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Metallica @ Bonnaroo 2008 (cred)
Metallica @ BOnnaroo

I hate Metallica now too, but that doesn't change the fact that they used to be the best...

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Kirk Hammett of Metallica & My Morning Jacket @ Bonnaroo 2008
My Morning Jacket

Bonnaroo resides on farmland about 65 miles southeast of Nashville, with campgrounds adjoining the festival site. It draws people who arrive for a long weekend, often with hippie wardrobes and mud boots for Bonnaroo's nearly inevitable rain.

Fans stood through an intermittent deluge as My Morning Jacket, a band from Louisville that pushes pealing, surging Southern rock toward soul and psychedelia, played a three-hour set in Saturday's wee hours. "It feels awesome to be bathed in beautiful golden rain," said the band's leader, Jim James. [NY Times]

They'll probably play at least that long at MSG on New Years Eve too. Check out the setlist and more pictures below....

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Sigur Ros @ Bonnaroo 2008 (cred)
Sigur Ros @ Bonnaroo

Sigur Ros had a little scare at a show before Bonnaroo...

...Orri is by now in the back of an ambulance at side of stage, with a drip going in one arm, and a blood pressure test on the other. It is very, very worrying. Everyone is in a state of shock. It is clear Orri will take no further part in tonight, so we get a setlist and attempt to work out what songs can be played without a drummer. It's not many. We settle on five, most of which were not on the original setlist, since they are by definition mellow...
Luckily everything seems to be all alright now....

Orri playing with Sigur Ros @ Bonnaroo 2008 (cred)
Sigur Ros @ Bonnaroo

Sigur Ros play Grand Ballroom in NYC tonight (June 16, 2008), and then MoMa tomorrow. It also looks like they'll be back in NYC to play two shows in September. Pro-shot videos, and the setlist from Bonnaroo, below.....

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Bonnaroo - June 12, 2008 (cred)

Catch the LIVE Bonnaroo webcast June 13th - 15th exclusively in the AT&T blue room. This year we are featuring webcasts of Metallica, Mastodon, The Raconteurs, Les Claypool, Cat Power, Stephen Marley, Ozomatli, Umphrey's McGee, Fiery Furnaces, The Drive-By Truckers, and many many more. Check it out at attblueroom.com/music
Fuse will be also airing some coverage on TV. Fuse will also be airing footage of Radiohead's 2006 performance.

I posted the video of Radiohead covering Portishead, but I forgot the new song. Video below...

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the view from the Bonnaroo ferris wheel - June 12, 2008 (cred)

As usual, Madonna added more shows at MSG than she originally announced. Tickets are on sale for the fourth one.

Keeping with the 80's theme (mainstream 80's), Billy Idol tickets are on sale.

Not mainstream (not even 80's) (they broke up in '79): Teenage Jesus & The Jerks are playing their reunion shows tonight.

The Fratellis play Webster Hall in NYC tonight (June 13). They also play a free show at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square at 12:30 pm THIS AFTERNOON. You might have already seen that listed on the free events calendar.

Also on the free events calendar: where to get free Trojan condoms in NYC until 2pm today, where in Brooklyn you'll find a Pride festival tomorrow, and what free shows are happening at BAM this weekend.


The Sasquatch Music (and comedy) Festival happens in Gorge, Washington over this three-day weekend. Photographer Chris Graham is there representing BrooklynVegan.com. Jerry Yeti took the year off.

Bonnaroo, which starts June 12th in Tennessee, just posted their schedule.

Vampire Weekend music video shoot (Kesnerster)
Vampire Weekend

As rumored, Vampire Weekend will be playing Central Park Summerstage in NYC on June 14th. That's two days after the play Bonnaroo. Other bands playing Summerstage this summer are listed HERE. More VW tour dates below.....

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Tickets are on sale for an April 26th Fiery Furnaces show at Southpaw in Brooklyn. all dates below.....

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Pearl Jam

Tickets sold to the general public will go on sale through Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Public on-sale information will be posted on pearljam.com in the near future.

A Ten Club pre-sale for eligible members will begin on Monday, March 24th at 9am PDT on www.pearljam.com. You must be an active member of the Ten Club by Wednesday March 19, 2008 to qualify for the pre-sale ticket opportunity. We will stagger ticket sales to control web traffic, so please pay attention to the corresponding pre-sale dates and times. Pre-sale tickets are first come first serve, while supplies last. Pre-sales for any available tickets will remain open until Friday, March 28th at 5pm PDT.

Click here for information on the official rules, policies, and procedures for purchasing tickets from the Ten Club. We highly recommend that you read these details before purchasing tickets to a show so you are aware of how the ticketing system will work for you!

Dates below...

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Black Kids @ R Bar, NYC (BV CMJ) - Oct 19, 2007 (Tod Seelie)
Black Kids @ R Bar
Black Kids @ R Bar

As you know, Cut Copy are playing SXSW, Coachella, Mercury Lounge and Studio B (on March 15th). And as you know, Black Kids are playing Coachella and Bonnaroo. What you might not know yet is that the most talked about band at CMJ this year are also returning to NYC in May to play Studio B (on May 13th), and that they're going on a tour with Cut Copy after Coachella (which includes a lot of dates, but none in NYC....or maybe they just can't announce it yet....).

I saw Black Kids twice during CMJ, and I'll admit that the first time (@ Annex) was a let down, but the band was nervous and there were technical difficulties. They were much better at R Bar, though that could come off as biased since it was my show (a little more on that here). Seriously though, I thought they were pretty good at that one, and I'm definitely curious to hear and see more next time. All dates below....

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Bonnaroo tickets HERE. The rest of the lineup HERE. More Chris Rock dates HERE.

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Emerging from a lengthy stint in a Parisian studio, electro-pop mavens Ladytron are finally set to return with Velocifero, the follow-up to 2005's opus Witching Hour, slated to land stateside June 3 courtesy of their new label, Nettwerk Music Group. The new record was produced by Ladytron with additional production by Alessandro Cortini (Modwheelmood, NIN), and Vicarious Bliss of Ed Banger Records (Justice, etc), and mixing courtesy of Michael Patterson (Beck, P. Diddy). Not coincidentally, Ladytron will hit the road this spring alongside sonically like-minded outfit Datarock, and also appear at this summer's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. [Spin]
Tickets are on sale for a June 25th show at Terminal 5 in NYC. All dates below....

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Lez Zeppelin is playing Bonnaroo
Lez Zeppelin

No Led Zeppelin, but there is LEZ Zeppelin, Robert Plant and Metallica. Also Pearl Jam, Kanye West, Sigur Ros, Levon Helm, M.I.A., Mastodon, Sharon Jones, and many, many more.....

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Bonnaroo 2006 (CRED)

It's official! The 7th Annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is now confirmed for June 12 - 15, 2008. The four-day camping and music festival will once again be held on our beautiful, 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN, 60 miles southeast of Nashville. We'll be announcing our spectacular 2008 line up and more in late January/early February.
Will Metallica & Led Zeppelin play? Bonnaroo says "NO".

CMJ and other festivals have announced dates too.

Nouse Pop

The Noise Pop Festival returns in 2008 from February 26 to March 2. Over six nights, Noise Pop 16 will take over the best-loved venues in San Francisco, to host unforgettable performances by Magnetic Fields, The Mountain Goats, The Gutter Twins, Cursive and dozens of other important indie rock, electronic, punk and cutting edge musical artists, transforming the city into an almost week-long celebration of the finest that the underground and not-so-underground has to offer, nationally and locally.
Kelly Stoltz, Tilly & The Wall, Capgun Coup, Fleet Foxes, Fu Manchu, Saviours, Man/Miracle and Blitzen Trapper are also confirmed.

Not confirmed at all is this letter Bob Lefsetz sent out from someone he purposely left anonymous....

Zeppelin just confirmed for Bonnaroo. They can't officially announce until after the London gig so pass it on! Also Metallica is confirmed on the bill too!
In related news, Led Zeppelin denies that they're going on tour with the Cult (thx Hiro).

Like Bonnaroo, the new Vineland Music Festival in NJ will offer 3 days of music and camping (but much closer to home - my home anyway). I hope Led Zeppelin plays that too.

Magnetic Fields are also playing four NYC shows and have a new album coming out soon. The Mountain Goats just played NYU and also have a new album coming out soon. Robert Plant has a new album out, and it's selling really well.

DOWNLOAD: The Decemberists - The Tain w/ LA Philharmonic (MP3) (more)

the Decemberists @ Hollywood Bowl - 7.7.7 (CRED)
The DEcemberists @ Hollywood Bowl

Download the rest of the audio from The Decemberists' recent (7/7/7) LA Philarmonic show @ the Archive.

The Decemberists are playing a free MySpace secret show at the Mohawk in Austin tonight (July 11).

They play a not-free show at Central Park Summerstage with Grizzly Bear and Land of Talk (who are also playing Citysol) on Monday July 16th. It's sold out, but I have one pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner. To win, e-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Decemberists) and let me know what the last show you saw was. One winner will be picked at random. Contest ends July 12 @ 5pm EST.

Check out their recent appearance on Leno, tour dates, and other stuff, below....

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Manu Chao @ Bonnaroo 2007
Manu Chao @ Bonnaroo

Manu Chao is back in Brooklyn Tuesday & Wednesday...

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DOWNLOAD: Feist - 1234 (Van She remix) (MP3)

Feist @ Bonnaroo 2007 (CRED)
Feist @ Bonnaroo

I’ve also toured with Feist, but now that I’ve established my journalistic integrity we can dispense with formality. She’s a first-rate guitarist and musician who is inspiring some cult-like devotion from her fans.

I didn’t hear cheering anywhere else like the cheering for Leslie Feist — she’d arch her eyebrow and the place would blow up — which always makes me wonder what the heck is going on. Her songs are minimalist and inventive, and she has a good voice and a good ear, like a PJ Harvey who’s not so mad at boys, but the rabid fandom is usually about something else. She must be code for something that I haven’t figured out. [John Roderick]

Tickets are at Ticketmaster for Feist's August 29th show at McCarren Park with Kevin Drew who has an MP3 to download too. More JR & Bonnaroo HERE.

Like I said, Andrew Fischler made the trip to Bonnaroo...


I should probably preface this by saying I'm a multi-year vet of Bonnaroo. Since 2003 I've been making a trip to Manchester, TN a part of my summer. That includes the 17-hour, 900-mile trip from my Weehawken, NJ home. I'm part of that sick breed of people who like road trips, driving, and find camping a joy. The life of the festival outside the stages is just as much a part of the experience as what you'll find inside the gates.

Now while the drive down was nothing of major consequence (unless you're a big fan of trees, hills, mountains, cows and 18-wheelers - then, oh boy was it a big thing!), this was actually the first time in years that I actually hit any semblance of traffic getting in. Maybe it was because this was the first year the festival was officially 4-days long (though they've been having Thursday night acts for years), or maybe it speaks to the sold-out attendance of 80,000 which made this the 6th largest city in Tennessee for the duration (with the highest unemployment rate in the state, I might add ^_^).

The National
The National @ Bonnaroo

The National @ That Tent: First band on the to-see list was one I had never heard until the trip down when my friend started playing them through his iPod. What sounded so sullen and morose on my car stereo had so much more pop to it live - not as lively as their fans though. Hell, I almost lost my hearing on the first night, and not from any amp, but from some guy flipping out and screaming his head off when they played "Secret Meeting". Unfortunately, consideration for the proximity of someone's ear is usually the last thing on a festival-goer's mind.

Clutch @ Bonnaroo

Clutch @ This Tent: To say the crowd was amped for this show would be a mild understatement. So eager was everyone that the sound tech testing the mics had no problem getting the crowd to respond in sing-song fashion to everything he said. This was also the first time I can ever remember seeing mass crowd surfing at Bonnaroo -- a first time for everything I guess. The band has grown since the last time I saw them - that includes the number of members (organist Mick Schauer joining the core of Neil Fallon, Tim Sult, Dan Maines and Jean-Paul Gaster), and the size of their catalog (with their new release "From Beale Street To Oblivion").

The highlights of their set were the classics like "Big News" and "Pure Rock Fury", but the new stuff - especially "Electric Worry - not only held up, it was as strong as the old stuff. "Beale Street" could be one of the best, yet most underrated, albums of '07.


CLUTCH tour dates HERE. Andrew took the Clutch picture. His pictures of the Decemberists are HERE. Woxy took the National picture, and someone else took the pic at top. Even more Bonnaroo pics HERE and HERE. Stay tuned for day two.

DOWNLOAD: The Long Winters - Ultimatum (MP3)

The Long Winters' John Roderick blogged Bonnaroo this year.

The DEcemberists @ Bonnaroo

In all fairness, I should probably recuse myself from reviewing the Decembrists. They are a band I know, we’ve toured together and I’ve appeared in one of their music videos. Also, Decembrist Chris Funk guested on the Long Winters’ most recent album. I can’t possibly review their show impartially, because I like them too much.

On the other hand, I’ve been in a “fake feud” with them for several years, involving some “smack talking” and pranking, which despite my best efforts has failed to catch fire mostly because they reciprocate too passively. (I think they’re holding out for a fake feud with Sufjan Stevens or something). So I can’t really be trusted not to call them a bunch of fruity, Vaudeville, pirate-song-singing sissies just to burn their britches a little.

But in this instance I’m acting as a professional journalist and I must honor my caste by reporting the news without adornment. They played their epic song, "The Tain," which was a bold choice, and their kitchy theatricality played exceptionally well with the big crowd.

At one point Colin led the audience in bidding the sun to set, and the effect was like a pagan ceremony — 15,000 people all motioning in unison toward the sun. In the end Mavis Staples joined them for a song, which was a little like... Like... Well, there is no better analogy for an unfathomable incongruity than: Like Mavis Staples jamming with the Decembrists. [John Roderick]

John was not as nice about the Hold Steady....
These fellows have a rabid popularity that leaves me deeply conflicted. Although their live show is undeniably full of energy, full of engagement, and full of whimsy, their music is full of s--t.
...which I guess serves the Hold Steady right for recently talking s--t about Jim Morrisson and The Doors.

More Decemberists photos (by BV Bonnarooo correspodent Andrew Fischler) below....

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