Forecastle Festival starts tonight, and Team ENS is getting pretty psyched. Fearless Leader Joe, Keith and I will be down there all three days to tweet, take photos and sweat through at least 6 t-shirts a piece. Blazing heat aside, I’m looking forward to my first trip to Forecastle for what promises to be an amazing lineup. I mean, seriously – Flaming Lips? Devo? Spoon? Cake? It’s an endless list of awesome, and ENS will be there for all of it. Here’s a preview of some of the bands I’m anticipating at 2010’s Forecastle Festival.
Day 1: Friday, June 9
After driving a couple hours after 8 hours at work and then setting up a tent, I can’t think of a better way to start off the night than with Dead Confederate. The psychedelic rock band from Athens, Georgia will be touring with Deer Tick later this summer.
8:40pm – 9:20pm at East Stage
Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s
Indianapolis’ Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s have been a favorite of mine since 2006’s Dust of Retreat. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the 8-piece indie collective, so it will be a welcome start to the festival.
9:40pm – 10:20pm at East Stage
I’m not a huge fan of jam bands but come on, what’s a summer music festival without a jam band? It’s a Friday night – what better way to unwind before the chaos that will ensue on Saturday?
9:45pm – 12:15am at West Stage
DAY 2: Saturday, June 10
I don’t know anything about this Lexington DJ, but who cares? They’re called Booty Sweat, and they have a song on their Myspace called “Pussy Hound.” Win.
2:40 – 3:30 on Ocean Stage
Add this to the list of “leap of blog buzz faith” bands I’ll be checking out. I haven’t heard anything by Lexington psych group Wax Fang but what kind of music blogger would I be if I didn’t check out bands based solely on hype?
3:50 – 4:20 on East Stage
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Grace Potter is the newest addition to the indie’s retro rock resurgence, and she seems to be fitting in pretty well. Potter holds her own as a soulful blues rock, taking notes from singers like Tina Turner and Stevie Nicks.
4:15pm – 5:15pm at West State
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It’s been six years since the release of Pressure Chief, so Cake has been kind of off my radar, but I was pleasantly surprised to see them on Forecastle’s lineup. The band has been busy touring this summer, and recently finished their new album, which will be released later this year on their label, Upbeat Records.
Saturday @ 5:40 – 7:00 on West Stage
Do I have to explain why I want to see DEVO? I mean, it’s DEVO. The band recently released a new album, Something For Everybody so…I guess there’s that. Fun fact: every Thursday Jerry answers questions from fans who call in from the website.
7:30pm – 8:45pm at West Stage
Why does Cap ‘n Jazz have to play at the same time as Smashing Pumpkins?! After much debating, I’m going with Cap ‘n Jazz. I feel guilty because Smashing Pumpkins is like, one of the biggest rock bands ever, but come on. The short-lived but highly influential emo band is reuniting for a minute to celebrate the rerelease of the epic 34-track anthology, Analphabetapolothology on vinyl. They released just one full-length album before its members went their separate ways to form a handful of bands – most notably, Make Believe, The Promise Ring, American Football, Owls, Ghosts and Vodka, Joan of Arc and Owen.
10:30pm – 12:00am at East Stage
Day 3: Sunday, June 11
Minus the Bear
Looks like I’m camping out at the West Stage all Sunday, starting with a set from Minus the Bear. I haven’t followed MTB’s last couple of albums too closely, but the prog pop group provided my summer soundtrack before I went to college. Every time I hear Highly Refined Pirates I can’t help but feel the warm fuzzies of nostalgia.
5:30pm – 6:30pm at West Stage
She & Him
Like many before me, I have succumbed to the power of Zooey Deschanel’s cuteness. Yeah, Volume I put me to sleep and Volume II got maybe two listens from me, max. Still, how can I complain when Zooey’s onstage being her cute, quirky self and M. Ward is being…well, the man? It’s fluff, but it’s fluff in cute packaging and I’m alright with that.
7:00 – 8:15 at West Stage
Spoon is pretty busy these days. Between touring in support of their latest album Transference (including a stop at Madison Theater in Covington!), they performed on Jimmy Kimmel and Letterman. They’re also playing a handful of gigs with some band named Arcade Fire, and making stops at Austin City Limits and Matador’s 21st birthday party in Las Vegas.
8:45 – 10:00 at West Stage
The Flaming Lips
Ask anyone about a Flaming Lips show and the response will usually involve a combination of the following phrases: “Wayne Coyne in a bubble”, “confetti cannons”, “dancing aliens” and/or “I don’t know man, I was really high.” The Flaming Lips put on one of the most elaborate, spacey concerts of any band I’ve ever seen, and though I’ve seen them twice already, I’ll probably be camped out on Sunday at the front of the stage so Wayne Coyne can walk over me in a giant hamster ball.
10:30 – 12:00 at West Stage