Michele has already given us the 10 Bands You Can't Miss at Bonnaroo 2011, so here's a sneak peek at my favorite songs and artists that will be featured during the 4 day festival in Manchester, Tennessee from June 9-12. So turn up the volume, roll down the windows and blast these songs to help pave your way to Bonnaroo!
Warning: Too much exposure to these brilliant artists may cause an inexplainable increase in cool.
Bassnectar is the dubstep project of Lorin Ashton. Ashton runs his own music label for his project and has so far released 3 EPs: Wildstyle (2010), Timestretch (2010) and Cozza Frenzy (2009). Not even gonna lie, I woke up almost every day for a month to this song.
Indie-folk band Beirut started in 2006 and works mainly under the direction of Zach Condon. Condon used to be a straight A student until he dropped out of school at sixteen and traveled drunkenly and aimlessly around Europe. When he heard Balkin folk music, Condon was immediately inspired and eventually formed Beirut. Wild success story, eh?
Cold War Kids had their humble beginning in Fullerton, California. (I'm totally biased because most of them graduated from my university.) Their indie/ alternative rock approach even landed them an opening act spot on Death Cab for Cutie's 2009 tour.
Bluesy acoustic sweetheart Amos Lee first gained attention in 2004 when singer Norah Jones asked him to accompany her for her tour. He went on to open for Bob Dylan and has since released four albums. His latest Mission Bell, which was released January 25, 2011, peaked at #1 on the US charts.
...and this is where I expose my inner gangsta. (Please don't shoot me.) This Minnesota hip-hop group uses unorthodox instrumentation to rap to, including heavy use of piano. Active since 1989, Atmosphere continues it's success with the April 12, 2011 release of The Family Sign.
Gregg Gillis started mash-up project Girl Talk in 2001 while he was in high school. However, his project only gained critical acclaim after his 2008 release, Feed the Animals - an album Rolling Stone named one of the top 10 of that year. Girl Talk takes samples from golden oldies, hip-hop classics and top 40 hits, mixing up to 40 different songs into a single track.
Sleigh Bells started in a Brazilian restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, when guitarist (he was waiting tables at the time) Derek Miller expressed to Alexis Krauss and her mother that he was looking for a female vocalist for a music project. They formed in 2008 and garnered attention from Pitchfork, The New York Times and Stereogum with their 7-track release.
I have a strong conviction that heaven is going to be laying on a cloud, listening to Ray LaMontagne's voice on repeat. His soulful, husky voice (not to mention his hunky beard) has been a frontrunner in modern folk music for years. His release God Willin' And The Creek Won't Rise won the 2011 Grammy award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
!!! (or Chk Chk Chk) is based in Sacramento, California. Even though they first started their band in 1996, their first full-length album wasn't released until 2000. They are often associated with a movement called "dance-punk", which features electronic music with a punk punch.
Which songs would you put on YOUR Bonnaroo playlist?