It’s not just about mosh pits and busted lips: Both Summer Sonic and Fuji Rock have plenty of rump-bouncing beats on offer. In fact, the dance-oriented acts in this year’s lineups are as diverse as ever. Here are a few of the best places to shake your thang.
Basement Jaxx: If your lower extremities didn’t gyrate instinctively to last year’s album, “Kish Kash,” make an appointment with a cognitive therapist. Today.
Ozomatli: L.A.’s frenetic Latin-fusion outfit should hold seminars on how to move a crowd. With beats and blasts coming from every direction, their groove of merengue, salsa, funk and hip-hop should produce one of Fuji’s sweatiest sets.
Kasabian, The Faint and Boom Boom Satellites: The dark wave engulfing the Sonic Stage starts with the synth-driven art-rock of Kasabian and the Faint and leads to the spiraling industrial bombast of Japan’s Boom Boom Satellites. Look for flailing limbs and lots of eyeliner.
Jurassic 5: Nas and N.E.R.D. have all the power and polish of last year’s Lakers, but Jurassic 5 are more like the Globetrotters. All five MC’s can carry the stadium on their shoulders, but it’s that unified vibe that will have you dancing with strangers.
Read the full review at The Japan Times Online.