While Platinum artists like Paul McCartney, Pretty Lights, and Mumford & Sons get all the cover stories in the major publications, there’s another side of Bonnaroo that is just as exciting for hardcore music lovers. Every year, dozens of the hottest club bands in the world descend on Manchester to perform at Bonnaroo’s New Music on Tap Lounge. These artists are young, hungry, and often playing to the largest audience of their lives. Future Bonnaroo stage performers are born here. Sarah Jarosz, Gary Clark, Jr., and The Avett Brothers are among the Bonnaroo veterans who got their start in the On Tap Lounge.
Here are some up and coming artists playing the New Music On Tap Lounge at Bonnaroo 2013 who are worth giving a shot if you find yourself with a hole in your schedule.
Houndmouth- 6/13 from 5:30-6:30
Louisville Southern rock quartet Houndmouth is set to have a breakout summer. Not only do they have a set at Bonnaroo 2013 ahead of them, they’re scheduled to make their late night television debut June 5 on “Conan”, and will keep the festival circuit going with appearances later this Summer at Outside Lands and Forecastle among others.
Check out Houndmouth’s video for “On the Road”, which was featured on Bonnaroo365 here.
Maps & Atlases- 6/13 from 11:30-12:30
With over 2500 lineup adds on Bonnaroo’s website, Maps & Atlases is sporting numbers to rival some of their main stage competition. If you want to catch these white hot indie rockers, you’d better show up early because the New Music On Tap Lounge is going to be packed to overflowing.
Check out Maps & Atlases video for “Solid Ground” here.
NOCONA- 6/14 from 5:20-6:10
California based NOCONA brings a certain Mexicali flare to their base of Americana and roots rock music, giving them a sound all their own. Rising from the ashes of Bonnaroo veterans Paladino, NOCONA is no stranger to the high stakes of a Bonnaroo performance. And if the rave reviews from clubs around their home stage are any indicator, they’re a band poised to make the most of it.
Check out NOCONA’s video for “Brimstone” here.
Cloney- 6/14 from 6:40-7:30
One of the more peculiar groups playing Bonnaroo 2013, Cloney’s shows are part concert, part performance art, and part comedy routine. As their name might suggest, the Hollywood duo serve up electronic tinged rap and dance music while wearing George Clooney masks. If you’re looking for a pure goofball party, this is the show to be at.
Check out Cloney’s video for “Attack of the Cloneys” here.
Matrimony- 6/14 from 10:40-11:30
While the majority of the Bonnaroo audience is checking out Sir Paul McCartney, those looking for other options don’t have a lot to choose from. With all of the other main stages shut down for the headliner, Matrimony is practically the only competition going for the former Beatle. Fortunately, they are also one of the best On Tap Lounge acts performing this year. Their style pulls from multiple genres to form a unique sound that has gotten them rave reviews opening for the likes of Passion Pit and Langhorne Slim.
You can check out our full interview with Matrimony here. You can see the video for their new single “Obey Your Guns” here.
Stop Light Observations- 6/15 from 6:40-7:30
Every On Tap Lounge performer has had to battle their way to a place on the Bonnaroo lineup, but few did so quite as literally as Stop Light Observations. One of two winners of Bonnaroo and Soundcloud’s “Road to Roo” competition, they had to fight off hundreds of competitors to make it into the Top Ten voting totals and then impress a panel of Bonnaroo bookers to win one of the slots. Their raw mix of electronic and Southern rock is something not to miss.
You can check out our full interview with Stop Light Observations here. You can see their video for “Circadian Rhythms” here.
What New Music On Tap Lounge acts are you hoping to catch at Bonnaroo 2013? Let us know in the comments section.