Part II: Moogfest Must See Acts

Must See Acts Part I

The chill of fall in the air kindles the anticipation of Moogfest 2012. This year’s lineup comprises a cosmic array of artists that only Moogfest could put together. Here’s a quick rundown of some artists you definitely should not miss!

GZA presents Liquid Swords – Liquid Swords needs no introduction since it was originally released in 1995. As one of the coolest hip-hip albums of all time, elements of it can be found in numerous artists work even today. The sometimes atonal bass lines over low fi drum beats created that dark, underground, New York hip hop sound of the late 90’s. If you’ve never heard Liquid Swords, it would be a good opportunity to hear what makes an album legendary. Similar artists: Wu-Tang Clan, RZA, Method Man, Soul Assasins, Bill Murray

Black Moth Super Rainbow – Prepare yourself for analog sorcery. There’s not a lot to compare BMSR to. Even the other projects associated with members of BMSR (Tobacco – formerly Allegheny White Fish and satanstompincatepillars), while having similarities, don’t quite fall into the same experience of riding an elephant through space while on hallucinogens. After seeing Tobacco at the Moogfest 2011 Prefest, I’ll definitely be at BMSR. Similar artists: Tobacco, Allegheny White Fish, satanstompingcatepillars

Actress – With “traditional” dubstep having run it’s course, artists like Burial and Actress have brought a more subtle and sophisticated sound to the table. The direction in which the genre has moved is not that surprising considering the futility of trying to go even bigger or louder than dubstep already was. The difference is uncanny yet refreshing. Similar artists: Burial, Kode 9, Jamie Woon