III Points Music Festival: Acts We’re Excited to See
September 17, 2017Ana Rojo
III Points Music Festival will soon be making it’s fifth appearance here in Miami this October. With huge headliners such as Gorillaz, The XX and Nicolas Jaar and a mixture of talent ranging from Willow Smith and Skepta to some of our favorite local groups, there is no doubt that there is plenty of musical talent at this year’s festival. We know that at music festivals it is almost impossible to see every single act on the lineup even though we try hard to, so we’ve narrowed down some of talent we are excited to see.
Forming in Gainesville in 2011 during their time at the University of Florida, Hundred Waters caught the attention of OWSLA founder Skrillex in 2012 when they released their debut, Hundred Waters on independent label Elestial Sound. Their fringe electronic alternative sound was the key to their success and the immense acclaim they have been receiving. The band released their first album on OWSLA, The Moon Rang Like a Bell in 2014 after three years of recording and producing. The song “Show Me Love” off the album even got the Skrillex treatment and was remixed with help of Chance the Rapper, Robin Hannibal and Moses Sumney to create the massive hit. Here is their second single off their upcoming album “Fingers” (but if you have a fear of bugs, I’d look away).
Colombian-American soul and R&B singer Kali Uchis has always had a taste for music and producing starting at a very young age. With a love for jazz and having played the saxophone as a teenager, she takes influence from doo-wop, reggae and early 2000s R&B and artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Uchis released her first mixtape, Drunken Babble in 2012, which was acclaimed for its blend of genres and styles. Since then, she has worked with huge artists such as Snoop Dogg, Gorillaz and had her first EP Por Vida, feature production from Diplo, Tyler the Creator, Kaytranada, Alex Epton and BadBadNotGood. Earlier this year, she released “Tyrant” feat. Jorja Smith, the first single from her upcoming debut studio album. Check out her latest single and keep a lookout for the release of her album which you can hear live next month at the festival.
The Black Madonna
Chicago DJ The Black Madonna is a pioneer in the resurgence and the reinventing of electronic music. After becoming a resident DJ at Smart Bar, North America’s oldest independent venue, in 2012, she then became the club’s first ever Creative Director in its three decade history, bringing her “underground” philosophy to her booking style. Taking elements of disco, funk and techno, The Black Madonna has elevated the music scene to new heights with her combination of dance music from the last 40 years. Being a woman in a mostly male-dominated musical sphere, she has risen above those odds and embraced the ever-changing music scene in a time when change is needed, which has not gone unnoticed even being named mixmag’s 2016 Dj of the year. Make sure to catch her on the decks at the festival and check out her mix “He is the Voice I Hear.”
We don’t often get to see a jazz group at III Points Music Festival so to see Canadian trio BadBadNotGood on that lineup goes to show how much the festival is changing and how diverse the music selection is becoming. Known for reworking hip-hop tracks, the group combines jazz and soft electronica to create their signature atmospheric music. Having started in 2010, the band came together after discovering their mutual love of jazz and hip hop. Their first record in 2011 included covers of songs by Odd Future, a Tribe Called Quest and Wacka Flocka Flame and got the attention of Tyler, the Creator. BadBadNotGood eventually began collaborating with Ghostface Killah, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean and many other artists. The group released their fourth studio album IV last year and released a new song “Confessions Pt. III (feat. Colin Steson)” on Soundcloud earlier this month, which you can listen to below. Hopefully their set this year will include a wide-variety of surprise guests jumping on stage but nonetheless, they will definitely be a can’t miss.
Indie-chamber pop artist Perfume Genius, aka Mike Hadreas, is known for using his music to take on topics such as sexuality, homophobia and domestic abuse which he describes with brutal honesty, having suffered through a lot growing up. His music spans from soft piano ballads to pounding glam rock, which shows off his wide range in style. Hadreas released his first single in 2008, titled “Mr. Peterson”, which is about a suicidal pedophile teacher and after signing with Matador Records, released his first full-length album, Learning in 2010. Earlier this year, he released his fourth studio album, No Shape which was named Pitchfork’s Best New Album. Take a listen to “Slip Away” and make sure to catch him at the festival.
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