Posted in music on March 4, 2013

by Bill Pearis

Close Lobsters / The School
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We already knew that The Monochrome Set would be performing at this year's NYC Popfest (May 30 - June 2) but now the rest of the line-up has been announced and it's pretty great with appearances from New Zealand Flying Nun legends The Bats, two bands who featured on NME's legendary C-86 cassette (Scotland's Close Lobsters [!] and London's The Wolfhounds), and long-running California band The Orange Peels; plus newer bands like Wales' The School, UK group Flowers, Hobbes Fanclub and Tigercats, Sweden's Alpaca Sport and Azur Blue, Norway's Making Marks, and Spain's Zipper; and American groups Ringo Deathstarr, Math & Physics Club, Literature, Ski Lodge and more.

I'm particularly excited for Close Lobsters whose debut album Foxheads Stalk This Land is a big favorite of mine. (You can stream it below.) I don't think they've played here in 25 years. Also exciting is the return of The Bats who haven't played NYC since 2006. The band, which features The Clean's Robert Scott, have an amazing cannon of work, including classic albums like Daddy's Highway, 1989's The Law of Things and, most recently, 2011's Free All Monsters.

Alpaca Sports, Azure Blue, Flowers, French Films, Hobbes Fanclub, Tigercats, and Zipper are all making their first U.S. visits for Popfest. NYC Popfest has created a Spotify playlist with all the bands playing this year and made a downloadable mix which you can grab at the top of this post.

Festival passes are on sale now and tickets to individual shows will be on sale later this week. Venues and individual line-ups stil to come, but full band list, flyer and a few videos are below.

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Close Lobsters - "Let's Make Some Plans"

The Bats - "North by North"

The Wolfhounds - Cruelty

The School - "It's Not the Same"

flyer

2013 NYC Popfest Line-up:
The Bats (New Zealand)
The Monochrome Set (London, Uk)
French Films (Finland)
Ringo Deathstarr (Tx)
The Wolfhounds (London, Uk)
Azure Blue (Stockholm, Sweden)
The School (Cardiff, Uk)
Math & Physics Club (Wa)
The Secret History (Nyc)
Ski Lodge (Nyc)
Alpaca Sport (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Tigercats (Uk)
Making Marks (Norway)
Literature (Pa)
The Smittens (Vt)
The Very Most (Idaho)
Close Lobsters (Uk)
Cassolette (Sarasota, Fl)
Flowers (London, Uk)
The Orange Peels (Ca)
Thee Ahs (Vancouver, Canada)
Grand Resort (Nyc)
The Proctors (Uk)
The Hobbes Fanclub (Uk)
Zipper (Spain)
The Ballet (Nyc)
Swiss Alps (Pa)
Startropics (Chicago, Il)
Silkies (Boston, Ma)

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Comments (15)

Looks like they are serving lots of carbs at The School amirite

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 1:52 PM

looking at this lineup is kind of like playing "where's waldo" except if waldo's surroundings were made up of some great legendary bands and waldo's name was "grand resort" and he made really terrible music

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 3:53 PM

3:53: huh?! Go back to your bong.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 4:27 PM

where are the Bats playing? love that band.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 4:51 PM

the bats are wonderful. hopefully they play their own show as well.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 4:58 PM

I don't know about The Bats, but I bet I can find a band in this post that could fit the name The Fats amirite

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 6:43 PM

What a funny joke. Well done.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 6:54 PM

2 of the best and underrated NYC bands, the Ballet and the Secret History? YES! Plus Flowers and the School, 2 of the best and most underrated UK bands? WOW! I think I'll have to attend my first popfest!

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 8:08 PM

Jolly Ol Blighty, where they eat the cows because the women need more room to graze

Just keep that one in the red away from the salt lick before gigs

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 10:22 PM

Most of you people are giant cunts. Congrats. I'm sure your mothers are proud.

Posted by Simon | March 5, 2013 2:10 AM

Same old stuff.

La la la My boyfriend la la la pretty flowers la la la sunny day la la la french films are nice la la la we're so english even though we're not la la la

This scene died years ago.

Posted by Ann | March 5, 2013 5:02 AM

Look out guys, we got a bad ass over here @ 2:10

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2013 8:11 AM

ann -- i would like to agree with you, but apparently you haven't been to any DIY show in brooklyn in the past five years

this is basically every band now

even fucking diiv namedrops c86 in interviews

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2013 12:17 PM

"this scene"

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2013 8:48 PM

I don't know about The Bats, but I bet I can find a band in this post that could fit the name The Fats amirite

Posted by two way radios | March 8, 2013 12:49 AM

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