Saturday’s 7 Must-See Acts at Counterpoint
Alright y’all, we made it to the last day of the festival. By Saturday, no doubt we’ll all be walking rag dolls, half-dead to ourselves from the insane two days and nights of non-stop partying. At least, that’s how we roll.
But that doesn’t mean you get to slack. In fact, we upped the ante on you. The line-up is so disgustingly wonderful, we’re giving you not five but seven groups you’d be crazy to miss. From indie to hip-hop and dance, we’re shouting out a little bit of everything. Again, they’re in chronological order. No playing favorites.
1. Reptar, Saturday 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., Counterpoint Stage
Reptar have been one of our favorite up-and-coming acts. They’re EP Oblangle Fizz, Y’all got “Stuck in our ID” like woah, yo. The five-piece band’s fresh and funky sound is reminiscent of hipster favorites Of Montreal and Animal Collective, but with a uniquely childish and fanciful flavor. They recently dropped their debut album Body Faucet, featuring some old favorites and plenty of new, catchy material. Not only is their music infectious, their live shows are energetic and mesmerizing. Don’t miss the boys from Athens, Ga., tearing their home state a new one.
2. Paper Diamond, 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m., Beat Tent
This Colorado native blew us away thus summer at Hangout Music Fest, and you would be a fool not to witness the massacre he’s sure to bring to the stage. Expect a lot of genre-hopping, sampling and dope remixes. Guaranteed the beat will stay massive and wild from beginning to end. This is the kind of DJ that gets hands in the air without having to ask.
3. Toro Y Moi, 4:15 pm. – 5:15 p.m., Counterpoint Stage
Indie rock and Colorado glitch-hop is cool and all, but we wanna get nice and disco sexy, too. Toro y Moi from South Carolina will more than scratch that itch, the one just under your funky bone. Enjoy the chill sounds of a multilingual persuasion as the sun begins to go down. Grab up someone sexy and make them dance all close with you.
4. Wale, 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., Counterpoint Stage
Don’t get us wrong, you need to see Big Boi, but that should go without saying, and no one should limit themselves to one hip-hop act a day. Wale is reppin’ that D.C. scene and killing it worldwide. He’s packing up-tempo dance hits like the Diplo-production “Slight Work” and “No Hands,” plus slow jams like “Lotus Flower Bomb” and even introspective lighter-burners like “Ambition.” It’s going to be a full spectrum experience, so don’t sleep.
5. Pretty Lights Music Showcase, 6:15 p.m. – 10:15 p.m., Backbeat Tent
Much like how we couldn’t help recommending all of the Fool’s Gold Clubhouse, we would be remiss if we didn’t tell you to catch a lil bit of everyone from the Pretty Lights Music crew. These guys know the true meaning of being a family under one label. Beginning with Paul Basic through SuperVision, Michal Menert and Gramatik, the boys weave into and out of each other’s set, hoppin’ on and adding colorful vibes that make their vibes merge flawlessly. Speaking of which, Menert and Basic have a side project called High Color. They don’t have anything recorded, but they tend to bust out and play live together like they did at the snowball after parties, you do not want to fucking miss this. PS, everything from Pretty Lights Music is free for download, so go get that shit.
6. M Machine, 10:30 p.m.- 11:30 p.m., Backbeat Tent
Once the Showcase is over, keep your ass planted so you can get primo standing room for the motherfuckin’ M Machine. We’ve been riding these guys disco-sticks since they were first incarnated. They’re most definitely one of the coolest, most artistic, talented and unique artists in the game right now. Their debut album really shows off the variety in their music, and their soundscapes are gorgeous. We can’t wait to catch them live, and you’ve just got to be there. Seriously, this will probably be one of the best sets of the whole Counterpoint weekend.
7. Ghostland Observatory, 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., Beat Tent
Holy spiritual union of machine and man, Batman. We’ve been head-over-heels for this Austin duo since like, 2006, bruh. We are ecstatic at the chance to catch this set, especially myself. They’ve eluded me for fucking almost a decade. The #NakedYes experience of Electric Forest kept me from seeing them in Michigan. This is the year it all comes together. Make it come together for you as well. They’ve always got a dope light show and know how to carry themelves on stage. Let them carry you towards a sweet end to your evening. Magic.