Monday, June 7, 2010

In Preparation for Bonnaroo

For any of those brave souls headed to Manchester, Tennessee this Thursday, I thought I'd just give you a brief rundown of those artists I'm most excited to see (and thus, those that you should check out if you get a chance!)

1. Frontier Ruckus: This new-folk outfit weaves clever and GRE-level vocabulary lyrics throughout all of its songs while managing to keep you wildly intrigued by the lead singer's unique voice and the suspender-clad banjo player. I saw them play a short set earlier this year in Nashville, and it was beyond noteworthy. Definitely catch these guys if you can when they play @ 4:30 on Thursday.

2. Local Natives: If you've missed the hype on this group, now is the time to catch up. They have a flawless live show--their harmonies sounding better live than they do on the album, and their multi-instrumentation being nothing short of impressive. Get ready to dance and sing.

3. Dawes: Do.not.miss.this. It's like The Band meets The Avett Brothers meets every incredible live show you've ever been to. They're gonna be huge.

4. Kevin Devine: This Brooklyn singer-songwriter has been around for a while, and he has only gotten better. From his Bob Dylan-esque anti-war protests to his charming folk-pop tunes, he is still creating a buzz. It's only a matter of time before this ginger gets some serious attention.

5. Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights: I just saw him last week at 12th & Porter in Nashville, and it was like the second coming of Robert Plant. Jonathan Tyler is 21 years of pure sex and rock and roll, and every manager across this country is currently biding for his love and contract. He will rock your soul out.

6. Mumford & Sons: Another one--if you've missed the buzz on these guys, you've missed out on life a little bit over the past year. This Scotland folk-rock outfit has been selling out shows across the states for the past few months. Their set is bound to be emotionally intense and rockworthy. They'll have to battle the Avett Bros for their fans, but they probably won't have any problem swooning fans.

7. John Butler Trio: This guy (trio) is both sexy and talented, being an insane acoustic guitar player and sporting (or at least used to) a beautiful mane of dreadlocks.

8. The Black Keys: Saw them at Lollapalooza a few years ago, and as far as I can tell, hearing Brothers live is going to be a spiritual experience.

9. John Prine: Enough said.

10. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: This group has spent the last several months dominating every surface of the earth, and I can't imagine their Bonnaroo set will disappoint.


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