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 Square—Portland’s civic living room—for three picturesque outdoor headlining performances at Levi’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. Critics’ 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 97’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 bands’ 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
Green Label Sound is pleased to announce that it will once again host an official showcase as part of the annual SXSW Music Festival taking place in Austin, TX. The party is on Friday, March 19th at Club de Ville and will feature performances from Ra Ra Riot, Theophilus London, Tanlines, Solid Gold, and newest Green Label Sound signing Neon Indian. LA-based DJ/production duo Classixx, who remixed the Green Label Sound Holy Ghost! single “I Will Come Back,” will be DJing throughout the night. Doors for the event open at 8:30pm and the showcase is open to SXSW badge-holders.
Green Label Sound is also excited to announce their first 2010 single release by electro-pop indie band Neon Indian. The single will be available for free download on March 10th exclusively at http://www.greenlabelsound.com. This will be the first release since Neon Indian’s critically heralded debut album, Psychic Chasms
Green Label Sound, supported by Mtn Dew, is a music label designed to elevate and empower independent artists. To date, Green Label Sound has released tracks and videos by Chromeo, Matt and Kim, Holy Ghost!, The Cool Kids, and Amazing Baby to name a few. Download all Green Label Sound singles for free at http://www.greenlabelsound.com and stay tuned for more exclusive tracks!