Post by purplefuzzystuff on Jun 17, 2014 14:18:23 GMT -5
1. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - I was on the rail for this and I'm still not sure I have recovered. Quite possibly one of the most intense shows I have been to.
2. Neutral Milk Hotel - I loved everything about this set. One of the most enthusiastic sing-a-longs ever.
3. Damon Albarn - So Good. Just so good.
4. Fitz & the Tantrums - Despite the heat this show was so fun, I was in the pit and I didn't see anyone standing still. I was sad when I had to leave to see Arctic Monkeys
5. Vintage Trouble - So much fun, so inspirational and positive and funny. They're like the total package of music.
6. Dakhabrakha - They were so fun and energetic and beautiful. I might have shed a tear or two during this set. You could definitely see how moved they were by the enthusiasm of the crowd.
7. J. Roddy & The Business - So much energy and such luscious hair.
8. Janelle Monae - Such a good performer. We were in the pit for this and I am surprised by how empty the pit seemed and how little movement there was considering her energy. Oh well, we had a fantastic time.
9. King Khan & the Shrines - I love this guy. I love them. They are magical
10. The Avett Brothers - I've seen them before and I wasn't super close but that was a fantastic show, I mean, really fantastic.
1- Damon Albarn 2- Janelle Monae 3- Neutral Milk Hotel 4- Umphrey's McGee 5- Elton John 6- Die Antwoord 7- Lionel Richie 8- Yonder Mountain String Band 9- Lauryn Hill 10- Seasick Steve
HM- Arctic Monkeys, Wild Feathers, Derek Trucks Superjam, The Weeks
Stayed for more full sets this year than ever before in my 12 Bonnaroos. So many were so good I couldn't leave to see someone else I had planned on splitting time with. Good problem to have! Enjoyed all 3 headliners too, which doesn't always happen.
Post by heyyitskait on Jun 17, 2014 15:16:05 GMT -5
In no particular order:
1. NMH 2. Cake 3. Fitz & The Tantrums (dear lord I wanna make out with Noelle.) 4. Derek Trucks Superjam 5. Dr. Dog 6. J. Roddy Walston & The Business 7. Die Antwoord 8. Cut/Copy 9. The Flaming Lips 10. St. Paul & the Broken Bones (If there was a real order to this, they would be 1 or 2)
Honorable Mentions: Yonder Mountain, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and Darkside
Post by snakeface34 on Jun 17, 2014 15:46:17 GMT -5
1. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea got me through some rough times and seeing them was like a spiritual experience. Absolutely unforgettable, best show I have ever seen.
2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Before this set I just dug Push the Sky Away and a couple other scattered albums. Now I'm feeling myself inching closer to obsessive super fandom, due in no small part to this incredible fucking set.
3. Mastodon - I'd been wanting to see them for 7+ years and they did not disappoint. I was on the rail and it was blistering. So many awesome deep cuts from Leviathan and Blood Mountain. Wow.
4. Deafheaven - I had rail for this too and it was otherworldly. They played my favorite Sunbather cut ("The Pecan Tree") and I was overwhelmed with emotion the whole time.
5. Damon Albarn - What a fucking set. The Everyday Robots stuff kicked ass, plus "Feel Good Inc." AND "Clint Eastwood" AND fist bumping Wayne Coyne and Seasick Steve? This was awesome.
6. James Blake - I had had tickets for his show at Marathon Music Works in Nashville and was really bummed when he cancelled it, but this set more than made up for it. "Lindisfarne" was one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard.
7. Elton John - What can I say. Such a good time.
8. Andrew Bird & The Hands of Glory - I liked him OK before this set, but HOLY SHIT!!! That band was so fucking tight!!!
9. Cloud Nothings - I knew nothing about them going into this set, but they easily converted me into a fan. Even though my girlfriend was pissed about getting her tooth chipped by a crowd surfer I enjoyed myself immensely.
10. Warpaint/Ty Segall/Jonathan Wilson - All of these were incredible sets. Just wonderful.
Post by macmusicjunkie on Jun 17, 2014 19:32:04 GMT -5
This is Soooo Hard to pick a top 10.
1.) Jack White - Starting off with Icky Thump was killer. Thank you for doing your job Jack White.
2.) Elton John - Singing Tiny Dancer and Rocket Man with thousands of people made me so incredibly happy.
3.) Cut Copy - The atmosphere was perfect. I danced so much at this show, and everyone around me were amazing dancers which made me want to dance harder. Their show was beyond what I hoped for.
4.) Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots tracks sounded great live. Feel Good Inc and Clint Eastwood live put it over the top.
5.) Sarah Jarosz - This set was so moving and powerful. It's amazing how talented she is. Even though this was during the Ed Helms super jam, her bluegrass cover of Gnarls Barkley "Crazy" was insane.
6.) Darkside - The slow build up teases and the light tricks they pulled off with the giant mirror made it such a unique electronic experience. To think, I almost went to bed instead.
7.) ZZ Ward - Holy hell that girl can wail. Her band was so good too.
8.) MS MR - I saw the singer jumping up and down beside the stage with pure excitement 30 sec. before they went on. You could tell they were truly honored to play for us. The Arctic Monkey and LCD Soundsystem covers were great.
9.) Seasick Steve & John Paul Jones - Those who didn't make it for the 1st What Stage show of that day really missed out.
10.) Disclosure - I hated the crowd, but that's not their fault. The show was so fun. I just wish I could have moved because we were packed butt to gut in The Other Tent.
Post by sangvincent on Jun 17, 2014 19:33:20 GMT -5
1.Jack White 2.Lauryn Hill 3.Janelle Monae 4.Damon Albarn 5.Nick Cave (only saw half of it because Jack wouldn't stop) 6.Vampire Weekend 7.Elton John 8.Warpaint 9.Mastodon 10.Goat
11.Cloud Nothings 12.Ty Segall 13.First Aid Kit 14.ZZ Ward 15.Banks (mistakenly left for Polica) 16.Allah-Las 17.Darkside (would have been higher if the Damon/Lionel/Lauryn/Jack/Nick run didn't wear me out) 18.Cake 19.Avett Brothers 20.Lionel Richie (only stayed for like 8 songs before heading to Lauryn)
Post by reverendjoseph on Jun 17, 2014 22:19:37 GMT -5
1. Jack White- Fuck. 2. Damon Albarn- Awesome set, organic live arrangements for the solo stuff, and several incredible guest spots made Damon one of the most incredible shows of the weekend. 3. Elton John- Those couple bars before the chorus in "Tiny Dancer...." Wow. 4. Chance the Rapper- The Social Experiment and the late night post Kanye slot helped elevated Chance's already excellent Acid Rap into the stratosphere. 5. Janelle Monae- I had heard great things about the Electric Lady, and she certainly did not disappoint. Theatrical and airtight, what a performer. 6. Lionel Richie- Lionel was the biggest surprise of the festival for me, I had no idea I was gonna love him so much. Lioneellllll 7. Kanye West- I waited in line during Vampire Weekend to get in the pit for this show, and it was well worth it. All of the negative energy behind me was completely unintelligible from up front, Kanye brought his typical energy, and a darkness that is atypical for such a large act. 8. First Aid Kit- Really beautiful music to listen to on a Saturday afternoon. These girls write great songs and the covers were a treat. 9. Skrillex Superjam- Unbelievable variety in selections from Skrillex and the band. I know have far more respect for the man now than I could've ever imagined! 10. Arctic Monkeys- The day time slot definitely kept them from being higher on the list.
1. Jack White - Best show I've seen 2. The Lone Bellow - The way these guys perform is just amazing, especially when you know every word to every song 3. Elton John - I still can't believe I got to hear "Tiny Dancer" "Levon" "Your Song" and so many other hits live 4. Chance the Rapper - Loved his backing band and the crowd was going wild which made for a fun show from one of my favorite rappers 5. Lake Street Dive - Rachel Price is one hell of a powerhouse vocalist, but the rest of the band should NOT be overshadowed. They put out one of my favorite albums from this year so far and were even better live 6. Janelle Monae - Man can that girl sing. And her performance was ridiculously fun and so well choreographed 7. Kanye West - I only know a handful of his songs, but I really thought he put on a great show, rants and all 8. Bluegrass Superjam - Was at that stage the whole day and that was a really fun way to close it. Lake Street Dive and the Lone Bellow did a song together (fan girl moment) and the Avett Brothers showed up. It was a blast 9. St. Paul & the Broken Bones - That man should be nowhere else but fronting a band. He's such a natural performer with a voice to boot. Had a great time at their set 10. Derek Trucks Superjam - Chaka Khan doing Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder. Derek Trucks playing guitar. Enough said.
Honorable Mentions: The Wild Feathers, Cage the Elephant, MS MR, and Shovels & Rope
Animals as Leaders-oh my quacking God they destroyed it.
Meshuggah- dream come true to see them light night, even cooler when we looked next to us and Tosin from Animals as Leaders is banging right next to us. We got a picture with him, total fan-boy moment!
Mastodon-everything I expected and more.
Grouplove-extremely hot afternoon show and no one cared, the energy these guys put out is INSANE, the singers voices are even better live, one of my new favorites.
King Kahn & the Shrines-who doesn't love a psychedelic sex party?
Post by omgitsbonnaroo on Jun 18, 2014 9:58:01 GMT -5
1. Jack White - Top 10 to 15 show I've ever seen 2. Darkside - Mesmerizing, spacey (the slower parts reminded me of early Pink Floyd) and yet dancable. Best late night by far. 3. Neutral Milk Hotel - best crowd I've ever been a part of. People were jumping up and down in unison. Mangum was really emotional - I've seen him twice before, this was by far the best he and the band has sounded. 4. Damon Albarn - probably the surprise of the fest, and I'm not sure why I was surprised. This would've been a top 3 show at probably any other Roo - incredible show. 5. The Avett Brothers - beautiful sunset What Stage show before Elton. Best time I've ever seen them by far. 6. Elton John - Amazing - awesome band, played all the hits, heavy on Yellow Brick Road tracks. 7. Andrew Bird - absolutely fantastic - his band is incredible and he is a master. Pretty absurd Roo if this didn't make my Top 5. 8. Umphrey's - I had sky high expectation for this set, and it didn't quite meet them, but it still rocked the fucking house. Very heavy on new stuff, obviously. 9. John Butler Trio - Unreal - was too good so I couldn't even check out Chromeo, I just couldn't leave. 10. Vintage Trouble - Awesome blues-rock band with an incredible lead singer - he was singing on the rails and at one point, jumped the rails and started moshing/jumping up and down with the crowd. I was right in the thick of it. Awesome set.
HM - Goat, Ty Segall...really every set I saw was good with the exception of Cake. Wasn't feeling that set. Probably the most consistent musical Bonnaroo I've ever been to (this was my 6th) because every set I saw was at least solid.
Post by James Baxter on Jun 18, 2014 11:33:06 GMT -5
I didn't see a bad set this year. Nothing touched my top three from last year (Soul Jam, Bjork, McCartney) but still some incredible shows.
1. Damon Albarn - I thought it was going to be a great, low key, relaxing performance. How wrong I was about the second two descriptors. He imbued every song with the anthemic energy they needed for a festival setting. No complaints, even though hearing Poison would have been cool. His Baltimore show was postponed, so maybe [li]
I'll get to see him before I move. 2. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Mesmerizing is a word that is being tossed about, and it certainly was that. But it was also rousing. It fluidly shifted between the most frightening, dapper cowboy to ever live slowly ordering you with his intense stare and a battle cry. 3. King Khan & his Shrines - So happy I skipped Seasick Steve. Kahn is a showman and his band is remarkable. Also, best rants of the weekend. Sorry Kanye/Jack/Cake. 4. Ty Segall - SEAN. PAUL. SEEEAAAN. PAAAAUUL>}. SHEEEYAAAAN. PaAaAUUAuALLl! 5. Ms Lauryn Hill - Didn't enter the tent for this one, but I felt like I was right up front. I think I'm gonna take the risk of a witnessing a short meltdown the next time she's near me and pay the extravagant price they charge. 6. Darkside - Awww yeah. They grooved so beautifully. Freak, Go Home is my favorite song of the last year. I was gonna like this set no matter what, but the mirror/light tunnel did wonders. 7. Kanye West - Not as good as he should have been, but I'm still enthralled that I got to see him in the pit. We were all into it. Also, he wasn't saying he was better than Walt Disney or Howard Hughes. He said that he was chasing the immortality that their work has achieved rather than aiming for short term radio success. I thought it was profound, even if it was a pat on the back.
And he is the #1 rockstar in the world. He elicits a strong reaction from everybody, releases hit after hit, changes the course of hip-hop constantly (whether he's doing something that has been done or not) and he's the only performer I can think of who would say that he's the #1 rock star in the world. 8. Janelle Monae - Yeah. She was a beacon of energy and musicianship. I didn't expect anything less. Her stage show, however, was endearingly bizarre. I love that there's still a place for unapologetic afrofuturism in pop music decades after Parliament-Funkadelic. 9. Goat - I was surrounded by people waiting for A$AP Ferg who didn't seem to get it (asked multiple times about what the band was like, where they were from etc.) I hear the crowd in the back was awesome though, and that could have catapulted Goat to my #3, I think. 10. Meshuggah - The pit was the weirdest of the weekend, but they sounded great and helped to heal the wound of not seeing Chance. The lights corresponding perfectly w the syncopated percussive guitars was hypnotic.
Cake blew me away, I though they were gonna be boring and way too chatty, sound divested etc. But they all seemed really into it.
Deafheaven was awesome, their twinkly post-rock metal was perfect. That's the only show I wish was more crowded this weekend, cause a whole tent of us celebrating that would have felt epic.
Danny Brown and A-Track sounded amazing for the second half of the show (when I sat outside of the tent).
Omar Souleyman was also incredible. SO much energy there. I was worried some people would just go to laugh at him, but everyone was eating out of his outstretched palms.
White Denim weren't as good as 2012 for the time I was there, and seeing that guy who jumped the stage get handled so roughly even though he was cooperating was a bummer.
I felt like Dylan wasn't in his element for Cloud Nothings, some songs seemed t mean more than others for him. But they sounded great and the rhythm section was having a ball.
Seun Kuti took a while to get cooking, but I had a lot of fun when he did. Sad that they started late so I had to leave early to see..
Emily Heller/TJ Miller/Rory Scovel, who made me gasp for air I was laughing so hard. Spazzy weirdo, lounge pianist and condors are still ringing in my head and making laugh at inappropriate times.
Speaking of, Taran Killam and Friends got hilarious after the first couple of comics. The fan service was nice, but not as good as the sketches and crowd work.
Arctic Monkeys sounded great, though I had to lie down for their set. I compulsively sang along to the chorus of "Why Do You Only Call Me When You're High?" compulsively, eyes shut on the ground.
Little Dragon might be #11, because I didn't dig their 2012 set and this one was infection and sounded amazing.
That was way too long, but I had a *really good time this year.
1. Darkside - Contender for best show I've seen in 5 Roos. Better than last time I saw them. In my list of top shows ever. 2. Ty Segall -Shred fest. I don't how it can be more rad than these dudes. 3. Cloud Nothings - I wasn't sure anybody was going to rock harder than these guys, but see above. 4. King Khan & the Shrines - The most fun I've had at a show at 1:45 in the afternoon. He is a riot. I am a long time fan. It was good to see such a large crowd eating it up 5. Dakhabrakha - Amazing sound with such simple intrumentation 6. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds- Would be higher if I saw more than 5 songs, due to Jack White going long and meeting with the rest of my group. I have a whole new appreciation for this band after seeing them live. The songs from that set have been stuck in my head when I get each morning and Nick Cave is the only thing I've listened to since Roo. 7. Cut Copy - Would have been top 3 if it was late night or I was not so worried about being late to Jack White. They sounded fantastic live. I was really torn between them and James Blake. I am happy I made this decision. 8. GOAT - I love this band. It was good to hear new tunes. Although, I was dissapointed in the short set and they didn't have quite the punch as when I saw them last. They may have been tired. 9. Jack White - What a headliner! Everything sounded great a rocked to the max. Jack White certainly brought the charsima. Such a big difference from the night before. 10. Neutral Milk Hotel - 2nd time seeing them and I can't believe how much fun they are live. Ten years ago, I never would have guessed their shows would be like that.
Orwells and Diarrhea Planet also need to be mentioned. They put on great shows, but the stage sucked. Horrible sight lines. Omar Souleyman was awesome. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 almost made my top 10. Arctic Monkeys were cool. Elton John brought the hits, but no Lion King. Mastodon rocked. Flaming Lips had an amazing new setup. Kanye lost me as a fan.
Music-wise, this was my favorite Bonnaroo that I have been to.
Post by stillwater on Jun 18, 2014 16:22:56 GMT -5
1. Jack White 2. J Roddy Walston and the Business (Sonic) 3. J Roddy Walston and the Business 4. Jon Batiste and Stay Human 5. The Wood Brothers 6. Trucks Superjam 7. Avett Brothers 8. Skrillex Superjam 9. ZZ Ward 10. High and Mighty Brass Band (Xmas Barn)
Post by trailerparknoodles on Jun 18, 2014 16:50:23 GMT -5
1. Jack White - was in pit 2. Grouplove - too much fun 3. Neutral Milk Hotel - sing-a-long 4. Okkervil River - intense, fun set 5. First Aid Kit - beautiful songs/singers 6. Ed Helms Superjam - covers of Crazy, Islands in the Stream, Angel from Montgomery and I HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE. How are more people not talking about this set? It was light years ahead of last year. 7. Avett Brothers - seen them aplenty but chilled in the back and the music/beautiful weather and sky were absolutely perfect. 8. J Roddy Walston - brought the rock 9. Dr. Dog - not my favorite set list from them but still fun. 10. Elton John - great way to close it out.
1. Jack White - Best show I've seen 2. The Lone Bellow - The way these guys perform is just amazing, especially when you know every word to every song
I'm seeing #1 on a lot of list and couldn't agree more. It breaks my heart though that I missed The Lone Bellow. The fact that I saw them twice last year and Arctic Monkeys were a must-see made me go that route, but I'm glad they put on a show. They are amazing live.
Post by theshining on Jun 18, 2014 19:15:27 GMT -5
1.Darkside (If you weren't there then you were just wasting your time) 2.Derek Trucks Superjam (see above)
3.White Denim (This was the true start to Thursday, just a killer high energy set) 4.St Paul and the Broken Bones (slayed it! Awesome energy. Wasn't the biggest fan of their Radiohead cover but everything else was solid) 5.Elton John (just a phenomenal way to end another great Roo, the moment when Buzz went flying during Rocketman was a goose bumper) 6.Jack White (blistering set from top to bottom, totally made up for the head shaker that was KW) 7.Lionel Richie (classic and professional, some amazing songs I forgot he wrote) 8.Goat (fought through some sound issues, wasn't a fan of the shortened set but they only have the one album) 9.Chvrches (didn't expect them to be this good, great stage presence) 10.Washed Out (great live versions of album cuts)
6. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds- Would be higher if I saw more than 5 songs, due to Jack White going long and meeting with the rest of my group. I have a whole new appreciation for this band after seeing them live. The songs from that set have been stuck in my head when I get each morning and Nick Cave is the only thing I've listened to since Roo.
Same. Except its just one line... "I'm transforming, I'm vibrating, look at me now"
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds is what happens when one billionaire bets another billionaire that he can turn a group of pirates into a rock band.
Yes. Verbatim. I've only wanted to listen to Nick Cave since being back. I don't think that's ever happened to me before. I'm always nostalgic about music seen live but I think Nick Cave might have put a spell on me... And I'm really okay with it. In fact I love it.