Jesus and Mary Chain lead Boomslang additions well worth noting

WRFL has announced some high-profile additions to the fourth annual Boomslang Festival lineup as well as festival passes going on sale.

Jim Reid, lead singer of Jesus and Mary Chain performs at the Coachella Valley Miusic and Arts Festival on Friday, April 27, 2007. © AP Photo by Branimir Kvartuc.

Joining the lineup are The Jesus and Mary Chain, ’80s and ’90s modern rock favorites who reunited in 2007 with brothers Jim and William Reid at the helm; Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel fame; erudite hip-hop artists Das Racist and experimental artists The Music Tapes.

Also joining the lineup, which already included Deerhoof, Baroness and Negativland are Cloud Nothings, Saint Vitus, Weedeater, Five Knives, dance band Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang, Hive Mind, Dinosaur Feathers, the audio-and-visual collective X A M B U C A and Lexington’s own Merkaba — who describe their music on their website somewhat accurately as, “Death’s Chariot coming for you.”

If you want to see all of those, you have some diverse tastes. Then again, that’s sort of what Boomslang is all about. To take it all in, passes are now on sale for $70 to the general public and $40 for University of Kentucky students through Ticketmaster.


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