2 delves into the perspective of a young woman fighting to make it in a gender-divided hip-hop scene, offering offbeat confessions (like riding out a thunderstorm in bed with an ex-lover) sans fear or modesty. Don't let the cutesy moniker fool you: Tink is a ferocious force and refuses to be pigeonholed as a "look at my ass type rapper."

Playing at: Hollywood Palladium with A$AP Mob, Sunday, Nov. 30.

For fans of: Angel Haze, Kelela (check out their collaboration on "Want It")

ASTR
With more than 22,000 followers and hundreds of thousands of listens on nearly every song they release on SoundCloud — the sultry "Operate" tops 1.3 million — it's unclear why R&B-electronic duo ASTR aren't listed higher on the lineups of the festivals (Fun Fun Fun Fest, Escape, Life Is Beautiful) they play. Original songs like "Blue Hawaii" and "We Fall Down," paired with remixes of everyone from Big Data, Beck and Charlie XCX to Kendrick Lamar and Pusha T (and a cover of Drake's "Hold On We're Going Home") make for diverse, club-ready tracks with a twinkling, sometimes tropical twist. 

Playing at: The Sayers Club with The Preachers, Monday, Nov. 3.

For fans of: Broods, MNDR

Beach Party
Yes, we know, there is a lot of surf rock happening right now. Do we really need another beachy-sounding garage band? In the case of Beach Party, the answer is yes, because these guys are doing it better than most. The L.A.-based act pumps out twangy, seductive guitar and shimmy-ready drumlines with just the right amount of fuzz. And as the the ironically titled "Can't Surf" shows, Beach Party don't take themselves too seriously. But you definitely should, because this band is destined to be a favorite in the Burger Records circuit. 

Playing at: Madame Tussauds with Mayer Hawthorne on Wednesday, Nov. 5, and The Belasco with Real Estate on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

For fans of: FIDLAR, Black Lips

 

Avid Dancer
Avid Dancer
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Avid Dancer
With tracks like "Stop Playing With My Heart," a smoky, brooding song with a vintage film noir feel, and "I Want to See You Dance," a groovy glam-rock gem, L.A.'s Jacob Dillan Summers closes the gap between deep, acoustic indie rock and ebullient electro-pop. A world champion drumline drummer, his songs are largely percussion-driven, which makes for music that's impossible not to shake to. 

Playing at: The Echoplex with Warpaint, Friday, Nov. 7.

For fans of: The Allah-Las, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Mystery Skulls
The most recent project of The Secret Handshake's Luis Dubuc, Mystery Skulls has been doling out sickly-sweet synth-pop since 2011. Mystery Skulls is much more disco-driven than Dubuc's former project, and with debut album Forever (out this week) featuring Brandy Norwood and Nile Rodgers, umpteen times more star-studded. 

Playing at: The Echo with Run the Jewels, Thursday, Nov. 13.

For fans of: RAC, St. Lucia

Thurz
Thurz
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Thurz
As a member of Billboard- and XXL-acclaimed rap duo U-N-I, Inglewood emcee Thurz was named "Best Breakout L.A. Artist" at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. He split from U-N-I in 2011 to pursue a solo career, headed by the release of his debut album, L.A. Riots, dedicated to the 1992 Rodney King Riots. The record is provocative, discussing the ever-divisive "n-word" in "Niggas" and racial profiling in "Fuck the Police," but softens up with songs like "Prayer," which smoothly strikes the balance between G-funk and choir music. His new EP Designer arrives November via Red Bull Sound Select.

Playing at: The Echo with Run the Jewels, Thursday, Nov. 13.

For fans of: Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock

Denitia and Sene
This Brooklyn duo make soulful, dreamy pop that's so silky it's almost sinful. Sexy enough for a Saturday night, smooth enough for a Sunday morning. 

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Playing at: Mack Sennett Studios with Chet Faker, Saturday, Nov. 29.

For fans of: Rhye, FKA Twigs

 

Pure Bathing Culture
Pure Bathing Culture
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Pure Bathing Culture
Former members of Devendra Banhart and Fleet Foxes indie-rock compatriots Vetiver, Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman broke off to form Pure Bathing Culture in 2012, one of the most dream-inducing bands to hit the music scene since the Cocteau Twins. Their debut album, 2013's Moon Tides (produced by studio demigod/Shins keyboardist Richard Swift) is like a time-machine to the original chillwave days.

Playing at: The Belasco with Real Estate, Tuesday, Nov. 18.

For fans of: Slowdive, Savages

Gemini Club
Since erupting in the blogosphere with "Ghost" in 2011, Gemini Club have been busy dishing out disco-driven indie pop. The Chicago quartet dominated underground alternative charts in the U.S. with "Sparklers" last year, as well as flexed their remix chops with "Love Will Guide You," a track that's been kicking around the iTunes dance charts in Japan for three years. 

Playing at: The Luxe City Center Hotel parking lot with Cut Copy, Saturday, Nov. 1.

For fans of: Geographer, Classixx

James Supercave
James Supercave
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James Supercave
Los Angeles quintet James Supercave have been making waves in the art-pop scene since early this year, when the group's glimmering glam-rock single "Burn" (now titled "The Right Thing") was on heavy rotation on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. At times outer-spacey, at others a little doo-woppy (check out "A Million Days"), but always experimental.

Playing at: Mack Sennett Studios with Chet Faker, Saturday, Nov. 29.

For fans of: David Bowie, The Temper Trap

For tickets and more info on these and other shows, visit www.redbullsoundselect.com/30days.


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