The 2011 Summer Music Festival Guide

The 2011 Summer Music Festival Guide (photo)

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Summer is quickly approaching. While warm weather makes most of us think beach trips, ice cream, and drinking outside, to die-hard music fans, summer means one thing: Festivals. Here’s a guide to some of the shows this summer.


Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2011
Apr 15 – Apr 17, 2011
Indio, California (Empire Polo Grounds)

Line up Highlights: Arcade Fire, Kanye West, the Strokes, Animal Collective, PJ Harvey, the National, Bright Eyes, Robyn, Odd Future, Ariel Pink, Interpol, Cut Copy, Crystal Castles, Lauryn Hill, Sleigh Bells, Cee-Lo, Lightning Bolt, the reunited Big Audio Dynamite and Suede, Duran Duran, Erykah Badu, the Black Keys, Titus Andronicus, Best Coast, the Kills, the New Pornographers,

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ATP Curated by Animal Collective 2011
May 13 – May 15, 2011
Minehead, England (Butlins Holiday Centre)

Line up Highlights: Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance, Lee Scratch Perry, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Broadcast, Black Dice, Meat Puppets, The Frogs.

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2011
May 27 – May 30, 2011
George, Washington (Gorge Amphitheatre)

Line up Highlights: Jane’s Addiction, Kings of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, Ben Harper & Restless7, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, TV on the Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Santigold, Of Montreal, Explosions in the Sky, DeVotchKa, Peter Bjorn & John, Gogol Bordello, M. Ward, The Avett Brothers, Doves, Calexico, Grizzly Bear

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Roots Picnic 2011
Jun 04, 2011
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing)

Line up Highlights: The Roots, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Little Dragon, Man Man, Dismemberment Plan, Esperanza Spaulding, Ariel Pink, Yelawolf

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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2011
Jun 09 – Jun 12, 2011
Manchester, Tennessee (Great Stage Park)

Line up Highlights:Eminem, Arcade Fire, Greg Allman, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Buffalo Springfield feat Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Rick Rosas, Joe Vitale, My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Mumford & Sons, The Strokes, The Decemberists, Iron & Wine, Girl Talk, Primus

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Glastonbury Festival 2011
Jun 22 – Jun 26, 2011 at Pilton, England (Worthy Farm)

Line up Highlights: U2, Coldplay, Beyonce, Morrissey, Crystal Castles, Friendly Fires, Big Boi, Kool and the Gang, TV on the Radio, Eels, Wombats, Cee Lo Green, Wu Tang Clan, Little Dragon, Robyn Hitchcock

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2011
Jul 15 – Jul 17, 2011
Chicago, Illinois (Union Park)

Highlights: Animal Collective, Neko Case, Guided By Voices, James Blake, Das Racist, Curren$y,, Kurt Vile, Yuck, The Fresh & Onlys, Radio Dept., Baths, Shabazz Palaces, Twin Sister, The Dismemberment Plan, No Age, Gang Gang Dance, G-Side

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Lollapalooza 2011
Aug 05 – Aug 07, 2011
Chicago, Illinois (Grant Park)

[Rumored] Highlights: Muse, Lykke Li, Kid Cudi, The Vaccines, Titus Andronicus, Best Coast, Arctic Monkeys

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Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival 2011
Aug 12 – Aug 14, 2011
San Francisco, California (Golden Gate Park)

Line up Highlights: Arcade Fire, Girl Talk, MGMT, the Black Keys, the Decemberists, Erykah Badu, Arctic Monkeys, Beirut, the Roots, Big Boi, Major Lazer, Best Coast, Toro Y Moi, !!!, the Fresh & Onlys, Mavis Staples, Wye Oak, Ty Segall, Little Dragon, Junip, Tamaryn, Vetiver, the Joy Formidable, Big Audio Dynamite, Lord Huron, John Fogerty, and the Vaccines.

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Music to Know Festival
Aug 13 – Aug 14, 2011
East Hampton, New York

Line up Highlights: Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Cold War Kids, Matt & Kim, Chromeo, Tame Impala, Ra Ra Riot, M. Ward, Fitz & The Tantrums, Tom Tom Club, We Are Scientists.

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Reading and Leeds Music Festivals 2011
Aug 26 – Aug 28, 2011
Reading & Leeds, England

Line up Highlights: My Chemical Romance, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Offspring, Deftones, Pulp, The Strokes, Pulp, The National, Muse, Elbow, Interpol, Friendly Fires

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Official Website [Leeds]


Hopscotch Festival

September 8-10, 2011
Raleigh, NC

Line up Highlights: The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Drive-By Truckers, Superchunk, The Dodos, John Vanderslice, Swans, Yelawolf, Black Lips, Cold Cave, Empress Hotel, The Love Language, Lost in the Trees, Twin Shadow and tons more.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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