TGIF! And with that comes some music to lead you into the weekend. Here is the March 2015 playlist for you to click play and listen to. Features new music from Muse, Alabama Shakes, JEFF The Brotherhood, Penguin Prison, Mumford & Sons as well as Django Django, Nate Ruess, Curtis Harding plus great new tracks from buzz acts like Leon Bridges, Kaleo and the buzziest of all, Tobias Jesso Jr.
I’ll be back after SXSW to bring some more new music to you! Until then, rock out with this playlist and catch you on the flip side!
New music Tuesday so why not put together a little playlist to help get you through your day and the month of February. I know I just put together my January 2015 playlist a couple weeks ago so between the two you should be good to go with some solid tunes for the full work day. This month brings new music from Alabama Shakes, Marina and The Diamonds, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Purity Ring; second and third singles from James Bay, Hozier and George Ezra; and hopefully I can introduce you to some new tunes from Twerps, Vetiver, Francisco The Man and more. Peace + Love + Music.
Four days in Manchester, Tennessee can’t come soon enough! Bonnaroo is back June 11-14, 2015. Tickets on sale Saturday, January 17 at noon EST at http://www.bonnaroo.com. Can’t wait to be back. See you on the Farm fellow Bonnaroovians!
Mumford & Sons
Florence and The Machine
Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters
My Morning Jacket
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Belle and Sebastian
The War On Drugs
Atomic Bomb! Who Is William Onyeabor?
Tears for Fears
The Bluegrass Situation SuperJam featuring Ed Helms & Special Guests
Earth Wind & Fire
Gary Clark Jr.
Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood
Run the Jewels
Trampled By Turtles
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester
The Very Best
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Hurray For The Riff Raff
Between The Buried & Me
Strand of Oaks
Gregory Alan Isakov
Brownout Presents BROWN SABBATH
Madisen Ward & Mama Bear
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Hiss Golden Messenger
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
Unlocking the Truth
Oh man, just 24 hours from the 2014 Life is Beautiful lineup! I cannot wait to share this year’s lineup with everyone. Each minute we get closer to releasing it the more excited I get. I hope my enthusiasm and love for the talent assembled for year two of the festival is shared by you as well after tomorrow. I hope that as you watch this video below which recaps the music portion of Life is Beautiful 2013, you get pumped to create a whole new set of beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.
“A music festival is a gathering of a lot of strangers but I must say that music by the end of the night it always makes me feel like I know everybody that I shared that experience with and there’s nothing else in the world that can do that like music.” – Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons at Life is Beautiful Festival
At the beginning of June we released the initial lineup for Life is Beautiful; The Killers, Kings of Leon, Beck, Imagine Dragons, Pretty Lights, Empire of the Sun, Passion Pit, Jurassic 5 and a whole lot more. But what we also promised was more artists would be announced and thus here we are. Today we announced the additions of Vampire Weekend, Alabama Shakes, Janelle Monae, Cults, Joey Bada$$, Smith Westerns, Nico Vega, The Dig, Dreamers as well as the first details of a collaboration with Red Bull Sound Select to feature artists Wildcat! Wildcat!, Chancellor Warhol, The Kingston Springs, Children of the Night and Tink. If you haven’t yet checked out the brand new Red Bull Sound Select, you need to get on that like yesterday. So many great artists and an incredible platform for them to blossom through. As for Life is Beautiful, I hope y’all like the lineup and that I will see you October 26-27 in Downtown Las Vegas for an incredible two days! More details to come (soon) but in the meantime, how about a little dance party to get this Tuesday going from Ms. Janelle Monae.
I’m missing the first day of BottleRock Napa Valley today but stoked to be heading up to Napa tomorrow morning with my brother to catch a couple days of the first year, four-day festival. A stacked lineup, plenty of great food and wine in addition to plenty of friends making the trek should make for a fun weekend.
Tomorrow it’s all about The Black Keys, The Shins, Alabama Shakes, Vintage Trouble, The Flaming Lips, Dirty Projectors, Andrew Bird, Matt Nathanson, Blues Traveler and more. Saturday is definitely a power packed day/night of music with Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Iron & Wine, Jackson Browne, Jane’s Addiction, Donavon Frankenreiter, Allen Stone, Dwight Yoakam, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sharon Van Etten and more! Sunday brings it with Zac Brown Band, Michael Franti, Grouplove, Cake, Mavis Staples, Train, The Wallflowers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Brandi Carlile and more.
That Festival in Delaware, yeah Firefly has done it again with another solid lineup. From top to bottom fans should be jacked up about this one. Lots and lots of great up and coming bands. This is the week after Bonnaroo (which drops its lineup today too) so expect to see many similar artists.
If you want to watch the video, check it out below but just a warning, it is looooong.
Another year of GRAMMY Awards have come and gone. So much great music highlighted from the past year and of course a ton of great performances. I’m also a fan of LL Cool J as the host, hopefully they bring him back for a third year. So how about some ramblings from the show.
- If you’ve ever seen Bruno Mars live you know what to expect from him and his band but their performance was just sick. Sting singing a verse to “Locked Out of Heaven,” finally a tip of the hat to the Police influenced track and Rihanna joining the party with Ziggy and Damian Marley for a great tribute to Bob Marley. My favorite performance of the night.
- Wow, what a great way to pay tribute to the late, great Levon Helm. Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Mavis Staples, Zac Brown, Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard and T Bone Burnett, wonderful performance.
- Justin Timberlake with the band and orchestra, a tip of the hat and that I have to say overshadowed Jay-Z guesting for me.
- How cool was the rain during the fun. performance? So stoked to see those guys jump to stardom but every time I see Nate Ruess I am reminded of The Format, man do I miss that band.
- Mumford & Sons, well at least the escalated from that rickety little stage from a couple years ago.
- The Lumineers I sure hope they are the Mumford of two years ago and just reach new heights after the GRAMMY Awards. Let’s see how many units they move in the next week.
- The Black Keys with Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band was just simply rocking. Seen Dan Auerbach and Dr. John together but that collection of musicians, whoa.
- Ed Sheeran getting to share the stage with Elton John, well done young man.
- Jack White, a tip of the hat to you!
- Frank Ocean, wish they would have had him perform earlier in the show.
- LL Cool J, Chuck D, Z-Trip and Travis Barker – I’d love to see an entire concert with these four.
- Was there an over/under on how many times they would show Taylor Swift? And is there one song she didn’t sing along to?
- Is it odd that I thought of The Hunger Games when they showed Carrie Underwood’s dress? All it needed to do was catch fire!
- Anyone else think John Mayer in the purple tux belonged in Alice in Wonderland and could have fit in the Taylor Swift performance?
- I guess people know who Miguel is now. A tip of the hat to @TonyDasco who’s been all about Miguel for two plus years.
- Prince, he’s got to be up to something if he made an appearance. I just wonder what. I remember when he had his residency in Vegas, he would show up to one of the nightclubs I worked with an then have the curtains closed around him. Odd then, odd now but still one of the greatest musicians/performers ever.
- Did Kimbra and her ‘I’m not sure what she was wearing’ rival Bjork and her swan dress?
- The other performances, meh. Or did I miss a great one?
Oh and the awards. Here you go.
TGIF and I’m back with a Five For Friday. Been a crazy start to the year and I’ve slacked on getting out some awesome nuggets of music news, new music, concerts and general info.
- This weekend in Vegas is going to be rocking with live music. If you had your sights set on the Imagine Dragons show, and feeling bummed since it’s sold out; head over to Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel where Band of Skulls will be raging in the intimate room. I promise they will bring it and so should you.
- The Grammy Awards are this weekend, don’t miss out as there are going to be some amazing performances. If you recall a couple years ago Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan all jammed together and look at what that did to propel M&S and TAB to the next level. This year all eyes are on fun. and The Lumineers even though there are countless other amazing musicians performing.
- Speaking of Mumford & Sons, did you see the announced this year’s Gentlemen of the Road tour? Catch the US dates and see performances by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Alabama Shakes, fun., Those Darlins, The Vaccines, Half Moon Run, Bear’s Den, Willy Mason and Old Crow Medicine Show.
- Monday, February 11 head over to ghostbar at Palms where Vegas’ own, Dizzy Wright will be performing as part of Red Bull’s Red Monday presents. If you want to see the next big thing in hip-hop, you’ll be there.
- Next Saturday, February 16 if you are in Las Vegas make sure you head to Beauty Bar where Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Foxygen will be jamming. This is definitely a show you do not want to miss. Trust me.