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Five Artists to See at Float Fest

Our first Float Fest recommendation would be to grab a tube, a cold drink, some sunscreen and hit the river to float. Afterwards, check out the following artists.

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Girl Talk

What: Sample-Based Dance Music

Where: Water Stage

When: Saturday from 9:05 – 10:05

Why: Gregg Gillis is going to make the crowd dance. As Girl Talk, Gillis masterfully integrates multiple songs from multiple artists from multiple genres into a single track. In fact, his last album, All Day, consists of nearly 400 samples. Because of the diverse, complex nature of Girl Talk’s tracks, everyone in the Float Fest crowd can expect to hear at least one familiar tune during his set, but it will be likely in a way they have never heard it before.

Fun Fact: The City of Pittsburgh, Gillis’s hometown, declared December 7, 2010 “Gregg Gillis Day.”

Passion Pit

What: Dreamy Pop-Electronica

Where: Sun Stage

When: Saturday from 10:10 – 11:25
Why: Passion Pit is a socially conscious band that knows how to have fun. What’s not to love? Earlier this year, Passion Pit released their new album on Twitter in exchange for retweets that supported the #WeNeedScience Campaign, but it will officially be released next week. At the beginning of the month, the band tweeted out that the proceeds from the album will be going to the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research.
Fun Fact: Passion Pit’s first EP, Chunk of Change, was originally created as a Valentine’s Day gift for Michael Angelakos’s girlfriend.

 

UME

What: Guitar Heavy Rock Trio

Where: Sun Stage

When: Sunday from 3:15 – 4:00

Why: UME’s frontwoman, Lauren Larson, is bringing her incredible stage presence to this year’s Float Fest. Despite her small size, she manages to fill stages with her ferocious guitar playing and strong vocals. When she was younger, Larson taught herself how to play the guitar. Now, she’s teaching other young girls to unleash their inner rocker through Girls Rock Camp in Austin.

Fun Fact: UME appeared on the South By Southwest episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

 

MGMT

What: Electronic Rock / Psychedelic Pop
Where: Water Stage

When: Sunday from 7:15 – 8:30
Why: MGMT is back! After waiting for over four years, we are finally getting new music from MGMT. Although Andrew Van Wyngarden and Ben Goldwasser have yet to announce a release date, they tweeted that their fourth album is complete. It is highly likely that MGMT will play some new tracks along with previous hits to mellow you out before high-energy artists, Cage the Elephant and Weezer.

Fun Fact: Sir Paul McCartney chose MGMT to open for him back in 2009.

 

Weezer

What: Nerdy Rockers

Where: Water Stage

When: Sunday from 9:45-11:00

Why: Weezer is another Float Fest band with an album on the way. The group recently released their first single, “Feels Like Summer,” off of the upcoming Black Album. Weezer’s songs as well as performance are a perfect match to the fun vibe of Float Fest. This will be especially noticeable when the band plays one of their many hits from the past two decades.

Fun Fact: Rivers Cuomo is a Harvard graduate.

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