Lollapalooza for the R&B Fan
Sets You'll Probably Catch: Jhené Aiko, the sweet-voiced singer, is quickly becoming a must-have featured vocalist for rappers like Drake and Big Sean. Performing on the same day as her "Bed Peace" partner Childish Gambino, it would be criminal if the rapper didn't give Lolla audiences the same opportunity to see their on-stage chemistry live as they did when she debuted at Coachella this past April. Out of this year's line-up, Aiko is the biggest name serving up classic R&B smoothness and seduction, but fellow up-and-comer Bebe Rexha, formerly of Pete Wentz project Black Cards, has been teasing some soulful tinges to her solo output. The same day as Eminem, "Monster" co-writer Rexha would be smart to familiarize yourself with and catch beforehand, just in case Rihanna is unavailable to sing the song's chorus on Friday night. Otherwise, Sunday is a heavy R&B day with Shy Girls providing intimate minimalism at the Grove before the funkier Space Capone hits the BMI stage (in an unfortunate time conflict with Aiko).
You Might Also Like: Many of this year's pop, EDM and hip-hop acts are no strangers to R&B influences. Indie-pop star Betty Who's latest EP, Slow Dancing, is swathed in smooth beats and vocals that'll get the crowd grinding late on Sunday afternoon. Arctic Monkeys, who headline on Friday, have been experimenting and maturing their sound with some old-fashioned R&B à la former tourmates the Black Keys. Producer Anna Lunoe's Nineties-inspired beats are a fine excuse to check out Perry's at noon on a Saturday. As always, new wave-y Blood Orange, known outside of his brilliant solo work for his golden touch as a producer for acts like Solange Knowles and Sky Ferreira, can provide the right amount of chill your weekend needs. When you're not basking in some rich sounds, a lobster corndog from Master Chef judge Graham Elliot might be decadent enough for your palate.
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