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- Posted on Jun 10th 2009 1:30PM by Benjy Eisen
Thursday is arrival day at Bonnaroo and while Charlie Allen officially kicks things off in the afternoon, look for Passion Pit to provide the true opening day fireworks. With their first full-length album 'Manners' firmly embedded in the iPods of hipster America, all eyes will be on the Pit to live up to the hype. We believe in them.
It's kind of ridiculous that we're putting David Byrne on a must-see list because some things in life are just givens. However, given the fact that he's up against the Beastie Boys, it might be easy to forget just how much of a must-see the former Talking Head still is.
It's been a hot minute since Bonnaroo was a jamband festival, per-se, but then again, Toubab Krewe isn't exactly a jamband ... per-se (although the band does, in fact, jam). Remember the first time you heard Paul Simon's take on African beats and rhythms? You're going to feel the same way about Toubab Krewe's infectious Mali-inspired grooves. Think Africa by way of Asheville, NC.
Alright, MGMT was one of the "must-see" bands at summer festivals last year but before you say "that's so 2008," think about this: MGMT return to Bonnaroo this year not as one of the afternoon introductory showcase bands but in the late-night melt-your-face slot. True, they haven't released a new album since last year's fest, but given that they'll be performing from 2:15 to 3:45 AM on Saturday night (err, Sunday morning), expect full-on late-night debauchery.
After a five-year break-up, when Phish fans seemed to crawl into the woodwork (and disperse to Disco Biscuits andWidespread Panic shows), the band is back with a vengeance, performing their best shows since the late '90s. Midway through their first real tour since reuniting earlier this year, Phish will be on top of their game and they better be: like it or not, Bonnaroo is Phish's festival. All four members have performed at the festival in various solo and side-projects, repeatedly, through the years, and what's more: Bonnaroo was actually inspired by Phish's own festivals. Look for the band to own it.