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Coachella 2016 lineup is here

5 Jan

Late Monday night Coachella dropped its 2016 lineup. With Guns n’ Roses and LCD Soundsystem as headliners (and both reuniting) leaked early on, the anticipation was only building for the remainder of the lineup. My hats off to the Goldenvoice team for putting together yet another massive lineup for music fans to salivate at. This year is clearly very dance heavy (as expected) and obviously there is going to be more electro(nic) incorporated into the Coachella Stage and Outdoor Theater stage. Also with Calvin Harris drawing the largest crowd in Coachella Stage history in 2014 it’s no surprise to see him headlining as well this year. I’ll get to may favorite small line artists below but I think the most interesting part of the lineup is at the bottom which states “DESPACIO All Weekend Long;” and should get every LCD Soundsystem (and music) fan excited because if you aren’t familiar, DESPACIO is a side project of James Murphy and 2manydjs! It’s so rad, see for yourself, HERE.

The top line artists speak for themselves but let’s get into the fun stuff, discovery. Here are my quick hits to the artists you may not know but should by April. If I had to name just one of the below for your to really get lost in, Gallant.  Oh baby!

Friday: Ibeyi, Black Coffee, Years & Years, HEALTH, Mavis Staples, Goldroom, Gallant, HAELOS, Miami Horror

Saturday: Chronixx, AlunaGeorge (who dazzled in 2014), Shamir, Moon Taxi, Ex Hex, Mr. Carmack, Alvvays, Algiers, Cloves, Phases

Sunday: HudMo, Kamasi Washington, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Anderson .Paak, Nosaj Thing, Epik High, Tensnake, Alessia Cara, Crystal Fighters, PRAYERS, Young Fathers, the Heavy, Girlpool, AC Slater

 

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DoYouHearTheMusic.com 2013 @SFOutsideLands Playlist

4 Aug

Figured since I am heading up to Outside Lands in a handful of days, why not put together a little playlist leading up to the festival.  A great lineup awaits and I only have two words, PAUL MCCARTNEY!   I cannot wait to see Sir Paul perform live, this is truly going to be a moment in time where everything else is going on pause for me.

Heading up to Outside Lands as well?  Here are a handful of acts I suggest you make your way to see:

  • twenty one pilots – look up their story when you have time but for now, click HERE
  • Phoenix – check out their production on their current dates
  • Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City should be up for album of the year
  • Jurassic 5 – if you never had the chance to see them back in the day, do yourself a favor now
  • D’Angelo – everyone should see him perform at least once
  • Zedd – fastest rising DJ in the world right now
  • The Head And The Heart- to this day one of my favorite shows I’ve seen at a festival
  • DAWES – their live show puts their albums to shame
  • Gary Clark Jr. – take the time to see this man
  • Wild Belle – Natalie Bergman’s voice will have you at the first note
  • Foals – see what everyone is talking about
  • King Tuff – stoked for this set
  • Rhye – talk about a rise to stardom, this should be a stellar performance
  • Deap Vally – you want to see two chicks rock, here’s your chance
  • Milo Greene -super talented quintet
  • The Growlers – hooked on these guys thanks to a friend’s suggestion
  • MS MR – fun show
  • The Wild Feathers and The Easy Leaves – good way to start your Sunday at OSL

Governors Ball 2013 Lineup

22 Jan

Hello New York! Take a look at the lineup for the 2013 Governors Ball on Randalls Island in NYC and they still have another headliner to announce! June 7-9.

Kanye West, Kings of Leon, (Additional Headliner TBA) , Nas, Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, Grizzly Bear, The xx, Cut Copy, Beach House, Kendrick Lamar, The Lumineers, Animal Collective, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Young the Giant, Feist, Thievery Corporation, Bloc Party, Beirut, Of Monsters and Men, DFA 1979, Crystal Castles, Azealia Banks, Yeasayer, Local Natives, Gary Clark Jr, Best Coast, Dirty Projectors, Portugal. the Man, Miguel, Dinosaur Jr, Holy Ghost!, Divine Fits, Twin Shadow, Japandroids, Alt-J, Deerhunter, The Vaccines,  Polica, Steel Pulse, TEED, Dillon Francis, Paper Diamond, Fucked Up,Wild Nothing, Icona Pop, The Knocks, MS MR, St. Lucia, Freddie Gibbs, Robert DeLong, GRiZ, Solid Gold, Bear Mountain, Pacific Air, Cherub, The Revivalsists, Swear & Shake, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics, Moon Hooch, ON AN ON, Haim, Reignwolf

DoYouHearTheMusic.com – Jump Into Fall Vol. III – Playlist

7 Nov

Oh man, already seven days into Movember and all I can think about is Thanksgiving, UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Basketball and a whole lot of good music to keep every day rocking and rolling.  So here we are, the final installment of the Jump Into Fall playlists!  Hope you like this one, definitely some new bands for you to check out and some new songs from well established musicians.

 

Five For Friday: Rolling Stones, The Lumineers, Bob Dylan, Gary Clark Jr. and Ghost Beach

26 Oct

TGIF!  Back with a new Five For Friday to get you through the weekend.

  1. If you didn’t see it yesterday, check out my post about the Rolling Stones surprise show in Paris yesterday where fans got to snag tickets for $20.  Oh what I would have done to see that show!  Fingers crossed I can find a way to get tickets for the shows in Jersey in December.
  2. Did you catch The Lumineers on Letterman earlier this week?  Rolling Stone said the band “shined” but as much as I love the band, I have to say I was disappointed.  Didn’t like the sound on this one.
  3. This weekend I get to see Bob Dylan in concert.  Been quite a while since my last Dylan show and perhaps this may be the last.  Either way, should be interesting and I’m going to relish every second of it.
  4. Gary Clark Jr.’s album Blak and Blu is awesome and you all need to listen to it pronto.
  5. Fall is in full swing but you don’t have to be.  Here’s a song to brighten up your day from Ghost Beach – “Miracle” Viceroy remix.

     

New Music: Gary Clark Jr. – Blak and Blu

23 Oct

A name with a suffix: Gary Clark Jr.

Who? C’mon you all know this guitar wiz from Austin, Texas.

What?  The MUCH anticipated first major studio album, Blak & Blu has finally arrived.

Why you should listen? Because this is just an incredible album of rock and soul music with sweet guitar licks, moving vocals and a sound that the music biz has been longing for.

A reason you’ll be excited?  If you are a music fan I’m finding it hard for you to not be excited about this album.

Why I’m excited: Having seen him a couple times live I can say this dude can flat out play and wow crowds.  There’s a reason why Eric Clapton asked him to play his Crossroads Tour a few years back and why Jay-Z had him as the only artist to perform both days of the Made In America Festival and why he was invited to the White House to play alongside BB King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Derrick Trucks, Warren Haynes…ok you get the point.

If you like: Rock and roll!

Final thoughts: “When My Train Pulls In,” “Travis County” and “Please Come Home” just listen to these three songs please.

Revisited: My @Lollapalooza 2012 | Running down the festival from top to bottom

8 Aug

I can sum my Lollapalooza experience up quite easy: an incredible time with great friends.

Any chance I get to return to the city of my birth I’m excited but add in a music festival with 100,000 people in Grant Park and you crank it up to 11.  This year I approached Lolla a bit different and wasn’t running from show to show.  I took the pace down a little and really stepped back to enjoy it a bit more. I was late to some shows which was unfortunate but at the end of the three days I was still stoked about who I saw and just wonder what may have happened if the Saturday afternoon storm evacuation didn’t cancel acts like Alabama Shakes, The Temper Trap, B.o.B. and the band I was most hoping to see, The Dunwells.  Props to C3 Presents for acting swiftly to recover and push back start times, reschedule bands like fun., Chairlift, Empires, etc.  C3 also did an incredible job of scheduling overall forcing the crowd to pick and choose like I’ve never seen.  When you are looking at a mile walk from the Bud Light Stage to the Red Bull Stage, it’s just not really possible to get everywhere you want to be unless you are a marathon sprinter.

A breakdown of who I saw each day:

Friday: O Rappa, Michael Kiwanuka, The Black Angels, The War On Drugs, Metric, Die Antwoord, Passion Pit, Black Sabbath, The Black Keys

Saturday: Of Monsters and Men (off the grounds), fun., The Weeknd, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Sunday: Outasight, The Devil Makes Three, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Trampled by Turtles, Gary Clark Jr., The Gaslight Anthem, Of Monsters and Men, Florence + The Machine, Miike Snow, Jack White

Headliners:  I have to be honest, you shouldn’t have gone to Lollapalooza just for the headliners. Talented musicians indeed (and ones I like) but you can’t compare The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Avicii, Justice, Jack White and Red Hot Chili Peppers to last year’s of Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket, Eminem, Foo Fighters and Deadmau5.

My First Show: O Rappa

My Final Show: Technically Jack White but essentially I caught all four final acts bumping to Kaskade, hearing Childish Gambino drop “Heartbeat” and hearing one of my favorite Justice songs, “On’n’On.”

My Moment of Joy: Seeing the rambunctious overfilled crowd on hand for Of Monsters and Men Sunday night time slot.

My Favorite Show: Didn’t actually happen at Lollapalooza.  Off-site Of Monsters and Men show on the rooftop of a condo tower for Gilt City’s ‘Better Than Backstage’ party.  Thanks to my friend Nicole for making it happen!  Seriously one of the top three bands I was dying to see at the festival and here I am just inches away as they rocked out.  A tip of the hat to an amazing group of musicians doing big things.

Best Overall Show: Die Antwoord, my second time seeing them and this was just flat out awesome. They had the crowd mesmerized and loving every moment of this high energy set.

Best Bud Light Stage Show: For me, Passion Pit – flat out great performance but easily it was Florence + The Machine, she had at least half the festival goers on hand to hear that incredible voice.  I remember the first time I saw her was in a small tent at Bonnaroo and she owned Lollapalooza.  Say hello to next year’s festival circuit headliner.

Best Red Bull Stage Show(s): I guess The Black Keys, those guys are just so honed in and solid in front of big crowds.

Best Playstation Stage Show(s): Die Antwoord, Gary Clark Jr.

Best Sony Stage Show: Last year I spent the most time at this stage.  This year I only really saw Miike Snow.

Best Google Play Stage Show: The Gaslight Anthem, the Jersey rockers did exactly that making the most of their 45 minute set.

Best BMI Stage Show: Well the only one I actually got to this year was Outasight and he had the crowd bouncing.

Best Perry’s Stage Show: In truth, I didn’t even see a show here, passed by a lot but didn’t get caught up in the pandemonium but the stage setup that may have been the best show.  LED bonanza creating quite the visuals.

Overall Stage With The Best Performances: Hands down Google Play, they stacked the deck with this stage and fans responded packing all of these shows. Big time acts like The War on Drugs, Blind Pilot, SBTRKT, Band of Skulls, Dawes, Wale, GIVERS, fun., Washed Out Twin Shadow, Frank Ocean, Of Monsters and Men, The Gaslight Anthem, Hey Rosetta!, The Big Pink, Childish Gambino

Biggest Surprise: How much I enjoyed the Metric show.

Best Legend Show: I just have to say Black Sabbath for the sheer fact that I saw Black Sabbath, even if Ozzy is starring into gigantic teleprompters and not sounding too good.

Random Moment(s) Of Awesomeness: fun. show being rescheduled after the Saturday evacuation and just owning the crowd for a 35 minute set filled with their hits.

Most Entertaining Show: Die Antwoord, if you’ve never seen them, you can’t help but be entertained

Most Disappointing Moment: not getting to see a bunch of acts I was super excited to see for the first time like Milo Greene, First Aid Kit and The Dunwells (the rain ruined that one for me) and some of my favorites like GIVERS, Chancellor Warhol, DAWES.

Next Big Thing: I want to say The Dunwells but the evacuation for the storm forced a cancellation of this show. And I sincerely hope more people discover Michael Kiwanuka; he’s got an incredible voice, great songs and is an absolute treat to listen to live.

Giving it a shot: The Devil Makes Three and I absolutely loved them.

Top Party: I’m giving this to Passion Pit because it was entertaining, full of energy and well I am a fan.

Funky Good Time Show: Gary Clark Jr.

Band I Was Sad To Miss: Sigur Ros

Best Intro: Rahm Emanuel introducing The Black Keys

What Would Have Been Great: Having less scheduling conflicts so I could see more bands

Top Moment: Choosing to skip Milo Greene, Chancellor Warhol, JEFF The Brotherhood and GIVERS for a once in a lifetime moment with Of Monsters and Men on the rooftop with the Chicago skyline serving as the background.

Best Festival Eat/Drink: Uncorked Wine Lounge

Best Place To Cool Off: I didn’t really find one and it was hot and humid

Biggest Waste of Time: The Toyota Crane game thing that totally wasn’t a crane

Evacuation Nation: Wow, getting 100,000 people out of the park in approximately 30 minutes before the torrential storm came in was pretty incredible.  Holed up in a steamy Irish Pub with $6 Bud Lights wasn’t ideal but it was festive and one of those random things you won’t soon forget.

Clutch Move: Popping out a little early on Friday night to head over to Big Star, my favorite taco and mescal joint in town.

Tip For Next Year: Coming a day early again and leaving on a later flight on Monday.

More Tips: drink water, more water, sunscreen is your second best friend after water, if you see someone struggling give them a hand or find someone to help.

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

Austin City Limits 2012 Lineup is here!!

22 May

And at first glance what a great one it is.  October 12-14 Zilker Park, Austin, Texas, plan to be there for Austin City Limits.  Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Avicii, Bassnectar,  The Rotts and Jack White headline the final festival of the season.  Add in acts like Esperanza Spalding,  Alabama Shakes, The Lumineers, Michael Kiwanuka, First Aid Kit, Gary Clark Jr, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Dry The River, Royal Teeth, Colorfeels and more; WOW!

Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup is here!

11 Apr

It should be one hot, fun weekend in Chicago for Lollapalooza.  Late last night the much-anticipated lineup for Lollapalooza 2012 was released and C3 Presents and Perry Farrell definitely did not disappoint.  The headliners were pretty much shoe-ins with the exception of Black Sabbath and At The Drive-In (talk about reunion acts) two bands I can’t say anyone really expected.  RHCP, The Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine are all doing their fair share of festival headlining this summer. Add Justice and Avicii to that list and it is going to be a heck of a good time.

I was really excited to see Sigur Ros, Miike Snow, Die Antwoord, Alabama Shakes, The Weeknd, Passion Pit, Franz Ferdinand, Of Monsters And Men, The Temper Trap, Aloe Blacc, Trampled by Turtles, Toro y Moi, The Head & The Heart, The Big Pink, JJ Grey & Mofro, Gary Clark Jr. , The Gaslight Anthem, Dawes, Bloc Party, Passion Pit, Madeon all getting great billing for the festival.

But even more thrilling was seeing some really awesome smaller acts tabbed to play; like First Aid Kit, Bombay Bicycle Club, GIVERS, Michael Kiwanuka, The Growlers, Hey Rossetta!, JEFF The Brotherhood, The Jezabels, Moon Taxi, Chancellor Warhol, The War On Drugs.

Also I have to say I love the logo used on the lineup poster, YEAR OF THE DRAGON.

See you August 3-5 at Grant Park in Chicago.

The Official 2012 Lollapalooza Line-up Video from Lollapalooza on Vimeo.