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Austin City Limits This Weekend (Live Stream)

16 Sep

If you’re like me and not in Austin for ACL, you’re probably not a happy camper right now.  However ACL is streaming live via YouTube and you can click HERE to check in on the festival.

Also here are some of my picks for shows if I was down in Tejas.

Stevie Wonder – really, no chance I’d miss seeing him perform

Arcade Fire – I don’t care what anyone says, these guys effen rock the festival crowds

My Morning Jacket – they won me back over this summer at Lollapalooza

Nas & Damian – nuff said

Empire of the Sun – can never get enough EofS

Cut Copy – been a fan since randomly seeing these Aussies perform six years ago

Ryan Bingham – one of my favorite performances of the summer and if you know him from “The Weary Kind” oh you have so much more to discover

Randy Newman – seriously just to hear THIS

Fitz & The Tantrums – should be one of the more fun shows of the festival

Delta Spirit – huge fan and only seen them live once

Foster The People& Young The Giant – their rises to stardom this summer, wowsa and both put on hell of performances

Smith Westerns – trust me; go see these kids from Chicago

The Belle Brigade – brother and sister duo that will blow your mind

Aloe Blacc – one of the best voices I have ever heard and quite a showman as well

Mariachi El Bronx – go have some fun with Mexican Independence Day this weekend

James Blake – see what this UK wonder is all about, legit!

Gary Clark Jr. – dude’s got mad talent, up and comer for sure

The Head and The Heart – if you are part of the folk rock movement, check em

North Mississippi Allstars – need no explanation

City and Colour – definitely worth your time

Cults – yeah, they could very well be the next big thing

Alexander – take a seat in the park and enjoy this performance

little hurricane – gritty blues that you’ll dig and Tone & CC are two of the nicest people in the world

Graffiti6 – chances are you’ve never heard of them but after seeing their set, you’ll be craving more and more

Electric Touch – I’ve been dying to see them perform, please someone go for me

Bobby Long – amazingly talented musician

Seth Walker – great singer, songwriter

Chancellor Warhol – one of my favorite performances at Bonnaroo, go check out this Tennessee kid

MilkDrive – just getting into these guys

The Lee Boys – if you want to get down with your bad self, check this show

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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

Austin City Limits Line-Up Released and Single Day Tickets Now On Sale

17 May

Not only did Austin City Limits practically sell out today (probably will by EOD) but the line-up was released and WOW, Zilker Park is going to be music mania September 16-18.  I know the line-up every year is packed with big time talent but this year already screams epic time to be had.  Amazing job by C3 Presents to put together what can easily be considered the best festival line-up of the year.  Click HERE to purchase tickets.  Full line-up below.


Friday, Sep 16

  • Kanye West, Coldplay, Nas & Damian “Jr Gong” Marley , Bright Eyes , Santigold , Pretty Lights , Big Boi , Ray LaMontagne , Old Crow Medicine Show , Cold War Kids , Delta Spirit , Foster The People, Smith Westerns, Mavis Staples , Jack Ingram , James Blake , Sara Bareilles , Wild Beasts , Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark Jr. , The Secret Sisters , Phosphorescent , Charles Bradley , Reptar , Beardyman , An Horse , Asleep at the Wheel , Futurebirds , Theophilus London , The Cave Singers , Ha Ha Tonka , Francisca Valenzuela , Miniature Tigers , Hudson Moore , Bobby Long , The Bells Of Joy , Disciples Of Christ , Sara Hickman , The School of Rock , Heidi Swedburg , Mariana Iranzi , Brady Rymer

Saturday, Sep 17

  • Stevie Wonder , My Morning Jacket , Alison Krauss & Union Station , Cee Lo , Cut Copy , TV On The Radio , Skrillex , Iron & Wine , Chromeo , Gillian Welch , Fitz and the Tantrums , Court Yard Hounds , Young The Giant , Alexander , J. Roddy Walston & the Business , Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Del McCoury , City and Colour , Twin Shadow , The Antlers , Wanda Jackson , Abigail Washburn & The Village , The Belle Brigade , Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme , Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub , Fool’s Gold , Patrice Pike , The Moondoggies , Cowboy and Indian , Jon Pardi , The Warrior Gospel Band , Endurance , Tyree Morris & The Hearts of Worship , Recess Monkey , Fresh Millions , Tyler Bryant , The Kingston Springs , Chancellor Warhol

Sunday, Sep 18

  • Arcade Fire , Fleet Foxes , Social Distortion , Empire Of The Sun , Randy Newman , Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses, , Broken Social Scene , Death From Above 1979 , The Airborne Toxic Event , Elbow , The Walkmen , Chiddy Bang , Gomez , AWOLNATION , Hayes Carll , North Mississippi Allstars , Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. , The Head and the Heart , Mariachi El Bronx , Joseph Arthur , Bomba Estereo , MONA , The Vaccines ,  The Greencards , Nick 13 , Ruby Jane , Little Hurricane , MilkDrive , The Lee Boys , The Durdens , Peter DiStefano & Tor , The Q Brothers , Quinn Sullivan , The Barton Hills Choir , Seth Walker , Courtney Jaye , Leroy Powell

Playlist: May Music

5 May

The inspiration for this month’s playlist has to do 100% with the idea of hopping in the car, cranking up the volume and listening to these tracks with the windows down and wind blowing in your face.  There is some new music scattered in throughout the playlist and chances are good I’ve mentioned all the artists on the blog in some regard.

Hope you like May Music!

Cheers!

Craig

Ben Harper – “Burn One Down

John Butler Trio – “Zebra

The Walkmen – “Juveniles

Dawes – “Love Is All I Am

ALO – “Try

Ray LaMontagne – “How Come

Dispatch – “Bang Bang

The Belle Brigade – “Sweet Louise

O.A.R. – “Delicate Few

Paul Simon – “Rewrite

Dave Matthews Band – “Write A Song

Walk The Moon – “Anna Sun

Black Dub (Daniel Lanois) – “I Believe In You

Blue King Brown – “Come and Check Your Head

Lissie – “Record Collector

Brett Dennen – “Make You Crazy

Foster The People – “Helena Beat

Justin Townes Earle – “Christchurch Woman

Bobby Long – “Left to Lie

Delta Spirit – “Devil Knows You’re Dead

49 Days Until Bonnaroo, 49 Reasons To Look Forward to June 9-12

21 Apr

We are 49 days away from Bonnaroo!!  Since I’m claiming it as a holiday, here are 49 Reasons to look forward to Bonnaroo June 9-12.

49. Saying you are going to Tennessee just sounds so good

48. GIVERS are going to be going Up! Up! Up! after playing the festival

47. Bonnaroo Buzz from Ben & Jerry’s

46. Getting a chance to hear an amazing talent in Bobby Long

45. A good excuse to go buy galoshes

44. Justin’s Maple Almond Butter packets in tow

43. Donald Glover is part of the comedy line-up

42. Getting a chance to see The Band of Heathens live!

41. The legend, Henry Rollins

40. “Let’s Go Surfing” by The Drums

39.  Mud sliding during and after the rain

38. Sonic Stage

37. Florence Welch – I can’t wait to see her perform

36. Grace Potter

35. Matt & Kim’s intro music (Beastie Boys – “No Sleep Til Brooklyn”) and they’re fun live

34.  Check out the works on display at the Poster Art Exhibit

33. Portugal. The Man

32. The cinema but only if The Big Lebowski or My Blue Heaven are playing

31. Listening to Ryan Bingham play tracks off Mescalito, his first album

30. Since Jimmy Fallon announced the initial line-up maybe hope that he and The Roots show-up as a surprise guests

29. Old Crow Medicine Show belt out “Wagon Wheel”

28. Les Claypool

27. Checking out Eminem to see if he reaches way back and busts out D12 “Purple Pills”

26. The Black Keys rock out (I’ve been blown away by their performances twice this year already)

25. Grammy Winners Arcade Fire play yet another festival as a headliner and after years on the smaller stages

24. Getting down with Galactic

23. Late night with Bootsy Collins

22. A chance to see The Decemberists before the pack it in

21. Planet Roo

20. The only way I’ll see Lil Wayne because I know I wouldn’t buy a ticket to just his concert

19.  Have you ever seen Ray LaMontagne live?

18. Austin’s Finest – Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

17. The Silent Disco

16. Listen to blues music with G. Love

15. Lewis Black, nuff said

14. Party into the night with Girl Talk

13. Seeing the sun rise

12. Mumford & Sons play their largest show to date

11. The honor of seeing Mr. Robert Plant live

10. Hearing Warren Haynes play “Soulshine”

9. One more time to see Gregg Allman before it’s too late

8. Superjam

7. Late night with Dr. John and the Original Meters

6.  Surprise performances that are sure to be in store this year

5. Celebrate 25 years of Widespread Panic

4. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bonnaroo

3. String Cheese Incident do their thing

2. In my lifetime getting a chance to see Buffalo Springfield perform live

1. Four days listening to music and camping with great friends

Of course there are a whole lot more than 49 reasons to look forward to Bonnaroo so feel free to drop yours in the comment section below.

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Bonnaroo Announces Cafe Artists for 2011

14 Apr

Bonnaroo announced today the Cafe Artists.  Stoked to see bands like GIVERS, Bobby Long, The Pimps of Joytime, JEFF the brotherhood and more among the list.

Dave Matthews Band Caravan: Atlantic City June 24-26 Line-up

9 Mar

So the June 24-26 Dave Matthews Band Caravan line-up for Bader Field in Atlantic City was just released and all I can say is, SICK as in what a group of artists as I start day dreaming about how great these three days will be. Tickets go on sale for Warehouse members March 14 and to the public on March 25. Check out the below for all the artists. I don’t know who to be most excited about, such an amazing group of musicians.  What I do know is From Good Homes will be playing at the festival, love seeing the Jersey rockers on the bill as they just reunited in recent years after a decade hiatus.

2010 In Music: Some of My Favorites

29 Dec

These are in no particular order (except for the first one with good reason) because there is so much good music and moments to capture and look back on in 2010.  I know I have forgotten some and welcome your additions but here are some are of my favorites from the past 365 days.

DoYouHearTheMusic.com – simply because I finally did it and started my own blog.  For me it was a huge accomplishment and I only hope that if you are reading this you found some new music to listen to. Looking forward to adding and improving the site next year

Temper Trap – the Australians blew up in the US in 2010, headlining tours, “Sweet Disposition” being remixed into one of the best electronic songs, “Fader” taking off on the charts, etc.

Chiddy Bang – “Opposite of Adults” – what can I say, I dig these guys and I just hope more people give them a listen in 2011

Fitz & The Tantrums – the second half of my 2010 was dedicated to this band.  I am in love with their sound and can’t wait to see them live

ImWithTheDJ.com – can always count on my friends’ blog for fun, inspiring and another side of music, posts

Tinie Tempah – not only is he one of the hottest artists across the pond but Tinie Tempah is quickly making his way to the US with his hit song, “Miami 2 Ibiza” ft. Swedish House Mafia

Tinchy Stryder – Another UK hip-hop act who should get some crossover into the US in 2011

Laidback Luke – What can I not say about this guy, he’s incredible.  Three songs he remixed in 2010 that stick out to me: Calvin Harris – “You Use To Hold Me,” Robyn – “Indestructible” and of course Wynter Gordon – “Dirty Talk” (hands down one of the BEST songs of the year)

Vampire Weekend – if these guys were big before, Contra made them a global brand

Kings of Leon – I’ve been a fan of KoL for as long as they’ve been a band and Come Around Sundown reminds me of their original works.  One of my favorite tracks of the year “Back Down South” I hope gains mainstream airplay

Brandon Flowers – went solo in 2010 and wow did he impress.  Much more than I ever imagined he would.  Bravo

Trombone Shorty – have you heard “Show Me Something Beautiful”

Dave Matthews Band – after announcing that they were taking 2011 off, I knew I had to see DMB as much as I could in 2010 and to me, they sounded incredible.  So good it hurts to know they are taking next year off

LCD Soundsystem – wow, these guys rocketed to the top of the charts in 2010 and to be completely honest, the show I saw at the Pearl at Palms in Las Vegas, one of the best concerts of the year

That two DJ friends of mine have opened sneaker boutiques in Las Vegas- DJ Vice’s CRSVR inside the Cosmopolitan and DJ Ikon’s Feature off Spring Mountain/Jones

Bobby Long – getting set for a big release in 2011 and big things to come.  He was one of the big surprises for me during Mile High Music Festival

Pepper at HRH – always guarantee a good time when going to see Pepper Live and once again they rocked the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas poolside to a HUGE crowd.

“One” – Swedish House Mafia – not much to elaborate on this except the BIGGEST song of the Summer 2010

Wolfgang Gartner – with a half filled nightclub, those who made it out to Vanity at the Hard Rock Hotel this summer were treated to one of the best DJ sets

Mark Ronson – “Bang Bang Bang

Dave Matthews Band – “Write A Song” Live – this has quickly become one of my top DMB songs and hearing it live cemented its place for good

Taio Cruz – “Dynamite” – this song is club gold. The reactions when this song is played is right up there with “I’ve Got a Feeling,” “Just Dance,” “Since You’ve Been Gone” and the likes where people go absolutely insane for it.

DJ Khaled – “All I Do Is Win”

Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP – “We No Speak Americano”  – took some time but gained serious momentum in the second half of 2010

Roger Sanchez – “2gether” – what a remix and breath of fresh air

Edward Maya – “Stereo Love”

Michael Franti – Sound of Sunshine – Love me some Michael frantic but his latest disc was a real surprise for me and I am forever grateful to have had this as a soundtrack to my summer

Kanye West – “Power” – forget how good his whole album is, “Power” is my jam

Lupe Fiasco ft John Legend – “Never Forget You” – what a song and definitely some lyrics you should pay attention to

Jimmy Cliff – seeing the legend perform live at Mile High Music Festival was one of the best musical highlights of my life.  Man still has it and I could listen to him perform any day

Miike Snow – wow the surge to stardom keeps rising for these guys

Dr. Luke – this guy produces hit after hit after hit.  I mean Katy, Perry, Ke$ha, Eminem, etc. all have top hits because of him

Cee Lo – what can’t he do?

B.o.B. – his debut disc is flat out phenomenal

Biffy Clyro – keep an eye out for these Scottish rockers

Graffiti6 – love love love

Good Shoes – English band you have no excuse not to listen to

Duck Sauce – The team of A-Trak and Armand van Helden make you wonder where the musical boundaries are going to be pushed to next

Pirate Radio on DVD – this is one of my favorite movies of all time and definitely a great music flick

The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St. rerelease – it still amazes me what they are able to do today with remastering original recordings

Treme – what a great job HBO did with this series.  Can’t wait for season two

Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

Yeasayer – “Ambling Alp” one of my favorite tracks of the year

D.W. Brandt – “Some Fantasy” another amazing track this year

Drake – what else can you say about this guy and “Over” with the Dead Prez beat SICK

Wavves

Eliza Doolittle

The Crookes

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon because of The Roots as the house band – did you see the performances?

Mumford and Sons – my tip of the hat to CC for the good look before these guys struck it big

Maccabees – just check em out

Aerosmith – finally getting to see these guys live and good thing I did since Steven Tyler broke up the band for American Idol

Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger – one of the most fun concerts I’ve ever attended and well worth $31

Friendly Fires – another band you haven’t heard of

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

Rehab at Hard Rock Hotel

The music program at Wet Republic – just do a search for the recap of all the artists

The Dirty Dutch invasion – DJ Chuckie crushed it

Afrojack – monster year and now has a Vegas residency

David Gray – never lets you down

Aloe Blacc – How To Make It In America on HBO pushed him to mainstream and “I Need A Dollar” isn’t even his best work (did you catch Kid Cudi the actor?!)

David Guetta and Kid Cudi – “Memories”

Discovering Blue King Brown

John Butler Trio – April Uprising – hands down one of the best albums of the year

The Parties- Coast Garde

Donvavon Frankenreiter – “Glow” – I’ve been a Donavon fan since the first time I saw/heard him opening for G. Love at Hob Sunset Strip and anytime he has new music out, I don’t even have to wonder, I just know it’s good music

Subway Sessions – really really cool concept

Chromeo teaming up with Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend on the track “I Could Be Wrong”

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – if you haven’t listened to her, you are missing out

The Black Keys – finally hit stardom

Elton John and Leon Russell – The Union

The Gaslight Anthem – back with their third LP, the Jersey rockers killed it again

Calvin Harris

Gyptian – “Hold Yuh” – the original is wonderful but the Major Lazer remix is awesome

Hot Chip

Mile High Music Festival – a great two days with an insane amount of top tier bands to see

 

Revisited: My Mile High Music Festival – Day 1

17 Aug

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Well back from Denver and I already miss that place.  What an incredible city that really has everything to offer.  Every time I visit I find more reasons to love the city.  To say Mile High Music Festival was a success is an understatement, it was just about as good as it gets.  Spread over 24 fields, it was definitely music euphoria with three stages, two tents and a “beach” to bounce back and forth to.  AEG did a really great job laying out the festival and making everything easily accessible and a fun time for all.  Enough small talk, here are some highlights of Day 1.

  • While getting settled for Donavon Frankenreiter as the first act of the day, had the chance to hear Bobby Long’s set and this might have been my surprise of MHMF.  He’s a British singer-songwriter and has a great voice and rocked the stage as if he was the headliner at MHMF.  I’ll be checking out his music this week and I suggest you do the same as he just signed with ATO Records (Dave Matthews) so expect big things from this fella
  • Donavon Frankenreiter was the perfect act to get the afternoon set in motion.  A great crowd convened to the main stage and we were treated to a few surprises; John Oates of Hall & Oates sat in on the entire set, Donavon did a very chill cover of Tom Petty’s “American Girl” and he also performed his new single “Glow” which we wrote about on August 4
  • ALO crushed MHMF with their upbeat and lively performance.  Opening with one of my favorites, “Maria,” the crowd kept growing and growing as the boys jammed nonstop to songs old and new including “Man of the World” the title track off their latest release
  • Nas & Damian “Jr Gong” Marley was one of the most entertaining acts of the day.  In what began as a high energy emcee/DJ hip-hop get down, turned into a Nas greatest hits concert with the rapper performing everything from “Street Dreams” to “If I Ruled the World” and then melding into reggae-rap with the duo performing “As We Enter” and a heap of other tracks before giving way to Marley performing “Welcome To Jamrock” and singing a bunch of his father’s legendary music
  • Rusted Root jammed on well past their scheduled time with “Ecstasy” reverberating throughout the festival grounds
  • Cypress Hill was getting wild and definitely running the gamut on their hits
  • Keane came on late and was disappointing enough that I only stayed for two songs.  The only good thing about Keane coming on late was the opportunity to sing-along to the Steve Miller Band
  • Slightly Stoopid the act I was most looking forward to seeing at MHMF put on a fun set that included “Wicked Rebel” and “Collie Man” and the boys were joined by B-Real of Cypress Hill for their encore
  • Sadly missed Phoenix (same time as Slightly Stoopid) but heard they killed it
  • Caught the end of Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi on the way to Jack Johnson – it’s a shame they didn’t have a great crowd and I really can’t talk since I didn’t make the extra effort to hear them either
  • Jack Johnson definitely brought the masses and put on a really fun show but it seemed too chill and not enough energy coming from him.  Some highlights of his set did include Jack brining up Doanvon Franenreiter to perform “Breakdown” and “Mud Football” – which had the two embrace with a big hug at first (not sure the last time they shared the stage together since having a musical “falling-out”) and performing ALO’s “Girl I Wanna Lay You Down” with Zach Gill

More notes from Day 1: Beta Beach was bumping great house music all day and provided a good place to cool off in the water playground; in Coors Country and Budweiser was the beer sponsor?; Whole Foods was easily the best vendor at MHMF with cheap (yes, really) food and drinks and an amazing deal on SIGG water bottles and Honest Tea refills for $1; Justin’s Almond Butter and Hazelnut Spread are amazing; TicketHorse is the future of purchasing concert tickets.