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Summerfest announces U.S. Cellular Connection Stage headliners, including Neon Trees, Alex Clare

April 29, 2013

YellowBrix

April 29--Summerfest officials have announced the 2013 headliner lineup for the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage--including recent stage favorites AWOLNATION and Neon Trees--plus performances from Alex Clare, the Neighbourhood and the Features.

The schedule is as follows:

twenty one pilots, 8 p.m. June 26: This Ohio-formed duo--a visitor to Milwaukee twice since last December--is taking flight this year thanks to new label Fueled by Ramen (fun., Paramore) and its novel blend of piano pop, hip-hop and alternative rock

Grouplove, 10 p.m. June 26: Exuberant single "Tongue Tied" from 2011 album "Never Trust a Happy Song" twisted alternative rock with electronic dance beats, ending up in an iPod Touch commercial and a "Glee" episode, and achieving platinum status in the U.S.

Capital Cities, 8 p.m. June 27: The New Wave duo drops its debut album for Capitol Records, "In a Tidal Wave of Mystery," June 11, led by sparkly, synth-soaked single "Safe and Sound."

Atlas Genius, 10 p.m. June 28: The Australian act posted a Phoenix-like alternative song called "Trojans" two years ago--not knowing it would get picked up by blog Neon Gold and lead to 45,000-plus downloads before inking a deal with Warner Brothers for its debut album.

Matt & Kim, 10 p.m. June 29: The cutesy pop duo might be as well known for its attention-grabbing videos as its music--the treatment for "Lessons Learned" famously featured the pair stripping down to their birthday suits in Times Square, and the band dropped a Harlem Shake video (featuring hundreds of fans) before the rest of the world did.

Cold War Kids, 10 p.m. June 30: For its fourth album "Dear Miss Lonelyhearts," released in early April, the eclectic indie rock band recruited former Modest Mouse guitarist Dann Gallucci, who not only co-produced the album, he also joined the band.

AWOLNATION, 10 p.m. July 2: Best known for edgy, multi-platinum selling single "Sail," the electronic rock outfit fronted by Aaron Bruno will perform on the Connection Stage for the third time in as many years.

Alex Clare, 10 p.m. July 3: For a spell Clare was probably best known as Amy Winehouse's ex and for avoiding gigs on the Jewish Sabbath and other religious holidays, but then 2011 single "Too Close" cracked the Billboard Top 10 and introduced Clare's mix of soulful vocals with electronic dance music to a wide audience.

The Features, 8 p.m. July 4: Even though pop rock band the Features has been around for nearly 20 years, it was playing an "exposure show" as recently as last year in Milwaukee. Thanks to continued on-air support from WLUM-FM (102.1), a Summerfest gig last year and a self-titled album out in May, the Features should be pretty well exposed here by July 4.

The Neighbourhood, 10 p.m. July 4: The Los Angeles-based quintet just released its debut full-length album "I Love You." through Columbia Records, a moody collection of songs in the vein of the xx, the Smiths and Garbage at its gloomiest.

The Airborne Toxic Event, 10 p.m. July 5: The strings-embracing rock band worked with producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon) for its third studio album, "Such Hot Blood," out April 30.

Neon Trees, 10 p.m. July 6: The alternative rock band owes a lot to the Killers--not just its sound, but its career, after the Killers booked Trees for opening slots in 2008 and helped the band sign a deal with Mercury Records.

Bad Religion, 10 p.m. July 7: The undisputed seasoned veteran on the Connection Stage headliner lineup, the 34-year-old punk band released its 16th studio album, "True North," in January.

A stage headliner for June 29 has yet to be announced.

Additionally, Summerfest officials confirmed that the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage will again host the Emerging Artists Series each day from 3 to 7 p.m., with an emphasis on newer, promising acts. In recent years, Ra Ra Riot and Civil Twilight, among others, performed for EAS ahead of greater fame. The lineup and schedule for EAS has yet to be announced.

Earlier this month Summerfest officials revealed more than 70 headliners for the 2013 lineup, and last week began dropping daily headliner schedule announcements for various ground stages.

Advance tickets for the Summerfest ground stages is $15 a day, $8 per weekday (entry before 4 p.m.) and $39 for a three-day pass, and are available at the Summerfest tickets website.

Through May 31, Pick 'N Save locations across southeastern Wisconsin are also selling 11-day passes for $60.

These tickets do not include access to the Marcus Amphitheater; those shows are priced separately, but they include access to the main Summerfest grounds.

For more information on Summerfest, including the Marcus Amphitheater performers and the Summerfest lineup thus far, visit Tap Milwaukee's Summerfest page.

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