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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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ZZ Top / The Wu-Tang Clan / Jim James / green girl @ Bonnaroo 6/14/2013
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 2
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 2
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 2
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 2

Depsite a couple cancelations (Mumford, Earl Sweatshirt), Bonnaroo 2013 had more than enough starpower to keep the masses entertained throughout the 2013 edition which happened over the weekend. Friday (6/14) featured one of the most famous musicians in the world, Paul McCartney, plus sets from ZZ Top, The Wu-Tang Clan, Wilco, Of Monsters and Men, Passion Pit, Jim James, Grizzly Bear, The xx, Big K.R.I.T. and loads more. Pictures of day 2 are in this post.

We missed Animal Collective (they went on at 2 AM), but you can check out a video of Police Academy's human sound fx machine Michael Winslow joining them on stage below. Besides the main attractions, there were other cool things too, including Johnny Fritz (aka Johnny Corndawg) on the smaller Sonic stage, comedy throughout the day, and the big hip hop superjam with Schoolboy Q, RZA, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Solange, and more.

Pictures from Day 1 are HERE with more on the way. More pictures from Friday below...

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Japandroids / Father John Misty
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 1
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 1

Despite a few mishaps, Bonnaroo successfully kicked off in Tennessee yesterday (6/13) with sets from Japandroids, Father John Misty, Alt-J, Killer Mike, Django Django, Haim, The Vaccines, and more. Pictures of those bands are in this post.

DIIV would've played yesterday too, but they had to reschedule for today. If you're not at the festival, the live stream begins today too.

Django Django play a free Central Park SummerStage show on Saturday (6/15) with headliners The Zombies, as well as Adam Green & Binky Shapiro. DD will also play the Surf Lodge in Montauk on Sunday (6/16) which is also free.

UPDATE: Pictures of day 2 are HERE

Stay tuned for more coverage. More pictures of day 1 below...

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Mumford and Sons at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
Mumford and Sons

First, Bonnaroo was plagued with the cancellation of Earl Sweatshirt, and now one of the festival's headliners, Mumford & Sons, have dropped off too. They posted the following to their Facebook:

Dear friends,

It is with great joy that we can announce that Ted has been discharged from hospital and is on the road to a full recovery. The surgery went well, and the excellent medical team helping him are very pleased with his progress. He has been nothing short of heroic in how he has handled the whole ordeal, and now it has been medically proved that he does indeed have a brain.

Today, however, also marks the end of our Summer Stampede Tour. We were hoping to have made it out by Bonnaroo this weekend. But it is with sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of our scheduled performances at both Bonnaroo and Telluride Festivals, and our show at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, KS. If we could've we would've, you know that about us. We trust that you can respect our collective desire to encourage Ted to make a full recovery, and that this is based purely on the medical advice we have received.

On behalf of Ted, and all of us really, we would like to thank every one for their compassion and support at this time and we are very excited to get back out on tour as soon as we can.

Ted, Ben, Marcus and Win

The surgery was to remove a blood clot that was on the surface of his brain. Yikes. Glad to hear he's doing well post-surgery. Their spot on the lineup will now be filled by everyone's favorite festival act, Jack Johnson!

If you're staying home this weekend, the Bonnaroo live stream starts today (6/14).

DIIV at Mercury Lounge in May (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
DIIV

Bonnaroo began today (6/13) (and begins streaming on Friday), and unfortunately there's already been some mishaps. And now we just found out that Earl Sweatshirt had to drop off the festival (via Pitchfork). He tweeted, "To everyone at bonnaroo: im sorry i cant make it im really really fucking sick but i will make it up to tennessee as soon as i possibly can." This means his 4 PM set on Friday and his appearance at the hip hop Superjam with RZA, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Schoolboy Q, Solange, Chad Hugo and more (Friday at midnight) are both cancelled.

Meanwhile, today's weather caused DIIV's flight out of NYC to be cancelled, and they've now moved their set (which would have been today at 4 PM) to Friday at 4 PM, when Earl would have played.

Hopefully the weather doesn't mess up too much else. If you're already down there, maybe consider checking out some of the other interesting stuff besides the big names too.

by Bill Pearis

The Polyphonic Spree at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Polyphonic Spree

As you may know, Bonnaroo is happening this weekend in Manchester, TN, kicking off today (6/13) and going through Sunday (6/16) across a dozen or so stages and tents. Everybody knows about the big names -- that include Paul McCartney, Bjork, Tom Petty and many more (stream it live) -- but there are some  cool things going on away from the main stages, too

The Polyphonic Spree (who played a BVSXSW day party this year) play the Cinema Tent tonight (6/13) at 11 PM, performing The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack in its entirety (!). Then the band are doing a second secret Bonnaroo set at 2 AM by the Fountain.

There's actually a lot of cool stuff going on in the Cinema Tent. Matt & Kim will host a panel discussion called "How to Make a Fun Music Video" where they'll also perform live (Thursday, 4:30 PM); Mike Birbiglia (who performs in the Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre) will present his terrific film Sleepwalk with Me (Friday, 5:45 PM); Reno 911/The State folks Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant will show their new comedy, Hell Baby (Friday, 11:55 PM); Police Academy human sound effects machine Michael Winslow will perform on Friday (9:10 PM); and The National's Matt Berninger will present the new documentary, Mistaken For Strangers (6/16, noon).

Chris Gethard, who famously walked to Bonnaroo from L.A. last year, will be doing a bunch of things there this year:

Last year I did The Chris Gethard Show which is an experimental, crazy thing, but this time it's just stand-up. I have a pretty in-depth exploration of my Bonnaroo experience last year that I may tell on stage and see how the crowd likes it. I would call my act stand-up but I'm less of a joke writer and more on the confessional, philosophizing or whatever end. They're true stories. I'm playing Thursday and Friday. Then Saturday I'm hosting a look at public access TV with clips from my show and other public access shows that inspired mine. Things like Uncle Floyd--which I grew up with in New Jersey--and Chic-a-Go-Go from Chicago. Also, clips from my favorite prank call footage on various public access shows. And a lot of it will be clips from The Chris Gethard Show that I'm really proud of. But overall I just want to have fun and meet a lot more people. - [Fuse]
Other comedy things -- besides what BV's Klaus Kinski already wrote about -- include The Improvised Shakespeare Company, who combine improv comedy with Elizabethan theatre, will be performing with Bob Saget for two performances on Sunday. Should be interesting.

There's good music away from the three main stages too: Deer Tick cohort Jonny Fritz (formerly Corndawg) will be tonight (New Music On Tap Lounge, 10 PM) and Friday (Sonic Stage, 12:45 PM); Ex Cops play the New Music On Tap Lounge on Friday at 8 PM; Canada's awesome White Lung play the Cafe Where? stage on Sunday at 7:45 PM; and Georgia rockers Royal Thunder play the New Music On Tap Lounge on Sunday at 8 PM. And look out for Mac DeMarco all over the place.

And last but not least, John Oates is the butt of a lot of good-natured ribbing, but you'll get to hear his side of the story when he performs and participates in a Q&A on the Solar Stage on Friday at 5 PM. Here's you chance to learn the real story behind "Maneater" without constant interjections by Daryl Hall.

Check out the full Bonnaroo Schedule (scroll down, down down for smaller stages) for more.

Paul McCartney at Barclays Center last Saturday (more by Greg Cristman)
Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney has been on a tour that just hit Brooklyn for two shows at the Barclays Centre (night 1 pics & setlist), and included him sticking around to appear on a full hour-long episode of The Colbert Report. You can watch the full episode at Colbert's site and a few clips, including the web exclusive of Paul performing "Birthday," which he dedicated to "anyone with a birthday," below.

Paul's tour continues and brings him to Tennessee for Bonnaroo this weekend. If you're not going to the festival, you can still catch Paul's set when it streams online.

Videos and the setlist of night 2 at Barclays Center below...

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Bonnaroo

Depressing news out of Tennessee where music festival Bonnaroo is kicking off today:

The two people killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 24 East early this morning were en route to Bonnaroo, the Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed....

...Eight vehicles were involved in the crash, including two tractor trailers, according to a statement from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

According to THP Trooper Charles Cooper, an earlier crash on I-24 may have been the catalyst for the fatal crash, which occurred at about 12:15 a.m.

"We had a crash earlier that had traffic slowed or to a stand-still," Cooper said.

A tractor trailer was unable to stop in, overturned and hit multiple vehicles, including a second tractor trailer.

Two vehicles caught fire, the THP reported. One of those vehicles became fully engulfed in flames, killing two people inside. [The Tennessean]

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of those killed. And everyone please stay safe out there!

Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo 2013 is kicking off today (6/13) and running through Sunday (6/16), happening simultaneously with NXNE in Toronto and Northside in Brooklyn. As always, there's tons of great bands like Paul McCartney, The xx, Wilco, Japandroids, Alt-J, Father John Misty, Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, The Tallest Man on Earth, Four Tet, Bjork, Baroness, Kendrick Lamar, Swans, A$AP Rocky and many many more.

If you're going to the festival, you're probably already there or on your way (did you make your schedule?), but if you're passing on going this year, you can still watch portions of the festival from the comfort of your own home. It will stream live on ustream.tv/bonnaroo from Friday-Sunday. Check out a list of some of the acts that will be included on the live stream below.

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weird (weird Al even) but true...

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Make your Bonnaroo 2013 schedule now.

The Polyphonic Spree at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Polyphonic Spree

Progressive pop cult The Polyphonic Spree have a bunch of festival dates scheduled for this spring/summer and they'll also be touring around those fests, playing a number of club dates throughout the US. Those dates include NYC shows happening on July 9 at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg and July 10 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (5/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/1) at noon.

The Polyphonic Spree were also among the recent additions to this year's Bonnaroo lineup. Other additions include Solange, White Lung, Mac DeMarco, Black Prairie, Maps & Atlases, Royal Thunder, William Tyler, Cat Martino, On An On, Bilal and more. 4-Day passes for the festival are still available.

All Polyphonic Spree dates are listed, along with a full list of the Bonnaroo lineup additions and a video of the Polyphonic Spree covering Nirvana's "Lithium" at our BV-SXSW day party (one of our greatest moments at SXSW this year), below...

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by Klaus Kinski

Comedy Bang Bang are Bonnaroo-ing it
CBB

While you are noodle-dancing your way to, and at, the 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee (June 13 - 14), you might not be aware that this year marks the milestone 10-year anniversary of their annually-awesome and totally legendary Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre (Hosted by IFC). This year they are really shooting the works with a gold-standard, rock-solid, pant-shittingly awesome line up. So while you're at the festival, take a break from those dumb bands and thrill to the air-conditioned comedy of, in alphabetical order, James Adomian, Cristela Alonzo, Eric Andre, Maria Bamford, Mike Birbiglia, Jerrod Carmichael, Michael Che, Comedy Bang! Bang! with Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts, David Cross, Kyle Dunnigan, Chris Gethard, Nikki Glaser, Ed Helms' Whisky Sour Radio Hour, Improvised Shakespeare Company, Jared Logan, Bob Saget, and Daniel Tosh.

If you'd like to see Ed Helms doing music here in NYC, his bluegrass trio plays Rockwood Music Hall on April 6 and tickets are on sale now.

Video of David Cross' comedy line-up announcement, shot on the Brooklyn shores of the east river, below.

BYE.

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Mike Birbiglia

Comedian Mike Birbiglia is about to head down under for a series of shows where he'll be peforming "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" and promoting his movie Sleepwalk With Me. Between then and mid-June you can catch Mike around the U.S. of A. including at fests like Sasquatch and Bonnaroo, and back at his favorite intimate Brooklyn venue Union Hall on May 6th. Tickets for that one are on sale. All dates are listed below...

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Bonnaroo (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo TICKETS on sale Saturday:

4-day festival admission for one. Parking and camping for one car.

Price Level 2 and Price Level 3 are available in very limited quantities. Once each price level is sold out, tickets will continue to be sold at Price Level 4, while supplies last.

There is a limit of (4) general admission tickets per order for Price Level 2 and Price Level 3. There is a limit of (10) general admission tickets per order for Price Level 4.

Ticket fees are $26.30 per ticket, which includes a $6.00 facility fee, $3.00 contribution to Coffee County, $1.00 charity donation, and service fees.

Check out the lineup.

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...

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As previously noted, Bonnaroo's 2013 line-up will be revealed today via a webcast hosted by Weird Al Yankokic. This kicks off at noon EST, with an hour of "classic concert moments." Then at 1 PM, Weird Al will announce all the acts playing this year's fest. Helping him out (and playing live in some capacity) will be Portugal the Man. Then at 2 PM they'll stream a "surprise classic Bonnaroo concert." All this happens via Bonnaroo's YouTube channel.

You can check out a video preview of what will soon happen, below...

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When exactly this is happening is unclear, but Weird Al reveals his intentions in the video below...

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OFF! at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
OFF!

As mentioned, the 12th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will happen in Manchester, TN from June 13-15, 2013. When we last spoke, we mentioned a ticket pre-sale would be announced in November. That pre-sale is now announced and begins today (11/26) at noon.

In other festival news, we posted more pics from Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest on BV Austin over the weekend. You can check out sets of Braid, Brutal Truth, Residual Kids, Riverboat Gamblers, and more; Public Image Ltd., OFF!, Real Estate, Paul Banks, and more; and Octopus Project, Fang Island, Bleached, Class Actress, Japandroids, and more.

Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bonnaroo

As revealed in a video with Carrie the Dancing Merengue Dog, which you can watch below, the 12th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will go down in Manchester, TN from June 13-16, 2013. A limited ticket pre-sale will be announced in November. Stay tuned for more details.

Though you'll have to wait until next June for Bonnaroo to actually happen, you can now experience Bonnaroo virtually all year round at their new Bonnaroo 365 YouTube channel, which hosts archived videos of backstage performances at Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, interviews and more. Some Bonnaroo 365 videos, including ones from Jack White, Big Boi, and Tom Morello, can be watched below. Check back this October for Bonnaroo 365 to upload a video of D'Angelo at his comeback show from this past Bonnaroo.

Videos below.

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Beach Boys

As we mentioned yesterday, June 20 was Brian Wilson's 70th birthday. Happy birthday again Brian! The band celebrated backstage at a show in Montreal as you can see in the picture above (a bigger shot of the cake is below).

How does Wilson feel about turning 70?

"Are you kidding?" he tells Rolling Stone. "I feel great! I don't think I look or act 70. I feel more like I'm in my mid-forties."

Wilson celebrated with a party backstage during a tour stop at Montreal's Bell Centre, where he was gifted with a cake resembling the album cover to the Beach Boys' new LP, That's Why God Made The Radio. As the audience broke into "Happy Birthday," balloons sent by Wilson's wife surrounded him onstage. Earlier that day, Wilson received a call from his old buddy Paul McCartney, who celebrated his own 70th birthday two days earlier. "[Paul] said, 'Happy birthday, friend!" Wilson says. "I said, 'Happy birthday to you, Paul.' He told me he was headed into Abbey Road. I told him we were on our way to Montreal. I think he said something like, 'Can you believe we made it this far?' It was very pleasant and sweet.'

The Beach Boys are now on tour and will be hitting PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach soon. Watch video of them playing Good Morning America in Central Park last week (did you go?), and more, below...

Continue reading "The Beach Boys celebrated Brian Wilson's 70th with an awesome cake & balloons, played Central Park"

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Bon Iver/The Shins
Bonnaroo Day 4
Bonnaroo Day 4

Oddly enough, 73-year-old Kenny Rogers--a last-minute Bonnaroo addition several decades past from his peak hit-making days--was among the day's breakout acts. Playing for one of his youngest audiences in recent member, Rogers offered a set of hits that included "The Gambler," "Islands in the Stream" and other songs most of the crowd had never seen live. Near the end of his show, Rogers also brought out the weekend's biggest surprise guest, cross-generational pop icon Lionel Richie, to sing on his own "Lady" and "All Night Long" (Richie considers Rogers his mentor and joined the veteran country star at SXSW this past March.) Every year The Mayor of Manchester also awards one Bonnaroo artist the keys to the city, and The Gambler received ths year's honor during an unexpected mid-set ceremony...

Bon Iver, who spent his early years in jam and roots-rock bands but functioned as Sunday's What Stage indie rock headliner, made a point to stretch out his songs a bit more than usual. At one point he called the audience "sunburnt," and he asked them to join him in a call-and-response jam. As more than a few artists pointed out throughout the weekend, hippiedom is still fully engrained in Bonnaroo's DNA. -[Jambands]

Pictures from the final day at Bonnaroo 2012 including Phish, The Shins, Black Lips (who play the 4Knots afterparty), We Are Augustines, The Antlers (who recently played Brooklyn), Kenny Rogers, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile & The Violators (who plays tonight and tomorrow) but not The Beach Boys (which we already posted) are below, alongside video of that surprise Lionel Richie appearance.

If you missed it, make sure and catch up on our coverage of Bonnaroo with pictures of day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE, day 3 HERE and our Beach Boys coverage on day 4 HERE.

Continue reading "Bonnaroo Day 4 in pics (Bon Iver, The Shins, Kurt Vile, Black Lips, Antlers, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie & more)"

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Bonnaroo Day 4

" The band has a treasure trove of outright classics, and they performed what felt like all of them during their Sunday afternoon set. "Surfer Girl," "Barbara Ann," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B," "Surfin' Safari," even "Kokomo" -- you name it, they probably played it. While that wasn't inherently surprising, what came as a bit of a shock was how fresh the band sounded -- even if its elder members didn't look the part -- both on their classics and on tunes from their recently released reunion LP, "That's Why God Made the Radio." Brian Wilson's presence is what makes this reunion so successful, but onstage he looked like the Queen of England, sitting idly behind a grand piano and taking the occasional vocal lead; Mike Love, meanwhile, seemed to be the main Beach Boy behind the wheel. Taken together with the afternoon's balmy weather and the day-in-the-park vibe of festivalgoers knocking around beach balls and splaying out on towels, the group's sublime set was just the thing for a lazy, hungover Sunday." [Rolling Stone / CNN]
The reunited Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks), on a tour that also brought them to Chicago and NYC's Beeacon Theater recently, played Bonnaroo on Sunday (6/10). Our pictures from their 3pm Tennesee set are in this post (with the rest of our Sunday Bonnaroo pics coming shortly. Saturday can be seen HERE.)

If you're curious what the band sound like live, listen to some tour highlights at NPR. If you're curious what their new album cover looks like, head to their Facebook where you can also change the colors if they're not to your liking. If you're curious what the new album sounds like, you can listen to the whole thing below.

If you're in NYC and can't wait to see the band live at PNC Bank Arts Center or Jones Beach, don't forget you can catch them EARLY FRIDAY MORNING in Central Park courtesy of Good Morning America (free and also being televised).

More pictures from Bonnaroo, their 31 song setlist, and the new album stream, below...

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Das Racist / Battles... get a leg up
Bonnaroo Day 3
Bonnaroo Day 3

While Bonnaroo's roots come from the jamband scene, the festival's outlook has grown each year. The Red Hot Chili Peppers set provided a nod from the festival's past without losing the band's foothold in the present day. In various combinations, members Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer along with touring percussionist Mauro Refosco improvised their way before returning to the next number on the setlist... Earlier in the day, HR of Bad Brains looked and acted nowhere near the part of a hardcore hero. His bandmates kept the music's mix of powerful, fast numbers with an occasional reggae cooldown. The latter style was necessary after a dust cloud erupted from the crowd moshing and bodysurfing. A pleased Flea of the Chili Peppers watched from the side of the stage. -[Jambands]
Bonnaroo 2012's third day (on June 9th) featured a trio of  headline performances including Alice Cooper, Spectrum Road (which featured John Medeski, Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid and Cindy Blackman Santana), and a "Superjam" put on by Questlove of The Roots that featured  Mr. Brown Sugar himself, D'Angelo, in his first US appearance in over ten years. The "Superjam" also featured appearances from members of The Time and Parliament-Funkadelic, who covered somgs by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Hendrix and more across the 90 minute set. Setlist and video from that set is below.

More photos from Day 3, including Bad Brains, Das Racist, Battles, Santigold (who plays a free show in Chicago Thursday), Gary Clarke Jr., Mogwai (who performs in NYC twice this week), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Skrillex, Danzig Legacy (who went on an anti-photo tirade), GZA with Grupo Fantasma (who perform together in Brooklyn twice this week) and more are below. If you missed it, check out photos from Bonnaroo's first day HERE and second day HERE.

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Home Again

British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka, who won the BBC 'Sound of 2012' poll (beating out Azealia Banks, Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, and others), is in the US for some shows this month (he just played Bonnaroo) including two in NYC this week. He plays Highline Ballroom tonight (6/13). That show is sold out, but you can catch him for free on Thursday (6/14) at Prospect Park opening for Laura Marling, along with Willy Mason (the Celebrate Brooklyn show starts at 7pm). He's also got a bunch of other North American festival appearances on the way including ACL, Osheaga, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza.

Michael put out his debut LP, Home Again, this past March via Polydor. It's got a real classic soul feel -- even down to the cover art (pictured above) -- with a bit of Sly Stone-ish rock crossover, perhaps due in part to the album's production by Paul Butler of indie rockers The Bees. You can check out three videos from Home Again, along with a spotify stream of the whole thing, and a list of all dates, below.

Continue reading "Michael Kiwanuka released LP, playing shows, opening for Laura Marling in Prospect Park (dates, video & album stream)"

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St. Vincent/Radiohead
Bonnaroo 2012 - Day 2
Bonnaroo 2012 - Day 2

Complimenting [Radiohead's] case for its post-major-label forays into art-rock craftsmanship was a stunning stage production that was a work of art in and of itself. With band members backlit by two towering video walls, a dozen tile-like screens shifted shape overhead and changed color with thrilling results. Wild-card set list selections included "I Might Be Wrong," "House of Cards," and "Kid A"; while live staples like "Idioteque," "Karma Police" and fevered-pitch show-closer "Paranoid Android" were among the oldies represented. [Rolling Stone]
Day 2 of Bonnaroo went down in Manchester, TN on Friday (6/8) with sets from Radiohead, St. Vincent, Feist, and more. As reported on bvChicago, a song was dedicated to Jack White during Radiohead's set:
Before playing "Supercollider," Thom Yorke took a minute to dedicate the song to Jack White. He said, "This song is for Jack White. We saw him yesterday. A big thank-you to him, we're not going to tell you why but you'll find out." As many have speculated, this could mean that Radiohead have recorded/will be recording a Third Man single. We'll see.
More pics of Day 1 are HERE. More of Day 2 below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo Day 2 in pics (Radiohead, St. Vincent, Feist, Ludacris, Laura Marling, Little Dragon & Sharon Jones)"