Rock the Garden Festival 2012 lineup

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The tenth installment of Rock the Garden, the Walker Art Center and 89.3 the Current's yearly outdoor music festival, is coming on Saturday, June 16. And the lineup is now officially public!

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
*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
*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. 



Howler
*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.



Tickets cost $49 for general admission, and $175 for VIP via Etix. Sales are open to Walker Arts Center and Minnesota Public Radio members first. More ticket information here.

As of 5:07 p.m.:



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Dogturd DRE
Dogturd DRE

I'm sure all of the outraged MPR members chiming in on Andreas blog are just more naysayers too? Which reminds me, didnt they have that band Yeasayer just a couple years ago? Light-years beyond (behind) the 2012 lineup. Laffin' all the way to tha bank. Ignorance is bliss.

Name Sauce
Name Sauce

Gosh, I was really hoping for a 4onthefloor/Howler live-mashup.  Maybe Howler could just pee on themselves and lead the crowd to a riveting cover of "Ring Around the Rosie?" Can we make that happen, Reed?

Erik Hess
Erik Hess

I love the annual "complain about Rock the Garden" festivities. That's how you know Spring is really here.

irememberRTGin2000
irememberRTGin2000

While I too find the only interesting band in this line-up to be Tune-Yards, it seems like poor journalism to call them the headliner as you have in this article.  The Hold Steady is the headliner, who plays 5th and last of the evening, and Tune-Yards plays 2nd.  That's far from headlining status.  Call it what it is.  A really boring line-up.

non-local music is good too
non-local music is good too

If you've been paying attention to the local scene at all, the lineup is pretty disappointing.  Not that the bands are bad, it's just that they all play here all the time!  I guess it's nice for people who go to one or two shows a year, but if I'm going to go shell out $50 for a show, at least some of the bands had better be unique and should not have played in town for a while!  Look, local bands are great and supporting local music is great.  But why does everyone in this town have an aversion to events that aren't local?  Seeing a band from New York, or London, or Mali isn't like eating a vegetable that wasn't grown locally, it's not inherently bad.    These festivals like Rock the Garden, Rivers Edge, and Soundtown are an opportunity to bring in bands that wouldn't normally come and play in the cities.  Why not bring in bands from other parts of the world to see what else is going on out there?  Instead we're subjected to the same local bands over and over again, that we luckily have the opportunity to see multiple times a year.  I understand that it's good publicity for the local band...and the current is trying to showcase MN talent on a national/international stage, but me, the ticket buyer for these shows, I want to see artists that I don't normally have the opportunity to see. Even tUnE-yARdS has played here 5 times in the last two years: 1. Opening for Dirty Projectors at the Cedar, 2 and 3. Opening for Xiu Xiu at Carleton College and the Entry, 4. Headlining Show at the Cedar and 5. Headlining First Ave.  I guess I'd just rather see talent that doesn't necessarily come through town every year, or every six months at these festivals.      I think the same thing can be said of Soundtown - Janes Addicition, Florence + Machine, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mayer Hawthorne are all playing in town this spring...do I really need to go see them again this fall?  Are their shows going to be any different?Also, lets be honest, with 3 local bands (3.5 if you count the Hold Steady), how much work was it to book this festival?  MPR and the Walker were really agonizing over this lineup for a whole year?  Please...this shit booked itself.  And what's the deal with selling tickets before announcing the full lineup...that's just absurd.   

Satck
Satck

I like the lineup, but I bet there will be a lot of haters

Dogturd DRE
Dogturd DRE

Where's the beef? MPR think$ they're gonna clean up this year, and sadly, they're right.

Cbats
Cbats

I guess everyone who thought that River's Edge was lacking local artists got their wish here. Yawn.

Kyle Matteson
Kyle Matteson

Yeasayer do indeed rule. new album out this summer too

Csmostwantedx5
Csmostwantedx5

I think these complaints are valid.  Selling the tickets before announcing the full line-up knowing that people will buy because of the sell-outs at past RTG's? Booking 4 local bands that play multiple times a year in the cities? booking a band that has played 5 times the past 2 years? Those are all legit concerns in my eyes.

TheBlob
TheBlob

 I sort of get what you're saying, but it's hard to argue with the quality of the acts in the lineup when you just consider them on their individual merits.  I saw tUnE-yArDs twice in the past year, but I'd go see her again, because she's goddamned amazing.  And not everyone who goes to Rock the Garden attends shows in Minneapolis frequently, so while these might be old hat to you, a lot of people have never seen these acts live.  It seems like you're just complaining for the sake of complaining.  It's okay; we all do it.  For example, my main complaint is that it's impossible to get tickets if you're not a member of MPR.  It's possible to enjoy "alternative" music but not be a big enough fan of the Current to give them $150 each year.  I don't listen to the Current very often because they overplay the shit out of certain songs, just like a commercial station.  So people like me should be barred from access to a good local festival just because we prefer not to listen to radio?

Pat Dougherty
Pat Dougherty

Before they start coming in... anyone have the over/under on the number of troll posts that will appear on this comment thread?

SolaceBot
SolaceBot

Solace, I mean Kyle...Doing a little Breitbart-like scrubbing of your post?  Must need the secret gatekeeper society ring to obtain privilages to edit posts on City Pages? Anyways, looking forward to doing a little "call and response" with you at an upcoming Rhymesayers event.  That show should "slay" or "kill it."

SolaceBot
SolaceBot

 Yeasayer"s first record was amazing. Honestly, their second record fell flat.  Even Pitchfork gave it a  6.8.  Although the Minnesota-heavy lineup is surprising to many, I would have like to have seen any project that involved Bon Iver or Ryan Olson, instead of Howler.  Howler remind me to much of "Is this it"-era Strokes, while their Libertine act is getting tiresome.  While I'm a huge Hold Steady fan, their last record wasn't as good as Lifter Puller's last record, who I saw 5 times in '99 alone, though the 3rd show was hampered by poor sound at the 400 Bar.  Slightly better than their 7th St. Entry show earlier that spring, however.  Doomtree was a nice choice, given Brother Ali and P.O.S. weak last albums.  Even the 200 gram clear vinyl and superb packaging couldn't save those albums.  I really like how the Current mixed it up bringing in bluegrass stalwarts from Duluth, Trampled by Turtles.  Saw them 10 times and they keep getting tighter.  Got an advanced copy of their 220 gram vinyl, "Stars and Satellites." Really only like a couple tracks on the album and the 3rd track seems a little too reminiscent of the 6th track on their 2008 release, "Duluth." Pitchfork didn't review that one.

Kyle Matteson
Kyle Matteson

fwiw, they started selling tickets before the lineup was fully announced the last 3 years (and did the live broadcast thing too), so that's nothing new... it just took a little over 24 hours last year to sell out (and a few days the year before, but non-members still got a chance to buy tix in 2010).

and while you may have seen many of those local bands multiple times in the last year or two, out of 10k people who will be at RTG, i bet 75%+ of the people haven't seen more than 1-2 of the bands in the last year.

RTG is not a show for the diehard music fans and avid concert goers anymore, it really hasn't been since it came back, so that is no surprise to me personally.

that said, even though I have another engagement that night, and while the lineup would not personally be my "dream" lineup by any means, i would still love to attend and most definitely would have a fantastic time, because i like 3 of the 5 acts quite a bit and enjoy the other 2.

PutSomeRanchOnIt
PutSomeRanchOnIt

 Maybe we'll even get some of the bigots from The Blotter!

SolaceBot
SolaceBot

Just having a little fun with ya. Truce?

Kyle Matteson
Kyle Matteson

actually i posted a duplicate comment, but when I went to edit/delete the duplicate, the one I had typed out got "marked for moderation" fwiw. and anyone who registers (ie: isn't an "anonymous" troll can edit their posts :)

p.s. if you truly paid much attention to my twitter feed like you apparently claim to, you'd realize I'm not the biggest Rhymesayers fan, especially Atmosphere. I appreciate them from a business/local music sense, but musically not a favorite

Kyle Matteson
Kyle Matteson

satire doesn't mean lack of effort/accuracy though! that's what makes it more believable

SolaceBot
SolaceBot

Sorry I made Ryan Pitchfork and you go through the effort of fact checking an obviously satirical piece.  I'll try harder next time. 

Kyle Matteson
Kyle Matteson

while SolaceBot may not dig BJM,  solace has enjoyed a few of their shows over the years. not too big on their studio output save for a handful of tunes unfortunately though. plus their shows became a bit too of a spectacle to attend post-Dig. maybe it's gotten better and a lot of those new fans have fallen off, I can't say.

as for Danger in music... i prefer good songs and melodies over being "entertained" and seeing a trainwreck. Anyone can get around on stage, roll around, cut themselves, take a dumb, bite the head off a bit, rant about the government, etc., not everyone can write a melody with multiple part harmony like 'God Only Knows'

that's not to say i don't enjoy some artists/bands who partake in rock and roll excess and antics, but if the songs aren't there for me, my interest drops off rather quickly.

SolaceBot
SolaceBot

SolaceBot doesn't like the Brian Jonestown Massacre.  They're way too unprofessional and they scare me....plus....I heard they smoke the devil's lettuce and other crazy things that no rock band should ever do.  Danger in music...No thanks.

Zinovybot
Zinovybot

every band on this lineup is just a sad imitation compared to the mighty BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE. Anton Newcombe is god. I jerk off nightly to repeat viewings of DIG.

I wish this town realized how amazing Howler truly is, they're second only to BJM in my eyes. Jordan is dreamy and has the best "punk" attitude since the Sex Pistols!

maybe if they weren't all too busy with their gatekeeper meetings and updating Tastemaker Monthly they would realize where the TRUE talent is in this town.

why would I pay $50 to see bands that I can see at the Golden Valley Farmers Market throughout the summer? i mean come on.

Kyle Matteson
Kyle Matteson

ie: see. duplicate again. must be something up with the latest Chrome update :(

Kyle Matteson
Kyle Matteson

lol. you're so obsessed it's bordering on creepy.

and i'd imagine Pat is happy you're obsessed with him too.

p.s. the Bon Iver/Lips song is a rather dull psych tune, i'd imagine you might love it.

p.p.s. i WISH Apple put out a new interface in iOS... it's remained virtually unchanged since it's release in 2007.

SolaceBot
SolaceBot

Bro?  SolaceBot don't wear cargo shorts, Ax body spray, have excessive gel in hair, and hang out at Cowboy Jacks.  SolaceBot sees lots of "indie" shows, more shows than you.  You can usually spot me at shows.  I wear earplugs.  Safety first, kids.  I'll also be busy twittering away on my new apple iPhone 4S.  Don't you just think the new IOS 5's interface is just cumbersome?  Really need to work out the kinks in that.  Steve Jobs must be rolling over in his grave.  Sorry, got off track.  Yeah, I like to go to alot of shows and multi-task during the shows. Really enjoy my buddies' frequent tweets about being annoyed at shows because someone standing next to him smells like "Otto's Jacket."  Get it? It's a Simpson's reference about Otto the bus driver, who is rummored to have smoked the devil's lettuce, if you know what I mean. ;) People think that I am a member of a secret society of cultural gatekeepers, and even though I did attend some closed door meetings and did particpate in the "gatekeeper" rituals, including blood letting, a humiliating spanking session, and recite an oath to Pitchfork, I was turned off by "oath of silence."  Pffff....who wants to belong to a secret society if they can't gain some social capital from it?  So...just to be clear, I am not a member of the secret society of gatekeepers and tastemakers of the Minneapolis scene.  PS.  Did you hear Bon Iver is doing another collaboration?  Should be some smoove elaborate slo jamz with vocal manipulations.  Can't wait.

Kyle Matteson
Kyle Matteson

bzzzt.

not only was Never Better the best P.O.S. album to date, it was also one of the best releases of 2009 PERIOD.

C+ for effort though. i'm kind of flattered.

p.s. never even knew there was a Trampled album called that, thanks for the info!

p.p.s. not 6.8: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/a... ;)

The Gatekeeper Overlord Sith
The Gatekeeper Overlord Sith

whatever bro.

it's all one giant conspiracy among you damn tastemakers and gatekeepers. you're all SHEEP. SHEEP I SAY.

Everyone knows the greatest band of all time is the Brian Jonestown Massacre! Well, besides Howler of course. Best new band since Marillion.

Momo
Momo

who makes your money?

Pat Dougherty
Pat Dougherty

Does Village Voice Media hire Mike as a freelance troll for Gimme Noise or does he have his own arrangements?

Reed Fischer
Reed Fischer

I hope not. I'm sure "Mike" will stop by, though.

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