Bonnaroo for the Arty Fan
Sets You'll Probably Catch: However you approach Moroccan icons the Master Musicians of Jajouka – amicrotonaltrance-out for ambient fans, a dizzying dance for free-jazz fans, a drumming frenzy for rock fans —they've inspired everyone from William S. Burroughs to Ornette Coleman to the Rolling Stones to drummer Billy Martin (who will be joining them at Roo). However, no band in any genre has the unique rhythmic approach of extreme metal mutants Meshuggah, whose swinging-yet-befuddling time-signature torture still marvels after 25 years. The dabke of Omar Souleyman, Syria's biggest musical star in America since, well, ever, will turn folk music into searing, frenetic, electronic ecstasy. And on Friday afternoon, avant-guitar mainstay Mark Ribot will provide his unique score to Charlie Chaplin's The Kid in the Cinema Tent – a soundtrack that can often feels more precisely edited than the 1921 film itself.
You Might Also Like: A 2:30 a.m. performance from Darkside – the duo of minimalist sound sculptor Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington – might be the closest you can come to an ambient bliss session, as they peddle prog textures and barely-there beats. Jazzcentric turntablist DJ Logic will be taking two turns in the Silent Disco, and promises Rolling Stone he'll bring "an eclectic set of music to make it a great experience and off-the-hook dance party." And dry comedian Rory Scovel treats many performances like performance art – bringing a tux and pianist to Conan, doing a Canadian TV stand-up set in a German accent, or playing a version of Coldplay's "Clocks" at Bumbershoot.
Best Kept Secret: The Ukraine's Dahkabraka turn the dissonant, ethereal drones of Eastern European folk music into a Björkian drum-punk spectacle.