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Bunbury Festival Preview: Sunday

I’m only in Cincinnati for three days. Since the lineup isn’t for me on Saturday, I’m taking a cool-down from the festival to be a tourist. After bunching with a potato crisp at Keystone and a stop at City Flea in Washington Park, I’m going to spend the rest of the day exploring this lovely city. This evening, you’ll find me at the 21c Museum Hotel Rooftop Bar and then to the Bunbury after-party at The Warehouse to see local bands: Black Signal, Chuck Inglish, and DJ Sinceer.


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Young Heirlooms – Fold Your Fingers

Young Heirlooms 2:45pm Amphitheater Stage

Kelly Fine and Christopher Robinson, both on vocals/guitar/mandolin, embody the Cincinnati sound; a nostalgic harmony with soothing and rich instrumentation. If you’re looking for local music while visiting Cincinnati, Young Heirlooms are a staple. With their third member, Kyle Elkins (upright bass), they not only play wonderful music, but are supporters and fans of the local music scene. They’re a good pick to start off a full day of music on Sunday.

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Kopecky Family Band – Heartbeat

Kopecky Family Band 4:15pm River Stage

Formed in 2007 out of Nashville, Tennessee, Kopecky Family Band is not actually a family at all. Despite their lies, I’m intrigued to see the energy they will bring to the stage. With four albums under their belt, the six friends have been compared to Fleetwood Mac numerous times, a great honor that is feeding my curiosity.

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Giants – Bear Hands

Bear Hands 6:30pm Warsteiner Stage

Known to fight like brothers and love like mothers, indie punk band out of New York City, Bear Hands is a collaboration of artists that rose to fame through popular New York blogs. The band is touring this summer off their recent release, “Distraction.” Not being a huge fan of punk, I’ve liked what I’ve heard and have tagged them as a “must-see” at the festival.

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Young the Giant – It’s About Time

Young the Giant 7:00pm Main Stage

Despite the fact that I didn’t love their last release, “Mind over Matter,” I’ve never had the chance to see Young the Giant live and don’t plan to pass up the opportunity at Bunbury.  The California indie-rock band’s self-titled album pulls enough weight for me to not give it a second thought. And ladies, they’re pretty easy on the eyes so watch out.

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Saintseneca – Takmit

Saintseneca 7:15pm Amphitheater Stage

With Saintseneca, get ready for some foot-stomping. I’ve always loved this Columbus-based band, but with their recent release, “Dark Arc” out of Anti Records, it’s been amazing to watch the quartet grow into something big. Look out for their upcoming NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and in this month’s World Cafe.

The Orwells – Mallrats (La La La)

The Orwells 8:00pm Warsteiner Stage

Created by a set of brothers and a set of cousins, The Orwells should really rename themselves The Orwells Family Band. It made me wonder what I did with my life after high school after reading their bio. They were signed before their high school graduation, worked on an album with TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, and toured internationally. They’re also known for a great live show. I’ve personally been jammin to “Mallrats (La La La)” while writing and can’t wait to see where these kids take it.

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The Flaming Lips – You Lust

Flaming Lips 9:00pm Main Stage

What to say about the Flaming Lips? They’re weirdos and so are we. I expect to be singing along with aging hipsters, but hope to see a younger crowd as well as their music transcends through decades. Although they’ve recently collaborated with mainstream artists, they’re most recent release still stays true to their bizarre roots.

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Katie & Katie