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Monday, May 20, 2013

Goldenvoice Announces First City Festival in Monterey With Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Beach House, More

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

click to enlarge MGMT performing at the Fillmore
  • MGMT performing at the Fillmore

Every year seems to bring more entrants to the Northern California music festival scene. The latest is First City, a two-day festival this Aug. 24-25 at the Monterey fairgrounds that will bring out big, indie-leaning names like Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Beach House, Toro y Moi, and Neko Case for its inaugural year.

Presented by Goldenvoice -- the same outfit that puts on Coachella -- First City is meant to echo Monterey's claim of being the "first capital" of California: The coastal city was home to the state's first public library, public school, theatre, and newspaper. It also hosted the legendary 1967 Monterey Pop festival on the same grounds First City will return to this summer.

The lineup of 30-plus bands pretty obviously targets the Wayfarer-and-skinny-jean crowd, and will be spread across two days and three live music stages. Here it is alphabetically:

Akron/Family

The Antlers

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks

Beach House

The Black Angels

Bleached

Blitzen Trapper

Capital Cities

Civil Twilight

Deerhunter

Delta Rae

Delta Spirit

Devendra Banhart

The Dodos

Dr. Dog

Electric Guest

Eli "Paperboy" Reed

Father John Misty

Generationals

Guards

Guy Blakeslee (Entrance)

The Hold Steady

Jeffertitti's Nile

Light Fantastic

Lucero

MGMT

Modest Mouse

Neko Case

Okkervil River

Passion Pit

Purity Ring

Quadron

Seventeen Evergreen

Tennis

Toro y Moi

Washed Out

Two-day passes for the festival go onsale 10 a.m. Friday, May 31, and begin at $149.50. More info on the First City Festival website.

-- @iPORT


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