Governors Ball 2016 will take over New York City this weekend with some of the biggest names in popular music. Kanye West, The Strokes, Robyn, and The Killers are a handful of the many names that will definitely cause some dilemmas on who to watch and who to miss. But what about the artists who are the smaller names on the poster? These acts are the ones who really have nothing to prove — they’re already amazing — but still have yet to land in your playlists just yet. Well, today is the day to fix that very problem. Here are the best breakout bands to catch at Governors Ball 2016.
Whitney bolted out the gate in early 2016 with their poignant single “No Woman” and haven’t really slowed up since. The group is not quite indie, not quite country, but occupy a groovy space in between, with their debut record, Light Upon the Lake, dropping later this June to fill in the gaps. With a former member of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Smith Westerns leading the charge of the group, perhaps that description makes a little more sense. Either way, they are the perfect act to catch in a sun drenched afternoon set.
Australian synthpopper Betty Who has been putting in her dues for a few years now, yet is still on the cusp of something major in the States. Her handle on emotional, electropop, is truly unrivaled — her debut album, Take Me When You Go, proves that in spades. Catching an early set from Betty should rank as a high priority for any pop fan, it doesn’t seem like it’s an occurrence that will be long for her.
Thank the rock gods that there are still bands like Torres. Mackenzie Scott and company give off that electric jolt you get when a guitar is plugged into a huge amp and the feedback has never sounded sweeter. Sprinter, the group’s second LP. dropped last year and it’s a love letter to the loud alt-rock of the mid-’90s. Anyone who likes the grunge or indie rockers of yesteryear would be remiss if they didn’t catch this set.