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The lineup for Rothbury 2009, Michigan's own big rock fest, was announced this morning -- and it's a much better and more eclectic mix than last year's list. It almost makes camping outside for four days with thousands of pseudo-hippies sound appealing. Note we said almost... The festival runs July 2nd through the 5th -- or what some of us call Fourth of July weekend. Ducats to the event go on sale this Friday, March 20th. And remember, in the immortal words of National Lampoon's Lemmings: There isn't enough food to go around. There just isn't enough food. So the person next to you is your dinner.

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The current list of confirmed artists is as follows:

The Dead

Bob Dylan and His Band

The String Cheese Incident

Willie Nelson & Family

The Black Crowes

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas


G. Love & Special Sauce

Gov't Mule

Broken Social Scene

Yonder Mountain String Band

The Disco Biscuits

Les Claypool

Cold War Kids

John Butler


Ani DiFranco



Girl Talk

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force


Martin Sexton

Flogging Molly

Railroad Earth

The Hold Steady

Toots & The Maytals

Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys

Brett Dennen

Zappa Plays Zappa

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Shpongle DJ Set

Son Volt

Jackie Greene


Man Man

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band w/ Tony Rice


King Sunny Adé & His African Beats


Kid Cudi

STS9 Live PA

The Glitch Mob

Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam

Pretty Lights

Moseley, Law, Sipe & Droll


Quannum All Stars ft. Lyrics Born, The Mighty Underdogs, Gift of Gab & Lifesavas

Toubab Krewe

Sam Roberts Band

Hill Country Revue

Kyle Hollingsworth Band

Lipp Service

2020 Soundsystem

Break Science ft. Adam Deitch

The Hard Lessons

The Low Anthem

Underground Orchestra

Future Rock

The Macpodz

Steppin' In It

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Chris Pierce

Rachel Goodrich

The Ragbirds

Four Finger Five

Additional acts to be announced in the coming months.

Speaking of Dylan, his new album Together Through Life, which has already been described as sounding like "a Chess record from the '50s," is released April 28th. Go to bobdylan.com to hear an interview with the bard. The Hard Lessons also have a brand new Zach Shipps-produced album, Arms Forest, released soon, their first without original drummer Christophe Zajac-Denek. Look for a review in Metro Times soon. Augie and Korin are just one of many Detroit-based units headed to Austin for South by Southwest this week; they are scheduled to play a Metro Times-sponsored show at the Soho Lounge on Friday, March 20th, at midnight.

The Hard Lessons: A lot on the horizon...

(and, no, that isn't an outtake from the Dead Weather video!)

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