Festival season is officially kicking into high gear. This afternoon, Bonnaroo’s lineup schedule for the 4-day music and arts fest in Manchester, Tenn. was announced. In case you need a lineup refresher, one of the most notable acts *is (*IMHO) Fruit Bats – the band fronted by Eric D. Johnson that fell off the radar for a few years when Johnson’s role with the likes of The Shins and Califone became more prominent. Last year’s Tripper followed 2009’s The Ruminant Band and showed them back with a vengeance with songs like ‘You’re Too Weird’ and ‘So Long.’ May be biased, but nothing can beat Mouthfuls‘ (2003) ‘When U Love Somebody.’ You can listen to it here … over and over again. For any New Yorkers who won’t be able to make it to the Volunteer State this go ’round, you’ll be able to catch them at The Knitting Factory on July 2.
But I digress. Other acts to note include headliners Radiohead, Bon Iver and the Beach Boys, as well as Blind Pilot, St. Vincent, The Civil Wars, Punch Brothers, Dawes, The Infamous Stringdusters, Trampled By Turtles, Laura Marling, Sarah Jarosz, Hey Rosetta!, Robert Ellis, Sara Watkins, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Bhi Bhiman, and The Deep Dark Woods. That’s just scratching the surface, so refresh your memory of the full lineup at the fest’s website. Tickets are still available for the highest price level, but will probably go fast now that the schedule’s out, so act fast.