10 Can’t Miss Sunday 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’ve already brought you our Friday and Saturday picks, and, now, here’s who you absolutely don’t want to miss on Forecastle’s closing Sunday…

BECK

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Sunday | Mast Stage | 9:45pm

For those of you that didn’t make it to the Ryman in Nashville earlier this week, this is an absolute not to miss show.  While artists as prolific as Beck have enormous back catalogues of hits, there is the fear that you’ll be force fed a steady diet of the new album the label is pushing.  Go ahead and count on a full on sing along on Sunday night in Louisville, because you will be rocking through an entire catalogue of genre- (and decade) spanning hits, with a small spattering of the incredible new tracks on this year’s Morning Phase.  [MH]

LISTEN | “Blue Moon”

WATCH | “Loser” (Official Music Video)

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JENNY LEWIS

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Sunday | Mast Stage | 6pm

We’re absolutely dying with anticipation for Jenny Lewis‘ upcoming new solo album, The Voyager, and, in the time being, we can’t stop spinning its title track as well as infectious lead single (and hilarious music video), “Just One of the Guys.” Jenny’s a seasoned performer at this point, and with Nashville artist Natalie Prass in tow as part of her backing band, this set is sure to be extra special. [PO]

LISTEN | “Acid Tongue”

WATCH | “Just One of the Guys” (Official Music Video)

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LUCIUS

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Sunday | Mast Stage | 2:45pm

Brooklyn indie pop group Lucius first came onto our radar with their stellar debut last summer at Bonnaroo. Their co-female fronted sound is haunting and infectious, and their debut, last fall’s Wildewoman, was easily one of the most underrated releases of last year. As far as buzzy new(ish) acts go, this is one not to miss. [PO]

LISTEN | “Until We Get There”

WATCH | “Turn It Around” (Official Music Video)

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MATRIMONY

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Sunday | Mast Stage | 1:30pm

Like Lucius, we first caught folky alt rock outfit Matrimony last summer at Bonnaroo. Since then, we’ve seen the North Carolina group pass through Nashville on several occasions, impressing a bit more with each outing. A true family affair (brought together by marriage, as the time implies), Matrimony are definitely a good reason to show up early on Sunday. [PO]

LISTEN | “Obey Your Guns”

WATCH | “Golden City” (Official Music Video)

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NICKEL CREEK

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Sunday | Boom Stage | 6:30pm

Progressive bluegrass folk trio Nickel Creek are making a triumphant return in 2014 with a new album and a new tour.  Those of you that thought the 2007 indefinite hiatus was the end, all probably have your tickets to Forecastle already, if you live within a day’s drive to Louisville.  This year marked the first release, A Dotted Line, from the acclaimed trio since their haitus, and the touring has been going strong since.  While snubbed by Roo this year, they are a welcome addition to Forecastle, and, to many, Nickel Creek alone are worth the price of admission. [MH]

LISTEN | “Destination”

WATCH | “When You Come Back Down” (Official Music Video)

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RAY LAMONTAGNE

RAY LA MONTAGNE

Sunday | Boom Stage | 8:30pm

While we eagerly await folk singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne‘s headlining outing at Nashville’s own Woods at Fontanel next weekend, we still count him among this year’s can’t-miss acts at Forecastle. Back with a stellar Dan Auerbach-produced fifth album, Supernova, Ray remains one of the most profound, nuanced, and emotionally resonant songwriters of our generation. [PO]

LISTEN | “You Are the Best Thing”

WATCH | “Supernova” (Official Music Video)

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REIGNWOLF

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Sunday | WFPK Port Stage | 6:45pm

The first time I saw Reignwolf perform was by chance.  The second time I saw Reignwolf perform it is because I told everyone that I knew this was a show that they absolutely could not miss.  You can read these words and listen below, but don’t use that to make your decision.  Seeing Reignwolf live is like screwing the captain of the cheerleading team under the bleachers while her boyfriend throws the game winning touchdown on the field.  It’s dirty, intense, exciting, dangerous, sweat producing, will leave your heart pounding, and, if you last more than 2 minutes, you’ll be telling the story for decades to come. [MH]

LISTEN | “Are You Satisfied?”

WATCH | “Bicycle” (from the CHBP)

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THE REPLACEMENTS

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Sunday | Mast Stage | 7:45pm

While Jack White, Beck, and Outkast are mind-blowing headlining acts, and, rightfully, could be called modern legends, newly reunited punk/alt rock pioneers, The Replacements, hold the mantle of the most legendary band of this year’s Forecastle lineup. While the Minneapolis group may not get the same dues or be as widely known as some of their peers, their influence on college rock, the alt rock movement, and the evolution of punk is immeasurable, and their mere existence in 2014, with two key original members intact no less, is kind of unreal, considering their well-documented combustibility. While their reunion seems to have ongoing prospects, there’s still a possibility you may never get another opportunity to see The ‘Mats. So don’t blow it. [PO]

LISTEN | “I’ll Be You”

WATCH | “Bastards of Young” (Official Music Video)

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SUN KIL MOON

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Sunday | WFPK Port Stage | 4:45pm

Having spent a significant amount of time in the Bay Area, it was hard not to hear the name Sun Kil Moon tossed around on the reg.  Frontman Mark Kozelek at times wore his sad heart a bit too much on the sleeve for my tastes, but that all changed with his highly acclaimed 2014 release Benji.  It also helps that I left my heart in San Francisco, and a taste of something from home is always easy to swallow. [MH]

LISTEN | “Ben’s My Friend”

WATCH | “Mistress” (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)

CONNECT | Site | Spotify

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TUNE-YARDS

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Sunday | Ocean Stage | 7pm

Bam, guess it is all about the Bay Area on Sunday, as we move along to Oakland, CA based multi-instumentalist and looping wizard Merrill Garbus (who performers under the moniker tUNe-yArDs).  The dynamic frontlady has a profundity for African inspired beats that loop under a plethora of stringed instrumentation.  This will be my third time checking out Tune-yards, but the first since the release of her highly acclaimed 2014 release Nikki Nak.  Based on our first listens though, it’s on par, if not better, than her sophomore 2011 release w ho k i l l.  Check out the most recent single “Water Fountain,” and the one that hooked us back in 2011, “Gangsta”.  [MH]

LISTEN | “Gangsta” (Live On Sound Opinions)

WATCH | “Water Fountain” (Official Music Video)

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[MH] Matt Hall
[PO] Philip Obenschain

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