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The IN Guide to Hangout Fest '12

Illustration by Samantha Crooke

Raise your hand if you're making the short trek over to Gulf Shores, Ala. this weekend for the 3rd annual Hangout Music Fest. Ok, now put your hand down and start reading because the next 12 pages are so packed with Hangout Fest goodies—like artist interviews, schedules and survival tips—you aren't going to have time to do much else before hitting the beach. We've got pretty much every base covered—from what to pack and what not to pack to where to catch a shuttle to where kids can hang out at Hangout and who's worth getting there early to see. We also talked to some pretty great bands on this year's line-up like The String Cheese Incident, GIVERS and Coheed and Cambria. So start reading, packing and planning your personal "must-sees." Just don't forget your water bottle and sunscreen or you'll be sorry. “The heat in the south is no joke, baby.” See, even Big Freedia is warning you.

May 17, 2012


Hangout Fest 2012 FRIDAY, MAY 18


Dave Matthews might sing "Don't Drink the Water," but you should actually do the opposite this weekend. Drink the water. Drink lots of it. Drink it even if you're afraid of having to use a port-o-potty. Staying hydrated and protecting yourself from the sun are the two most important elements of Hangout Fest survival. To make doing just that easier this year, the fine folks at Hangout are allowing aerosol sunscreen and one empty water bottle per person into the Fest. They are going to have multiple refilling stations so you can stay hydrated. Just make sure your bottle isn't glass. You should also wear your swimsuit even though you can't get into the Gulf. You'll be glad you did

when you see everybody else cooling off in the misters while you're sweating it out. Also familiarize yourself with the large, can't miss 'em Hangout landmarks – like the ferris wheel and oversized chair. Those make much better meeting spots for finding friends than saying "I'll find you at Wilco." Yeah, sure you will. Know that your bag will be searched upon entry to the festival —so consider this your official warning. Be smart about what you try and bring in. Just remember, the smarter you are, the faster the searches will be, which means the line will move quicker and we'll all benefit from that. Here's what you can bring in: blankets and beach towels,

prescription medication, baby strollers and small wagons for toddlers, non-professional cameras (no detachable lenses), one empty non-glass water container up to two liters in size, Camelbacks (as long as they are empty), sunscreen (including aerosol). Here's what you should leave at home: weapons, illegal substances, large backpacks, booze, kites, glow sticks, glass, outside food, skateboards, motorized carts or scooters (unless ADA verified), bikes, large chains and spiked jewelr y, fireworks, umbrellas, chairs of any kind, coolers of any size, tents, pets (except ser vice dogs), video equipment, professional cameras and audio recording equipment. {in}

Man of Different Color by Hana Frenette


reat things are often achieved by accident, or while trying to achieve something else. Such is the case with Jack White’s first solo album, “Blunderbuss.” White and Wu-Tang Clan rapper RZA were supposed to record together at White’s house in Nashville, Tenn. When RZA never showed up, White decided to record some things on his own. The album is darker than much of what White has released in the past with his varying assortment of bands, but not heavier. The overwhelming rawness of the White Stripes has been replaced by something more delicate, yet no less powerful. There are pianos playing dark seemingly underwater notes and bouncy silent film era melodies while White sings lyrics like, “When she’s gone I sit and drink her perfume, and I’m sure she’s drinking too.” Organs, upright bass, and maracas linger behind the back up vocals of Ruby Amanfu, a Nashville, Tenn. soul singer one could easily confuse with Dolly Parton on a first listen. Many have speculated on the events in White’s personal life leading up to the release of this album and if they might be directly referenced on “Blunderbuss.” His recent divorce from supermodel wife Karen Elson, the splitting of the White Stripes. Whether the words he’s singing are personal or not, they paint an accurate 010 1

representation of the deterioration of love and things that have been loved. White also has a new color of choice. Blue. Vintage Cadillac blue.

In addition to the color, White’s touring band is also new; two new bands, in fact. One all-female and one all-male band travel with White and neither know which band will play shows until the day of the performance.

“I decide at breakfast.” Jack White

photo by Jo McCaughey The album art, the guitars, the amps, the cords, the wardrobe, the lighting – everything. Blue. Perhaps he needed a release from the binding red and white palette he was dedicated to for so long. Maybe he wanted a corresponding color for the general tone of his album. Maybe there was a sale.

“I decide at breakfast,” White recently told Stephen Colbert, on an episode of “The Colbert Report.” The bands aren’t allowed to hear each other play, either – a decision made by White to encourage each band to evolve separately. If you’re planning on seeing one of his performances, you really won’t know who’s playing until the curtain comes up. Set lists for the shows don’t exist. There is no preconceived discussion of the songs that will be played until they are already being played. No googling what you’re in for this time. {in}




1:15-2:15 p.m. A reggae band from Santa Barbara, Calif. currently touring behind their latest album "Peace Of Mind.”

Coheed & Cambria

3:15-4:45 p.m. A progressive, post-hardcore band that creates concept records based by a sci-fi storyline created by lead singer Claudio Sanchez. page 11

Chris Cornell

6:30-7:30 p.m. The famous frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave is touring solo this time in support of his record "Songbook."

photo by Autumn de Wilde

M. Ward

5-6:15 p.m. Best known for being the "Him" in She & Him with Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward is actually a pretty amazing solo artist, too. His latest record "Wasteland Companion" is so good you honestly don't even notice the guest backing vocals from his famous friend until the second or third listen.

Jack White

9:30-11 p.m. His debut solo record "Blunderbuss" is so good, we'd be excited just to hear him play that live in its entirety. But we've heard that he's mixing it up on the tour and playing some songs from that other band he used to front, too. Yes—that band. Fingers crossed for some "Seven Nation Army" everybody! page 1o


12:15-1:15 p.m. A garage-pop band from Kentucky riding high on the success of their debut record "Celabrasion." Even if you haven't heard of the band, you've probably heard their song "Get It Daddy."


7:30-9p.m. What can you say about Jeff Tweedy and company that hasn't already been said hundreds of times? Just go see them, ok? page 17

XBOX STAGE Hey Rosetta!

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A six-piece band from Canada known for their high energy live shows and unique sound that layers piano, violin and cello on top of a traditional rock band structure.

Rich Aucoin Alabama Shakes

2:15-3:15 p.m. Jack White likes them. So do the Strokes, Foster the People and Bon Iver. If that's not enough to get you to check out "the next big thing," we don't know what is. page 17

1:15-2:15 p.m. His latest album "We're All Dying to Live" features over 500 guest musicians —yes, you read that right—500. That number even includes a couple of choirs. No idea how he can go about recreating that live, but we're excited to find out.

Hangout Fest 2012 Allen Stone

Heed This Warning

2:15-3:15 p.m. An R&B/soul singer who got his start performing at his dad's church and sites Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin as inspirations for his sound.

by Kate Peterson


Interview courtesy photo


L to R Zach Cooper, Travis Stever, Josh Eppard, Claudio Sanchez / photo by Justin Borucki


t is the same old story with bands on the road; the bus is broken down again. And, that is just where Travis Stever was, broken down in Gainesville, waiting for the air on the bus to be repaired then heading to Athens, GA for the next show. He was admiring the other busses in for repair. Guess there is bus envy out on the road. He had also just gotten off the phone with his wife, and as he says, “We live in the sticks of New York, and my wife was angry about our dog chasing a bear.” At first, I thought this was some sort of rock and roll metaphor I was not aware of, but it was really true, his dog had been chasing a bear. The trappings of domestic life go on even when you are a rock star. Coheed and Cambria have over 800 thousand fans on Facebook alone. This is a huge following. According to Stever, “We have the best fans. We have some fans that follow every word of every song, and some that just love the music at face value. We are very lucky. Having an audience that is both sides of the spectrum makes it interesting for us to create real songs for fans of music. I am a man’s man kind of rocker and like what we are producing.” They have a concept theme to their music, it tells a story. A sci-fi back-story thought up by Claudio Sanchez, founding member of the band along with Stever. “Sanchez is a lyricist, a storyteller. We have been labeled a concept band, and many have been following the music since day one because of that,” Stever says. May 17, 2012

3:15-4:30 p.m. There isn't much hip-hop on the Hangout lineup, but YelaWolf is good enough to make you forget that. He's a rapper, skateboarder and drinker (according to his Twitter bio) and is currently on Eminem's Shady Records.

"The band is on top of its game, and I am not plugging bullshit.”

Paul Oakenfold

6-7:30 p.m. Oakenfold is pretty much as famous as you get in the prodcuer/DJ/electronic world. If you haven’t' heard of him, you probably aren't into his kind of music anyway.

Travis Stever

They went through a number of other band formations and names before becoming the band they are today. “Coheed and Cambria was a side project of Sanchez’s and when we were trying to come up with a name for the band, I was wearing one of the shirts for his side project, and we said why don’t we call it this? That is how the band was named.” Stever goes on to say, “We gained a theme with it. So many have followed that, some hardcore fans have the comic books and everything. The bottom line is that unless the music is something you can connect with the concept part does not work.” Festivals are a big part of what Coheed and Cambria have been doing throughout their career. We asked what they liked most about them, and what they liked least. Stever had this to say, “Festivals are tough in a sense, you never know what time of day you will play and what the festival goers have already been through, are they tired, have they been sitting through people they don’t like to see you, their frame of mind. As for the best thing, playing with bands we only wished we could play with in the past. All of it is a real honor, the fans and the bands.” In April, of this year Coheed and Cambria welcomed a new bassist, Zach Cooper, into the family. Stever says, “We call him Super Duper Cooper, he is really making it happen. Zach walked into some big shoes. He has had to drop right into our road tour, and he is great.

Also, Zach is an easy human being to be around, a good dude.” Therefore, what can we expect from a Coheed and Cambria show exactly? “A few new songs and a lot of a mixed batch. We are proud of our music, and will play everything. The band is on top of its game, and I am not plugging bullshit.” {in}


4:30-6 p.m. An L.A. based band with a Laurel Canyon inspired sound that Rolling Stone called "authentically vintage." Wilco multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone appeared on their debut album "North Hills" so maybe we'll get lucky and he'll make a special appearance during their set.

Umphrey's McGee

7:30-9:30 p.m. It wouldn't be Hangout Fest without at least a few jam bands now would it? Umphrey's McGee is a jam band known to experiment with rock, bluegrass and everything in between to create their "improv" sound.






9-11 p.m. Sound Tribe Sector 9 (or STS9 for short) is a five piece electronic music collective from California.


12:15-1:15 p.m. Switchfoot make sunny, Cali surf pop music, so it should be right at home at the Hangout. Remember that song "Dare You To Move?” This is that band.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. If you think their debut record "In Light" is good, you'll be surprised by how much better they make it sound live. And if you haven't heard "In Light" yet, you should really get on that ASAP. page 19


Just a friendly reminder—there is no parking at the actual Hangout Festival site. So unless you're staying close enough to walk, you're going to need to use the Hangout shuttle system. It's actually a super easy and convenient way to get to and from a festival that's as big as Hangout. You just buy the pass, pick the spot closest to your location,

catch the shuttle there and get dropped off right at the festival grounds. See, we told you it was easy. Do yourself a favor and check out all the 12 shuttle stops and plan your route beforehand: 3-Day Shuttle passes are $40 and be purchased at or on site at the box office.

Box office hours are: Wednesday 12-10 p.m. and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The shuttles start at 10:30 a.m. and run until 45 minutes after the music ends. And yes, they do make multiple trips from each stop during the day, so if you want to come and go from the Fest, you'll have a ride. {in}


Hangout Fest 2012

Young the Giant Makes It Big by Hana Frenette

photo by Pamela Litky


oung the Giant has a mouthful of late night TV appearances and television sitcom shout outs. Their song “Cough Syrup” was even covered on a season three episode of “Glee.” The California quintet has been playing music together since 2004, but didn’t catch the eye of the public until they were signed with Roadrunner Records in 2009 Shortly after the bands inception in the early 2000s, the band experienced some lineup changes. Some members were still in high school; some were in college. Some stayed, and some went. When the drummer left, François Comtois, who was originally the bassist, took over as the new drummer. The band’s lineup has lived happily since. “I hated playing the bass,” François Cumtois said. “But if you stop playing the drums, people notice more.” Comtois became more comfortable with the new position of drums and has declared his allegiance. “I don’t think I’d go back to the bass,” Comtois said. Ever since the release of their selftitled album in 2010, the band has been on an endless tour of award shows, festivals and clubs. 212 1

a lot nicer when you’re doing endless driving.” The band just Interview recently finished up their tour for their latest record and is trying to focus on writing for the new record, while playing some summer festivals and a few in between shows. “As we write, we like to bring out new songs, and kind of see what people react to – the dynamics of the song with the crowd,” Comtois said. “We’re just trying to finish writing and get through the whole recording process.” Young the Giant’s self-titled “I definitely didn’t think this would debut was in the upbecome a career,” Comtois said. “We per half of the Billboard album charts, were just kind of playing hole-in-theand was listed as the third best rock wall venues before.” album of 2010 on One minute you’re playing the dive The band has also been busy thinkbar by your old high school and the ing up and filming their latest music next, you’re playing the MTV Music video for “Apartment,” which debuted Awards with Kayne West and Britney in April. Spears watching you. “We just wanted to make it something fun this time,” Comtois said. “It was exciting because we got to invite a bunch of our friends and have a good time.” The video takes place in a camper traveling through what looks like California, as a group of impossibly perfect looking 20-somethings celebrate a friend’s birthday. Everyone is filming everyone else, with iPhones, vintage super 8 cameras and maybe even a Polaroid or two. There is cake, laughter, and a plethora of good lighting. “We definitely kind of felt like, If this is even a semi-realistic repreokay, what the hell is going on?” sentation of what life is like on a bus for Comtois said. “It’s been so nice and Young the Giant, I probably wouldn’t we’ve been so fortunate, but it’s crazy want to go back to the van either. {in} because so many of our friends are dudes working their asses off, trying to make it, too.” With the transition from dives to the Billboard charts comes an infaSUNDAY, 1:45-2:45 P.M., mous touring legend. "LETTING GO" STAGE “Switching from van to tour bus –

"It’s crazy because so many of our friends are dudes working their asses off, trying to make it, too.” François Comtois


the myth!” Comtois said. “It is actually

Julian Marley & the Uprising

1:15-2:15 p.m. A reggae band fronted by Bob Marley's son.

Gary Clark, Jr.

The brainchild of Curt Heiny and Justin Aubuchon, Archnemesis is an electronic group that utilizes a variety of samples ranging from modern hip-hop to 20’s blues.

3:15-4:15 p.m. A blues guitarist from Austin, Texas known as much for his showmanship as his intense solos.



Mac Miller

5:15-6:30 p.m. An indie/roots band from Boston whose first studio album in 12 years will be released August 21.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

9-11 p.m. What can you say about RHCP? 65 million records sold and seven Grammy's won pretty much speaks for itself. We just keep thinking "Under the Bridge" is going sound pretty amazing live at the beach, don't you think?


12:15-1:15 p.m. A California roots/rock/reggae band currently on a tour called "Summer Vibes." Seems pretty fitting for Hangout.

Randy Newman

2:15-3:15 p.m. A singer-songwriter, arranger, composer and pianist best known for his film scores of Disney Pixar movies.

Gogol Bordello

4:15-5:15 p.m. If you saw "Everything is Illuminated" with Elijah Wood, then you know Gogol Bordello. Their sound is commonly referred to as "gypsy punk."

The String Cheese Incident (performing two sets)

6:30-9 p.m. A jam band from Crested Butte, Colo. All of the members have been known to write songs and share vocal duties. page 18

XBOX STAGE Archnemesis 11:30-12:15 p.m.

1:15-2:15 p.m. An ambient techno/trance project featuring Simon Posford and Raja Ram. 3:15-4:15 p.m. An up and coming emcee from Pittsburgh, who isn't even of legal drinking age yet.


5:30-7 p.m. A DJ who has remixed everybody from Britney Spears to Leann Rimes. Apparently Snooki is a fan of his work, too. But we won't hold that against him.

"LETTING GO" STAGE Futurebirds

11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. A band from Athens (Georgia, not Greece) whose sound is alt-country with a psychedelic twist. page 15

The Devil Makes Three 12:15-1:15 p.m. A trippy blend of bluegrass, old time music, country, folk, blues, ragtime and rockabilly create their signature "folk punk" sound. page 14

Heartless Bastards

2:15-3:15 p.m. A female fronted blues band that Patrick Carney of the Black Keys liked enough to help get them a record deal. So that probably means you'll like them enough to check out their set.

Dr. Dog

4:15-5:15 p.m. A veteran indie band known for their lo-fi sound and pop sensibilities. They played The Alabama Music Box in Mobile a while back with GIVERS. If you missed that show, here's your chance to make it up. And if you saw it, we bet you're going to see them again, aren't you? Because they're just that good.

Hangout Fest 2012 KIDS CAN HANGOUT TOO

Don’t underestimate the Kid’s Stage at Hangout. Names such as: Peter DiStefano, Big Bang Boom and Q Brothers will make regular appearances, as well as some surprise guests that are still under wraps. The Shaka Island has a fence to keep the underage crowd separate from the big kids, plenty of shade and access to misting stations, foosball and Ping-Pong tables, amusement park rides and midway games.

Parents are welcome to join their kids in fun activities such as a “School of Rock” style workshop including drum circles, instrument “petting zoos,” hair painting and temporary tattoo stations. Main stage acts have been known to show up in the kid’s area, who knows? Dave Matthews might even serenade his twin girls. {in}

BP Kid's Stage FRIDAY, MAY 18



DJ Jimmy Boom Boom 12-12:25 p.m. The Q Brothers 1-1:25 p.m. John Yost's Rhythm Revolution 2-2:25 p.m. Peter DiStefano & Tor 3-3:25 p.m. Big Bang Boom 3:45-4:10 p.m. Special Guest 4:15-4:30 p.m. The School of Rock 4:35-5 p.m. ZNi 5:30-6 p.m. Zoogma 6-7 p.m. Gravity A 7:30-8:30 p.m.

DJ Jimmy Boom Boom 12-12:25 p.m. Big Bang Boom 1-1:25 p.m. Jim Cosgrove 2-2:25 p.m. Peter DiStefano & Tor 3-3:25 p.m. The School of Rock 3:45-4:15 p.m. Special Guest 4:15-4:30 p.m. Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights 4:35-5 p.m. Machines Are People Too 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fort Atlantic 7:30-8:30 p.m.

DJ Jimmy Boom Boom 12-12:25 p.m. The School of Rock 1-1:25 p.m. Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights 2-2:25 p.m. Peter DiStefano & Tor 3-3:25 p.m. The Q Brothers 3:45-4:10 p.m. Special Guest 4:15-4:30 Jim Cosgrove 4:35-5 p.m. Flannel Church 5:30-6:15 p.m. Space Capone 6:45-7:45 p.m.



ou never know when you'll run a celebrity (or a celebrity doppelgänger) in the crowd. Just ask Deborah Centola, from New Orleans, and the Ryan Gosling look-alike she met at Hangout last year during The Flaming Lips set.

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Hangout Fest 2012

Devils in the Details

Flogging Molly

7-8:30 p.m. A seven-piece band from LA known for their signature punk meets Irish music sound.

by Kate Peterson

sic pop with songs worthy of claps and stomps.

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Interview

HANGOUT MAIN STAGE The Greyboy Allstars 12:45-1:45 p.m. West Coast jazz, funk and boogaloo from a quintet that's also been known to cover Michael Jackson.

Michael Franti & Spearhead

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"You could say we are musical grave robbers."

he Devil Makes Three is an eclectic band from Santa Cruz, CA. Some call their genre folk punk. The band consists of guitarist Pete Bernhard, upright bassist Lucia Turino, on guitar and banjo there is Cooper McBean. To date they have five albums and a bright future ahead. During a busy touring and festival season, we were lucky enough to catch up with guitarist Pete Bernhard. IN asked questions about the band and their humble beginnings.

BERNHARD: Howling Wolf, Willie Dixon, Little Walter , Townes Van Zandt and Sleep.

IN: Where do you and the other band members hail from? BERNHARD: All three members of The Devil Makes Three (dm3) were raised in southern Vermont. Cooper McBean, lives in Austin, TX, Lucia Turino, and myself live in Brattleboro VT.

IN: How many albums do you have so far? BERNHARD: Three studio and two live. 

IN: What are your musical backgrounds? BERNHARD: I started playing guitar at age 12, my first lessons came from family members. Both Cooper and I were raised with musicians in our families. My brother, father, aunt and uncle were all musicians. Lucia Turino started playing bass when she joined the band. She is a very quick study and quickly surpassed our knowledge of upright bass.  IN: How did you and the others develop your individual musical styles? BERNHARD: We did so by attempting to learn the records we loved by ear and failing. That mixed with a dearth of proper musical education and voila'. IN: Who are your musical influences? 414 1

2:45-3:45 p.m. You might remember Michael Franti & Spearhead and their sunny blend of hip-hop, rock, reggae and funk from the inaugural DeLuna Fest. If not, you should make it a point to see them here.

Pete Bernhard

IN: How did the band come together? BERNHARD: We all grew up in the same area in New England but the band formed in Santa Cruz, CA due to a lucky car break down. Our first shows took place there in Southern CA, mostly in houses and cafes. 

IN: Follow up question, tell us about the first one and the last one. BERNHARD: Our first record was recorded in the Santa Cruz, CA mountains before we really knew what we were doing. Cooper and I recorded all the instruments on the record and sang all the vocal parts. I love it but it is slower and darker than what we are up to these days. Our last record was recorded at home in CA, onto tape, and has Lucia Turino on bass and backing/ lead vocal. We also added steel, harmonica and fiddle. The record is much more upbeat and a lot more traditional sounding. More country and blues on, Do Wrong Right, than we ever had on the earlier albums.  IN: How long have you been touring with Flogging Molly? BERNHARD: Our first tour with them was earlier this year and it was great.  IN: How would you rate performing at large music festivals? BERNHARD: I rate it very highly,

IN: Do you have any additional comments to add? BERNHARD: We are so looking forward to touring with Flogging Molly, again. Great band and great people all around. {in}


1:45-2:45 p.m. Legendary rhythm and blues gospel singer. Her latest album, “You Are Not Alone,” was produced by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. Fingers crossed he joins her for a song or two.

Steve Winwood

3:45-5 p.m. Yes—that Steve Winwood. Best known his 1980s Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Higher Love," the rest of Winwood's songs feature progressive rock, blues and psychedelic sounds.

Flaming Lips performing Dark Side of the Moon

6:30-8 p.m. You might have seen the Flaming Lips before, but you probably haven't seen this. They are going to do Pink Floyd’s legendary album, “Dark Side of the Moon” in its entirety. Get ready for some trippy shit.

perhaps four stars? I enjoy music festivals but I also enjoy leaving them, and retreating to someplace very quiet and sparsely populated afterward.  IN: How did your style of music develop? BERNHARD: It is hard to calculate. We have stolen from everyone, and continue to do so. All musicians and artists are thieves; we just tend to only steal from old musicians even dead ones. You could say we are musical grave robbers. Our music is like a feral animal, It once was domesticated but now has chosen to return to the wild permanently. If you try to make friends with it, you might get rabies, but you might make a friend for life. Everything we love about music has been ground down to a fine dust in our brains. The musical mixture could be snorted like Keith Richards snorted his dads ashes, but we recommend that you mix it with liquid and drink it slowly. 

Mavis Staples

XBOX STAGE photo by Laure Vincent Bouleau

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

5-6:30 p.m. Remember "Home?” It was that catchy, feel good anthem that was stuck in your head for the better half of '11 thanks mostly to that NFL commercial. This is that band. Don't miss your chance to sing along with it live.

Dave Matthews Band

8-11 p.m. One of the most popular bands in the world and with good reason. Do yourself a favor and stick around until the end of the Fest to see DMB in action.


11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Indie-rock, Americana, clas-

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Big Freedia and the Divas

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The “Queen Diva” of bounce music, Big Freedia represents some of the most creative hip-hop currently coming out of New Orleans. Don't sleep in and miss this set, ok? page 16

Paper Diamond

12:45-1:45 p.m. Dance party worthy dubstep/ electro/pop blend.

Hangout Fest 2012

Your Future Looks Bright by Kate Peterson

"We are ready for some fun. We need to get in some beach time.


low Mushroom in the afternoon. That was weird. We are a better band than we were then.

IN: How did you come up with such a unique name? BRADFORD: Carter King, the band’s guitarist/vocalist was taking a class in college on poultry science at University of Georgia. While in a chicken science lecture, he learned that chickens were used to predict the future – chicken soothsayers, if you will – and, so the Futurebirds were named.

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Payton Bradford

photo by Eddie Whelan


pinions from musicians about their own band’s wiki pages goes a little something like this, either they edit it themselves, think it is all lies – or have not even read it in a long time. Payton Bradford, drummer/vocals for the band Futurebirds, is in the last category. “Honestly, I don’t know what wiki says, I haven’t read it in a while,” he said. Futurebirds are an indie rock band from Athens, Ga. For only being around for a short time, they have amassed an impressive resume playing with such acts as Widespread Panic, Drive-By Truckers, Dead Confederate and the Whigs. They toured with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals on the Bonnaroo Buzz Tour, performed at Bonnaroo twice and had a stint at South by Southwest this year. IN had the opportunity to chat with Bradford as he was traveling back to Athens, Ga. He was heading back home through Atlanta; we caught up with him in the car, in traffic – where else. IN: When did the Futurebirds become a band?

Zeds Dead

2:45-3:45 p.m. Electronic duo from Toronto, Ontario.


5-6:30 p.m. Grammy-winning Sonny John Moore a.k.a. Skrillex mixes dubstep, brostep, electro-house and metalcore to create his signature sound.

"LETTING GO" STAGE May 17, 2012

BRADFORD: We all met mostly through the University of Georgia. The pedal steel guitar player went to school with Carter King, and the bass player worked in the studio with us. Each of us had been in bands with other people, and then those bands dissolved. We played together under a different name and setup. 2008 is when we came together as the Futurebirds. We had no goal set up, like by this date we should have achieved this or that. We toured in 2009; all of us were done with school by then. IN: In a relatively short time, Futurebirds have concurred some of the biggest music stages. What is the latest big festival you have played? BRADFORD: Riverbend in Chattanooga, Tenn. We are headed to Wakarusa this year in Ozark, Ark.; South by Southwest (SXSW); and Austin City Limits (ACL). We like playing big festivals, ACL is really well run, it benefits from no on-site camping and that there are buses bringing people in each day. At SXSW, we played about seven or eight shows. It was a thrill to be there. We did end up playing to a crowd eating pizza at a Mel-

Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin' Cajuns

11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. According to their Facebook they offer “Cajun and zydeco music at the highest level of energy the law will allow.” Even if that's only half true, they are probably still worth checking out.

Delta Spirit

12:30-1:15 p.m. The indie-rock band adds unconventional instruments such as trash can lids and orchestral bass drums to produce their sound.

IN: What is the band’s latest music news? BRADFORD: For Record Store Day we released a live recording of one of our shows. It was professionally recorded in a chapel in Athens, Ga. Also, we just finished mixing a new record in New York City. Now we are organizing the order of the songs we chose. We are shopping the record too because we have no label right now. With our last label, we had a one-album arrangement. We have 15 songs chosen and we are making sure they work well together.

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IN: Have you played in Pensacola before? BRADFORD: About a year and a half ago, we opened for Drive-By Truckers at Vinyl Music Hall. We also played Hangout Music Festival last year. IN: Any additional comments? BRADFORD: We are ready for some fun. We need to get in some beach time. {in}



Young the Giant

1:45-2:45 p.m. Formerly known as the Jakes, Young the Giant started making music in high school and now they're selling out dates on a solo tour. Their sound is reminiscent of alt-rock bands from the early 2000s, so if that's your style you'll probably dig them. page 12

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3:45-5 p.m. Not sure how to explain the name, but the sound is pretty straightforward—

catchy, alternative rock with hints of punk and grunge. They would sound right at home in a dive bar like the Handlebar.

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6:30-8 p.m. You've probably seen these Vinyl regulars more than a time or two, but if you're a fan you'll probably see them again here. And just in case you aren't familiar already—their sound is mix of alternative hip-hop, blues and rock and sounds best played live. {in} 15

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New Orleans Rap Travels East by Hana Frenette


Other people started asking questions about bounce music, too, like The New York Times. The Times met up with Freedia in 2010 and published a lengthy feature in The New York Times Magazine detailing a night of several hectic performances of Freedia’s and the atmosphere at each location. “The New York Times really helped me out a lot,” Freedia said. “The attention from it gave me that little push to really invest in myself and take the time to really do this.” Since then Freedia has been performing, recording videos, creating merchandise and building the Big Freedia brand, which includes a virtual booty shaking game called “Booty Battle,” available at You get to choose your character and by pushing a variety of keys, make that character dance to one of Freedia’s songs and hopefully, out shake the computer generated opponent. If you win, you get a free download of a Freedia song. “Even if you can’t shake your ass in real life, you can do it on the computer with your finger,” Freedia said. With so many new ideas and projects coming up, Freedia doesn’t have a lot of spare time. But when she does, there’s usually just one thing she wants to do. “I like to be at home, and just watch movies or hang out with my mom at her house,” Freedia said. “You know, sometimes I just want to get in my bed, baby, and just relax.”

“The heat in the South is no joke, baby.” Big Freedia

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orking nine to five at the interior design shop and then going home to change for a performance of dance infused hip-hop designed specifically for intense gyrating of the gluteus maximus is just another day for New Orleans based bounce star Big Freedia. “I have a joy and passion for interior design,” Big Freedia said. “But I have been musically inclined all my life.” Freedia has been singing since childhood and was involved with the church choir up until high school, when she became the choir director. Then Freedia went straight from the choir to the club. “In 1998, I met Katy Red, the first transsexual male rapper,” Freedia said. “I started performing with Red and then I started doing some of my own songs.”

By 2000, Freedia had officially started her solo project. Some of Freedia’s singles include songs, “Azz Everywhere!” and “Gin in My System.” The style of the music is bounce, which originated in New Orleans and has been thriving there, slightly under the radar, for over 20 years. It’s mostly dance music sampled over beats, with a call and response type dynamic. Lyrics, if any, are very short and usually reference sex or a ward in New Orleans, which may be responsible for the lack of the style really taking hold anywhere else. “After Katrina, New Orleans was receiving a lot of attention,” Freedia said. “People heard about bounce music and wanted to know about it and what it was.”

For those of you who agree with Freedia and just want to get in bed, Freedia now offers the perfect pair of boy short underwear—perfect for lounging at home or shaking your butt on stage. “ They are 100 percent ass certified,” Freedia said. “ We’ll be selling all kinds of our new merchandise at Hangout – shirts, posters, booty shorts—a little of ever ything.” A new album is also in the works for Freedia. “I’m in my writing stage right now,” Freedia said. “We’ve got all kinds of little secrets in the works.” In the meantime, Freedia is getting ready for her performance at Hangout, during what might be the hottest part of the day. “The heat in the South is no joke, baby,” Freedia said. Maybe everyone should just save themselves the extra sweat and wear the booty shorts right from the start. {in}


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To Wilco or Not to Wilco By Michael Osley


hat do you get when you mix Bob Dylan, The Band, Sonic Youth, The Rolling Stones, Stealers Wheel, Television, Big Star, Bill Fay, Neil Young and Hank Williams Sr. in a pot? The answer is —Wilco. Arguably, one of the greatest American rock bands still on tour. Founded in 1994, Wilco is an experimental/ alternative/ country/ roots rock/ Americana/ pop band formed by lead singer, Jeff Tweedy. Hailing from Chicago, Wilco have proven, decade after decade, that change can do you good. Tweedy, along with bassist John Strait, are the only original members left in the band, but don’t let that fool you, this current lineup might just be the best yet. Since early 2004, the other current members include guitarist, Nels Cline, multiinstrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. The new members of the band provide a sonic layer and captivation that can only be understood by seeing it live.   The way this band blends the sounds of folk, alternative, classic rock, noise rock and experimental are captivating.  They are not one of those bands that insist on making you clap with them or do some special dance. Tweedy is a very sarcastic, and sort of a crotchety front man, but in a good way. You would think that after decades of play-

rial.  Each show is like a journey through the expansive catalog that Wilco has to offer.   They are scheduled on Friday right before Jack White and just about the time the sun is going down. This will make for an amazing time of day to see Wilco, being on the beach. If you are not considering seeing Wilco because you are a big Umphrey’s McGee fan, do yourself a favor and split your time between both bands. Be warned though, if you start out at the Wilco show it will be hard to leave. {in}

Tweedy is a very sarcastic, and sort of a crotchety front man, but in a good way. photo by Zoran Orlic ing music, he would be more comfortable in front of a crowd (Tweedy was in Uncle Tupelo from 1987-1994), but at each show, he blesses the crowd with awkward banter that is fun to watch. They are currently on tour in support of their eighth studio album, “The Whole Love,” which was released Sep-

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tember 2011.  The direction of their new album is more of a return to their sonic and experimental tendencies, such as in 2002’s, “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” while still providing a melodic landscape that they have continued to give on 2007’s, “Sky Blue Sky.” One interesting thing about Wilco is that they are not afraid to play old mate-


labama Shakes is a very no-frills band. No big production, no props, no gimmicks. Just slightly twangy rock accompanied by one of the best soul voices born after 1950. And lots of sweat. Upon first listening to one of their songs, it’d be easy to assume it was decades older than it is. Brittany Howard’s voice pays such great homage to Etta James you’d think there was some similar DNA in there somewhere.

See them now—while you can—before the riots and the Rolling Stone reviews start getting too serious.

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However, the band has made it very clear they’re not trying to recreate anything. This isn’t the reincarnation of soul music to today’s youth. This is just a band playing what they like to play.



Howard was working her day job, delivering mail and playing music with three guys she met in high school when the good ol’ Internet brought a flood of publicity. The band’s song, “You Ain’t Alone” was posted on the Los Angeles based music blog Aquarium Drunkard. Literally overnight, producers, publicists and music fans in general were curious about the unglamorously captivating band from Athens, Ala. After dozens of offers from big time record labels, the band decided to sign with ATO Records and record and release their debut album, “Boys and Girls.” In the midst of their mounting fame, Alabama Shakes encountered another frenzy inducing event: the offer to tour with Jack White. The band accepted the offer and will be embarking on an extended tour this summer with White to England, Europe and a plethora of small clubs in the U.S. See them now—while you can—before the riots and the Rolling Stone reviews start getting too serious. {in}



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The String Cheese Incident: The Interview by Hana Frenette

IN: When you guys first started playing, you played a lot of ski resorts and such. What was it like to go from those smaller venues to humongous sold out festivals? KM: It was a steady gradual rise for the band. It certainly didn't happen overnight, so it never felt unnatural.  We have done something like 1500 shows together over the last 18 years and have seen it all from tiny bars to giant festivals.


"Another version might include the secret service and a gypsy fortuneteller." Keith Moseley

IN: Did the band name really come from a cheese food fight in a bar?   KM: Is that what you heard? That is one version of the legend. Another version might include the secret service and a gypsy fortuneteller.

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IN: Are you guys going to be playing the festival circuit this summer?   KM: After Hangout we do Electric Forest and then a run of our own shows at some fantastic venues like Red Rocks and The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and Berkeley, Calif. We finish up with our own Horning’s Hideout festival. So no, we aren't really doing too many festivals this summer


Hangout Fest technically starts Friday, but the fun actually gets going Thursday afternoon at the annual Kick Off Party. This years' party will be bigger and better than last years'—expanding to 10 bands on two stages and double the amount of tickets available. And they've got some impressive names on the line-up like the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Looks like pre-gaming Hangout just became a "must do" part of the Fest experience.

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IN: Do you think there could be another album coming out in the future for SCI? KM: We are definitely getting the itch to make a new album.  I think there will be a new recording sometime in the near future for sure. IN: The band recorded a song in Simlish – which is amazing! How were you approached to do that? Was it hard to learn? KM:  Actually that was all Kyle [Hollingsworth].  He did that whole thing.  I don't know what it is or what he is saying.

IN: I've heard that you guys employ the use of wild visual effects sometimes at your shows. What kind of stuff are we talking about here? Will you be bringing any of this to Hangout Fest?   KM: We do like to dress the shows up with extra production and some surprises, so stay tuned and look out.

he six-piece Colorado born band has played thousands of shows since their origination in 1993. Their music once featured a heavy bluegrass influence, but has come to include rock, reggae, funk and country aspects, as well. Bassist Keith Moseley took some time out from their summer tour to discuss their infamously busy tour schedule and being able to play music with good friends.

The tours we did with Jeff Sipe and Gibb Droll were really special, too. We made some incredible music together. It was truly a powerhouse band.

IN: How did you first become involved with Keller Williams? KM: Keller approached me after one of our gigs in Colorado Springs, Colo. back in 1996. He said he really loved our band and would like to open for us.   IN: What is touring with Keller like compared to touring with SCI? KM:  Keller is one of my best friends, and it’s always a treat to get to play with him.

IN: What would you like to see happen next for the band? KM: I feel like we still have a long musical road ahead of us, like our best work is still to come. This summer should be fantastic and I think you will see more of us in 2013. {in}



Hangout Music Fest Kick Off Party Schedule XBOX STAGE The Revivalists 2:30-3 p.m. Nobody Beats The Drum 3:45-4:45 p.m. Perpetual Groove 5:30-6:30 p.m. Boombox 7:15-8:45 p.m.

Big Gigantic 9:30-11:00 p.m.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band 7:30-8:45 p.m.


Preservation Hall Jazz Band 9:30-11 p.m.

Tauk 2:30-3:30 p.m. The Kingston Springs 4-5 p.m. Delta Rae 5:45-6:45 p.m.

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Sunny Sounds Ahead by Hana Frenette


oung, upbeat and full of energy, GIVERS put on an entertaining show. The five-piece band from Lafayette, La. released their first full-length EP “In Light” last year and got picked up by the Dirty Projectors for their first tour. They’ve had write ups in just about every music magazine you could shake a stick at and the consensus is decidedly the same: GIVERS are fun. And they can play enough instruments between them to open up a small music store. Or at least a pawnshop. Tiffany Lamson, vocals, percussion and sometimes ukulele, and Taylor Guarisco, guitar and vocals, took some time out from their vacation to chat with IN about divine intervention, rap music and playing at Carnegie Hall.


IN: The band released “In Light” last year. Any plans for a new record? GUARISCO: We are kind of just relaxing and regenerating right now. And eventually, we will be in the same room with the insatiable urge to play music with one another again.

IN: What have you guys been up to lately? LAMSON: We are finally getting the break we needed. This is our second day off of the tour and we’ll be off up until the Hangout Festival. GUARISCO: We’ve been to and fro; touring the west coast – we played Coachella – toured Australia.

"If you made a spider web of all the bands we’ve been in, it would probably make the most amazing collage." Tiffany Lamson

IN: How was Australia? LAMSON: Oh man, it was one of my favorite places to play. GUARISCO: It was the most amazing blend of really down to earth people. IN: Tiffany, how many instruments do you usually play in one set? Can you play more than that? LAMSON: Well, my original instrument that I played when I was a kid was a drum set. I’ve kind of created an alternative style drum set that I can play with Kirby, our drummer. Taylor and I have both kind of inspired each other to sing. We never sang before with any other bands we were in. I just started playing ukulele a few years ago. And I play guitar at my house. IN: How many bands were in you in before GIVERS came together? LAMSON: If you made a spider web of all the bands we’ve been in, it would probably make the most amazing collage. Kirby and Josh were in a band together – an improve rock band. Taylor was in a zydeco band. I was in a rock group. We’re connected by probably about nine or 10 different bands. May 17, 2012

this funny thing we discovered. Our friend Cory showed it to us and we ended up listening to it a lot on that tour. LAMSON: We were finally in the South so we thought, you know, people will like it. There is a band call Los Bayou Ramblers that are awesome. It’s Cajun music with a youthful gusto. GUARISCO: We’re definitely fans of the classics of Louisiana—The Meters, The Neville Brothers. They are in the leagues of royalty.

photo by Zack Smith IN: What was it like to play Carnegie Hall with Preservation Hall Jazz Band? GUARISCO: It was surreal. It was like being inside a dreamscape painting, that you could hear sounds in. All the musicians had a common collective purpose – to make people feel good. LAMSON: Ah, that really happened! I’m still riding on the high of that experience. IN: You guys went on tour with the Dirty Projectors for your very first tour. How did that end up coming about? GUARISCO: You could say it was divine. They happen to be one of our favorite bands and I would always talk about how cool it would be to tour with them. They were playing a show in Louisiana and they didn’t have an opener. We ended up opening for them and they liked us enough to take us out on tour with them that fall. I really do think that if you focus on something enough, good or bad, it will happen.

IN: What are you doing with your time off? LAMSON: I started working on a little piece of my garden. Hopefully the Louisiana heat will blow it up. I did some laundry, cleaned my house, went to the dentist for the first time in a while. Basically just decompressing. We go so fast through all these cities and meet all these people.

"There’s this boyish fantasy that I have—all we want is for RHCP to see one of our songs." Taylor Guarisco IN: What did you think about the recent Glee cover of “Up, Up, Up?” GUARISCO: I mean, with something like that – it is what it is. It’s crazy that some song the five of us came up with was able to reach between six and eight million people. And you could view it as, ‘oh, the message of that song didn’t come from the original origin when all these people heard it,’ or you can just be glad that they heard it at all. IN: When you guys played with Dr. Dog at the Alabama Music Box, you walked out onstage to a rap song that was reppin’ your home state Louisiana. What other music from Louisiana do you listen to or support? GUARISCO: Oh, you mean “Bitch, I’m From Louisiana?” That’s pretty much it. Just that. LAMSON: And Lil Wayne! GUARISCO: That song was just kind of

IN: Anyone in particular you’ll be excited to see next weekend at Hangout? GUARISCO and LAMSON: Red Hot Chili Peppers. GUARISCO: There’s this boyish fantasy that I have—all we want is for RHCP to see one of our songs. I feel like there is a little of their music DNA in us that just puts us in fourth gear, and just makes us want to jump around for the entire show. Maybe they’ll ask themselves, “Did we give birth to this band?” {in}




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Coheed & Cambria 3:15-4:45 p.m.

Julian Marley & the Uprising 1:15-2:15 p.m.

Michael Franti & Spearhead 2:45-3:45 p.m.

Gary Clark, Jr. 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Edward Sharpe & the

Rebelution 1:15-2:15 p.m.

Chris Cornell 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jack White 9:30-11:00 p.m.


GIVERS 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Dispatch 5:15-6:30 p.m.

Sleeper Agent 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Red Hot Chili Peppers 9-11 p.m.

Alabama Shakes 2:15-3:15 p.m.


M. Ward 5-6:15 p.m. Wilco 7:30-9:00 p.m.


Hey Rosetta! 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Rich Aucoin 1:15-2:15 p.m. YelaWolf 3:15-4:30 p.m. Paul Oakenfold 6-7:30 p.m. STS9 9-11 p.m.

"LETTING GO" STAGE Switchfoot 12:15-1:15 p.m. Allen Stone 2:15-3:15 p.m. Dawes 4:30-6 p.m. Umphrey's McGee 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Tribal Seeds 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Randy Newman 2:15-3:15 p.m. Gogol Bordello 4:15-5:15 p.m. The String Cheese Incident (performing two sets) 6:30-9 p.m.

XBOX STAGE Archnemesis 11:30-12:15 p.m. Shpongle 1:15-2:15 p.m. Mac Miller 3:15-4:15 p.m. Kaskade 5:30-7 p.m.

"LETTING GO" STAGE Futurebirds 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Devil Makes Three 12:15-1:15 p.m. Heartless Bastards 2:15-3:15 p.m. Dr. Dog 4:15-5:15 p.m. Flogging Molly 7-8:30 p.m.

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The Greyboy Allstars 12:45-1:45 p.m.

Magnetic Zeros 5-6:30 p.m. Dave Matthews Band 8-11 p.m.

CHEVROLET STAGE The Lumineers 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Mavis Staples 1:45-2:45 p.m. Steve Winwood 3:45-5 p.m. Flaming Lips performing Dark Side of the Moon 6:30-8 p.m.


Big Freedia and the Divas 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

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Paper Diamond 12:45-1:45 p.m. Zeds Dead 2:45-3:45 p.m. Skrillex 5-6:30 p.m.


Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin' Cajuns 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.


Delta Spirit 12:30-1:15 p.m.

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