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VIDEO: 2013 Life is Beautiful Festival MUSIC Recap

22 Jun

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

 

 

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Festival Lineup Pandemonium Today

15 Jan

Quite the Wednesday in the festival world as Governor’s Ball, Hangout, Mountain Jam, Shaky Knees, CounterPoint and Big Guava all announced their lineups. With the exception of CounterPoint and Mountain Jam what do they all have in common besides being on the east coast? OutKast as a headliner.

Want the full lineups for each? Follow the links below.

Governors Ball – Randall’s Island, NY | Headliners: OutKast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes

Hangout Music Festival – Gulf Shores, AL | Headliners: The Black Keys, The Killers, OutKast, Jack Johnson

Mountain Jam – Hunter Mountain, NY | Headliners: Bob Weir & Rat Dog, Gov’t Mule, Pretty Lights, TBD

Shaky Knees – Atlanta, GA | Headliners: The National, Modest Mouse, TBD

CounterPoint – Kingston Downs, GA | Headliners: OutKast, Pretty Lights, Foster The People

Big Guava – Tampa, FL  | Headliners: OutKast,Vampire Weekend, Foster The People

 

Now Playing: Vampire Weekend – “Step” REMIX ft. Danny Brown, Heems, Despot

10 Jan

In 2013 Vampire Weekend put out in my opinion one of if not the best album of the year, Modern Vampires of the City. How does 2014 start? With a dope remix of “Step” featuring Danny Brown, Heems and Despot. I cannot get enough of this remix, been listening to it nonstop this week and hopefully you do too.

DoYouHearTheMusic.com – Top 10 Concerts of 2013

28 Dec

I lost track of how many shows I’ve seen this year.  Needless to say that it was a lot over the past 365 days and I’m not even done yet! Closing out 2013 with oh sweet music but before then, here are ten of my favorite concerts from the past year (including festival shows).

10. Two Gallants at Beauty Bar (June 8, Las Vegas)

9.  Allen Stone at Bottle Rock (May 11, Napa)

8.  Madeon at EDC (June 21, Las Vegas)

7. Phoenix at Outside Lands (August 11, San Francisco)

6. The Black Crowes at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (December 14, San Francisco)

5.  The Killers at Life is Beautiful (October 27, Las Vegas)

4. Chvrches at Hype Hotel at SXSW (March 14, Austin)

3. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros at BLVD Pool (August 1, Las Vegas)

2. Vampire Weekend at Life is Beautiful (October 27, Las Vegas)

1. Paul McCartney at Outside Lands (August 8, SF)

DoYouHearTheMusic.com – Top Tracks of 2013 (well a good amount of them)

2 Dec

Thanksgiving gave me a minute to sit back and have a little fun putting together a Top Tracks of 2013 playlist.  This clearly doesn’t include all of the great music that has filtered our ears this year but it is a collection of music that has been on rotation for me in 2013.   I tried not to duplicate artists (I could have gone on for days with whole albums from the likes of Vampire Weekend, Cayucas, White Denim, Bastille, etc.) so I hope you like this playlist which should keep you going for hours and perfect for some holiday road trips.

 

Cheers!

 

 

Countdown to @LifeIsBeautiful: 10 Days – @VampireWeekend

15 Oct

You can count them on two hands finally, 10 days until Life is Beautiful! I can promise you that if you’ve ever visited downtown Las Vegas, it’s going to look massively different in the next 10 days. I hope you’re as excited as I am. Today we dropped the festival map and schedule, let the planning begin! Also the perfect day to feature one of the bands who’ve put on a couple of the best concerts I’ve seen in 2013, Vampire Weekend.

Countdown to @LifeIsBeautiful: 21 Days – twenty one pilots

4 Oct

Figure now is as best a time as any to start a little countdown to Life is Beautiful. I can’t believe how fast the last year has gone and here we are just three weeks away from the festival kicking off with our Grills & Guitars party with music by Dawes and Todd Rundgren. But in honor of 21 days from the festival, here’s a little music from twenty one pilots who will be performing on October 27. Hope to see you in Downtown Las Vegas and join me for what’s going to be an epic weekend.

Peace + Love + Music

Craig

@LifeIsBeautiful Single Day Schedule and Tickets

24 Sep

Here we go……just a month away from the inaugural Life is Beautiful Festival in Downtown Las Vegas and now the fun for you can really begin as this morning we released the single day schedules! Give a look and let me know what day and who you’re most excited to see!

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Also this Friday at 10 a.m. SINGLE DAY TICKETS go on sale!

See you in a month!

Peace + Love + Music
Craig

Revisited: My 2013 Outside Lands adventure

18 Aug

Took me a little bit to get around to writing up this bad boy but below is a little bit of my recount from Outside Lands.  Believe it or not, this was my first time attending this festival and now I’m scratching my head wondering why I’ve never actually gone (to be fair to myself, the dates never really lined up for me until this year).  My hope is that I don’t miss another Outside Lands.  The city, the setting, the experience, the people all made for an amazing weekend.

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I decided to get things started a little bit early and book my trip to arrive Thursday night for two reasons, one I wanted to be there Friday morning (I’m not a fan of flying in the day the festival starts) and two, Zedd was playing at The Independent.  Seeing him in a venue that only holds 500 people (and that’s one of my top 3 favorite venues, yes please!) just doesn’t happen so there was extra motivation to get to this show.  Excited, set to leave Vegas and then it hit, the damn weather in SF delayed ALL flights.  Quickly I started thinking I was going to miss the show as my plane was delayed first an hour, then three hours and finally four hours and we were told to deplane.  Once off the plane I immediately checked the departure board and boom, flight to Oakland leaving in 9 minutes.  Could it happen?  Could I really make it?  Guess luck was on my side because the gate agent held the door as she was processing my change and off to Oakland I went!  Landed, hopped in a cab, $80 later dropped my stuff off, got in another cab and made it to Zedd right on time!

As for the real Outside Lands experience, two words, PAUL MCCARTNEY.  This was hands down one of the top musical moments of my life.  Watching from front of house and witnessing the 71 year old jam for three hours, no water breaks, silence a crowd at times and create the biggest sing-along in San Francisco, now that was cool.  After six failed attempts for all sorts of reasons, I was finally destined to see Phoenix live!  And man was it awesome.  35,000 strong at the Twin Peaks stage and everyone going crazy for Thomas Mars and the gang.  I can still visualize them playing “Lasso,” it was that good.  So many great memories from this trip, here are some of them.

WHO I SAW:

Friday: Naia Kete, Midi Matilda, Smith Westerns, Houndmouth, Wild Belle, Band of Horses, twenty one pilots, The National, Zedd, Paul McCartney

Saturday: Atlas Genius, Young The Giant, Jurassic 5, Baauer, Grizzly Bear, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, Nine Inch Nails

Sunday: The Easy Leaves, Kopecky Family Band, Rudimental, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Foals, The Head and The Heart (surprise show in the woods), Hall & Oates, A-Trak, Vampire Weekend, Matt & Kim, Dillon Francis, Red Hot Chili Peppers

My First Show: Naia Kete  

My Final Show: Red Hot Chili Peppers

My Moment of Joy: Paul McCartney.  This was an absolutely unreal experience.  Just look at THIS 39 song setlist

Best Lands End Stage Show: McCartney, hands down nothing could have been better BUT I will say Vampire Weekend crushed it and had a monster crowd

Best Twin Peaks Show(s): Phoenix and twenty one pilots but I’m biased since these were two must see sets.  Now Rudimental, they stole the show and my Outside Lands experience (more on that below)

Best Panhandle Stage Show: Kopecky Family Band, had seen them a couple times prior but this performance was just solid

Best Sutro Stage Show: I only made it over there for The Easy Leaves and Kurt Vile (yeah, I missed out on some amazing performances including CHIC which received rave reviews)

Best Overall Show (not being Paul McCartney): Rudimental.  Thanks to a friend from London I was told to check them out and boy was he right; I got to catch the beginning of their set and wow was it awesome!  If you are not familiar with this troupe, I suggest you start listening to them

Biggest Surprise: See directly above

Best Legend Show: Can Jurassic 5 count for this one? So awesome to see the MCs back together again doing it big and with a massive crowd responding to every rhyme

Random Moment(s) Of Awesomeness: Paul McCartney asking for a moment to take in the scene, The Head and The Heart surprise show in the woods, and that bloody mary on Sunday at a location I won’t disclose was delightful.

Overall Stage With The Best Performances: Lands End had the big ones but I think the shows over at Twin Peaks were all ragers

Most Entertaining Show: twenty one pilots, you never know what’s coming next, those fellas have unlimited energy

Most Disappointing Moment: Missing a plethora of bands I wanted to see just based on schedule conflicts – Willie Nelson, Yeasayer, Rhye, King Tuff, DAWES, Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk

Next Big Thing: Wild Belle, it has got to happen for this brother-sister act, they keep getting better and better live

Perfect Moment: coming over the hill to catch Nine Inch Nails and them busting right into “Closer,” too perfect!

Giving it a shot: Young The Giant, I’ve seen these guys live 7 times, was a bit over them and then I accidentally caught their set and they reminded me why I became a fan in the first place

Top Party: A-Trak, dude just crushed the crowd in the middle of the day

Band I Was Sad To Miss: Yeasayer

Best Intro: Do my intros to friends going to see a band they never heard of count?

What Would Have Been Great: two of me to split myself and see every show

Top Moment: Taking in the surreal moment the first time the entire crowd went dead silent listening to Sir Paul

Best Festival Eats: The Whole Beast’s Lamb Paella

Best Beer Lands Beer: Magnolia Brewery Kolsch

Best Place To Cool Off: Wine Lands

Biggest Waste of Time: thinking taking anything but an Uber (at surge pricing) to get to/from the park was a good idea

Shocker Of The Festival: There was a whole lotta sun (until Sunday)

Worst Part: Scheduling conflicts

Clutch Move: bringing a backpack and having layers for when it got cold

Tip For Next Year: stay a day later and enjoy SF!

More Tips: drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen even if the sun isn’t shining, have comfortable shoes, VIP access is totally worth it, arrive early to take advantage of all the good eats, if you think you’re going to want a blanket or sweatshirt from OSL buy it on day one

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