Ten must-see acts at Bonnaroo
Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
The headliners usually get all the ink, and this year's group at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is definitely ink-worthy: Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons and Tom Petty.
It's the down-list acts, though, that make this a particularly strong Bonnaroo lineup with a number of must-see acts you ought to check out before they're so big you'll be standing at the back of the crowd watching them on the video screens.
Here are 10 to see:
Alt-J: This Mercury Prize-winning quartet plays angular pop songs that are oddly intoxicating.
Action Bronson: The burly, bearded rapper from Queens is poised to release his major-label debut later this year. Expect stage diving, East Coast harmonics and lots of naughty humor.
Charli XCX: The alternapop princess is attached to a worldwide hit — she features on Icona Pop's “I Love It” — and has the highest profile of her career coming into Manchester.
Father John Misty: Former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tilman left the band and released his first solo album under this new moniker after several releases as J. Tilman.
HAIM: Los Angeles-based sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim form a girl group for the 21st century, mixing lush vocal harmonies with high energy, beat-oriented grooves that have won over a lot influential fans.
Jason Isbell: The Alabama-raised, Nashville-based singer-songwriter is the Americana community's cause celeb du jour.
Japandroids: Just when you think the two-man band thing has run its course, up pops Vancouver-based Japandroids, a band guaranteed to generate more decibels per band member than any other on the farm.
Kacey Musgraves: This champion of Nashville songwriters has the off-kilter, left-leaning world view that fits right in at the festival.
Portugal. The Man: This Portland-based band of spacey rockers has joined with producer Danger Mouse on its fun new album, “Evil Friends.”
Tame Impala: Australian rocker Kevin Parker is the premiere purveyor of freaky, fuzzed-out psychedelic rock at the moment.