The 10th installment of Rock the Garden, the Walker Art Center and 89.3 the Current's yearly outdoor music festival, has a distinctly local feel. Although the evening's final performance belongs to Brooklyn-based the Hold Steady (pictured), these Americana punks should spill plenty of Twin Cities blood on their guitar strings. Expect them to try out some of the new songs they're recording this summer. Filling things out are bluegrass-inflected folk act Trampled by Turtles, hip-hop supergroup Doomtree, and buzzed-about surf-rock act Howler, who all have Minnesota ties wrapped around them, but have all recently gained notoriety for their live prowess around the globe. The one complete out-of-towner is the oh-so-colorful Merrill Garbus, a.k.a. tUnE-yArDs. Last year's w h o k i l l proved to not only be a favorite among critics — it topped the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop poll — but its eclectic mix of pop, hip-hop beats, and worldly textures has revved up area fans whenever Garbus comes through town.
Sat., June 16, 3-10:30 p.m., 2012