Heavy rock may not be what most attendees think of when they create their line-ups at Bonnaroo, but Deafheaven is definitely not a band to miss. These rockers talk about the evolution of the music scene and much more in this interview at Bonnaroo.
Stephanie Jean and Chris Turpin walked away from their band when a major record label deal went south. The couple turned their energy towards a duo they call Ida Mae. In this interview at Bonnaroo, Ida Mae talks about the state of the music scene and where they see themselves within it.
The 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival did not let weather or controversy damper its spirit. In every great show, a little rain must fall and a little angst must reign. Sunday’s festivities were delayed but not hampered after heavy rains pummeled middle Tennessee all morning. Eminem’s pyrotechnics that sounded like gunshots drew concern. (I personally was quite close, at the main rails, and ducked the first time the sonic blast happened–but not during the other two.) Some critics argued that main acts Eminem, Muse, and The Killers were not enough to pull in fans; another dig since the show was bought by Live Nation, but attendees seemed to disagree. Next year’s festival is slated for June 13-16, 2018 (purposely the weekend after the Country Music Awards).
You’ll find video interviews with a bunch of artists that played the festival below.
Jean-Philip Groebler, lead singer of St. Lucia, has been immersed in music since he was part of a well-known choir in his native Cape Town, South Africa. Since then Groebler has written jingles for numerous commercials and two albums under the St. Lucia moniker. At Bonnaroo, he talks with me about his latest release. Later in the day he joined Halsey on stage for a rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Thunder,” which turned into a rain dance as storms interrupted the performance.
Cardiknox are an indie dance-pop act formed of Lonnie Angle and Thomas Dutton (formerly of Forgive Durden). The duo is about to begin their “Make America Dance Again” tour and have played numerous festivals over the past few years. The band talks about their recent release Portrait, collaboration, and getting crowds excited in my interview with them from this year’s Bonnaroo.
Austin Plaine is a singer/songwriter who decided that playing the guitar and writing heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics was more rewarding than trying to be a lawyer. Plaine passed up the LSATs and began writing music. He finished his self-titled album last year and I spoke with him at Bonnaroo this year about all of this and more. You can find the full video interview below.
Aparna Nancherla thinks depression is funny, or at least her goal is to make listeners laugh when she talks about the topic. The DC native has received the attention of Conan O’Brien, Amy Schumer, Wyatt Cenac, Adam Devine, and many other prestigious comedians. Nancherla fit right in on the comedy stage at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and you can find a video of our talk about her new album below.