The first hipster band that comes out on stage, rolls their eyes while letting out a disgusted sigh, and says “Ugh! We don’t do encores” is instantly my new favorite band! Seriously, most bands don’t put on a good enough show these days to even deserve our fake applause for more. We only do this because in most cases they’ve left us so underwhelmed that we just want them to come out and play their most popular song to help make up for it. And why didn’t Jay Z’s song Encore put an end to this lame trend like his song Death of the Autotuner did to T-Pain’s career? I’m just saying, I really hope a few bands read this and take it to heart; do something different that doesn’t include the stupid misspelling of your name. Speaking of…
The first band I will check out is Haerts; a ridiculous little pop band that is nowhere near as cool as the lovely ladies from Seattle (Heart) are but they give it their best try. There’s really nothing too memorable about them or their sound so I will probably just pop in for half of Nostalgia’s set too. Nostalgia is a dramatic emo band whose music would be the perfect soundtrack to an indie Danish love film. In either case you’re really just choosing a band to provide you background music as you try and figure out your plan for the day. They both play at 11:30 on the Miller Lite and the RetailMeNot stage respectively.
AFI was the music industry's idea of rock for kids in the late 90's and early 2000's. I think I was still in my angry and fresh out of college old man phase in regards to music then, so I never fell for the trick. But if you want to take a trip down memory lane, by all means stop by the Honda Stage at 2:00.
Kongos is just a lot of instruments on stage that don't quite make you want to punch yourself. So as you can see, I don't think too highly of them but I'd pop in for a song or two. They play the Samsung Galaxy stage at 2:00
Bernhoft is probably the most interesting option of this time slot with his soul pop music; Euros singing soul always intrigues me. I'm not saying that it's the greatest thing in the world but he can really sing and I'm just wondering how far he'll take it in regards to borrowing Motown's sound. To the point of coming on stage with black face? Let's hope not. He plays the BMI stage at 2.
Jhene Aiko has been experiencing the ups and downs of life in the music industry since she was a teenager. But now it looks as though she has finally found her niche' as she has the female Anthony Hamilton/T-Pain thing going on by always appearing on other people's tracks but not quite seeing her solo stuff blow up. She definitely has the talent to blow up though as the little I have heard of her sounds promising. If I were you, I'd pop in just to hear something other than indie pop for a change.
Cults is just Lo-fi rock with a female lead and Fitz and the Tantrums sounds like they should be more fun live than they actually are. Neither option is that great but at least Fitz is indie pop that you can shake your booty to with Michael and Noelle sharing the vocals duty. Their band uses a lot of keys and they have weird streaks in their hair, so at least you have that to entertain you. The Cults come on at 3 and Fitz plays at 4.
Phantogram may be the best show of the day. Their songs Fall in Love and When I'm Small have been tearing up the airwaves and commercials for quite a while now. I saw them perform earlier in the year and their performance was nothing short of spectacular. Sarah and Josh combine to bring you an electronic party that will have you dancing for the full 60 minute set. They come on at 5.
You can also see the talented Jenny Lewis if you're looking to score points with your girlfriend and hopefully get laid that night. It's just hard to get me to watch singer-songwriters or light indie rock live because it puts me to sleep.
I'll see the alternative rock pioneers The Replacements over Spoon mainly because Spoon plays Austin all of the time. And then I'll head on over to see Chromeo (who are always underwhelming) before the Great Divide happens. What's the Great Divide you ask? Well that's when all of the old people with their lawn chairs and prescribed pain pills head on over to see Pearl Jam while the younger kids go dance to Zedd and Calvin Harris. By the way, with a name like that, how is Calvin not black? Oh well, I guess Kelly Anderson is a pretty white name, so I guess you never know.
Anyway, enjoy the festival you degenerates. Enjoy!