OMG YOU'VE HEARD OF THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS?! You must be so musical! As we mentioned in the Study Breaks ACL Guide (see the October issue), there are a tonnnn of badass bands that--let's be real--you've maybe never heard of.And while there's nothing wrong with grabbing some glow sticks and gyrating on strangers (who, to put it TOTEZ discreetly, probably have Limp Bizkit's lyrics "Keep rollin', rollin', rollin'..." as their festival theme song) during Avicii or mentally masturbating to Jack White's sick-ass guitar skills on Saturday night, keep in mind that unless you stake out a spot hours earlier, you'll probably be doing all of that a football field-sized distance away from the stage. So definitely check out the headliners, but also consider grabbing a beer and checking out bands that are lesser-known. (BUT THAT I TOTALLY KNOW ABOUT BECAUSE I'M JUST SO HIPSTER AND AWESOME AND ONLY LISTEN TO BANDS IN THE SMALLEST FONT IN THE LINEUP...or because I'm an idiot and overdrafted paying for satellite radio. Whatever.)
*Note: This is essentially the same as the bands I recommended in our ACL guide in print. But you can't put videos on paper, so I'm repeating myself with some multimedia additions. Dealwiddit. *
1. BAD BOOKS
Not to be confused with 50 Shades of Gray (which is a pretty bad book in itself--and yes, I'm re-using this line from the article we printed in the magazine), this is the brainchild of Andy Hull from Manchester Orchestra and singer/songwriter Andy Devine (accompanied by other bros of Manchester Orchestra). And their AMAZING album just dropped this week. I'm obsessing a bit. Bad Books=badass bros.
2. Die Antwoord
See, it's funny because I actually kind of hate this band (described by the totez credible source Wikipedia as a "futuristic rap-rave crew from South Africa who represent a fresh new style called ZEF")Â with a fiery passion that I usually reserve for the DMV and Hoobastank's "The Reason." However, they're just so damn weird and creepy that I can't resist throwing them out there so you can consider checking them out. It's a free country, and if you're a big fan of the phallic Â and--uhh, jackets made out of rats (check this video I refuse to post)--then this band's for you. Don't say I didn't warn you.
3. The Wombats
Andddd we're back to bands that don't give me night terrors. These bros are British, badass and named after marsupials. Really, what's not to love?! High energy with great hair, this trio is sure to put on a blast of a show. I'm personally obsessed with the song "Kill the Director"--predominantly because there's a whole verse that consists of shouting "THIS IS NO BRIDGET JONES"...and because I like flaunting my terrible attempt at a British accent whenever possible.
Â 4. BIG GIGANTIC
Some may scoff at the seeming redundancy of this band's name (okay only the English majors) but WHATEVA. I caught them a few months ago and, at the time, had no fakkkking idea who they were. I then proceeded to dance my ass off and sweat literal (maybe not literal) BALLS. So. Much. Fun. How can you NOT enjoy a band that claims electronic as their genre but incorporates live drums and a freaking saxophone. Yeah...exactly.
For you folky folk, The Lumineers--along with The Avett Brothers, by the way--will be gracing stage at ACL for when you need a break from all the intensity (and you want to restore your faith in humanity post-Die Antwoord). Total feel-good music. Sway away, kids.
And stay tuned for part 2....