Chester French, Keyshia Cole, Jakob Dylan and Neko Case made the list. Check out shorts, photos and audio samples from acts spanning all three days of the festival.
[Saturday, August 30] Neko Case's long, distinguished career as an alt-country chanteuse began at the honky tonk end of the spectrum. But over the last eleven years, Neko Case's music seems to have left the cowboy bars behind in favor of a folksier, cafe pop. And her last record, Fox Confessor Brings The Flood, bears almost no stylistic resemblance to her early work. But even though you can't really call Neko a country singer anymore, she's become a better minstrel, and one whose music is no longer as readily pigeonholed. Samsung Memorial Mainstage, 1 p.m. Listen to Hold On Hold On.
[Saturday, August 30] One of the first local bands I fell hard for upon moving to Seattle in the early 2000s was the Girls. How could anyone not â€“ they had more energy than third-graders hopped up on Halloween candy, better fashion sense than anyone in town except maybe Michael Maker or Purple Mark, and great, fresh-sounding songs that ram together Cars-style new-wave/power-pop, New York Dolls-style glam-rock and the good â€™ol Devo nerdy-herky-jerk. EMP Sky Church, 2 p.m. Listen to Transfer Station.