5 Days to Bonnaroo: Cage the Elephant

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Bring tons of cash. ATM lines are infinite.

Cage the Elephant – Saturday, July 14, 5:45 P.M. – Which Stage

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Dr. Dog, Ty Segall, The Orwells, Those Darlins



Cage the Elephant have gone through some major changes in their career. The band’s 2008 self-titled debut album was full of jangly, Stones-influenced rock hits like “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” and “In One Ear.” In 2011, Thank You, Happy Birthday saw the band at their most ferocious, playing fuzz-filled noisy rock. Incredibly aggressive tracks like “Sabertooth Tiger” and “Sell Yourself” featured vocalist Matt Schultz screaming incoherently, and to date, I consider Thank You, Happy Birthday my favorite Cage the Elephant album. Just last year, Melphobia, Cage’s third album, saw the band at their most experimental, incorporating elements like dance-infused melodies, trumpets, piano, and spoken word.

A few years back, I saw Cage the Elephant play at The House of Blues Orlando. Schultz was a madman: barking into the microphone, launching himself off their sound equipment, and nose diving into the audience. Afterwards, my best friend Joel and I met Schultz in parking lot. That night was a wild, sweaty experience that I will never forget, and I’m sure their Bonnaroo set will prove just as explosive.

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