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Jun242014

8 Acts To Catch at Electric Forest Festival

It's that time of year again when the Forest friends new and old make their pilgrimage to Rothbury, Michigan for four days of music, art, and fellowship. Unlike many music festivals, the exploratory feel of Electric Forest is conducive to discovering new artists, which we are grateful to be doing for our third year this week. In the time before the festival, I encourage you all to take a look at the wealth of musical innovation that graces this year's lineup. Either way, be sure to check out 8 of our recommendations for this year!

Thursday, June 26

J.Phlip

Tripolee, 7:30-8:45 PM

This Dirtybird girl adds a plentiful supply of sass to your typical House sound. Illinois native Jessica Phillippe is no stranger to booty shaking House, and after a commanding performance in May at Detroit's Movement festival, we have high hopes for Thursday.

EOTO

Sherwood Court, 9:00-10:15 PM

Take a trip through the depths of the forest, pop out on the other side, and bask in EOTO's space-age bass. Masters of beat-contortion Michael Travis and Jason Hann are ready to blend and bleed sounds along to a spectacular visual display, all at your brain's speed limit. 

Friday, June 27

Papadosio

Sherwood Court, 7:00-8:15 PM

This Ohio based collective has been one of my favorite bands this past year. While their sound is undoubtedly groovy and Techno influenced, their allure lies in an impressive versatility that's hard to pin down, a sound that mixes and matches folk, psychedelia, tribal, and experimental. To top it off, their message is always one of love and gravitating towards your inner harmony, making Forest one of the most ideal places to catch them.

Golf Clap

Forest Stage, 9:30-10:30 PM

Friday night at the Forest Stage is set to be one of the most epic moments of our weekend. Leading the Detroit invasion is none other than Golf Clap, a duo that had us swooning last month at Movement. This House tag-team is on a trajectory to international renown, with a record setting 2014 that is still unfolding.

Kevin Saunderson b2b Dantiez Saunderson

Forest Stage, 11:00 PM - 1:15 AM

This is by far the set I'm looking most forward to and one I encourage you not to miss. The originator of Techno and one of the Belleville Three, Saunderson has been sharpening the infectious Detroit sound since the 80s. This Friday he'll be joined by his middle son, Dantiez, for one of the longest and most anticipated sets of the festival. 

Saturday, June 28

Emancipator Ensemble

Sherwood Court, 7:45-9:00 PM

Doug Appling is a maestro of captivating tunes, blending soulful jazz-driven electronica with ambient House. 2014 has been a year for increased recognition for the Oregon solo artist, and we are beyond excited to catch his live show with a four-piece ensemble in a place so close to our hearts. 

STS9

Sherwood Court, 1:00-2:30 AM

Though 2014 kicked off to a rocky start for the beloved Sound Tribe, we are relieved to see one of the millennium's most memorable bands return to Sherwood Forest. This is surely the set that will have all the Forest family coming together to celebrate, so don't miss it!

Sunday, June 29

What So Not

Tripolee, 7:30-8:30 PM

Trap may be the recurring joke of 2014, but the promoters of Forest rightly see the genre as ripe for new experimentation that reaches far beyond the commercial sound. Australian duo What So Not (Flume + Emoh Instead) are slated to add just the perfect amount of trippy to make the Forest roar. Don't miss them!

Full Schedule

By Edward Fancher

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