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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

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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

Five For Friday: Mariachi El Bronx, @LaborWines, #SNL, @DJVice, Happy Birthday Guadalupe!

14 Sep
  1. If you’re in Las Vegas, make sure you come by Book & Stage at the Cosmopolitan at 10:30 p.m. tonight, that’s where I’ll be to see Mariachi El Bronx.  They are amazing live and put on one of the best shows I’ve seen before.
  2. If you are in Las Vegas on Saturday, our friends at Rock n’ Roll Wine are hosting their 7th annual Wine Amplified event over at Mandalay Bay Beach and besides the great music lineup featuring Young The Giant and Vintage Trouble, my brother, will be pouring his wine, Labor Wines!
  3. If you didn’t see, this is genius by Saturday Night Live!  Great engagement idea.
  4. Super stoked and proud of my friend.  Click HERE for a little preview of VICE’s upcoming song, “Breathe.”
  5. In honor of Mexican Independence Day, everyone should listen to “Happy Birthday Guadalupe” by The Killers, Wild Light and Mariachi El Bronx!

My review of Young The Giant in Vegas SEVEN (5 31 12 Issue)

1 Jun

No secret if you read this blog you know how big a fan of Young The Giant I am so naturally when the opportunity came to review their most recent show for Vegas SEVEN, I jumped on it.  My review appears in the May 31 issue and since I can’t be biased in my reviews, there in print lies my true thoughts on the show.  Having seen these guys a handful of times, this was by far the most disappointing show to date and really a shame since I’ve seen them absolutely crush it the other times.  Hoping when I see them again, next week, that energy and enthusiasm is back!

 

Setlist: Young The Giant | 5 26 12 | BLVD Pool | Las Vegas, NV

27 May

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 22 Days – Artist of the Day: Young The Giant

15 May

 

Getting a chance to see Young The Giant rise to stardom has been truly awesome.   I’ve had the opportunity to see them in front of 30 people and 20,000 people.  In little lounges/bars and on the grand stage at Lollapalooza along with a handful of other venues in between.  And when I say these California kids can rock, see them live and you’ll witness the passion, energy and enthusiasm that has propelled them to attract a mainstream audience.  Still riding the high off their self titled album which produced hits “My Body,” “Cough Syrup” and “Apartment,” Young The Giant is definitely a band you are going to want to see at Bonnaroo.

Where Did This Come From?! Firefly Music Festival – July 20-22 Dover, Delaware

1 Apr

WOW. Ok when I think of Delaware I usually think of Capriotti’s, Blue Hens and the first state to ratify the US constitution but certainly not music (but did you know Bob Marley once lived there?!) until now courtesy of the Firefly Music Festival.  JUST ANNOUNCED and set to rock July 20-22 at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, this music festival is coming in hot with plenty of fire power.  Headliners include The Killers, The Black Keys and Jack White! WHOA!  Also slated to perform are The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Lupe Fiasco, Michael Franti, GROUPLOVE, Allen Stone, Girl Talk, Trampled By Turtles, Walk The Moon, Bombay Bicycle Club, Charles Bradley, The Head and The Heart, Matt Costa, Penguin Prison, Imagine Dragons and more.

Firefly Festival Full Lineup

The Killers,The Black Keys, Jack White, Death Cab for Cutie, John Legend, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Cake, Lupe Fiasco, Girl Talk, Young the Giant, OK Go, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Cold War Kids, Tinie Tempah, The Wallflowers, Chiddy Bang, AWOLNATION, The Head and the Heart, Grouplove, Trampled By Turtles, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Bombay Bicycle Club, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Cults, Graffiti6, Allen Stone, Walk the Moon, Blind Pilot, The Felice Brothers, Heartless Bastards, Mariachi El Bronx, Matt Costa, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Ra Ra Riot, Imagine Dragons, Kids These Days and Penguin Prison.

Taking a further look at the Bonnaroo 2012 lineup

16 Feb

As everyone knows, the Bonnaroo lineup was released earlier this week and all I can keep thinking about is, will June 7 just get here already?!

So in anticipation, I put some of my thoughts together on the lineup.  I’m also amazed at how many of the bands I’ve actually seen live before.

  • Radiohead – never been a big fan of them (a little shocker, I know) but seeing them in the middle of nowhere should be awesome
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – yes, yes, yes! If you’ve ever been to a RHCP show you know what I’m talking about
  • Phish – been a while since I’ve seen them live, can’t wait (Bart Scott voice)
  • Bon Iver – have to be honest, not a big fan but will check them out
  • The Beach Boys – this one is growing on me, I am just imagining hanging out in the field listening to the Beach Boys on a hot summer day in Tennessee
  • The Avett Brothers – if you have never seen these guys live, WOW!
  • The Shins – yes! Catching them this spring too!
  • Foster The People – seen them way too many times in the last 12 months and thrilled to see them getting bigger and bigger
  • Skrillex – just doesn’t fit in Bonnaroo if you ask me but I’m sure the kids will be going crazy
  • Aziz Ansari – crazy to me he’s getting a big slot this year as the “comedy headliner” – introduced the Black Keys last year
  • Dispatch – one of my dreams coming true, finally getting to see them live
  • Feist – actually excited about this
  • The Roots – there is nothing quite like a Roots show, simply amazing
  • Alice Cooper – I can hear “School’s Out For Summer” in my head
  • SuperJam – oh who will it be this year
  • Black Star – yes sir!
  • The Word (featuring John Medeski, Robert Randolph and North Mississippi Allstars) – are you effen kidding me!
  • Ludacris – throw dem bows!
  • Ben Folds Five – I hope this is better than just a Ben Folds show
  • Flogging Molly – woohoo, let the ruckus begin!
  • Spectrum Road (featuring Cindy Blackman Santana, Jack Bruce, John Medeski and Vernon Reid) – solid!
  • Mac Miller – get to check what this kid is all about
  • Childish Gambino – my surprise of the festival last year, should be a blast
  • Major Lazer – I love this call!
  • tUnE-yArDs – mad excited to see them live
  • Afrocubism
  • Flying Lotus – late night bonanza
  • Umphrey’s McGee – yes, the jamming
  • Little Dragon – stoked!
  • St. Vincent – really intrigued with all the press and push over the
  • City and Colour – big fan of Dallas Green
  • The Civil Wars – super excited for this performance although I wonder if Joy Williams’ pregnancy will prevent them from performing.  Let’s hope not.
  • Young The Giant – so stoked for these guys and having seen them live in tiny rooms, concert halls and a festival atmosphere, I can’t wait for Bonnaroo to get rocked by them
  • Two Door Cinema Club – one of the more energetic and fun live bands
  • Punch Brothers – ready for a get down
  • NEEDTOBREATHE
  • Fitz & The Tantrums – if you’ve never seen Fitz live, it is a must
  • Bad Brains – taking it back, let’s rage!
  • Yelawolf – never got into his music, maybe I’ll give it a gander
  • Dawes – awesome live, incredibly talented, can’t wait to see them on The Farm
  • Battles
  • Danny Brown – YES YES YES! His coming out party continues
  • The Black Lips – there is really nothing like a Black Lips show, trust me
  • SBTRKT – I am just picturing a late night get down!
  • Phantogram – continuing to rise
  • Kendrick Lamar – one of the breakout artists of 2012, let’s see it!
  • Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires – oh man this may be one of the best shows at the festival
  • The Kooks – another band from across the pond I can’t get enough of
  • The Joy Formidable – fun live if you’ve never seen them before
  • The Antlers – dreams are starting to come true, can’t wait for this performance
  • Kathleen Edwards
  • Mimosa – just starting to listen to them, getting excited
  • Kurt Vile & The Violators – yes, another artist everyone should get excited to see
  • Alabama Shakes – HOLY AMAZING – when I first heard them I was in lvoe
  • Das Racist – kinda indifferent
  • Delta Spirit – just saw one hell of a rocking show with these guys.
  • Gary Clark Jr. – welcome back to Roo! Incredible talent
  • Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk – oh yeah!
  • Laura Marling – love, love, love her voice
  • Trampled by Turtles – JUST A LITTLE EXCITED!
  • Mogwai – not my cup of tea but…
  • The War On Drugs – Thanks, Kurt Vile!
  • Ben Howard – killer voice
  • Grouplove – they had my favorite album of 2011, are incredible live and will take the energy of Bonnaroo through the roof!
  • Blind Pilot
  • ALO – been a minute since I’ve seen them live. Fun show!
  • The Devil Makes Three
  • White Denim – get ready to take yourself on a rock experience
  • EMA
  • Here We Go Magic – P A R T Y
  • K-Flay
  • The Lonely Forest – on tour with Portugal. The Man right now
  • Mariachi El Bronx – oh this is going to be a special one at Bonnaroo!
  • Big Freedia
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Detroit Rock City
  • The Soul Rebels
  • Kvelertak
  • SOJA – Jah ready for a reggae good time? Don’t miss this show
  • Steven Bernstein’s MTO Allstars Plays Sly
  • Big Gigantic – hello late night!
  • Sarah Jarosz
  • Orgone – one of the more entertaining and talented bands I’ve seen live. F U N
  • Darondo
  • Fruit Bats – feeling a mid afternoon slot for them
  • Moon Taxi – holy can’t believe they are on the line-up, so stoked for me and them!

So there you have it, some quick thoughts on the initial Bonnaroo 2012 lineup.  The best part is we still have more acts to be announced!

Can’t wait to be in Tennessee again! A little over 100 days away, I’m not counting or anything.

BONNAROO 2012 LINEUP IS HERE! WOW!!!

14 Feb

Holy Bonnaroo!  Are you kidding me?  What a line-up SuperFly put together this year.  Looks like The Farm is going to be a rocking for four amazing days.  Sweet headliners! Tons of legendary acts! A stellar list of the rising stars of tomorrow!  Bonnaroo favorites! I mean this is going to be B A N A N A S.

My Thoughts on the Hangout Music Festival Line-up

10 Feb

Pretty powerful line-up at the Hangout Music Festival, May 18-20, on Alabama’s Gulf Shores.

Jack White, Dave Matthews Band and Red Hot Chili Peppers are a solid trio of headliners that highlight three days of solid music.

A look at some of the other initial acts announced:

Wilco – will be rocking in support of their new album

String Cheese Incident – never met a SCI show I didn’t like

The Flaming Lips – performing Pink Flyod’s Dark Side of the Moon

Chris Cornell – solid choice

Dispatch – ah a year back together and in comes the festivals again! So exciting!

Steve Winwood – now this will be a fun performance

Allen Stone – everybody needs a little Allen Stone in their lives

Alabama Shakes – what more can I say, they are on FIRE!

Gary Clark Jr. – if you haven’t listened to this man, best do so now

G. Love – c’mon y’all know this is a must see

Michael Franti & Spearhead – YES!!

Young The Giant – energetic live performances

Cage the Elephant – look online for video from Lollapalooza 2011

Dawes – amazing live show

M.Ward – another not to miss

Also included in the first announcement of artists Skrillex, Randy Newman, STS9, Coheed and Cambria, Flogging Molly, Dr. Dog, Gogol Bordello, Mavis Staples, Big Freedia, Shpongle, Zeds Dead, Paul Oakenfold, Yelawolf, Mac Miller, Hey Rosetta!, Paper Diamond, and Sleeper Agent.

More artists are expected to be announced soon.