Complete B.O.M.B. Fest Line-Up

It’s easy to draw parallels between Wiz Khalifa at this moment and B.O.M.B. Fest co-headliner Snoop Dogg in his younger days, and the similarities go deeper than rapping about smoking humongous amounts of weed. Like Snoop in the early ’90s, Khalifa isn’t necessarily a game-changing emcee, and he’s not a flashy lyricist. But he’s prolific and hungry: Before his Pittsburgh Steelers anthem “Black and Yellow” exploded around Super Bowl season, he’d already dropped a couple of high-profile mixtapes and seen his first proper album have a false run on a major-label release. And, more than anything, he has star power: the charisma of an approachably chill partymeister wrapped around a relaxed flow and neon-lit pop choruses. Khalifa was never meant for the underground. He’s just recently become the pop star he always intended to be, and it appears he has the savvy to stay that way for a while. Performing Sunday at 8:50 on the B.O.M.B. Pavilion Stage.

With Carl Newman, Neko Case, Dan “Destroyer” Bejar and Kathryn Calder as principal singers, the New Pornographers often get tagged as a “supergroup,” but in reality, nothing’s done more to elevate the profile of those musicians as their involvement in this very band. Which isn’t surprising — the New Pornos’ big-tent, fist-pumping and deceptively smart and sophisticated power-pop, crammed with ecstatic vocal melodies, spot-on harmonies and tightly wound arrangements, is the kind of thing nearly everyone and their moms can get behind. Chief songwriter Newman pushes his cohorts’ distinct voices into places they often don’t explore in their individual work, and nearly 15 years after he first conceived the project, it’s still a joy whenever they come together. Performing Sunday at 5:10 on the B.O.M.B. Pavilion Stage.

In a way, it must suck to have your band and your significant other’s band constantly compared to each other. But when you’re both not only playing summery, slacker-pop anthems that would fit well on the same bill, but also incorporating the same cat (in this case, Best Coast frontwoman Bethany Cosentino’s Internet-famous Snacks) into the cover art of your respective 2010 releases, you’re kind of asking for it. Cosentino is probably a better songwriter than her boyfriend, Wavves leader Nathan Williams, and her band’s surfy, early-’60s-inspired songs are as classic-sounding as they are lackadaisical. But Williams has been more fun to watch growing up in the spotlight, as the extremely lo-fi bedroom recordings and onstage shitfits of his much-blogged-about early career have morphed into tight beach-punk songs recorded with the late garage-rock kingpin Jay Reatard’s former rhythm section. Love or hate either or both, Best Coast and Wavves have been catnip for the blogosphere’s jones for sun-soaked satisfaction and are prime examples of how to quickly translate blog buzz into a professional-grade live show. Best Coast will be performing on Saturday at 7:40 on the B.O.M.B. Pavilion Stage. Wavves will be performing on Saturday at 1:20 on the B.O.M.B. Pavilion Stage.

The burly, tribal avant-rock band Man Man’s new album, Life Fantastic, is probably their best record yet. Not their strangest (that would be The Man in the Blue Turban with a Face) or their most psychologically harrowing (that would be Six Demon Bag), but their most compositionally consistent and emotionally diverse. And emotion’s a big thing with this band — their sweaty, cathartic live show involves almost all its members banging on percussion and/or screaming at key points, with wildman singer Honus Honus at the center, hammering oompahing rhythms on an electric piano while wailing and groaning about heartbreak and loss. Man Man gets right to the id. There’s always been humor in their music, but now, with Life Fantastic, we get a little bit of outright joy, too. Performing Sunday at 6:05 on the Budweiser Stage.

Titus Andronicus’ most recent album, The Merrimac, is a sprawling punk-rock epic ostensibly about how growing up in North Jersey is kind of like the Civil War, and vice versa. Sounds great on paper, and it works pretty well on record, too, with some critics anointing frontman Patrick Stickles with Voice of His Generation (or at least the white, suburban part thereof) status. But it really comes through in the live setting. Titus Andronicus’ songs are designed to be singalongs, and the band works best live, where some air can breathe into their fire and the crowd can get swept away in their bold statements. Performing Saturday at 3:05 on the B.O.M.B. Pavilion Stage.

It might seem shocking that Wasilla, Alaska, has produced such wildly dissimilar cultural icons as Sarah Palin and Portugal. The Man, but America’s weird that way. There’s nothing conservative about the music of Portugal. The Man (whose core members relocated to Portland, Ore., to pursue fame), with its intricate twists and turns, psychedelia- and soul-inspired melodies and occult references, all rendered through crisp recordings seemingly designed to appeal to the mall-punk set. To dress up their eccentricities as ear-candy pop-rock — that’s real pop subversion. Performing Sunday at 1:50 on the B.O.M.B. Pavilion Stage.

The Felice Brothers have made their name using the folk-rock toolbox — acoustic strumming and wordy ruminations, juxtapositions of traditional American music with the travails of modern life — but on their new album, Celebration, Florida, they’ve embraced studio experimentation, plugging in their guitars, incorporating found sound and electronic beats, and creating a stew of existential postmodern urban folk. It’s menacing, charged-up and occasionally unsettling, a compelling left turn for a band like this. Time will tell whether Celebration, Florida is a side step, a tentative move in a new direction or something akin to a new mission statement for the band, but in the interim it’ll definitely be interesting to see how they approach this material live. Performing Saturday at 6:30 on the Budweiser Stage.

Free Energy’s album Stuck on Nothing landed near the beginning of last year, and why this band hasn’t managed to blow up yet remains anyone’s guess. Their songs are giddy party-rockers, rampant with vehemently catchy three-chord choruses, and the group plays like an arena-ready ’70s rock band, all crunchy power-chords and guitar solos complete with bubbly two-hand tapping. They look like that kind of band, too, with their long hair, headbands and broad rock ’n’ roll gesticulating. Perhaps they would’ve fared better in the retro-’70s ’90s, but if you’re receptive to unironic, feel-good rock music, the dudes in Free Energy are your guys. Performing Saturday at 12:20 on the B.O.M.B. Pavilion Stage.

Daedelus is, arguably, a fairly brave booking for a festival setting. He’s a wildly prolific producer with an almost ADHD work ethic that’s yielded a discography full of fancifully cut-and-pasted tracks. He veers from one sample and one beat to the next, creating sometimes precarious juxtapositions that sound as though he’s daring himself to make it work. And when he hits his marks, it’s pretty exciting. His latest album, Bespoke, is a grooveable, danceable mishmash of ideas that sounds like the work of an experimental club DJ totally in the zone. Performing on Sunday at 6:45 at Viva La B.O.M.B.

In a city famous for its depraved, mysterious weirdos — his adopted hometown of New Orleans — Quintron remains a singular depraved, mysterious weirdo. Leaning into a custom-built combination Hammond organ/Rhodes piano and flanked by oscillators and drum machines of his own invention, he grinds out swampy, lascivious, post-punky rock’n’roll while his wife, Miss Pussycat, shakes maracas and shouts out call-and-response choruses. It’s a stripped-down but massive-sounding setup that comes off as both droning and frenetic, and in yet another apparent contradiction, the notoriously private Quintron recorded his latest album, Sucre du Sauvage, under public observation during a months-long residency at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Unusual as this band is, they consistently give primacy to primal booty-shaking. PERFORMANCE CANCELLED.

Dan Deacon has one of the hippest CVs out there: Schooled at creatively fertile SUNY Purchase and fostered by Baltimore’s notorious loft scene, he’s co-created one of the Internet’s weirdest viral videos (he’s the voice of the talking lizard in Liam Lynch collabo “Drinking Out of Cups”), penned one of the best album titles of the past decade (2007’s Spiderman of the Rings), toured in a vegetable-oil-powered bus, collaborated with So Percussion and a host of indie buzzbands, and performed at both Manhattan’s Whitney Museum and Los Angeles’ Getty Center. Whether playing solo with tweaked vocals and electronic instruments or leading a percussive 17-piece band, Deacon’s the ringleader of his own avant-pop party, capable of turning the crowd into an all-dancing, all-sweating mob scene. Performing Saturday at 4:00 on the Budweiser Stage.

When you’re just a dude with a couple turntables and sequencers for accompaniment, you’re going to have to get creative with the visual presentation of your show once you’re playing to audiences of thousands. Fortunately, British trance act Shpongle has it covered. With Shpongletron, DJ Simon Posford performs atop a multi-tiered, winged platform lit with swirling, shimmering lights and accompanied by hula-hooping dancers. It’s a spectacle befitting the thumping, euphoric, psychedelicized dance music Shpongle creates. Good thing Shpongle closes out their particular stage on Sunday — you wouldn’t want to be the guy with a guitar who had to follow this up. Performing Sunday at 8:30 on the Budweiser Stage.

The Cool Kids are leading contemporary practitioners of hip-hop throwbackism, torch-carriers for classic ’80s hip-hop — the funky 808 beats; the raps about music, cool clothes, hanging and the simple pleasures of driving down the street; the feel-good vibes and the sense that being cool necessitates merely, y’know, being cool. And they’ve made their mark without a single proper full-length album to their name: Their reputation comes from a series of mixtapes and EPs and years of high-energy performances. Be prepared for them to tell you to shout “real hip-hop” a lot. The Cool Kids are, by the way, B.O.M.B. Fest OGs, featured each of the three years of the festival’s existence. Now that’s real. Performing Saturday at 4:45 on the B.O.M.B. Pavilion Stage.

Just three years ago, few people outside of the recording industry had even heard the name Dam-Funk — aka synth player, singer, composer and DJ Damon Riddick — but he’s a veritable veteran performer, having put in over two decades of work as an L.A. session musician, largely on hip-hop recordings. In 2009, he released Toeachizown, a whopping five-album series, culling material from years’ worth of stockpiled songs, recorded at his house with vintage synthesizers and drum machines. Steeped in ’80s boogie funk and electro vibes, the set was promptly compiled in a two-CD/five-LP set and re-released by tastemaking soul/hip-hop indie Stones Throw Records. Dam-Funk waited a while to amble into the spotlight, but now that he has, he’s undeniably damn good and ready for it. Performing Sunday at 9:00 at Viva La B.O.M.B.

Kristin Gundred — aka Dum Dum Girls mastermind Dee Dee Penny — seems to be doing everything right with this band. She writes songs that sound effortlessly catchy, plays most of the instruments on her studio recordings, adapted a modus operandi of sweet vocals matched to garagey overdriven guitars just as the blogosphere was going nuts for such ’80s indie-pop revivalism, has released her music on a series of extremely hip labels (HoZac, Captured Tracks and now the esteemed Sub Pop), and even had the guy who wrote “My Boyfriend’s Back” produce her album. She and her bandmates, with their gothily glam attire, even look the part for their thrift-store garage-pop. Even once so many lesser noise-pop trend-jumpers inevitably fall away, we’ll bet Gundred will remain standing. PERFORMANCE CANCELLED.

It’s likely Freelance Whales’ audience will have the highest concentration this weekend of girls and young women totally enraptured in front of the stage while their young boyfriends start looking around for nachos and thinking about how hard Against Me! rocked earlier in the day. The electro-acoustic indie-pop band does “cute” as if they tacked an extra zero onto their “cute” order and need to unload it immediately, with their sunbeamy harmonies, affable shuffle and tinkling glockenspiel, not to mention singer Judah Dadone’s fluttery voice and dream-diary-inspired lyrics (not a figure of speech — dude kept a dream diary) about childhood, crushes and childhood crushes. And with their undeniable hooks and a live dynamic forged through months of busking in New York’s subways, they’re very good at what they do. Performing Sunday at 5:00 on the Budweiser Stage.

Things have been on the upswing for David Wax Museum since their show-stealing set at Newport Folk Festival last year, and it’s no wonder: All this impassioned, highly skilled band needs is an audience, and they’ll take it from there. The eponymous Wax and his bandmates fuse American folk with music of the Mexican countryside, with their broad vocal harmonies and dexterous accordion and fiddle runs. And by “folk,” we don’t mean “quiet”: They play acoustic instruments, but this is full-throated, bighearted, even shit-kicking music, rapturous in delivery and boasting melodies that feel plenty satisfying going down. Party with this crew: David Wax Museum can match the energy of most of the plugged-in acts this weekend, and they can play and sing circles around them, too. Performing Saturday at 11:45 am on the Budweiser Stage.

Like Wiz Khalifa, Wavves and Best Coast, Turbo Fruits enjoy writing songs about weed, but frankly they sound like they’re having more fun with their subject than anyone else playing this weekend (with the possible exception of Snoop Dogg). Originally a side project of members of riotous then-teenaged (and Thurston Moore-approved) punk band Be Your Own Pet, Turbo Fruits sounded like they were kicking out some bluesy, inebriated garage-rock jams for the sole purpose of soundtracking someone’s friend’s upcoming massive party. Now, three years after the demise of BYOP allowed guitarist/singer Jonas Stein to make Turbo Fruits his main concern, that’s still pretty much what it sounds like, plus maybe an hour or so of extra thought. When your boyfriend finally finds those nachos, bet he’ll run into these guys chowin’ down. Performing Saturday at 2:10 on the Budweiser Stage.

Real Estate is a key force in an incestuous scene, focused around the Underwater Peoples label, of Brooklyn-based musicians with lo-fi recording sensibilities and North Jersey roots. Guitarist Matt Mondanile records as Ducktails; bassist Alex Bleeker leads Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, and singer-songwriter Julian Lynch (now a Ph.D. student in Wisconsin) is a close associate. And Real Estate offers a fine example of their shared vibe, with chiming Fender guitars and casual electric pop tunes that recall both ’60s and indie ’90s sonics. Whether this band is the flat-out best of the bunch is debatable, but if you want a taste of a sound that’s practically viral in the hippest of all boroughs right now, this is it. Performing Saturday, 5/28 at 5:10 at Viva La B.O.M.B.

The long-running power-pop band continues to lend a platform to frontman Rivers Cuomo’s unending adolescence. Performing on Saturday at 10:30 pm on the B.O.M.B. Pavillion Stage.

Snoop Dogg
The lackadaisical West Coast rapper has morphed into an interdisciplinary, multimedia personality with a knack for keeping up with the ever-changing pop landscape for nearly 20 years. Performing at the B.O.M.B. Pavilion on Saturday, 10:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Former Ima Robot frontman Alex Ebert created the persona of wide-eyed folk-rock Pied Piper figure Edward Sharpe, and untold thousands ended up whistling along. Performing Saturday at the B.O.M.B. Pavilion, 8:50 - 9:50 p.m.

Coheed and Cambria
The post-hardcore/metal band has spent over a decade unspooling a complex sci-fi storyline in song. Performing Sunday at the B.O.M.B. Pavilion, 7:35 - 8:35 p.m.

Neon Trees
These rising dance-rockers seem to have made an effort to make sure their pop-history-scouring sound has something for every demographic. Performing Sunday at the B.O.M.B. Pavilion, 6:20 - 7:15 p.m.

State Radio
The reggae-rock trio not only writes socio-politically-charged songs, it gets down in the dirt and performs community service offstage too. Performing Sunday at the B.O.M.B. Pavilion, 4 - 4:55 p.m.

George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic
One of the originators of funk, Clinton is a repository of over 50 years of musical history and remains a consistently reliable showman. PERFORMANCE CANCELLED.

Against Me!
Frontman Tom Gabel and crew play anthemic, earnest, politicized punk rock, and their career trajectory has been an example of how to grow up and remain punk. Performing Sunday at the B.O.M.B. Pavilion, 2:50 - 3:45 p.m.

An all-caps band with an all-caps name, their post-punky noise rock straddles the line between control and anarchy. Performing Saturday on the B.O.M.B. Pavilion, 5:50 - 6:40 p.m.

The respected experimental hip-hop producer (and occasional singer) never stays in the same sonic place for long, and he’s also responsible for the track best known as the theme for TV’s “Mad Men.” Performing Saturday at the Budweiser Stage, 7:30 - 8:20.

This duo of multi-instrumentalists builds up improvised, dubstep-inspired dance music, playing and sampling on the fly and creating a new set at every performance. Performing Saturday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. stage, 9:15 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Holy Fuck
These soundwave-manipulating, knob-twiddling noiseniks have, at their core, a propensity for dance beats and a clear sense of structure for their apparent chaos. Performing Sunday at the Budweiser Stage, 7:10 - 8 p.m.

The ambitious, prolific avant-pop band weds classic songcraft, psychedelic jamming and sonic explorations into electronic tweaking of their source material. Performing Saturday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. Stage, 7 - 7:50 p.m.

Nosaj Thing
The producer and DJ with underground hip-hop credentials makes electronic music that can appeal to the rock set, too. Performing Sunday at the Budweiser Stage, 3:55 - 4:45 p.m.

The Hood Internet
It’s a pair of laptop assassins and remixmeisters who made their name by mashing up hip-hop tracks and modern dancefloor classics with songs by contemporary indie-rock acts. Performing Sunday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. Stage, 3:25 - 4:10 p.m.

Connecticut native Brendan Angelides, an electronic musician and producer, has seen his star rise since he’s embraced crowd-pleasing yet crafty dance music. Performing Saturday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. stage, 8:05 - 8:55 p.m.

Toubab Krewe
This instrumental band creates jammy, global rock music heavily indebted to West African folk traditions. Performing Sunday at the Budweiser Stage, 2:10 - 2:55 p.m.

Small Black
Their new wavey synth-pop is nostalgic by design, vaguely dreamy and, when it comes to tempo, in no rush to reach its destination. Performing Sunday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. Stage, 1:05 - 1:50 p.m.

River City Extension
This octet’s charged-up, indie-rock-infused chamber folk found their audience through old-fashioned regional touring and DIY releases. Performing Sunday at the Budweiser Stage, 12:25 - 1:10 p.m.

Big Freedia
She’s over 6 feet tall, a New Orleans rapper and singer who is biologically male but identifies as female, and she makes relentless, hedonistic hip-hop/dance music. Performing Sunday at the B.O.M.B. Pavilion, 10:05 - 10:25 p.m.

Roots of Creation
They play a jammy, groove-friendly fusion of reggae-rock and roots music, and they’ve recently released their second album of live performances. Performing Saturday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. Stage, 12:40 - 1:30 p.m.

Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez
Whether it’s her studio albums, beloved in roots-rock circles; her vocal work with NBC (she’s the singer in the “Saturday Night Live” band and the voice in the “30 Rock” theme); or her frequent club gigs throughout the Northeast, Ohlman’s work is as iconic as her hairdo. Performing Sunday at the B.O.M.B. Pavilion, 11 - 11:40 a.m.

Walk the Moon
These technicolor new wave-influenced popsters break out of their home base of Cincinnati with a handful of national festival dates this year. Performing on Saturday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. Stage, 11 - 11:45 p.m.

The Revivalists
They’ve been rising steadily on the jamband circuit in recent years, with a blend of rock, soul and roots suiting their native New Orleans. Performing Sunday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. stage, 4:25 - 5:10 p.m.

Sun Hotel
This New Orleans outfit describe their vocal-harmony-rich, reverby guitar-pop as “post-gospel.” Performing Saturday at the B.O.M.B. Pavilion, 6:55 - 7:25 p.m.

They’re a teenaged Connecticut quartet with classic-rock roots. Performing Saturday at the B.O.M.B. Pavilion, 11 - 11:30 a.m.

They’re a rising New York City-based piano-pop trio. Performing Saturday on the Budweiser Stage, 11 - 11:30 a.m.

Midi and the Modern Dance
This Fairfield County ensemble’s art-pop seems to contradict their youth and is pulled toward manic and depressive poles. Performing Saturday at the B.O.M.B. Pavilion, 11:40 - 12:10 p.m.

This Fairfield County band holds a torch for ’80s/’90s paleo-indie rock. Performing Saturday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. Stage, 12 - 12:30.

Dirty Dishes
They bring crafty indie-rock guitar work and borderline mathy rhythms from Boston. Performing Saturday at the Budweiser Stage, 12:45 - 1:15 p.m.

The nervy, muscular sound of this hardworking New Haven post-punk trio is equal parts hooks and skronk. Performing Saturday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. Stage, 1:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Swear and Shake
The New York band showcases modernized folk sensibilities and vocal harmonies. Performing on Saturday at the Budweiser Stage, 1:25 - 1:55.

The Guru
These guys bring funky, melodic rock from Watertown, Conn. Performing on Saturday at the B.O.M.B. Pavilion, 2:20 - 2:50 p.m.

The Hartford emcee with New Orleans roots nods to Southern rap and East Coast hip-hop. Performing Saturday at the Viva la B.O.M.B. stage, 2:25 - 2:55 p.m.

The ReBel Yell
Electo-dance and hip-hop come together with this Philadelphia group. Performing on Saturday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. Stage, 3:05 - 3:35 p.m.

This Hartford-area band on the move plays full-sounding, folk-influenced pop-rock. Performing Saturday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. Fest, 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Congratulate this prolific New Orleans party rapper on his recent college graduation. Performing Saturday at the B.O.M.B. Pavilion, 4 - 4:30 p.m.

The Frank Critelli Band
Meriden troubadour Critelli’s thoughtful songs pay tribute to classic pop and folk-rock. Performing Saturday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. Stage, 4:25 - 4:55 p.m.

The Lobster Quadrille
As tied to the mythos of the South as their ghostly gospel, haunted country and chamber-punk mélange might seem to be, they’re actually from Rochester, N.Y. Performing at the Budweiser Stage on Saturday, 5 - 5:30 p.m.

The Manchurians
This long-running band reliably delivers confident rhythm-and-bluesy rock ’n’ roll. Performing on Saturday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. Stage, 6:15 - 6:45 p.m.

Forget Paris
From the Naugatuck Valley comes tight power-pop with ample vocal harmonies. Performing Saturday at the Budweiser Stage, 5:45 - 6:15 p.m.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
This self-described “Delta psychedelica” band brings a horn section, Dixieland sensibilities and tweaked weirdness. Performing Sunday at the Budweiser Stage, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Chalk Talk
They’re a punky, poppy outfit forged in the Western Massachusetts DIY scene. Performing Sunday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. stage, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Raina Mullen
She’s a teenaged singer-songwriter from Old Lyme with an acoustic guitar and pop leanings. Performing Sunday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. Stage, 11:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Super Nice Bros
This Alabama electro-pop crew are, in fact, not necessarily as gender-homogenous as their name implies. Performing on Sunday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. Stage, 2:05 - 2:35 p.m.

He’s a young hip-hop emcee from Shelton. Performing Sunday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. Stage, 2:45 - 3:15.

The Files and Fires
They’re a post-rock/experimental rock outfit with electronic leanings. Performing Sunday at the Budweiser Stage, 3:10 - 3:40 p.m.

Fake Babies
The hosts of New Haven’s hottest loft shows craft spacey avant-dance music and grimy warehouse grooves. Performing Sunday at the Budweiser stage, 11:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

These vets of the New Haven punk scene play driving, fiery, post-punky rock. Performing Sunday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. Stage, 12:20 - 12:50 p.m.

Cosmic Dust Bunnies
Their sound is split between jammy experimental rock and electronic explorations. Performing Sunday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. stage, 5:20 - 5:50 p.m.

The Backyard Committee
Power-pop and rootsy rock collide with this New Haven-based band that happens to feature Fairfield Weekly associate editor and Alternate Routes multi-instrumentalist Mike Sembos. Performing Sunday at the Viva La B.O.M.B. Stage, 6 - 6:30 p.m.

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