Willamette Week is thrilled to announce the lineup for MusicfestNW 2012, now in its 12th year of showcasing the finest in national and regional music in one of the most compelling urban areas in the country.
MusicfestNW is once again returning to the historic Pioneer Courthouse Squareâ€”Portland’s civic living roomâ€”for three picturesque outdoor headlining performances at Leviâ€™s Pioneer Stage headlined by shoegazing alternative rockers Silversun Pickups (Sunday, Sept. 9), mashup superstar Girl Talk (Saturday, Sept. 8), and the world music-tinged indie folk of Beirut (Friday, Sept. 7).
Beyond the Square, MusicfestNW will once again take over the city of Portland for five days, with 150 bands playing at 16 clubs all over the city. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, electropop upstarts Passion Pit headline the Crystal Ballroom (the band also plays the next night) and reunited post-hardcore titans Hot Snakes play the Roseland Theater. Criticsâ€™ darlings Ceremony, Julia Holter, Lightning Bolt, The Men, Trust, and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart will all be performing special sets of over the September weekend. The festival also features alt-country act Old 97â€™s playing their seminal record Too Far to Care front-to-back, the beautiful folk tunes of The Tallest Man on Earth, local atmospheric rockers The Helio Sequence, rising hip-hop phenoms Danny Brown and Yelawolf, A-Trak DJing on the Nike Sportswear stage, and the debut of the Red Bull Common Thread series featuring guitar heroes Dinosaur Jr. with sets from the bandsâ€™ two offshoots, Sebadoh and J. Mascis.
Willamette Week is also proud to announce the debut of its very own tech conference to coincide with MusicfestNW. Portland has a rich and underrated tech scene, and in its first year, Portland Digital eXperience (PDX) will extend the MusicfestNW beyond music to embrace the technology and startup community by featuring conversations with leading thinkers, both local and from outside Portland. The event, held September 6-8, will focus on individuals who exemplify an “attention to detail, creativity, and the craft of building compelling experiences.” Among the confirmed speakers are Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co., Evan Doll of Flipboard, James Keller of Walmart Labs, and Chris Teso of Chirpify.
Previous MFNW performances include: The National, The Decemberists, Smashing Pumpkins, Modest Mouse, Vampire Weekend, TV on the Radio, Explosions in the Sky, Sunny Day Real Estate, Spoon, Iron & Wine, M. Ward, Built to Spill, Arctic Monkeys, Cat Power, Panda Bear, Black Lips, Band of Horses and The Silver Jews.
Festival wristbands and tickets for shows at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Crystal Ballroom, Roseland Theater, and Aladdin Theater go on sale on Friday, June 1 via Cascade Tickets. Festival wristbands are on sale at two price points:
- $125 for an all-inclusive wristband that gets you into all three outdoor shows and the rest of the five-day festival.
- $75 for a ticket to one of the three outdoor shows (Silversun Pickups, Girl Talk, or Beirut) and a wristband for admission to the rest of the festival.
For further ticket information, see musicfestnw.com/tickets.
And And And
Arrington De Dionyso
Bobby Bare Jr.
Casey Neil & The Norway Rats
Dante vs. Zombies
DJ Cooky Parker
DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin
Gardens & Villa
I Break Horses
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
King Khan & the Shrines
Pete Krebs and the Gossamer Wings
Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three
Pure Bathing Culture
Quest For Fire
Sad Baby Wolf
Snow Bud & The Flower People
The Builders and The Butchers
The Curious Mystery
The Dangerous Boys Club
The Drowning Men
The Helio Sequence
The Needful Longings
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
The People’s Temple
The Soft Moon
The Suicide Notes
The Tallest Man On Earth
These United States
Trampled By Turtles
Austin City Limits Music Festival has announced its lineup for the 2012 edition of the festival. Set to headline this year’s lineup: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys and Jack White. Three day tickets and single day passes are still on-sale for the festival for the festival set for October 12th through the 14th. Pick them up here while they last.
Check out the full lineup below:
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys
Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Iggy & The Stooges, AVICII, BASSNECTAR, The Roots, The Shins, Weezer, Gotye, The Civil Wars, M83, Tegan and Sara, Childish Gambino Two Door Cinema Club, Thievery Corporation, The Afghan Whigs, Crystal Castles, Andrew Bird, Gary Clark Jr., Metric, Band of Skulls, Esperanza Spalding, Alabama Shakes, Delta Spirit, M. Ward, Randy Rogers Band, Die Antwoord, Rufus Wainwright, NEEDTOBREATHE, Big Gigantic, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Steve Earle, The War On Drugs, Umphrey’s McGee, Barrington Levy, Old 97′s Punch Brothers, Bombay Bicycle Club, A-Trak, Trampled by Turtles Patterson Hood, Michael Kiwanuka, Big K.R.I.T., Oberhofer, POLICA, Tennis, Zola Jesus, Stars, Kimbra, Black Lips, Los Campesinos!, Jovanotti, Ben Howard, Ruthie Foster, Freelance Whales, Civil Twilight, The Whigs, Dev, The Lumineers, Bad Books, The Devil Makes Three, Asleep at the Wheel, First Aid Kit Patrick Watson, LP, Caveman, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Father John Misty The Wombats, Dry the River, The Boxer Rebellion, Soul Rebels Brass Band Thundercat, Willis Earl Beal, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Kishi Bashi, Deep Dark Woods, Moon Duo, Kopecky Family Band, River City Extension Quiet Corral, Wheeler Brothers, The Relatives, Space Capone, The Staves Native Run, Nikki Lane, Quiet Company, Infantree, Wild Child, La Vida BohÃ¨me The Eastern Sea, The Dunwells, Kenny Vaughan Trio, Justin Jones, SonÃ¡mbulo Royal Teeth, Noah Gunderson, The Aaron Ivey Band, The Mighty Sincere Voices G.S.T., Colorfeels, Lera Lynn, Megan McCormick, Shields of Faith, Stapletones, The Baylor Choir, Disciples of Joy, Ralph’s World, Orange Sherbet, Big Don Rocknoceros, Hullabaloo, Jambo, Peter DiStefano & Tor, The School of Rock, The Q Brothers
LP, who recently charmed audiences at SXSW with her exuberant live performances, is a new edition to the Warner Bros. Records family. The acclaimed vocalist and renowned songwriter will release her debut EP for WBR, a 5-song CD + DVD package, titled Into The Wild: Live At EastWest Studios, on April 24th. She will also make her network television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! the following night on April 25th.
The EP, which was produced by Rob Cavallo and co-produced by Mike Elizondo and Julian Raymond, contains audio and video of the New York-born, Los Angeles-based artist performing five songs live at Hollywood’s EastWest recording studio, which was transformed into an intimate venue for the occasion. “Into The Wild” will also be included on her full-length album due later this year. LP began attracting attention for “Into The Wild” when a snippet of the song was used in a Citibank commercial in which a female rock-climber reaches the summit while LP memorably sings “Somebody left the gate open,” which became the focus for a subsequent CNN.Com piece.
An accomplished songwriter who has penned hits for Rihanna (“Cheers”) Christina Aguilera (“Beautiful People”) and many others, LP truly shines onstage, thanks to a free-flowing confidence honed through years of touring with her band, so it is fitting that her major-label debut is a live set. Cutting a striking image onstage, with a tiny frame topped off with a mop of Marc Bolan-esque curls and brandishing a ukulele, LP was one of SXSW 2012′s breakout artists, earning critical praise each time she performed.
Here’s what the critics had to say:
“She has the kind of show-stopping, booming voice that draws standing ovations…Her rootsy rockers build to the kind of big, old-fashioned choruses that were once a major label’s stock in trade.” – The Los Angeles Times
“As her live reading of ‘Into the Wild’ shows, she has her own kind of charisma that can deliver a wide audience.” – Washington Post
“LP’s puffy hair and short, Bob Dylan-like stature had fans intrigued from the get-go, and when she opened her mouth is when things became rowdy. The girl can sing… She immediately won over new listeners with her melodic riffs and dynamic arrangements.” – Daily Texan
In addition, LP has just been named Martin Guitar’s first-ever official female Ambassador. She will be the focus of an extensive advertorial campaign in conjunction with a ukulele custom-built exclusively for her by Martin Guitar. It is the first time the venerable instrument-maker has created such an instrument for a female artist.
Watch LP perform “Into The Wild” live at EastWest Studios below.
The track-listing for Into The Wild: Live At EastWest Studios is as follows:
“Into The Wild”
LP’s live upcoming live appearances are as follows:
4/17 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour (with Kimbra – sold-out)
4/23 Hollywood, CA Bardot
4/28 Washington, DC Sweetlife Festival
4/30 Hollywood, CA Viper Room (98.7 FM show – 11:00pm Set)
5/4 W. Palm Beach, FL Sunfest
5/14 Los Angeles, CA Grammy Museum
5/26 Chilocothe, IL Summer Camp Fest
6/3 Las Vegas, NV Tropfest/Cosmopolitan Pool
6/7 Pittsburgh, PA 3 Rivers Arts Festival
Additional dates, including NYC TBC soon.