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The annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival, held in the desert town of Indio, California has released this year’s complete lineup. Being one of the earlier festivals on the calendar year, Coachella typically sets the tone for the festival circuit which includes other megafests like Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands. Doubling down on headliner reunions this year, Coachella will bring back dance troupe LCD Soundsystem as well as rock legends Guns N’ Roses. Calvin Harris rounds out the star studded weekend.
Other notable acts include Ellie Goulding, Sufjan Stevens, JackU, Ice Cube, Disclosure, A$AP Rocky, CHVRCHES, Halsey, Major Lazer, Flume, Beach House, The 1975, and Miike Snow.
The first weekend of Coachella will take place from April 16 – 18, with the second weekend following up on April 22 – 24.
What are your thoughts on this year’s lineup? Who would you be most excited to see? Who could you pass on?
Lollapalooza is celebrating its 25th birthday this year by adding a fourth day to the Chicago-centric festival in 2016. Held in the city’s heart of Grant Park, the concert will now feature over 170 musical acts over a four-day span. Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell had this to say:
“It’s our 25th Anniversary and we wanted to do something really special and different for our fans. There’s a lot of really great music coming out in 2016; with the abundance of talent that wanted to help us celebrate 25 years we got to thinking…’How are we going to fit all those great artists in one weekend?’ Then we thought about what a special day Thursday has become. When the party can’t wait for the weekend, the movers and shakers make it happen on Thursday! So, we’ve put together an entire additional day of music to celebrate our milestone year. It’s going to be a fantastic party!”
Run The Jewels, aka El-P and Killer Mike, have shared a new single called “Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite)”. The track serves as the first piece of music from the soundtrack to Rubble Kings, a new documentary set to be released at the end of the month by Mass Appeal. In typical RTJ fashion, the song finds the two MCs trading syncopated flows over menacing production, all tied together by a choppy vocal sample in the hook exclaiming “d-d-d-d-d-d-dynamite”.
Stream the new song and read the lyrics after the jump.
So, in case you missed it, Meek Mill decided to take a shot at (instead of with) Drake. Why? Who the hell knows. Maybe it’s because Drake and Nicki have been linked together in the past (Meek and Nicki are dating)? Maybe it’s because Drake is jew-ish? Maybe it’s because he pretended to be in a wheelchair for so many television years? Or maybe it’s because Drake didn’t buy Meek’s new album (in stores now, go out and cop it before shots are coming your way). Whatever the reason may be, Meek was thirsty. Some think it might of simply been a terribly thought out PR move. Again, who the hell knows, and I’m at the point of this. Even WWE got involved in the beef and took Drake’s side (sidebar: I’m a closet WWE freak). Hit the jump to figure out what exactly happened.
Another year, another adventure at Outside Lands awaits. Of the three years that I’ve been in San Francisco for this magical festival, this year’s lineup is arguably the most impressive. The headliners are about as diverse as they come: Elton John (to please the old school crowd), Mumford & Sons (to please the nostalgic crowd), The Black Keys (to please the rocker crowd), Sam Smith (to please the emotional crowd), and Kendrick Lamar (to please the hip-hop crowd). And yet there’s something appealing to the general music fan in all of these artist. Suffice it to say, they nailed it this year.
And that’s not just because of the big name headliners they’re bringing in. There is an amazing amount of rising stars in the smaller print names coming to the festival this year. To make sure you get the most out of your Outside Lands experience this year, we’ve picked 10 must-see acts who fall in the non-headliner category. And for fun, we’ve also put together an Outside Lands playlist to get you excited for the fun next weekend. Hit the jump to continue reading.
It’s been quite the few months for Chancelor Bennett. First he released Surf, the out of nowhere follow-up to his sensational Acid Rap mixtape, then he demolished the closing set of Pitchfork Music Festival and topped it off by announcing his Family Matters tour, which kicks off in October.
And somewhere in there, he managed to find the time to announce that he is bringing a life form into this world.
For the record, I still believe the pregnancy announcement may’ve just been a tongue-in-cheek promo for his latest set of road dates. He pulled a similar prank on the public when he announced he was “going to college…” and then kicked off a campus tour in Fall 2014.
But maybe that’s just my cynicism showing through, or concern over the fact that Chance is barely a year older than me and is on the precipice of fatherhood. For this article’s sake, let’s assume Chance is about to be a dad, and take a look at what that means in the context of his latest project.
With Lollapalooza about to hit Chicago like a fiery, musical comet this weekend, hundreds of thousands of concertgoers will flood Grant Park to witness the likes of Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, and The Weeknd among others, rock the fuck out. Sure, the headlining acts typically prove to be the best sets. They’re polished, have an expensive stage design, and possess a catalog of hits that, in some cases (cough Sir Paul cough), stretches decades.
But what about the ‘little’ guys? The blog-certified up-and-comers. The indies about to boil to mainstream. The sub-headliners that could very well be taking the main stage in the not so distant future. Not to worry, we got your back. Here are the 10 Must-See Acts That Aren’t Headliners at Lollapalooza this year, conveniently broken down by day and set time.
Believe it or not, Garrett Borns (or simply BØRNS) earned his chops as a professional magician before he hit it big with jams like “10,000 Emerald Pools.” Don’t miss his groovy, psychedelic brand of pop at Lollapalooza this year. He’s sure to have a trick or two up his sleeve.
Young Thug (6:50-7:30)
Thugga Thugga has been a surefire hit machine between his own cuts and guest verses alike. His eccentric flow, fashion-forward style, and summer-friendly beats will make for a must-see set on Friday night. I know there’s gonna be good times.
Sylvan Esso (7:45-8:30)
If you’re searching for something that’s equal parts folky and electronic, look no further than the duo Sylvan Esso. Chilled out, synthesized beats will meet seductive female vocals at this set. Expect lots of eyes closed swaying and swooning.
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You may not have seen Mike Posner around a lot lately, but his sound is still shaping pop radio nonetheless. Working behind the scenes and penning hit songs like Maroon 5′s “Sugar,” Posner has proven to be relevant even when his own music has been repeatedly shelved. Now, with a long-awaited sophomore album finally on the way, the Dukie who made it big off “Cooler Than Me” is staging a comeback.
As part of his rebirth, Posner has been hitting the road and holding surprise pop-up concerts across the U.S. affectionately called “Ninja Shows.” Last night, Mike made a pit stop in Chicago’s beautiful Lincoln Park, strumming new songs and old hits alike to one of the best views of the city’s skyline.
The set was extremely intimate (there were maybe just north of 100 in attendance) and a bit awkward (people jogging and doing lunges nearby), but you couldn’t help but get a taste of magic in the air. Mike was honest and authentic. He was was close enough to reach out and touch; close enough to hear without monitors or an amp. And whether he was doing a verse a capella or taking photos and giving out hugs after the show, Mike Posner was as entertaining and genuine as ever, as if he had never missed a beat.
Listen to four cuts from Posner’s upcoming album below.
Aussie wonders The Griswolds are coming to San Francisco! I’ve got two tickets to give away to two lucky locals. They’re performing at The Independent on 7/1/2015; it should be a fun, super high energy show!
To enter to win the tickets, EITHER:
1. Leave a comment on this post with your favorite song of the moment.
2. Tweet the following: “I’m entering to win 2 tickets to see @wethegriswolds in SF from @SunsetRearview – http://bit.ly/1CfVeze”
To be eligible: you must leave your comment/send your tweet by end of day (midnight) PST on Thursday 6/25. I will randomly select a winner on Friday 6/26 and will get in touch with that person via Facebook or Twitter – whichever they submitted through.
Check out the new music video for The Griswolds’ song “If You Wanna Stay” below. Or stream their debut LP, “Be Impressive” on Spotify. See their full US tour schedule after the jump.
San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival announced their lineup today and it is absolutely phenomenal. Headliners vary from Elton John to Kendrick Lamar. Outside Lands is taking place August 7-9 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
Top 10 artists I’m most excited to see (in no particular order):
Mumford & Sons
Update: Preview Outside Lands 2015 with this Spotify Playlist:
Pitchfork Music Festival drops their 2015 Lineup featuring Wilco, Chance The Rapper, and Sleater-Kinney
Pitchfork Music Festival is the latest to drop their 2015 lineup. The Chicago-based concert, which takes place in Union Park from July 17-19, will include top bills of Wilco, Chance The Rapper, and Sleater-Kinney. Other notable acts include Future Islands, CHVRCHES, Run The Jewels, The New Pornographers, Caribou, and Mac DeMarco, among others.
Single day tickets as well as three-day passes are now available over on the festival’s official website.
If you’re heading to P4k, who are you most excited to check out?