City Pages' inaugural 10 Thousand Sounds Festival lineup is here!

City Pages' inaugural 10 Thousand Sounds Festival lineup is here!
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With temperatures in the Twin Cities starting to head consistently north of freezing, chatter regarding summer music festivals is also on the rise. So it's as fine a time as any to proudly announce that City Pages has a live music event of its own coming up -- the inaugural 10 Thousand Sounds Festival in downtown Minneapolis.

This new annual event will be held outdoors near the intersection of 8th Street and Hennepin Avenue on Saturday, June 22, and the six acts set to play are a mixture of homegrown artists and locally loved talent based elsewhere. Topping the bill are East Coast indie rockers the Walkmen. Check out all of the 10 Thousand Sounds 2013 performers -- supported vocally by City Pages staffers and readers alike -- below.

Here's the 10 Thousand Sounds 2013 lineup:

The Walkmen performed a killer set at First Avenue last June in support of their lauded seventh album, Heaven. Their live arsenal features Hamilton Leithauser's gravity defying vocal (and emotional) range. He can spill out his entire being on punk-fueled tracks like "The Rat," and but also finds comfort in quieter moments, notably the acoustic meditation "Southern Heart." With Paul Maroon's inventive lead guitar, drummer Matt Barrick's beastly approach behind the kit, and Walter Martin and Peter Bauer ably handling several instruments, every Walkmen show is a tour through a catalog that hasn't quit. Need additional validation? Check their abundant high Pitchfork ratings if you must

Free Energy are based in Philadelphia now, but many locals still claim the party-friendly retro rockers as Minnesota kin. Singer Paul Sprangers, lead guitarist Scott Wells, and bassist Evan Wells are all Red Wing-bred vets of Hockey Night. With just-released Love Sign, the guys have a slick new collection of sick hook-filled anthems loaded with handclaps, cowbell, and choruses that flow like cold beer on a hot day.

Greg Grease's ascent in the Twin Cities hip-hop scene was a gradual one -- that is, until he released the expertly produced Cornbread, Pearl, and G (stream/download it here) in December. Lyrically, the collection is one of the smartest records in recent memory, and Grease's authoritative, smoky voice can give it to you fast and slow. Plus, Grease is an intense MF onstage.

The amazing lineup continues on the next page...


Strange Names, our #7 Picked to Click 2012 artist, have one member based in Minneapolis and another out in New York, but Liam Benzvi and Francis Jimenez's two self-released EPs show a knack for synth-pop that belongs everywhere. Regular 89.3 the Current listeners have heard more than a few spins of the infectious single "Potential Wife." More rewarding listening awaits on freshly debuted split "Minor Times"/"Once An Ocean" released March 26 via boutique label White Iris Records (Best Coast, White Rabbits, FIDLAR).

Live on Radio K: Prissy Clerks - "No Sir" from Radio K on Vimeo.

Prissy Clerks, our #9 Picked to Click 2012 artist, released one of the Twin Cities' finest, fuzziest indie rock albums of 2012 in Bruise or Be Bruised. Along with singer Clara Salyer's breathy witticisms, there's an abundance of super-chunky riffs and rhythms courtesy of bassist Howard Hamilton, guitarist Dylan Ritchie, and drummer Tim Leick Jr. Their sets move fast, and the 'tude runs just as high as the energy. 

The Chalice, who won Picked to Click in 2012, will host and perform at the 10 Thousand Sounds Festival. Made up of Lizzo, Sophia Eris, and Claire de Lune, the hip-hop/R&B group has worked quickly to make an impact on the Twin Cities in its short existence. The We Are the Chalice EP is a brash introduction into their myriad projects, which include solo work, a Lizzo-Eris collaboration called Absynthe, and too many guest slots to list here.

Tickets for the 2013 running of the 10 Thousand Sounds are just $20, and go on sale to the public on Friday, April 12. Gimme Noise is beyond excited to share more about this event in the coming months, and we'll post updates right here on the blog.

Update: Join the conversation on Twitter by adding #10kSounds

10 Thousand Sounds: City Pages Downtown Music Festival

With the Walkmen, Free Energy, Greg Grease, Strange Names, Prissy Clerks, and the Chalice (hosts). $20 and $45 (VIP, which includes exclusive seating and food).

4 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Tickets on sale Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m. But get access to pre-sale tickets Monday, April 8, by signing up for our music newsletter. RSVP on Facebook here. Tickets will be available via Ticketfly here.

City Pages' inaugural 10 Thousand Sounds Festival lineup is here!

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