The Morning Feed: Neon Trees Help Launch Bunbury 2012

Frontman Tyler Glenn leads the Neon Trees on a high-energy set to help launch the 2012 Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati.

Lots of summer music festivals to the North (Pitchfork in Chicago) and the South (Forecastle in Louisville) but alt rock headliners Neon Trees, Death Cab for Cutie and rock veterans like Jane’s Addiction and Guided by Voices (GBV) helped launch the debut Bunbury Music Festival on the steamy banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio July 13-15.

Bunbury founder Bill Donabedian and his start-up staff established six stages throughout Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point and Bicentennial Commons parks in addition to vegan-friendly food booths and a pop-up innovation lab tagged Techbury.

GBV singer-songwriter Robert Pollard and the classic lineup of his reunited band performed longtime favorites as well as new numbers from recent albums Let’s Go Eat the Factory and Class Clown Spots a UFO in front of an enthusiastic crowd gathered on the Cincinnati levee steps as well as onlookers gathered on nearby bridges.

Neon Trees vocalist and keyboard player Tyler Glenn helped close out the festival with a high-energy set featuring their hit “Everybody Talks” leading to lesd vocalist Ben Gibbard and indie pop band Death Cab for Cutie closing out the debut Bunbury Music Festival in an artful manner.

Film buffs celebrated the news of Johnny Depp joining the cast of art house auteur Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Depp joined the film in an unknown role. The Grand Budapest Hotel remained in the early script stage, so there are little details about its story or a production timetable. Meanwhile, Anderson fans continued to check out his latest movie, Moonrise Kingdom, a period comedy set in ‘60s New England, co-starring Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Jason Schwartzman.

Veteran British musician Paul Weller, 54, dubbed the “Modfather” thanks to his success with bands The Jam and The Style Council, and Miles Kane, 26, formerly of The Rascals and current member of The Last Shadow Puppets, paired their love for fashion into a modeling gig for a new campaign for American menswear designer John Varvatos.

Fashion writer Olivia Bergin celebrated the Weller-Kane collaboration in The Telegraph congratulating Varvatos and his team for celebrating the Mod aesthetic shared by Weller and Kane in front of a pawn shop on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

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