Festival lineup announcements are kind of bullsh*t. You see that poster, with all those artists, and it’s impossible not to get excited. I mean, just look at the sheer number of quality acts! There are 70 acts to take in over multiple days — do you know how many Pitchfork Best New Music honorees that is?
Of course, it’s hard to fit all of those acts on one stage in a linear fashion across a weekend, and thus multiple stages were born. And of course, science is not at the point (yet) where humans can be in more than one place in one time. So, those 70 acts you were excited about? Unless you plan on spending your weekend running from one stage to another, taking in 10 or 15 minutes of an artist at a time (which is no way to live), you’ll only be able to catch about 20 of them. Suddenly, you have tough choices. And at Governors Ball 2015, the organizers didn’t make it easy on festival-goers, arranging the daily schedules in such a brutal way that some serious sacrifices will have to be made.
Don’t worry. If you’re headed for Randall’s Island this weekend and unsure about which of two acts playing at the same time you should see, we’ve got you covered.
Death From Above 1979 vs. ODESZA
When: Friday, 5:45 – 6:45
Both of these acts put out excellent albums in 2014 (DFA1979’s The Physical World, and ODESZA’s In Return), and both are perfect for festivals, even though they are positioned at far ends of the musical spectrum. DFA1979 are a pummeling assault of drums and fuzzy bass that will have you spasming violently with a fist in the air, ODESZA’s sexy, sunset electronic coos will have you dreaming of white sand and fruity alcoholic drinks. And the time slot is perfect for both, too — whether you’re moshing or dancing, the heat will have subsided enough by 5:45 to not be a miserably sweaty mess. Because this is on Friday evening, when most festival-goers will first be arriving, I’d recommend seeing Death From Above 1979. It’s the perfect set to burn off some of the energy and anticipation that’s been building. If this were Sunday, when fatigue rules, ODESZA would probably be the wiser choice.
The pick: Death From Above 1979