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Explosions in the Sky, Deerhoof, Toro y Moi head Pygmalion 2011

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Between Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, and North Coast, not to mention its slew of street festivals, Chicago is without a doubt the music festival capital of the United States. So it’s easy to forget about Illinois’ non-Chicago festivals, which do in fact exist. There’s the jam-tastic Summer Camp Music Festival, held annually in Chillicothe. And down south in Champaign-Urbana, the Pygmalion Music Festival has been going strong for seven years.

This year’s Pygmalion, set for September 21-24, will be led by instrumental titans Explosions in the Sky, recently reunited emo/post-hardcore rockers Braid, chillwave maestro Toro Y Moi, art-rock outfit Deerhoof, and garage band Japandroids,

Following suit are Xiu Xiu, Starfucker, Owen, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yelstin, Asobi Seksu, The Hood Internet, Viva Voce, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Brass Bed, Ivan and Alyosha, Ava Luna, Adam Arcuragi, Grave Babies, and The Parsons Red Head.

Rounding out the initial bill are a number of local acts including An Evening With Your Mother, Common Loon, The Dirty Feathers, Elsinore, The Fresh Kills, Grandkids, Iron Tigers, The Leadership, Roberta Sparrow, Take Care, That’s No Moon, Why I Like Robbins, and Withershins.

Additional acts will be revealed in the weeks ahead.

Early bird festival passes are priced at $60 and go on sale May 6th at 12 p.m. CDT. Single show tickets for Explosions in the Sky will also be available and go on sale May 13th at 12 p.m. CDT. Visit the festival’s website for complete ticketing info.

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