Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tune in, turn on, BOMB out

^ Now there's a lineup!

A festival is judged by its headliner, first and foremost.  If you can’t get a marquee act to headline, then good luck attracting the masses.  No matter how great a lineup, it's the headliner that brings the bulk of the crowd.  That’s not to say the afternoon schedule should be neglected.   Two nights of Radiohead made All Points West 2008 irresistible.  But added in were Mates of State, The New Pornographers, Animal Collective, Cat Power, The Roots, Underworld, Rodrigo y Gabriela, AND Sunday headliner Jack Johnson.  Even the last two I Am Festivals have upped the ante on their value (especially being a free show), featuring Deerhoof in 2009 and We Are Scientists with Mates of State this past fall.

Striking that balance between your headliner and the rest of your lineup can be tricky.  All Points West 2009 suffered from an identity crisis; half hip-hop, half indie rock, half jam bands, half hardcore.  That’s right, four halves.  Not so much eclectic as divisive.  On any given day it was as though there were two separate festivals with two separate crowds.

This year’s BOMB Fest deftly walks the fine line between eclectic and scattershot, providing an amazing range of talent, from pop rock gods to funk legends, from superstars of rap to lo-fi surf.  All this on top of the mesmerizing array of electronic composers, DJs, and mash-up artists; there will be no dull moment on either day.


Our only complaint with the lineup, as of yet, is the flyer.  The order seems downright bizarre in places, with newcomers like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Neon Trees receiving higher billing than the long running Parliament/Funkadelic and indie mainstays the New Pornographers seems misguided at best.

Below are the list of bands we’re most excited for, as well as some acts that we’re already glad BOMB Fest got us to give a listen, use the comments to tell us your favorite acts at this year’s BOMB Fest.  Don’t forget to check out their website at www.bombfest.com and the Facebook event page at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132821763452573.  Most importantly, get ready to get down just for the funk of it, because we sure will be.

DISCLAIMER: Consider all listed schedule/date info to be fluid.  We’re posting dates/times based on the artists’ official websites, but news from BOMB Fest won’t come through likely until May.

HEADLINERS – BOMB Fest’s mainstream draw
Weezer – Saturday 5/28
Snoop Dogg – Sunday 5/29

Blog tested, Merry Picnic approved!
These are must-see’s at this year’s festival, and the REAL reason we’ll be going, except for Best Coast, we’ve seen these folks before.  Trust us, they bring it.

State Radio – Sunday 5/29
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
The New Pornographers – Sunday 5/29
Man Man – Sunday 5/29
Quintron & Miss Pussycat
Free Energy
Best Coast – Sunday 5/29

BOMB Fest Discoveries
Here’s the list of acts who have wormed their way into our daily soundtrack over the past week, I can honestly say I’m excited to see each and every one of these bands

Freelance Whales – Saturday 5/28 @ 2 PM
Titus Andronicus
Toubab Krewe
Real Estate
Hood Internet - Sunday 5/29
Dum Dum Girls
Wavves – Saturday 5/28
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Eskmo - Saturday 5/28
Nosaj Thing - Sunday 5/29

Future Discoveries
Last but certainly not least are the acts that we’re excited to get excited about.  We’ll write more as we give these folks their well-deserved listens.

The Felice Brothers
Portugal. The Man
Dan Deacon
Holy Fuck
Small Black
Walk the Moon
David Wax Museum

That’s currently 25 of 40 announced bands we’re looking forward to, blowing all our previous festival experiences out of the water.  Expect profiles on individual artists/groups as we move closer to the festival and we’ll continue to update info for dates and local acts as it is posted.

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