The two-day lineup for this year's San Diego Street Scene was just announced today, and it doesn't look half bad, in this humble ex-music editor's opinion. Headliners include Beck, the Black Crowes, X, Tegan and Sara, Justice, plus Spoon, TV on the Radio, STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9), Michael Franti N Spearhead, The National, Atmosphere, Cat Power, Hot Chip, The New Pornographers, Vampire Weekend, The Hives, Cold War Kids, Ghostland Observatory, Spiritualized, Antibalas, Man Man, The Mother Hips, Tokyo Police Club…..fuck it, just click right here.
I'm hoping more bands are announced, and maybe even a third day, because Street Scene used to be one of the most sonically diverse affairs around — they had whole stages filled with world music, Latin/Mexican and reggae acts, and it seemed like New Orleans fave sons the Wild Magnolias would play every year. I haven't been to it since that era. But the best news for me is that the Scene is returning to the actual STREETS of downtown San Diego, from whence the shindig got its name. Its migrated weirdly for at least the last 6 or 7 years, to places like the Del Mar Fairgrounds and the parking lot of Qualcomm Park, which is the friggin' stadium where the Chargers play. Sorry, but this boy is done attending music fests in asphalt parking lots, ever since that one year when Warped was held in the Honda Center lot (some of the bloodiest mosh pits in history, though – highly entertaining).