Music Fest NW Lineup!

Portlanders (and anyone who wants to come to Portland), clear your calendars! September 7-11 is Music Fest NorthWest, and it looks incredible this year. Aside from the amazing headliners like Band of Horses and Iron and Wine, MFNW has something for everyone from Portland’s diverse assortment of amazing music. Read on to check out the lineup, with pictures, comments, videos and endorsements on who you should catch. I’m proud to say that BestNewBands has featured so many of these great artists!

Band of Horses Love, love love this band…of horses. Chances are their live performance of their latest album Infinite Arms will be sublime.

bandofhorses Music Fest NW Lineup!

Iron and Wine

Explosions In The Sky

The Kills Read Kristina Villarini’s review of their new album Blood Pressures here!

Butthole Surfers As sick as I am of hearing “Pepper,” I’m curious to see these guys now.

Archers of Loaf

archersofloaf Music Fest NW Lineup!


Blind Pilot

Blitzen Trapper Portland’s own!

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis


Handsome Furs

Little Dragon

The Vaccines

The Antlers Kristina Villarini likes The Antlers. Do you?

The Joy Formidable: Check out Kristina Villarini’s review of The Joy Formidable’s show at Webster Hall in May.

YACHT: Read Kelly Montgomery’s interview with YACHT here!

Sharon Van Etten: Folk chanteuse extraordinaire!

sharon van etten Music Fest NW Lineup!

Charles Bradley

Thee Oh Sees: Laurel Kathleen loved Thee Oh Sees at the FYF Fest. Can they tear it up again?

Horse Feathers: Katrina Nattress loves this Portland band…

Avi Buffalo: Please, Oh Please play “What’s In It For!”

The Horrors: All the way from London town!

Dennis Coffey

Cass McCombs


The Thermals: Rockin’ Portland since 2002!

Glass Candy

glasscandy Music Fest NW Lineup!

Rhett Miller

Portland Cello Project: Check out this video of The Portland Cello Project covering Kanye!


Big Freedia



Pig Destroyer: Maybe I’ll finally find out what ‘deathgrind’ means.

Ty Segall

You Am I

YouAmI Music Fest NW Lineup!

The Olivia Tremor Control

Crooked Fingers

Ted Leo: Without the Pharmacists??

Dam-Funk and Master Blaster



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Shabazz Palaces

Bobby Bare Jr.

Tennis: Read about Kelly Knapp’s experience at the Tennis show in March.

Centro-Matic: New album coming out June 21st!

The Hood Internet

Typhoon: Portland’s EPIC mini-orchestra!

The Moondoggies: Kelly Montgomery wanted more from The Moonggies’s last album. Will they bring it?


Twin Sister

Twin Sister Music Fest NW Lineup!

PS I Love You

The Gaslamp Killer: Scary…or awesome?

The Soft Moon

Dirty Beaches: Kelly Knapp interviewed Alex Zhang Hungtai just a week ago!

Morning Teleportation




Viva Voce

viva voce Music Fest NW Lineup!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Alela Diane

Black Prairie

Sleepy Sun: Daniel Kohn talked to Matt Holliman of Sleepy Sun. Read it here!

White Hills

Joe Pug


Emily Wells

Pierced Arrows

Richmond Fontaine


Rebecca Gates

rebeccagates Music Fest NW Lineup!


Heavy Cream

Ladybug Transistor

The Minders




Bare Wires

The Miracles Club

A Storm Of Light

Zuzuka Poderosa

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Anais Mitchell

Dirty Mittens

DJ Anjali

The Incredible Kid


Y La Bamba: Read about an Y La Bamba show that Katrina Natress covered.

Holcombe Waller


And And And: Willamette Week’s Best New Band of 2011!


Beat Connection

Caleb Klauder

Celilo: Read about Celilo’s latest show at the Doug Fir here!


climbera Music Fest NW Lineup!

Crown Point


Dangerous Boys Club

Death Songs




Eternal Tapestry


Jared Mees And The Grown Children

jaredmees Music Fest NW Lineup!

Jeffrey Jerusalem

Kasey Anderson And The Honkies

Kelly Blair Bauman

Mad Rad: Monica Christoffels put Mad Rad on Sasquatch watch, and they rocked it!

Marius Libman: Better known as simply Copy.

Mnemonic Sounds


Natasha Kmeto

Nether Regions

New York Rifles

Old Light



Purple & Green

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Quiet Life



Sean Flinn & The Royal We

Soft Kill

Sweet Teen Killing Machine

The Angry Orts: One of my favorite Portland bands- go here to see an interview I did with them.

The Dimes

The Needful Longings

The Thornes

Thousands: Laurel Kathleen interviewed Thousands!



Violet Isle

Wild Ones

Witch Mountain

Wizard Rifle


For more information, visit MFNW’s web site. Tickets went on sale June 3rd. It’s $115 for an all show wristband, $70 for a general admission wristband and $250 for a VIP wristband. Make an investment in Northwest music! I’ll see you there!