The Manchester, Tennessee four-day mud, hemp, demonstrative adjectives, comedy, and music festival recently released its 2013 lineup (held June 13th-16th), and on a scale of 1 to Soul SuperJam ft. Jim James with John Oates, Zigaboo Modeliste (of the Meters), and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Soul SuperJam ft. Jim James with John Oates, Zigaboo Modeliste (of the Meters), and Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform. I recently caught an MMJ show at the Red Rocks last August when they brought out the mustachioed half of Philly’s greatest plastic soul duo for an encore cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up.” So what I’m really trying to say is, death to ye who visits any other stage during this one.

Other initial thoughts:

NOLA’s Trombone Shorty opened that MMJ show, with Band of Horses playing Jan Brady to Trombone Shorty’s Cindy and MMJ’s Marcia. Cindy really held her own among the heavyweights.

Kendrick Lamar (2), Beach House (4), Grizzly Bear (5), Lee Fields and The Expressions (8), Divine Fits (10), Amadou & Mariam (12), Japandroids (13), DIIV (14), Dirty Projectors (15), and Tame Impala (20) all released albums that placed in our Top 20 of 2012. So yeah, they’ve got our endorsement.

Last week, Pitchfork announced R. Kelly as a headliner. Now this. That the King of R&B has latched onto the festival circuit is surely a welcoming sign that Sylvester has embraced a fan base that unconditionally loves him with one-part irony, two-parts sincerity. Also, is this the cultural start of ‘naughties’ nostalgia? Hip-hopera and Bonnaroo are a match made in heaven.

WU-TANG! ODB Hologram?!?!

Get the flannel handkerchiefs ready for when Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy reunites with his lost biological son, Sea Wolf‘s Alex Brown Church. That’s gonna be a darling moment set to a beautiful live soundtrack, no matter which band happens to be playing.

Anyone else wonder why Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti is billed so low?

Anyone else wonder why Bill Idol was snuck in the middle so inconspicuously?

You read that right. Mumford & Sons is billed between Paul McCartney and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Next year’s “Harlem” Shake/Gangam Style/”Call Me Maybe,” you know, whatever in fuck’s sake fate has planned for next late winter, has already been booked to co-headline alongside David Bowie and The Rolling Stones with hologram Keith Richards (he won’t be dead, he’ll just refuse to play a show in which the E-Trade baby lip-syncs “Brown Sugar” on the jumbotron).

Other than that, what a festival this looks like it will be!



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