The following is (or might be) a fairly no brainer list, but I was going through the lineup for Bonnaroo and in my mind I was like, "Oh, I'd check this, this, or that out" you know, as you do. So I figured why not make this into a post. Just having a blog in general is a pretty self indulgent post, having a blog geared towards Matty, a fellow blogger on here, if he ever needs some sort of tie breaker, seems even more self indulgent but what can you do. And honestly, after he looks at this I am sure he will like, "Duh, dude, I know." But it's Friday before Memorial Day weekend and this place is dead and like Smokey said, "We ain't got shit to do." So let's do this. (Oh and it is a testament to Bonnaroo that partway down their lineup list I had to give up because I didn't recognize any names anymore. I figured those were the bands Matt might check out-some of them-give a yay or nay and I will check them out at some point):
(Oh and a real quick thanks to Asheem of the Enjoy The Static blog for helping me figure out the whole Soundcloud thing.)
I think they are headlining but, duh, yeah see them. I would be more jealous but I am going to see them this Tuesday before this performance, and I very excited about that!
The Beach Boys
So, from what I understand this is a big deal because they finally got Brian Wilson back in the fold? I don't mean to belittle it, because it is a big deal. It's a lot better than the lineup I saw at my first concert on the Groton Sub Base where John Stamos was on drums, that's for sure. I go back and forth on this which, I am sure a lot of people do: On one hand it would be cool to see the old lineup play a bunch of admittedly great songs but then again it's not the 60's (or even 70's anymore)- I would just hope they can pull it off. But I guess you won't know unless you go and see them.
This won't be the last time I say something like this: I feel like Bon Iver's original sound would be better suited for a darkened theater or club, while his new 80's-ish might sound better in a larger setting. But then again, both might be okay to hear from a distance while trying to relax in the shade, maybe with a burrito
The Avett Brothers
Now if it were ten years ago or whatever the Shins would be a definite, particularly after the one-two punch of Chutes Too Narrow and Oh Inverted World. But now it's basically just James Mercer and a bunch of hired guns. Does that matter? I'm not quite sure, but I do know that I haven't been paying attention to their newest album Port Of Morrow. But the chance to see James Mercer (who I guess is really "The Shins"? The whole thing is so weird) do those old songs, I might take that chance.
Foster The People
I just think they could put on a cool show with a bunch of catchy songs. And sometimes that's all it takes.
Along the same lines I see that Questlove is doing something with a Superjam? I have no idea what that means, but Questlove knows EVERYBODY so this could turn out so be something very special.
It just depends how amped you are to see "The Gambler" or "Lady" live. It might be a soothing break to take in Kenny's show while resting up for something else. It also depends on how weirded out you are by his new face.
This is obviously very personal, but I would make a point to see Black Star-which consists of Mos Def and Talib Kweli. They put out one of the greatest hip hop albums, to me of all time, and one of the top five albums of the nineties. Again this is very personal, but this would be too good for me to pass up. Plus they put on a pretty great live show.
Ben Folds Five
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Simply put, one of the best live shows around. I am not sure how they will translate in a big festival setting. Probably one of the best old school soul/funk bands around. Sharon Jones as a front woman is incredible, as are the Dap-Kings as her backing band. Would be a great time.
Two Door Cinema Club
Fitz and the Tantrums
GZA performing "Liquid Swords" with Fantomas
You like Ice Cream right? Particularly when it's hot out? Well, who doesn't? These guys do. There's potential for something fun. Even if it's just time to to take a break and soak in what these guys are offering.
The Joy Formidable
For me this would be a must see. I missed seeing them around me because I didn't realize how popular they had become and it sold out. I wish I had been able to see them because they make a righteous noise and, from what I have seen in youtube and what not, put on a hell of a live show.
The Alabama Shakes
Probably one of the newest up and comers, and they seem like no joke, the lead singer belts out tunes like Aretha. They made their name before the album came out with their electric live shows, so it might not be one to pass up.
Good stuff. Especially when you're looking for a break. Maybe in the middle of the day, with some cold water?
I wrote before how it took me a long time to come around on Das Racist, but I eventually did. They could be the next step in the evolution of hip hop or they could fade away. Who knows? But they seem like they could put on a really fun live show, with enough bass to wake you up and maybe give you a cardiac episode.
If you find yourself flagging and need a pick me up in spirit, you could do worse.
This, again, might be a band better enjoyed in a dark theater, but considering these guys can also make a righteous noise. I'm not sure about their newer stuff, but their older stuff could blow you away.
The War On Drugs
I would just want to see them live, I think they have the potential for being really fun.
These guys are so fun and infectious on record, that I would hope it would translate into an equally fun and infectious show. I bet they could get the job done.
Sort of like the above, they have the potential, I think, for putting on a fun show. Just straight up rocking out.
She's definitely different than your average pop star or singer-songwriter. She has much more of an edge. I'm not sure if you are gonna want to see her whole set, but if you have the time it might be worth checking out for a song or two.
Here We Go Magic
Their music is okay. BUT if you see them you might be able to hear their story about how they came across John Waters hitchhiking and gave him a ride.
To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan. BUT it might be nice to find a cool(ish) spot and hang out and use this as some nice background music. if you're lucky they'll be playing as the sun goes down, and that might work out perfectly.
Well, I hope that helps and I hope that was fun to read.