Hangout Festival: 9 Must-See-Bands

Saturday, May 15

1. AA Bondy :: 12:30-1:30 pm :: PlayStation Stage
Often drawing comparisons to Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs, Bondy is the full package folkie, exuding both a '60s Greenwich Village vibe as well as something more cynically, cleverly and darkly modern. His songwriting is both exposed and obtuse, but always capable of drawing one in with a whisper of acoustic guitar strings and a voice that eases into the bloodstream like a shot of the good stuff.

2. Toubab Krewe :: 2:30-3:30 pm :: PlayStation Stage
A true original in a sea of copyists, Toubab Krewe is carving out a potent new sound that is all their own. While touched by African and rock echoes, their music and whole approach to music making comes from a highly personal yet winningly universal place. This is the national sound of a country with no name where all are welcome to dance and think and imagine, presented with a bouncing, intense demeanor. If you're still groggy after your first night revels, Toubab will set you right on Saturday as the sun rises high above the sand.

3. The Whigs :: 4:45-6:00 pm :: PlayStation Stage
Via his Twitter page, The Roots' Questlove wrote after their April 27 appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, "The Whigs mean business. 3 of em sound like an army son!" Too right. These Athens, GA boys produce a glorious, red meat kinda rock noise with more hooks than a fly 'n' tackle shop. And their live shows tend to be boisterous and highly motivated to get everyone off, right back to the dude at the back of the field resisting the hip lubricant pouring off the stage.

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