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major summer festival to announce its lineup last night. The George, Washington (kills us every time) indie-fest is always heavy on the hipster bait, but this year is egregious. The top of the bill looks like this: Foo Fighters, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Wilco, Flaming Lips, the Decemberists, Bright Eyes and Iron & Wine, which is like a Pitchfork greatest hits from 2000-2005, plus the Foo Fighters. The perfunctory hip-hop spot, last year filled by Public Enemy, goes to Das Racist this year. Sigh. The full lineup announcement below.
There are definitely some winners in there: Aloe Blacc, Archers of Loaf, Local Natives and, yes, the Flaming Lips and Wilco jump to mind. Actually, we like lots of the bands here, including Das Racist. It's just that, as a whole, this reads a lot like a summer camp for behind-the-times music bloggers.
It's also amazingly homogeneous; we suppose Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings qualify as the boundary-pusher. Again, that's part of the identity of this thing, but the cloistered world of indie has crumbled, and it's foolish to imagine that anyone is still being challenged and excited by white dudes with thesauruses.
This is also the festival's tenth anniversary, and they've added a fourth day. So you can be lulled to sleep by Washed Out on Monday instead of Sunday. Peruse the rest of the initial announcement and decide for yourself whether it's worth the $285 four-day pass.