The Walkmen at 10 Thousand Sounds, 6/22/13

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Photo By Erik Hess

The Walkmen
10 Thousand Sounds Music Festival
Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota
June 22, 2013

After a day filled with all local (and locally connected) bands, New York's the Walkmen helped add some national flavor and prestige to the 10 Thousand Sounds festival with their headlining set. The stylish quintet's 70-minute, 14-song set stuck mainly to their slow-burning acoustic and piano-driven numbers.

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10 Thousand Sounds festival 2013: A music and photo timeline

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Photo By Erik Hess

10 Thousand Sounds Festival
Free Energy, Greg Grease, The Chalice, Strange Names, Prissy Clerks
Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota
June 22, 2013

Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak defiantly proclaimed early on at Saturday's 10 Thousand Sounds Festival that, "A little rain isn't going to keep Minnesotans from putting on a music festival." And indeed, for fans and artists alike, a day filled with music provided a necessary distraction from the widespread devastation brought on by Friday night's deluge, and gave those without power a few hours of fun while the Twin Cities slowly recovered from the storm.

As for the music itself, the opening part of the festival presented a terrific cross-section of what makes the current Twin Cities scene so vibrant and vital in the first place, as Prissy Clerks, Strange Names, Greg Grease, and The Chalice (who, in addition to hosting the festivities, also played a four-song set), all looked perfectly comfortable and confident on the big outdoor stage, and kept the gradually swelling crowd entertained with spirited sets throughout the afternoon. And Minneapolis expats Free Energy brought the party vibes in the early evening, giving the festival the jolt it needed as the day started to grow long.

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10 Thousand Sounds festival schedule and set times

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Finally, our first 10 Thousand Sounds show is this week! Today we can release the schedule and set times for our featured performers the Walkmen (above), Free Energy, Greg Grease, Strange Names, Prissy Clerks, and our hosts the Chalice.

The show is this Saturday, June 22, at 8th Street and Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. It kicks off at 4 p.m., and won't relent for six hours -- or ten hours, counting the afterparty.

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The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser: I forgo a suit in 105-degree weather

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Even if the Walkmen opened their latest album, Heaven, with a song called "We Can't Be Beat," they're still working to get better. The New York-Philadelphia indie-rock act never play the same show twice and eschewed repetition on seven expressive records.

The string of accolades for the group launched just over a decade ago with Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone. Led by Hamilton Leithauser's fractured tenor, the rest of the band -- Paul Maroon, Peter Bauer, Walt Martin, and Matt Barrick -- wrenched atmospheric, embittered melodies out of dusty electric guitars, vintage organs, a haunted piano, and a Ludwig drum set. In the ensuing years Maroon's guitar has softened, glistening brass arrangements have emerged, and that teeth-gritting urgency of their early songs has gradually evolved into a kind of haberdashery folk-rock found on last year's Heaven.

On Saturday, the Walkmen headline City Pages' inaugural 10 Thousand Sounds festival in downtown Minneapolis. Gimme Noise spoke to Leithauser from his home in Brooklyn. We discovered which artist would make him "star-struck and shit," and learned where they're at in preparation for their next album.

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Eyeball the 10 Thousand Sounds festival poster

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The team at Burlesque of North America put out some of the finest concert posters in, well... North America. Their archive features designs for Bonnaroo, the Arcade Fire, Rock the Garden, and countless others. So it was a no-brainer that we wanted Burlesque's Mike Davis in on creating a limited run of posters to commemorate the 2013 10 Thousand Sounds fest. Our new foray into music programming featuring the Walkmen, Free Energy, Greg Grease, Strange Names, Prissy Clerks, and the Chalice is on Saturday!

With the bustle of downtown and the ever-present food trucks nestled within every outdoor music fest as an inspiration, Davis conceived a gorgeous design that was adapted slightly to appear on the cover of City Pages this week. See the full results of his handiwork below.

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Check out the 10 Thousand Sounds festival illustrated map

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Art by Ken Avidor
The Walkmen, as featured in the 10 Thousand Sounds illustrated map
We decided to have a little bit of speculative fun with our 10 Thousand Sounds map, which is featured in this week's cover story. With the help of artist Ken Avidor, who won a 2013 SPJ Award for illustrations detailing "The Fall of Michele Bachmann," we get to show off this Saturday's festivities in all their expected glory.

As the grinning green fish shows above, this isn't just some ordinary portrayal of our day in the speculative sun. This map has a ton of "easter eggs" in it -- in addition to the food trucks, the beer trailer, and the bathrooms. Take a good luck at the whole map (posted below), and you have a chance to win 10 Thousand Sounds tickets!

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Prissy Clerks' Clara Salyer: My dad thought we were playing THE Shea Stadium

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The buzz surrounding Prissy Clerks has grown so steadily that this spring the Minneapolis indie rockers even played a show at Shea Stadium. Granted, it wasn't the same Shea Stadium that the Beatles and the '86 Mets made famous -- no, this was an underground club in Brooklyn that "borrows" its name wryly from the legendary but long-lamented ballpark. But still, it's proof that Prissy Clerks have grown a wider audience far beyond Minnesota.

This summer's agenda includes an appearance at Des Moines' 80/35 Festival, a Music & Movies series performance at Walker Art Center , and a prominent place at our very own 10 Thousand Sounds Festival this weekend. Gimme Noise caught up with singer/guitarist Clara Salyer, bassist Howard Hamilton III, guitarist Dylan Ritchie, drummer Tim Leick Jr., and accordian player/keyboardist Emily Lazear for some early evening outdoor coffees at Spyhouse, where they described how their trip out east went, how much fun they had making the "Blast Off Girls" video, and the new material they are currently working on.

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Strange Names: We understand short attention spans

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Strange Names have slowly built momentum in the Twin Cities and beyond, and even placed seventh in our Picked To Click poll in 2012. The inventive electro-pop duo of Liam Benzvi and Francis Jimenez bonded over a shared love of music while sharing a dorm at the U of M. That creative partnership blossomed from raw but riveting bedroom recordings -- including the local radio sensation "Potential Wife" -- to the more polished 7-inch recently recorded at White Iris Studios in Los Angeles.

Joined in a live setting by Andre Borka and Fletcher Aleckson, the amiable twosome have several high-profile summer festival appearances planned, including a slot at our 10 Thousand Sounds Festival. Gimme Noise caught up with Liam and Francis over early evening drinks at the Butcher and the Boar outdoor patio. They spoke about their early days, and when we can expect their long-awaited full-length to finally be released.

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10 Thousand Sounds festival: The VIP experience details

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Via Jennifer Fisher Jewelry
Even if 10 Thousand Sounds will be a golden experience, this is not the actual VIP wristband.
For the moderately significant or Rybak-level folks, the 10 Thousand Sounds VIP experience could be just the thing to enhance a splendid day of outdoor music.

With the pamperings of unlimited food, exclusive seating in the shade, an exclusive bar, and private restrooms, it will be that much easier to imbibe in the luxurious music of the Walkmen and the rest of the day's entertainment. Full details below.

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The Chalice: Collaborating in Minneapolis has helped us all out

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Could there be a better group than the Chalice to play host to 10 Thousand Sounds' first go around? In short, no. It's only been 12 months since these three ladies dropped their first single, "Push It," but they've been quick to leave a mark with their brash, sassy, and fun-loving brand of hip hop. They even topped City Pages' Picked to Click poll last fall.

So it should be no surprise that they're ready to party.

"I see it as us having a party, and people being a part of our party," says singer, Claire de Lune, of the group's upcoming hosting duties. She and her bandmates, rappers Lizzo and Sophia Eris, are gathered at Muddy Waters for late-night drinks, barely a week after appearing at Soundset, and mere days before a further performance at Voltage.

Indeed, the members of the Chalice are plenty busy these days -- Lizzo, for instance, has her debut solo record, a collaboration with Lazerbeak and Ryan Olson called LIZZOBANGERS, due out this fall -- but 10 Thousand Sounds is just another chance for them to do what they do best.  "As long as there's drinks," Lizzo says, "we'll be straight."

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