So, okay, you missed out on Bonnaroo (which was awesome, btw). No problem. You can check out a bunch of our shows here (yeah, right here) before your friends get home and tell you exactly how awesome the bands at Bonnaroo were. Go ahead, get the leg up on your bragging pals.
Los Angeles born indie pop band Foster the People are pros when it comes to crafting pleasing tunes and whimsical (individualistic) quirks (such as whistling). Mark Foster (vocals, keyboards, piano, synthesizers, guitar, programming, percussion), Mark Pontius (drums and extra percussion), and Cubbie Fink (bass and backing vocals) have been called "2011's MGMT" and have covered The Beach Boys (well). Put on your "Pumped Up Kicks" and dance along to the band's tremendously, catchy hooks.
Childish Gambino, Donald Glover's (writer, comedian, actor) musical alter ego, knows how to produce poetic lyricism in and out...despite the subject matter. So whether it's a literary reference (E.E. Cumming on her ____) or tearing up beats, Childish Gambino's got it (and he showed it under the tent at Bonnaroo).
Australian band The Temper Trap hooked the world with "Sweet Disposition" and reeled 'em in with their 2012 self titled album.
Dallas Green's (winner of the Juno award) records kinda bluesy, kinda folksy songs under the name City and Colour. Playing alone here, City and Colour will envelope you in Green's melodious voice.
Sam Halliday (guitar, vocals), Alex Trimble (vocals, guitar, synths) and Kevin Baird (bass, vocals) formed Two Door Cinema back in 2007 in Northern Ireland. The band's music is chock full of danceable tunes and catchy beats. Nothing too elaborate but definetely (definitively), undeniably fun and catchy.
Fitz and the Tantrums rock a modern motown sound. With an old church organ in his possession, band leader Michael Fitzpatrick's (vocals and keyboard) recruited Noelle Scaggs (vocals and percussion), James King (saxophone, flute, trumpet, and harmonica), Joseph Karnes (bass), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboard), John Wicks (percussion and drums), and Chris Seefried (producer and co-writer) to help him round out the sound. I'd say he did ok in that department.
Heavy in powerful harmonies, Los Angeles band Dawes offer gentle accousitc prowess reminiscent of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and the Avett Brothers.
Three of the members of The Black Lips are singers...but one of the reasons for the bands unique sound. Going forth after tragedy (the loss of guitarist Ben Eberbaugh) the punk band successfully fused garage rock with a popish sound. The rest is history.
It's difficult to get The Kooks out of one's head...probably because there is no desire to get The Kooks out of one's head once they've been there. Luke Pritchard (vocals,guitar), Hugh Harris (guitar), Max Rafferty (bass), and Paul Garred (drums) reinvented their sound on their newest album Junk of the Heart with swells of synth and breakbeats. We caught them reinventing their sound again earlier this Spring.
San Diego born rock band Delta Spirit showcase a gigantic sound, reminding the world of a time when soul and heavy rock could co-exist.
Soul man Gary Clark Jr. always seems to bring it. The Austin, Texas born singer and guitarist skillfully plays guitar licks while wailing in his melodious bluesy voice. Always worthy of "Bright Lights."