Saturday :: Esurance Main Stage :: 7:15p.m.
— Brian F. Johnson
This year’s The Strokes? This year’s Tapes N’ Tapes? Could be. This preppy quartet that formed in 2006 at Columbia University was the first band in history to be on the cover of SPIN magazine before their debut even dropped — a debut which they self-produced. The band was picked up by XL Recordings and to say that they’ve had rave reviews is an understatement. NME called them the “saviors of American rock.” Their sound draws influences from African pop and Western classical music, but they’ve called it “Upper West Side Soweto” or “trust fund frat rock.” Salon recently called them the world’s “whitest band.”