Our best of the Bamboozle
More than 200 acts are slated for performances of one sort or another at the Bamboozle at the New Meadowlands starting Friday. No one could expect concertgoers to make sense of such a mess, so here to help: the Bamboozle, as curated by amNew York. You’re welcome in advance.
Acts to see Friday
The Hood Internet: Mashup DJs from Chicago who specialize in matching hip-hop with indie rock on tracks like “I’m a Flirt (Shoreline),” an epic R. Kelly/Broken Social Scene non-collaboration.
Jay Pharoah: Impressions haven’t been this hip since … well, ever, really.
LMFAO: “Shots” could be the perfect song for a music festival held in New Jersey.
Boyz II Men: Don’t tell us that you’re not curious.
Acts to see Saturday
Tokyo Police Club: The Canadian quartet have festival cred, appearing at nearly every major multi-day show of note on the continent. TPC knows what to do with a limited set time.
Das Racist: Whether it’s hip-hop or an artistic deconstruction thereof, Das Racist puts on a hell of a show.
Pusha T: Whether it’s with the Clipse, on his own or being “the other guy” on Kanye West’s “Runaway,” Pusha T always brings it.
Acts to see Sunday
Chiddy Bang: The hip-hop duo approaches sampling from a different angle, preferring to take loops from more current material (sampling MGMT’s “Kids” on its Internet hit “Opposite of Adults”) rather than digging in the crates.
Motley Crue: What do you get a metal band for its 30th anniversary?
Lil Wayne: Weezy is fine on his own, but for a big show like this, one could reasonably expect guest appearances.
If you go: The Bamboozle festival is at the New Meadowlands Sports Complex Friday through Sunday. Go to thebamboozle.com for schedules and ticket information.