Bands To Listen To: Vance Joy, Broken Bells, Cage The Elephant

Bands To Listen To: Vance Joy, Broken Bells, Cage The Elephant

This weeks bands to listen to are all performing at this weekend’s Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Del. The festival features over 90 bands, including Little Comets, Outkast, Local Natives, and dozens more. Whether or not you plan on going, here are several bands that are excellent and are sure to put on an amazing show.


1. Vance Joy

Singer songwriter Vance Joy (

Vance Joy is an Aussie singer songwriter who came onto the scene in 2013 with his EP, “God Loves You When You’re Dancing.” Since then, he has been serenading the world with his tender voice and playful ukulele. His song, “Riptide,” is an infectious explosion of happiness that one cannot help but feel joy when listening to it. His songs are both thoughtful and carefree, written with careful contemplation and an easy flow. Another song off the EP, “Emmylou,” is a delicate lullaby depicting a parents calming love that helps assure a scared child there are no monsters under the bed. Fall in love with Vance Joy as you listen to him on iTunes and Spotify, and make sure to catch him at the Firefly Festival on Sunday, June 22 at 12:30 p.m. on The Lawn Stage.


2. Broken Bells

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Broken Bells features James Mercer of The Shins and the artist Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton). The band released their self-titled album in 2010, and recently released their second full-length album, “After The Disco,” in 2013. Their sound can be described as a electronic subdued disco, and Mercer’s familiar voice ranges from deep and slightly flat, to high and reminiscent of classic disco. “Lazy Wonderland” is slow and captures Mercer’s melodic, echoey voice. It is an easy song to sing along to and reminds me of a easy summer day with a lover. Broken Bells can be found on iTunes and Spotify, or seen on The Lawn Stage at 7:15 p.m., Sunday. June 22.


3. Cage The Elephant

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Cage The Elephant is an established band with a distinct rock sounds. The band consists of four members from Bowling Green, Ky. With the release of their self-titled album in 2008, Cage The Elephant has grown in popularity and status. Their latest album, “Melophobia,” features the popular single “Come A Little Closer” and many other songs that showcase the band’s ability to make an album chock full of songs that are contagiously rocky with a hint of punk. The song, “Teeth,” off the album features lead singer, Matt Schultz, talk-singing over restless, demanding guitar and trumpets. Rock out to Cage The Elephant on iTunes and Spotify, and catch them Saturday, June 21 at 6:15 p.m. on the Backyard Stage.


Who do you plan to see this weekend? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @whatsthesich

Carolyn Ambrosich

Carolyn Ambrosich attends Fordham University in New York City, where she is majoring in psychology and is a member of the rugby team. She was born in Texas, but raised in Colorado and Maryland. Carolyn suffers from wanderlust and is always looking for adventure. She loves cats, meeting new people, music, and relaxing with friends. Follow her on Twitter @whatsthesich

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