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The DMM Guide to Mo Pop Festival 2015

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Mo Pop Festival is back, and it’s bigger than ever. For its third year, the indie rock-heavy event has moved from Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights to the newly created West Riverfront Park in Downtown Detroit and expanded to two days.

 

Headlining this year are alt-pop titans Modest Mouse, synth-poppers Passion Pit, folk band Iron & Wine (accompanied by Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell), and The Killers’ lead singer Brandon Flowers. They will be joined by 21 other acts, including two local artists — Jessica Hernandez and George Morris.

 

In addition to the music, Mo Pop will feature local brewers, craftspeople, food trucks, and technicians, as well as fabric art installations and a hot-air balloon. The DIY spirit of Detroit is sure to lend the event a unique, local vibe that will fit in nicely with the rest of the city’s summer festivals.

 

Check out our guide to the artists playing this year’s festival below. For more information on Mo Pop, including tickets, please visit the official website. Detroit Music Magazine wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable time at this year’s event; check back soon for our recap of the festival!

 

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Saturday | July 25

 

George Morris
Fender Premium Audio Stage
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Royal Oak singer-songwriter George Morris began his career in the mid-2000s with The Satin Peaches and recently released the album We Will Go to Hell for This with his band The Gypsy Chorus.

 

 

COIN
Grande Stage
1:05 – 1:35 p.m.

A self-professed “product of the 90s,” Nashville quartet COIN’s sound evokes the rock & roll revival of the early aughts, with its angular guitars, detached vocals, and washes of synths.

 

 

Ryley Walker
Fender Premium Audio Stage
1:40 – 2:10 p.m.

Ryley Walker is a young but prolific singer-songwriter, whose finger-picked guitar compositions recall the work of Tim Buckley, Sandy Bull, Davey Graham, and John Martyn.

 

 

Ex Cops
Grande Stage
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Ex Cops is the project of Hymns’ Bryan Harding and Mins’ Amalie Bruun, and they take inspiration from the winsome world created by Sarah Records and Flying Nuns.

 

 

Natalie Prass
Fender Premium Audio Stage
2:50 – 3:20 p.m.

Natalie Prass, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter, creates soulful but sophisticated pop compositions that has earned her comparisons to everyone from Dusty Springfield to Feist.

 

 

Coasts
Grande Stage
3:25 – 3:55 p.m.

English band Coasts add to the rich musical history of their native Bristol with their thrilling blend of alternative rock’s angst and indie pop’s whimsy.

 

 

King Tuff
Fender Premium Audio Stage
4:00 – 4:50 p.m.

You may know King Tuff already as Kyle Thomas, a member of Happy Birthday, Feathers, and Witch. Consider this his neo-garage outfit.

 

 

James Bay
Grande Stage
4:55 – 5:45 p.m.

James Bay carries on the tradition of English blue-eyed soul, popularized today by other artists such as Ed Sheeran, James Blunt, and Foy Vance.

 

 

Atlas Genius
Fender Premium Audio Stage
5:50 – 6:40 p.m.

Australian indie rock band Atlas Genius first made their name in the blogosphere with the crystal-clear riffs of their song “Trojans,” which led to mainstream success.

 

 

Iron & Wine with Ben Bridwell
Grande Stage
6:45 – 8:00 p.m.

Iron & Wine is the alias of singer-songwriter Sam Beam and his lo-fi one-man band, while Ben Bridwell is the lead singer of Americana-flavored indie group Band of Horses.

 

 

Brandon Flowers
Fender Premium Audio Stage
8:15 – 9:15 p.m.

Before breaking out on his own for a solo career, Brandon Flowers was best known as the frontman of Las Vegas-based band The Killers, whose retro rock dominated alternative charts in the 2000s.

 

 

Chromeo
Grande Stage
9:30 – 10:45 p.m.

Canadian duo Chromeo craft songs that look back to the glitz and glam of the eighties in their blend of electro, pop, and funk.

 

 

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Sunday | July 26

 

Elel
Fender Premium Audio Stage
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Nashville-based indie pop group Elel cite Van Morrison, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Beach House, Toro y Moi, Sleigh Bells as influences.

 

 

Dreamers
Grande Stage
1:05 – 1:35 p.m.

Brooklyn band Dreamers have gained popularity through the success of “Wolves,” a single from their debut EP, This Album Does Not Exist.

 

 

Sonny & the Sunsets
Fender Premium Audio Stage
1:40 – 2:10 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Sonny Smith’s supporting band The Sunsets play doo wop and girl group-inspired indie rock with forays into folk and country.

 

 

In the Valley Below
Grande Stage
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Los Angeles-based duo In the Valley Below create noirish, electro-pop tracks that bridge the gap between Phil Collins and the Kills.

 

 

Givers
Fender Premium Audio Stage
2:50 – 3:20 p.m.

Louisiana-based indie rock group describe their sound as “Afro-beat, dancy pants, indie pop love music.”

 

 

Wild Child
Grande Stage
3:25 – 3:55 p.m.

Wild Child are an Austin-based indie pop band featuring unusual instrumentation such as ukelele and trumpet.

 

 

Viet Cong
Fender Premium Audio Stage
4:05 – 4:40 p.m.

The former members of Canadian bands Women and Lab Coast formed Viet Cong, whose sound is raucous but melodic lo-fi art rock.

 

 

Saint Motel
Grande Stage
4:45 – 5:15 p.m.

Saint Motel, a California-based indie pop band fronted by A.J. Jackson, play smooth and shiny vintage indie rock that recalls tropical climates.

 

 

The Front Bottoms
Fender Premium Audio Stage
5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

New Jersey-based indie rock duo The Front Bottoms mix punk, pop, and rock with literate, dreamlike imagery.

 

 

Passion Pit
Grande Stage
6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Passion Pit, the indie electronic project of Michael Angelakos, started as a solo act but has now fused his keening falsetto with soulful synth-pop.

 

 

Jessica Hernandez
Fender Premium Audio Stage
8:00 – 8:45 p.m.

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas blend the grit and energy of their native Detroit rock with everything from Motown to early surf, psych, carnival, and girl group pop.

 

 

Modest Mouse
Grande Stage
9:00 – 10:30 p.m.

Modest Mouse have gradually become stars of the alterna-pop world over the last two decades with their rough-hewn but radio-ready lo-fi post-rock.

 

 

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