The headliner list for the 35 Conferette is incredibly impressive this year, with big names like Mavis Staples, Big Boi and !!! highlighting the bill. But, among the 200 and counting bands that are playing the festival, there's also a pretty great lineup of local talent. In fact, almost 100 of 225 acts playing the festival are from North Texas -- certainly nothing to sneeze at.
On that note, while we'll be focusing mostly on the must-see touring acts on the bill in this coming print issue of the Observer as part of our 35 Conferette preview package, we figured it also worth our time and yours to call out some of the can't-miss locals performing at the festival.
After the jump, we take a look at nine such local performers.
3:45 p.m. on Thursday at Main Stage #2
This laid-back Denton group has no shortage ofskill, but after a few setbacks in technical matters (such as what the band will name itself), they've made their presence known in the past year with their simple psychedelic dream-pop songs.
3:45 p.m. on Friday at Main Stage #2
After making their live debut only a year ago, Final Club has come a long way, and, as such, their schedule for the next few months is packed with shows in Denton, Austin and Dallas -- no doubt due to the fact that Final Club's live show is a fascinating spectacle of spacey pop-rock tunes.
8 p.m. on Friday at the Square Stage
Math-rock is an unfortunate genre name, but luckily for us, Denton's Babar has a sound that surpasses it. Their brand of instrumental rock is much more interesting than algebra, if nothing else.
10 p.m. on Friday at Andy's Bar
This Denton pop duo has emerged into local prominence with their ethereal songwriting and expansive sound.