Radiohead: Bonnaroo headliners, kings of our hearts
It’s almost our favorite time of year: summer festival season, which — if you rock as hard and as incessantly as we do — stretches from SXSW in March all the way until L.A.’s FYF in September. Right in the middle’s our favorite four-day Southern blow-out, the epic Bonnaroo Festival, which just dropped its 2012 lineup. Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish and the Beach Boys reunion (!!!) are at the top of the bill, and beyond that, it basically looks like the Grammys on a farm: Bon Iver, Skrillex, Foster the People, The Civil Wars — yup, they’re all on the list.
Beyond headliners like Radiohead, here are a few of the 2012 Bonnarroo bands we’ll be camping out/freaking out for.
Read more about the Bonnaroo lineup after the jump.
Ben Folds Five: The best piano-rock band since Sir Elton John is reuniting for a new album this year and what’re sure to be some bonkers performances. If you know Folds more from “The Sing-Off” than Whatever and Ever Amen, you’ve got some jams homework ahead of you.
tUnE-yArDs: The ecstatic indie act won last year’s influential Pazz and Jop critic’s poll, but Merrill Garbus’ face-painted, dizzying music is for the people.
Childish Gambino: Troy from “Community,” secret rapper! Donald Glover can do anything. Maybe it’s best he didn’t get that lead role in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” because then we’d be too jealous to type.
Laura Marling: One of our favorite new U.K. folkies, Ms. Marling comes from the same scene that birthed groups like Noah and the Whale and Mumford and Sons. Her songs are straight-up modern-day Joni Mitchell. Also, she’s crazy pretty! Watch out, Lana.
Alabama Shakes: The band’s one of the year’s mostly hotly tipped new acts, and their giant-sized blues should sound pretty incredible blasting through the Tennessee heat.
Flying Lotus: The king of L.A.’s underground electronic scene has a fan in Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, so look for a possible collaboration — also, look for intricate, psychedelic beats that’ll blow your mind even faster than a Phish solo.
AND THERE ARE SO MANY MORE! Who are you excited to see at Bonnaroo? Let us know in the comments!
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