This week we're thirsty for a celebration of sound. Festival season is upon us, so it's time to hit the road and get into the groove.
This festival in the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington, has been rocking the Pacific Northwest since 2002. This year you can lose yourself with The Cure, Florence & the Machine, and M83. Single-day tickets aren't available, so you have to go all in for Sasquatch - four glorious days of camping and epic tunes.
You know we're always looking for a good excuse to get our passport stamped. How about dozens of excuses like Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, and Deerhunter? Sold.
5. Shaky Knees
This year's Shaky Knees lineup has some of the finest acts in the South taking the stage in Hotlanta. Don't miss My Morning Jacket (indie rock from Louisville, KY), Kylesa (metal out of Savannah, GA), or Against Me! (homegrown punk from Gainesville, FL) if you want to get a feel for the diversity of the current Southern scene.
Enjoy a burger or chili cheese dog at The Varsity for local flavor, and grab a Frosted Orange to go. Y'all come back again next year, ya hear?
Part of Memphis in May International Festival, BSMF has been attracting visitors to Elvis's hometown since the late 70's. This year's line up has a strong 90's vibe with the likes of Beck, Weezer, Gin Blossoms, Violent Femmes, and Indigo Girls, so be sure to binge watch My So-Called Life beforehand to get in the right frame of mind. Catch Cold War Kids, Bastille, and local maven Mavis Staples for an experience that covers the full spectrum of indie rock to soul.
8. Hangout Fest
Every summer needs a banging beach bash, and Hangout Fest fits that bill to a T; there's a hammock beach, a ferris wheel, and even a wedding chapel. Add fresh seafood and a variety of craft beer into the mix, and you've got the makings of the ultimate summer hangout.
Who's not partial to the party in their own backyard? We absolutely love Coachella, and we hope to see you beneath the summer sun.