Best House Party: Cage the Elephant and Dan Luke and the Raid
"We're having a house party at Bonnaroo," Cage the Elephant singer Matt Shultz told the 700 fans lucky enough to catch word of his band's surprise set Thursday night at Happy Roo Day, the weekend-long art installation and party that he curated in the festival's campgrounds. There were more fans outside the barricades of the barn-turned-glammed-out-rock club, chanting to be let in so they could get a glimpse of the reliably fearless frontman as he stalked the stage, losing himself in the moment and inspiring sing-alongs from even the thousand-or-so people shut out of the show as his band tore through a short set of garage-psych burners and rock radio hits like "Come a Little Closer" and "Shake Me Down." An even more pleasant surprise came in the form of still-fairly-under-the-radar Bowling Green, Kentucky quartet Dan Luke and the Raid. Fronted by Daniel Shultz (younger brother to Matt and Cage guitarist Brad Shultz), the fully-formed-on-arrival band has a magnetic singer and enough raucous energy to show rock & roll runs in the family, but has a brand of garage-surf-meets-Floyd psychedelia that's all its own. A.G.