by Adam Gold
Most festivals that draw on a single musical instrument for a namesake are geared toward patrons who play that instrument or are geekishly enthralled by musicians who like to practice in public. I’m talking about happenings like GuitarFest, hosted annually by Boston’s New England Conservatory, Modern Drummer’s Modern Drummer Festival, or Roanoke, Va.’s FiddleFest. At the very least, said fests aren’t geared for kids like us — kids who wanna party and bump ’n’ grind to sick, synthetic jams, then use the debauched endeavor as a tax write-off. Such is not the case with Asheville, NC.’s Moogfest — a three-day celebration at the altar of visionary Bob Moog and everything analogue-synth-tastic he represented.
Yesterday, the multi-venue festival — which again takes place over Halloween weekend (Oct. 28-30) — announced its 2011 lineup. In addition to an obligatory headlining set from The Flaming Lips — a veritable rite of passage for all music festivals — artists slated to rock the South’s other ‘Villians are Chromeo, Ghostland Observatory, Crystal Castles, Passion Pit, Toro Y Moi, Holy Fuck, Battles, Anika and more. Peruse the full lineup and purchase tickets — when they go on sale, Saturday at noon EST — on the fest's official site. And check out a low-budge teaser for the fest above.
Perhaps, at least in my opinion, the most noteworthy inclusion in the lineup is a reunited Suicide. The seminal proto-electro-proto-punk duo will perform their incalculably influential self-titled debut LP … wait for it … in its entirety. That, in and of itself, might well be worth a road trip to Asheville.
Here’s a track for the unenlightened:
And because I’ll never pass on an opportunity to post a boss Boss clip, here’s Bruce Springsteen covering Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream.” It rules. Hard: