Savannah Stopover: Genre Guide

Don’t know quite what you’re gonna hear at Savannah Stopover Music Festival? We corral the sounds so you can pick your tune and find the shows you want to see!


Caveman. This New York quartet, who came to prominence on tours with The War on Drugs, Jeff Tweedy, and Weezer, has spent seven years forging an eclectic indie-pop sound. Caveman’s 2016 LP Otero War showed the band maturing with emotional drama and memorable melodies.

Ezra Furman. With a voice not unlike that of Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano and jangly, upbeat compositions, Ezra Furman brings a one-of-a-kind style to the stage.

Ian Sweet. Anchored by singer, songwriter and guitarist Jilian Medford, Brooklyn trio Ian Sweet creates complex, gleaming pop gems.

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Molly Burch

Molly Burch. With a distinguished elegance and vintage tint, Molly Burch finds inspiration in film musicals, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, and Brill Building pop.

Allison Crutchfield. See our interview here.

Kane Strang. Indie-pop and garage-pop collide with Dunedin, New Zealand’s Kane Strang.

Upright Man. The New York band pulls from alt-rock, psych, classic rock, and roots-pop for a unique sound.

Electropop | Synth-pop | Dance

Lewis Del Mar. Like a dark Alt-J, childhood collaborators Danny Miller and Max Harwood make their own kind of electro-acoustic indie-pop with huge percussive beats and smooth, dynamic vocals.

Alex Cameron. With sultry deeply smoky vocals and edgy rhythms, Alex Cameron (also a member of electronic act Seekae) makes high-concept electro-pop that’s earne d him tours with the likes of Foxygen, Mac DeMarco, and more.

The Belle Game. New age influence meets dance floor dynamics as keys and guitars carry over huge rhythms with Vancouver’s The Belle Game.

Wolkoff. The Brooklyn electro-pop star returns to Stopover. Since we last saw her, Wolkoff released two singles with The Hood Internet and shared a second album, Without Shame, produced by Grammy-award winning engineer Ariel Borujow.

The Undercover Dream Lovers. The woozy indie/psychedelic rock project of Matt Koening started the year strong with a sold-out show at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and head South on their way to SXSW.

Gibbz. C-list horror movie actor, ballroom dancer, and Berklee College of Music grad Mike Gibney spent time as an audio engineer for top acts before creating his own electropop as Gibbz.

The Dig. With psychedelic swells and soaring synths, The Dig arrive in Savannah with a fresh LP, Bloodshot Tokyo.

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Vita and the Woolf

Vita and the Woolf. Vocalist Jennifer Pague channels neo-soul inspiration with Florence Welch-style powerhouse vocals on a bed of synth-pop.

Yoke Lore. Walk the Moon and Yellerkin’s Adrian Galvin goes solo in this electropop project.

GGOOLLDD. Milwaukee four-piece GOOLLDD started out as an excuse to throw parties and grew into an electro-pop band that kicks out anthemic, sweeping hits.

Atmospheric pop | Experimental pop | Bedroom pop

Kishi Bashi. Multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi got his start as a touring violinist for Regina Spektor, of Montreal, and others; now, he crafts stunningly lush orchestral pop of his own. His latest LP, Sonderlust, came out last year.

Julien Baker. Check out our interview here.

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Communist Daughter

Communist Daughter. Dreamy with folk textures and tremendous builds, Communist Daughter is hot on the indie circuit.

Saw Black. Tracked in a basement studio on an 8-track tape machine, Saw Black’s Azalea Days is garnering the attention of many tastemakers.

Ess See. Check out our interview here.

Frances Cone. The four-piece has been likened to Fleetwood Mac and The Head and the Heart for their rich harmonies and guitar melodies.

Gracie and Rachel. Orchestral pop comes to life with this piano-violin duo.

pronoun. pronoun’s intimate blend of synth-pop, indie, and guitar-pop on the EP “There’s no one new around you.” caught the eyes and ears of seemingly everyone.

Tall Heights. Fans of Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, and Fleet Foxes will eat up Tall Height’s atmospheric, harmonic pop.

Half Waif. You’ll hear Celtic melodies, electronic soundscapes, and shades of 19th century art music in Half Waif’s music.

Hoops. Lo-fi Bloomington quarter Hoops emerged on the scene in 2015 to widespread praise from indie blogs. The Fat Possum-signed band blends ‘80s college rock with shoegaze and dream pop—perfect for fans of DIIV, Ariel Pink, and Real Estate.

Vagabon. NYC-via-Cameroon resident Lætitia Tamko finds inspiration in her cultural duality, spinning a genre-spanning kind of pop with influences from punk, electronica, and west and east African music.

Americana | Alt-country

Lillie Mae. Lillie Mae’s latest, the Jack White produced Forever and Then Some, captures her storyteller spirit and mountain-inspired brand of Americana.

Big Mama Shakes. Williamsburg, Virginia’s Big Mama Shakes play country-tinged rock ‘n’ roll that’s put them on stages with Dirty Heads, Passion Pit, Incubus, and more.

Country Mice. The very first band Stopover ever booked for the inaugural festival has reunited!

Damon and the Shitkickers. You know ‘em, you love ‘em: Savannah’s own outlaw country rockers Damon and the Shitkickers will be back at The Jinx.

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Say Brother

Say Brother. Blues rock meets country meets Americana with Columbia’s Say Brother.

Valley Queen. Southern Rock, Motown, and 1970s canyon rock collide in the sounds of LA’s Valley Queen.

Kelsey Waldon. Country crooner Kelsey Waldon garnered attention with 2016’s I’ve Got a Way; she’s the star of Stopover in the Yard during the festival.

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The Bones of J.R. Jones

The Bones of J.R. Jones. Rooted in nasty blues, gospel, and grungy distortion, J.R. Bones’ is a folk-inspired, raw sound that’s distinctly American.

Nellie Pearl. Bright roots-pop emanates from powerhouse vocalist Nellie Pearl and her band.

Lulu the Giant. Savannah’s own Lulu the Giant is a tough one to categorize—jazz, blues, pop, roots and country bleed into singer-songwriter/upright bassist Rachael Shaner’s sound—but it’s all very distinctly Southern.

Lyn Avenue. The Savannah country band has been dishing out radio-ready pop-country for some years now.

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

The Britanys. The Strokes for a new era, The Britanys feature former Savannah resident Lucas Carpenter of projects like Triathalon, Breakers, Saint Corsair, and more.

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High Waisted

High Waisted. Surfy, vintage, and wildly fun, NYC’s High Waisted have captured many an audience, from beer soaked dive bars of Brooklyn to the packed crowds of Riot Fest.

Tim Darcy. Somewhere between Lou Reed’s swagger and Johnathan Richman’s wry pop, you’ll find Tim Darcy. The frontman of beloved Montreal band Ought brings his own tunes to the festival.

Splashh. Londoners Splashh boast a neo-shoegaze sound with raucous basement show guitar work.

Best Behavior. The NYC band came through and played Sulfur Studios this year for Generation Pill’s album release party. It was one of the most entertaining shows Savannah’s seen in a while, full of stage antics and toe-tapping hooks, and it’s good to see the band return to The Hostess City.

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*repeat repeat. Vintage vibes bleed through the speakers while surf riffs and guitar crunch come together to make *repeat repeat’s distinct sound.

Wreckless Eric. The ‘80s new wave hero behind the hit single “Whole Wide World” is back in Savannah!

Ron Gallo. Check out former Toy Soldier frontman Gallo’s super-charged rock ‘n’ roll over the weekend.

Hip-Hop | Rap

Floco Torres. With 21 releases available and no signs of stopping, Floco Torres is a hip-hop artist by trade and a songwriter, producer, bassist, director, and project manager.

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A Tribe Called Red

A Tribe Called Red. Canada’s acclaimed electronic DJ collective blend hip-hop, reggae, dubstep and First Nations musical traditions into a completely unique sound.

Miggs Son Daddy. The “Illest Illustrator” and Dope Sandwich member may have left Savannah for Philly earlier this year, but that’s not stopping him from returning for a hometown show in the name of Stopover.

Sunshine pop | Jangle-pop

Hockey Dad. New South Wales, Australia’s Hockey Dad bring surf rock influences to their shiny, upbeat pop-rock. They’re poised for success on Kanine Records, home of indie faves like Grizzly Bear and Surfer Blood.

Weaves. With their high-energy, artful take on indie-pop, Toronto’s Weaves promise a dramatic, unforgettable performance.

The Paperhead. Nashville trio The Paperhead recall the psychedelic ‘60s in their bright arrangements.

Garage rock | Fuzz-rock | Noise rock | Psych rock

DTCV. With bright swells and nods to garage, post-punk, and vintage French pop, DTCV (pronounced “detective”) is the brainchild of former Guided by Voices member and cult writer James Greer and French singer-songwriter Lola G.

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Dirty Dishes

Dirty Dishes. NYC’s Jenny Truite’s makes explosive garage rock with walls of fuzz and an elaborate guitar pedal chain.

Garden Giant. Savannah’s own power trio released their debut LP, Mutual, last year.

Charly Bliss. A band that began writing over AOL Instant Messenger after teenaged frontwoman Eva Hendricks and guitarist Spencer Fox met at NYC’s Webster Hall, Charly Bliss has grown into a bubble-grunge tour-de-force, opening for Sleater-Kinney, Veruca Salt, Glass Animals, and more.

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JEFF the Brotherhood

JEFF The Brotherhood. Infamous sibling duo Jake and Jamin Orrall stared playing their psych-influenced garage rock in high school and have released a stream of successful albums since their raucous debut.

Crocodiles. Shiny and sleazy and fuzzy to the max, Crocodiles brings together Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez—formerly of the Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower—for a delicious lo-fi confection.

Chain of Flowers. Wales post-punks Chain of Flowers have been heralded as one of the finest young acts in the genre to break out in years, earning them opening slots with likes of The Fall, Chameleons, and Ceremony.

Daddy Issues. The Nashville trio has won hearts in audiences and the Internet for their witchy, grunge and surf-inspired feminist fuzz-pop.

AJ Davila. Gaining garage rock notoriety as frontman of Dávila 666, San Juan, Puerto Rico’s AJ Davila struck out on his own with a solo album. Since then, he’s continued to release cheery garage rock anthems that are just plain fun.

CUSSES. Our local hard rock trio returns to Stopover.

McLEOD. The Savannah band dishes out a space-rock/psychedelic rock sound.

Rude Dude & The Creek Freaks. Savannah’s favorite new garage band makes their Stopover debut this year.

Folk | Folk rock | Acoustic | Roots

Tall Tall Trees. One man band Mike Savino brings his experimental indie-folk back to Savannah.

Isaac Smith. Singer-songwriter Isaac Smith, whether he’s performing solo with an acoustic guitar or with a full band, always enchants his audience.

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Christopher Paul Stelling

Christopher Paul Stelling. He’s played every single Stopover, and he’s back again: your favorite singer-songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling.

River Whyless. Asheville’s neo-folk quartet returns to Savannah.

Becca Mancari. Staten Island-born Mancari sings traveling songs with raw rock edge and country dirt.

Cicada Rhythm. The Athens duo has already charmed Savannah audiences with their lush, Julliard-trained arrangements and the Georgia natives are back to enchant again.

Progressive | Experimental

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Deantoni Parks

Deantoni Parks. Avant-garde drummer Deantoni Parks, currently of New York band KUDU and writing duo Dark Angels and formerly of The Mars Volta and Bosnian Rainbows (with Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Le Butcherettes’ Teri Gender Bender) brings his jagged, experimental-electro solo work back home to Georgia. In addition to being a magnetic live performer, Parks is an in-demand session player, working with Moby, John Cale, Flying Lotus, and more.

San Soma. Inspired by the likes of James Blake, TV On The Radio, and Bon Iver, Cody Samson’s makes meditative, sultry songs with a darkness to them.


Lee Fields & The Expressions. Read our interview with the fabulous Mr. Fields here.

Curtis Harding. The Atlanta vocalist’s been featured on several remixes from OutKast and has acted as a backing vocalist for Cee Lo Green. After teaming up with Black Lips guitarist Cole Alexander, and releasing an album on Burger Records as Nigh Sun, Harding struck out on his own, releasing a solo album, Soul Power, with vintage soul structure and garage edge.

Lawrence. Siblings Clyde and Gracie Lawrence were raised on Stevie Wonder and Janis Joplin, and their original work shows their soul hearts shining through. An accomplished composer, Clyde’s the youngest member ever admitted into the Songwriters Guild of America for his work on Miss Congeniality when he was—seriously—six years old (remember the “Miss United States” anthem in that movie? That was all him).

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Ruby Amanfu

Ruby Amanfu. This Ghana-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter was singing professionally in the Nashville Symphony Orchestra by the time she was a junior in high school, was collaborating with and writing for artists like Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini, and the Duhks while competing on NBC’s The Sing-Off in 2011, and performed in Jack White’s touring band. After duetting with White at the 2013 Grammy Awards, the spotlight turned on Amanfu as a solo performer. She released an LP, Standing Still, in 2015.

Walker Lukens. One of Austin’s hottest songwriters, Walker Lukens blends sexy R&B grooves with catchy-as-hell hooks to make a truly contagious sound.

Alanna Royale. The soul-shaking Tennessee songstress is back with her band to make Savannah dance ‘til they’re sore.

Major & The Monbacks. ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll influences and early psychedelic sunshine bleeds through Major & The Monbacks’ soulful melodies and three-part harmonies.


About The Author

Anna Chandler

Connect Savannah Former 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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