Predictably, seeing as how this year the ‘Roo boasts arguably its best lineup ever, taking in an entire buffet of musical greatness is, unfortunately, a physical impossibility. The festival offers up no shortage of conflicting bookings and evenly matched showdowns, leaving festival-goers with some agonizing choices to make. Wu-Tang Clan vs. ZZ Top? Tame Impala vs. The National? Divine Fits vs. David Byrne and St. Vincent? Jim James vs. Wilco vs. The xx?? R. Kelly vs. Billy Idol vs. “Weird Al” Yankovic? Bjork vs. Beach House vs. Dwight Yoakam vs. Cat Power?! Christ!
Other notable additions include Beyonce alt-R&B sister act Solange, cult-following-by-design favorites of yester-decade (or, for Tripping Daisy fans, yester-yester-decade) The Polyphonic Spree, California jam/funk bros Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO), folk-rockers Delta Rae and Decemberists’ bluegrass side project Black Prairie, who, according to the band’s blog, will appear on comedian Ed Helms’ Bluegrass Situation Stage as part of a “SUPERJAM” featuring Aoife O’Donovan, Del McCoury and Sam Bush and The Punch Brothers’ Noam Pikelney.
Also, in a programing decision similar to last year’s Dan Halen inclusion (or 2008’s Lez Zeppelin booking), the festival has added a Zeppelin tribute act, Bustle in Your Hedgerow (I admit, clever name).
On the local tip — in addition to Road to Bonnaroo winners Alanna Royale, Ranch Ghost and Ri¢hie — William Tyler, Rayland Baxter, Jonny Fritz and Tennessee-via-Texas raising country star Kacey Musgraves are among the artists slated to appear on the festival’s club stages. Peruse the full list after the jump. And visit the festival’s official site for tickets and other deets.
Topping the bill are Paul McCartney (Wings, The Beatles), R. Kelly, Mumford and Sons, Bjork, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Nas, Animal Collective, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Wilco, Cat Power, The xx, Pretty Lights, Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, Beach House, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Idol (no joke) and more.
So, how psyched are you? Bonnaroo befalls Manchester’s Great Stage Park June 13-16. Peruse the festival’s full lineup after the jump to get even more psyched. And if you feel so inclined, hit up the festival’s official site for tickets and other deets.
Rising son of man
The future was less certain
Human contact is gone
All right, poets, scholars and smarty pants donners, who among you literate fucks has the acumen to crack this confounding metric code? A Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac or Furthur [sic] fan perhaps? One of Paul McCartney’s minions maybe? A liker of Rolling Stones? A deft, daft punk? A David Bowie devotee? As Taylor Swift might say, speak now!
Local jammy progsters — or proggy jamsters, whichever you prefer — Moon Taxi played an opening-night set before a teeming sea of 'Roosters at Bonnaroo's That Tent this year. Honestly though, the crowd was surprisingly massive. If you were present and would like to relive your serotonin-addled experience, or if you weren't there and want to see what you missed, or if you don't like Moon Taxi but are feeling masochistic — or for whatever damn reason you feel like watching YouTube clips, what business is it of mine? — you can watch a big chunk of MT's set courtesy of Bonnaroo365. See some high-quality footage of the band performing "Mercury," "Gunflower," "All the Rage" and "Cabaret" in the playlist embedded above.
Also, because Moon Taxi is apparently made up of a slew of silly so-and-sos, they responded to a series of fan questions with a drolls-and-LOLs-style video that you can see after the jump. When will their next record be out? What kind of cereal do they like? What else are they into? What do they look like when they're pretending to poop at 4 a.m.? The answers to all those questions await you after the jump. Shits and gigs, am I right? I mean literally, shits and gigs. Like, they played a gig and now there's a video where one of them is pretending to shit. You feel me.
Great news, people! The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which I’m guessing you’ve heard of before, announced the dates for its twelfth annual installment. They are June 13-16, 2013.
That officially confirms dates Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau chief Butch Spyridon leaked to the Scene earlier this year. It also marks the first time in years that Bonnaroo, which takes place in neighboring Manchester, Tenn., 65 miles southeast of Nashville, will not overlap with the CMA Music Festival. CMA Fest 2013 will befall LP Field and surrounding venues downtown June 6-9.
"[CMA] gobbles up most of the hotel rooms and airline seats," Spyridon told the Scene in June. "So we're not able to maximize the benefits from Bonnaroo. ... A lot more could come out of Nashville if it wasn't already tied up, both in materials and manpower."
Like I said, good news, AMIRITE?
Bonnaroo will announce ticket pre-sale information in November, with a full lineup announcement to follow in February. I know that seems like one long wait followed by another long wait, but you can kill 43 seconds of it by watching the latest Bonnaroo promo clip above. (Note: Must love dogs.)
Did you miss Bonnaroo this year? Still bummed about it? Well, Through the Woods, a very short film, condenses the four-day festival experience in less than four minutes via the magic of time lapse and the music of Radiohead. Capturing and conveying the cumulative effects of disorientation, sleep deprivation, heat exhaustion and, well, other things, the in-motion, slow-shot treatment puts viewers into the shoes, or flip-flops (or bare feet), of festival-goers, giving a first-person, frame-by-frame, world-spinning-around-you feeling of what it’s like to amble through Centeroo’s summery, psychedelic maze of revelers feeding on counter-culture like ants on a carcass.
Posted by VICE Magazine’s music channel, Noisey, and directed by Matt Ornstein, the clip is set to a live rendition of the Radiohead’s piano-driven 2011 single “The Daily Mail” and culminates with gorgeous footage of the band's EPIC headlining set.
Television’s Stephen Colbert is curating his own music festival, again. The StePhest Colbchella '012: Rocktaugustfest — the followup to last year’s StePhest Colbchella '011: Rock You Like a Thirst-Icane — will feature The Flaming Lips, fun., Grandmaster Flash, Grizzly Bear and Santigold, and take place aboard the docked USS Intrepid at New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. The festival, which will be filmed, makes its sophomore voyage on Aug. 10, with performances to air on The Colbert Report throughout the following week. Considering attending? Surf this wave for more info.
Colbert announced StePhest ‘012 during last night’s Colbert broadcast and the A-musical, mock-jingoist, funservative faux pundit had some choice words for Middle Tennessee’s favorite music festival.
“I know all the latest, hottest bands, like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza,” Colbert quipped. “Those guys are great.”
Remember when we shared with you that in-a-van session PUJOL's Daniel Pujol shot with the Bonnaroo 365 folks while he was down in Manchester last month? Well, the Pooj wasn't the only Nashvillian to hop in a van with some strangers. Cherub brought their talk-box and their slick, libidinous electro-pop to the Jam in the Van folks, and you can see the results above and below. Up top: "Disco Inferno." After the jump: "Love You Right." Slip out of those clothes and immerse yourself in some glistening, unctuous grooves. Or keep your clothes on, that's completely your call.
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