February 19, 2013

Are you going to Bonnaroo, that one music festival they have over there in Tennessee in the summers sometimes? Probably not. An estimated 313,814,000 United States citizens won’t be there. The rest of us, however, man, we are in for a treat, music-wise, and food-wise probably. The lineup of the venerable music-and-$-gathering thing that happens was announced today and it’s all across the board. Like everything else in the history of things that tried to be a little bit of everything for everyone, it is likely to be a giant, boring, watered-down mess. Maybe not though!  Still, let’s all definitely go meet up there by the mud sea of humanity and vaguely music-related outdoor sensory experience.

The lineup was broadcast today on a livestream on You Tube, and hosted by Weird Al Yankovic, who will be performing. The rest of the acts include a healthy heaping of sincere-wave acoustic bros (Mumford & Sons, The National, The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, Jim James, Gaslight Anthem), respected, gravitas-lending rock veterans of both the mainstream (Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) and slightly-less mainstream variety (Björk, Wilco, David Byrne & St. Vincent, ZZ Top), token hip-hop acts of both the respected, gravitas-lending veteran type (Wu-Tang Clan, Nas), and internetty variety ( Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, A$AP Rocky, Earl Sweatshirt), electronic broskis (Pretty Lights, A-trak), newish cutesy indie (Passion Pit, Beach House, The xx, Tame Impala, Purity Ring), tenured HRO-core indie (Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective), 9tzgaze (Cat Power), and WTF grab-bag heroes (Billy Idol and R. Kelly), but mostly, it’s got lots more earnest acoustic rock, which plays well in a crowd of tens of thousands (Father John Misty, The Tallest Man On Earth). Also some “real” bands to hearken back to the festival’s roots, but you’ve probably never heard of them so it doesn’t matter.

See you there.

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