yes as bigger festivals such as bonnaroo and lollapalooza are getting all the press, my appreciation for the festival newbie virgin festival continues to grow.
with a really wonderful spectrum of acts (amy winehouse vs MIA vs lcd soundsystem vs the police vs the smashing pumpkins!) virgin festival is now holding an online competition with MTV2 called book the band in which five indie 'buzz' bands duke it out to be the opening act for the festival based on your votes.
here are the nominees and well... my very skewed opinions on them.
aiden - we sleep forever
[any band that claims that hell is a nice place to visit doesn't really get my vote since that whole 'darkness rocks' thing is so 2005]
the higher - insurance
[this vegas act isn't sure if they want to entertain cabaret style or rock it out. i'm not sure if i like them either]
say anything - woe (acoustic)
[there's something kind of soulful about this punk rock band, which is probably why this band stands out against the dreck out there at the moment. plus there is a nice tone to the lead singer's voice]
mutemath - transformers (theme song)
[i actually like mutemath quite a bit and the fact that they got roped in to do the theme song to the transformers film is a total hoot!]
cold war kids - hang me out to dry
cold war kids - tonight, you belong to me (live, benefit at district 6)
[um... can you tell i saved the best for last? i just LOVE these boys! one of my fave bands of 2006 deserve to break into bigger and better things this year. vote for them already!]