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photos by Kenneth Bachor

X / Godflesh / Chelsea Wolfe
Hopscotch Festival 2015
Hopscotch Festival 2015
Hopscotch Festival 2015

Right before [Dwight] Yoakam was one of my all-time favorite bands, X, the great Los Angeles punk quartet that has endured many travails over the last four decades. The latest is that guitarist Billy Zoom is battling cancer and unable to tour, so Texas roadhouse guitarist Jesse Dayton filled in this time around.

There's no replacing Zoom's maniacal rockabilly blare, of course, but Dayton managed a fine approximation. D.J. Bonebrake remains a machine on drums, and John Doe and Exene Cervenka's vocal harmonies still cut to the bone.

It was punk-rock bliss, and not just for those of us of a certain age. I was heartened to see actual little kids jumping up and down to the old folks' boogie. [David Menconi for News Observer]

Hopscotch Festival wrapped up on Saturday (9/12) after two other days. The outdoor show at City Plaza this time had long-running country singer Dwight Yoakam and punk legends X, with support from The Vibekillers and American Aquarium. After that show, we headed to various downtown Raleigh venues to catch Godflesh, Waxahatchee, Chelsea Wolfe, Prurient, Wovenhand and Black Clouds.

Check out pictures of day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE, and more of day 3 below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Chris Stapleton

Among the lineup for the mostly-mainstream country FarmBorough Festival taking place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 26-28 is a few artists who avoid the pop-country formula like Dwight Yoakam, Sturgill Simpson, and Nashville's Chris Stapleton. Chris released his debut album, Traveller, earlier this year on Universal, and it's mostly melancholic, down-on-my-luck country with lines like "I drink because I'm lonesome and I'm lonesome 'cause I drink" ("Whiskey and You"). The way Chris tells it, the album's the result of "15 years of effort" (including years as a songwriter for other artists) and he recently released a video, "15 Years of Traveller," chronicling the stories behind the album. You can watch that, and a video of him playing the aforementioned "Whiskey and You" below.

If Chris's music reminds you of Sturgill Simpson's last record at all, that might be because they both used producer Dave Cobb (who has also produced Jason Isbell and Jamey Johnson). In fact, Chris chose Dave after liking what he heard on Sturgill's Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.

That NYC festival is just one stop on his ongoing tour, which also includes a Kansas City show with Dwight Yoakam, a Nashville show with Jason Isbell, and more. All dates are listed, with those videos, below...

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As you may know, Governors Ball starts today with three days of rock, pop, R&B, dance and hip hop taking over Randall's Island Park. That's not the only festival happening there this month, though. Randall's Island gets its first-ever country music festival, FarmBorough on June 26-28. (FarmBorough also claims to be the first-ever three-day country music fest in NYC.)

Produced by the same people that do Governors Ball (Founders Entertainment) and Live Nation, the lineup is mostly mainstream country (Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan) but there are a few troublemakers like Dwight Yoakam, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton.

"We've been dreaming about bringing a country festival to New York for a long time, and we feel like the time is right now. We have the perfect partner in Founders and the perfect location on Randall's Island to really bring fans and artists something special," said Brian O'Connell, Live Nation President of Country Touring. "New York City is a global destination. Country fans from all over the world can come to the city and take advantage of all it has to offer, while enjoying three days of the best country music acts too."

"We're thrilled to bring our hometown of New York City its first-ever Country music festival. This has been many years in the making, and we couldn't be more excited to launch FarmBorough in June," said Co-founder and Partner at Founders Entertainment, Jordan Wolowitz. "Brian O'Connell and his team at Live Nation are the ideal partners for this venture, and together we form a festival dream team. With Governors Ball, and now FarmBorough, New York City is host to premier, world class, music festivals."
Three-day passes are on sale (no single-day passes available) and you can check out the full FarmBorough lineup here.

This of course reminds us of Coachella's country festival spin-off Stagecoach, and not just because Sturgill Simpson was a rare artist booked to play both Coachella and Stagecoach, just like he is a rare artist booked to play both Governors Ball and FarmBorough.


Raleigh, NC's annual Hopscotch Music Festival returns this year from September 10-12, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Godflesh, X, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Battles, Roky Erickson, Old Man Gloom, Le1f, Eyehategod, Pusha T, Dwight Yoakam, Owen Pallett, Chelsea Wolfe, Sannhet, Mitski, Nots, Tombs, Jessica Pratt, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Sheer Mag, Cakes Da Killa, Jeny Hval, Prurient, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

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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Forecastle Festival returns to Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY from July 18-20 with a lineup of Outkast, Jack White, Beck, The Replacements, Slint (their first US reunion date so far!), Spoon, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Jenny Lewis, tUnE-yArDs, Action Bronson, Against Me!, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Waxahatchee, Young & Sick and more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon.

Full lineup below...

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

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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Japandroids at Pitchfork, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

NPR Music have announced their "50 favorite" albums of 2012, which includes names like Pallbearer, Andy Stott, Cat Power, Fiona Apple, Death Grips, and Swans. (No Grimes, though.) The list is also deep with hip hop, with shouts to Homeboy Sandman, Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike and many others. Much like Q magazine did, NPR opted to list them alphabetically instead of one better than the next. Check out the full list below.

Japandroids also made the list, and the band played the first of two shows at Webster Hall last night (12/4). The band continues their stay at the venue tonight and tickets are still available.

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by Bill Pearis


After busting up the gang in 2000, snarky mid-'90s piano trio Ben Folds Five reunited this year with a new album on the way and a tour, which they're on now. The tour stops at Central Park Summerstage tonight (9/14), their first NYC show in 12 years. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. BFF will also return to the NYC area for a show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on October 9 with Kate Miller Heidke (tickets) and a couple days later they will play opening night of New York Comic Con on October 11. Tckets for that are still available too.

Ben Folds Five, best known for their ballad "Brick" back when people still held up lighters at shows (1997), have a new album, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, which is their first since 1999 and is out next week (9/18). The record was funded via Pledgemusic and is a little mellower than the bouncy, fuzzy pop of their Clinton-era singles like "Underground" and "The Battle of Who Could Care Less" but his sense of humor seems intact. You can listen to tracks at SPIN, TeamCoco and Rolling Stone.

Ben Folds Five are also playing Florida's Deluna Fest which happens September 21 - 23 in Pensacola Beach, FL and also features Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Bob Mould doing Copper Blue, Diplo, Florence & the Machine, Band of Horses, and many more. Tickets for Deluna Fest are still available and full line-up is below.

A list of all Ben Folds Five dates, a few classic clips and that Deluna Fest lineup are below...

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