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Rock the Garden Festival 2012 lineup

The tenth installment of Rock the Garden, the Walker Art Center and 89.3 the Current's yearly outdoor music festival, is coming on Saturday, June 16. And the lineup is now officially public!

Updated: The tickets are all sold!

One of the notable acts this year is the wild and oh-so-colorful Merrill Garbus, AKA 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 Pazz & Jop poll -- but its eclectic mix of pop, hip-hop beats, and textures from around the globe resonated with the locals. Check out the full lineup below.

Rock the Garden 2012 lineup

tUnE-yArDs
*tUnE-yArDs and Howler at First Avenue, 11/12/11
*Chuck Klosterman irks tUnE-yArDs' fanbase, while likely enlarging it
Recent shows at First Avenue and the Cedar have exemplified Garbus' dedication to engaging her audiences, and Rock the Garden should be enormous with a five-person group. If there's any doubt about the energy level of her performance, here's her "My Country" video.

The Hold Steady
Like a local bar band ranting about Minneapolis scenesters and rocking incessantly, but technically not local at all. Frontman Craig Finn's last performance in the Twin Cities was a solo gig at the Triple Rock (read the review), so here's the chance to reform like Voltron with his Brooklyn bandmates. Finn and the crew are reportedly gonna start recording a new album this summer.

Trampled by Turtles
*Trampled by Turtles at First Avenue, 4/11/12
*Trampled By Turtles lighten up on Stars and Satellites
Regular Gimme Noise readers certainly are up on their TBT news. The band just released the solid bluegrass-folk fusion record Stars and Satellites, and nearly picked the roof off First Avenue.

Doomtree
*Doomtree's No Kings spurs week-long rap party at First Avenue
*Sh*t Doomtree fans say -- so sick/crazy
This dominant Twin Cities hip-hop collective ensure there'll be some wings and teeth attached the festivities. "Bangarang" still bangs, and it should be fun to let them get their hooks into the crowd outside. 

Howler
*Ten local songs the Twins should play at Target Field
*Howler's cranky America Give Up viral marketing guy debuts
Will Jordan Gatesmith be overwhelmed with local pride at the biggest Minnesota gig of Howler's nascent career, or is this a chance to snarl at 10,000 people all at once? Regardless, do not miss these garage rock phenoms who were just named our Best Local Band Made Good.

Tickets cost $49 for general admission, and $175 for VIP via Etix. Sales are open to Walker Arts Center and Minnesota Public Radio members first. More ticket information here.

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