12 Critics’ Picks for Maverick Music Festival Saturday

Piñata Protest - COURTESY PHOTO
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Piñata Protest

Creatura 11:20am
(Arneson River Stage)

Lonely Horse 12:30pm
We’ve written quite a bit about this much-buzzed local duo, but with talent this expansive and hearts this pure, it’s impossible to overstate the point. The fact is, Lonely Horse can stand its own with any act on this stacked bill—particularly in the live performance department. Equal parts consideration and chaos, Lonely Horse’s sweltering and electrified desert-rock prayers become menacing and mesmerizing exorcisms when Nick Long and Travis Hild take them to the stage. Their early set should make for the perfect wake-up call. —James Courtney

Dark Planes 1pm
(Arneson River Stage)

Piñata Protest 1:30pm
Piñata Protest, about the only other SA-act that can match Lonely Horse for pure energy, follows immediately after them at 1:30. Still rolling on the strength of their full-length El Valiente, expect a fast ‘n’ furious set that should set the bar high for the day to come. —J.D. Swerzenski

The Gories 2:30pm
Make sure you show up early enough for the sweaty garage blues of Detroit’s the Gories. If you’re a fan of the White Stripes’ more stripped-down and gritty early songs or of the Yardbirds or of good ole soulful rockin’ in general, you’ll love the Gories. Originally active from the mid-1980s until the mid-1990s, this influential outfit reunited in 2008 and have recently released an archival collection called The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88 via Jack White’s Third Man Records. This is afternoon sun music if ever there was any. —JC

YACHT 3:30pm
Lest you forget it’s Saturday, it’s only mid-afternoon and you’ve got another stage of party to kick into, anarchistic indie dance-pop group YACHT will take the stage just before three. For electro-adventurers and lovers of pop-antagonism, YACHT is a delightful head-trip. For anyone looking for a far-out festival vibe and zany, dance-y, transcendent entertainment, YACHT is a can’t miss. Since the duo hasn’t released any new albums to speak of since the cheeky doom-dance of 2011’s Shangri-La, we can expect one of two stellar outcomes from this show: a pleasant surprise in the form of new material or a set list dominated by the countless crowd-pleasers in the group’s catalog. Sounds like a win-win. —JC

Marie Davidson 4pm
(Mondo Nation Stage)

Run the Jewels 7:40pm
Holy shit; this. Hip-hop has seen its fair share of great collabs over the past few years—Jay-Z and Kanye, Kendrick Lamar and everyone—but none more glorious than the unholy union of Atlanta´s Killer Mike and Brooklyn´s El-P. After forging their partnership with Mike´s 2012 release R.A.P. Music, the pair wisely kept a good thing going by officially joining forces on last year´s brutally brilliant mixtape Run the Jewels. These dudes are at the point of finishing each others sentences, and if they manage to bring half the passion and energy to their live set as they do on their records, this set promises to be the festival highlight. Run the Jewels has another mixtape in the chamber set for release later this year, so expect some new material in addition to the trunk-load of jams they’re already packing. —JDS

Saakred y Los Teardrops 9pm
(Mondo Nation Stage)

Twin Shadow 9pm
Psychedelic Furs 10:30pm
Scheduling an ’80s retro-revival act next to the real thing has the potential to be an odd pairing, sort of like watching a movie sequel and the original back-to-back. But that´s probably not giving enough credit to Twin Shadow. Frontman George Lewis Jr. is certainly unabashed in his retrograde-fixation, painting his influences—Human League, Prince, Echo & the Bunnymen—in broad strokes across his band’s two records. But as ‘80s pop-worshiping goes, few do it better than Twin Shadow. Lewis packs impressive pipes and a set of shimmery, neon-glow pop tracks that should fit the twilight time-slot just nicely.

Things then switch to the source material with what looks to be a triumphant festival closer in the Psychedelic Furs. The Furs have been touring consistently since 2001, so this may not be a “better catch ‘em now!” sort of affair. Still, this band packs a silly number of great songs: “Pretty In Pink,” “Love My Way,” “Heaven,” “The Ghost in You,” just to jog your memory. All in all, the Furs should offer an amazing close to what may be the most impressive day of music SA has ever staged. —JDS

Fea 9:30pm
(Arneson River Stage)

Maverick Music Festival

$79 (two-day pass)
4:30-11pm Fri;
11:30am-11:45pm Sat
La Villita
418 Villita

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