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Divine Fits join Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest lineup

The Divine Fits is (from left) Spoon's Britt Daniel, drummer Sam Brown of Ohio punk rockers the New Bomb Turks and Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner

Divine Fits

Spoon’s Britt Daniel and Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs sound like rejuvenated men in their roles as the primary artistic forces of their new band, Divine Fits. “A Thing Called Divine Fits,” their vital 2012 debut album, combines the impeccable pop instincts of Daniel with Boeckner’s inclination to rock out. A playful homage to the alternative scene of the 1980s, the album features primal synth-pop and the unadorned guitar rock associated with early episodes of MTV’s “120 Minutes.” Along with band mates Sam Brown and Alex Fischel, Daniel and Boeckner are creating some of today’s most unlikely and refreshing indie rock.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

The Kansas City Star

Organizers of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest have announced the full lineup of the 100 bands that will perform April 4-6 at venues in and near Westport.

The additional bands, joining the 60-plus bands announced last week, include indie supergroup Divine Fits.

Also added: Futurebirds, Dent May, Benoit Pioulard, Air Review, Psychic Twin and the Great American Canyon Band. Kansas City-area bands added include Beautiful Bodies, Hearts of Darkness, Hospital Ships and Schwervon.

Previously announced national acts include Grizzly Bear, Deerhoof, the Joy Formidable, Tennis and Wovenhand. The fest will also include dozens of emerging national and regional bands.

The festival, entering its third year, is sponsored by Ink magazine, a sister publication of the Kansas City Star, and the Record Machine, a recording label run by local music veteran Nathan Reusch. The lineup is being booked and curated by Terry Taylor of Mammoth Productions, Steve Tulipana, co-owner of the RecordBar, and Neill Smith of the Riot Room.

A three-day pass to the music festival is available for $45. Passes to the technology/culture forum are $50, and a pass to the film festival costs $25. A pass to all three components is available for $100. Tickets are on sale now at middleofthemapfest.com. OfficePort in the Crossroads Arts District will host the technology forum. The Alamo Drafthouse in the Power & Light District will host the film festival.

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