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Memory Lanes Block Party lineup announced for 2012

It’s typically one of the first signs that summer is upon us, but this year the Memory Lanes Block Party announcement comes toward the end of an unsettlingly warm winter. But hey — we’ll take it. The block party is traditionally the first in a long series of outdoor musical events that will take us through the end of September, and this year’s organizers did a fine job of booking three days of free music that will usher in the season in style.

Each day takes on its own feel, with the block party’s kick-off, Friday, May 25, dedicated mostly to punk bands, while Saturday hosts Chicago mash-up duo the Hood Internet and a host of Twin Cities indie bands, while Sunday is the most eclectic offering with a handful of roots groups, a reunion from early-’80s garage rock revivalists the Hypstrz, and a headlining set from Nashville surf band Los Straitjackets.

Peruse the full lineup below. The block party will kick off at 3 p.m. each day and is free and open to all ages.

FRIDAY MAY 25
Needles
Varix
Manipulation
Rock Steady Breakfast
In Defence
Children of Euler
Cognitive Dissonance
The Arrivals
Brain Tumors

SATURDAY MAY 26
The Hood Internet
Black Blondie
Gramma’s Boyfriend
Sleeping in the Aviary
Fort Wilson Riot
Southside Desire
Dream Crusher
All Tomorrow’s Petty
DJ Shannon Blowtorch

SUNDAY MAY 27
Los Straitjackets
Hypstrz
L’Assassins
Nato Coles & The Blue Diamond Band
Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings
Malamanya
Crankshaft’s Primitive R&B Revue
The Bootstrap Family Band
The Sex Rays
Black Hearts Burlesque
DJ Shannon Blowtorch
Complete lineup