The WSUM team is at #P4kFest 2015. Check out the preview below and stay tuned for the review!
Panda Bear 6:25 on Friday
Panda Bear’s set is on the top of my list for this year’s festival. His release earlier this year, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, is an album full of beautiful dream-filled landscapes and beats that make me want to dance, at some times like a svelte water nymph and at others like a bouncy ball. I saw him perform songs from this album last fall, and it was truly mesmerizing. The visuals that accompany his performance were like nothing I had ever seen before, done by artist Danny Perez (who also directed ODDSAC for Animal Collective). I can only hope that they are shown at Friday’s performance as well. I’m excited to see if the set includes more of Panda’s extended mixes of his tracks, as I plan on dancing the night away.
Sleater-Kinney 8:30 on Saturday
I’m crazy excited for this riot grrrl power-to-the-max performance by Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss. After their seven year hiatus, Sleater-Kinney released their first album since 2005 last year to some serious acclaim. No Cities to Love has been lauded as an excellent album, and the accompanying tour has garnered even more attention for its huge raw energy. This show is sure to bring out the badass feminist in everyone in the crowd. “No one here is taking notice/No outline will ever hold us”
SOPHIE 7:45 on Saturday
Whatever he does with his performance this weekend, electronic producer SOPHIE is sure to blow your brains out. I don’t know how, but his bubblegum bleeps and bloops have brainwashed me into a pink-wig-loving, QT drinking, cyber pop princess. Since his release of Lemonade/Hard last year I’ve dreamt of seeing the PC Music star on stage. I’m know this show won’t disappoint!
Caribou 6:15 on Sunday
Caribou’s soft, sexy sound will be a great way to chill out after the long festival weekend. During performances, Dan Snaith (the man behind Caribou) usually plays with a live band complete with a real drummer. I’m looking forward to seeing how the electronic sounds transfer to a live format. I expect this will make the set fuller and more organic than simply having Dan standing solo on stage with a bunch of equipment.
The Julie Ruin 2:50 on Sunday
A rare performance from the elusive Kathleen Hanna! This riot grrrl project is hardly ever seen on stage because of Hanna’s illness, but they are currently on tour and also recording a second album. I’m a huge fan of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, so to finally get a chance to see Hanna on stage is really fantastic.