Waiting hours in traffic just to experience the torment of parking, Sweetlife Festival can be overwhelming. This year has the potential to be even more hectic with a second day of the fest. To make things a little more manageable, we’ve assembled a playlist of notable and recent songs from every artist performing (along with their set times), so you can see where your tastes will take you.
Kendrick Lamar “Alright” 9:45 p.m.
The rap game’s biggest contender pairs up with veteran Pharrell Williams in an meditative, introspective anthem of optimism. Sampled doo-wop vocals paired with jazz instrumentals saddle Lamar’s aggressively clever flow.
Pixies “Here Comes Your Man” 9:25 p.m.
Contagiously catchy and still relevant with a career spanning nearly thirty years, this alt-rock jam from their seminal album Doolittle features tasty riffs intertwined with a driving 90s rock vamp.
Billy Idol “Dancing With Myself” 8:20 p.m.
If you’re “too cool” for Calvin Harris, at least indulge in Idol’s classic rock riffs and IDGAF mentality on this. You probably won’t be dancing by yourself at the festival.
Tove Lo “Talking Body” 7:45 p.m.
Tove Lo uses her sultry voice as a baseboard off which to launch sensual assaults of catchy, electronically-produced pop music.
Bleachers “I Wanna Get Better” 6:55 p.m.
With snare-driven pop reminiscent of the 80’s, this NYC-based band likes to get up and have fun. This fun-loving entropy comes through in their music, especially in tracks like “I Wanna Get Better.”
Lucius “Turn it Around” 6:15 p.m.
From grooving baselines, to pleasant acoustic riffs, many different elements hold together Lucius’ “Turn it Around” including vocal harmonies which reach a doo-wop-esque rhythm with clapping for percussion.
Allen Stone “The Wire” 5:25 p.m.
Allen Stone brings the blues into a new decade. His soulful voice reigns supreme amid simple guitar and organ chords on the song “The Wire,” off of his brand-new album, Radius.
Sinkane “How We Be” 5:05 p.m.
Sinkane’s beautiful falsetto vocals sound great at any occasion. I hope you’re wearing your dancing shoes.
SZA “Babylon” 4:00 p.m.
Signed to the same label as Kendrick Lamar, SZA is a rising star. A gorgeous voice that pours over blunted production.
St. Paul and the Broken Bones “Call Me” 3:55 p.m.
Brandishing a classic bluesy sound supported by a horn section, St. Paul and the Broken Bones have one objective when taking the stage: to get down!
Life of Dillon “Overload” 3:00 p.m.
Those who would like a little bit of folk with their dance music should definitely check out Life of Dillon. In “Overload,” acoustic guitars and mandolins strum out a simple chord progression while a steady house drum beat loops behind them.
MisterWives “Reflections” 2:45 p.m.
With funky melodies reminiscent of disco greats, MisterWives bring fun indie pop from New York. The playful music video for their song “Reflections” characterizes them well.
Aurora “Runaway” 2:05 p.m.
Aurora’s distinct voice sets her music apart from that of other female vocalists.
The Bots “Blinded” 1:45 p.m.
The Bots rock out with a revitalized yet classic sound. The main strength of their recent track “Blinded” finds itself in the contrast between the band’s mellow verses and the overdriven guitar of the chorus.
The Walking Sticks “One Sweet Thing” 1:15 p.m.
This local synth-trio makes ethereally blissful synthpop and are a must-see act next weekend; their tune “One Sweet Thing” incorporates upbeat 80s electronic keyboards subtly against lead vocalist Chelsea Lee’s powerful crooning.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtqbiwxi2aQ
Lightshow “The Way I See It” 12:30 p.m.
Seeing as his latest album received ample help from the ubiquitous DJ Khaled, Lightshow is a local artist to keep your eye on. Listen to his percussive flow in the track “The Way I See It” to get a sense of what hip hop will sound like at Sweetlife.
Calvin Harris “Summer” 9:45 p.m.
Another summer anthem (obviously), a piano driven, electrohouse jam sure to light up Merriweather as Sunday’s headliner. If you’re not dancing, you’re not letting yourself have enough fun.
The Weeknd “Live For” (feat. Drake) 9:25 p.m.
Two R&B singer-rappers combine forces over an atmospheric, grinding beat, in which both artists wax poetically over the perils of fame and money, a new classic summer anthem for those who non-ironically live by YOLO (that’s the motto).
Marina and the Diamonds “I Am Not a Robot” 8:00 p.m.
The most notable thing about Marina and the Diamonds is how she combines poppy electronic beats with a personal lyricism. “I Am Not a Robot” powerfully establishes this honest ethos in a heartbreakingly catchy electropop confession.
BANKS “This is What it Feels Like” 7:45 p.m.
With “This is Why it Feels like” let BANKS’ heartbreaking lyrics wash over you while the bass vibrates your bones.
Vance Joy “Mess is Mine” 6:55 p.m.
The folksy “Mess is Mine” emotionally plucks along until its breaks out in a full-out hard-rocking chorus.
Vic Mensa “U Mad” (ft. Kanye West) 6:15 p.m.
The past year has been a big one for Vic Mensa. He went from cutting the smooth Innanetape and being known as “that guy featured on a Chance song” to recording “U Mad,” which features Yeezy.
Phantogram “Fall In Love” 5:25 p.m.
The production of “Fall In Love” exemplifies the notion of “controlled chaos,” with equal emphasis placed on both words.
San Fermin “Crueler Kind” 5:05 p.m.
San Fermin’s many parts, between minimal synth production, a full brass section, and the boundary-pushing vocal intensity of Rae Cassidy created an epic modern opera on their self titled 2013 release, with “Crueler Kind”.
Charli XCX “Break The Rules” 4:00 p.m.
The nightlife-crazed persona that is Charli XCX manifests well in any dance setting. Her devil-may-care attitude in “Break The Rules” really says it all.
Wet “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl” 3:55 p.m.
Psychedelic instrumentation backs crystal-clear vocals in “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl.”
GoldLink “Sober Thoughts” 3:00 p.m.
GoldLink manages to pull of the feet of sounding laid-back while spitting lyrics at a rapid-fire pace. His track “Sober Thoughts” was produced by the immortal Kaytranada.
Raury “God’s Whisper” 2:45 p.m.
Raury’s poetry works with a variety of instrumental styles and he uses this as an advantage in “God’s Whisper.”
Sun Club “Beauty Meat” 2:05 p.m.
Steady and easygoing, Sun Club’s music sounds like summer.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZo6cFAbME4
HOLYCHILD “Running Behind” 1:45 p.m.
HOLYCHILD utilizes a whole range of unconventional instruments to make their upbeat music. Note the marimbas in the percussion in the fun song “Running Behind.”
Bishop Nehru – “Om” (feat. MF DOOM) 1:15 p.m.
18-year-old Nehru raps like a more-cocky Earl Sweatshirt against underground hip-hop titan Metal Face, both rappers’ flows stylistically falling off the beat in a truly old-school ebb and flow against a menacing beat.