Rock the Garden 2014: It's a double date for the music fest

Minneapolis’ hippest music fest, Rock the Garden expands to two days with dual headliners De La Soul and Spoon.


The 2013 Rock the Garden concert at the Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Photo: ANNA REED, Special to the Star Tribune

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Is two of something good really better than one? Rock the Garden organizers certainly hope Twin Cities music lovers think so. After three or four years of single-day tickets selling out faster than you can say, “Please tell the band Low to finish its sound check,” the 12th installment of Walker Art Center’s outdoor music fest with 89.3 the Current was turned into a two-day event for the first time this year. Because of that — and because it’s one of RTG’s more eclectic, record-nerdy lineups of late — tickets are still available to Saturday’s more festive, mixed-bag lineup with hip-hop vets De La Soul, and to Sunday’s guitar-heavy indie-rock marathon with Spoon.

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    When: 3-10 p.m. Sat. & Sun. • Tickets: $59 per day, $100 both; • Info:


    Here's the full RTG rundown


    Lizzo (3:45 p.m.): Minneapolis’ most buzzing rapper plays her biggest hometown gig yet with sidekicks Lazerbeak and Sophia Eris, between treks to England to tout Virgin Records’ international re-release of her 2013 solo debut.

    Jeremy Messersmith (4:30): Given the bigger sound of his new album, “Heart Murmurs,” the Current-beloved local pop/rock craftsman picked the right year to make his RTG debut.

    Best Coast (5:55): California dreamer Bethany Cosentino is adored by indie-rock hipsters but also suits older alt-rock lovers who hear the Lemonheads, Belly and other ’90s echoes in her tunes.

    Matt and Kim (7:20): The Brooklyn dance-pop duo’s hyper-melodic, punchy songs are as energetic and cheery as a high school pep rally. And yes, that’s a warning.

    De La Soul (8:50): Two years after Doomtree finally brought hip-hop to RTG, organizers turned to these Long Island vets for a headliner. One of rap’s original college/indie-radio crossover acts with their 1989 album “Three Feet High & Rising,” the trio still rises to the occasion on stage.


    Valerie June (3:45 p.m.): Probably the act most poised for a local breakout from RTG, this rootsy Memphis singer sounded like a twangy Amy Winehouse and soulful Bob Dylan on her Dan Auerbach co-produced album “Pushin’ Against a Stone.”

    Kurt Vile & the Violators (4:30): The wigged-out Philadelphia rocker crafted a gem of a late-night headphones record with his Velvets-y 2013 effort “Wakin on a Pretty Daze,” but might sound sleepy in the late-afternoon daze.

    Dessa (5:50): Returning to RTG solo after bangaranging with Doomtree in 2012 — quite different guises — the poetic rapper/singer/songwriter has steadily toured with her sturdy live band in the past year in support of her dramatic sophomore album “Parts of Speech.”

    Guided by Voices (7:15) and Spoon (8:45): See our separate articles.


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