Best/Worst Scheduling Conflict: Japanese Breakfast vs. Alex Lahey
This year's Bonnaroo lineup was light on jangly, hooky indie-pop, so scheduling C86 disciple Michelle Zauner and her dreamy outfit Japanese Breakfast and pop-punk-indebted Aussie export Alex Lahey in the same early-afternoon time slot on opposite ends of the park made about as much sense as thinking Eminem would "radiate positivity" as a headliner. Listeners at both ends of the festival each got winning takes on modern romance. "This song is about falling in love with a robot," Zauner bantered before wowing the This Tent crowd with her sky-reaching vocal prowess on the Auto-Tuned "Machinist." Lahey opened festivities on the main stage, where the jaunty hooks of kiss-offs like "You Don't Think You Like People Like Me" and "I Haven't Been Taking Care of Myself" sounded even more irresistible blasting out of a sound system fit for a Muse concert. A.G.