Your ATP Vs. Pitchfork Festival Guide

ATP continue their quest to dominate the U.K Festival market by not just throwing on one bash for the month of May, but two events in the space of just over a week.

First up is this weekend's ATP Vs. Pitchfork Festival which features the likes of Sebadoh, Vampire Weekend, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Bon Iver, The Hold Steady and Of Montreal. The scary thing is we could go on.

However there are a few smaller bands making up the approximately 40 bands on showcase this weekend. All battling for your attention.

So whether you're a music guru or an up-and-coming music junkie, here we lay down the Strange Glue guide to the forthcoming festival, so that you don't miss out on any must-see bands.

BandStageDayTimeRatingWebsiteComment
WeenMainFri May 9th9pm - 12 midnight3 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/weenChilled out psychedlica-infused rock music from a band who'd just as rather please your ears than they would please your palette via their extensive range of food recipes for fans.
SebadohMainFri May 9th7:30pm - 8:30pm4 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/sehbahdoughAs enchanting as they are off-kilter. The recently reformed American trio will be soon showing us exactly how lo-fi music should be done.
Vampire WeekendMainFri May 9th6pm - 7pm3 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/vampireweekendProbably the most hyped band of 2008, you can judge for yourself whether it is justified or not. Needless to say, the band have an immense amount of high expectations to live up to.
The ClientèleMainFri May 9th4:30pm - 5:30pm4 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/theclienteleofficialCan you picture yourself enveloped in a consuming sofa whilst a soothing sage serenades you with his laid-back charms whilst psychedelic licks fill your ears. We can.... now.
Hot Chip DJ setSecondFri May 9th1:30am - 5:00amunknownhttp://www.myspace.com/hotchipIf you're interested in which sounds inspired the recent Hot Chip album "Made in the Dark", what better way to find out than to let them entertain you into the small hours via their DJ set.
Glass CandySecondFri May 9th12:30am - 1:30am4 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/glasscandyBreathy female vocals over the ever-present vibrating synths form the backbone of Glass Candy. Should bridge the gap perfectly between live music and the DJs.
Redd KrossSecondFri May 9th10:45pm - 12 midnight2 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/reddkrossCalifornian psychedelic pop-rock is presented in its familiar format. If you happen to like said genre, great for you, if not, don't expect to get much out of this one.
Fuck ButtonsSecondFri May 9th9:15pm - 10:15pm5 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/fuckbuttonsLoud, beautiful and anti-social. Electro duo Fuck Buttons are less likely to get radio play than a kangaroo singing the blues, but that's why we love. Plus they're loads better than a singing kangaroo.
Shit and ShineSecondFri May 9th8:00pm - 8:45pm5 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/shitandshineEverytime these guys play live, it registers as an 8 on the Richter scale. With four drummers, two bassists and a broken toy keyboard... How exactly could this not be legendary. Inspired super-heavy experimentalism.
Carsick CarsSecondFri May 9th6:45pm - 7:30pm4 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/carsickcarsSonic Youth inspired Chinese-rock. Brimming with touching melodies constructed mostly of noise, this trio prove music truly is an international language. Highly resonating.
Man ManSecondFri May 9th5:30pm - 6:15pm4 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/wearemanmanJaunty and quirky indie-rock from a Philidelphian sextet which invokes the spirit of Modest Mouse and then drives it deep underground. The darkness is nice.
Jay ReatardSecondFri May 9th4:15pm - 5:00pm2 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/jayreatardA throwback to the uncomplicated times of straightforward Ramones inspired punk. Oddly enough, it's simple and uncomplicated. We wonder what his nickname was in high school.
Hot ChipMainSat May 10th11:00pm - 12:30am5 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/hotchipWorth holding on to, despite the likely burning. Rock/electro experimentalism at it's finest, all backed up by a healthy amount of energy and pop sensibility.
Les Savy FavMainSat May 10th9:30pm - 10:30pm4 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/lessavyfav"You make me shake, you make me shiver!" goes a vocal on one of Brooklyn legends Les Savy Fav's numerous fantastic songs. We'd like to turn that compliment around and return it to them with thanks.
The Black AngelsMainSat May 10th8:00pm - 9:00pm4 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/theblackangelsBorn in the dark alleys which metaphorically surround the city of Austin, Texas, The Black Angels have the power to simultaneously lift you up and strike you down with their psychedelic dirges.
Los CampesinosMainSat May 10th6:30pm - 7:30pm3 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/loscampesinosA spirit which is immediately infectious coupled with quirky song-writing is likely to keep the propellant firing behind this band's voyage to the centre of the earth's attention.
YeasayerMainSat May 10th5:00pm - 6:00pm3 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/yeasayerA clear victim of the hype machine. Maybe given a few more years to work on their sound, things could work out, but for now it's mostly a scattershot routine and the gun's pointed the wrong way.
Bon IverMainSat May 10th3:45pm - 4:30pm5 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/boniverEvery so often, a man comes around who possesses the ability to capture an infinite amount of emotion within each delicate strum of his broken guitar. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is such a man. Quite possibly the most intense experience of your life. Watch!
Black LipsSecondSat May 10th10:30pm - 11:30pm3 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/theblacklipsCombining a mish-mash of sounds with a traditional style and some scary sounding stage antics (vomit, urine, nudity, fireworks, inter-band snogs etc...) their live show should prove both interesting and scaring.
DeerhunterSecondSat May 10th9:00pm - 10:00pm4 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/deerhunterEclectic and eccentric are two ways to describe this Atlantan five-piece who house tunes somewhere in the swirling noise. They pride themselves on putting on a climactic show for their fans.
Dirty ProjectorsSecondSat May 10th7:30pm - 8:30pm3 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/dirtyprojectorsExpansive sounding collective which swells from four members to forty at will. Perhaps a little too leftfield to be truly appealing, nevertheless, it's a sterling effort to be proud of.
Howlin' RainSecondSat May 10th6:00pm - 7:00pm2 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/howlinrainMore slices of psychedelic/classic rock from the side-project of Comets On Fire man Ethan Miller. Borders a little too close to the 'classic rock' line for our liking.
Born RuffiansSecondSat May 10th4:30pm - 5:30pm3 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/bornruffiansStuttery Canadian indie-rock provided by the trio of bass, drums and guitar. Sparse and unassuming. Good times are likely, however, last time we caught them, they needed some work on their stage presence.
Times New VikingSecondSat May 10th3:15pm - 4:00pm5 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/timesnewvikingWearing it's noise with pride, the no-fi trio from Ohio are even more captivating live than they are on record. Which is really a feat in itself. Unmissable!
EvenSecondSat May 10th2:00pm - 2:45pm3 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/evengroupofsingersWith hazy eyes and misty memories, the Australian trio take you back to better times with their laid-back grooves, dripping with attitude and flower-power, punk-style.
HarmoniaMainSun May 11th11:00pm - 12:30am5 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/harmoniamusicTheir eldest member being in his mid-70's, don't expect rock 'n' roll shenanigans from this trio. Do, however, expect lush, transcendent manipulation of digital noise layered over beauteous instruments.
Girls Against BoysMainSun May 11th9:30pm - 10:30pm2 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/gvsbBelonging to the rapidly growing 'gender action gender' band name club, New York's Girls Against Boys fail to bring anything outstanding to the fray, besides competent melodies, but that's not really outstanding, so the point stands.
The Hold SteadyMainSun May 11th8:00pm - 9:00pm5 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/theholdsteady"You were drunk and exhausted whereas he was critically acclaimed." The band unwittingly give a good comparison between themselves and their lesser contemporaries, of which there are many. Lesser, that is.
of MontrealMainSun May 11th6:30pm - 7:30pm5 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/ofmontrealWonderfully quirky danceable rock with it's eyes squarely on the world of pop. If you don't have one of their choruses stuck in your head by the close of the set, then you've been trampelled to death. Our condolences.
Black MountainMainSun May 11th5:00pm - 6:00pm4 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/blackmountainJust because they were hand-picked by Coldplay to support them on a recent tour, that's no reason to hold a grudge. Inherently interesting and musically brave. That's Black Mountain, not Coldplay.
A Place To Bury StrangersMainSun May 11th3:30pm - 4:30pm5 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/aplacetoburystrangersYou see all of these other bands playing later on during this fine Sunday? Well, seeing them is all you'll be capable of should you not bring earplugs to the loudest band in New York's set.
Jens LekmanMainSun May 11th2:00pm - 3:00pm5 out of 5 http://www.jenslekman.com/Start your day with Lekman and friends, you won't be disappointed. You'll only miss Apse and who cares about them, Jens Lekman is on. Exceptional down-tempo indie-rock with a story-telling twist.
CaribouSecondSun May 11th11pm – 12.15am4 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/cariboumanitobaCaribou look to have fixed themselves up for their headlining slot, after cancelling a raft of dates this year due to injuries. Expect Psychedelica at its finest.
Meat PuppetsSecond>Sun May 11th9.30pm – 10.30pm2 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/themeatpuppetsThe Meat Puppets, who became synonymous with the Nirvana era of music are now on their second reunion, with an almost identical line-up to how they first started. Be interesting to see if they can still cut it.
No AgeSecondSun May 11th8pm - 9pm5 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/nonoageOne of Sub Pop's best signings, No Age have an original brand of powerpop/punk music that will splinter your ears. Look out for a cover of Bjork's 'It's Oh So Quiet'. Must see!
Wooden ShjipsSecondSun May 11th6.30pm – 7.30pm4 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/woodenshjipsYes that is how you spell "Shjips", but rather more importantly we have some more psychedelic drone music here, with a penchant for finishing tracks rather abruptly. Good on record, great live. See them if you hate Of Montreal. Which you shouldn't.
Pissed JeansSecondSun May 11th5.00pm –6.00pm1 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/pissedjeansLoud and in yer face, Pissed Jeans will shake you out of your Sunday hangover and slam-dance you into a chemically induced coma. Proof that loud doesn't always equal good.
Marissa NadlerSecondSun May 11th3.30pm - 4.30pm3 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/songsoftheendHaunting American gothic singer emanating from Boston, she performs almost effortlessly. Lets hope she brings along her theramin.
ApseSecondSun May 11th2.15pm – 3.00pm4 out of 5 http://www.myspace.com/apseGreat way to kick off Sunday, if you like your post-rock, this should be one of the first band's one your list to watch. However being up against Jens Lekman should see Apse rather deserted.
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