We’re beyond psyched to announce that we’re teaming up with our good friends at Dallas’ historic Granada Theater this summer to throw the first ever Gorilla vs. Bear Festival, on the evening of Saturday, July 23. The inaugural lineup couldn’t be much more representative of the inspiration and history behind this blog, as it features our current favorite band (White Denim), the newest endeavor of one of my favorite rappers of all-time, and the creator of the best album of 2011 to date (Shabazz Palaces), the debut of the new project from a Dallas icon and founder of one of the most beloved bands in the history of our hometown, and much more. The bill is rounded out by a few of our favorite — and most posted about — artists that are currently making music: Julianna Barwick, Grimes (who’ll be coming off a stint opening for Lykke Li‘s current North American tour), Sleep ∞ Over, Pure X, Sunset, and Dreamed, with DJ sets coming between bands from Dallas’ own Sober.
Tickets are on sale now. Everything will kick off a little earlier than usual, and we encourage you to come out and spend the evening with us. The first 200 people through the door will receive the limited edition poster pictured above. Hope to see you guys there.