Aug. 25--Day One of the inaugural First City Festival is in the books.
And it was a fine day -- highlighted by great weather, good times and even better tunes. Some of Saturday's best performances were delivered by Tennis, Beach House and Washed Out.
Now we turn our attention to Day Two. Here are of five of Sunday's can't-miss acts scheduled for the Monterey County Fairgrounds site. For more information, visit www.firstcityfestival.com.
Sunday's top five:
Modest Mouse (9:15 p.m., Redwood Stage): The band was only OK during its concert earlier this year at the lovely Fox Theater in Oakland. That was odd, since this Mouse usually roars with the best in the business
on the live stage. I hope that it's the mighty Mouse that shows up to First City. I also hope that the group plays some new material.
Purity Ring (8:30 p.m., Cypress Stage): I just can't name a better "witch house" act than Purity Ring. Actually, I don't think I can name any other act in that bizarre house-music subgenre, which draws inspiration from goth and industrial styles as well as occult themes. But I do enjoy Purity Ring's songs, which take synth-pop and EDM into very bizarre yet tuneful territory.
The Dodos (2:20 p.m., Cypress): Arguably the Bay Area's best indie-rock band, the Dodos are great on record and even better in concert. Meric Long, who grew up in Lafayette, is an engaging vocalist who makes each lyric matter, while Logan Kroeber is a wizard on percussion. The group is now ready to release its fifth full-length, "Carrier," which could be the effort that finally sends these Dodos soaring toward mainstream success.
Electric Guest (4:40 p.m., Cypress): I haven't seen Electric Guest in concert, but it's hard to imagine this L.A. buzz band being anything less than a blast in the live arena. Listen to "This Head I Hold," a ridiculously fun romp through old-school grooves and modern music technology, and see if you don't agree. What kind of music does Electric Guest play? A better question is this: What kind of music doesn't it play? It's futuristic/retro electro-rock with heart, soul and a record store's worth of sonic influences.
Capital Cities (3:30 p.m., Cypress): This fine L.A. synth-pop duo, consisting of Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, has created a deafening buzz with its 2013 debut, "In a Tidal Wave of Mystery." Not bad for a band that got its start through Craigslist. The music just screams Friday night, boasting grooves that will propel a partygoer all the way to (and probably well past) last call.
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