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.

25 Days to Bonnaroo: Jonathan Toubin

If you’re going to Bonnaroo to shake, rattle, and roll, then I suggest you make it to a set by DJ Jonathan Toubin. The man is sure to have you movin’ and a groovin’ for some time. Ya Dig? Enjoy.

Thinking of a Bonnaroo artist I need to know about? Shoot me a comment, email (matt@thevinylwarhol.com), carrier pigeon and let me know.

Jonathan Toubin – Sunday, June 15 2:30 A.M & 5:00 P.M. – Silent Disco

Here’s what the holy people setting up Bonnaroo had to say, “NEW YORK NIGHT TRAIN is the party machine of dynamic DJ/nightlife visionary Jonathan Toubin who is currently changing the world one wild 45rpm hoodang at a time! Making life a spicier [place] by prompting folks to dance at rock shows, bars, art galleries, and other places that used to be no fun.” Now if that confuses you as much as it confused me let me try to explain: Jonathan Toubin is a DJ who spins classic soul 45″s and gets people to be on there baddest behavior. He’s playing two, three hour sets, so there is no excuse to miss doing the twist at some point at Bonnaroo.


26 Days to Bonnaroo: Blank Range

As we get closer and closer, the great music keeps going. If there’s an awesome Bonnaroo band you think I should cover, please comment, send me an emails, Facebook me, whatever. Enjoy.

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Don’t eat yellow snow or funny smelling grass.

Blank Range – Friday, June 13, 9:20 P.M. – New Music on Tap Lounge

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: The Orwells, Ty Segall, Those Darlins



This year, Bonnaroo’s lineup is looking pretty friendly to garage rock fans. Jack White, Ty Segall, Cage the Elephant, Those Darlins, and The Orwells are all taking the stage at some point, and fans of those acts should check out Blank Range. Nashville-natives, Blank Range project a blues style garage rock, with nostalgic chords and friendly vocals.

27 Days to Bonnaroo: DakhaBrakha

Day 4. This is the weirdest thing I’ve come across while finding Bonnaroo acts to cover. The music speaks for itself, but I’ll try to say something. Enjoy.

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Beware of anyone wearing Crocs. They cannot be trusted.

DakhaBrakha – Friday, June 13, 3:30 P.M. – That Tent

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Kanye West, Danny Brown, A$AP Ferg. (Seriously, nothing sounds like this) 

So get this: DakhaBrakha are a Ukrainian quartet that specialize in soulful folk music, and also incorporate Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation. All of this craziness blended together may seem like eating pizza with sushi, but like eating pizza with sushi, it’s surprisingly awesome. Let me reiterate for the second time, DakhaBrakha’s music is all over the place! Sometimes I’m seduced in by a beautiful female voice, and other times I’m completely dumbfounded by a man rapping at me in Ukrainian. DakhaBrakha may not be one of those Bonnaroo acts you’re dying to see, but if you have some free time, go! This madness will surely be a site to see. I MEAN, COME ON! LOOK AT THIS SHIT!

28 Days to Bonnaroo: A Tribe Called Red

Day 3. While scouring the near infinite list of Bonnaroo acts, I stumbled upon this treasure. And from what I’ve heard so far, this is an amazing act you don’t want to miss. Enjoy.

A Tribe Called Red – Friday, June 13, 7:00 P.M. – That Tent

“Tribe” is the most fitting term for this collection of Canadian DJs/Producers. There sound combines the full-frontal attack of electronic music, with Native American tribal screams, claps, and funky ass beats. If you never thought you would get down to the sounds of nomads, be prepared to think again. I personally, am very selective with my electronic music, but this is so different. So primal. So real. You can’t help but move. If, at some point on Friday after 7:00 P.M., precipitation starts falling from the sky, look towards That Tent. Because I’m 99% sure you’ll find people doing some sort of rain dance.



29 Days to Bonnaroo: Broken Bells

Day 2. Enjoy.

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: To save room in your car, only bring one pair of underwear. You can always flip them inside out halfway through the festival.

Broken Bells – Sunday, June 15, 6:15 P.M. – Which Stage

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Fitz & The Tantrums, Vampire Weekend, City and Colour 


Broken Bells launched into the music stratosphere with their 2010 self-titled debut album. Their spacey indie rock sound captured music fans from both the folk and electronic persuasions, and the fact that Broken Bells is one part James Mercer (lead vocalist for The Shins), one part Danger Mouse didn’t hurt either. Their second release After the Disco was just released in February, so be prepared to hear a big chunk of it at Bonnaro. If after the sun-soaked Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, you’re wanting to listen to some low-key, smooth as silk indie rock, I’d suggest checking out Broken Bells. They’re playing right after Fitz & The Tantrums, so you’ll already have the music-they-play-at-Urban-Outfitters side of your brain warmed up. Get a taste of their live performance with footage from this year’s Coachella (aka Bitch Bonnaroo).

30 Days to Bonnaroo: The Orwells

Welcome to The Vinyl Warhol’s Countdown to Bonnaroo. If you’re attending Bonnaroo, or any music festival this summer, then you know the vitality of making an air tight schedule. With well over a hundred acts taking one of 13 stages, you’re bound to (or should I say “Bound 2,” ‘cuz Yeezus) see an artist or a artist or band you have little-to-no knowledge of. Well The VW is here to help you find some great talent to fit into that schedule. I’ll be previewing a new act with their set time/place for the next 30 days leading up to Bonnaroo. Welcome friends, we’re “Bound 2” have many adventures. Enjoy.

The Orwells – Friday, June 13, 5:20 P.M. – New Music on Tap Lounge 

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Ty Segall, Those Darlins, Cage the Elephant



If you like noisy, cheerful, engaging garage rock music with pop hooks, then I suggest you check out The Orwells. Their debut full-length Remember When came out in 2012, but the group really started making waves last year with the EP, Who Needs You. Now is the perfect time to see them, right as their starting to come up, before they explode (perhaps literally). Their set ends at 6:20 p.m., so if you’re seeing Vampire Weekend or CHVRCHES at 7:30, you’ll have apt time to get a decent spot. If you need further verification from The Orwells, take a peak at their performance on Late Show with David Letterman. See you tomorrow.