The Lollapalooza 2017 lineup has been announced!

Lollapalooza 2017 poster

The 2017 Lollapalooza lineup is out and it’s not bad at all. For some reason, I was expecting a very subpar lineup, and to be honest, I had considered skipping this year in favor of trying out a festival that I have never been to (FYFEST? ACL? perhaps Liverpool Psych Fest? any of these are still possible if I can scrape up the funds), but in the end, I still ended going through the adrenaline rush of trying to snag and succeeding in getting a 4 day wristband. So, when the bands were announced yesterday, I was actually pretty excited.

Thursday gives us Muse, Lorde, Cage the Elephant, and Wiz Khalifa (?) as headliners with Porter Robinson, Liam Gallagher, Kaytranada, Temples, and Atlas Genius playing during the day.

Friday is stacked with goodness from The Killers, Blink 182, DJ Snake, and Run The Jewels, with Crystal Castles, Little Dragon, Cloud Nothings, and Saint Jhn. This is probably my favorite lineup of the weekend.

Saturday has Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper, The xx, Alt-J, and The Head and The Heart along with Kaskade, Warpaint (I’d love to be on that side stage thing during their set!), Highly Suspect, and Boston representing with 2 acts…indie poppers Lady Pills and rapper Michael Christmas.

Sunday wraps up the festival weekend with Arcade Fire, Justice, Big Sean, and The Shins, with Rae Sremmurd, Tove Lo, Joey Bada$$, Charli XCX, and one of my guilty pleasures, Grace Mitchell.

Of course, Lollapalooza weekend wouldn’t be complete without hitting up some daytime parties (which there was a lack of last year) as well as the nighttime parties such as Culture Collide and Floodfest, or DJ sets at the Virgin Hotels (where I’m staying at again this year because that place was a-m-a-z-i-n-g!) which are always my favorite part of Lolla weekend. It’s going to be a long 4 1/2 month wait until I’m in Chicago. Did anyone else score tickets? Going solo as I am? Let’s meet up and hang for a set or two!

Ride release their new song called “Charm Assault”

There is nothing quite like randomly checking Twitter and seeing that one of my favorite bands ever, like top 5 favorite, Ride, have released their first new song in 20 years! “Charm Assault“, which will be on the band’s new album due out this summer, is a very catchy song that I’m sure will have lots of people singing along when they play it live. I for one, cannot wait until they tour the U.S. again (unless I can somehow get to some of their shows in Europe).

Ride 2017 tour dates:

March 21, 2017 – Limelight, Belfast, UK
March 22, 2017 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
March 24, 2017 – BBC6 Music Festival, Glasgow
Jul 13–16, 2017 – Festival Internacional de Benicàssim

Lollapalooza announces 25th Anniversary lineup!

Lollapalooza 2016 poster

Lollapalooza 2016 also happens to be the festival’s 25th anniversary and it has expanded to 4 days this year in honor of that achievement. The Lolla 2016 lineup came out this morning and with something like 170 bands, there’s a lot to go through. Headlining bands include Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers (again…ugh!), and LCD Soundsystem, who I’m really looking forward to finally seeing. There is a pretty good undercard with a lot of bands I’ve wanted to see but for some reason, never have or wouldn’t mind seeing again. These include Wavves, Alessia Cara, Foals, Saint Motel, Wolf Alice, Grimes, St. Lucia, Chairlift, Haim, Zhu, and Third Eye Blind…yes, that band. The Sunday lineup seems to be the best day, at least for me. I have already booked a room at the Virgin Hotel, which is supposed to be pretty cool, plus I needed a change from the Hard Rock after last year’s not-so-great experience. One thing to consider is the after parties, which, if you can get in, are my favorite thing about Lollapalooza weekend and I’m looking forward to hitting some of those up as well.

4 day passes went on sale yesterday and are sold out, but single day tickets are on sale now for $120 per day.

First bands announced for Desert Stars Festival 2016

The Desert Stars Festival, now in it’s 9th year, has announced their initial 2016 lineup and so far, it’s a good one with Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh headlining. The festival takes place at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, located near Joshua Tree National Park. Other bands announced are Magic Wands, Tennis System, Winter, and one of my personal favorites…Ancient River. I’m giving some serious thought to going this year, but I’ll have to wait until the date is a little closer to make that decision.

The festival takes place from 9/23/16 – 9/24/16 and early bird weekend passes are on sale now for $100 and single days are $65.

The Desert Stars Festival 2016 lineup so far:

Dinosaur Jr.
Sebadoh
Moon Duo
Kurt Heasley of Lilys
Magic Wands
Tennis System
Highlands
Cellar Doors
Ancient River
Blood Candy
Band Aparte
Annie Girl and The Flight
Down Dirty Shake
Winter

At The Drive In to tour and release new music in 2016!

What a way to start 2016! One of my favorite bands, At The Drive In, will release new music and go out on a world tour this year. I had the chance to see them at Lollapalooza in 2012 and they played one the best sets of the weekend, despite a few technical problems. The tour kicks off in Los Angeles on March 23rd and I’m planning to be at the House of Blues Boston show on June 18th (if I’m still living here at that time).

2016 tour dates:

03/23 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda
03/26 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
03/27 London, United Kingdom – Roundhouse
03/29 Paris, France – Trianon
03/30 Cologne, Germany – Palladium
03/31 Amsterdam, Germany – Melkweg
04/01 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
04/02 Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Den Atelier
04/04 Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
04/05 Vienna, Austria – Arena Vienna
04/07 Milan, Italy – Fabrique
04/08 Lausanne, Switzerland – Impetus Festival (Les Docks)
04/10 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
05/15 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
05/17 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
05/19 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
05/22 Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range Festival
06/03 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
06/06 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
06/07 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
06/08 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
06/13 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
06/14 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
06/17 New York, NY – Terminal 5
06/18 Boston, MA – House of Blues
06/21 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
06/23 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Hall

New Refused album “Freedom” and tour this summer

If you missed Swedish hardcore punk band Refused on their reunion tour in 2012 (which was amazing!) and have been craving some new music from the band, I have good news for you! Refused are very much alive and releasing their first new album since 1998’s The Shape of Punk to Come, called Freedom on June 30th. The first song from the new album is called “Elektra” and it is incredible! With a lot of screaming of “there’s no escape”, it sounds very much like a Refused song, which is a good thing. Give it a listen below.

Freedom tracklist:

01 – Elektra
02 – Old Friends / New War
03 – Dawkins Christ
04 – Françafrique
05 – Thought Is Blood
06 – War on the Palaces
07 – Destroy the Man
08 – 366
09 – Servants of Death
10 – Useless Europeans

The band is also getting ready to start a world tour, with most dates already sold out. I’m still bummed about the cluster-f that was trying to (unsucessfully) get a ticket for The Sinclair show on 6/01.

Refused 2015 tour dates:

05/02 Meerhout, Belgium – Groezrock

05/22 Hünxe, Germany – Ruhrpott Rodeo Open Air Festival

05/24 Las Vegas, NV – Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival

05/25 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

05/26 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre

05/28 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

05/29 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
05/30 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile

05/31 Chicago, IL – Double Door

06/01 Boston, MA – The Sinclair

06/03 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

06/04 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

06/05 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel

06/20 Montebello, Quebec – Amnesia Rockfest

06/27 Seinäjoki, Finland – Provinssi

07/02 Gdynia, Poland – Open’er Festival

07/11 Collalbo, Italy – Rock am Ring

07/16 Viveiro, Spain – Resurrection Fest

07/17 Tønsberg, Norway – Slottsfjell

07/18 Tromso, Norway – Bukta Tromso Open Air Festival

07/30 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park

08/01 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center

08/02 Columbia, MA – Merriweather Post Pavilion

08/04 Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

08/05 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

08/07 Toronto, Ontario – Ricoh Coliseum

08/28 Leeds, England – Leeds Festival

08/29 Gräfenhainichen, Germany – Pure & Crafted Festival

08/30 Reading, England – Reading Festival

The Lollapalooza 2015 lineup is out!

Lollapalooza announced their 2015 Chicago lineup this morning and although it’s not as bad as last year, it’s not exactly great either. The two huge scores of Metallica and Paul McCartney just aren’t that interesting any more, while the rest of the headliners are pretty meh as well. There are a few non-headlining bands worth seeing though, such as The War on Drugs, MS MR, Chet Faker, Toro y Moi, DFA1979, and the artist formerly known as Saint Pepsi, Skyler Spence.

I did manage to get a 3 day pass and will have to think about whether or not I really want to go. That being said, other things do make it worth the trip though, such as the daytime and nighttime parties at the Hard Rock Hotel, which are always a lot fun!

Lollapalooza 2015 lineup by day:

Friday, July 31
Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Gary Clark Jr., Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Father John Misty, Cold War Kids, DJ Snake, Sylvan Esso, MS MR, Tove Lo, Glass Animals, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, First Aid Kit, DJ Mustard, James Bay, BROODS, MisterWives, What So Not, SZA, Jamestown Revival, Philip Selway, Young Thug, Coasts, DESTRUCTO, BØRNS, BADBADNOTGOOD, Mighty Oaks, Bear’s Den, Peking Duk, Black Pistol Fire, Spookyland, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Kyle Thorton & The Company, The New Pacific, Daye Jack, The Pop Ups, Q Brothers, School Of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips

Saturday, August 1
Metallica, Sam Smith, Alesso, Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Brand New, Carnage, G-Eazy, Walk The Moon, Tyler The Creator, The Tallest Man On Earth, Banks, Chet Faker, Sturgill Simpson, Death From Above 1979, Toro Y Moi, Charli XCX, Django Django, Boys Noize, Delta Spirit, RL Grime, Givers, Ryn Weaver, Travi$ Scott, CAKED UP, Hermitude, Wet, HOLYCHILD, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Zella Day, Mt. Eden, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, SNBRN, Elle King, Beat Connection, Mick Jenkins, Raury, Jack Novak, Pell, White Sea, Hippo Campus, COIN, Danny Weinkauf, School Of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips, The Helmets

Saturday, August 2
Florence + The Machine, Bassnectar, Of Monsters And Men, A$AP Rocky, TV On The Radio, NERO, Kygo, Twenty One Pilots, Nicky Romero, Marina And The Diamonds, FKA Twigs, Lord Huron, Gogol Bordello, Stromae, ODESZA, LOGIC, The Chainsmokers, Wild Belle, Twin Peaks, Angus & Julia Stone, George Ezra, Strand Of Oaks, MOON TAXI, Shakey Graves, Galantis, Night Terrors of 1927, Alison Wonderland, Circa Waves, DMA’s, Sheppard, Mako, Skylar Spence, The Wombats, Halsey, Lion Babe, Black Tiger Sex Machine, VERITE, JackLNDN, ZEBRA KATZ, The Lonely Biscuits, SirenXX, In The Whale, Atarah Valentine, The Pop Ups, Danny Weinkauf, Motown Pete, Q Brothers, School Of Rock AllStars