Bunbury 2014: Must-see bands through the festival

Don't get lost in the weeds of folk and synth pop

You’re in for either an amazing or frustrating weekend. Depending on your vantage and sense of adventure, the Bunbury Festival is either a paradise for adventurers or a tease for those who know what they like and only want more of it.

Unlike most summertime music extravaganzas, which cater to specific niches, Bunbury caters to strands of people likely to find little in common on their iTunes playlists. Folk, synth-pop, earnest singer-songwriters, bluegrass with a beat, southern-fried stomp rock, trance rock, indie rock and straight-ahead, mainstream, radio-friendly rock—there are just enough artists running through each vein of the Bunbury lineup to draw their own dedicated fan bases.

As it happens, relative to previous years, guitar-loaded rock is in short supply at the 2014 Bunbury. For those about to rock, here’s our guide to the reddest meat in the lineup:




































2 to 2:45 p.m.—Upset Victory: Local band returns to Bunbury with energy, angst and twin-guitar riffs. (Amphitheater Stage).

3:30 to 4:15 p.m.—Let it Happen: Straight-ahead, radio-friendly indie rock. (Amphitheater Stage).

4:15 to 5 p.m.—500 Miles to Memphis: Do you call the melding of rock and bluegrass rockgrass? (Lawn Stage)

5 to 5:45 p.m.—J. Roddy Walston: Black Crowes-ish, southern-tinged dance rock. (River Stage).

5:45 to 6:45 p.m.—Cage the Elephant: Power pop that doesn’t take the power for granted. Sure to be one of Bunbury’s must-see sets. (Main Stage).

6:45 to 7:30 p.m.—Bad Suns: Relaxed, catchy indie rock with clean, clear, upbeat vocals. (River Stage).

7:15 to 8 p.m.—Black Owls: Local, hard-driving quintet with four on the floor, fronted by the charismatic David Butler. (Lawn Stage).

8 to 9 p.m.—Dead Sara: Mainstream rockers who opened a recent American tour for Muse. (Warsteiner Stage).

9 to 10 p.m.—Veruca Salt: Even after a 14-year absence, we still can’t fight the seether. (River Stage).

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