5 Days to Bonnaroo: Cage the Elephant

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Bring tons of cash. ATM lines are infinite.

Cage the Elephant – Saturday, July 14, 5:45 P.M. – Which Stage

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



Cage the Elephant have gone through some major changes in their career. The band’s 2008 self-titled debut album was full of jangly, Stones-influenced rock hits like “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” and “In One Ear.” In 2011, Thank You, Happy Birthday saw the band at their most ferocious, playing fuzz-filled noisy rock. Incredibly aggressive tracks like “Sabertooth Tiger” and “Sell Yourself” featured vocalist Matt Schultz screaming incoherently, and to date, I consider Thank You, Happy Birthday my favorite Cage the Elephant album. Just last year, Melphobia, Cage’s third album, saw the band at their most experimental, incorporating elements like dance-infused melodies, trumpets, piano, and spoken word.

A few years back, I saw Cage the Elephant play at The House of Blues Orlando. Schultz was a madman: barking into the microphone, launching himself off their sound equipment, and nose diving into the audience. Afterwards, my best friend Joel and I met Schultz in parking lot. That night was a wild, sweaty experience that I will never forget, and I’m sure their Bonnaroo set will prove just as explosive.

RSD 2014 Preview: The Good, The Bad, and The Expensive

(There is no bad)

Officially founded in 2007, Record Store Day is a celebration of the community, pride, and hard-work that goes into every independently owned record store. In the past few years, Record Store Day has grown into its own holiday, where artists small and large deliver a limited supply of releases old and new. Record Store Day Ambassador Chuck D, from the legendary hip-hip group Public Enemy, remarked on the impact of record stores, “The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves. It both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other.”

I’m here to point you in the direction of my favorite releases, some of which my entire life savings ($164) on. This Saturday, thousands will gather at their local record store and indulge in the essential need that is music. Where will you be? Enjoy.

RSD 2014 Logo

The Vinyl Warhol’s RSD Picks (feel free to send me any of these)

??? – Side By Side Series 7″ : Always a fun, cheap way to get a unique RSD tradition. Two artists, an original song by one, with a cover by a different on the back. Last year I got The Stooges’/The Black Keys’ renditions of “No Fun,” on red and orange marble vinyl.

Cage the Elephant – “Take It Or Leave It”: A solid single from the band’s latest album, Melophobia. The B-side features an unreleased track called “Jesse James.”

CHVRCHES – Recover EP: One of last year’s hottest new acts, CHVRCHES has dominated both underground and popular music. They’re also playing at Bonnaroo!!

Haim – Forever: Another new giant from last year. Seriously infectious pop rock hits!

Jay Z/Linkin Park – Collision CourseOddly charming mash-ups of songs from both musical giants (See: “Big Pimpin’/Papercut”).

RPM Turntable Football – A Two Player Game Played at 33 1/3 RPM: Just look.

The Velvet Underground – LoadedA classic from a band where all of their albums (I don’t count are classic Squeeze) are classic. “Rock & Roll,” “Sweet Jane,” and “Cool It Down,” come on?

Liars – “Mess on a Mission”: Great tune from this band’s latest release, Mess. And just look at that! I did a blog talking about it.

LCD Soundsystem – The Long Goodbye Box set: Saving the best for last. This five LP set is a remastered recording of the band’s final concert at Madison Square Garden. The price is $130, but I’ll be damned if I’m not leaving RSD without it.

View the complete list here! So, whatcha want?