Bands You Should See at BOMB Fest!
I can’t go to this year’s BOMB Fest, but that doesn’t mean I can’t tell all the other WQAQers which bands they absolutely have to see! I’ll break this down as best I can…
FREE ENERGY - B.O.M.B. Pavilion Stage, 12:20-1:05
“Stuck on Nothing” was one of my favorite records of last summer. I think it was Phil who described them as an arena-rock band with a slacker attitude, and that’s as good a description as I can come up with! They put on a fun, energetic show that’ll kick your day off right, just be sure to show up early enough to see ‘em! (Listen)
THE GURU - B.O.M.B. Pavilion Stage, 2:20-2:50
Gotta represent CT locals! These guys are about to release their first full-length record, and based on what I’ve heard so far, it’s going to be awesome! Check out the first single “Arizona” at their Bandcamp page.
TITUS ANDRONICUS - B.O.M.B. Pavilion Stage, 3:05-3:50
Huge, literate, passionate, folky punk from New Jersey. I’ve seen them a few times now and they’ve yet to disappoint, especially after the release of last year’s phenomenal “The Monitor.” (Listen)
REAL ESTATE - Viva La B.O.M.B. Stage, 5:10-6:00
If you’re getting worn out from the sun by 5pm and need to take a breather, absolutely pop over and check out this set. I’m a sucker for shoegazey guitar noodling, which these guys have in spades. (Listen)
HEALTH - B.O.M.B. Pavilion Stage, 5:50-6:40
I saw these guys last summer at Music Hall of Williamsburg and they absolutely tore the roof off the place. They’re hands down one of the LOUDEST bands I’ve ever seen, and while I’m not sure how that’ll translate to a huge stage, it’ll be a sight to see regardless. For fans of noisy, abrasive, visceral rock that will rattle you straight to your core. (Listen)
GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC - B.O.M.B. Pavilion Stage, 9:00-10:30
I hope I shouldn’t have to explain why you need to see P-Funk. You’re already going to be there, you might as well swing by! (Listen)
PORTUGAL. THE MAN - B.O.M.B. Pavilion Stage, 1:50-2:35
I’ve been following this band since their inception in 2006, and they’ve managed to put out a record every year since. While they typically play a unique psychedelic brand of indie rock complimented by John Gourley’s unmistakable tenor, their live show incorporates a lot of jam band elements that would normally totally piss me off. This is definitely one of the acts I’m most bummed about missing, as I haven’t seen them since the release of 2009’s insanely good “The Satanic Satanist.” Don’t miss them!!! (Listen)
MAN MAN - Budweiser Stage, 6:05-6:55
I think I saw Man Man last in 2007, when they were on tour opening for Modest Mouse and, if the show I saw was any indication, completely blowing them away every single night. Their new record “Life Fantastic” just came out and it’s a doozy, with all the spastic instrumentation and general insanity of the previous records. (Listen)
SHPONGLE PRESENTS THE SHPONGLETRON EXPERIENCE - Budweiser Stage, 8:30-10pm
I don’t know what this is, but just look at it. Again, you’re already going to be there, you might as well check it out!