Buzzkill’s Artists to Watch at Primavera Sound's Los Angeles Debut
If you’re heading out to Primavera Sound’s inaugural weekend in Los Angeles, there are quite a few artists Buzzkill’s been buzzing about that you might want to catch. Here are Emma's and Emily's list of sets we think you should get your eyes on!
Wunderhorse is the project name of Jacob Slater, a British musician previously known for fronting The Dead Pretties, who called it quits in 2017. Since the project was started, he’s opened for acts like Pip Blom, Sam Fender, and Sorry, and will be heading out on tour this fall with Fontaines D.C. If you’re a fan of any of these acts, you’ll want to catch this set.
One of the most exciting bands putting out music right now (in our humble opinion), Fontaines D.C. have been on the go pretty much constantly since their conception in 2017. Whether touring, playing festivals, or recording music, you’ll never find them sitting still, and you won’t want to miss them in what many are considering to be their prime, having just released arguably their most conceptual, mature album.
Amyl and the Sniffers
Amyl and the Sniffers are one of those bands you imagine, upon listening to them, have been around for a long, long time, but in truth, their debut EP was released in 2016. The Australian punk band has kind of exploded as of late, earning themselves massive honors like NME’s Best Australian Band and Kerrang!’s Best International Newcomer awards this year alone. If you’re a fan of The Chats, Courtney Barnett, or Wet Leg, you’ll no doubt enjoy Amyl and the Sniffers timeless sound and high-energy performance.
Faye Webster puts on one of the best live shows we’ve collectively ever seen. H.O.P. Emma saw her twice in a single week this summer if that’s any indication of how much we love Faye at Buzzkill. Coming to the festival fresh off her tour in support of I Know I’m Funny haha, as well as a recently released EP and her single “Kingston" making the rounds on TikTok, Faye Webster is undoubtedly at the top of her game. Though she’s arguably one of the more laid back sets on our list, Faye brings something special to her live shows that makes her a must-see.
With a sophomore album coming a measly year and a half after their debut offering dropped, Dry Cleaning are clearly hitting a stride in their career that it takes some bands much longer to find. EIC Emily has had the pleasure of seeing them live this past summer, and they put on such an intricate, well-thought-out set. You’ll walk away as a fan if you walk into it blind, that’s for sure.
Girl in Red
Having caught Girl in Red’s set at Lollapalooza, we can safely say you’re not going to want to miss seeing her perform, even if you only know her trending songs. With an energy that infects, Girl in Red (aka Marie Ulven Ringheim) puts on an absolutely unforgettable show. She’s on right before Arctic Monkeys, so you can catch her set while you wait for the main act.
Squid’s 2021 debut album Bright Green Field was well-received in the UK, and they were recently able to bring their tour in support of it over to the States. Primavera Sound will be their first US festival since 2019, and I’m excited for this opportunity for more American music fans to be exposed to them. Similar to the likes of Sports Team, Shame, and Black Midi, their approach to making music and performing is truly unique, and we’re beyond excited to check them out live.
Brooklyn art punk five-piece Gustaf have always been a bit of a mystery. Coming back to the states after playing a string of festivals across Germany and prepping to hit the road with Yard Act this fall, Gustaf is in a very exciting place, and we’re only a little jealous of everyone who gets to check out their set at Primavera.
You should need no convincing to want to see Lorde live. The Kiwi musician has been at the forefront of the music industry for practically a decade now, and has been touring nonstop since the release of her most recent album, Solar Power, last summer. The set for this show is insane - a giant rotating sundial sits in the middle of the stage, with risers on either side for Lorde’s bandmates. Her festival setlist is obviously shorter than it is for tour, but she still plays all of the songs you’d know if you’re only a casual listener, plus a few for the bigger fans.
To leave Arctic Monkeys off of this list would be a crime to both our younger selves and to all of you. They’re the band at the top of everyone’s minds right now, and for good reason: they’re finally back with new music and live shows after three and a half years of radio silence. Some had even pondered whether they’d called it quits for good, but no - they’re headlining the Sunday of Primavera Sound in Los Angeles, among many other festivals this year ahead of the release of their new album in October, entitled The Car.