In high school, I was the weird kid staring out the window on the bus to baseball games listening to At the Drive-In, the seminal Tex-Mex punk band that imploded shortly after releasing Relationship of Command. Frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s indecipherable screams soundtracked those rides along the bayou as I dreamed of baseball glory, a zit-free face, a girlfriend, escape from the bayou … all the typical small town high school loser shit. Bixler’s unhinged passion and urgency born of mysterious origin, err drugs, introduced me to punk. AtD-I’s performance of “One Armed Scissor” on Conan introduced me to live music. It’s hard to overstate how important seeing Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez lose their shit on TV was for me as a kid growing up in an artless, economically depressed, one stoplight town. It transformed my worldview.
In an ideal world, I would have enough money in my bank account for both festivals. This is not an ideal world. So I have to choose to go to Pitchfork for the fourth time or Lollapalooza for the first time.
Neither festival has particularly strong headliners in my opinion. It’s hard to compare them head-to-head because the pay they offer is not comparable. The decision ultimately comes down to other acts on the bill and price (which Pitchfork has the edge on).
What sets Lollapalooza apart is its depth. I could have easily made a Top 30 list of bands/musical acts I wanted to see. But, given that I am writing on my lunch break, I will stick to a Top 10.
Here are the 10 bands I want to see at Lollapalooza 2012:
At the Drive-In+Coachella 2012’s final day=Oh My Gosling!
Aside from the reunited Hell Paso punks I am excited about seeing almost everyone on Sunday’s lineup. Of the three days, Sunday will likely offer the toughest choices once time slots are revealed.
If it is possible to see both Florence+The Machine and At the Drive-In that would be incredible. I am looking forward to Real Estate, Wild Flag, and maybe Metronomy. Tent dance party! Woohoo!
Of the 15 bands/acts I picked I have seen a grand total of zero. Yes, zero! Sunday’s going to be rad!
Click below to listen to my playlist. Enjoy!
This week, a 1,000 bands and seemingly 10,000 blogs invaded Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest. That’s all well and good, but my focus is square on a little music festival taking place next month in Indio, Calif.
I received my Coachella bracelets today in a stylish box with a poster/calendar, welcome guide, and stickers. When I opened the box, the sun appeared in all its glory and kicked the shit out of Portland’s sadsack winter weather.
Below are 10 bands, in order of interest, I am deeming must-sees at Coachella this year. Nine of the 10 bands I have not yet seen live. Hopefully, schedule permitting, I will get to see as many of these as possible.