The Pines (Special to Juice)
5 free stage acts to catch at 80/35
Published on July 2nd, 2013 | by Joe Lawler
You know about David Byrne, you know about Wu-Tang Clan, but what about the acts a little farther down on the bill? Here are five acts worth showing up early for and seeking out on the free stages.
The Pines (8 p.m. Saturday on the Hy-Vee Stage): This roots duo is based in Minneapolis, but David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey are both Iowa natives. Ramsey’s dad, Bo Ramsey, is the producer/guitarist for Iowa legend Greg Brown. The band released its third album, “Dark So Gold,” last year on Red House Records.
Prissy Clerks (12:45 p.m. Saturday on the Kum & Go Stage): Fronted by former Total Babe member Clara Salyer, this band is influenced by ’90s indie acts like Pavement, Sebadoh and Smashing Pumpkins. Upbeat guitar and accordion help set the band’s style apart. Prissy Clerks released its debut record, “Bruise of Be Bruised,” last year.
Escondido (1:45 p.m. Saturday on the Kum & Go Stage): A Nashville alt. country duo that recently released its debut album, “The Ghost of Escondido.” Jessica Maros’ haunting voice lets the band transition from heavier ballads to poppier fare. Guitarist Tyler James grew up in Orange City, Ia.
Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson (4:45 p.m. Saturday on the Kum & Go Stage): Brown and Simpsons are Detroit natives with respected solo careers who collaborated last year on the album “Dice Game.” Brown credits Wu-Tang Clan as one of his major influences, so this is a perfect set to catch before the headliners take the stage.
Menomena (8:15 p.m. Friday on the Kum & Go Stage): An indie rock duo comprised of multi-instrumentalists Justin Harris and Danny Seim. Formerly a trio, the band recorded and released “Moms,” its first album without Brent Knopf, last year. That album got an eight out of 10 from Pitchfork, which is practically like getting three thumbs up from Siskel & Ebert.