Dustin Wong at Public Assembly
You know those guys who use a guitar and some delay pedals to build songs out of layers? Somehow they always make it work and I am always amazed. Dustin Wong creates layers which sound very clean, as though they came from a synthesizer. The resulting songs are particularly pretty and closer to electronic music than rock-n-roll. Perhaps that is why at the end where he finally stood up and rocked out with that guitar. I mean, he was a guy on stage with a guitar. Wouldn't you?
M.A.K.U. SoundSystem at Public Assembly
As you can see from the photos above M.A.K.U. SoundSystem not only have three drummers, but three different types of drummers. That's shorthand for Latin dance music. That certainly is the core of their style. The surprising thing is how widely they manage to wander with that core. One song will be funky, the next more punky, and then another more Caribbean with an emphasis on the horns. That quirky mix also inspired plenty of dancing both times I've seen them.