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Five bands to see at this year’s Catacomb Party

There are close to 40 bands playing this weekend’s Catacomb Party — No way you can see them all. No doubt people are already started to pick and choose.

First, go check out the schedule. Now, tell us which bands are must see (it would be nice if you told us why, but we won’t be picky.

Here is my top five (for what they’re worth):

1.) Tony Allen: The Nigerian drummer is the event’s headliner. He’s also kind of legendary for creating (along with Fela Kuti) Afro-beat. So if you like Vampire Weekend and the like … We don’t get acts like this coming through town often, and they do not normally play free shows. Tony Allen (and his 13-piece band) headline the Tioga-Sequoia stage at 9:30 p.m.

2.) Dim Peaks: This is the new project from songwriter Niilo Smeds. There will be an album out this fall on Gold Robot Records and the sample I heard was great. In my mind, Smeds is one of (if not the) best songwriters in town right now. For fans of Leonard Cohen style folk jams. Dim Peaks plays 9 p.m. at the Fresno Brewing Company Stage.

3.) Sleepover Disaster: During the late 90s and early 2000s, Sleepover Disaster was a pillar in the scene and hugely influential. It’s odd to think there is a generation of fans that never got to see them play. For fans of LOUD shoegazey indie-rock. The band plays 6:20 p.m. at the Tioga-Sequoia stage.

4.) Cockamamie Jamie: One-half of the comedy rap duo Argyle Pimps, Cockamamie is known for peeing his pants during a rap battle. He won. So when he say’s he’s got something up his sleeve for his set at the Catacomb Party, you want to take that seriously. “This one’s the big one,” he says. “It might be piss battle part two.” Cockamamie Jamie plays 4:10 p.m. on the Urban Militia stage.

5.) It’ll Grow Back: This is shameless self promotion. Sorry. Here’s a compliment for our contribution to the Fresno Covers Fresno compilation: “Favorite track is “My Girlfriend’s Boots.” The lead singer reminds me of David Byrne.”

Videos/audio of the bands after the jump.

Tony Allen from his “Secret Agent” tour:

Dim Peaks, from the album “Time of Joy,” which you can pre-order now.

Sleepover Disaster’s “Dark Star,” from the album “Hover.”

Cockamamie Jamie peeing himself:

It’ll Grow Back, “I Got Mine:”

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