On Saturday, September 21, Angel Olsen, an act Pitchfork calls “rough-hewn folk, shimmering and ribboned with dirt-packed veins,” will be the headliner for the night. Now based in Chicago, Olsen is said to have a voice that is remarkable, evocative, stark, comforting, and startling all at once. Her debut album Half Way Home was released in 2012. According to her biography on billions.com, what accompanies Olsen’s voice might be the ambient sigh of a guitar chord, or the somber march of a snare, or a twirling melody met with an itchy little shaker. But it is purposefully subtle, leaving her voice front and center at nearly all times.
Thriftworks, aka Jake Atlas of Berkeley, California, and Cleveland’s-own bass music phenomenon Jason Burns will also be headliners on Saturday. Thriftworks will bring his own style of eclectic samples intertwined with explosive modern bass that takes the art of beat crafting to new heights. Receiving high acclaim for his steady stream of new material, Thriftworks is becoming known as one of the up and coming experimental producers to watch.
Burns has quickly become your favorite producer’s favorite producer by garnering support from Toddla T, Worthy, Distal, Salva, B.Traits, Kry Wolf, Kastle and the legendary King Britt. The Ohio-bred, Portland, Oregon-based artist has earned the ear of his peers by carefully creating an alchemic fusion of garage, house and bass music shrouded in beautiful R&B style melodies.
Also from Chicago, Pillars and Tongues will release its newest album End-Dances on September 17, just in time for the Festival! The musical trio has spent much of the last few years traveling and performing a sound that most critics have had trouble categorizing. Some call it dark and powerful, with a hint of pop and, according to Alarm Magazine, “trance-inducing vocal dynamics.” Pillars and Tongues are set to perform at the Festival on Saturday night.
Another headliner will be Los Angeles musician Kevin Greenspon. His newest album is said to be an orchestral blend of classical, ambient, electronic, drone, field recording, and harsh noise composition with pop sensibilities. His touring history includes two nationwide tours in 2012 and over 300 performances across the United States. Greenspon is another act set to perform on Saturday night.
Other acts to perform on day two of the Fest include All Dinosaurs, anitakeys and friends, Big Waves of Pretty, Cereal Banter, Freeze-Tag, Sam Goodwill, Seafair, Smoke Noises (Smoke Screen x Ghost Noises), Syncopated Sin Swing Band, The Speedbumps, Tropidelic, Urbindex, Uzizi, and Zack Orr as well as another performance by Dixon’s Violin.