Bands to see at Nelsonville Music Festival

Nelsonville Music Festival will be celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year and it promises to be the bigger yet.

Folk rock band The Avett Brothers headlining the entire three day festival along with Dinosaur Jr., The Head and The Heart, Kurt Vile & the Violators and many more.

This is the 10th edition of the festival with previous headliners being The Flaming Lips, Andrew Bird, Cat Power and Wilco.

For those who interested in going, I’ll break down some of the best on the line-up, supplying some songs along the way and some background as to who the bands are.
First things first: The Avett Brothers
The Avett Brothers have played at Nelsonville once before, in 2008. They’re well known for their energetic performances — something that makes them stand out among other folk rock bands.They’re coming off the release of 2013’s Magpie and the Dandelion, a quieter affair compared to previous albums.

I’ll leave you with a highlight off of I and Love and You. It’s called “Laundry Room,” and it highlights the energy the band puts into their performances beautifully.

Indie Legends: Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr. are have released 10 albums since 1985. Known for lead singer and guitarist J Mascis’ frenzied guitar antics, the band will be visiting Nelsonville after reforming in 2005. Below is “Freak Scene”, a highlight off of 1998’s Bug.

Rising Guitar Hero: Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves is well worth watching. He’s a solo artist who plays a suitcase and tambourine with his feet while amazing with stellar guitar work. Underneath is a highlight off of his first album Roll the Bones, called “Roll the Bones.”

Rock Men: The Men
Simple, effective, noisy.

Psychedelic Wonderland: Wooden Indian Burial Ground

Wooden Indian Burial Ground are no stranger to NMF. The band brought its whirlwind of guitar, drums and heavily processed vocals to the festival last year and visited Athens last October. “Helicopter,” below, picks up the listener, whirls them around until the last blares of guitar put you back down again.


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