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Lineup For MusicFestNW 2013 Unveiled

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In case you haven’t notice, Portland is the new capital of “Cool” here in good ol’ America. They’re organic and they have Portlandia. So when the lineup to MusicFestNW 2013 was announced earlier today and contained Fred Armisen, nobody was surprised.  During September 3rd through 8th of this year Portland will get to see acts like GodSpeed You! Black Emperor, The Joy Formidable, Bob Mould, Titus Andronicus , Young The Giant, P.O.S., Diplo, Superchunk, Animal Collective and way more. For information about the entire list of acts, tickets and all that jazz, head over to the Official Festival Website Here. We’ve listed a ton of the acts below in no specific order.

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Animal Collective

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Neko Case

Young the Giant

The Head and the Heart

Diplo

Superchunk

Deerhunter

Fred Armisen

Bob Mould

Shuggie Otis

The Joy Formidable

CHVRCHES

Chromatics

Joey Bada$$

Dan Deacon

Baroness

!!!

Youth Lagoon

Washed Out

Titus Andronicus

Ty Segall

The Thermals

FIDLAR

The Men

Mount Eeries

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires

Icona Pop

Flume

Prefuse-73

Tobacco

Justin Townes Earle

The Bronx

Dodos

Surfer Blood

Austra

P.O.S.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Shlohmo

The Helio Sequence

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

Angel Olsen

John Vanderslice

Ra Ra Riot

Shad

Earth

Bleached

White Lung

Poolside

Bleeding Rainbow

On An On

Sonny and the Sunsets

Naomi Punk

And More…

Matt and Kim @ In the Venue 06/20/11 Salt Lake City, UT

Matt and Kim 06/20/11

In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT

Words/Photos by Meredith

My oh my, I had no idea what a ride I was in for when I herded into In the Venue for Matt and Kim with The Thermals. I’d decided to check this show out after a good friend of mine told me that her boyfriend wouldn’t go with her again. I thought, they couldn’t be that bad, could they?

Well, much to my delight, Matt and Kim brought it. For a duo, they have this monstrous presence. You’d swear that there were five or six members on stage, but the couple outshines larger acts. With the opening band, The Thermals, setting up the crowd with their powerful and skilled rock sounds, the venue was bursting at the seams for Matt and Kim to take the stage. It was a Monday night here in Salt Lake. Someone told me that “Salt Lake City doesn’t have a strong or popular enough market for concerts”. Nuts to that; just ask Matt and Kim. I’m going to guess and say that the crowd that was gathered for this show put some of the bigger names to shame. I’d venture to say that they may have beat out Taking Back Sunday’s crowd from last week.

First off, Kim is a monster on the drums. I think she must have specially made sticks to withstand the force that she’s subjecting them to. She stands on the drums, wails on them, directs the crowd like an orchestra, all while keeping the beat. She is one of the most animated and enjoyable performers I’ve yet seen. She seems to honestly enjoy what she is doing. Many times throughout the show, she stopped along with Matt to tell Salt Lake City not only how amazed they were with the turn out, but how the fans enable them to continue to do what they love.

Matt has his own thing going on too.  He jumps up on to the seat at his keyboard, rallies the crowd, tells stories, and overall, gushes to fans how much he loves his job of pleasing them by making music. This act comes off as purely genuine. Matt and Kim played songs from their new album “Sidewalks”. They covered classics, including “Silver Tiles”, their very first song written together. We heard “Good Old Fashioned Nightmare” and “Yea Yeah”, which was just outstanding. I personally enjoyed it while in the middle of a song they busted into Biz Markie’s “You Got What I Need” . The crowd sang along and bounced like hyped-up kids to every song, shouting every word and danced the entire time.  I met people at this show who were the ultimate superfans, using the songs of Matt and Kim at their recent wedding and holding out to meet them(with success I might add).

If you like Indie tunes, even if you don’t, if your girlfriend “drags” you along to this, the rules are simple: sit back, have a drink, dance, and enjoy.

Sasquatch Festival 2011 Set To Rock George, WA

Sasquatch Festival 2011 Set To Rock George, WA

As we reported late last year, the Sasquatch Music Festival is set to return to the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA. As we already reported, Foo Fighters will be headlining one of the four nights. Also on the bill are Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, The Flaming Lips and a lot more. Four day passes are on sale now and single day tickets will go on sale on Feb 14th.. For all the details on this festival (which we hope to have our very own Thenaturalstoner attend) please click here.

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