Yup, it's that time of year again: WW's own MusicfestNW is coming together all fast and furious-like. While this first look at the still-forming 2011 lineup doesn't allow for schedule-plotting, it does give a glimpse into--- what the latest incarnation of MFNW is all about: Rock music, mostly! There's old-school indie rock (Archers of Loaf, Sebadoh, Butthole Surfers), latter-day buzz acts (Ty Segall, Handsome Furs, The Kills) and local favorites (And And And, Richmond Fontaine, Unknown Mortal Orchestra; pretty much every Best New Band poll winner from the past two years). But I'm also excited about some non-rock acts, especially breakout Seattle hip-hop act Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Dam-Funk, Lifesavas (who've been off the map for awhile) and Twin Sister.

Anyway, you can draw your own conclusions on the lineup front. I will note, because I'm very cheap, that the wristband prices have jumped again, albeit subtly for the basic wristband (up from $65 to $70 for one of the three Pioneer Courthouse squares). More significantly, the all-inclusive wristband is now $115, up from $90 last year. I think organizers would be quick to point out that you're paying for an extra Pioneer Courthouse Square concert with that jump.

Even if you have no interest in this whole shebang, don't forget that there's a free "Lineup Announcement Party" tonight at Star Theater featuring Mad Rad, Weinland, And And And and the Globes. It's a fine (free!) lineup and a good excuse to check out the brand-new venue, the newest club addition to MFNW. Doors open at 7 pm (though if you're anything like me, you're showing up right after game one of the NBA finals) and it's 21+.

Here's the whole damn press release from my bosses at WW. Scroll down a bit for the lineup.

Willamette Week's MusicfestNW announces initial lineup for its 2011 festival, scheduled for Sept. 7-11. Bands appearing include Band of Horses, Explosions in the Sky, Iron & Wine, The Kills, Archers of Loaf, Butthole Surfers, Neurosis, Blind Pilot, Blitzen Trapper, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and more.



Portland, OR (May 31, 2011): Willamette Week is thrilled to announce the initial lineup for MusicfestNW 2011, now in its 11th year of showcasing the finest in national and regional music in one of the most compelling urban areas in the country.



MusicfestNW is once again returning to the historic Pioneer Courthouse Square—Portland's civic living room—for three outdoor performances headlined by rootsy indie rock outfit Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), celestial instrumental-rockers Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and the backwoods folk of Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9).



Since MFNW’s beginning (as North by Northwest), it has aspired to put on a diverse event, one that honors one of this region’s best exports—the Northwest music scene—while looking to the future beyond the horizon.



That horizon includes a kick-off show by bluesy-punk duo The Kills on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at the Crystal Ballroom. The star studded festival also features performances by reunited indie rock legends Archers of Loaf and Butthole Surfers, atmospheric metal titans Neurosis, local folk-rockers Blind Pilot and Blitzen Trapper, and up-and-coming Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.



Here’s a very partial list of past MFNW performances: The National, The Decemberists, Smashing Pumpkins, Modest Mouse, Vampire Weekend, TV on the Radio, Sunny Day Real Estate, Spoon, Girl Talk, M. Ward, Built to Spill, Arctic Monkeys, Cat Power, Panda Bear, Black Lips, and the Silver Jews.



Festival wristbands and tickets for shows at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Crystal Ballroom, Roseland Theater, and Aladdin Theater go on sale on Friday, June 3. Festival wristbands are on sale at two price points:



- $115 for an all-inclusive wristband that gets you into all three outdoor shows and the rest of the five-day festival.



- $70 for a ticket to one of the three outdoors shows (Band of Horses, Explosions in the Sky, or TBD band) and admission to the rest of the festival.



For further ticket information, see musicfestnw.com/tickets.



2011 Initial Lineup – Alphabetical:





A

Storm of Light

Akimbo

Alela

Diane

Anais

Mitchell

And

And And

Archers

Archers

of Loaf

Avi

Buffalo

Band

of Horses

Bare

Wires

Beat

Connection

Big

Freedia

Black

Prairie

Blind

Pilot

Blitzen

Trapper

Blouse

Boat

Bobby

Bare Jr.

Butthole Surfers

Caleb

Klauder

Cass

McCombs

Celilo

Centro-Matic

Charles

Bradley

Climber

Crooked

Fingers

Crypts

Dam-Funk

& Master Blaster

Dangerous

Boys Club

Death

Songs

Dennis

Coffey

Diesto

Dirty

Beaches

Dirty

Mittens

DJ

Anjali

Dolorean

E*Rock

E3

Elitist

EMA

Emily

Wells

Eternal

Tapestry

Explosions

in the Sky

Fernando

GIVERS

Glass

Candy

GRAILS

Hammerhead

Handsome

Furs

Heavy

Cream

Holcombe

Waller

Horse Feathers

Iron

& Wine

Jared

Mees & the Grown Children

Jeffrey

Jerusalem

Joe

Pug

Kelly

Blair Bauman

Kylesa

Lifesavas

Little

Dragon

Macklemore

& Ryan Lewis

Mad

Rad

Marius

Libman

Mnemonic

Sounds

Monarques

Morning

Teleportation

Natasha

Kmeto

Nether

Regions

Neurosis

Old

Light

Olivia

Tremor Control

Operative

Phantogram

Pierced

Arrows

Pig

Destroyer

Portland

Cello Project

PS

I Love You

Purple

& Green

Quiet

Life

Rabbits

Rebecca

Gates

Reporter

Rhett

Miller

Richmond

Fontaine

RTX

Sean

Flinn & the Royal We

Sebadoh

Shabazz

Palaces

Sharon

Van Etten

Sleepy

Sun

Soft

Kill

Talkdemonic

Ted

Leo

Tennis

The

Angry Orts

The

Antlers

The

Dimes

The

Gaslamp Killer

The

Globes

The

Hood Internet

The

Horrors

The

Incredible Kid

The

Joy Formidable

The

Kills

The

Ladybug Transistor

The

Minders

The

Miracles Club

The

Moondoggies

The

Needful Longings

The

Soft Moon

The

Thermals

The

Vaccines

The

Wizard Rifle

Thee

Oh Sees

Thornes

Thrones

Thousands

Transient

Twin

Sister

TxE

Ty

Segall

Typhoon

UME

Unknown

Mortal Orchestra

Violet

Isle

Viva

Voce

WEINLAND

White

Hills

Wild

Ones

Witch

Mountain

Y

La Bamba

Yacht

YOB

You

Am I

Zuzuka

Poderos