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Pygmalion Music Festival: An Interview With Founder Seth Fein

Although writing about the final festival of the summer season brings me down a bit, just looking at the Pygmalion 2012 lineup makes it all better. Festival founder Seth Fein has jam packed the 3 day festival with the big name likes of Grizzly Bear, Dinosaur Jr, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells, and Best Coast, along with local acts Common Loon, Elsinore, and Santah. 54 bands will make their way to the Champaign-Urbana area overall, and you can catch all of them for the price of $100. To buy a festival pass, click here.

The great man that brings all of this to the generally quiet (maybe not quiet anymore) college town is Seth Fein. The Smile Politely founder (Champaign-Urbana’s independent online magazine) and Nicodemus Agency owner is a very busy man, as the titles show. Luckily he answered a couple questions for ACITM, which should help you learn more about the festival and CU’s musical savior himself. Check it out after the jump!

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Pygmalion 2011 Photo Roundup

Shout out to Danger Village for hooking it up with a press pass for the Pygmalion 2011 Music Festival. It was the first festival I ever shot, and the rush of photographers pushing each other around to get the best angle in a cramped 2 foot wide pit area was fantastic. No that is not sarcasm. It was actually really fun. Check out some of my photos below, and the rest, here on the ACITM flickr account. That’s right here on the flickr. Right here. So feel free to click here and go to the flickr. Here.

All photos are by Michael Bojda


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Pygmalion Music Festival 2011 Champions

What a wonderful, exhausting, awesome 5 days. It was my first of I hope many Pygmalion Festivals, and I was treated to a great lineup, enthusiastic crowds, weird hipster dancing, and a photo pass (pictures are here if you don’t want to read show reviews). Texas’s own, Explosions in the Sky, headlined the first night, with the rest of the festival boasting acts such as Cut Copy, Toro y Moi, Washed Out, MiMOSA, and the Hood Internet among others.

Who would win the 2011 Piggy Crown?

Somewhere the "Lollie" Award winners are wishing they could be involved in this contest

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Top 10 Acts to See at Pygmalion

If you’re a U of I student tired of totes ragin’ every night at the krazy keggers at Sigma Delta Zeta Phi Omega Zeta Beta Kayta and want to see good music for 5 days (instead of hearing Bruno Mars and New Boyz at the ∑∆πΩZßK house), this festival is for you. If you’re a Chicago resident still really upset that Pitchfork/Lollapalooza/North Coast had to end, and just a little more music would make you feel better, this festival is also for you. Pygmalion Music Festival can be seen as summer’s last stand, or fall’s bright start. The festival that takes place September 21-25 offers 90 bands playing at 10 different locations throughout the Champaign-Urbana area.

As we did with Lollapalooza, picking the shows you could not miss and basically crafting your schedule for you (It’s ok to admit it), here are the top 10 acts to see at Pygmalion.

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