10 Can’t Miss Saturday Bands at Forecastle 2014

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We’ve spent the past week helping you get familiar with all of the Nashville acts making the trek to Forecastle Festival this weekend in nearby Louisville, KY. While we’re incredibly proud of all of our hometown talent, we also wanted to showcase some of the other artists this year’s incredible lineup has to offer, so, as we prepare to head north for what’s sure to be a fun weekend (keep an eye out for full coverage next week), we’re breaking down our 10 most-anticipated bands by day. We already brought your our Friday picks, and, now, here’s who you absolutely don’t want to miss on Forecastle’s epic Saturday…

AVEY TARE’S SLASHER FLICKS

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Saturday | Ocean Stage | 4:45pm

Avey Tare (aka David Portner) is probably best known as a founding member and one of the primary songwriters for experimental electro-rock outfit Animal Collective.  With the offshoot projects of other AC members (Panda Bear, in particular), it was just a matter of time before Tare branched out to bring more of his songs to life.  Enter the more pop influenced Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, who first caught national attention with the track “Little Fang” from their debut release Enter The Slasher House. We missed the Exit/In date back in April, and that makes this a must see set for us at Forecastle on Saturday! [MH]

LISTEN | “Strange Colores”

WATCH | “Little Fang” (Official Music Video)

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BAND OF HORSES

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Saturday | Mast Stage | 7pm

North Carolina (by way of Seattle) southern indie rockers Band of Horses have continuously wowed us over the years, most recently with an intimate acoustic show at The Ryman. The group have amassed one of the most beloved back catalogues in recent memory, and are alway a treat to witness live; their sound remains personal and engaging even on festival stages. [PO]

LISTEN | “Is There a Ghost”

WATCH | “Knock Knock” (Official Music Video)

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BOY & BEAR

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Saturday | Boom Stage | 2:45pm

Indie folk rockers Boy & Bear really rose to international acclaim (beyond their native Australia) after their 2013 sophomore release, Harlequin Dream. We can’t get enough of their catchy, layered sound, and we have a feeling they’re going to be one of the standout smaller acts at this year’s Forecastle. [PO]

LISTEN | “Bridges”

WATCH | “Southern Sun” (Official Music Video)

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HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF

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Saturday | Boom Stage | 1:30pm

We at No Country are long time supporters of Hurray For The Riff Raff.  We hosted them in Nashville for an intimate affair, and have jabbered on about their subsequent shows around town, including a ticket giveaway for their show tonight at Mercy Lounge.  Needless to say, we are fans, and will take every opportunity to see them. [MH]

LISTEN | “Look Out Mama”

WATCH | “I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright)” (Official Music Video)

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JACK WHITE

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Saturday | Mast Stage | 9:30pm

If you need any extra convincing to check out Jack White at Forecastle, a) you shouldn’t be going and b) you clearly didn’t see him at Bonnaroo. The rock and roll revivalist basically taught a mater class in how a festival headliner should function, and, at the nearby but slightly more intimate Forecastle, we’re fully expecting lightning to strike a second time. While Outkast might have a shorter shelf-life, Jack White is still a once-in-a-lifetime experience. [PO]

LISTEN | “Lazaretto”

WATCH | “Love Interruption” (Official Music Video)

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LORD HURON

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Saturday | Boom Stage | 4:15pm

We’ve spent the last few years watching Lord Huron morph from a solo project to a concept band, and grow from tiny, unfilled rooms to sold out auditoriums, all due to the incredible strength of their debut, Lonesome Dreams, and their worthy live performance chops. At this point, they’re seasoned festival veterans. [PO]

LISTEN | “She Lit a Fire”

WATCH | “Time to Run” (Official Music Video)

CONNECT | Site | Twitter | Facebook | Spotify

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SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS

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Saturday | Mast Stage | 5:15pm

The soul funk revival is in full swing with bands like Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings leading the way for the new kids on the block, like St. Paul & The Broken Bones.  We caught SJ&tDKs at Bonnaroo a couple of years ago, and were blown away by the power of her vocals and energy of her stage presence.  Despite a recent bout with cancer, Ms. Jones has continued to live up to the name of their fifth LP, Give The People What They Want[MH]

LISTEN | “Hot Shot”

WATCH | “Stranger To My Happiness” (Official Music Video)

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SLINT

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Saturday | Ocean Stage | 8:30pm

If we were too young to truly have followed Slint, there’s a high likelihood that a lot of you reading this were too. We arrived late to the party, but have luckily have been initiated through the likes of old school college radio podcasts.  The Louisville based post-rockers were active from 1986 to 1992, and disbanded after only their second album, but are widely considered at the forefront of the post-rock movement.  Over the past 20 years, Slint have rarely reunited, and, given the hometown draw, we’d recommend you move this to the top of your must see list, and arrive early. [MH]

LISTEN | “Breadcrumb Trail”

WATCH | “Washer”

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SPANISH GOLD

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Saturday | Mast Stage | 3:30pm

An almost supergroup trio, Spanish Gold are comprised of drummer Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket), guitarist Adrian Quesada (formerly of Grupo Fantasma) and guitarist and lead vocalist Dante Schwebel (City and Colour, formerly of Hacienda).  With recording ties to Nashville (Easy Eye Studio) and Louisville (Lalaland Studio), it’s easy to see why this band have been popping up more and more around Nashville, and are a clear fit for an afternoon set at Forecastle. [MH]

LISTEN | “Out On The Street”

WATCH | “Blackout Party” (Official Music Video)

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THE WANS

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Saturday | WFPK Port Stage | 1:30pm

We already gave you the full rundown on Nashville rock trio The Wans right here, but we’re telling you again, because we don’t want you missing out. Their ’70s rock meets ’90s grunge sound still bares a contemporary flare, and, judging by the buzz surrounding their forthcoming full-length, we have a feeling these guys are about to explode. [PO]

LISTEN | “I Can’t Fix You”

WATCH | “Satisfied” (Official Music Video)

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[MH] Matt Hall
[PO] Philip Obenschain

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