Yesterday brought you Friday’s lineup, and today and tomorrow we’ll be featuring a video playlist that highlights some of the must-see bands each day of the Voodoo Experience. All recommended songs are in the Youtube video player, so listen up and re-configure your Fall cubes:
Making their festival debut, this queer-hosted neo-music WTUL show is taking the stage with the two pillars of the program: Carmine P. Filthy and A Boy Named Ruth. These local DJs are the ONLY way to start the day, and if we’re lucky, they’ll bring their bounce friends Katey Red and/or Nicky Da B up on Le Plur Stage with them at 11:20 AM. You never know what these guys are gonna play, but as a sampler, look to one of Carmine P. Filthy’s favorites, “Be, I Do” by Nightmares on Wax.
Feet stomping isn’t just what’s happening in the audience when this band pays; it’s a main instrument up on stage. The ‘‘tap dancing drummer,” along with maracas, tambourines, and felt drum tips makes up a desert folk sound that’s slipped into this LA-based band. Catch HMBSMS on the Flambeau Stage at 1:15PM, but try ‘Can’t See the Stars’ first.
3. Delta Rae
Staying on the folk train, but moving closer to this neck of the woods, we welcome our first example of “Blood Harmony.” This is a term used for musical groups that take full advantage of the unbeatable impact of family ties — the degree of unity and sync that mothers and daughters, and most often siblings, can achieve in their harmonies that are unmatched by non-blood partners. This is most tangible in the (almost) a capella “Bottom of the River” performed here by these North Carolina sibs. Check them at 2:45 on the Ritual Stage.
Remember them? Just kidding … they had a new album come out in 2011 … you knew that, right? Okay, but seriously, they’re back and they’re playing Voodoo … actually, it’s not even fair to say they’re back. These guys haven’t gone more than three years without putting out a record since their Nothing Gold Can Stay debut back when we were all partying like it was 1999. As an ode to the Glory days, get nostalgic with “Hit Or Miss (Waited too Long),” and relive your past, however recent it may be, at 5:15 PM on the Carnival Stage.
Moving from one American rock band to the next, this group from Franklin, Tennessee, has been gaining speed since the early 2000s. You can’t miss lead female vocalist Hayley Williams, whether it’s her fire-red mop top, or the powerful, piercing voice that pushes through her small frame. They’ve got many an original tune to toot, but the song that melted my heart was the band’s acoustic cover of Kings of Leon’s ballad “Use Somebody.” Don’t get your hopes up about hearing it at Voodoo, but enjoy this guilty pleasure home alone, and see them with the crowds at 7:15 PM on the Ritual Stage.
To end on a high note, It will be hard for any other stage to compete with the noise factor that is Afrojack. This 26-year-old Dutch DJ/Producer knows what buttons to push (literally) to make the critical mass move. And has been the trend for these digital geniuses, featuring solo artists on singles only makes the Kool Aid tastier. But Afrojack took it to the next level with “Can’t Stop Me Now” by collaborating with a three-piece “blood harmony” suit known as Shermanology. Also from the Netherlands, these siblings bring a new sound to the semi-predictable bump of epic EDM bangers, and although they won’t be live at the Fest, you’re sure to still hear it “live” at 8:45 PM.
Listen to all the songs here:
*Check back tomorrow for Sunday’s Lineup picks