The first big, multi-genre, all-day concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion announced an array of acts today. Veterans like French rockers Phoenix and NYC/LA art punks the Yeah Yeah Yeah's will grace the main stage. Dance friendly Holy Ghost! and a band that's played less than ten shows, HAERTS, will take the Treehouse Stage.
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New album, new headlining tour. The band is bigger in Europe but hopes to change that with their upcoming LP "Bankrupt!" It'll be interesting to see how many people stick around to see the headliners.
It seems like Passion Pit lives on the summer festival circuit. After slowly working their way up the tour ranks, they're sandwiched between a skyrocketing Compton rapper and a globe trotting French rock group. Sounds about right.
The rapper from Compton pulled off a somewhat remarkable feat, performing a decent set on "Saturday Night Live." He's the only hip-hop act on the bill. While that's not good, at least Kendrick Lamar is.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Their fourth album, "Mosquito," will be released this spring. Whether it's angry and loud like "Fever To Tell," somber and transitional like "Show Your Bones" or synth heavy and dancy like "It's Blitz!" won't matter. The YYY's are first and foremost a live act. See them whenever they're in town, whatever sound they're exploring.
Gary Clark Jr.
Full-band rhythm and blues from a current, relevant artist. No nostalgia acts, no cheesy covers, no old timers rehashing the past. Gary Clark Jr. will make fans at any festival.
Her Black Cat show sold out. The next time she headlines a show it'll be at a much, much larger venue. Her new stuff is great, really great. No longer just someone's sister, Solange is producing adult dance music. "Losing You" has the potential to cross-over to Frank Ocean, Portishead, Beyonce and Sade fans.
Do you enjoy pop violin? Sure. Why not. A pleasant way to kick off the main stage.
Good for the club, questionable for the sun. Holy Ghost! makes dance music meant for pretty people to pose. They performed at fashion shows for good reason.
The second album from Trevor Powers, better known as Youth Lagoon, will be released this March. His soundscapes and melodies seem built for mid-afternoon at an outdoor festival.
Haven't heard of HAERTS? You're not alone. The group released their first music in October and played their first show in December. If you're coming to the fest for Passion Pit, you'll most likely enjoy this five-piece.
When bedroom rock meets dub-step. One-man-band Robert DeLong is an 'artist to watch' according to MTV. We're not sold, but there is potential on the recently released "Just Movement."
This is a time and a place band. It would be cool to see them perform at a secret show before or after SweetLife but there's no rush to make it to the Merriweather to see them in the afternoon sun.
Twenty | One | Pilots
Do you like LMFAO? Do you like Linkin Park? Do you remember/like the band Simple Plan? Do you like when Eminem raps in a high-pitched, nasally voice? Do you want to hear what happens when those four things are interpreted by two, young males?
This D.C. band is a welcome late-addition. They released one of the best EP's of 2012, put on a very fun live show and will hopefully shape the future of D.C. sound. If you miss their early set, don't fret, see them whenever you can in a basement. That is a compliment.
The Sweetlife Festival will take place on Saturday, May 11. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 8. Prices range from $75 to $150.