An off-stage performance by the War on Drugs at 2012's Pickathon festival, in which they cover the Waterboys' "A Pagan Place."
Pickathon made four additions to this summer's lineup this week, culminating in today's excellent announcement that the War on Drugs will be playing the 2014 installment of the festival. It's the Philly band's second time at the annual Portland-area music festival; they first played in 2012. The War on Drugs just came through Portland this past Sunday night, blazing through a rock-solid set at a very packed Wonder Ballroom. During the encore, My Morning Jacket's Jim James came out to duet on a cover of John Lennon's "Mind Games" (check out the video on Stereogum). James is currently in town with MMJ to record with local producer Tucker Martine, who worked on the band's 2011 record Circuital; James also performs tonight at Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders benefit show at the Aladdin.
This is very fine news about the War on Drugs, of course, and Pickathon's other additions are terrific as well. We'll get sets from Destroyer (with Dan Bejar performing solo), Those Darlins, and the Black Lilies.
And that's not the only bit of news Pickathon has to share—next week, on Saturday, April 12, they're hosting a film event at the Mission Theater. They've got excellent quality video and audio of performances of last year's fest, including tunes from Andrew Bird, Divine Fits, Parquet Courts, Shabazz Palaces, Shakey Graves, and a lot more. I've seen some of this footage and it's terrific. They'll have shows at 6 and 9 pm, and tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, with all proceeds going to Buckman Elementary. (DIscounted tickets for kids are on sale too.) Get tickets here.
Since we're on the topic of Pickathon, did you know that they've been nominated by the Studio Live Design Excellence Awards in the "Excellence in Live Design" category? Anyone's who's been out to Pendarvis Farm knows this is well deserved, and it's a great achievement for an all-volunteer crew, especially looking at Pickathon's fellow nominees, who make for strange bedfellows indeed: the Ultra Music Festival, Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Tour, the Essence Festival, Bassnectar, and Train. You can vote for Pickathon here, although you'll need to create an account on Studio Live Design's site.
This year's Pickathon—with the War on Drugs, Destroyer, Those Darlins, the Black Lilies, and all the previously announced bands—takes place August 1-3 at Pendarvis Farm and is going to be great. You can get tickets over on Pickathon's site.