Many of you might be going to Virgin Fest this Saturday – and when you look at the schedule say to yourself: “Who are some of these bands?” Well that’s where I come in, yeah Virgin sent out a little (awful) mp3, but this will have a song from each band performing on Saturday. Hope this helps you out on your journey!
The winner of voting to see who opens Virgin Fest is Boston’s own Brite Lit Brite, a new group that claims to bring a new look and sound to the electronic music industry.
We have featured The Temper Trap before in our next big band segment, and here they are, performing at Virgin Fest. Their lead singer is great and his vocals create a hypnotizing sound to your ears.
Rest of the set list after the jump!
Will Eastman is actually a DJ reppin DC (and co-owner of U Street Music Hall)! He is sort of Moby sounding in some of his work. Cool tidbit on his start, he worked at the Smithsonian, studying the history of music while there until fully becoming a DJ.
I mean, if you don’t know Jimmy Eat World, well, you’re weird.
Trombone Shorty hails from New Orleans, and brings with them jazz infused big band rock. He apparently is very good live and gets the crowd going.
Wolfgang Gartner is an interesting character. He creates insane house beats and will be in the dance forest, at least check him out in hopes of hearing this awesome remix.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are a huge band (number wise) and create some great, easy listening music. They are also a lot of fun to see with lead singer Alex Ebert crowd surfing and just enjoying himself. Def check them out live.
Yeasayer describe themselves as an experimental rock band – based out of Brooklyn of course. They are fun and “Ambling Alp” might one of the catchiest songs ever.
Hailing from Texas, Neon Indian brings chill electronic beats. It won’t get you up dancing all crazy, but it will get your head bobbing or wish you driving while listening to these guys – although they spin their music a bit differently live!
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – – do I really need to explain? At least walk by and see them perform a song or two to say you saw Joan Jett.
In my top 3, Maximum Balloon is near the top. TV on the Radio’s lead singer Dave Sitek’s side project. Each song features a different artist, so this is a must see for everyone to find out who he brings with him to the Festival.
Thievery Corporation were formed right here in DC (at the 18th St Lounge) back in 1995. Consisting of 2 DJs, their music style mixes elements of dub, acid jazz, reggae, Indian classical, Middle Eastern, and Brazilian.
Matt and Kim have gained a large following after this hit “Daylight” – which was so good. Now thanks to their energetic beats and great live performances, they have amassed a following. Be sure to go see them!
Chromeo might be my #1 to go see. They recently showed up on Letterman and were awesome. Their beats are great and will get you moving. This is a must see.
Ludacris want to get up in dem clothes! (ARGH!!) If he plays his older stuff, it will be worth seeing, if he plays his new crap, keep on walking by.
Pavement is another one of those bands where you sort of have to go see – I mean, they’ve been around since 1989. (This song goes out to Tom Brady)
Guess where Sleigh Bells are from?! Yep, Brooklyn. Of course. Well their high energy performances and insane songs have skyrocketed their fame. Guitars, drum kits, electronic noises, and Alexis Krauss singing away creates an addictive sound sure to be awesome.
M.I.A. is going to put on an awesome show. There’s no doubt about that – so why is she on the 2nd stage? Hmm..We’ll just blame everything on TI for canceling because of going to jail again.
Sharam comes to you from Tehran, Iran and he was one of the guys that brought electro to the US in the late 90s, he’s kind of a godfather of American house. However, he got a bad time slot, going up against our next artist.
And finally, some of the best live performers, LCD Soundsystem. This will be the performance to see, people are going to go insane. The build up to this song takes a while, but well worth it for when the beat drops.