It’s safe to say that Fun Fun Fun Fest has made the process of announcing artists more entertaining than most over the past couple of years. From incorporating band names in old video footage to encoding the names of this year’s performers in semaphore, they have made their leaks into events that should help in getting people excited about the festival. This morning they used another semaphore video to announce five more acts, and judging by these and the previously announced groups, they are well on their way to having their deepest lineup ever.

The first performer announced was stand-up comedian/musician Reggie Watts, who has gained notoriety for how he uses little more than his own beat boxing techniques, minimal instrumentation and his soulful voice to form full-fledged songs. Next came beat making hero Flying Lotus, who’s 2010 album Cosmogramma won scores of accolades from critics and listeners alike. The festival continues it’s track record of reuniting your older brother’s favorite bands with the addition of Kid Dynamite, a major player in the late 90’s emo scene that have only performed a handful of times since breaking up in 2000. Perhaps the most exciting of today’s leaks came in the form of tUnE-yArDs, who released one of the most original, and thereby critically acclaimed, albums of the year with w h o k i l l. This album was a monster leap forward for Merrill Garbus, and when I caught her at SXSW this year, I was stunned by the amount of energy and presence she brings to the stage. Rounding out the announcement was class of 2008 indie pop darlings Ra Ra Riot. Their sophomore album The Orchard, released last year, cracked the Top 40 on Billboard’s album charts. It’s safe to say that the band will have a healthy turnout when it’s their turn to perform.

These groups join M83, Okkervil River, X, Brian Posehn, and Odd Future, who were announced last week. Between the addition of a third day, relocating to Auditorium Shores, and the overall quality of the lineup so far, this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest is shaping up to be the biggest and best installation of the festival yet. I’m curious to see who they add to the lineup in the coming weeks and months, and I look forward to attending for a third year in a row. It’s been great to watch how the festival has grown over the last few years, and 2011 may just be the year it breaks through as another can’t miss Austin festival.

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