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Yo Man, what’s your opinion about that band, Neon Indian?

Neon Indian

Alan Palmero, who is the “Neon Indian,” is seriously talented.  As a live act though, I’m not too sure if Wilbur will demand that we follow him to their stage.  They use a lot of synths and sampled loops in their tunes and musically, I’m not sure how different their live sets have been from their recordings. On stage they play with a drummer (Jason Faries), keys/synth/vocals (Leanne Macomber) and usually a guitarist and/or bassist they pick up on tour (correct me if they’ve added a permanent member).  Alan brings a lot of energy as the frontman and many of their songs are fairly ambient in nature, so I am not saying  they need to be headbangin’ on stage, but their sound could be fuller and there could be more action in their performances.

Check out this recent clip of Neon Indian performing “Polish Girl” at the OFF Festival in Poland. There just isn’t much that is going on the stage to distinguish themselves from every other indie synth/pop band. They do travel with a full time lighting dude (Lars Larsen), but I think for Coachella they are going to have to step-up their game by adding more visuals and by bringing more energy to the stage. They could possibly add more musicians to fill out their sound.  Coachella’s the time to make a statement with their performance.  I have love for Neon Indian and am interested in seeing them but must admit they are not at the top of my list.

Watch: “Polish Girl” OFF Festival, Poland

Watch: “Should Have Taken Acid with You” @ MidPoint Indie Festival in Cincinnati


Superbowl Sunday thoughts on Sasquatch

The Washington State based festival released it’s lineup for the event in May. Modern folk is huge out of Seattle, and to no surprise the festival represents the genre well, featuring local Sub-Pop label’s The Head and the Heart and  Blitzen Trapper. You start to see recurring acts on the major festival cards, so you know who’ll be actively hitting the circuit this year. Coachella shares artists such as Bon Iver, The Head and The Heart, Childish Gambino, Feist, The Shins, Beirut, Explosions in the Sky, tUnE-yArDs, Beats Antique, Wild Flag, Nero, SBTRKT, Gary Clark Jr., Girl Talk, St. Vincent, LA Riots, Grouplove, Sheepdogs, We are Augustines, Gardens & Villa and M. Ward. 

Sasquatch does plenty to distinguish itself by including some great rising groups like folk rock group Alabama Shakes, soul-man Allen Stone, indie Unknown Mortal Orchestra, ambient-rock group The War on Drugs, electro-pop STRFKER, experimental indie group Yellow Ostrich and what will surely be a late-night, get weird act, beat-dude Beardyman. The most eye catching act on the card is Jack White, having taken some time off to record his new solo album Blunderbuss. Can’t wait to see him on tour this year.

Headliner Beck along with electronic acts such as Star Slinger, Com Truise, Tycho, Pretty Lights and up and coming Purity Ring add to the diversity of the lineup. It’s worth checking out Sasquatch’s site and sampling tracks from everyone-

Have a great Superbowl Sunday. As a Jets fan, it’s rare I’ll say this, but LET’S GO GMEN!!

Folk/Folk Rock/Acoustic

The Head and The Heart – Dawes – Bon Iver – Feist – Andrew Bird – Laura Marling – Other Lives – honeyhoney – The Sheepdogs – Feist – Cat Power – Jeff Mangum – First Aid Kit – Lissie – Other Lives – M. Ward – Fanfarlo – The Growlers

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This year’s lineup includes a range of folk based acts. Featuring one of this year’s most prolific female vocalists, Feist, along with other female-driven groups such as First Aid Kit, Cat Power and Lissie. Bon Iver comes into Coachella with a ton of notoriety after a very successful year with their self titled album.

Follow the Wilbur- Dawes

The complete antithesis to their hometown culture, this Los Angeles based band has been receiving tons of accolades for their grassroots folk rock. Their Album Nothing Is Wrong has been voted one of this year’s top albums by independent radio stations across the country land this band has been touring with the likes of Mumford and Sons and Blitzen Trapper.

Watch- When My Time Comes 

Follow the Wilbur- The Head and The Heart

The Head and The Heart, another band signed to Sub Pop Records, is one of many leading folk based bands coming from Seattle. Best seen up close and personal.

Listen To: “Down in the Valley”

Electronic Rock/Pop/Synth

Wolf Gang – M83 – AWOLNATION – Justice – Dragonette – Neon Indian – Radiohead – The Horrors – Metronomy – Wild Beasts – Miike Snow – Housse de Racket – Gardens & Villa – EMA- Destoyer

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With the ever-growing implementation of electronics into traditional rock formats and pure production from the lab, some of the genre’s most influential artists will be at this year’s event. Radiohead, one of the fathers of this brand, will headlining and goes without saying, should not be missed. It’s been a while since we’ve heard much from Miike Snow, but who won’t love a little “Animal” in the life come festival time? Neon Indian has exploded on the electronic indie scene with their fresh album Era Extrania (there’s an enye in there).


What initially began as a solo project from Aaron Bruno, the bands previously “struggling” frontman, the album was written as a representation of the frustration he was going through personally and through his music career. AWOLNATION has earned itself a reputation for its high-energy, original, get-your-rage-on performances. “Sail”, one of the bands hit tracks, has cracked the top 10 numerous times in the U.S. Modern Rock Charts.

Listen- “Guilty Filthy Soul”


Follow the Wilbur- Justice

Not that these dudes need any introduction but their new album kicks arsenal with a heavier focus on Rock. Their DJs sets are second to none as well.

Listen- New Lands

Follow the Wilbur- M83

M83, AKA Anthony Gonzalez’s latest double-disk album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming lived up to its hype after we got teased with the single “Midnight City.”

Listen- Raconte-Moi Une Histoire

Electro Disco/Pop/Mashups

La Roux – Calvin Harris – Sebastian – The Rapture – Breakbot – Justice – Martin Solveig – Azaela Banks – The Midnight Beast – Jaqcues Lu Cont- Girl Talk

Calvin Harris, the producer most known in the US for his House tracks and collaboration with Rihanna, started out with full length, electro albums before house music took over the planet. Justice is all over the electronic category map as well. reinforcing why they should not be missed. Jacques Lu Cont is known for his remixes and Girl Talk’s mashups get the crowd going.

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Leaders of the post-punk revival in the U.S., The Rapture blends rock and electronics into a disco-like mash of feet movin’ grooves.

Listen- “Sail Away:


Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Tim Armstrong – Jimmy Cliff

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Unfortunately there’s only so much room for international acts this year but Coachella booked a good one with Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80. Seun is the son of Fela Kuti, the famous multi-instrumentalist Nigerian musician. Egypt 80 is the band his father used to play with.

Follow the Wilbur- Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80

Listen to “African Soldier”


Flying Lotus – Amon Tobin – Sbtrkt – DJ Shadow – Modeselektor – Keep Shelly in Athens – Beats Antique – araabMUZIK – Pure Filth Sound – The Gaslamp Killer

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Follow the Wilbur- Amon Tobin

Known for his mind-blowing, tripped-out light shows, Amon Tobin hopefully will have full creative reign to set up his stage at Coachella.

Listen To- “Wifibon”

Watch- Amon Tobin “ISAM” Live.

Keep an Eye onBeats Antique

A belly dancer is a permanent member of the band.  This group displays their Middle Eastern-type beats infused with horns and a live drummer and as you can see, they get into it with the crowd with tons of stage props.

Listen to- “Runaway”

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