Tires has a new EP available on their website. Click to listen to it. Photo by Tony Galloro and borrowed from their Facebook.
80/35 dropped their schedule a few days ago, and it is full of awesomeness and a little heartbreak. It is not as agonizing as last year’s, but there are some definite conflicts that I think we are going to have to deal with. As always food and drink and stopping so my wife can pump and the children and friends and family throw wrenches into these things, but its always good to have a plan. So, let’s get to it.
Here is the full schedule:
Friday, July 5 – Doors: 4pm, Show: 5pm
5pm – Tea Leaf Green
7pm – Yeasayer
9:15pm – David Byrne & St Vincent
Kum & Go Stage
5pm – Annalibera
5:45pm – Kitty Pryde
6:45pm – Roster McCabe
8:15pm – Menomena
9pm – SUBliminal Chaos
10pm – Jesse Jamz
11pm – DJ Bui
5pm – Play In*
6pm – Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos
7pm – Maxilla Blue
8pm – Euforquestra
9pm – The Other Elements
10pm – M34N STR33T
11pm – Richie Daggers w/ Gadema
Saturday, July 6 – Doors: 11am, Show: 12pm
12pm – Dylan Sires and Neighbors
1:30pm – Mr. Baber’s Neighbors
3:30pm – Wavves
5pm – Umphrey’s McGee
7pm – Deerhunter
9pm – Wu-Tang Clan
Kum & Go Stage
12pm – Gloom Balloon
12:45pm – Prissy Clerks
1:45pm – Escondido
2:45pm – Water Liars
3:45pm – The Homemade Jamz Blues Band
4:45pm – Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson
5:45pm – Strange Names
6:45pm – Jon Wayne & the Pain
8:00pm – House of Large Sizes
9pm – DJ Cosmo
10pm – Sphere
11pm – DJ Flash
12pm – Mighty Shady
1pm – Play In*
2pm – H.D. Harmsen
3pm – SP3
4pm – Tires
5pm – Trouble Lights
6pm – The River Monks
7pm – Mumford’s
8pm – The Pines
9pm – I AM ZERO (Intro)
10pm – PATIENT ZERO
11pm – I AM ZERO (Outro)
* = Emperors Club, The Uniphonics are the two play in bands. Their set times will be announced shortly.
Now there is one big one, so let’s discuss that right away. Then we’ll go chronological:
Wavves (Saturday 3:330pm Main Stage) vs Tires (Saturday 4pm Hy-Vee Stage)
Wavves has two of my favorite albums of the last decade (Wavves and King of the Beach.) Their most recent album, Afraid of Heights is great, too. Tires is arguably my favorite band in the world, Iowa and beyond. I will be able to shout along to all of Wavves songs while kids look at me weird. I will be able to bob my head and bounce along to Tires while all the kids look at me weird. Their first time at 80/35 is a big deal for Tires, while Wavves probably will go out and play and it will be awesome, but it will just be another gig to them. Wavves may not be back for a while, and Tires plays fairly regularly (Like this event that you should all attend.) So while it will be a tough choice, ugh, I’m going national.
Kitty Pryde (Friday 5:45pm Kum and Go Stage) vs. Dustin Smith and the Sunday Silos (Friday 6pm Hy-Vee Stage)
Dustin Smith and his band are great. They put on a show tailor made for a summer music festival. However, I just can’t quit Kitty. She’s so unique and adorable.
Dylan Sires and Neighbors (Saturday Noon Main Stage) vs. Gloom Balloon (Saturday Noon Kum and Go Stage)
Dylan Sires and Neighbors are close to breaking out. There is this buzz around them that few other Iowa bands have. Gloom Balloon is the slightly avant-garde side project of Poison Control Center’s Patrick Tape Fleming, who is just about the nicest guy in the world, incidentally. While I like Gloom Balloon, there is just something about being on the ground floor to a potentially big break.
Winner: Dylan Sires and Neighbors
Escondido (Saturday 1:45pm Kum and Go Stage) vs. HD Harmsen and the Electrophones (Saturday 2pm Hy-Vee Stage)
I think HD Harmsen might be the best live act in the state right now. His album is near the top of my favorites this year. It’s just that, I sort of fell in love with Escondido while researching them for their band bio on the 80/35 page. They tumbled pretty quickly into my heart and into my can’t miss list.
Apollo Brown and Guilty Simpson (Saturday 445pm Kum and Go Stage) vs. Trouble Lights (Saturday 5pm Hy-Vee Stage)
The Detroit hip-hop duo, Brown and Simpson, are special. They’re some serious rare talents. Anyone who has followed this blog knows how much I love Trouble Lights. I think Iowa loyalty is enough to carry me towards the Hy-Vee Stage. I know, earlier I went with a band because they’re national, so its harder to catch them. What can I say; I’m fickle.
Winner: Trouble Lights
There are, for sure some, that I am crushed to be missing (also, Maxilla Blue, Euforquestra, Mumford’s. They just happened to run into acts that I can’t miss. It’s not a conflict, per se, but it does suck to miss them.) I am pretty stoked with what 80/35 is offering this year, and I think it took me making a schedule to fully realize it. Here is my schedule which is always subject to the whims of the day.
David Byrne and St Vincent
Richie Daggers w/ Gadema
Dylan Sires and Neighbors
House of Large Sizes
Wu Tang Clan
Oh, and while you’re planning your 80/35 Weekend Festivities don’t forget about the Iowa Concert Photographers, Band Bombshell, Iowaves shows. I’m proud of what we were able to put on, so please check the shows out.