But, before I continue with Monday’s line up, I should take a moment from this excitement to let you all know there has been a change in my Saturday schedule. Much to the chagrin of a close friend of mine, I was seeing Girls instead of LCD Soundsystem. Apparently I’d be missing out on quite the show. And, to be honest, I didn’t believe him until I saw this . . .
Sorry Girls. I will have to see you some other time. Nick – thanks for the tip!
Monday May 31st
12:55 PM (MAIN Stage)
Mayer Hawthorne – Stones Throw Records artist and multi-instrumentalist cites Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield, and Isaac Hayes as just a few of his influences. Upon first hearing his music, Peanut Butter Wolf asked if he re-edited old soul/funk songs from the late 60s to early 70s and was surprised to hear that they were new songs performed and arranged entirely by Hawthorne.
2:00 PM (YETI Stage)
Phantogram – Electro rock duo from Saratoga Springs, Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel have known each other since junior high. After college they teamed up to write music as the band Charlie Everywhere (they changed their name to “Phantogram” after signing with BBE). Barthel describes their sound as “Serge Gainsbourg, sampling, and Detroit hip-hop.”
3:15 PM (RUMP Stage)
Bobcat Goldthwait – His voice is legendary. You’ve heard it at least once before. Personally I first remember hearing him as the voice of the sock puppet in the movie “Freaked” (1993). Just check out his filmography! He is bizarre, hilarious, and I can’t wait to finally see him live.
4:10 PM (MAIN Stage)
Passion Pit – Electropop band from Cambridge, Mass became practically an overnight sensation in the indie music world after the release of their first full length album Manners (2009). Their song “Sleepyhead” was featured in an ad for the Palm Pixi. I’m anxious to hear “The Reeling."
5:10 PM (YETI Stage)
Japandroids - Brian King and David Prowse are just about the nicest Canadian garage rockers you'll ever meet. For a band of just two gentlemen, these guys put on an energetic and loud show! Watch them perform “The Boys are Leaving Town” from the Cavern in Dallas:
6:15 PM (YETI Stage)
No Age – Here is another indie rock duo who knows how to make noise. Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt are part of the Los Angeles noise rock scene along with HEALTH and Mika Miko. Their DIY ethic infused with 1980s underground punk influences has gained their band and the venue they began performing at, The Smell, national attention.
8:20 PM (BIG Stage)
The New Pornographers – AC Newman knows how to put together a band. Neko Case, St. Vincent, Will Sheff (Okkervil River) are just a few of the notable indie artists featured in his band. Their newest album Together (2010) was recorded all over Canada and the United States and features probably one of my favorite songs of the year “My Shepherd” with Neko Case.
9:30 PM (MAIN Stage)
Ween – Dean and Gene Ween have been recording since 1984 when a demon-god Boognish appeared to them in their dreams and inspired them to make music. And their music is as creative, bizarre and imaginative as their origin story. They are at times irreverent, but more importantly they are funny, intelligent, and amazing musicians.
*NOTE* I plan to do live tweeting from the festival, and will also be updating Paduta’s Facebook with pictures from the event. So even if you can’t go, it’ll be like you’re right there with me the whole weekend!
Next time . . . Meg talks about the ACL line up
and tries to figure out what is so great about Muse.