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.

7 Days to Bonnaroo: White Denim

ONE WEEK. Enjoy.

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Bring a pee bottle. Late night walks to the port-a-potties are not as fun as they sound.

White Denim – Friday, June 13, 12:00 A.M. – That Tent

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Jack White, Those Darlins, Blank Range, Vampire Weekend


White Denim is a four-piece band from Austin, Texas. Since 2008, they’ve combined a Vampire Weekend style indie rock with psychedelic and blues flavors. Just last year, White Denim released their sixth album, Corsicana Lemonade. 

The first song I remembering hearing from the band was “Shake, Shake, Shake.” I know it’s the most famous they’ve produced, but I think it’s also one of the best. The thumbing bass lines give me chills every time, and the sporadic drum fills are so damn tasty. At Bonnaroo, White Denim are bound to bring energy and excitement to their set. Good times will be rollin’ for sure.



10 Days to Bonnaroo: Disclosure

Before I introduce you to today’s artist, I wanted to take a second and thank everyone for their overwhelming support. Thanks to all of you, especially everyone from the Bonnaroo subreddit, my work has been shared with more people than ever before. If you’d like to hear about future posts, (whether they be: new singles, album reviews, underground artists, or anything else music related) you can follow me on WordPress, Facebook, or Twitter. Enjoy.

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: The ‘Jesus Tent’ is a good place to check out for breakfast. Free water, fruit, snacks, and coffee. While you’re there, they have free phone chargers you can use.

Disclosure – Saturday, June 14, 12:00 A.M. – The Other Tent

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Broken Bells, Chromeo, Washed Out



Disclosure is an English electronic duo, whose debut album Settle became wildly popular last year with the help of massive dance singles like “Latch.” The pair of Guy and Howard Lawrence create an infectious blend of house and synthpop that incorporates simple repetitive beats and a variety of guest vocalists. This isn’t music that needs to convince you to dance; movement comes naturally.

Disclosure is sure to be a huge crowd pleaser at Bonnaroo. The duo’s slick production is sure to turn The Other Tent into a chic London club, full of stars sipping champagne. Or, it may just be a tent filled with tired, sweaty concert patrons. But I can’t tell the difference.

12 Days to Bonnaroo: Washed Out

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Weaken a wild bro by throwing rocks at it. Once it is sufficiently weakened, use one of your pokeballs to capture it.

Washed Out – Sunday, June 15, 5:45 P.M. – The Other Tent

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Real Estate, Broken Bells, Warpaint



You may have heard the sonic trot of “Feel It All Around” beforeThe song, off the 2010 EP Life of Leisure, helped establish a name for Washed Out, the moniker of multi-instrumentalist Ernest Greene. Since then, Greene released two albums with Sub Pop Records, 2010’s Within and Without and 2013’s Paracosm. I like to think of Washed Out’s music as a watery dream-scape, constantly ebbing and flowing, never remaining the same.

If you’ve never experienced a sonic painter like Washed Out live, I suggest giving his set a listen. Although stage performances from similar artists tend to be minimal, you become encased in sound, transported to the environment the artist creates. The audience has a feeling of unification, and at an event like Bonnaroo, the sounds of Washed Out can make for a visceral experience.

 

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