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photo: Iggy Pop in Austin in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Iggy Pop

The full Riot Fest Denver and Chicago lineups were already announced, and more recently the day-by-day lineups were revealed. Check those out below.

You can still get tickets to Denver and Chicago, and now Groupon is also offering an exclusive presale on single-day tickets for Chicago.

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Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Following the Riot Fest Toronto lineup additions, the 2015 Riot Fest Chicago lineup has now been expanded. Additions include System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie and Chef'Special.

They join Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, BIlly Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix(, Drive Like Jehu, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Damned, Death, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, and more.

Riot Fest Chicago goes down September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below.

Update: Denver additions announced too.

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photos by Mimi Hong

Billy Idol @ Sweetlife 2015
Billy Idol

Billy Idol and his guitarist Steve Stevens are rock gods! On May 29, 2015, they played an outdoor concert on Pier 97 in New York and it rocked so hard! I've seen Billy Idol perform a few times over the years (including earlier in 2015 at the Beacon Theatre - but there is no review because I was on a blog hiatus) and Billy Idol never disappoints.

...Because Billy Idol's songs were played to death on the radio in the 80s, you sort of forget how great they sound when you have a concert full of people singing along to his songs and how many times, the songs lend themselves perfectly to crowd participation. For example, hearing the whole of Pier 97 shout out "FLESH! FLESH FOR FANTASY!" at every chorus during that song along with Billy gives me chills thinking about it. Or during "Rebel Yell," when the crowd shouts out "More! More! More! Woooooooowwwwww!" or during "White Wedding" when the audience sings "It's a nice day to.... STAAAAAART AGAAAAINNNNN!" is also chill inducing. During "Dancing With Myself," at every chorus, Billy Idol said "If I had a chance, I'd ask NEW YORK to dance," and if people hadn't completely lost their minds by that point in the show, that sure did it. [According 2 G]

Billy Idol, not to be confused with Billy Joel (or Gene Ween), brought his tour to NYC on Friday (5/29) for a big outdoor show at JBL Life at Pier 97 with openers Cayetana, before heading to Maryland for the Sweetlife Festival. The review above is from the NYC show, which we missed, but we did catch Billy at Sweetlife. Pictures of his set, as well as Lucius' set from that festival, are in this post. Pictures of Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Sinkane and more from Sweetlife day 1 are posted here.

Billy Idol and Cayetana meet again at Riot Fest Chicago.

More pictures, and Billy's setlist from the NYC show, below...

Continue reading "Billy Idol (not Billy Joel) played Pier 97 & Sweetlife Fest (pics)"

UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago 2015: Faith No More, Billy Idol, Lifetime, Hum, Desaparecidos, Civ, Ice Cube, Merle Haggard & more"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Cayetana at MHOW in April (more by Mimi Hong)
Cayetana

Billy Idol took out Broncho (who we caught again in NYC this week) on his last tour, and he'll continue to have cool younger bands open when his current tour hits NYC on May 29 at JBL Live at Pier 97. For that show, he'll have Philly indie rockers Cayetana opening, making for an awesome double bill. Tickets are still available, and we're also giving away pair. You can enter the contest below. Updated show flyer below too.

Cayetana's only other currently announced dates are this Friday (5/22) in Harrisburg, PA with Spill, and a June show in Philly with Worriers. Last year Cayetana put out their great debut album on Tiny Engines, and singer Augusta Koch recently filmed an acoustic WZBC session for opening track "Serious Things Are Stupid." Watch that below.

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photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
ACL

The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup wasn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. It was accurate and the ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.

Check out the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.

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Sweetlife

The Sweetlife Festival comes to Columbia, MD's Merriweather Post Pavillion on May 30-31 with a lineup of Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Pixies, Billy Idol, Phantogram, Charli XCX, Lucius, Vic Mensa, SZA, Raury, Sinkane, San Fermin, Goldlink, Bishop Nehru and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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photo: Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
OSL

Outside Lands, which happens August 7-9 in San Francisco with Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, D'Angelo, St. VIncent and more, announced its daily lineups today. Check those out below.

3-day passes are sold out, and single-day passes go on sale Thursday (4/2) at 10 AM PDT.

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photo: Billy Idol @ Beacon Theatre in February (more by Greg Cristman)
Billy Idol

Eighties icon Billy Idol continues to tour, and has a few US dates lined up for May, which will bring him back to NYC for a big show at JBL Live at Pier 97 on May 29. Openers have not been announced but tickets for that show are currently on Live Nation and mobile presales, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/27) at 11 AM.

All dates, including a stop at San Francisco's Outside Lands fest, are listed below...

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Outside Lands

Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly and Starr Hill, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, have announced [the] lineup for the eighth annual Outside Lands Festival. After four consecutive sold-out years, the world's only gourmet music festival that Rolling Stone hailed as "one of America's best," and the Huffington Post called "a well-rounded cultural event," will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 7 - 9, 2015. While the Eager Beaver on sale had the fastest sell-out in the history of the festival, a limited number of 3-Day General Admission and VIP regular tickets go on sale this Thursday, March 26th at 10am PDT via SFOutsideLands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department. The festival has given more than $10 million to the department since its inception.
The full lineup for this year's fest is listed, and in Funny or Die video form, below...

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Photos by Greg Cristman

Billy Idol & Steve Stevens
Billy Idol
Billy Idol

Billy Idol brought his current tour to NYC for a sold out show at Beacon Theater last week, and to NJ for another sold out show at Wellmont Theather the very next day. I was at the Beacon, but the pictures here are from Wellmont.

Though some of the songs are slightly slowed down, Billy's 17 song set is full of crowd pleasers with very few dull moments, thanks in part to original guitarist Steve Stevens belting out flashy solos by Billy's side. Also not dull: when some women in the front row reached up and touched Billy's privatest of parts, in clear view of everyone in the audience at Beacon Theater during "Cradle of Love" (it was a bit awkward).

Sometimes shirtless (which was not awkward at all), the 59 year old Idol ripped through favorites like "Cradle of Love", "Dancing With Myself", "Flesh for Fantasy", "Eyes Without a Face", "Rebel Yell" and "White Wedding". There were Generation X songs written in the 70s, and cuts from his October 2014 album Kings & Queens of the Underground. He also still does his Doors cover. I was hoping he didn't actually still play his 1981 Top 40 hit "Mony Mony" (a Tommy James and the Shondells cover), but he actually closed the encore with it. Maybe he feels like he has to play it, but it seemed like an unnecessary extended ending to an otherwise great show (do we really even need to hear anything else after "Rebel Yell" into "White Wedding"?). The full setlist can be perused below.

Oklahoma indie rock band Broncho somehow landed the opening spot on the ongoing tour, which was convenient because I was hoping to catch them live one of these days. They sounded good, but I got in a bit late and it was weird seeing them in a theater. They since played a rescheduled-due-to-Juno club show at Rough Trade NYC (how was that?), and have been added to all four Growlers shows at Baby's All Right, part of a bigger tour with the Growlers.

Updated tour dates are listed with the rest of the pictures from NJ (t-shirts included), below...

Continue reading "Billy Idol touring, played Beacon and Wellmont Theater w/ Broncho (who added 4 more NYC shows) -- pics, setlist, dates"

Broncho

Oklahoma power pop band Broncho have rescheduled their Rough Trade show that got canceled on Monday due to Juno. They're coming back on February 2, and Dreamers and Heaven will open. Any tickets from Monday's show will be honored if not already refunded, and a new ticket link should be up soon.

The band is currently on a tour with Billy Idol, which hits NYC tonight (1/28) at Beacon Theatre. Sold out.

Updated dates (including a run with The Growlers whose tour includes four nights at Baby's) are listed below...

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photo by Jaret Farretusco
Broncho

As discussed, Oklahoma power poppers Broncho are going on tour with Billy Idol this winter on the heels of the new LP they dropped this year. Before that tour stops at NYC's Beacon Theatre on 1/28 (tickets), Broncho play a headlining show at the smaller Rough Trade on January 26. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/31) at noon.

All Broncho dates are listed, with the video for "Class Historian" from the new LP, below...

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Billy Idol will have a busy month with a new book and album, as well as an appearance at the CBGB Festival in NYC. His new album, Kings & Queens Of The Underground, is his first studio album in nearly a decade and was produced by Trevor Horn and Greg Kurstin with guitar contributions by longtime collaborator Steve Stevens. Two songs, "Can't Break Me Down" and "Postcards from the Past," can be streamed below. The album's out October 21.

Meanwhile, Billy Idol's autobiography, Dancing With Myself, is out this week (10/7). Later this week, he'll play acoustically and participate in a Q&A as part of the CBGB Fest's keynote address happening Thursday (10/9) at CBGB Fest HQ, Center548 (548 W 22nd St) with Ex-Cops and Skins (tickets).

Then in January, Billy Idol will launch a proper tour with support from Broncho (who put out a solid album this year) that will hit NYC on January 28 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show will go on sale Friday (10/10) at 11 AM.

All dates are listed, along with song streams, below...

Continue reading "Billy Idol shares songs from new LP, plays CBGB Fest this week, announces tour w/ Broncho including Beacon Theatre"

Billy Idol at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Billy Idol

As previously discussed, the CBGB Music & Film Festival is returning to various NYC venues from October 8-12, and since we last spoke there's been some updates to the festival. We knew Billy Idol would be participating this year, and we now know that he'll be the interviewee at the keynote interview and will also perform a short acoustic set. That takes place October 9 at CBGB Fest HQ Center548 (548 W 22nd St), two days after his autobiography comes out and a couple weeks before his new album comes out. Walking Papers (featuring GNR's Duff McKagan), The Skins and Ex-Cops will also perform. Tickets for that event are on sale now.

The majority of the festival's schedule has also been posted. It includes the Muffs / Miriam / Upset show at The Bell House, Macy Gray at City Winery, and a handful of other shows. Check out the full thing here.

Daniel Lanois, who has a new album and curated the ANTI-Thesis show, is showing clips and discussing past works as part of the film portion on October 8 at Landmark Sunshine Cinema. Tickets for that are on sale now.

CBGB Fest also confirmed early on that there would be an event in Times Square again this year. Last year that was where their biggest bands played for free with the lineup and location announced really last minute due to city regulations. This year, Devo, Jane's Addiction, We Are Scientists, Robert DeLong and Surfer Blood are still without a confirmed venue with less than a month to go before the festival, so it makes sense that this year's Times Square concert will in fact be those bands. Plus Devo confirmed on Facebook that they're playing a free concert on October 12 for CBGB Fest ("exact location TBA") and MyFreeConcert is also listing those five bands as the Times Square lineup for that date.

We Are Scientists and Surfer Blood will also be touring together surrounding CBGB Fest. Those dates are all listed below...

Continue reading "CBGB Fest update: Billy Idol interview & acoustic set; schedule posted; Jane's Addiction, Devo & more playing Times Square?"

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As mentioned, the CBGB Music & Film Festival is back for a third year, going down October 8 - 12 at venues across NYC. The initial lineup for this year was just announced and includes Jane's Addiction, Devo, Billy Idol, Macy Gray, The Muffs, Upset, Duff McKagan, and more.

The film portion of the CBGB Fest includes the world premiere of Hardcore Devo Live!, Carter Family / Johnny Cash documentary The Winding Stream and a 30th Anniversary screening of This Is Spinal Tap (which the New York Film Fest is showing too).

Ticket info and other details are still TBA but you can check out initial lineups for both music and film below....

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Billy Idol

Hot in the city today, and this news just in. After almost 10 years, Billy Idol is back with a new album. The press release reads:

Rock icon BILLY IDOL announced today that he will release his first new album in almost a decade, this October. The album will come out on IDOL's own BFI Records, via Kobalt Label Services. Produced by Trevor Horn, the new album will arrive close to the release of IDOL's highly anticipated self-written autobiography, Dancing With Myself, which as previously announced will be released in the U.S. via Touchstone, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Inc., on October 7.

IDOL recently launched his book campaign with a notable appearance at New York's Book Expo America and is now on the road in Europe with his band, which includes longtime collaborator and lead guitarist Steve Stevens. The current leg of Idol's tour continues until July 4 in Luxembourg.

Initial music from the new album will be released in late summer; IDOL's world tour will continue into 2015.

Flesh! Currently announced tour dates are listed below...

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Tickets for the Panda Bear show with Dam-Funk at Warsaw, as part of the Red Bull Music Academy residency, are on sale now. Tickets for other RBMA shows are also available.

If you didn't get tickets in our presale, tickets for the Lykke Li show at the Apollo go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Guided By Voices show at Bowery Ballroom with Doug Gillard and Atomic Forces go on sale today at noon.

Doug Gillard also plays a release party for his new album, Parade On (due out 4/8 via Nine Mile), at Glasslands on April 8 with White Lighters. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets to see Peter Hook play New Order's Low-Life and Brotherhood at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Iggy Azalea who sold out her Irving Plaza show, plays another NYC show at MHOW on May 4. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Billy Idol is playing The Space at Westbury on June 1. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jagwar Ma show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Courtney Barnett shows at MHOW and Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Built to Spill shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the White Lung show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. No ticket link for their Saint Vitus show yet.

Tickets for the Oneohtrix Point Never show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Chris Gethard show at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the RL Grime show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Shlohmo show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon. Tickets for his MHOW show (same link) are still available.

Tickets for the Eagulls show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Northside show with Titus Andronicus at Warsaw are on sale now (same link).

Tickets for the Riff Raff show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Local H show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Felice Brothers show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Sacco show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Morcheeba shows at Warsaw and Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Mavis Staples show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Lee Fields show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Onelinedrawing show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Phantogram show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Stone Jack Jones show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Primus show at The Capitol Theatre go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Stone Pony Summerstage show are not on sale yet.

Tickets for the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and Syd Arthur show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Lo-Fang show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

The Whigs are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 24 with Nikki Lane. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Bjork / Empire of the Sun @ Bonnaroo, 6/15/2013
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 3
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 3

There's no shortage of kooky costumed folk at Bonnaroo, but it's usually the antendees who are eccentrically attired. On Saturday (6/15), though, the main stage gave them a run for their money. Ever fashion forward, Bjork wore a headdress that either made her look like a dandelion or an extra from Hellraiser. (She wore it at the Hollywood Bowl too.) Australia's Empire of the Sun was a close runner up with their over-the-top headlining set that could've been from Flash Gordon. Mumford & Sons had to cancel (replaced by shoe-phobic folkie Jack Johnson), but Saturday also main stage sets from Billy Idol, R. Kelly, Nas, Cat Power, Matt & Kim, Portugal. The Man, The Lumineers and more. Pictures from those sets are in this post.

Elsewhere at Bonnaroo on Saturday, Mac DeMarco, JEFF the Brotherhood, Lord Huron and others on the smaller stages, a live episode of Scott Aukerman's Comedy Bang Bang, and in the Cinema Tent, Police Academy's sound effects wiz Michael Winslow (who played with Animal Collective the night before) did a one man show.

Pictures from Thursday are HERE and Friday are HERE, with Sunday still to come. More pictures from Saturday below...

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weird (weird Al even) but true...

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Make your Bonnaroo 2013 schedule now.

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Tickets for the Atoms For Peace show at Barclays Center go on Live Nation/LN Mobile App presale today at 10 AM (password is "swoon"). General on-sale starts Saturday (3/23) at noon.

Tickets to see METZ and Odonis Odonis at Shea Stadium go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Rodriguez at Barclays Center go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for The Gaslight Anthem at shows at The Stone Pony with The Hold Steady and The Paramount with Felice Brothers go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Joan Baez shows at Central Park Summerstage and New Jersey Performing Arts Center with Indigo Girls go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Heart shows at Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Peter Frampton and Robert Cray show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 11 AM and tickets for their Paramount show (same link) go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster at Prospect Park go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets to see Baths at Webster Hall with Houses and D33J go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Eleanor Friedberger and TEEN at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for JEFF the Brotherhood's two shows at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Memory Tapes and Sleep Over are playing Mercury Lounge on April 14. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Surf rock guitar legend Dick Dale is playing Brooklyn Bowl on July 26 and July 27. Tickets for both nights go on sale today at noon.

Billy Idol is playing The Capitol Theatre on May 31. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Fabolous and Pusha T show at BB King's go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Dawes and Shovels and Rope shows at Terminal 5 and The Capitol Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see MS MR at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Jeffery Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Steve Mason (of The Beta Band) at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul, and DJ Z-Trip at Roseland Ballroom and New Jersey Performing Arts Center go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Pure X at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Young Magic and "Special Guests TBA" at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Sea Wolf show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Futurebirds show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
bonnaroo

With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.

Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.

There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2013 lineup announcement underway"

photos by Chris Gersbeck, words by Rachel Kowal

"Modest Mouse without a cloud in the sky!" -rojacaliente

"If this were Make A Wish and you were going to die in 20 min, just long enough to play Freebird, we wouldnt play it -Modest Mouse" -georgeferris

"Modest Mouse is testing my love for them by keeping the kid awake with their heavy bass and drumming two blocks away. /fistshaking" -woolyknickers

Modest Mouse

Lightning may have shut down Modest Mouse in July, but for last night's rescheduled show, the weather was nearly perfect (if not a bit chilly).

This time, the opener was the Americana singer/songwriter Marcellus Hall and his backing band. The pairing was a bit odd. Modest Mouse prompted people to shout along to every song and to rush the stage. Marcellus Hall's performance had people turning around to admire the setting sun over the Manhattan skyline and leaving polite pockets of space throughout the crowd.

After Marcellus Hall's relatively short set, the anticipation for the headliners steadily grew, but more than thirty minutes passed before they marched on stage. As if making up for their severely truncated show last July, Modest Mouse then played a lengthy set - nearly 2 hours long when you factor in the encore.

"Welcome back!" Isaac Brock said by way of introduction. They kicked off the show with "Gravity Rides Everything." Taking no time to get into the show, the crowd enthusiastically sang along from the opening verse. (fittingly, the song contains the line, "Everything will fall right into place.") Isaac Brock hardly talked between songs. He didn't need to. The audience was wholly engaged. Each song was met by cheers and triumphantly extended fists. After all, for many of the people present, this was take two.

From "Cowboy Dan" to "Autumn Beds," the band pulled songs from throughout their career and readily switched between the more raucous and reserved. The pump organ, banjo, glockenspiel, accordion, and trumpet made regular guest appearances that nicely punctuated the set and revealed the surprisingly decent sound quality. The stage lights - which were absent during opening set - certainly helped to set the mood for Modest Mouse.

The band closed their initial set with "The View," leaving the audience with the soothing sound of electronic crickets to underlie their cries for more. After an unusually long wait (10 minutes), they returned for another five(ish) songs before finally concluding just short of 10:00, saying, "Thank you all very much. Have a good night" and delivering a PSA discouraging "driving while drinking and drinking while driving." Luckily, Brock didn't say anything about smoking and riding the subway.

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Isaac Brock and gang have one set of shows left on their calendar, on October 23rd and 24th at Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View, CA as part of the annual Bridge School Benefit. The band will join a reformed Buffalo Springfield. Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, T-Bone Burnett's Speaking Clock Revue (with Elton John & Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley, Neko Case and Jeff Bridges, they play NYC on 10/20), and Grizzly Bear among others.

The Bridge School Benefit lineup by day, more Waterfront pics and the Modest Mouse setlist is below...

Continue reading "Modest Mouse played Williamsburg Waterfront again (pics, setlist), playing Bridge School Benefit in CA (lineup)"

by Andrew Frisicano

Billy Idol band 2010
Billy Idol

Billy Idol will be taking on a fairly massive world tour this summer and into the fall. He goes across Russia and Europe in June and July before playing North America shows in August and September. Billy will be at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on Wednesday, September 15th. Tickets are on sale.

Two days later (9/17) he plays House of Blues in Atlantic City (tickets TBA). For all the upcoming dates, he'll have some new band members in tow.

In addition to his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens, Stephen McGrath on bass and Derek Sherinian on keyboards, Billy Idol will be joined this year by acclaimed guitarist Billy Morrison and drummer Jeremy Colson. Morrison, one of the founders of Camp Freddy and front man for Circus Diablo, has previously played in The Cult, Stimulator, Doheny and Into a Circle, while Colson (Morrison's collaborator in Circus Diablo) is known for his work with Steve Vai, with whom he's worked since 2002.
How will the show be? If the live video of "White Wedding" posted below is any indication, Billy's voice has taken some hits over the years (and the 'lounge' version of "Rebel Yell" will hopefully stay retired). The full band rendition of "Rebel Yell" fares quite a bit better though. Those videos and all tour dates are below...

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