MusicfestNW Lineup: Silversun Pickups, Girl Talk & More


The lineup for MusicfestNW 2012 has arrived, now in its 12th year of showcasing the finest in national and regional music in one of the most compelling urban areas in the country.

MusicfestNW is once again returning to the historic Pioneer Courthouse Square—Portland's civic living room—for three picturesque outdoor headlining performances at Levi’s Pioneer Stage headlined by shoegazing alternative rockers Silversun Pickups (Sunday, Sept. 9), mashup superstar Girl Talk (Saturday, Sept. 8), and the world music-tinged indie folk of Beirut (Friday, Sept. 7).

Beyond the Square, MusicfestNW will once again take over the city of Portland for five days, with 150 bands playing at 16 clubs all over the city. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, electropop upstarts Passion Pit headline the Crystal Ballroom (the band also plays the next night) and reunited post-hardcore titans Hot Snakes play the Roseland Theater. Critics’ darlings Ceremony, Julia Holter, Lightning Bolt, The Men, Trust, and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart will all be performing special sets of over the September weekend. The festival also features alt-country act Old 97’s playing their seminal record Too Far to Care front-to-back, the beautiful folk tunes of The Tallest Man on Earth, local atmospheric rockers The Helio Sequence, rising hip-hop phenoms Danny Brown and Yelawolf, A-Trak DJing on the Nike Sportswear stage, and the debut of the Red Bull Common Thread series featuring guitar heroes Dinosaur Jr. with sets from the bands’ two offshoots, Sebadoh and J. Mascis.

Previous MFNW performances include: The National, The Decemberists, Smashing Pumpkins, Modest Mouse, Vampire Weekend, TV on the Radio, Explosions in the Sky, Sunny Day Real Estate, Spoon, Iron & Wine, M. Ward, Built to Spill, Arctic Monkeys, Cat Power, Panda Bear, Black Lips, Band of Horses and The Silver Jews.

Festival wristbands and tickets for shows at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Crystal Ballroom, Roseland Theater, and Aladdin Theater go on sale on Friday, June 1 via Cascade Tickets. Festival wristbands are on sale at two price points:

– $125 for an all-inclusive wristband that gets you into all three outdoor shows and the rest of the five-day festival.

– $75 for a ticket to one of the three outdoor shows (Silversun Pickups, Girl Talk, or Beirut) and a wristband for admission to the rest of the festival.

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2012 Lineup — Alphabetical



Alialujah Choir

And And And

Arrington De Dionyso


Big Business

Big Freedia

Black Mountain


Bobby Bare Jr.


Brown Bird

Casey Neil & The Norway Rats


Cheap Girls

Chelsea Wolfe


Craft Spells

Crystal Antlers

Danny Brown

Dante vs. Zombies

Daughn Gibson


Dinosaur Jr.


DJ Beyondadoubt

DJ Cooky Parker

DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin

Erik Koskinen

Evian Christ

Fort Lean

Fucked Up

Future Islands

Gardens & Villa

Girl Talk


Guantanamo Baywatch



Hey Marseilles

Holcombe Waller


Hot Snakes

Hungry Ghost

I Break Horses

J. Mascis

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

Joe Pug

John Maus

Joyce Manor

Julia Holter

Kendl Winter

King Khan & the Shrines



Lightning Bolt


Mac Demarco

Mean Jeans


Milo Greene



Mrs. Magician


Nite Jewel

Old 97's

Old Light

Omar Souleyman



Passion Pit

Pete Krebs and the Gossamer Wings

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three

Pure Bathing Culture

Purity Ring

Quest For Fire

Radiation City

Red Fang

Redd Kross

Sad Baby Wolf



Silversun Pickups

Snow Bud & The Flower People



Stay Calm

Sun Angle




Tender Forever

The Builders and The Butchers

The Curious Mystery

The Dangerous Boys Club

The Dimes

The Drowning Men

The Growlers

The Helio Sequence

The Men

The Needful Longings

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

The People's Temple

The Soft Moon

The Suicide Notes

The Tallest Man On Earth

These United States

Touche Amore

Trampled By Turtles


Tyler Lyle


Vice Device

White Fang

White Lung

Xiu Xiu