Four on the Floor: Chi-Town Artists

Written by Elizabeth Williams | February 17, 2014

Today’s Four on the Floor blows in all the way from the Windy City itself. Chicago’s bringing its up-and-coming A-game to SXSW this year, with promising young artists from all genres.

J FERNANDEZ

Mysterious bedroom pop artist J Fernandez hails from Humboldt Park in Chicago and has a sweet leafy wallpaper on his blog. Since 2012 he’s released two 6-song cassettes and compiled them both on the No Luck & Olympic Village EPs.
RIYL: Beach House, Lotus Plaza

Add to your SXSW Schedule SXSW 2014 Artist: J Fernandez

OUTER MINDS

Take one part psyched out rock, another part 60s pop, sprinkled on a little organ and you’ve got Outer Minds. Their latest release was the Behind the Mirror LP in 2012.
RIYL: Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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VIC MENSA

Vic Mensa is at the forefront of rising rap talent and he’s not even old enough to drink yet. You may know him from several collaborations with Chance the Rapper and Mensa’s latest mixtape INNANETAPE.
RIYL: Chance the Rapper, Danny Brown

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ANGEL OLSEN

Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen brings emotionally charged lyrics over folksy indie rock. Her sophomore album Burn Your Fire for No Witness drops this February.
RIYL: Cate Le Bon, Leonard Cohen

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Keep up with the list of showcasing artists here.

Photo credits:
J Fernandez photo courtesy of the artist
Outer Minds photo courtesy of the artist
Vic Mensa photo courtesy of the artist
Angel Olsen photo courtesy of the artist