An irresponsible docent to a musical labyrinth, South Lake Tahoe’s first SnowGlobe Music Festival |

An irresponsible docent to a musical labyrinth, South Lake Tahoe’s first SnowGlobe Music Festival

Dylan Silver
Fishbone plays Friday at SnowGlobe in South Lake Tahoe.

There’s something in the air and it sure isn’t snow. More likely, it’s the buzz humming around SnowGlobe. If you’re making your way over to the three-day festival, here’s a few artists worth picking out of the bunch.

Blockhead – It’s not hot cocoa, but New York’s Blockhead has got your party warm-up. Kick out those legs, punch a few shadows and tip back the first brews of South Lake Tahoe’s inaugural SnowGlobe Festival. It’s bound to be good, but first we’ve all got to get in shape. 2:45 p.m on the SnowGlobe Stage.

Yacht – The second stage of any good party weekend warm-up is to set the mood. Yacht’s freaky indie electro will put that weird devious smile on your cocktail splattered face. Just make sure you’re limber before you join these happy maniacs. 5:30 p.m. on the SnowGlobe Stage.

Big Gigantic – When a crowd really gets together and the individuals are lost in one big sea of energy, it’s a rare and beautiful thing. Expect to lose yourself, for the first time this weekend, during Big Gigantic. The bass-heavy drummer/ producer duo can handle big groups, so don’t try to hang on. Just go with the sax. 7:15 p.m. on the SnowGlobe Stage.

Pretty Lights – Headed by Derek Vincent Smith, this DJ/drummer duo will put you on the floor … the dance floor. Ultra-smooth groove rhythms mixed with hip-hop classics and tossed with, um, a pretty light show. If you haven’t discovered Pretty Lights, (First: Where have you been?) (Second: get on it.) The group’s music is available for free or donation-based download on their website,

Govinda – This rapidly rising Austin-based act will eat all of your senses. Govinda isn’t just music, it’s an entire production, complete with dancers, projections, violin and, likely on this occasion, the smell of people dancing in clothes too heavy for such an activity. 2:30 p.m. at the Sierra Stage.

Fishbone – This is one of those “WTF?” acts. They get mixed into a lineup that seemingly shares no similarities. But don’t worry about it. This classic alt-rock group will definitely still knock socks. Not to mention they have one of the most recognizable logos ever created by a band. If you’re not into rock ‘n’ roll throwbacks, you could always go listen to the fart noises emanating from Tipper’s show. 4 p.m. at the SnowGlobe Stage.

Dilated Peoples – While Datsik, Eliot Lipp and Heyoka will be frothing out electric beats on the smaller stages, hip-hop aficionados will undoubtedly be calmly bobbing their brains out to the uber-under-appreciated (Does that make sense?) Dilated Peoples. The Los Angeles-based crew has been churning out albums for more than a decade and a new one is expected in 2012. 5:30 p.m. on the SnowGlobe Stage.

A-Trak – Anyone who can mix submarine sounds into their music is probably worth checking out. A-Trak has been around for days and he’s always coming up with corky and ultimately danceable scratches for, oh, just Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco Kid Sister and other heavyweights. The guy won the DJ World Championships at 15. If that’s not reason enough to see him, you probably don’t deserve ears. 8 p.m. on the Sierra Stage.

Bassnectar – There is some danger in seeing Bassnectar outdoors in the middle of winter. If his show is anything like, well, every other show he’s ever played, it’s going to be a mosh pit marathon and everyone will be soaked in sweat. If you’re lucky you’ll freeze mid-headbang, which will make an awesome ice sculpture. Just tell your friends beforehand to slide you over to one of the artcars. They can melt you with their flame-throwers. 9 p.m. on the SnowGlobe Stage.

Robotic Pirate Monkey – Dubstep for breakfast? Let’s not kid anybody. Few festivalgoers are going to wake up before 2 p.m. If that’s the case, Robotic Pirate Monkey will go well with your coffee and pastry, as long as its filled with ecstasy, wait, I meant icing. 4:30 p.m. on the Sierra Stage.

Mansions on the Moon – Nothing like atmospheric indie pop jams to make you appreciate a glittering environment and a colorful sunset. Mansions on the Moon is the perfect precursor to kicking off a wild new year’s eve. The soothing sparkles and soft vocals will make you reflect on your own dotted past and ask yourself questions like “How did I lose my pants at Bassnectar last night?” 5:45 p.m. on the Sierra Stage.

Samples – When everything has gone mad, when you’ve lost all your belongings, when your friends hate you for being too drunk, or maybe when you’re getting a bit lonely, Samples is a nice acoustic guitar reprieve from the brain-scattering blasts of bass to sway gently and cry your eyes out to or to hug and make out with a total stranger to. Plus, it’ll give you a nice melancholy melody to hum after you miss the shuttle. 7:45 p.m. at the Igloo Stage.

Phutureprimitive – Let’s just say you’re creeping through a post-apocalyptic jungle full of snakes, jaguars, giant trees and vines. Up ahead there’s a tribal gathering with mostly naked zealots dancing low to the ground around a blazing fire. What kind of music are these freaks getting down to? That would be Phutureprimitive. See the show, avoid the temptation to don a loin cloth. 9 p.m. on the Igloo Stage.

The Glitch Mob – No, you’re not going to turn into a princess or a hot maid lady when the clock hits midnight. But, much to the dismay of our fairy godmother, it’s a possibility that most of the crowd will metamorph into a pack of drooling kangaroos set on bouncing until the bass stops. As this will be the last New Year’s Eve on Earth, the Glitch Mob is sure to make it a good one. 11:15 p.m. on the SnowGlobe Stage.

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