David Dondero is the most obvious must-see at Summer Jam 8. Click here to read my full-length feature on the artist. In the meantime, here are five other band's you should make sure to check out as well.
Easter Island In two short years, this five-piece outfit has exploded out of the talent-laden Athens, Ga. music scene thanks to their brand of atmospheric dream-pop, which is as mysterious and majestic as their moniker suggests. Brothers Eathan and Asher Payne share songwriting duties as bandmates add dark sonic touches to the Paynes’ ethereal vocals.
The Owsley Brothers In June, their sound nearly burned down New World Brewery. For Summer Jam, the Walton County-based trio returns to leave the venue in shambles once again with their grimy blues-rock that sounds like Jack White and The Black Keys taking a stolen squad car for a joyride.
Not A Planet Unabashed pop-rock from Missouri that sounds too big to have been crafted by only two guys — Nathan Corsi and Liam Sumnicht. With bouncing drums and soaring vocal melodies flanked by almost classic rock guitar licks, Not A Planet sound like a less trippy, but equally epic Bright Light Social Hour.
Jensen Serf Co. This St. Petersburg-based trio was featured in CL’s Antiwarpt III preview, but they warrant another “must-see” tag thanks to sets that get louder and more entertaining with each and every showing. Their brand of salt-washed garage-rock is at the forefront of St. Pete’s takeover of the local and regional musical landscape.
The Applebutter Express The Tampa-based four piece played this year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival in June and come to Summer Jam to ensure that fans of ukulele-driven, feel-good, groovy folkgrass songs like “Wannee Trippin,” “My Poor Heart” and “Handguns and Hammocks” are not neglected on this year’s lineup.
No Jaz-O should reign supreme
That new POHGOH track is gorgeous.
Lots of love for Solids and Wye Oak on here. Yes!