In short, all of them. But to help you out, we here at RBGmagazine have compiled a bare-boned list of all the performances you shouldn’t go without.
The Dismemberment Plan
It’s been seven years since The Dismemberment Plan played their final show at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C (excluding a brief 2007 benefit show). But now, with the re-issue of their 2003 success, Emergency & I, onto vinyl, The Dismemberment Plan is hitting the road again for a short North American tour, and a few recently scheduled Japan dates. Unfortunately, the band seems to have no plans for an extended comeback, which means this performance cannot be missed, it may be your last chance.
In only six years Deerhunter has managed to release four album, three EP’s, and countless tours to become one of the infallible bands headlining the new decade. Lead singer, Bradford Cox is always looking to get a rise out of the crowd and keep things interesting, sporting everything from maids dresses to oversize muscle shirts. Though don’t be fooled, they are no shock band, if anything the past six years have shown us, it’s the Deerhunter never fails to deliver on stage and in the studio.
Coming off almost a four year touring hiatus in order to develop their ‘visual album’ and other individual ventures, including Panda Bear’s recent solo release of Tomboy, Animal Collective is finally gearing back up with a hand full of shows schedule for the U.S and Europe. Sure to be one of the strangest, and most grand scale, all good performance of the festival, the band will be performing songs from their previous album, “Merriweather Post Pavilion” and session scraps EP “Fall Be Kind”, though after such a long hiatus, it’s hard to say exactly what noise symphonies and sounds might come together that night.
If you haven’t seen them before, it’s about damn time to you did. With a strong hold in L.A.’s downtown underground, this noise punk duo are making their way across the country and even recently onto late night TV. Their performances are raw and force feed and deliver enough energy to power all of Chicago.
T.V on the Radio
Obviously. Headlining the final night of the three day festival, and with the critical acclaim of their newly released third studio album, Nine Types of Light, TV on the Radio is sure to pull out all the stops for what will be the biggest performance showcasing there new album since it’s release on April 12. So don’t miss it, enough said.
With a new album in the making, and the recent release of it’s title track, Helplessness Blues, and personal favorite, Grown Ocean, Fleet Foxes is gearing up to immortalize themselves as the best folk five piece to sooth the earbuds of this generation. And with the May 3rd release date of their album coming up, this will be a first time for fans to hear all their new favorites live for the first time.
In only six years since their formation, Brooklyn’s own lo-fi folk foursome, Woods, has managed to deliver five, ever-evolving albums, including their latest 2011 release of At Echo Lake. With songs that could make The Shins seem dark and dreary, front man Jeremy Earl perfects the lo-fi folk noise of Woods on his own record label, Woodsist. So even if the weather turns out to be overcast and rainy, Pitchfork has a back up plan to make the sun come out with Woods.
Guided by Voices
Although Chicago’s official “Guided by Voices Day” (proclaimed upon the band’s final tour in 2004), is still more than half a year away on December 30, the band will be giving a rare performance with all the original member from the ‘Classic 93-96 Lineup’. But with many of the band member busy working on separate projects, only limited amount of scheduled performances, and no announcement of a new record, GBV performances is not one that should be passed by lightly.
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