Boston’s newest festival is returning for its third installment this Memorial Day weekend, and will be taking over the city once more for a three day extravaganza. From May 23-25, acts like Tegan and Sara, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Brand New, and many more will gather to perform inside City Hall Plaza. You can check out the confirmed lineup, along with an announcement video below. Keep an eye out for more details, as the festival promises to announce one more major act to complete an already incredible lineup. Pre-sale tickets will go on sale tomorrow and can be purchased here.
The Bee Gees‘ Barry Gibb stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, just a few weeks after appearing with the comedian on the recurring Saturday Night Live sketch “The Barry Gibb Talk Show.” The two have a nice rapport, and Fallon is obviously a genuine fan, so it was great to see and hear them harmonize on a few refrains of Everly Brothers songs.
Gibb then performed “You Should Be Dancing” along with The Roots. He’ll be starting a 6-day tour starting May 15th. See dates below.
Barry Gibb Live:
5/15 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
5/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
5/23 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
5/27 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
5/31 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
6/4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from one of last year’s most prominent breakthrough artists, twenty|one|pilots. But for those who thought the act might be taking a breather, think again. They’ve just announced a spring tour, hitting over 20 cities from coast to coast. [UPDATE: Previously, the band had only announced the cities, but last night they revealed the full routing which will run from early April to mid-May. You can check out the dates below.] Continue reading ‘twenty|one|pilots Announce Spring Tour’
The National recently announced a North American tour this spring with Daughter, Warpaint, and Portugal. The Man,but some of us just can’t wait until April to see these guys perform. Thankfully, CBS This Morning recently welcomed the Grammy nominees onto their show for a short interview and performance. Check out the interview, and watch the band perform ”Don’t Swallow the Cap,” and “I Need My Girl,” off Trouble Will Find Me below. Continue reading ‘The National Perform On ‘CBS This Morning’’
Foster the People have given back to the Los Angeles community in a pretty huge way—and we mean that literally. The trio is responsible for an enormous new mural in downtown LA, which is basically just a giant advertisement for their new album, Supermodel.
Frontman Mark Foster says about the mural, ”Living down here the last four years, I’ve gotten to be part of a cultural renaissance. I feel like Los Angeles has given us a lot, and we wanted to give something back. There’s a lot of people who live down here, who walk past or ride the bus to work past that wall every day. They have no idea who we are, but they’re going to be able to see a piece of art that’s making their neighborhood more beautiful, even if they never listen to the band.”
The band played a free show in front of the mural, which was done by Dutch artist Young & Sick, last Thursday night, and their new music video for “Coming of Age,” shows a time-lapse video of the process.
“It happens to be the same art we’re putting on our record, but for me it was always something separate from the album itself,” notes Foster, “Music is an intangible thing – it travels through the air. But there’s something powerful about something you can look at and touch. This was a chance to make something that’s going to stand independent of the music that we make.”
Check out the mural at 539 S. Los Angeles Street and catch the band on tour this spring.
I feel like I might still be watching the Grammys. Is it still on? I can no longer distinguish the Grammys from reality. It was so long that the much-hyped finale, featuring Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, and Fleetwood Mac‘s Lindsey Buckingham, was like a minute in when the producers lowered the curtain in the form of promo ads for Delta and Hilton before running the credits and then just cutting out entirely. That was ridiculous, especially for those of us who hung in, thinking, ‘well, at least there’s still the finale to see.’
Do you know how many awards they give out during the telecast? I think it was fewer than 10. And it took them just under four hours to do it. YOU ARE OVERBOOKING, GRAMMYS.
There were a lot of performances, but the standouts alone would have sufficed. For my money, they were:
1. Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, and Stevie Wonder, “Get Lucky.” In addition to the quality performance (Stevie Wonder should guest on all songs by all artists from now on), they had easily the best stage set in, I believe, Grammy history. It was a sick-looking ’70s-era recording studio, in which the robot duo appeared from behind the control room glass. Inspired.
2. Imagine Dragons with Kendrick Lamar, “MADD City/Radioactive.” It’s easy to imagine dragons while listening to this band, cause you’re usually asleep and dreaming 20 seconds in. But with Kendrick Lamar to fire things up, this was a blistering co-performance.
3. Beyonce with Jay Z, “Drunk In Love.” No surprise here, this was a solid show-opener.
4. Sara Bareilles and Carole King, “Beautiful/Brave.” With a simple dueling piano setup, these two harmonized beautifully on a mashup of their two songs. Carole King continues to prove that she’s still a musical force, after over 50 years in the business.
Other: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on a new Macca song “Queenie Eye,” which is hardly the best song on his new album. Ringo played drums alongside Paul’s (amazing) drummer Abe Laboriel, so it was really more of a photo-op than anything else. The way it’s been hyped, you’d think these guys haven’t played live together since 1970, but they have performed together several times over the years. Ringo also performed his ’70s hit “Photograph” (a nice plug for his new photobook), befuddling teenagers everywhere.
Kacey Musgraves performed her hit “Follow Your Arrow” as though she were at the Grand Ole Opry circa 1983, complete with light-up boots and shirts and neon cacti. I thought it was actually kind of a cool throwback, considering what popular country music has become. To wit, she beat Taylor Swift, who hasn’t actually released a country album since she was like 15, for Country Album of the Year.
Gary Clark Jr. and Keith Urban – this was nothing special musically, except that they are both great guitarists and each injected some much needed, old fashioned guitar soloing into the proceedings.
Back in December we brought you the news that Hoquiam, Washington would be celebrating Nirvana Day on April 10th this year. Although Hoquiam was not Kurt Cobain‘s hometown, he did live there for a brief time, as explained by the town’s mayor. Picking up on the trend, Cobain’s actual hometown, Aberdeen, Washington has announced that February 20th will become Kurt Cobain Day. And this isn’t just a one time deal, folks. February 20th will be Kurt Cobain Day in Aberdeen….forever.
“Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain and the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain and his artistic achievements.” reads a city proclamation.
Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th.
South By So What?! have confirmed their 2014 lineup, and it includes some pretty major changes. Several acts have been dropped such as, HRVRD, Upon a Burning Body, I The Mighty, and Wolves At The Gate. The new lineup will include A Lot Like Birds, ’68, From Indian Lakes, Betrayal, The Greenery, He Is Legend, Myka Relocate, Sylar, and Thick As Blood.
The bands join previously confirmed headliners Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Asking Alexandria, and August Burns Red. Catch the festival March 14-16 at Quiktrip Park in Grand Prairie, TX, and view the full lineup below. Continue reading ‘South By So What?! Confirm Lineup’
Just looking at this photo of the new Oreo flavor is making my mouth water. Now, pair that delicious looking image with the new voice of Oreo, AKA Tegan and Sara, and you’re on to something promising. The duo bring their signature synthpop energy to the latest Oreo commercial, which will debut during the Grammy Awards this Sunday. For curious Oreo fans, the brand will also be debuting a new Marshmallow Crispy flavor. Check out the ad below, and catch Tegan and Sara as they join Katy Perry on the fall leg of her Prismatic tour. Continue reading ‘Tegan And Sara Appear In New Oreo Ad’
A piece published today on BDCWire profiles a Massachusetts musician named Matt Farley, who has invented a one-man niche industry. Farley creates click-bait songs to load onto iTunes and streaming services like Spotify by using names of artists, celebrities, movies, and common search terms (“How to ask a girl to the prom,” for instance). The curiosity clicks that these songs have received earned Farley $23k last year.
Author Ryan Walsh interviewed Farley and found a very honest and open subject. Audio clips are included in the piece, including some from Farley’s older, more serious musical efforts, and Walsh speculates that this new career as a song spammer might have something to do with the personal frustrations so common to being an unknown musician.
It’s some interesting stuff, especially in these days when musicians are struggling more and more to figure out how to make a buck.