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Pitchfork Gets Pavement, Modest Mouse, LCD Soundsystem; Jaws Drop

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 5, 2010 4:40PM

2010_02_p4k_logo.jpg The Pichtfork Music Festival has gotten in the habit of releasing its festival acts in fits and spurts that constantly one-up each other, ostensibly to keep fans excited for the impending summer weekend it inhabits, but after today's initial line-up announcement we're curious how they're going to keep the momentum going to top this.

Pavement has been long suspected of being one of the headlining acts, and that's no surprise given frontman Stephen Malkmus' previous appearance at the P4K a few years back, complete with a guest drumming appearance from old bandmate Bob Nastanovich. Add on top of that Spiral Stairs lounging around backstage a few years ago* and it's obvious the band has long had ties to the fest.

What we did NOT expect was the announcement of Modest Mouse (which, byt the way, please baby Jesus let them play more off The Lonesome Crowded West than recent albums) and LCD Soundsystem (holy dance party in the park, Batman) joining the fest's bill. Rounding out the initial line-up announcement is Here We Go Magic, St. Vincent, Lightning Bolt, Cass McCombs and Sleigh Bells. Not too shabby ... and there's more to come? Whoah.

Tickets go on sale at noon today at the Pitchfork Music Festival's website and we really suggest grabbing 'em now. If this is just the opening salvo, this is already forming up to be the best Pitchfork Music Festival yet.

*Total geekboy fan moment: I've met the Pavement guys a few times over the years since first seeing them in 1994, but this particular time Stairs grabbed me to show off my vintage (read: bought at the show) Pavement T-shirt from back in the day that even he didn't own. Yes, I am a complete dork.