With Ride, Ween, Alvvays, Joyce Manor, Of Montreal, Kate Tempest, Heaven 17, Broncho, Halcones, LedFloyd, The Natives, Minihorse, L.A. Edwards, Protomartyr, Parade of Lights, Slaves, Vagabon, The Sandinistas, Vinyl Williams, Spirit Mother, TV Heads.
Late promoter/musician Josh Fischel’s Music Tastes Good festival returns to Long Beach with a literal smorgasbord of foodie delights from top chefs arrayed alongside two days of music from dozens of intelligently chosen bands. Saturday is headlined by freaky psychedelic shape-shifters Ween and the reunited, hazy-jangling British shoegazers Ride, but the New Orleans Stage alone is crammed with must-see acts, including the high-level wordplay of the fiercely avenging, thrillingly articulate poet-warrior Kate Tempest and Ledfloyd, a heroic new assemblage of rap prophets Pigeon John, 2Mex and AWOL One. The provocative verbiage continues on Sunday with the slyly confrontational Peaches and Kool Keith in his Dr. Octagon guise, augmented on the mainstage by the soulful passion of Sleater-Kinney, the madcap pop artistry of Tune-Yards and the entrancing exoticism of Dengue Fever. Also Sunday, Oct. 1.