Music Tastes Good has had solid lineups and ridiculously tasty food the last few years and this year is no different. While we pretty much recommend ALL the food at the event, there are some definite highlights music wise that you shouldn’t miss. All in all, you’re in for a very tasty and musical weekend.


Joyce Manor have been (good) pop punk darlings in California for the last few years. We haven’t seen them at as many festivals as they were the last few years so catching up with the awesomely tatted up Barry Johnson is always a plus.

Vagabon (photo by Lee Bedrouni)

Vagabon has been playing some of the hippest festivals this year and is an excellent ad and set for Friday at Music Tastes Good. The unique young artist is incredibly intelligent, and makes thought provoking and beautiful music. It’s no wonder she’s Pitchfork’s darling and was picked to play Music Tastes Good. Look for our upcoming interview with her.

Photo of Broncho by Julien Kelly

BRONCHO have been tearing up the local scene and are indie rock darlings. Their infectious tunes and energetic live shows make them a must see for their Friday set.

Alvvays have the only ads on Facebook that we actually listened to and were effective. Damn they’re good. These up and comers are sure to be festival favorites all of 2018. Don’t miss their set.

Of Montreal have been playing amazing shows that harken back to their early indie rock cred days and make you remember just how amazing they are live. The artistic and eccentric live sets are beautiful and a sight to behold on Friday so come early to get a good spot.

Photo by Phillip Gutgesell

Ride had one of the best sets at Coachella in 2015 and we continue to look forward to them playing Music Tastes Good this year. As one of the later acts of the night, be sure to get up front early for a great spot. The band is legendary.

Ween had an amazing set at Riot Fest last year and we still can’t believe they’re playing Music Tastes Good. As one of the highlights of the entire fest, you’ll have to see these icons play even if you’re unfamiliar with their material.


Peaches were a hit at Riot Fest this year, and they’re going to be a hit at Music Tastes Good this year. Expect a ridiculously amazing outfit and lots of hype that delivers.

Dr. Octagon is one of the main reasons we were interested in Music Tastes Good in the first place. His seminal album is one of the greatest albums in rap history and he’s a living music icon. Seeing him live is a rare performance but luckily has been easier in the last few years in California. Count your blessings he still plays this album live because it’s one of the best experiences you’ll have all year. Praise be to the good doctor.

Digable Planets have had a really cool resurgence recently and we’re incredibly lucky to be able to see them live at Music Tastes Good. Another ridiculously cool hip hop group that’s seeing a lot of modern love. You’ll enjoy the smooth vibes from their set for days to come.

Los Lobos

Sure, why not?

Dengue Fever combine Cambodian pop music with psychedelic rock. Their live set is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Sleater-Kinney are living legends that will grace us with an iconic set. Another Riot Fest and general festival favorite, Sub Pop darlings and hey, Carrie Brownstein from Portlandia!