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Prepare yourselves! We will be announcing the guest curator for Sled Island 2019 tomorrow at noon MST!

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We are beyond excited to reveal that acclaimed indie singer-songwriter Julien Baker will be joining us as guest curator for this year’s festival!

Julien Baker is an astoundingly powerful voice in modern music, and it’s that voice that immediately draws one into her sparse, devastating and emotionally cathartic ballads. With songs that tackle delicate issues such as trauma, mental illness, and substance abuse, Baker doesn't just count her battle scars, but ultimately champions their inherent strengths. With two highly acclaimed solo albums, as well as her recently established collaboration boygenius (featuring Baker alongside Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus), she continues to evolve as an artist, showing absolutely no sign of slowing down.

At only 23, Baker may be Sled Island’s youngest guest curator to date, but she already sounds like a seasoned professional. Her voice is singular, hauntingly powerful and crystal clear. With her highly relatable storytelling, creatively ambient guitar work and perfect poetic choices tucked into every line sung, she has developed an earned reputation for captivating audiences across the world.

Although it could be easy to describe Julien’s repertoire simply as “sad songs,’’ it is so much more than that. You will hear heartache, of course, but you will also hear hope, delicacy, self-acceptance, artistry and perseverance. She's a master at reminding that without the bitter, the sweet just isn’t as sweet.

For Julien’s next act, she will be curating Sled Island 2019! Whether she is hypnotizing audiences with her incredible solo sets, showing off her multi-instrumentalism in boygenius, or teaming up with industry titans such as Frightened Rabbit, or Matt Berninger of The National, Julien’s diverse musical history proves that she can travel far beyond the genre she’s best known for. It’s this, perhaps, that excites us the most; not only to see how she will continue to shape her already fantastic career, but also to see how her curatorial touch will shape Sled Island this year.
https://www.sledisland.com/slog/2019...FHrjqwibcd7Y8I
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Hm, I think this is the first time SI has picked a curator I've never heard of before.
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She blew up pretty big on the indie scene last year with her solo album and her work with Boygenius. Iím excited to see who she brings to the festival.
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The countdown is on! We are one week away from our first wave lineup announcement!
Be sure to check in next Tuesday at noon MST to get a first look at what's to come from Sled Island this year, including a first round of selections from guest curator Julien Baker!
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Maybe I've had the worst luck in going to Sled Island shows, but it seems every year I give it a chance or two and every single year and every show I've been to I think it is absolutely awful. Like, wretchedly awful. As in, these people have no business operating musical instruments in public awful. Could someone direct me to where the good shows are?
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Maybe I've had the worst luck in going to Sled Island shows, but it seems every year I give it a chance or two and every single year and every show I've been to I think it is absolutely awful. Like, wretchedly awful. As in, these people have no business operating musical instruments in public awful. Could someone direct me to where the good shows are?
What do you like? They select quite a wide variety of bands.

Sample artists here (stream 2019 lineup):

https://www.sledisland.com/listen?random=1

If you find a band you like, the sled island site will suggest some similar bands, and they tend to group them together at the same venues. There will be lots of local bands that I can talk about, and I will post videos for some of the bands that I am excited to see. The festival is about discovery. Go see a bunch of bands you never heard of - some of them you won't like, and some will become your new favorite bands.
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Shawn Petsche: Super proud to announce the first 23 bands (of 250) for Sled Island 2019! Hey polar vortex, and lady luck, just a heads up: our 13th festival will be the greatest five days of summer. In case you haven't skipped this text to just look at the poster, here's my walkthrough...Don't know all (or any?) of the bands? Don't fret - even the most dedicated music nerd would be hard-pressed to know a fraction of the artists playing. Here’s my cheat sheet for you - a sprinkling of some of the most exciting artists today, some who have left an indelible mark on music already, some we already know are going to be the "holy ####, did you see..." shows of the fest and more

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Maybe I've had the worst luck in going to Sled Island shows, but it seems every year I give it a chance or two and every single year and every show I've been to I think it is absolutely awful. Like, wretchedly awful. As in, these people have no business operating musical instruments in public awful. Could someone direct me to where the good shows are?
I gotta say I've been all-in with attending SI since 2013 and this year's first round announcements is for me by far the least inspiring list they've put together. The only acts that are even a blip on the radar for me are Fly Pan Am - IMO easily Constellation Records' worst act - and Basinski - whose bald exploitation of 9/11 to promote completely unrelated loop recordings frankly still disgusts me. Chris Ott completely tearing his BS apart is still one of the most satisfying things I've come across on Youtube.

I get there's no accounting for personal taste but in general I've been worried about the state of Sled in recent years. It really feels like the festival's been getting dragged down along with the general negative trends the city at large has been going through. The sheer number of acts stays steady but somehow every year it feels like it's getting smaller and smaller.
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I gotta say I've been all-in with attending SI since 2013 and this year's first round announcements is for me by far the least inspiring list they've put together. The only acts that are even a blip on the radar for me are Fly Pan Am - IMO easily Constellation Records' worst act - and Basinski - whose bald exploitation of 9/11 to promote completely unrelated loop recordings frankly still disgusts me. Chris Ott completely tearing his BS apart is still one of the most satisfying things I've come across on Youtube.

I get there's no accounting for personal taste but in general I've been worried about the state of Sled in recent years. It really feels like the festival's been getting dragged down along with the general negative trends the city at large has been going through. The sheer number of acts stays steady but somehow every year it feels like it's getting smaller and smaller.

Whatís your issue, exactly? Too mainstream? Not mainstream enough?

The biggest problem I have with Sled is me being too old and out of shape to make it to see all the bands I want to. The friends I usually go with have kids now and donít want to go, and my social anxiety makes going solo really tough.
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Whatís your issue, exactly? Too mainstream? Not mainstream enough?

The biggest problem I have with Sled is me being too old and out of shape to make it to see all the bands I want to. The friends I usually go with have kids now and donít want to go, and my social anxiety makes going solo really tough.
I don't know if I'm erudite enough to pin the reason down in a satisfying manner beyond just that I'm completely apathetic about the vast majority of the selections. It's certainly fair to call age a factor but I wouldn't say I'm picking up on contemporary acts noticeably less than I have in previous years and in any case Sled's never been shy about bringing in, let's call them, "legacy" selections.

The general scaling-back of the festival over the past several years hasn't helped with the feeling either. The Olympic Plaza sets are gone, a number of the old anchor venues are gone (outside of SI's control, to be fair), the free Luke's Drug Mart hype-up show is gone, some of the annual side events I liked to attend outside of the strict scope of the music programming are gone. It's starting to feel less like a legitimate all-encompassing multidisciplinary event and more like a chained series of small-to-smallish scale concerts any larger city could put on any given weekend purely incidentally, if that makes any sense.
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