SnowBall music festival 2013: The top shows you shouldn’t missBy Dylan Owens | March 7th, 2013 | No Comments »
One of the best parts of any festival is discovering new music.
You’re walking to get an overpriced grilled cheese, and a chord progression suddenly catches your ear. Suddenly, you forget about bread and cheese and your on a mission to get a better listen. Before you know it, you’re halfway in the crowd, yelling, “Who are these guys?!” at the enlightened strangers around you that already knew: this band rocks.
The 2013 Snowball Music Festival has more than its share of top shelf headliners—you know that. But down below the first two lines of the bill, it also has plenty of lesser-knowns just waiting to distract you from your grilled cheese. To save you the guesswork, we took six Snowball headliners and matched them to their unsung counterparts at the festival to help you make those “aha!” moments less far between.
If you like Big Gigantic, check out The Floozies.
Like Boombox before them, Big Gigantic set themselves apart from the mess of electronic DJs out there by mixing live saxophone and drums in with their digitized block-rocking beats. The Floozies are the latest duo in the lineage of live-tronica, but with a few drops of Girl Talk thrown into the mix. A typical song goes like this: Producer/guitarist Matt Hill cues up a vaguely recognizable backing track while his brother Mark catches the beat on his real-life drum kit and breathes some air into it. Cue guitars. The result is a bit hip-hop, a bit jazzy and—bottom line—fun.
If Portugal. The Man is too slow and Japandroids is too fast, Delta Spirit is just right.
Those looking to scratch their itch for un-sampled rock music will likely be getting at it with either the cloudy indie-rock of Portugal. The Man or the rougher-edged Japandroids. But if you’re looking a happy medium, try Delta Spirit.
Like any band worth its salt, they’ve been experimenting and changing since their excellent debut, “Ode to Sunshine.” But if one thing’s been consistent, it’s the song quality. Their new songs have a big, booming quality to them that’s custom fit to the sprawling crowds of a festival, without abandoning the emotion present in their earlier stuff. Anyways, it’s fitting that they’ve hit on a sound more at home in an arena than a barroom—at this point in their career, those are venues they deserve to be filling.
If you like Flying Lotus, try Shlohmo.
Flying Lotus will bring some of the festival’s most intricate beats with him when he seizes control of the Groove Tent come Sunday evening. That’s because unlike most of the other DJs at the festival, FlyLo isn’t as focused on flicking the gallery’s collective bobble head as he is getting inside of it. The same could be said for the cough syrup-coated beats of L.A.’s Shlohmo. His soundscapes trend toward the organic and introspective, though his new collab with How To Dress Well begs to differ. Regardless of his mood, it’s music worth experiencing.
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