Boy Genius: The assemblage of girlfriends Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridges and Lucy Dacus is America’s new indie rock supergroup. They got together in 2018 for a coheadlining tour and wound up writing some songs, forming a band and self-producing an EP in four days. The record was a critical sensation and their first full-length LP, scheduled for release in late March, is one of the most anticipated albums of 2023. I’m eerily attracted to their 2018 song, “Me & My Dog,” with the line, “I want to be emaciated.”
Charli XCX: This 30-year-old Brit has been a star-in-the-making since 2012, when she was featured on Icona Pop’s viral “I Love It.” In 2014, she collaborated with rapper Iggy Azalea on “Fancy,” which earned two Grammy nominations. She’s recorded River Cuomo of Weezer and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend, and co-written songs with Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, and Selena Gomez. Expect her to sit in with ‘80s pop star, Blondie, on Friday night to perform their collaboration, “Tonight.” My favorite Charli XCX song is “Hot In It,” a sexy, hook-laden electronic number released last summer with DJ Tiesto, who also produced “I Love It.” If Tiesto joins her at Coachella, Charli XCX could be a festival highlight.
The Kid LAROI. This 19-year-old Australian rapper, singer-songwriter is already collaborating with America’s biggest artists. His recording with Justin Bieber, “Stay,” was a massive hit last fall, generating 2.4 billion listens on Spotify and spending seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. But my favorite Kid LAROI number is “Without You” with Miley Cyrus. This
Kid reminds me of fellow Aussie pop-rocker Vance Joy.
The Linda Lindas: The girls in this L.A. pop-rock band are all 12 to 18 years old, so they’re truly a kid band. That means they’re likely to play the intimate, airconditioned Sonora Tent, which is a great thing. Amy Poehler discovered the Linda Lindas at the Hollywood Palladium in 2019 and had them record songs for her film “Moxie.” “Racist, Sexist Boy,” based on a racist comment the drummer, Mila, experienced at school, became a social media hit and was nominated for Best Song at the 2022 Kerrang! Awards. But I love their song, “Oh!”, seemingly inspired by the Go-Gos.
Marc Rebillet: My youthful sources say you must see this guy live to really appreciate him. A graduate of a Dallas performing arts high school, Rebillet broke out in 2016 improvising songs on YouTube in his boxer shorts. Now, most of his songs are made up at each specific show and they’re energetic and thoughtful. The Irish Examiner called him a “DJ/comedian/one-person emotional meltdown.” You don’t get that from his songs on Spotify, but you might like his nerdish YouTube performance of “Surviving.”