For the second year in a row Surviving the Golden Age is headed out to the po dunk wastelands of Dover, Delaware to cover what is being billed as the East Coast’s Preeminent Music Festival. Relax there Firefly, we’ll be the judge of that. Take a look at the following, as we highlight for your enjoyment gentle reader, our most anticipated acts.
Modern ambassadors of peace and music, this eclectic California will continue to blow your mind long after the MDMA passes from your bloodstream. Take the Kids off Broadway is the perfect summer album, and if Foxygen‘s live set can hold a candle to their recorded work you’ll be telling all the friends back home in the burbs about how you found them first.
Japanther, Japanic, Japanda Express, Japandroids are setting themselves apart from their similarly prefixed brethren with their exuberant live performance and uniquely BC spin on indie-rock.
Bummer about MGMT‘s second album’s sales, but a group you don’t wanna miss for the pure, ‘Yeah I saw ’em live.’ cred.
07. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Every time I hear the Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ name I just wanna scream “NO!” However, Karen O et al delivered a solid record with Mosquito, proving their not just the flash in the pan everyone expected them to be after the watershed video for “Maps”. Anyone with even a casual interest in music has already seen them live but believe me when I say they get better with every performance.
I know, I know. Dispatch is a gimme, but if you disagree write the damned article yourself. Have a heart anyway, you were young once too and into music you might regret just a little in your more seasoned days because of its over-saturating sentimentality…. You know what, I don’t have to defend my tastes to you!
05. Earl Sweatshirt
Controversy your thing? If you haven’t heard about the Odd Future movement yet it’s about time to educate yourself. You’ll either love them or hate them, there’s no fence sitting when it comes to these young guns pushing the hip hop envelope. Decide for yourself.
04. Passion Pit
They couldn’t be bothered to show up last year owing to ‘stress issues,’ whatever that means, Passion Pit better bring their A game. They owe us one this year. We’re willing to forgive and forget though based on the strength of Gossamer.
03. The Alabama Shakes
Possibly the most exciting thing happening in music, all music anywhere right now. It stands to reason if you aren’t following the Alabama Shakes then you in fact hate music.
02. The Avett Brothers
The Avett Brothers hungry days might be as long gone as November Blue but their major label debut and increasing national exposure begs one to question if their chops are in order.
01. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Say what you will, you uppity music snob. Tom Petty was the soundtrack to your conception, just ask the old man. Pay your respects where they’re due.