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Stopover: Genre by Genre 

We listened to all 100+ bands for the ultimate insider's guide

HAPPY STOPOVER, Y'ALL: Connect Savannah’s festival genre guide is back by popular demand! Once again, we’ve sat down and listened to every single act playing Stopover ‘16 to help you figure out just what you want to hear this weekend.

Remember, the three-day fest is all about discovery, so get out there and find your new favorite band. Happy hunting!

Indie-pop

The California King-sized blanket under which cheery, textural pop falls. Fans of New Pornographers, The Shins, Merriweather Post Pavilion-era Animal Collective and similar fare will dig.

Pair with: Old Crow & ginger, Tinder date

Yuck | Friday, March 11, 12 a.m., Wild Wing

Lazyeyes | Saturday, March 12, 11 p.m., Ampersand

OxenFree | Saturday, March 12, 3 p.m., The Jinx

Shilpa Ray | Thursday, March 10, 11:30 p.m., Wild Wing

Sun Club | Thursday, March 10, 7 p.m., Ships of the Sea North Garden

Hospital Ships | Saturday, March 12, 7 p.m., Congress St. Social Club

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  • Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Rainbow Kitten Surprise | Friday, March 11, 7 p.m., Trinity UMC

What a strange time to exist in when a band can rack up over a million hits on a single via Spotify, have artfully arranged lyrics scattered across countless teenage Tumblr accounts, and birth legions of Beatlemania-level fans, all while unsigned. While the moniker Rainbow Kitten Surprise may, as one YouTube commenter hilariously notes, "sound like a 2005 mall goth's myspace username," vocalist Sam Melo brings to mind the rootsy, gently atmospheric melodies of The Antlers set against slow-swelling acoustic pickings and honest ponderings on complicated love and basic human existence. The Boone, N.C. fellas have the potential to be the next Mumford & Sons in the way they could seamlessly carry indie-pop to radio waves: don't miss 'em on the brink.

Mobley | Thursday, March 10, 11 p.m., Club One

Lucy Dacus | Friday, March 11, 11 p.m., Wild Wing

Big Thief | Friday, March 11, 10 p.m., Wild Wing

Brooklyn-based Big Thief just signed to Conor Oberst's Saddle Creek record label in mid-February. There are certainly shades of Bright Eyes in the four-piece's folk-tinged pop.

Breakers | Thursday, March 10, 6:30 p.m., Ships of the Sea North Garden

Miquel Moure | Friday, March 11, 5 p.m., Trinity UMC

Curbdogs | Saturday, March 12, 2 p.m., Congress St. Social Club


Garage rock | Fuzz-rock | Noise rock

This is as heavy as Stopover gets: feedback, plenty of distortion and noise.

Pair with: Shot and a beer, shower embargo

White Reaper | Thursday, March 10, 12 a.m., The Jinx

PWR BTTM | Thursday, March 10, 12 a.m., Ampersand

Heaters | Friday, March 11, 10 p.m., The Rail

Big Ups | Friday, March 11, 11:30 p.m., The Jinx

Go!Zilla | Thursday, March 10, 11 p.m., The Jinx

Washer | Friday, March 11, 9:30 p.m., The Jinx

Grand Vapids | Saturday, March 12, 3 p.m., Congress St. Social Club

Muuy Biien | Friday, March 11, 10 p.m., Congress Street Social Club

Wild Powwers | Friday, March 11, 10:30 p.m., The Jinx

Capsula | Friday, March 11, 11 p.m., Trinity UMC (David Bowie Tribute Concert) | Sunday, March 12, 12 a.m., The Jinx

Wet Socks | Friday, March 11, 11 p.m., Congress St. Social Club

Bruiser Queen | Friday, March 11, 9 p.m., The Rail

The Gotobeds | Thursday, March 10, 11 p.m., Ampersand

The Britanys| Saturday, March 12, 10 p.m., Ampersand

Acid Dad | Thursday, March 10, 10 p.m., Ampersand

Sundial Kings | Saturday, March 12, 7 p.m., Ships of the Sea North Garden


"Ya Gotta See 'Em Live"

SAV will be talking about these shows for months: with hypnotic stage presence, visuals, and contagious energy, these acts deliver.

Pair with: Tequila shots, glowsticks

Prince Rama | Friday, March 11, 11:30 p.m., Club One

Terror Pigeon | Thursday, March 10, 12 a.m., Club One

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  • Scotty ATL

Scotty ATL | Saturday, March 12, 10 p.m., Club One

Scotty ATL's Savannah ties go deep. Raised in Atlanta, where he created a recording studio in his family's basement as a teen, the rapper spent some time at SSU before issuing his 2011 debut, Summer Dreams. Created in collaboration with DJ/producer DJ Burn One, the release earned widespread praise, including being dubbed "one of [the] year's great unheralded mixtapes" by Stereogum.

Since then, Scotty's résumé has grown impressively: he's celebrated the release of seven mixtapes, including a Scion-sponsored EP in collaboration with the Killer Mike, and, most recently, a mixtape with B.o.B., Live & Direct. With a classic style and substantial lyricism, top-tier media is all over Scotty, with support pouring in from Pitchfork, SPIN, XXL, Fader, and more.

With the national hip-hop eye on the South—particularly Atlanta—now more than ever, don't sleep on the chance to see one of our emerging voices right here at home while you still can. And, hey, Stopover: more of this!

No BS! Brass Band | Friday, March 11, 12:30 a.m., The Jinx


Bedroom pop | Atmospheric pop | Experimental pop

Gossamer approaches to traditional structures meant for reflection and introspection.

Pair with: Vermouth, selective solitude

Porches | Saturday, March 12, 10 p.m., Trinity UMC

Alex G | Saturday, March 12, 6 p.m., Wild Wing

Jeff Zagers | Saturday, March 12, 7 p.m., Trinity UMC

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  • Your Friend

Your Friend | Saturday, March 12, 5 p.m., Wild Wing

Taryn Miller (Your Friend) crafts beautifully vulnerable, introspective songs carried by her crystal-clear, chill-inducing vocals. Melodic as it is meditative, Gumption (2016, Domino Records) will stick with you for its catchiness and its lyrical resonance.

Ancient Warfare | Saturday, March 12, 5 p.m., Congress St. Social Club


Folk | Folk rock | Acoustic | Roots

Harmonies, mountain air, warm strumming, and poignant lyricism.

Pair with: A local pale ale, your best flannel

And The Kids | Friday, March 11, 11 p.m., Ampersand

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  • Mothers

Mothers | Thursday, March 10, 10:30 p.m., Wild Wing

Perhaps one of the most buzzed-about acts in the Southeast right now, folk-flushed Athens rockers Mothers are on the rise. What began as the solo project of Kristin Leschper has evolved into a full band full of Athens indie talent, featuring Matthew Anderegg on drums, Drew Kirby on guitar, and Patrick Morales on bass. There's a mathy, experimental approach to Leschper's folk rock that make it uniquely modern and fresh, shining bendy obscurities on traditional songwriting. The band released its highly-anticipated debut LP, When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, on February 26.

Christopher Paul Stelling | Friday, March 11, 5 p.m., The Jinx

Rathborne | Sunday, March 12, 12 a.m., Ampersand

The Ballroom Thieves | Thursday, March 10, 10 p.m., Trinity UMC

Des Ark | Saturday, March 12, 8 p.m., Congress St. Social Club

Hollis Brown | Friday, March 11, 9 p.m., Ships of the Sea North Garden

Great Peacock | Friday, March 11, 8 p.m., Ships of the Sea North Garden

Quiet Hollers | Thursday, March 10, 9 p.m., Trinity UMC

Family and Friends | Friday, March 11, 8 p.m., Trinity UMC

Daniel Bachman | Friday, March 11, 4 p.m., The Jinx


Dance | Electropop

Synthesizers, tough grooves, and thick beats. Get ready to dance.

Pair with: Vodka Red Bull, freakum dress

Ra Ra Riot | Thursday, March 10, 8 p.m., Ships of the Sea North Garden

Mass Gothic | Saturday, March 12, 11 p.m., The Jinx

Mr Little Jeans | Friday, March 11, 12:30 a.m., Club One

French Horn Rebellion | Saturday, March 12, 11 p.m., Club One

Mystery Skulls | Sunday, March 12, 12 a.m., Club One

Wildhoney | Saturday, March 12, 10 p.m., The Rail

Wolkoff | Friday, March 11, 10:30 p.m., Club One

Twisty Cats | Saturday, March 12, 10 p.m., The Jinx

Sunglow| Saturday, March 12, 9 p.m., Club One


Ambient Folk

Dreamy swells and warm flushes travel throughout these compositions that fall somewhere between folk and bedroom pop.

Pair with: Hot toddy, fuzzy socks

Twin Limb | Saturday, March 12, 9 p.m., Trinity UMC

Lucette | Friday, March 11, 7 p.m., Ships of the Sea North Garden


Guitar-pop | Fuzz-pop | Power-pop | Twee

Catchy hooks with a lot of grit, garage, and vintage influences thrown in.

Pair with: PBR tallboy, denim jacket

Diet Cig | Friday, March 11, 12 a.m., Ampersand

Beverly | Saturday, March 12, 10 p.m., Wild Wing

Haybaby| Saturday, March 12, 8 p.m., The Rail

Faux Ferocious | Thursday, March 10, 10 p.m., The Jinx

New Madrid | Sunday, March 12, 12 a.m., Wild Wing

Chrome Pony | Thursday, March 10, Congress Street Social Club

Expert Alterations | Saturday, March 12, 9 p.m., The Rail

Honduras| Friday, March 11, 12 a.m., Congress St. Social Club

Tedo Stone | Friday, March 11, 7 p.m., Congress St. Social Club

Surf Rock is Dead | Friday, March 11, 6 p.m., Ampersand

COEDS | Friday, March 11, 10 p.m., Ampersand

Garden Giant | Friday, March 11, 9 p.m., Wild Wing


Americana | Alt-country

Southern-steeped songwriting with a kick.

Pair with: Bourbon (neat), well-groomed beard

Blitzen Trapper | Friday, March 11, 10 p.m., Ships of the Sea North Garden

Hiss Golden Messenger | Friday, March 11, 6 p.m., The Jinx

Futurebirds | Saturday, March 12, 10 p.m., Ships of the Sea North Garden

Susto | Saturday, March 12, 9 p.m., Ships of the Sea North Garden

T. Hardy Morris | Thursday, March 10, 11:30 p.m., Congress St. Social Club

Blank Range | Saturday, March 12, 8 p.m., Ships of the Sea North Garden

Chief Scout | Thursday, March 10, 10:30 p.m., Congress St. Social Club

Say Brother | Saturday, March 12, 4 p.m., The Jinx

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  • Ancient Cities

Ancient Cities | Saturday, March 12, 4 p.m., The Rail

Shot into the indiesphere by a performance at Newport Folk Festival, Ancient Cities stir crunchy, swampy tones in with psychedelic textures, blistering rock 'n' roll vocals and fiery guitar licks. Keep an ear out for their next album, Super Moon Black Out, sometime this summer.

The High Divers | Saturday, March 12, 12 p.m., The Grey (Stopover in the Yard)

Damon & The Shitkickers | Saturday, March 12, 5 p.m., The Jinx


Sunshine pop | Jangle-pop

Summertime is on its way! The melodies are saccharine, the guitars ooze melatonin, and all is right in the world.

Pair with: Captain & Sprite, heart-shaped sunglasses (to be worn indoors)

All Dogs | Thursday, March 10, 9:30 p.m., Wild Wing

Sydney Eloise & the Palms | Friday, March 11, 6 p.m., Congress St. Social Club

Motel Radio | Friday, March 11, 5 p.m., Congress St. Social Club

The Fontaines | Saturday, March 12,, 3 p.m., The Rail

Joy Again | Saturday, March 12, 4 p.m., Wild Wing

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  • Mercury Girls

Mercury Girls | Friday, March 11, 8 p.m., The Rail

Philly-based Mercury Girls, comprised of Northeastern indie scene vets (members of Literature, Little Big League, Pet Milk), deliver all the dreamy summertime jangle you could want. Fans of Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast, and Stopover alums Teen: eat your heart out.


Ambient pop | Shoegaze

Guitar pedals paving the stage, reverb so heavy your skin feels dewy, gauzy textures, and woozy arrangements.

Pair with: Red wine, essential oils

Stargazer Lilies | Saturday, March 12, 6 p.m., Congress St. Social Club

Dear Tracks | Saturday, March 12, 4 p.m., Congress St. Social Club

SALES | Saturday, March 12, 8 p.m., Trinity UMC

Wray | Friday, March 11, 5 p.m., Ampersand

Birmingham, Alabama's Wray blend shoegaze with a little surf, college rock, and dream-pop to create a memorable sound. Their latest, Hypatia, co-produced with Lynn Bridges (Jack Oblivian, Devendra Banhart, Dan Sartain) and mixed by Daniel Farris (Man or Astroman?, St. Vincent, Azure Ray), is deeply inspired by science and philosophy; it's a sublimely intricate listen.

Weekender | Friday, March 11, 4 p.m., Ampersand

Triathalon | Saturday, March 12, 11 p.m., Wild Wing

DEGA | Thursday, March 10, 10 p.m., Club One


Fusion | World

These bands pull from a variety of cultures and stylistic genres to create one-of-a-kind sounds.

Pair with: Long Island Iced Tea, TSA-approved carry-on bag

Culture Vulture | Thursday, March 10, 9 p.m, Ampersand

The Hip Abduction | Saturday, March 12, 11 p.m., Congress St. Social Club

David Wax Museum | Thursday, March 10, 11 p.m., Trinity UMC

Sweet Crude | Friday, March 11, 6 p.m., Trinity UMC

Street Clothes | Saturday, March 12, 2 p.m., The Rail

Dosti Music Project | Saturday, March 12, 3 p.m., Trinity UMC

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Anna Chandler

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Connect Savannah Arts & Entertainment Editor Anna Chandler started writing about music after growing hoarse from talking about it nonstop. Born in Tennessee and raised in South Carolina, she has been a proud Savannahian for 8 years. She sings & plays guitar & accordion in COEDS and Lovely Locks.

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