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Who We Want to See Jam Together

 Illustration by Cierra Pedro

Illustration by Cierra Pedro

One of the great joys of music festivals is the chance to see a Super Friends-style team-up of bands dropping in on each other’s sets. I know this from experience: I once saw Sully from Godsmack and Wayne from Static-X do backup vocals on “This Love” with Pantera at Ozzfest. (Please, ladies. Stop throwing all those panties. I was just a witness.) Will we get a taste of collaborative greatness at Life Is Beautiful? Let’s see what the oddsmakers are saying:

Pairing: The Roots and Outkast
Likely Jam: “Bombs Over
(an incredibly funky) Baghdad”
Odds: 1-to-2


Pairing: Panic! At the Disco and Neon Trees
Likely Jam: “Bennie and the Jets”
Odds: 7-to-2


Pairing: The Flaming Lips and OK Go
Likely Jam: “We’re Just Playing This Song So We Can Make a Weird Video”
Odds: 6-to-1


Pairing: TV on the Radio and Switchfoot
Likely Jam: We have no idea, except that it definitely will not be “Let the Devil In”
Odds: 8-to-1


Pairing: Matt & Kim and Fitz & The Tantrums and Panic! At the Disco and Holy Ghost!
Likely Jam: “All the Punctuation”
Odds: 10-to-1


Pairing: Foo Fighters and Jenny Lewis
Likely Jam: “Viva Las Vegas” (Dead Kennedys version)/“Negative Creep” mashup*
Odds: 23-to-1


Pairing: Kanye West and Arctic Monkeys
Likely Jam: Yeah, right … Kanye don’t share the stage
Odds: 99-to-1


Pairing: Lionel Richie and Skrillex
Likely Jam: “Make Your Dad Spontaneously Rage-Combust”
Odds: 150-to-1


*This isn’t so much a satiric projection as it is putting the idea out in the universe, The Secret-style, in hopes it happens.