sight. sound.

SIGHT
These United States – Everything Touches Everything (scarecrow rock)
Loney Dear – I Was Only Going Out (mirrors the sweetness of the song)
Grand Archives – Oslo Novelist (construction paper odyssey)
Fruit Bats – The Ruminant Band (a raucous eulogy)
Lissy Trullie – Ready for the Floor (meant to post this ages ago)
Dead Man’s Bones – Dead Hearts (wishbone legs and falling stars)

SOUND
Midnight Masses – Walk on Water (dreamy, sparse, members of TVotR)
Princeton – Sadie and Andy (doomed duet)
Nirvana – Scoff (a punky peek from a 1990 show in Portland)
Real Estate – Beach Comber (lives up to the title)
Seven Saturdays – A Beautiful Day (a slightly happier M83/Mogwai)
Lymbyc Systym – Ghost Clock (instrumental escape)
Lou Barlow – Gravitate (sideshow folk)

m|h’s short and sweet guide to fmf09

Are you in Madison, WI this weekend? Then get yourself to Forward Music Fest. Buy tickets here, print out the schedule, and then check out a few of these performances (our top recommendations are linked to music, starred are the acts we’ve seen live before):

THURSDAY

Blake Thomas*
Richard Buckner

FRIDAY
Dan Wilson
Daniel and the Lion
Punchline*
El Valiente*
Archie Powell & The Exports
Princeton
Cougar*
Daredevil Christopher Wright*
Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s*
YACHT*
Decibully*

SATURDAY
Antlers*
Low
Crane Your Swan Neck*
Pale Young Gentlemen*
Maps & Atlases*
Andrew Bird*

If you’re only buying a single show ticket, and we had to pick just one thing to see, we’d say Cougar. They don’t play the midwest very often, and their shows have always delivered. They’re one of our favorite live acts, hands down.

To see our coverage of the inaugural FMF, check out our guide and review.

sorting through the inbox

Princeton – Martina and Clive Krantz (stranger danger)
Wye Oak – Sight, Fight (more for the song, not so much the video itself)
Music Go Music – Just Me (80s public access)
The Lovely Feathers – Lowiza (oh Jimmy)
Dan Deacon – Paddling Ghost (ghost pirate, skeleton pirate, puppet Dan)
Owl City – Fireflies (lost and found childhood)