Siren Festival 2008 Initial Lineup

We offered muted praise for last year’s initial lineup, but hat tip to the Village Voice for a) bringing back Siren for another installment (weren’t their rumblings that last year was the end?) and b) pulling together a spread much more worthy of a train ride to Coney this year. Here’s the first dispatch:

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Broken Social Scene
The Helio Sequence
Beach House
Times New Viking
Jaguar Love
The Dodos
Film School
Parts & Labor
Dragons Of Zynth
These Are Powers

Malkmus, BSS, Times New Viking, Annuals, this will conquer the beach. But Beach House? Really? A summer stage with boomy sound isn’t exactly the best environment for the narcotic Baltimore duo, but hey — it is free, it’s July 19th, and pro tip: you’ll probably wanna remember your earplugs. More info when we get it, or just keep tabs here.