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Full Schedule announced for BEMF

By Gabriel Szatan; November 8, 2012 at 3:34 AM 

The 5th edition of the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival takes place from the 9th-11th November – that’s this weekend – and after much anticipation the final list of venues and set times have been released, alongside a few surprise last-minute additions. Amongst them are Fatima Al Qadiri, Deadboy, Falty DL, Vito & Druzzi of The Rapture and New York’s very own Metro Area, the longstanding and well-loved project of disco maestro Morgan Geist, who has been on a hot streak under the Storm Queen alias for a couple of years. Nadastrom, arguably the MVP of moombahton, will head up the inaugural All Ages stage on Friday.

They join an already diverse roster of DJs and artists including Photek, Nicolas Jaar, XXYYXX, Brenmar, Baths, Shlohmo, Gold Panda, Dre Skull and at least two dozen more plus showcases from three of the finest collectives operating in today’s underground electronic scene: Fade To Mind, Deviation and Numbers, who collectively boast Kingdom, Pearson Sound, MikeQ, Jackmaster, Benji B and Omar S between them. Best of luck deciding who to catch amongst all that, eh?

More information can be found on their website, and tickets can be purchased here. Probably a sage idea to move quickly.

Green Day frontman to enter rehab after festival tirade

By Chase McMullen; September 24, 2012 at 9:27 AM 

In case ya missed it, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong had a bit of a fit the other day. More than a bit, you might even say. In a godly, “fuck this, fuck that” moment, Armstrong accused the promoters of iHeart Radio Festival of cutting his set short, unleashing his rage.

Since then, the band has apologized, and Armstrong has revealed he’s headed to rehab for substance abuse, according to the Associated Press.

The most confusing aspect of the story comes from what triggered it: at the time, Armstrong was angry over having only a minute left in his set, and in the video, it does indeed seem he’s being cut off too early. However, since then, the band’s “admitted” they weren’t cut short, despite all signs contradicting them.

Perhaps Armstrong was so clearly affected by whatever drugs he’d been taking, even during his pre-rant performance, that the organizers were forced to cut the show short. Previously, the word had been it was a decision to allow for more time for Usher.

Personally, I’m torn. The rant was a tad too “I’m a god, hear me roar!” based for my liking, but if he was in fact cut short, I almost can’t blame him. Besides, it provided us with the gem, for all time, “I’m not fucking Justin Bieber you mother fuckers!” Gotta love it. In a way, Green Day are behaving more like a punk band than they have in years. With all the attention it’s getting, it may even turn into a win.

In case you missed it, here’s the rant in all its glory:

ATP releases official mixtape, shares details of Instagram scavenger hunt

By Joshua Pickard; September 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM 

Leading up to the Afghan Whigs-curated ATP festival in New York City, festival organizers have compiled a free mixtape featuring artists set to take the stage at Pier 36 from September 21-23.  The mixtape includes artists such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Oh Sees, Braids, and Phillip Glass + Tyondai Braxton.  Stream or download the mixtape here or listen below.

Also of note is the fact that there will be an Instagram Scavenger Hunt which includes a prize pack featuring a special package of tickets to the multi-day festival, three nights accommodation at the Ace Hotel, Greg Dulli curated books, and a selection of Criterion Collection Blu-rays and DVD’s.

According to the ATP official website:

This Friday the 14th of September we will be announcing the films and books chosen by Greg Dulli as part of his curation of the festival. Two of the books will be discussed at the festival (hosted by Lapham’s Quarterly), and the films will be shown in a cinema at the festival alongside other programming by The Criterion Collection and ATP.

For the scavenger hunt, ATP has left copies of some of the books and films featured at the event at various shops and businesses around New York City. Clues about book locations can be found below. Once you’ve worked out the location of a specific book, ask inside the business to see if your guess is correct. Be the first to Instagram a photo of the book or film to ATP at @atpfestival with #ATPNYC and the shop name, and then keep that item as a prize.

The person that is the first to send in a photo, announcing a film or book as part of the line-up enters into a drawing to win 2 tickets to ATP, a room at The Ace Hotel for the 3 nights of the event and a bumper pack of books and Criterion films in the festival.

Clues as to the whereabouts of where we have placed a book or film are below.

1) Oscar the LP
2) Where a lighthouse might store its clothes
3) There are six in this clue
4) Flour, sugar, eggs and butter for sale
5) Tito’s Scottish cousin
6) Motorhead digs at this hotel
7) This gallery is so delusional
8) Howard the doorman stares at the pink pussycat in the West Village
9) Sounds from a strange village in Lost
10) Audio neutering on fruit
11) Not a condo in the year before the nation started to daydream

Get Ready.

Dates for 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival announced

By Joshua Pickard; September 12, 2012 at 8:16 PM 

Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment have just announced the dates for the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.  The annual music maelstrom which drew close to 100,000 fans over the course of its four day run last year is set to draw similar crowds this year with an as-yet-undisclosed roster of indie and mainstream artists.  The festival is set to take place from June 13-16 in Manchester, TN.  Mark your calendars now.  Or hear it for yourself from Carrie the Dancing Merengue Dog below.  We’ve also received word that there will be a special limited pre-sale for tickets and that more information concerning this will be announced in November.  We’ll pass along the information regarding this pre-sale and any confirmed artist additions as soon as it is available.

CMJ Music Marathon announces 2012 lineup

By Colin Joyce; August 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM 

The Stepkids at CMJ 2011 by Amanda Stockwell

The CMJ Music Marathon, which goes down October 16-20 in venues across New York City has announced it’s 2012 lineups. With acts like The Mountain Goats, GZA, and OFF! on the list, the highs seem a little higher than last year. Many more bands will be inevitably announced in the coming weeks, but for now this is a promising start. Check out the lineup below (with our favorites bolded), and be sure to check back for CMJ updates. We’ll have some exciting news of our own very soon.

Amy Bezunartea
Andy Suzuki & The Method
Apollo Run
Arthur Beatrice
At Sea
Balah + the Dry Eye Crew
Bear Hands

Beast Patrol
Bend Sinister
Bertrand Burgalat
Black Milk
Busy Living
Com Truise
Communist Daughter
Country Mice
Daniel Dexter
Daughn Gibson
Deap Vally
Debo Band
Dent May

Dirty Fences
Dog is Dead
Dope D.O.D.
Electric Guest
Emma Louise
Find Vienna
Foreign Fields
Fort Frances
Front Bottoms
Get People
Ghost Wave
Ghost Fields
Half Moon Run
Hey Marseilles
High Highs
Housse de Rackett
Icona Pop
Into It. Over It.
Io Echo
Isaac Delusion
Jacob Jeffries Band
Jennifer O’Connor
Jensen Sportag
Jim White
Killer Mike
King Tuff
Kyla La Grange
Le Blorr
Leaf Bird
Leopold and His Fiction
Lily & The Parlour Tricks
Mac Demarco
Main Attrakionz
Mean Creek
Men and Whales
Moon Hooch
Moon King
Mount Moriah
Mountain Goats

My Dear Mycroft
My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult
Paul Collins
Physical Therapy
Pissed Jeans
Poor Moon
Prince Rama
Psychic Twin
Rebecca Gates
Robert Delong
Robert Glasper
Rush Midnight
Salt to Bitters
Sea Wolf
Sean Nicholas Savage
Sean Price
Skinny Lister
Skipping Girl Vinegar
Solid Gold
Strange Talk
Such Hounds
T.H. White
Talib Kweli
The Blakes
The Catch Fire
The English Beat
The Flying Eyes
The Foot.
The Good Natured
The Hounds Below
The Intelligence
The Love Language
The Luyas
The Midnight Beast
The Presets
The Soul Rebels
The Spits
The Stepkids
The Ugly Club
The Virginmarys
The Walkmen
Tom Foljhan
Tiny Victories
Tom Lark
Tomorrow’s World
Trapper Schroder & The Shades
Turf War
Twin Tigers
Tyler Blake and the Shakedown
U.S. Royalty
Unicorn Kid
Vockah Redu
Von Haze
Way Yes
We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves
Wild Child
Wildcat! Wildcat!
William Tyler

World’s End Press
Yan Wagner
You Won’t
Young Buffalo
Young Magic
Zulu Pearls

Full Fun Fun Fun lineup revealed

By Chase McMullen; July 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM 

If you’re seeking a festival offering a wide variety of artists, you need look no further than Fun Fun Fun. Set to occur November 2-4th in Austin, Texas, the ambitious festival has now revealed its full lineup.

Some of the most noteworthy include a reunited RUN-DMC, De La Soul, Refused, Rakim, Explosions in the Sky, A$AP Rocky, Girl Talk, Santigold, Bun B, Atlas Sound, Danny Brown, Why?, Araabmuzik, and Real Estate – but that’s only a small taste of a much wider selection of fantastic artists. Head over to the official site for the entire lineup and your tickets.

FYF Fest 2012 Lineup Revealed

By Evan Kaloudis; June 18, 2012 at 1:34 PM 

Not bad at all.

FYF Fest takes place September 1st and 2nd at the LA State Historic Park in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday, June 22nd.

Full lineup listed alphabetically after the jump.

Full Rock the Bells lineup revealed

By Chase McMullen; May 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM 

Rock the Bells has essentially been the hip hop festival since its inception in 2004: when you begin your history as an event with one of Wu Tang Clan’s final performances featuring Ol Dirty Bastard, you can’t really help it. Since then, the festival has spread in both influence and locations, boasting an impressive lineup each – and every – year.

Sadly, this year the festival has shrunk locations to three, two of which are in California. Regardless, the cast of those set to appear is impressive as always. As per the norm, yesterday’s acts are performing albums in their entirety, perhaps most exciting are Method Man & Redman performing Blackout!. Also worthy of immediate attention are Missy Elliott & Timbaland, as well as Dipset, reuniting and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony performing E. 1999 Eternal. Other legends set to appear include Nas, Ice Cube, DJ Quik, Slick Rick, Prodigy, Too $hort, RZA, and even Salt-n-Pepa. Also big news is Hit Squad forming together as one, with EPMD, the afore-mentioned Redman, Das EFX, Keith Murray, K-Solo and DJ Scratch all present. Basically, it’s as big as ever.

However, somewhat more surprising is this year’s heavier inclusion of artists very much in the now. Indie kids will rejoice over Atmosphere, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. Then there’s some bigger names, Kid Cudi, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf, Lupe Fiasco, and even (and most disappointingly) Mac Miller. Frankly, some might balk at some of the newer faces, but it will work in the festival’s favor, beyond the increased sales, where else can you get such an odd, motley crew of rap power players?

8/18 San Bernardino, CA – NOS Events Center
8/25 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/1 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

Bumbershoot unveils lineup

By Chase McMullen; May 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM 

Seattle’s big festival has revealed its lineup for the year. Taking place September 1st to the 3rd, tickets come with a price tag more reasonable (only $110 for the entire weekend) than many, admittedly larger, counterparts. Of course, this isn’t to say Bumbershoot hasn’t amassed a noteworthy list of performers.

Among the acts set to appear are M83, Jane’s Addiction, Passion Pit, Mudhoney, M. Ward, Low, The Vaselines, The Jayhawks, and (sigh) Skrillex. Even Tony Bennett is set to perform.

These acts will more or less serve as headliners, backed by an impressive supporting cast, including Why?, Yelawolf, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Ty Segall, Big Sean, Fujiya & Miyagi, Blitzen Trapper, Mac Miller, Oberhofer, and Keane. Visit the festival’s official site for tickets and the entire lineup.

D’Angelo reveals 1st U.S. performance in a decade

By Chase McMullen; May 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM 

D’Angelo may still be the reigning king of soul, but he’s been breaking music lovers hearts for years with his time away from music, not to mention a few personal struggles. Then, early this year, he began performing a few shows in Europe. The music world, quite rightly, freaked out. Now, for Americans, the real excitement can begin.

The crooner is set to appear at the Essence Music Festival, in New Orleans. This marks D’Angelo’s first American performance in ten years. That’s no small event. Essence, July 6-8th boasts many other artists, including Aretha Franklin, Charlie Wilson, Mary J. Blige, Estelle, Eve, Trey Songz, and Keyshia Cole. The legend’s third album is also rumored to be approaching, and one can only hope this means more U.S. shows in the future.