They say it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. As far as festivals are concerned, it’s not the size of the name on the lineup, it’s the music they bring to the stage! In Bloom Festival goes down this Saturday and Sunday in Houston, and we love some of the lesser known artists playing during the early afternoons. Here’s our guide to some of the hot new names gracing this weekend’s stages. Get there early- you won’t be disappointed.
Velveteen Echo – Saturday. Flora Stage. 12:20.
Velveteen Echo are a self-described “indie rock band with bedroom pop and 90s influences.” If you like spacey shoegaze music, this Houston-based dynamic duo are for you.
Neil Frances – Saturday. Bud Light Stage. 12:30.
This LA pair plays upbeat tracks with funky guitar riffs, groovy baselines and haunting vocals. If you haven’t hear their cover of Stardust’s Music Sounds Better with You, you’re missing out.
Ugly God – Saturday. Bud Light Stage. 3:30.
Ugly God, formerly Pussy Bacon, has been on every rap bloggers fingertips since his 2016 debut Water. With fat, trappy beats and audacious lyrics, he made a splash that continued to his 2017 Mixtape “The Booty Tape.” Stop by the stage to say “Thanks Ugly God”!
Tee Lerrone – Sunday. Ostara Stage. 12:00.
Few people have seen this mythical “Brooklyn club scene” curator. According to Tee Lerrone, “I don’t make house music, I make music for homes and living spaces.” Whatever he calls it, Lerrone brings pure energy. Make sure you catch a glimpse of the ghost prince of Brooklyn.
EL LAGO – Sunday. Bud Light Stage. 12:20.
This Galveston band plays a unique blend of 80s and 90s dream pop, shoegaze, and indie rock. Their debut album Colors was dope and we’re looking forward to seeing them live.
S.T.S. – Sunday. Flora Stage. 2:50-3:30
This soulful Philly rapper brings a wonderfully wavy sound to the mix. STS, aka Sugar Tongue Slim, boasts a past project with legendary producer RJD2 and is currently working on a project, Better On a Sunday, with lifelong friend Khari Mateen. We can’t wait to see what kind of Sunday candy he brings to the stage.