Alive's guide to the sets you should check out at Goodale Park this weekend
Our Cat Philip
This "kindergarten rock" quartet is soft and mushy to the core, making them the ideal way to ease into Sunday after a long weekend of emptying those massive mugs. In a weary warble that could shatter into a million pieces with one false move, Max Sollisch leads his crew through bed-headed twee jams backed by banjo, viola and cello, among other tools of the trade. It's the ComFest equivalent of a Bloody Mary, but infinitely sweeter.
5:20 p.m. Sunday
Since the collapse of his best-known project, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Dustin White has continued to pour out completely bizarre, wholly unique psychedelic dreamscapes washed in crazed tones of guitar and synthesizer. To call his recent songs prog is limiting, though Moons borrows the best parts of Atom Heart Mother-era Pink Floyd and ELP. Essentially, White and company enter territory few have mapped and emerge otherworldly. Their wizardry will not be televised - thank goodness you can see it live.
8:10 p.m. Sunday
There's been no update on The Spikedrivers' plan to tour the Midwest by horse-drawn buggy, but the band's charming Americana will be in full swing Sunday night on the main stage. There you'll hear the down-home songwriting skills of Jesse Henry, the alluring fiddle of ComFest all-star Megan Palmer and a band who sounds transported straight off the bed of a Dust Bowl pickup truck.
The Slide Machine
8:20 p.m. Sunday
This 2008 Alive Band to Watch practices a crushing form of progressive metal - kind of like Wolfmother with actual edge. The sound works fine with a single drummer, but Sunday's show will feature a special treat for those tired of hearing. Current drummer Mark Himmel will be joined on drums by Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab and the band's former bassist Nick Tolford. The rare three-kit attack should give an added punch to epic tracks like "Bloodbirds" and "2000 Czech Crown." One, two ... three! Oh, my God!