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Now Playing: The Killers – “Shot At The Night”

16 Sep

How about some new music from The Killers on this Music Monday?! Give a listen to “Shot At The Night,” a collaboration between The Killers and M83′s Anthony Gonzalez. You can read more from Consequence of Sound HERE but this single is part of Direct Hits, a greatest hits album from The Killers as they celebrate their 10th anniversary.  The album is due out November 11. 

Here’s hoping they perform this during their headlining set at Life is Beautiful October 26-27 in Downtown Las Vegas!

 

 

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Revisited: Bonnaroo 2011

13 Jun

10th anniversary of Bonnaroo is in the books and I’m ready to get tickets for next year. Being a Bonnaroo rookie, it was all about taking in as much of the experience as possible. After an afternoon waiting for everyone to fly in, rent the truck and an off the reservation experience at Walmart, we were on the road.  Some 60 miles and one wrong turn later, we arrived.  After finding the RV and unpacking enough food and booze to feed the entire stage crew for the festival, it was time to get the party started.  Meandering through the festival grounds at night it was hard to capture just how big the Bonnaroo fields are and how over 100,000 people flow in and out.  The first time you see it during the day, your jaw drops at the sight of an entire city being created in virtually the middle of nowhere.  If that’s what it takes for people to get along, be polite and just have a good time, I can live with that.

I also learned that no matter what bands you plan to see, you can go ahead and throw that plan out, it just isn’t going to happen and that’s a good thing.  Getting a chance to pop in and out of shows, listening to some new bands (and some old), wandering around the festival grounds and just kind of going with the flow seemed to be just fine.  Photos will be coming soon (I promise) but here are some of my highlights from Bonnaroo X.

My First Show: The Walkmen

My Final Show: Apache Relay

Best What Stage Show: The Black Keys

Best Which Stage Show(s):
G.Love/Warren Haynes

Best Tent Show: Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses

Best Overall Show: Walk The Moon

Biggest Surprise: Childish Gambino

Best Legend Show: three way tie – Robert Plant, Dr. John, Gregg Allman

Random Moment Of Awesomeness: blue blinkers dropping from the sky for Arcade Fire’s set

Overall Stage With The Best Performances: On Tap Stage – shows included Band of Heathens, Apache Relay, Chancellor Warhol, Mat McHugh, Pimps of Joytime, JEFF The Brotherhood, Bobby Long and more

Most Entertaining Show: Lil Wayne for the fact that at least 40,000 festival goers/hippies knew all the lyrics to his songs – you had to be there to understand where I’m coming from

Most Disappointing Moment: Terrible sound quality for the Buffalo Springfield show made it almost impossible to listen to (this saddened me more than anyone will ever know)

Next Big Thing:  Walk The Moon and Apache Relay

Top Party: the overflowing sea of madness for Girl Talk at 2:30am

Oddest Show That Was A Blast: Primus

Funky Good Time Show: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Band I Was Sad To Miss: GIVERS

Angriest Performer: Eminem

Best Intro: Lewis Black for Warren Haynes

What Would Have Been Great: a late night set from a headlining DJ

Top Roo’er: Guy trying to make the “World’s Biggest Glow Stick” (if you saw/met him, you know what I’m talking about)

Top Sports Bar Moment: Game 6 of the NBA finals was like the March Madness scene in Vegas (video coming soon).

Best Festival Eats: Bear Creek Farms’ hand cut French fries and Gravy

Best Broo’ers Festival Beer: Ashville Brewing Company’s Ninja Porter

Best Place To Cool Off: the cinema (if no line to wait)

Biggest Waste of Time: anything that involved a line

Shocker Of The Festival: no rain

Worst Part: Dust everywhere and if you didn’t have a bandana, you were SOL

Clutch Move: renting a pickup truck

Tip For Next Year: less junk food and more healthy food, bring laxatives and don’t go off the reservation

More Tips: flip flops are your enemy, dust sucks, that fountain water is filthier than Vegas’ Rehab, expect rain, drink water and more water

Southwest Airlines Shows Loves And Then Retracts Free Music Offer

8 Jun

Southwest Airlines has really pulled a fast one on customers this time.  The airline recently announced in honor of its 40th birthday they would be giving away a 40 song playlist for FREE.  Not even a week after announcing and launching this has Southwest pulled the promotion and only saying “We apologize, but due to popular demand the free playlist is no longer available. Check out the artists we love on iTunes below.”

This is wrong in so many ways but I mean what did they think was going to happen; people weren’t actually going to download the music because they haven’t heard of most if not all of the artists?  For many people their favorite four letter word is FREE.  Was this a deal rigged with iTunes to try and get people to purchase the songs and some sort of revenue generator?  Who really knows the truth but what a lame and pathetic job by Southwest.

Something that could have been such a positive has become a negative very quickly.  And you know what; I bet those artists would have loved for millions of people to be introduced to their music.

Looks like no cake will be served at this anniversary party.

 

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 1 Day – Artist of the Day: Buffalo Springfield

8 Jun

It’s finally here, Bonnaroo Eve!  As the Countdown has reached number one, there is no band that deserves this spot more than Buffalo Springfield.  I mean never in my lifetime could I have dreamed about the opportunity to see them live in concert.  Wish granted as living original members Richie Furay, Stephen Stills and Neil Young bring their reunion tour to Tennessee (with Rick Rosas and Joe Vitale as well).  I’ve seen Neil Young and Crazy Horse, CSN, CSNY and now this is going to be icing on the cake for a heck of a 10th anniversary celebration.  Hope everyone is as excited as I am.  See you on the farm!

Saturday 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM – Which Stage

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 2 Days – Artist of the Day: Widespread Panic

7 Jun

“An honest tune with a lingering lead has taken me this far;” those are the first lyrics I knew of Widespread Panic thanks to my brother and I haven’t looked back.  11 studio recordings, 8 live records and 25 years later, the rock band from Athens, Georgia are regarded as one of the most iconic jam bands of all time.  And as the final artist slated to rock Bonnaroo, it seems fitting the band that headlined the inaugural festival 10 years ago gets to close out this year with what is sure to be an epic performance.   If this is in fact the final tour as people are speculating, what a ride it has been.

Sunday 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM – What Stage