Festival Round-Up: The Lesser-Knowns

It’s festival line-up announcing season. NTSIB trusts that you can find your own way to the artist listings for Coachella, Bonnarroo, etc., because we’re going to focus on some lesser-known but just as worthy festivals and concert series.

Aside from Oxford, Mississippi’s annual Double Decker Arts Festival and Gulf Shores, Alabama’s first Hangout Music Festival, which we’ve mentioned previously, there is:

  • NoisePop, February 23-March 1 in San Francisco, California (taking place at various venues all over the city), will have the Magnetic Fields, Atlas Sound, the Mumlers, Thao Nguyen, Mark Eitzel, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Mark Kozelek and so many more
  • Pickathon, August 6-8 in Portland, Oregon, featuring Billy Joe Shaver, the Heartless Bastards, Bonnie Prince Billy & the Cairo Gang, Langhorne Slim, the Cave Singers, Megafaun and more
  • The Black Keys and Pavement will play New York’s SummerStage
  • The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, April 23-May 2, will feature so many huge acts that it would be an exercise in futility to try to list all the notable artists here
  • Jim Jarmusch, NTSIB’s favorite filmmaker, is guest-curating All Tomorrow’s Parties’ third annual ATP New York, September 3-5, and is bringing in a typically diverse range of acts from Raekwon to the Vivian Girls to Brian Jonestown Massacre and more

Bonus: Pitchfork has a video from last year’s ATP New York of Jarmusch covering Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer” in a hotel room with Bradford Cox and Randy Randall. Aside from it being awesome because IT’S JARMUSCH, it’s also a beautiful rendition.


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