Yeah yeah, Pitchfork is full of hipster elite snobby obsessives who wouldn't know good music if it shit on their white capris, but we're excited to see them mention the Next Big Nashville festival in a news roundup yesterday. Why? Because it's proof of what we suspected was happening when we noticed Jason Moon Wilkins began expanding the festival along regional and national lines.
Sure, Pitchfork only mentions acts they've already shown interest in: the Chicago transplant David Vandervelde, Jemina Pearl, Phosphorescent, Black Angels. But as anyone who's been rejected from the current NBN lineup knows, this year involved fewer bands, shrewder cuts and more high-profile out-of-town acts. And who knows? Maybe a bastion of hipsterdom and festival coverage like Pitchfork noticing means they might even review it, and as a result start noticing hometown flavor. Before someone gets their striped bikini briefs in a wad, I'm not saying Pitchfork taking notice of an unknown Nashville band is some kind of local-scene saving grace, or that they've even got the christening power they once had. But they're still major players with a widespread readership, and that could mean more exposure for this little hometown festival modeling itself on SXSW.
Look for a more in-depth take with Moon Wilkins on the festival's growth in our upcoming NBN coverage.