If you’ve been reading Ribbon Around a Bomb for awhile, you no doubt are aware of my extreme distaste for (ugh, I struggle even now to type the word)… FESTIVALS. Oh, and the stupid outfits that come with them.
I may be changing my mind though. Enter: Oakland’s Burger Boogaloo, a new kind of festival. A festival, my friends, that has what 99% of other festivals lack: a goddamn focus. Instead of booking a mish-mash of popular, generic “indie rock” acts, Burger Boogaloo boldly proclaims that they are NOT for everyone. They are for the best people, and the best music, and to them, that is gloriously garage-y, surf-y, trash-y punk rock.
It’s all going down this weekend. Below, some of the acts I’m most excited to see:
[Redd Cross: Their early years, particularly when they were still Red Cross, are some of my favorite LA punk. Brothers Steve and Jeff McDonald are also notable for their roles in Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, and the fact that they’re punks with long hair.]
[The Trashwomen started as sort of novelty all-girl Trashmen cover band, but the SF group garnered a massive following of sleazy (in the best way) garage rock devotees, eventually touring Japan in the mid-’90s. Also, can we please all just stop caring about the fact that “Kreayshawn‘s mom was in that band!”?]
[This is basically amazing that the Oblivians are playing. All you need to know about them is that they’re from Memphis, they’re responsible for some great ’90s garage tracks like this one, and they have a new album out.]
[Finally, the Bay Area’s very own Shannon and the Clams make delightfully DIY ’60s-ish indie rock. I’ve surprisingly never seen ’em, so I’m stoked.]
There you have it. I’ve got tickets for Saturday, and plans to purchase tickets to see the Oblivians on Monday at the Indy. $25/day. Git on it.
P.S.- I made need to do a post about my personal idea for a Burger Boogaloo outfit, as an alternative to all the lame festival fashion out there.