With more female acts than ever, this year’s series is all about girls, girls, girls.
2016 has been a good one for the ladies. We got half of the election (soon to be whole) and over half of the United States’ Olympic medals, so we were happy to see Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days In LA follow suit with a 50% female lineup. More than just gender and ratios, the women we’re featuring on this round of our Listen Up series are up & comers with innovative musical approaches, intelligently thought-out lyrics, and of course, inspirational style. So sit back, relax, and get ready to meet all the new ladies you need in your life—and if you’re in Los Angeles, be sure to check them out this November.
CHARLOTTE DAY WILSON
We’re not quite sure what they’re putting in the water in Toronto, but we’d definitely like a sip. Toronto-native Charlotte Day Wilson got her start in the self-proclaimed “smooth-ass R&B” quartet, The Wayo, and has slid into our playlists with BADBADNOTGOOD’s “In Your Eyes,” and of course, her play-it-over-and-over-again single, “Work.” On her predominately self-produced debut EP, CDW, she mixes her atmospheric, laid-back vocal performance with rhythmic, vintage-infused instrumentation. Our stand out favorite is “Where Do You Go,” with its New Orleans-inspired hazy horns and a bass line that makes us want to sway all night long. Charlotte will be gracing the stage on November 15th at the Fonda Theatre with HAIM and Steven A. Clark, so get ready to drown into their musical daze.
Favorite track: “Where Do I Go”
For more on Charlotte Day Wilson + upcoming tour dates, check out her website.
Hailing from Minneapolis, Dizzy Fae might just be the new, young R&B artist we’ve been waiting for since her tender vocal delivery and bold, throwback style are like no one else we’ve ever heard or seen. With her epic debut track “Color Me Bad,” a feature on su na’s “Complexion,” and opening slots for established artists like Lizzo and Mick Jenkins, Dizzy does something most newcomers don’t—she uses space. In a world where vocalists sing just to sing, Dizzy comes in with the gift of delicacy and euphony that always leave us lusting after her every word. She made her live debut in October 2015, opening up for one our favorite female-led bands, The Internet, and we can’t wait to see her on November 7th at Club Bahia with Empress Of and Banoffee.
Favorite track: “Color Me Bad”
For more on Dizzy Fae + upcoming tour dates, keep up with her on Instagram.
Kelsey Lu McJunkins first took our breath away when she transcended us into her world during an intimate set at the Manhattan Inn. It was one of those magical New York nights, when she caressed through songs with Sampha in a room packed to the brim with listeners holding on to their every note. With an emotionally-charged journey we aren’t used to experiencing often, this classically trained cellist and violinist left us feeling all of the feels. If you’d like to experience the haunting musical and vocal performances of her debut EP, Church, in person, be sure to check out the North Carolina native with Sampha and serpentwithfeet (another one of our up & coming favorites) at the Downtown Palace Theater on November 1st. We’ll see you there, but can’t promise it’s gonna be with dry eyes.
Favorite track: “Morning After Coffee”
For more on Kelsey Lu McJunkins + upcoming tour dates, keep up with her on Instagram.
TASHA THE AMAZON
Remember that Toronto water? Looks like Tasha the Amazon took a few sips, too. This multi-talented rapper and producer first landed on our radar with “Picasso Leaning,” a hip-hop journey sprinkled with heavy lyrics like, “I carry the weight of my crew and my sins, everyone’s looking at me for a win,” and unexpectedly delicate piano moments. Tasha the Amazon has a realness weaved into her musicality that makes you listen, rewind, and replay every track. As a classically trained pianist from a highly musical family, she’s inspired by both classical and dancehall music—oh, did we mention that you may have heard her songs on Broad City? Lucky for us, she’s performing on November 29th at the Wiltern with YG and Finding Novyon—and you’ll have all month to look forward to hearing it in person.
Favorite track: “Picasso Leaning”
For more on Tasha the Amazon + upcoming tour dates, check out her website.
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