As previously reported, a brand new festival is emerging out in Scottsdale, AZ. Dubbed the True Music Festival, attendees can expect a wide array of musical acts to play some incredible sets in one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the country, ranging from EDM to indie, hip-hop to folk rock. In addition to nationally recognized musicians, the festival will also include a wide array of vendors, art installations, roving performers and more.The one-day festival is set to take place on Saturday, December 14th at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, a 140-acre state-of-the-art complex that is also the spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, and located in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Arizona State University neighbors the facility as well.Acts for the festival have yet to be revealed, but expect some major announcements in coming weeks. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be on sale as of August 22nd for $60; VIP packages will be available for $130 (with more details of what is included coming soon). Follow the True Music Festival Website, Facebook Page, and Twitter for upcoming announcements.
Deer Tick will revive their popular alter-ego, Deervana, when they celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Nirvana‘s In Utero by playing the album in its entirety at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday, September 13th. Over the years they have played as Deervana a handful of times, to much praise. Deer Tick front man John McCauley has been quoted as saying that Nirvana is his favorite band. T. Hardy Morris (Dead Confederates) will open the show.Tickets for the performance go on sale this Friday, August 16th at Noon. You can purchase tickets here.Here is the tracklisting of the In Utero, which is set for a deluxe, remastered release on September 24th:Serve the ServantsScentless ApprenticeHeart-Shaped BoxRape MeFrances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on SeattleDumbVery ApeMilk ItPennyroyal TeaRadio Friendly Unit Shiftertourette’sAll ApologiesIt is anybody’s guess if they will play the bonus track from the non-American release, “Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip.”Check out this video of Deer Tick’s surprise Deervana set at Bonnaroo in 2011, as they perform “In Bloom”:“Scentless Apprentice” from In Utero:
….and all it does is hurt my ears!French electronic duo Daft Punk decided to remix “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand, by lengthening some sections and doing some other added guitar work, along with some basic scratching. But, overall, the song sounds pretty much the same, except the scratching noise is pretty much unbearable; it literally is like nails on a chalkboard to your ears.However, Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos seems to take this all as a compliment, telling NME:“I always love getting a remix back because I’m fascinated by what people do with a song. Sometimes you get something back and it’s completely unrecognisable, and sometimes you get it back like this! It’s pretty much identical! They beefed up the bottom end and a couple of sections were extended, but I guess it was a bit of a nod from the Daft Punk guys to say: “Ach, you got it more or less right.””Well, at least he likes it. Take a listen for yourself:[via NME]
-John Nowak (@jowak93)[Via mlive.com and Local Spins][picture by Anna Sink] Things got a little awkward for the sold-out crowd at a Ray LaMontagne concert at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Wednesday night.In the middle of his set, Ray LaMontagne called out some concertgoers for talking during his set, and after dropping several F-bombs in a naturally one-sided argument, stormed off the stage in what some local music journalists have called a “meltdown“. LaMontagne then refused to come back out and finish the concert until the Chatty Cathys left the venue.The incident caused an understandably uncomfortable feeling to come over the crowd, as some fans cheered the ejection of the subjects of LaMontagne’s verbal attack, and others walked out with them in disgust of the artist’s reaction to the situation.The fans asked to leave by security were in the front row, no further than 20 feet from the stage, in plain sight for LaMontagne to see them talking throughout his concert at the outdoor, naturally lit ampitheater. LaMontagne asked them during the unsettling silence why they didn’t just go home and listen to a record and talk over that instead of having a conversation in the front row at one of his shows.In an interesting twist in the story, in an interview with the Grand Rapids Press, the man who was kicked out of the concert said that he and his fiancé were whispering about their upcoming wedding, anticipating LaMontagne’s song “You Are the Best Thing” which they actually chose to be the song for their first dance as a married couple. The couple said that they were only there to enjoy the concert, and feel bad that they disrupted the concert, and upset one of their favorite artists.After the fans were escorted to the parking lot, LaMontagne and his band came back out and finished their 105 minute set that included favorites off of his new and critically-acclaimed album Supernova and old fan favorites like “Trouble” and “Jolene”. There’s no doubt however, that what most people took away from the night was LaMontagne ripping apart the talkative concertgoers.This incident brings up a very relevant debate surrounding concert etiquette. While some people support LaMontagne’s decision to call out the fans for talking, some feel that he was far too aggressive, and took it too far by using multiple expletives in a family-friendly venue.It’s a difficult situation. On one hand, an artist/band on stage is performing for a crowd of people who paid to hear their music, not people trying to have a conversation over it. On the other hand, it seems like a veteran performer like the Grammy-winning LaMontagne would have the composure and patience to wait till a break in the set, and have security talk to the offending party, rather than calling them out and shaming them publicly.Some fans who attended the concert took to Facebook to either criticize, or support LaMontagne. mLive.com pulled some angry posts from the singer’s Facebook page: “This was the first concert I ever took my son to,” one father said. “He’s only 6. I took him because I love the music but also because Ray seems like a pretty chill guy. So thanks for the cussing and the child like tantrum Ray. Thanks for ruining my child’s first ever concert with unnecessary f-bombs.”Read The Fan Comments In The Facebook Post Below: Ray LaMontagne is not the only artist to call out obnoxious fans during a concert. Neil Young and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) have also condemned concertgoers for talking during their concert. In Tweedy’s address to the rude attendees he said:“People who are talking during this performance, I have a question for you. What can I do to be a better service to you? Am I not playing the right songs? Am I not pouring my heart out here for you? Tell me what I need to do to get you to listen to the concert that you paid money to go see.”During a recent AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit, LaMontagne was asked about performing for obnoxious crowds. This was his answer:“I’ve learned to let them do their own thing. If you try in any way to control the audience’s night, it’s like swimming upstream. You’re just making it harder for yourself. To me, the night belongs to the audience. They paid a lot of money to come to the show. If they want to scream and chat, it’s completely up to them. It’s their night.”It seems he felt differently on Wednesday night.There are many concert no-nos when it comes to enjoying a live performance. Too many concerts these days are full of people raising their smartphones or larger tablets to record songs, take pictures, and block the view of people around them (although it’s possible someone caught this incident on camera which would be useful and viral gold). Some people have had too much to drink, and spill beer all over people’s shoes, or constantly bump into people near them. Some find a way to sing louder than the performing band using thousands of watts of amplification.Everyone is (hopefully) there for the same reason. To see a live show. It’s not a place to catch up with a friend, check your e-mails, or publicly display your affection for your date. Put the phones down, close your mouth (unless you’re respectfully singing along or cheering) and enjoy the performance that the artist is putting their heart and soul into. Did LaMontagne cross the line, or did the talkative fans get what they deserved? An all-around disappointing incident that put a damper on an otherwise enjoyable concert.However, the real question is whether or not the engaged couple will pick out a new first dance song for their wedding this fall.
Slipknot! will host their annual music festival, Knotfest, from October 24-26 in San Bernardino, CA, and have decided to use the connection between smell and memory to enhance fan experiences within the Slipknot culture. Thus, the festival will contain oil drums full of camel shit, which will burn throughout the entire weekend.The festival’s press release reads: “Knotfest has its own aroma that will infest your brain, body and clothes for days after the festival is over. Personally picked by Slipknot themselves, the smell of Knotfest will permeate the festival grounds. Oil drums will be filled with camel shit… set aflame to last the entire festival.”In an interview with Rolling Stone, Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan explained the odd choice, saying that they “did the camel dung on the first Knotfest. It was awesome; it was beautiful… [Fans] came into the museum and they had to be hit with camel shit. A very distinct smell. You can’t huff it, but it’s got this smell. And it’s not necessarily the most comfortable thing, but its not necessarily the worst thing, it’s just remembering thoughts — it’s gonna be a reoccurring thing.”When asked where they were going to get all that camel shit, Crahan said, “I don’t want to get anybody in any sort of accusations of wrongdoing or whatever, but you have to get it from a zoo probably. How you get it from the zoo is not my origin of expertise. I just put out the order and the captains go out and get it done.”Sounds like a fun job.Knotfest will feature performances from many iconic metal bands, including Danzig, Anthrax, Testament, Carcass, Napalm Death, Fear Factory and Prong. But with all that camel shit burning around, will anyone be able to pay attention to the music?
Progressive bluegrass rockers Greensky Bluegrass have added additional dates to their Winter 2015 tour. The second leg of their tour will kick off in Louisville, KY on February 19. Previously announced dates include a two-night stint at Brooklyn Bowl. View full tour dates below. *Check out our review of Greensky Bluegrass at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA on 11/13/14**Greensky Bluegrass’s Dave Bruzza Discusses New Album, If Sorrows Swim, & More*GREENSKY BLUEGRASS WINTER 2015 TOUR DATESJanuary 13 Bloomington, IN—The BluebirdJanuary 14 Knoxville, TN—Bijou TheatreJanuary 15 Birmingham, AL—WorkPlayJanuary 16 Nashville, TN—Marathon Music WorksJanuary 17 Athens, GA—Georgia TheatreJanuary 20 St. Petersburg, FL—State TheaterJanuary 21 Jacksonville, FL—Freebird LiveJanuary 22-23 Charleston, SC—The Charleston Pour HouseJanuary 24 Abingdon, VA—Barter TheatreJanuary 27 State College, PA—The State TheatreJanuary 28-29 Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn BowlJanuary 30-31 Washington DC—9:30 ClubFebruary 4 Northampton, MA—Pearl Street NightclubFebruary 5 Syracuse, NY—The Westcott TheaterFebruary 6 Cleveland, OH—The House of BluesFebruary 7 Grand Rapids, MI—The IntersectionFebruary 19 Louisville, KY—Headliners Music HallFebruary 20 Columbus, OH Park Street SaloonFebruary 21 Chicago, IL—House of BluesFebruary 26 Stoughton,WI— Stoughton Opera HouseFebruary 27 Milwaukee, WI—The Pabst TheatreFebruary 28 Minneapolis, MN—Mill City NightsMarch 1 Iowa City, IA—Blue Moose Tap HouseMarch 3 Fayetteville, AR—George’s Majestic LoungeMarch 4 Oxford, MS—The Lyric OxfordMarch 5 New Orleans, LA—Tipitina’sMarch 6 Austin, TX—Parish AustinMarch 7 Austin, TX—Parish AustinMarch 8 Dallas, TX—Granada TheaterMarch 10 Tulsa, OK—Cain’s BallroomMarch 12 Boulder, CO—Boulder TheaterMarch 13 Boulder, CO—Boulder TheaterMarch 14 Boulder, CO—Boulder TheaterMarch 19 Eugene, OR—McDonald TheatreMarch 20 Arcata, CA—Arcata Theatre LoungeMarch 21-22 Squaw Valley, CA—WinterWonderGrass Festival
<a href=”http://thomyorke.bandcamp.com/track/youwouldntlikemewhenimangry”>Youwouldn’tlikemewhenI’mangry by Thom Yorke</a><a href=”http://thomyorke.bandcamp.com/album/tomorrows-modern-boxes”>Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes by Thom Yorke</a> While Radiohead is currently in the studio putting tracks togethter for their much-anticipated new release, Thom Yorke played Santa Claus on Twitter yesterday, deciding to bless us during this holiday season with the new track “Youwouldn’tlikemewheni’mangry,” as well as letting fans stream his most recent solo effort Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes in its entirety via Bandcamp. You can stream both below. so continuing the ‘experiment’ (kind of !!) Tomorrow’sModernBoxes is now on @BandCamp http://t.co/N9NPkMYFrs— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) December 26, 2014
Livedownloads.com is now offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of the Phil Lesh & Friends Halloween show from the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The lineup that night was comprised of Phil Lesh (bass), John Kadlecik (guitar), Dan Lebowitz (guitar/steel pedal), Rob Barraco (keys), Joe Russo (drums), and Scott Law (guitar).Here is the set list from that night:Set 1: Cryptical Envelopment > Shakedown Street > Casey JonesDealDoin’ That Rag Death Don’t Have No Mercy > The Other OneSet 2: Saint Stephen > For What It’s Worth > Sympathy For The DevilNew Speedway Boogie > Eyes Of The World > Dark Star > Fire On The Mountain > Dark Star > I Know You RiderDonor Rap Encore: Werewolves of London
Searching for your music soulmate? There’s an app for that.Tastebuds.fm is a new dating app based out of London that finds potential matches based on musical preferences. The app scans users’ Spotify and Last.fm accounts for users’ most-played tunes and other listening preferences, then determines matches based on a variety of music-related criteria. According to the app’s founder, Julian Keenaghan, monitoring users’ preferences has revealed certain interesting musical trends related to relationships. For instance, the biggest turn-off on a music profile is (unsurprisingly) Nickelback, while fans of Adele find the most luck in love. Indie rock such as the Black Keys and Nirvana, as well as more classic rock like the Doors and Pink Floyd, are cited as widely matched genres.Users can also share what they’re listening to, and answer questions such as “What concerts have you been to lately?” or “What’s your favorite record?”.In a digital dating age of swiping left and right based on superficial preferences, this could be revolutionary for music lovers.[Via Consequence of Sound]
Funky bassist Thundercat continues to blow us away with his incredibly soulful style. The man is simply a wizard on low end, and proves himself time and time again with his stellar work.The newest track from the Thundercat catalog comes to us by way of the FBi Radio program in Syndey, Australia, as the famed musician sat down with radio host Chris Twite. The full interview features Thundercat discussing some of his influences, including David Bowie and Wings, before getting into the new, as-of-yet-untitled song. The track also features contributions from electronic artist Mono/Poly.You can listen by following this link, and scrolling to the 14:30 mark on the very top radio widget of the page.For more Thundercat grooves, check out his performance of “Them Changes” from Pickathon below: