Cropped Out’s Ryan Davis on 3 bands you must see at this year’s festival

Cropped Out organizer Ryan Davis has booked another lineup of underground talent for this year’s festival, their fifth, happening during the last weekend in September.

Davis assumes that anyone turned on by this year’s selections already knows about headliners like out-jazz myths/legends The Sun Ra Arkestra, LA punks The Urinals and local garage rockheads White Reaper. So we asked him to point out three other big deals not to be missed, and this is what he chose:

1. Tiger Hatchery
“One of the best openings in music I’ve heard this year … There’s no lead-in, no windup: It’s as if all members were running as hot as possible, frozen in time, and then unfrozen.” says the New York Times of 3 dudes who started the band while sleeping in tents together at a DIY art space called The Mopery (R.I.P.). Two former/one current Chicago noise/free-improv fence walkers with a debut 12″ released by none other than ESP-Disk (Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Pharoah Sanders, The Fugs). If that doesn’t impress you, don’t take our word for it. Show up and attempt to ignore the person standing next to you as his or her skull melts from fiery, sonic violence a la Borbetomagus-meets-Wolf Eyes. And speaking of the LPD’s favorite Michigan-based trip metal enthusiasts, snag a copy of the Hatchery’s Sun Worship from Astro Black or Modern Cult for the John Olsen liner notes alone, if not the magic of the music therein. You’ve been warned, and it’s because I love you. http://tigerhatchery.com

2. The Belgian Waffles!
Legendary and long-running Louisville-by-way-of-Bloomington band, consisting of folks who have gone on to kick it with Black Kaspar, Sick City Four, Sapat, and Humongous, among others. Spanning two decades (1986-2006) with their art-damaged steamroller punk, the Waffles flirted with sounds from Free Jazz to Funk-Pop to No Wave without ever fully submitting themselves to categorization. All the while, they’re playing the SHIT out of their instruments. These guys are truly a local treasure. You probably stood behind one of them in Kroger today without even knowing they would be knocking you on your ass in public less than two months from now. It’s frightening at times, but ultimately fun music, lacking the highbrow brick wall that often keeps casual passers-by from entering into something like “horn-heavy, free-form art rock.” This is music for all people in attendance. And while TBW! are, at times, a difficult band to wrap your head around, their 7″ on Adept is a perfect place to start. http://www.musicalfamilytree.com/band/belgian_waffles_the

3. Spider Bags
Spider Bags are my favorite band. Ask me any day, any month, and I’ll likely tell you the same. They’re one of the great contemporary rock ‘n’ roll bands on the planet and there are few rock ‘n’ roll songwriters in 2014 who can even hold a flame to Dan McGee. That’s an opinion, yes, but it’s also a promise. Perhaps I am biased because they are friends, but their recent signing with Merge means at least someone was paying attention. This band should be playing to 20,000 fans chanting “There’s a darkness in my heart!” at the Yum Center with a $12 Pepsi in hand (and will be, one day), but for now, you’ve been blessed with an opportunity to see them perform a set for you and you only, in front of a kickball field, while drinking a $3 Michelob. Make it happen. Buy their records, watch their set, and see it all yourself. You’re too smart to fuck this up. http://www.mergerecords.com/spider-bags

Buy “early bird” tickets here, or at Astro Black Records.

Full line-up  (most legible version):
ANWAR SADAT
Louisville, KY // Sophomore Lounge

http://anwarsadat.bandcamp.com/

APACHE DROPOUT
Bloomington, IN // Magnetic South

http://apachedropout.bandcamp.com/

AUSMUTEANTS
Melbourne, AU // Goner

http://ausmuteants.bandcamp.com/

AXIS: SOVA
Chicago, IL // Richie Records

http://lickingriver.wordpress.com/

BELGIAN WAFFLES
Louisville, KY // Adept Recordings

http://adeptrecordings.com/category/the-belgian-waffles/

BODYCOCKTAIL
Louisville, KY // ZH27

https://www.facebook.com/zanhoffman/

COUNTER INTUITS
Columbus, OH // Pyramid Scheme
(See also: Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Times New Viking)

http://www.old3c.com/counterintuits.html/

DAN’L BOONE
North America // Drag City
(See also: AIDS Wolf, Royal Trux, Wolf Eyes)

http://www.dragcity.com/artists/danl-boone/

ELSINORES
Lexington, KY // Karmic Swamp

http://theelsinores.bandcamp.com/

FLANGER MAGAZINE
Louisville, KY // Flanger Magazine
(See also: Caboladies, Flower Man)

http://flangermagazine.blogspot.com/

JP5
Nashville, TN

https://facebook.com/JP5unlimited/

LITTLE GOLD
Athens, GA // Loud Baby Sounds

http://littlegold.bandcamp.com/

MA TURNER
Lexington, KY // Sophomore Lounge

http://maturner.bandcamp.com/

MAIL THE HORSE
Brooklyn, NY // Tiny Radars

http://mailthehorse.bandcamp.com/

MARRIAGE
Austin, TX // Monofonus Press

http://marriageatx.bandcamp.com/

MICHAEL CHAPMAN
Yorkshire, UK // Light in the Attic

http://www.michaelchapman.co.uk/

NATHAN SALSBURG
Louisville, KY // No Quarter

http://roothogordie.wordpress.com/nathan-salsburg-guitar-music/

OBNOX
Cleveland, OH // 12XU

PILE
Boston, MA // Exploding in Sound

http://pile.bandcamp.com/

PROTOMARTYR
Detroit, MI // Hardly Art

PUBLIC HOUSING
Cincinnati, OH // Torn Light

https://facebook.com/publichousinghousing/

THE REBEL
London, UK // Sacred Bones
(See also: The Country Teasers)

http://monofonuspress.com/artists/the-rebel-2/

SAPAT
Louisville, KY // Siltbreeze

http://www.siltbreeze.com/sapat.htm/

SHIT AND SHINE
Austin, TX // Riot Season

http://www.scaruffi.com/vol7/shitshin.html/

SHUTARO NOGUCHI
Louisville, KY // Sun Sai Gai

http://sasmusic.bandcamp.com/

SPIDER BAGS
Chapel Hill, NC // Merge

http://mergerecords.com/spider-bags/

SPRAY PAINT
Austin, TX // S-S Records

http://spraypaint.bandcamp.com/

THE SUN RA ARKESTRA
(Under the direction of Louisville’s own treasure and traveler of the space ways, Mr. MARSHALL ALLEN)
http://www.sunraarkestra.com/

THREE LEGGED RACE
Lexington, KY // Spectrum Spools

http://threeleggedrace.bandcamp.com/

TIGER HATCHERY
Chicago, IL // ESP-Disk

http://tigerhatchery.com/

TOTAL ABUSE
Austin, TX // Post Present Medium

http://totalabuse.blogspot.com/

TROPICAL TRASH
Louisville, KY // Sophomore Lounge

http://tropicaltrash.bandcamp.com/

URINALS
Los Angeles, CA // Happy Squid (AmRep/In The Red)

http://theurinals.com/

VADERBOMB
Louisville, KY

http://vaderbomb.bandcamp.com/

WHITE REAPER
Louisville, KY // Polyvinyl

http://whitereaperusa.com/

WISHGIFT
Chicago, IL // Sophomore Lounge

http://wishgift.bandcamp.com/

YONATAN GAT
Brooklyn, NY // Joyful Noise
(See also: Monotonix)

http://yonatangat.bandcamp.com/

 

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