Rock the Garden Festival 2012 lineup
|Photo by Erik Hess|
Updated: The tickets are all sold!
One of the notable acts this year is the wild and oh-so-colorful Merrill Garbus, AKA tUnE-yArDs. Last year's w h o k i l l proved to not only be a favorite among critics -- it topped the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll -- but its eclectic mix of pop, hip-hop beats, and textures from around the globe resonated with the locals. Check out the full lineup below.
Rock the Garden 2012 lineup
*tUnE-yArDs and Howler at First Avenue, 11/12/11
*Chuck Klosterman irks tUnE-yArDs' fanbase, while likely enlarging it
Recent shows at First Avenue and the Cedar have exemplified Garbus' dedication to engaging her audiences, and Rock the Garden should be enormous with a five-person group. If there's any doubt about the energy level of her performance, here's her "My Country" video.
The Hold Steady
Like a local bar band ranting about Minneapolis scenesters and rocking incessantly, but technically not local at all. Frontman Craig Finn's last performance in the Twin Cities was a solo gig at the Triple Rock (read the review), so here's the chance to reform like Voltron with his Brooklyn bandmates. Finn and the crew are reportedly gonna start recording a new album this summer.
Trampled by Turtles
*Trampled by Turtles at First Avenue, 4/11/12
*Trampled By Turtles lighten up on Stars and Satellites
Regular Gimme Noise readers certainly are up on their TBT news. The band just released the solid bluegrass-folk fusion record Stars and Satellites, and nearly picked the roof off First Avenue.
*Doomtree's No Kings spurs week-long rap party at First Avenue
*Sh*t Doomtree fans say -- so sick/crazy
This dominant Twin Cities hip-hop collective ensure there'll be some wings and teeth attached the festivities. "Bangarang" still bangs, and it should be fun to let them get their hooks into the crowd outside.
*Ten local songs the Twins should play at Target Field
*Howler's cranky America Give Up viral marketing guy debuts
Will Jordan Gatesmith be overwhelmed with local pride at the biggest Minnesota gig of Howler's nascent career, or is this a chance to snarl at 10,000 people all at once? Regardless, do not miss these garage rock phenoms who were just named our Best Local Band Made Good.
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