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Make Music Pasadena Announces Its 2015 Lineup


Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino performing at Make Music Pasadena in 2011

Every year when I learn about this lineup, I get the impression that summer is here again and this is a very good feeling. The free festival Make Music Pasadena, a full day of music that starts at 11 am and ends at 11 pm, has announced its 2015 lineup for June 6th,… so who is playing this year? Here is the partial lineup:

How to Dress Well, Sir Sly, Kishi Bashi, Hundred Waters, Nick Waterhouse, Kaleo, Caroline Smith, Lydia Ainsworth, Avid Dancer, Making Movies, Dark Waves, Hidden Charms, The Moth & the Flame, Opus Orange, Mudbug Brass Band, Belmont Lights, Boroughs, Raspin Stuwart, Sanglorians, LA Takedown, Professor Possessor, Emby Alexander, Sugar Candy Mountain, Big Wild Wings, Bon Wrath, Brendan Eder Ensemble, Crystales, MrK, and probably many other bands since there will be over 30 stages to choose from, starting with the big stage set up on Colorado Boulevard to Levitt Pavilion to local pubs and coffeehouses.

As it is the case each year, there are bands I am familiar with and new ones I’ll discover. So far I would recommend a few bands I have already seen: How to dress Well, which is Tom Krell’s project and a very personal R&B re-interpretation,… be prepared for a strong Michael Jackson vibe, but the result is more intense and experimental than anything the king of pop has ever put out. Despite his very young age, Nick Waterhouse is the old soul of today’s music, and his retro groove will fill Pasadena’s streets with ease. I also know Sir Sly, since I saw them at the Echo two years ago, and I remember about a poppy sound with a forest of synth and some dreamy-ghosty vocals a la Coldplay… but I saw them only once and that was a long time ago, so who knows what they sound like now. I have heard of The Moth and the Flame, never heard them live but they look interesting as their last album was produced by drummer Joey Waronker (Beck, Atoms for Peace) and their next one is produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, The National, Jonsi). Avid Dancer should also be a not-to-be-missed act, I saw him last year and I found his music to be a powerful, muscular psych-pop, mixed with sensible, bright and almost fragile vocals. But especially, don’t miss Hidden Charms, the young four guys come straight from London, they have a clean retro sound and they could well be the next British invasion.

Summer is almost there, and Make Music Pasadena, West Coast’s largest free music festival, will start the festivities like every year.

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