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Detroit Free Press Brian McCollum column

June 5, 2013


June 05--This complete complete schedule for the Orion Music + More is accompanied by descriptions of every act.

-- Map: Orion Festival at Belle Isle


Fuel Stage

3 p.m. Foals: This English quintet is making its U.S. breakthrough with tightly grooved dance-rock that nods to classic postpunk.

5 Tomahawk: Mike Patton (Faith No More) makes heavy art-rock with members of Helmet, Jesus Lizard and the Melvins.

7 Infectious Grooves: Popping funk-metal from the core of this group's circa-1990 lineup.

Vans Damage Stage

2 p.m. The Orwells: Garage-y punk from a promising quintet of Chicago teens.

3:30 Dead Sara: Wiry, tightly crafted hard rock out of L.A.

6:15 Flag: Formative Black Flag members Keith Morris and Chuck Dukowski lead an incarnation of the iconic hardcore band, with vocalist Dez Cadena.

Sanitarium Stage

2 p.m. Matt Clarke: Dubstep, Detroit style.

3 Dirtyphonics: French electro with metal roots.

4 Borgore: Mainstream dubstep mixes from the Israeli DJ.

5 Dillon Francis: This L.A. artist is a leader in the liquidy, house-based style known as moombahton.

6:30 Bassnectar: Sensory overload from the versatile, bass-heavy Movement fest vet.

Frantic Stage

2:30 p.m. Battlecross: Classic metal stylings from a hard-working Canton five-piece.

4:30 Death Grips: Hardcore hip-hop fury.

6:30 Silversun Pickups: The L.A. quartet carries the torch for Smashing Pumpkins-style alterna-rock.

Budweiser Orion Stage

2 p.m. The Bronx: Chaotic punk-metal glory from one of the most inventive working bands in the genre.

4 Dropkick Murphys: This Boston group's rousing, swaggering Celtic punk has made it a top Detroit draw for more than a decade. The band's latest album of shout-along anthems, "Signed and Sealed in Blood," cracked Billboard's Top 10.

6 Rise Against: Tim McIlrath and company crank out the sort of propulsive, instantly catchy songs ("Savior," "Help Is on the Way") that give socially conscious punk and hardcore a seat at mainstream rock radio.

8 Red Hot Chili Peppers: A festival headlining slot is a familiar role for the Chili Peppers, whose muscular funk-rock is custom made for the big stage. Flea, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith and latest guitarist Josh Klinghoffer were on point at a Joe Louis Arena show one year ago this week.


Fuel Stage

3 p.m. The Dillinger Escape Plan: Intricate, throat-shredding metalcore out of New Jersey.

5 Japandroids: With just guitar and drums, this duo manages to make a full, vigorous blast of uplifting indie rock.

7 Gogol Bordello: A colorful and life-affirming romp across the musical globe from the masters of gypsy rock.

Vans Damage Stage

2 p.m. Cauldron: Straight-up vintage metal via Toronto.

3:15 Fidlar: Ragged punk from a breaking L.A. band.

4:30 Trujillo Trio: Two unrelated Trujillos -- Metallica's Robert and skateboarder Tony -- perform with Tony's wife, Trixie.

5:45 Fu Manchu: Hypnotically fuzzed-out stoner rock.

7 Death: A signature hometown moment for the Hackney brothers, whose '70s Detroit punk made its way to the wider world just four years ago.

Sanitarium Stage

2 p.m. Calico: Detroit-brewed sounds from a DJ fresh off a main stage set at Movement.

3 12th Planet: Early U.S. dubstep pioneer.

4 Adventure Club: Canadian dubstep with a melodic bent.

5 Datsik: Grimy, bone-crunching dubstep by one of the genre's top producers and label honchos.

Frantic Stage

2:30 p.m. The Dirtbombs: Detroit-fueled garage rock at its finest.

4:30 Vista Chino: The stoner rock of Kyuss, delivered under another name.

6:30 Rocket From the Crypt: A reunited RFTC brings time-tested, horns-laced rock 'n' roll.

Budweiser Orion Stage

2 p.m. All Shall Perish: A taut, guttural assault with one foot in metal and the other in hardcore.

4 The Joy Formidable: Powerful and mesmerizing sonic journeys from a Welsh trio now breaking stateside.

6 Deftones: Deftones helped rewrite the playbook for hard rock in the '90s, leading the way as loud-soft dynamics and new textures took hold with a young generation of bands. "Koi No Yokan" is the group's latest.

8 Metallica: Metallica, needless to say, gets the primo spot on its handcrafted festival bill. The band has vowed that something special is in the works for this closing set -- last year's Orion appearance included full performances of "Ride the Lightning" and the Black Album -- but fans likely won't know until the group takes the stage.


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