Hangout Festival: 9 Must-See-Bands

Sunday, May 16

1. ALO :: 12:30-1:30 pm :: PlayStation Stage
San Francisco's Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) are thoughtful sunshine, pop rock given real nuance and resonant heart. Their tunes are so catchy that you may swear a song has been a favorite for years after hearing it for the first time. That's the kind of fundamental rightness they exude; a perfect rock four-piece that resides closely on the spectrum with enduring contemporaries like The Mother Hips, Robyn Hitchcock and The National.

2. OK Go :: 4:45-6:00 pm :: PlayStation Stage
Forget the treadmills and Rube Goldberg devices, OK Go are one of the last torchbearers for classic power pop in the mainstream, the descendents of Big Star, Badfinger and other crazy infectious, singles-minded groups that begin with "B" and other letters. They sweat and strut and sing sweet harmonies, and their guitars go to "11." By Sunday you'll need a boost and OK Go will surely deliver it.

3. Ray LaMontagne :: 7:15-8:45 pm :: Verizon Stage
While many have some passing familiarity with LaMontagne's work, especially his omnipresent, almost universally adored debut Trouble (2004), there's a burnished depth to his music that only seems to intensify as the years pile up. Live, he is the essence of subtle, naked folk-soul, and his empathetic band and smartly constructed setlists have the potential to be a real experience and not just another performance. Before Trey and TAB burn it down to close the inaugural Hangout Fest, let LaMontagne carry you to a quieter but equally powerful place.

Check back with JamBase on Monday for scads of photos and other highlights from the first Hangout Beach Music & Arts Festival, and be sure to also tune in to our real-time Twitter updates page at throughout the weekend.

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[Published on: 5/11/10]

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