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Movin’ On 2015 Headlined By Passion Pit, Big Sean

Movin’ On just dropped their 2015 lineup, revealing the artists on their website, via an awesome, must-watch video.

In what has become an annual tradition, Movin’ On has once again outdone itself, assembling an incredible lineup of big name talent for the 2015 spring festival. Passion Pit and Big Sean will close out the concert’s main stage in that order, making for the best headliners in Movin’ On history.

The GOOD Music rapper and indietronica band will be preceded by Big Gigantic, Atmosphere, and New Politics. Atmosphere and the student artist/band that wins Battle of the Bands will perform on the ‘B’ stage, while the other four acts will play on the main stage on May 1 at IM Fields West.

Movin’ On announced the star-studded lineup on Wednesday night with the video atop this post.

And with that, here’s a breakdown of all the artists and a Spotify playlist with some of their best tracks to get you fully into the Movin’ On spirit.

Passion Pit

Photo: Passion Pit Facebook
Photo: Passion Pit Facebook

Big Sean’s co-headliner and the festival’s closer this year is Passion Pit, a band that melds indie and electronic music to form one of the more unique sounds in the industry today. Passion Pit is best known for “Sleepyhead” and “Take a Walk”, but the band has a diverse portfolio of music and will certainly bring plenty of energy to the stage at Movin’ On.

Big Sean

Photo: Big Sean Instagram
Photo: Big Sean Instagram

Big Sean is one of the biggest names in the rap game today. He came up from Detroit and signed with Kanye eight years ago, dropping three albums since then pushing out hits like “Marvin & Chardonnay” and “My Last” while collaborating on monster tracks like “Mercy.” His latest studio album was released on Tuesday and features some really great tracks, including “Blessings” featuring Drake, “All Your Fault” featuring Kanye, and the Platinum hit “I Don’t Fuck with You.”

Big Gigantic

Photo: Big Gigantic Facebook

Big Gigantic is one of the most interesting artists on the list. The Colorado-based “livetronnica” duo combines live drum beats with jazzy saxophone riffs and eletronic elements. The end result is a clean, EDM-like sound that transcends multiple genres. Some songs like “The Night is Young” featuring Cherub are reminiscent of funk or disco. Others, like “Power” featuring GRiZ have heavier Dubstep drops.


Photo: Atmosphere Facebook
Photo: Atmosphere Facebook

Atmosphere is a Minneapolis-based rap duo comprised of rapper Slug and producer/DJ Ant. The two co-founded Rhymesayers, arguably the most iconic and important independent hip-hop label around after the fall of Definitive Jux. Their following is one of the most passionate in rap, and their sets tend to cover multiple eras of the group’s work.

Their evolution into strongly positive storytellers (Slug’s a fantastic lyricist, and Ant is a well-respected producer regardless of the feel of the beat) from angry young men has been one of the most interesting in recent years. I’m a sucker for storytelling hip hop (shoutout to “Dance With The Devil,” “Testify,” and “My Lost Love & Addiction”), so I can’t help but love Atmosphere’s “The Last To Say,” which expertly navigates the hardship of domestic abuse, and God Loves Ugly is one of the most deeply personal and cutting songs in the genre.

New Politics

Photo: New Politics Facebook
Photo: New Politics Facebook

Last but not least is the lone foreign performer of the festival: Danish alternative rock band New Politics. The Copenhagen-based trio is essentially the classic pop punk band with some electronic elements thrown in every now and then. I don’t care if you like punk rock, if you listen to “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” you’re guaranteed to be excited for Movin’ On to kick off with New Politics. They also do parkour on stage, which is awesome.

The free festival will, as always, be open to any and all attendees at the IM Fields West on May 1, kicking off in the afternoon and running all day long. If you’re already antsy for this year’s show, here’s a primer for you in the form of a Spotify playlist. We compiled some of the most popular songs from each artist with a few lesser-known tunes in the mix to get you ready.

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Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.

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