The 1975 are an English, Manchester-based alternative rock/indie rock band from Wilmslow in Cheshire. The members are Matthew Healy, Adam Hann, George Daniel and Ross MacDonald. (The 1975)
Jay Z is coming to town. So are One Direction, Arcade Fire and Justin Timberlake.
Those artists are but a few of the big name acts with local concerts already on the books for 2014. But rather than focus on those, we’d like to highlight five talented newcomers who are swinging through the area in the coming months.
The acts are not superstars, at least not yet. But this is your chance to catch them on their way up, because they could be the ones headlining the big shows of tomorrow.
Lord Huron, Jan. 31, Magic Stick
This folk rock outfit that hails from Okemos makes sweeping songs for pioneer-era times. The group, which is now based out of Los Angeles, scored a spot on last year’s Coachella festival, and has been steadily touring in support of its 2012 album, “Lonesome Dreams.”
The group didn’t get caught up in the folk rock wave that swept up and spit out Of Monsters and Men and the Lumineers, which ultimately is a good thing. Now people still have a chance to discover the group on their own and give them the chance to shine that they deserve.
4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700
Becky G, March 2, Royal Oak Music Theatre
This 16-year-old singer-rapper hails from Los Angeles and recently inked a deal with Dr. Luke, the pop hitmaker who has engineered megahits for Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and more. She gained attention on YouTube doing cover songs, and parlayed that into features with Cher Lloyd (“Oath”) and Ke$ha (the “Die Young” remix).
She released a super catchy five-song EP, “Play It Again,” in 2013, and also hooked up with one of her idols, Jennifer Lopez, who made a cameo in her “Becky From the Block” video. There’s more to come from Rebecca Gomez, who will be here when she opens for Austin Mahone on March 2.
318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980
Lorde, March 16, Fillmore Detroit
The 17-year-old New Zealand singer came out of nowhere to score one of 2013’s biggest hits, the materialism-skewering smash “Royals.” The song spent nine weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart and launched Lorde into the big leagues, and her debut album, “Pure Heroine,” is competing for chart space with the Mileys and Katys of the world.
Her March concert at the Fillmore Detroit sold out instantly when it went on sale last month, and if things continue at their current space, it will be the last time you’ll be able to catch her at a venue in town that small.
2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5451
Sky Ferreira, April 12, The Palace of Auburn Hills
After gaining a ton of buzz for her 2012 single “Everything Is Embarrassing,” this one-time teen-pop washout released her exhilarating debut album, “Night Time, My Time,” in October. It’s a moody, atmospheric album that paints the 21-year-old Ferreira as a fascinating study in contradictions: bubbly and lovesick one minute, dark and introspective the next.
She’s not working the mainstream audience, as her risque album cover will attest. But it might not be long before the mainstream can resist her. Ferreira opens for Miley Cyrus on April 12.
6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills. (248) 377-0100
The 1975, May 4, Crofoot Ballroom
This glistening pop act out of the U.K. sounds like what One Direction looks like: handsome, tailored and clean, with just a little bit of scruff around the edges.
The songs on the group’s self-titled 2013 album are bubbly and fizzy synth-pop anthems, especially the bouncy “Chocolate” and the driving “Sex.” The group isn’t mobbed by screaming girls at all times, at least not yet. But that may be about to change.
1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. (248) 858-9333