i will say this, last year's subs would easily have been more 'headliner worthy' than this year's group. but i'm still okay with that. Is there any ONE band that i'm absolutely geeked-out over? - not really... but there are still a TON of solid bands i'm looking forward to seeing.
Sorry, I don't agree. some of those "subs" would have trouble headlining bumbershoot, which both MM and DCFC have done in the past. Flaming Lips have headlined the festival in the past - I wouldn't be surprised if those were the four they went with (obviously adding Foo Dr. Garbanzohters). And I'm sorry you guys haven't seen MM actually cut loose - I've seen them a half dozen times, and I totally get why people would think they were a "studio band" based on some of those performances. But when they're on, holy crap are they awesome.
DCFC are totally a studio band, no matter how long they stretch out We Looked Like Giants
This list is definitely missing the "new discovery" factor that previous years had, though. That said I've never even heard of Pink Martini, Old 97's, and Archers of loaf (among the obvious lower tier bands).
Pink Martini have been around for quite some time they are more of a cuban/brazillian type band. I would probably go see them if there weren't conflicts.
old 97's have been around for awhile
crazy enough I've seen a lot of these bands which is rare for me. my draw are the flaming lips (i've yet to see them) dfa1979, noah and the whale (they've never come here), the radio dept, stornoway, wolf parade, local natives, beach house, yeasayer, and the antlers