Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Road Trip to Louisville: OutKast, Jack White, Beck, The Replacements, Slint and More Top Forecastle 2014 Lineup

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM


Turns out Atlanta’s stankiest hip-hop duo, Nashville’s raddest resident rock star, college-rock’s most legendary fuck-ups and alt-rock’s coolest Scientologist have more in common than just being super fucking awesome, as the reunited OutKast, Jack White, Beck and (seriously, it’s OK to pinch yourself) the reunited Replacements comprise the class of 2014 headliners at Louisville’s Forecastle Festival. The annual festival, which takes over Derby City’s idyllic Waterfront Park July 18-20 — the same weekend a handful of the same acts are also appearing Pitchfork Festival in Chicago — announced its 2014 lineup mere moments ago, and it's a goddamn doozy.

Among its most exciting developments (at least for esoteric ’90s nerds among us) is that Louisville legends Slint (whose inimitably creepy, quasi-prog saga “Good Morning Captain” is still the soundtrack to many of my best nightmares) will make their first hometown appearance in nearly 10 years at Forecastle 2014.

Slint! In Louisville!! Think of it as the bourbon-drenched math-rock equivalent of seeing Bruce Springsteen in New Jersey or Lynyrd Skynyrd play “Sweet Home Alabama” in Alabama! On the same bill as the motherfucking Replacements. That’s some serious nerd heaven. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m gonna be happier than a person with shitty taste in music at a Dave Matthews Band show. (Sure, I could have used “happier than a pig in shit,” but that wouldn’t have been fair to pigs, or shit, now would it?)

Perhaps Slint will play their (gasp!) seminal 1991 Touch and Go opus Spiderland in its an entirety, as the landmark album is getting a super-duper-deluxe, box-set-style reissue treatment this spring. But of course, I’m the guy who predicted half these bands would be on the Bonnaroo bill, so what do I know?

And speaking of things performed in their entireties, the reunited Replacements managed to make it through almost every song of a most epic 28-tune set list when I caught ‘em at Chicago’s Riot Fest last fall, and it was every bit the glorious, careening rock ’n’ roll near-disaster I hoped it could be, as “Waitress in the Sky” into “Can’t Hardly Wait” made me a bastard at peace with the possibility of one day dying young.

Now, them there headliners and left-of-dial sacred cows aren’t the only greats of note on the nautical-themed festival’s docket. Other Cream faves on the bill include Dwight Yoakam, tUnE-yArDs, Black Lips, Spoon, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Against Me!, Charli XCX and Nashville denizens Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and The Weeks.

Other notable 2014 Forecastle stormers rounding out the undercard include Ryman fetishists Band of Horses, Ray Lamontagne, Local Natives, Lord Huron, Nickel Creek, Gary Clark Jr., Jenny Lewis, Spanish Gold, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks and others.

Weekend passes start at a well-worth-it $144.50 and go on sale this Friday, March 7, at noon EST. Peep the full Forecastle lineup (below) and hit up the festival's official site to make purchases and peruse other deets.

Full Forecastle 2014 lineup:

Jack White
The Replacements
Ray Lamontagne
Band of Horses
Nickel Creek
Dwight Yoakam
Twenty One Pilots
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Local Natives
Gary Clark Jr.
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
Jenny Lewis
Trampled By Turtles
Lord Huron
JJ Grey & Mofro
Action Bronson
Against Me!
Sun Kil Moon
Sharon Van Etten
The Black Lips
St. Lucia
Brett Dennen
Nightmares On Wax (live)
Charli XCX
Claude VonStroke
Spanish Gold
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
The Soul Rebels
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks
Chrome Sparks
Hayes Carll
Willie Watson
Foy Vance
Hurray For the Riff Raff
The Districts
Benjamin Booker
Old Baby
Blue Sky Black Death
Mount Moriah
The Weeks
JaLin Roze
Young & Sick
Jill Andrews
The Wans
Goodbye June

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