MoogFest: The Next Bonnaroo?
A three-day music festival in North Carolina dubbed MoogFest just might give Bonnaroo a run for its money. While the latter became a household name in a short number of years, MoogFest boasts an impressive lineup of indie artists, sprinkled with hip hop, also in the Southeast. Here are the big name acts that will be performing at the festival in Asheville, North Carolina, October 29-31.
Electronica fans knows Thievery Corporation as a talented duo that have graced many a soundtrack. Among the best exposure for the group was on the Garden State soundtrack, which featured Lebanese Blonde. Tracks like Until the Morning urge listeners to grab a class, imbibe and chill, while Sound the Alarm offers a jumpy tune to begin an evening out.
Most New Yorkers or indie fans anywhere know of the duo called MGMT. The Brooklyn-based hipster band won people over with songs like Electric Feel and Kids but their latest album featured a different sound. A little somber and a little retro, MGMT kept its original fans but likely added a new group of music junkies with songs including Congratulations.
Hot Chip is one of those bands with a mysterious catchy sound. Luring listeners with hits including No Fit State and The Warning, the band produces songs that are somehow upbeat and melancholy at the same time.
Canada’s Caribou is slowly building a loyal following, which likely swelled thanks to his latest release. Give Odessa a listen and you’ll realize what had all those Shazam-free smartphone users scampering to scribble lyrics to find the song on Youtube or Google. His soft electronica beats go well with the likes of MGMT and Hot Chip and all prove addictive Pandora stations.
Big Boi needs little introduction, having earned fame in the underground and mainstream communities, but we’ll highlight a few favorites. One of the best early Outkast tracks is Jazzy Belle. Now a solo artist, his July album features a wide range of guest colaborations, from Jamie Foxx to George Clinton to breakout artists B.o.B. and Janelle Monae.
A lineup ranging from Wesleyan-educated Brooklyn hipsters to a household hip hop name seems sure to provide an interesting show. If the lineup of known artists is any indication, those attending will likely be turned on to a new crop of hit makers.