There's roughly a gazillion bands playing at Monolith over the next two days and there's no way you can see them all (see, there aren't a half-gazillion hours in a day), so we've come up with this handy list of five can't-miss acts at Monolith. These are the bands that are worth stopping in to check out even if you don't much care for them -- the acts capable of so much awesome, they might just change your mind, or at least completely fucking blow it. If nothing else, you don't want to damage your hipster cred by admitting you didn't see them -- much better to say, "Yeah, I was there. Not that great," while standing with arms crossed and sporting a slight smirk/scowl on your stubbled face (or, for the ladies, your ironically blue-eye-shadowed face). Continue on through the break for our list, and don't forget to leave a comment to tell us what your top picks are.
Who: Monotonix Where: Southern Comfort Stage When: 3 p.m. Sunday The Israeli garage-rock/pure insanity band Monotonix has allegedly been banned from most of the venues in its hometown of Tel Aviv for being too fucking awesome (and also, wrecking the places, one would assume). You don't see a Monotonix show -- you experience it. So after Monolith, the question will be: Are you experienced?
Who: of Montreal Where: Southern Comfort Stage When: 8:45 p.m. Saturday The glittery rock-and-roll theater that is of Montreal is something special -- costume changes, nudity, and the aforementioned glitter are just a few of the elements. Some bands just play, others put on a show. This band does the latter, and you won't want to miss it.
Who: Danielle Ate the Sandwich Where: MadeLoud.com stage When: 3 p.m. Saturday Are we being the tiniest bit homers here? Maybe. But even with all the other stellar talent on offer, much of it coming from far, far away, we have to say that our favorite musical crush (and this week's cover girl) is still a can't-miss proposition. That angelic voice, that incredible charisma and those endearing, engaging songs all add up to one great way to spend Sunday afternoon. If you aren't in love with her yet, you will be after this.
Who: Phoenix Where: Southern Comfort Stage When: 7 p.m. Sunday Our own Kiernan Maletsky was absolutely floored when he saw Phoenix at the Bluebird earlier this year and there's no reason to think these synth-pop superstars won't bring it just as hard playing in the world's greatest music venue. This one should be something special.
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Who: The Mars Volta Where: Esurance Music Stage (aka the main stage) When: 9:30 p.m. Sunday They're the final headliner for Sunday night, which means no one else is playing at the same time and you won't really have much choice anyway. What are you going to do, go home early? That's just crazy talk. Besides, you want to see if they can pull off that insanely dense prog/hardcore madness live, anyway. Or watch the trainwreck that happens if they don't pull it off. Either way.
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