With the release of his debut studio album, Wonderland, Dim Mak Records founder Steve Aoki has embarked on his 2012 North American “Deadmeat” tour. Aoki kept the energy alive and kicking throughout his late night set in Houston last week.
Blitzen Trapper has produced some of the best indie roots-rock around since 2003, gaining many fans with the release of 2008’s excellent Furr. Other BoT members have seen them live on multiple occasions, and the praise I’ve heard for their live show has me more excited about seeing them than any other band that I’m new to on the UtopiaFest lineup. Adding to the excitement is the quality of their new album, American Goldwing, which is an enjoyable classic-rock throwback with a ton of interesting flourishes. Catch them tonight on the Arrowhead stage at 10:30.
Our love for this band is well-documented in the annals of BoT – so if regular readers aren’t already fans of all things Dawes, it’s not due to lack of exposure. New readers, however, might be unfamiliar with the Dawes brand of perfectly-crafted folk rock. I’m almost jealous of someone who hasn’t been exposed to it yet, because the first time Taylor Goldsmith’s lyrics hit you, they hit you in an unforgettably special way. If your first time happens to be this Friday night just as the night air starts to cool in Utopia, TX, consider yourself privileged.
Utopia’s diverse lineup comes to its completion on Saturday at midnight with this Aussie dance band closing out the festival. Whatever energy we have left will be spent dancing to their brand of intense electro-funk. Check out some of their official videos (such as the one above) for a few laughs, and then watch their live videos to prepare for how much fun Saturday will be.
California’s Avi Buffalo craft tuneful indie-pop with a lyrical density that’ll sneak up on you. Though the band has gone through some lineup changes since their 2010 debut, they’ve still captured festival audiences both home and abroad with their stellar live performances. Don’t miss them on Saturday at 6:30 on the Arrowhead stage.
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