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A Day For Night 2017 Wish List

Lana Del Rey could be exactly what Day For Night is looking for.
Lana Del Rey could be exactly what Day For Night is looking for. Photo by Jaguar MENA via Flickr Commons

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Texas's own Post Malone has managed to combine country and hip-hop with a signature lazy flow to become something of a white, Southern Drake. Since "White Iverson," the Dallas native has released four chart-topping singles, one of which made its way onto the soundtrack for the last The Fast and the Furious installment. As a regional act, Post would likely be well within Day For Night's budget and serve as a selling point for younger concertgoers as well. MATTHEW KEEVER

The pioneer of Italian disco has aged with grace. The 77-year-old is no stranger to all-night shindigs. As the man responsible for co-producing most of Donna Summer’s chart-dominating tracks during the heyday of Studio 54, Giorgio Moroder has been creating music to get your body moving longer than Apple products have been around. Last year brought the multi-talented genius of John Carpenter. My vision of Moroder’s set includes lights that sync up with the beats to get everyone groovin’. VERONICA ANNE SALINAS

There are not a ton of high-profile slots for musicians who make less bombastic forms of electronic music, of which Nosaj Thing is among the best. His new record, Parallels, is rock-solid, full of interesting melodies and textures. But beyond his skills, Houston owes Nosaj a solid after his 2015 visit to the city. For those of you who don’t remember, Nosaj was yet another touring performer who had his gear stolen during his visit to Space City. A prime festival slot might not make up for his bad time here completely, but it could be a nice peace offering at least. CORY GARCIA

Heading into an October release of what Rolling Stone claims as the “most anticipated experimental album of 2017,” The Kid composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is pushing the unconventional into the limelight. Smith masters the complex Buchla synthesizer while layering shimmering loops and vocals into her hypnotic compositions. From what we can tell of last year’s D4N lineup, it seems that Smith's futuristic sounds line up with the ambient atmosphere of the festival. VERONICA ANNE SALINAS

My big-button phone marked "suggestions" never rang, so all Dr. Daddy (online degree only) here can do is make a guess to what sort of meat got pushed through the grinder that is Day For Night. But I’ve been catching up on culture, if that means watching way too much TV. I put in some time with the Twin Peaks, and reckon I’m not alone in that, so my first round of predictions for the winter festival include Nine Inch Nails and Chromatics, both of whom came out looking pretty good at the Roadhouse. My second round of guesses come from the Golden Oldies, English Breakfast category, from which I deduce that we may see one or two of the following: My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, or Ride. Because I’m feeling horsey, let me pitch a curve, and take an outside shot that the recently disinterred KLF may show up in conjunction with some sort of music-art crossover performance.

More likely, expect to see Grammy winner Solange Knowles, as well as a Geto Boys reunion, for local pride. Beyond that, there’s too much milk in my crystal, except that I’d reckon on at least two from the following — Frank Ocean, Angel Olsen, Alex Cameron, MF Doom, Lana Del Rey, A Tribe Called Quest, Burial, Oneohtrix Point Never, Ryan Trecartin, and Kool Keith/Dr. Octagon. That’s it, best of luck to you, and a caveat: Dr. Daddy here likes to bet, but Dr. Daddy doesn’t always win, so bet a trifecta or bet to show. And, if you do decide to wager your life savings before now and Wednesday morning, please break me off a piece of your winnings, in unmarked bills. TEX KERSCHEN

Day For Night's lineup is scheduled to be released at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 20. Afterward, tickets will be on sale through
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