Seeing The Offspring as a headliner, for example, is most confusing since the band hasn't had a hit in more than 15 years. Then there's Modest Mouse -- cue nostalgia. I also get the feeling that mainstream listeners have better taste in tunes these days considering the indie champs like Vance Joy, BANKS and even Hozier on the bill.
The unexpected musical gifts at this Edgefest almost make it feel like Christmas, which is why I've written a personal wish list of what I hope to hear during the event.
The Offspring: Please, play only the old stuff
In 1998, I was but a wee 10-year-old and my parents did not allow me to listen to the Offspring. But I bought Americana behind their backs and hid it until I was old enough to understand "31" was more than just a number. I hope Edgefest attendees will be treated to some crowd surfing during "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)."
Hozier: Don't take me to church
As Dallas Morning News contributor Thor Christensen discovered at Hozier's recent local gig, the artist's talent is leagues beyond his smashing radio hit. So either nix "Take Me to Church" or play it first, so audiences can see what he's really about.
Modest Mouse: Stretch 'Float On' into a 20-minute epic
Give us the song Grateful Dead-style with long-winded instrumental breakdowns that make listeners forget where the song began. Modest Mouse released a new album entitled Strangers to Ourselves in March, so the band could also use this opportunity to tease staples from the '90s and early aughts like "Cowboy Dan" and "3rd Planet" -- you know, the songs unlikely to make the set list.
Death Cab for Cutie: Let's hear a mash-up of your best tunes from 2000 to 2005
Here's another old-school indie rock outfit with a shiny new album. What about the old fans, man? Let's bring celebrate The Photo Album, You Can Play These Songs With Chords, Transatlanticism and Plans in one full swoop that hits the highlights from each. Bucket-listers: "Soul Meets Body," "Expo '86" and "A Movie Script Ending."
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness: Lay the Something Corporate tunes on us
C'mon McMahon, give listeners what they really want -- like a thrashing piano solo during "Punk Rock Princess" or heart-gripping emo flashbacks by way of "Hurricane." At the very least, humor the fans with "Konstantine," pretty please?
Robert DeLong: Show us what you're really doing with that joystick
DeLong's electro sound is dependent on the usual set of MIDI controllers and computers sure, but there's something more novel at work here - the DJ uses video game controllers like a joystick and Wii remote to distort beats and vocals. I'm looking for a backdrop that proves he's really just playing Wing Commander.