Music festivals never fail to schedule at least two great bands at the same time, and Bumbershoot 2014 is no different. We’re here to help you make the inevitable tough decisions to make sure you catch the best sets of the day.
DAY 1: Mac DeMarco (5:15, Fountain Lawn) vs. Iska Dhaaf (5:30, Pavilion Stage)
Mac DeMarco, a Montreal-based indie pop multi-instrumentalist, is a strong contender for your time. His latest single, “Salad Days,” feels like an easy-going summer jam that is somewhat reminiscent of Otis Redding’s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” with sadder lyrics. His songs teeter and amble, occasionally stumbling into unexpected key changes that keep his music intriguing. Certainly feel-good and fun to listen to, DeMarco is an ideal summer festival act to put on stage.
However, we give the edge to Seattle’s own Iska Dhaaf for this face-off. While their music is darker and more complex, they have a distinct surf-rock undertone that keeps the music dance-able and somewhat hypnotic. The retro-inspired guitarwork paired with compelling time signatures and a tinge of sorrowful desperation in the lyrics provides a magnetic, modern sound that is entirely its own.
Don’t get us wrong, both sets will be great. You really can’t go wrong. See you out there (in the rain)!