Published: January 24, 2014
By: Kelly Youhas
10. Above & Beyond
CounterPoint is on ‘point’ this year! Last week the music & arts festival released its lineup. Acts so brilliant and diverse they will have music lovers in the southeast and all over the country rallying to grab their friends and head to Rome, Georgia April 25-27.
With a line up so stacked making you ever-so-stoked, it may be hard to decide who to put at the top of your own “must see” list. That is where we come in. Join the Untz as we reveal our, Top 10 Artists to See at CounterPoint 2014. Love it, hate it, debate it, or in the words of Mike Myers, “Talk amongst yourselves!”
One of the most successful trance acts of the 2000s, Above & Beyond are a British trio known for their production and remix work, as well as their DJ performances and record label, Anjunabeats. So put on your dancing shoes and open your mind to the progressive trance-like beats and melodic vocals. Get ready CounterPoint, these guys know what they're doing.
9. Thievery Corporation
The Washington D.C. based duo along with their accompanying artists and vocalists are thrilled to play at CounterPoint this year. In existence since the mid-90s, their sets blend elements of dub, acid jazz, reggae, Indian classical, Middle Eastern, and Brazilian flavors (such as bossa nova).Thievery Corporation knows how to grab the crowd's attention and keep them hanging on every note, creating a little island of sunshine no matter the weather! You and your buds will want to be front and center.
8. Major Lazer
With Diplo’s enlistment of Walshy Fire AKA Black Chiney and Jillionaire to help with production and live shows, there is no stopping this Grammy-nominated producer, re-mixer, and head honcho of Mad Decent Records. Through unending curiosity and exploration of the world’s vast musical heritages in Jamaica, Africa, the US, and beyond, Diplo has a knack for seamlessly connecting the dots between the global underground and the commercial music mainstream. In connecting those dots, he’s racked up production credits for MIA, Santigold, Drake, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars, among many others. In 2013, Major Lazer released its 2nd album, Free the Universe, this time without his former studio co-pilot, Switch, at his side. Expect the unexpected at CounterPoint this year as this will be a show where anything can happen!
Scott Hansen is playing with our emotions like a puppeteer. So far, the indie/electronic producer has teased us with two tracks from the forthcoming album, Awake, including the title track and just this week, "Montana." Luxiourious, reverb-soaked guitar echoes over haunting soundscapes. Tycho is an absolute master of emotion.
Revolutionary technology meets a revolutionary message in Papadosio. Melding progressive rock with psychedelic rock, folk with electronica, and dance music with jam, this Ashville, NC based quintet has amassed a dedicated following of likeminded individuals sowing the seeds of unity and spreading the sounds of exaltation. Singer-songwriter Anthony Thogmartin’s visionary lyrics, electric production, and signature guitar work are anchored by the rock-solid battery of drummer Mike Healy and bassist Rob McConnell. The group is rounded out by brothers Billy and Sam Brouse whose two-headed keyboard, synth, and programming attack give the band its unmistakable complexity and intensity. Papadosio at CounterPoint is sure to captivate, inspire, and move fans to a new degree of love for the life they live on this great planet.