I give you about a minute before someone brings the angry cloud of hate down on your top 2.
Also: just a guess, but are you from Canada?
What gave it away, eh? I did find it funny that my top 2 are from Canada....and I'm going to a festival in the states to see em, lol (never seen either live, always missed em when they were in Vancouver).
Forgive my ignorance but I didnt know that K-Os and City and Colour are hated around these parts....granted they are bands I listened to before I got into the indie-scene (as noted by the rest of the list), but I still listen to their songs quite a bit. K-Os I can understand some of the hate, hip-hop/rap aint for everybody (he and Kanye are the only artists from the genre I listen to), but City and Colour? Think I've listened to the song "The Girl", "The Death Of Me" and "Sleeping Sickness" more times than I can count.....and thats just off 1 album. Granted, I havent listened to their new stuff....I will get back to you guys on that, lol.
If you don't have The Flaming Lips on your list, something is wrong with you.
You guys are going to hate me even more for this but.....wait for it....I dont like the Flaming Lips. I've heard from EVERYONE that this band is the BEST BAND TO SEE LIVE EVER.....but when I dont like the music itself, I cant imagine liking it live (or at least going to the show).
I REALLY tired liking this band, gave it several chances, Dr. Garbanzoht Test is a really good song (but it might be because it sounds like a Cat Stevens song, lol), but browsing random tracks on youtube I'm just not feeling it. I'm in no way saying they're a terrible band, its just a taste thing.....and to those that are curious I'm 22, though I only started listening to "good" music 3+ years ago. So yea, I'm new to this music festival thing, sue me.
Still, The Flaming Lips are probably going to be one of the best acts of the weekend. Try listening to a full album instead of just random songs on youtube. (Start with the Soft Bulletin since they're going to be playing that entire album)
but browsing random tracks on youtube I'm just not feeling it
This is because you need to listen to a complete album, from end to end.
Really? For me the quality of a song (or me liking it) isnt increased by much if it "really blends into the next song after it", or w/e. Of course I listen to music a little differently than some, heres my process (which I used for all the bands in the lineup that I didnt know already):
1. Browse the most viewed tracks of band on youtube/myspace until I get a sense of what the bands style is 2. If I like a few tracks, I'll download the highest rated/most popular album on rate your music 3. Delete the songs I dont like, songs I love go into my current listening to playlist 4. If I still like the band, Download all other albums, repeat steps 3 + 4.
If I listened to full albums of a band thats songs didnt impress me on youtube right away, I wouldnt have time to do anything else. EDIT: But since they're so highly regarded, I'll check out Soft Bulletin