The Black Keys – Gary Clark Jr – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – Band of Skulls – At the Drive In – The Hives – The Dear Hunter – Suedehead- Le Butcherettes – Sleeper Agent – Madness – Pulp – Greg Ginn & Royal We – Refused – Mazzy Star – Black Lips – Atari Teenage Riot – fIREHOSE – Buzzcocks – Squeeze
A lot of throwback rock bands are featured at this year’s festival, featuring Pulp, Refused, Greg Ginn, Atari Teenage Riot, Mazzy Star, Madness, James, fIREHOSE, Buzzcocks and Squeeze. The fest also commemorates the reunion of At the Drive In.
There are plenty of new bands that share that good ol’ pure rock sound. Headlining another major festival this year, The Black Keys have made it clear that pure rock and roll still lives in a modern era where electronics are being implemented into just about every top Billboard charting song. They churn out albums at a Rihanna-like pace. Their recently released album El Camino is a unique direction for the band, and it’s got some instant hits such as “Gold on the ceiling”, “Little Black Submarines” and “Lonely Boy.”
Follow the Wilubr: Gary Clark Jr.
This dude can rip it. A 27 year old phenom, the guy’s stage presence, bluesy vocals and complete control over his ax will leave you scratchin’ your head about his age. He played at the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival (think Eric Clapton, B.B. King, John Mayer, Jeff Beck) and was named Rolling Stone’s “Best Young Gun” in 2011’s “Best of Rock.”
Listen- “Bright Lights”
Follow the Wilbur- Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
This chick has pipes. Grace has won numerous accolades as best female vocalist in numerous categories and last year her band was one of 2011’s must sees on the festival circuit.