Five Sets to Watch at Bonnaroo 2013

Nashville's Alanna Royale plays Bonnaroo's New Music on Tap Lounge on Friday, June 15, at noon.

The term "overwhelming" gets tossed around a lot on the musical festival circuit.

The lineup? Overwhelming. The people? Overwhelming. The heat? Overwhelming. More dining and drinking options than Epcot? Overwhelming.

But Bonnaroo doesn't have to be. Because while some folks would rather endure several sedentary hours near the front of the main stage in a committed effort to ensure primo positioning for the evening's headlining act, the bulk of Bonnaroo attendees bounce around the festival grounds discovering new music.

And here are some performances you won't want to miss.

See also:
-Bonnaroo Survival Secrets From Polyphonic Spree, Alanna Royale, Houndmouth, and Cloney

Thursday, June 16, at 5:30 p.m.
New Music On Tap Lounge

Charmingly Southern and effortlessly soulful, Houndmouth is one of the latest acts to sprout from the folksy roots revival. The group's debut record, From the Hills Below the City, is one of the most-talked-about albums this summer, garnering praise from music fans and critics alike.

In a phone interview with New Times, Houndmouth organist Katie Toupin reflects on the group's recent late-night television debut on Conan.

"It was so strange," she says. "The whole experience, the whole day, is kind of a blur. I was no nervous. I think I blacked out. I don't really remember doing it, but there's video with proof that it actually happened."

She killed it, in fact. Don't expect anything less at Bonnaroo.

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