I told you I might forget to keep doing this. In my defense I was busy providing people with the best beer in America. I’m back, I have two days off, and the actual tournament doesn’t start back up until Thursday, so I might actually catch up. This region, much like every other region, is stacked with some great artists, some tough decisions, and Sleigh Bells.
(1) Jack White vs (16) Catfish and the Bottlemen
Catfish and the Bottlemen have one of the best band names in the festival. They’re also pitted against Jack White in the first round. Sorry guys.
Winner: Jack White
(8) Jenny Lewis vs (9) The Glitch Mob
Jenny Lewis is the cute lead singer for Rilo Kiley who had a mediocre solo career. The Glitch Mob is a bass-heavy electronic trio that puts on notoriously great live sets. If Lewis was playing with Rilo Kiley she would probably win, but more than likely she’s going to play a lot of solo work that I frankly don’t care about. I love electronic shows, and this is one of the few at Governor’s Ball that I’m excited for.
Winner: The Glitch Mob
(5) James Blake vs (12) RJD2
Speaking of electronic acts I’m excited for, these are two of them. I’ve listened to RJD2 for a much longer time, and he’s great. But I listen to James Blake more currently, and he’s BFFs with Chance the Rapper, who is also at Governor’s Ball, and will definitely turn up at James Blake’s set.
Winner: James Blake
(4) Spoon vs. (13) Banks
This was a lot harder of a decision than you would expect. Sure Spoon is great and all, but I never got into them as much as a lot of people. Banks is an incredible new artist who I’m excited to see live. And once again, the female vocalist thing comes into play. In a toss-up decision, I’m going with Banks just because I love a good Cinderella story.
(6) Sleigh Bells vs (11) Wild Belle
I just started listening to Wild Belle, and they’re really awesome. I like the weird electro-reggae-type thing they’re going for, and the vocals are amazing. But it’s fucking Sleigh Bells. I would probably miss my own wedding to see them (which shouldn’t be a problem since I’m going to marry Alexis Krauss). If you don’t believe me, watch the video for “Demons” and then run to your nearest music venue and wait for them to play.
Winner: Sleigh Bells
(3) TV on the Radio vs (14) Drowners
One great thing about doing this trivial tournament has been discovering great artists that I will have the opportunity to see live. Drowners is one of those discoveries. It’s just standard indie rock done very well, a band that fits right in with fellow Governor’s Ball band Skaters. But I’m not going to miss TV on the Radio for a band that I just discovered this week, no matter how good they might be. I was in New York during the TV on the Radio-headlined Afropunk Fest in 2012, and missed the free festival to go camping in the mountains. It was the right decision, but I’ve still always felt a tinge of regret at not seeing them when I had the chance, and now I can make up for that.
Winner: TV on the Radio
(7) The Naked & Famous vs (10) Bastille
Bastille’s “Pompeii” is incredibly catchy and I’ve been listening to it a lot, but if we’re comparing singles, nothing beats The Naked and Famous’ perfect summer anthem “Young Blood”. Plus the lead singer from Bastille looks a little too much like mega-douche Robin Thicke for my liking.
Winner: The Naked and Famous
(2) Skrillex vs (15) Haerts
No matter how you feel about Skrillex’s music, it’s impossible not to get down at his live shows. He’s been on the festival circuit since he started making music, and he knows how to work a huge crowd. He might not be my favorite artist on the lineup, but it’s definitely going to be one of the most fun shows of the weekend. Haerts is pretty good though, you should check them out.