Archive | May, 2012

New Music: The Vaccines – “No Hope”

31 May

Yes! New music from The Vaccines! Give a listen to “No Hope” off their second studio album, The Vaccines Come Of Age which will be released on September 4th.  Been digging these Brits since my buddy from London turned me on to them and now I just need to seem them live!

 

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Countdown to Bonnaroo: 6 Days – Artist of the Day: The Roots

31 May

The Roots Crew where you at?! If you’ve never seen The Roots live (and as much as I love them as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, that does not count), you will not want to miss this performance.  This show will push me into double digit Roots shows and I wish I could say I have been to more.  Each and every time I see The Roots, the shows get better. They are filled with sweet music, infinite energy and flat out what a dance party should be, nonstop from beginning to end.

While some members have come and gone (Scott Storch, Rahzel), ?uestlove and Black Thought have been at the forefront and continuously produce some of the best music around (just listen to their collaboration Betty Wright & The Roots which was nominated for a GRAMMY earlier this year).  And besides their original works, nobody does it better than The Roots when it comes to a marathon melody session running the gamut on songs from every genre.  Add in ?uestlove leading Superjam and whoa, it’s going to be a special one on the farm.  And since it’s Bonnaroo and traditionally there are some surprises, I personally would love to see Cody Chesnutt appear for “The Seed.”  Probably won’t happen but I can dream.

Saturday June 09, What Stage, 07:30 PM

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 7 Days – Artist of the Day: ALO

30 May

I love ALO, plain and simple.  Their live shows are some of the most entertaining rock concerts around and with Zach Gill at the helm; you never know what may happen.  What’s even more exciting for anyone attending Bonnaroo, you will have not one, but THREE chances to see this incredibly talented band!

If you’re a Jack Johnson fan you should already be familiar with ALO and most likely are a big fan like I am.  If you’ve ever heard the song “Girl, I Wanna Lay You Down,” you should do a little more listening to find there are a ton of great songs just like that one from the quartet.  Personally if you are just getting into ALO I suggest listening to Roses & Clover.

Saturday June 09, The Solar Stage, 03:00 PM

Sunday June 10, This Tent, 12:30 PM

Sunday June 10, Sonic Stage, 03:00 PM

Mumford & Sons Present: Gentlemen of the Road

29 May

I swear Mumford & Sons are geniuses.  Last time out it was the Railroad Revival Tour and this year it’s Gentlemen of the Road.  Straight from the fellas:

Join us this summer for a series of Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers at handpicked locations around the world. Each Stopover is a day-long event, celebrating the music, food and people of the places we’re visiting. We’ll be bringing a full lineup of some of our favorite bands from around the world, and curating events that combine a music festival and local gathering into one epic party. We plan to start early, and go late, taking the party from the stage to the town.

Please come join us if you can. It’ll be a whole lot of fun.

Mumford & Sons

 

Excited?  I know I am so here we go, and yeah let your jaw drop……now

 

Huddersfield, UK Stopover, 2nd June, 2012 – Greenhead Park

Mumford & Sons, Michael Kiwanuka, Nathaniel Rateliff, Moulettes, The Correspondents, Slow Club, Willy Mason, The Rag Tags

Galway, Ireland Stopover, 9th June, 2012 – Salthill Park

Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines, Zulu Winter, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Correspondents, Willy Mason, Moulettes, King Charles

Portland, Maine, Saturday August 4, 2012, Eastern Promenade

Mumford & Sons, St. Vincent, DAWES, The Maccabees, Apache Relay, Simone Felice, Haim

Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee, Saturday August 11, 2012, Downtown Bristol

Mumford & Sons, DAWES, Justin Townes Earle, JEFF The Brotherhood, The Very Best, Apache Relay, Simone Felice, Haim

Dixon, Illinois (A Camping Stopover), Saturday August 18, 2012, Page Park

Mumford & Sons, Gogol Bordello, DAWES, Abigail Washburn, The Very Best, Apache Relay, Haim

Monterey, California, Saturday August 25, 2012, Monterey County Fairgrounds

Mumford & Sons, Gogol Bordello, Two Gallants, GROUPLOVE, The Very Best, Apache Relay, Haim

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 8 Days – Artist of the Day: Red Hot Chili Peppers

29 May

Newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are not only riding the high of being honored as music royalty but also as the grandioso 2012 festival headliner, and well deserved.  I’ve been to a ton of concerts in my lifetime and I’ll continue to remember seeing RHCP live and what a fun show it was.  RHCP are one of those bands that every song they play is a hit that you’ve been listening to for years.  The only thing I expect is everything to be bigger and better on the big stage of Bonnaroo.  Night two is going to be awesome!

Saturday June 09, What Stage, 10:00 PM

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 9 Days – Artist of the Day: Gary Clark Jr.

28 May

And here we are, the home stretch to Bonnaroo!  I hope and pray you all know who Gary Clark Jr. is by now.  I remember when he was a Café Artist last year and a relative unknown even though Eric Clapton had already invited him to perform at his Crossroads Music Festival in 2010.  Earlier this year he joined B.B. King and Co. who performed at the White House for President Barack Obama.  Add in the comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and I don’t think I need to say any more.  The kid is a wonder and has been rapidly rising to the top as a force in the music industry.  I encourage everyone to check out a slice of music rich Austin, Texas.

Saturday June 09, Sonic Stage, 05:30 PM

Sunday June 10, What Stage, 01:00 PM

Live & Direct: Deadmau5 at Encore Beach Club

28 May

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 10 Days – Artist of the Day: Childish Gambino

27 May

I’m going to take you back just about a year ago to the day (10 days early actually). After rolling into Bonnaroo late Thursday night, our group entered the grounds and ready to hit up some late night shows. What happened next became one of my favorite moments of the entire festival, stumbling upon this hip-hop, rock set that absolutely blew my mind and my discovery of Childish Gambino! The alter ego of Donald Glover, there was an enthusiasm from his stage presence that set the tent of concert goers off the charts. At the time, with only an EP out, Glover delivered a passionate and energetic set that really helped set the tone for the rest of the festival. A year and an album later (CAMP), he returns as a bigger name and surely with more fans itching to get a glimpse of the wonder. I promise you won’t be disappointed when you make the decision to catch this show.

Saturday June 09, Which Stage, 06:15 PM

Setlist: Young The Giant | 5 26 12 | BLVD Pool | Las Vegas, NV

27 May

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 11 Days – Artist of the Day: Foster The People

26 May

In the last 18 months, Foster The People have gone from underground indie rockers to mainstream champions.  Check out one of the first posts I wrote about them from early 2011 when they were first performing in Vegas and an interview with Mark Pontius just before their show last summer also in Vegas.  I’ve seen these guys on the tiniest of stages and in front of over 20,000 screaming fans, poolside and in a nightclub and every time, they don’t disappoint.  Before their debut album, Torches, was released, the guys were selling out shows with just a three-song EP!  If that wasn’t a cue to take notice, the absolute firestorm of “Pumped Up Kicks” sure was and now they are the music industry’s darlings.  Two years ago being unknown to now set to play the Which Stage at the biggest music festival in the country, a tip of the hat gentlemen.

Friday June 08, Which Stage, 08:45 PM

Saturday June 09, Mark Foster DJ set, The Silent Disco, 12:30 AM