14 Days to Bonnaroo: Speedy Ortiz

We have two weeks people! TWO! TO! TOOO! We’ve already halfway through our countdown, but still have a shit ton of awesome acts to cover. Enjoy

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: If you’ve got the extra cash, you should try all the tasty food Bonnaroo has to offer. Vegetarians and vegans are not discriminated against.

Speedy Ortiz – Friday, June 13, 10:40 P.M. – New Music on Tap Lounge

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Warpaint, Real Estate

Speedy Ortiz is an indie rock band from Northampton, Ma, whose debut album Major Arcana was released in July of last year. Their often haunting brand of indie rock combines grunge and post-punk elements, with singer Sadie Dupuis’s surprising sweet voice. Speedy Ortiz’s music is always changing direction, moving up and down in a chaotic tornado. The band recently released Real Hair, a four song EP with some of their most disorganized, and most infectious, sounds to date.

15 Days to Bonnaroo: First Aid Kit

Love a Bonnaroo band that I haven’t featured yet? Shoot me a Facebook message telling me of their greatness. Enjoy.

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Put soapy washcloths in plastic bags and bring them to Bonnaroo. Wet the washcloth, and BOOM! Insta-bath.

First Aid Kit – Saturday, June 14, 3:00 P.M. – This Tent

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Neutral Milk Hotel, The Head and The Heart, Ms. Lauryn Hill

First Aid Kit first broke onto the music scene in 2008, when the folk duo released a cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” on YouTube. Since then, Johanna and Klara Söderberg have released two albums, and our currently promoting their third, Stay Gold. 

The angelic harmonies of First Aid Kit are instantly captivating; I haven’t heard voices with such technical and emotional prowess in along time. Their music isn’t anything groundbreaking, but the authenticity and beauty in which it’s presented is nothing less than touching. I’m not even someone who is generally attracted to acts like First Aid Kit, but I can recognize talent, and I enjoy seeing talented people perform. If you feel the same way, than I hope to see you there!


16 Days to Bonnaroo: Chromeo

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Don’t forget to Wang Chung before, during, and after every performance.

Chromeo – Saturday, June 14, 7:30 P.M. – Which Stage

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Fitz & The Tantrums, James Blake, Cut Copy

Chromeo are currently in the standings for best album title of 2014. The album I’m speaking of is White Women, and its contents matter much more than its title. Chromeo’s music is made for more than just Caucasian females to enjoy. All races and genders are welcomed, encouraged in fact, to groove to the electronic, discoesque, funk pop, music of Chromeo.

Upon initial listen, you can hear a variety influences from Hall & Oates to Daft Punk. Singer/guitar player Dave 1 lays down stanky funk and R&B riffs, whilst singing in a very Wang Chung “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” manner. Seriously, everything about Chromeo screams the 80’s: their fucking album is named White Women. What part of that doesn’t sound like a Culture Club? P-Thugg’s synths are so light and sweet, that this music begs to be danced to. So Bonnaroo? You wanna dance?

17 Days to Bonnaroo: Neutral Milk Hotel

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: If you’re looking for a great way to save money on food, check out the Clean Vibes Trading Post! If you recycle your plastic bottles, cans, and cigarette butts, you can earn food vouchers.

Neutral Milk Hotel – Friday, June 13, 8:00 P.M. – This Tent

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: The Avett Brothers, The Head and The Heart, Seasick Steve 

If in 1999, you were to say that the recently defunct Neutral Milk Hotel were going to be one of the most anticipated acts at any music festival, people would respond in two different ways: 1. “Wow, I can’t believe they managed that.” or, the more likely, “Who the hell is Neutral Milk Hotel?” But the years have been very good to Jeff Magnum and his associates. At the time of its release, the band’s second album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea made little to no waves in the vast ocean that was the late-90’s music industry. But as time went on, as The Internet took over every aspect of our lives, and as ITAOTS simmered, things began to change.

If you are at all involved with the online music community, or more specifically /mu, then the former paragraph was not news to you. But, if you’re unaware of Neutral Milk Hotel, let me educate you on arguably the most important album of The Internet Age. In the 16 years since its debut, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea has spread like hipster wildfire and is now ranked with the likes of Sgt. Pepper’s in the god-like tier of music. Songs like “Holland, 1945” and “Oh Comely” have become intensely analyzed  works of art, and choice lyrics (see: “I love you Jesus Christ”) have become memes in their own right. Seriously though, this album is phenomenal. Everyone should listen to it, and I mean actually listen to it, at least a few times. The narratives are moving; the instrumentals are familiar, yet unique; and Magnum’s voice is strangely emotive. Note: I’ve come across a minority who find Magnum’s vocals incredibly annoying, so don’t feel bad if you do too.

All of this being said, it is obvious that Neutral Milk Hotel is on the tippy top of my must see list. This is Neutral Milk Hotel’s first tour since their 1999 break-up, and holy shit I’m giddy. I cannot wait to shout the lyrics of ITAOTS – there other album On Avery Island is also worth a listen – with hundreds of fans. I am fully expecting a religious experience, and if you connect with Neutral Milk Hotel’s music in a similar way, you know it will be a set like no other.

18 Days to Bonnaroo: Haerts

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Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Make the most of your time on the farm. Never say to yourself, “I’m going to go take a nap.”

Haerts – Saturday, June 14, 3:30 P.M. – The Other Tent

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Chvrches, Broken Bells, Warpaint

Haert – don’t ask me how you say it – is an electro-pop outfit hailing from Brooklyn, New York. In 2013, the band released Hemiplegiatheir debut EP, containing tracks with slick grooves, strong vocals, and smooth melodies. Songs like “Wings” remind of the slower, wispier cuts from Haim’s Days Our Gone. On a personal level, I don’t overly gravitate towards acts like Haerts. I prefer poppier pop or more experimental electronic music; Haerts seem to be somewhere in the middle. Note: I do intimately love the bass line on “All the Days.”

19 Days to Bonnaroo: Ty Segall

As the days go by, I get more and more excited. This is one you do not want to miss. Enjoy.

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Please, no love making during Lionel Richie. Contain yourselves people.

Ty Segall – Friday, June 13, 1:00 A.M. – This Tent

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: The Orwells, Dr. Dog, Those Darlins

Ty Segall has become a garage rock God. He’s like Jack White, but younger and covered in California sand. Like White, he’s never slowed down. Within the last few years, Segall has released upwards of ten albums with various bands and collaborators. Whether he’s playing brutal, metal-esque punk, jangly surf rock, or acoustic folk rock, Segall always brings A+ songwriting with A+ melodies.

At Bonnaroo, expect Segall’s crunchy guitars to conjure glorious mosh pits and bludgeon eyes as far as they used to see. If you need a preview, check out Segall play “You’re the Doctor” on Letterman.

20 Days to Bonnaroo: Janelle Monáe

Beyoncé, eat your heart out! Enjoy.

Educate yourself on other Bonnaroo artists!

 Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Flamethrowers are great for cooking food, or killing friends.

Janelle Monáe – Friday, June15, 3:30 P.M. – What Stage

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Ms. Lauryn Hill, James Blake, Chance the Rapper

I hate Janelle Monáe. Actually, I love Janelle Monáe. But, I hate that she’s playing at the same time as The Orwells. It’s the shittiest decision I have to make, other than the whole fucking Chvrches Vs Vampire Weekend VS Neutral Milk Hotel debacle. But it’s a decision Monáe will win. Her funk, soul , R&B swagger is infectious. And baby, I’m addicted. The way she sings, moves, and dresses is all cool, all the time. “Black and white tux, ain’t no need for no other colors.” Live, I’m expecting a full brass band, and toes taping from here to Japan. Keep it cool…


21 Days to Bonnaroo: Ms. Lauryn Hill

I’m not sure what prompted the addition of “Ms.” to Lauren Hill’s name. Maybe she’s trying to tell us she’s single, and ready to mingle. Sorry Lauryn, I’m spoken for, but I’m really excited to see you at Bonnaroo! Enjoy.

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Don’t go see Jack White. I want to be in the front.

Ms. Lauryn Hill – Saturday, June 14, 8:45 P.M. – That Tent

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Frank Ocean, Janelle Monae 

If you’re white, or were musically unaware in 1994, then you might not know who Lauryn Hill is. During the Clinton administration, Hill became hugely popular as one-third of the groundbreaking rap collective, Fugees. The group’s sole female member, Hill was seen as strong, pro-feminist, swagger-filled symbol, who rapped, not about bitches and money, but about social and racial issues. Her first solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill succeeded both critically and commercially, winning Hill five Grammys.

Recently however, life for Lauryn Hill hasn’t been as grand. She hasn’t released an album since 2002, and last year served three months jail for tax evasion. But, let’s talk Bonnaroo. I have no doubt in my mind she will rise like phoenix, and burn the stage to the ground. Because at Bonnaroo, music matters most, and making music is what Lauryn Hill was born to do. Her voice is so soulful, so emotive, that it’s impossible not feel a connection. Whether she’s ripping through a classic Fugees verse, or serenading with solo material, Lauryn Hill is all feeling.

22 Days to Bonnaroo: Dr. Dog

I’ll be honest, I’m not actually familiar to Dr. Dog. But I want to be. I’ve heard such amazing things from my friends, and it’s about time I gave them a listen. Follow me, and we will discover the joy of music together. Enjoy.

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Don’t drink milk. Hydrate it does not.

Dr. Dog – Friday, June 12, 2:30 P.M. – Which Stage

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: The Head And The Heart, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Grouplove

Dr. D likes to keep it smooth. The band’s brand of indie folk hearkens numerous comparisons, but stands out with a subtle MGMT psychedelic influx. I usually prefer more traditional folk and more edgier indie rock, but Dr. Dog’s sound is sincere and emotive.So if you enjoy Dr. Dog, let me know why. And go see them at Bonnaroo. That’s all for today. See you tomorrow.

23 Days to Bonnaroo: Die Antwoord

Since the fearsome threesome just released a new video for the song “Pitbull Terrier,” now seems like a good time to tackle this South African beast. Enjoy.

Educate yourself on other Bonnaroo artists!

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Just because you don’t hear any music coming from the Silent Disco, that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s nothing going on.

Die Antwoord – Saturday, June 14, 1:45 A.M. – The Other Tent

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: A Tribe Called Red, Danny Brown 

The most fitting way I can find to describe everything Die Antwoord: fucked up shit! However, this is not an insult. In fact, I think Die Antwoord would be offended if I called them anything less explicit. Die Antwoord is a South African rap-rave collective whose debaucherous, and that’s putting it lightly, themes and hard beats have built them a surprisingly large following in the US. They’ve released two albums thus far, $O$ and Ten$ion, and their third album Donker Mag is scheduled to be drop on June 3.

I will definitely be seeing Die Antwoord live. Actually, I have no other choice. My girlfriend is dying to see Yo-Landi Vi$$er, the group’s Fergie with more meth. But just because I have no say in whether or not I’m seeing going to see them, that doesn’t mean I’m not excited. “In fact, I don’t know if I’m more scared or aroused.” – Allie Warhol