Top 5 Bands to Catch at Midpoint

Three days, four stages, 81 bands. A ton of music drops at Midpoint Music Festival this weekend. Our top picks:
Leggy playing live

Photograph by Jahan Swanson

1. Leggy

Lo-fi indie garage rock locals, Veronique Allaer, Kirstin Bladh and Chris Campbell take to the Eli’s BBQ stage on Friday at 6:45 pm

2. Kamasi Washington

Washington is that rarest of musical unicorns: a breakout jazz star. The New York Times called him “the most talked about jazz musician since Winton Marsalis.” His 2015 solo release, The Epic, lives up to the hype. Skyline Stage, Saturday 6:15 pm

3. Budos Band

With lots of fuzz guitar and funky brass, the proper venue for the band’s fourth album, Burnt Offering, is a ’70s Cadillac convertible with Richard Roundtree at the wheel. But the Skyline Stage at 5 pm Saturday will do nicely.

4. Bob Mould

The dark thunderclouds on Patch the Sky part just enough to let Mould’s bright melodies peek though, but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of noise. Elliot Stage, Saturday at 5:30 pm.

5. Car Seat Headrest

Will Toledo started recording in his family’s car at 17 and last year the band (now including bassist Ethan Ives and drummer Andrew Katz) was signed to Matador Records. WNKU Stage, Saturday at 6:45 pm.

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