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Imagine Dragons, Girl Talk, Rocket From the Crypt top Launch 2013 lineup

Imagine Dragons

Yep. Launch just went “next level.”

Does it really surprise anyone? It shouldn’t, if you’ve followed the progression of the Launch Festival over the last couple of years, as it moved from a one day fashion, music and art shindig at the Greens Hotel on Del Paso in 2011, to a weeklong series of individual events around town, culminating in a blowout festival at Cesar Chavez Plaza in 2012.

And now, this.

Launch and Radio 94.7 dished up the lineup for the 2013 installment of the Launch Festival on Facebook earlier today, and it is a doozie!

Those top two spots are going to get the most attention when Launch fires up on September 7 and 8, again at Cesar Chavez Plaza, with hot-charting arena rockers Imagine Dragons topping the bill. It’s likely that when they hit the stage in September of 2013, it will be ushering out the last round of mid-sized venues and festivals for this group of hellcats from Las Vegas (also home of their stadium rock brethren and musical papa bears the Killers) – they seem to be right on the cusp of big things, and their next touring cycle will likely see a huge swell.

Joining Imagine Dragons up top is DJ mash-up wunderkind Girl Talk. With all due respect to every artist who has ever played Concerts in the Park, this electronica powerhouse will likely turn Cesar Chavez into a dance party the likes of which the park has never seen.

Girl Talk live

And then there’s the really “big deal” of this lineup. If you are anywhere near the Shady Lady today, that giant boom you just heard was likely the sound of Jason Boggs’ head exploding – because if you’ve ever seen his currently dormant local band the Snobs play, you know they were titanically influenced by Rocket From the Crypt, the seminal San Diego punk band that has been likewise dormant since 2005 – that is, until a top secret reunion show on April 1 at the ridiculously small (for them) Bar Pink in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood. They’re currently in Europe on a small series of reunion shows – and they’ll be in Sacramento in September.


(By the way, this reporter expects due credit for not making a really bad launch/ rocket pun in that last paragraph).

It doesn’t stop. Wild eyed indie rock staples Minus The Bear will also perform, joined by Sonic Youth-influenced fuzz-flooded noise rockers Blonde Redhead , Bay Area art rockers Geographer, and Minneapolis-based underground hip hop troupe Doomtree (Atmosphere fans, take notice).

Keeping in the tradition of also showcasing local talent, string-laced indie rockers and Launch staples Exquisite Corps will perform, along with instrumental jammers Life in 24 Frames, Paper Pistols, the Bell Boys, and Doombird (hmm, seems to be a lot of doom in this lineup?).

And there’s plenty more. No word yet on which bands are playing which day, or on the full schedule of events that will lead up the big kahuna in the park. When we know more, so shall you. Check out www.launchsacramento.com for details.

2013 Launch Festival lineup:

Imagine Dragons
Girl Talk
Rocket From the Crypt
Minus The Bear
Blonde Redhead
Van She
Surfer Blood
Family of the Year
Gold Fields
Turquoise Jeep
Exquisite Corps
Life in 24 Frames
Paper Pistols
The Bell Boys


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