Oh boy! Get your flower crowns and unintentionally racist headdresses out of the attic, because Coachella has announced the lineup for 2015's two-weekend festival.
Nashville will hold its "It City" status with
the Tin Man Jack White headlining the Saturday night dates, and our beloved Sturgill Simpson is also making an appearance, which is rad for him, but beyond that there aren't too many surprises. AC/DC headlines on both Fridays, and Drake closes things down on the Sundays. Locally affiliated native Alabamans Alabama Shakes and St. Paul and the Broken Bones are playing. The Drive Like Jehu reunion continues, the lack of female headliners continues ... so it goes.
If you want to increase your chances of doing molly with celebrities in the desert, Coachella happens April 10-12 and again April 17-19, and tickets go on sale tomorrow at 2 p.m. CST.
Run the Jewels' tour landed them in St. Louis last night, the night St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced the news that Darren Wilson will not be indicted for shooting and killing 18-year-old Mike Brown. Jewels' Killer Mike, who has been outspoken about the case over the last few months, started the show by giving a frank, emotional speech:
"We usually come on [stage] to Queen's 'Champion,' " he said. "I just gotta tell you today that, man, no matter how much we do it, no matter how much we get shit together, shit comes along that kicks you on your ass and you don't feel like a champion, so tonight I got kicked on my ass when I listened to that prosecutor. You motherfuckers got me today."
He starts choking up when he says, "You kicked me on my ass today because I've got a 20-year-old son and I have 12-year-old son and I'm so afraid for them."
As you no doubt know, The Smashing Pumpkins are releasing a new album, Monuments to an Elegy, on Dec. 9. So far the band has yet to release a single that gets anyone excited for this album, but this morning Vice premiered the new song "Tiberius" and claimed:
Thankfully, the song sounds like classic Pumpkins. The refrain gets stuck in your head like a single from Siamese Dream, while feeling as intimate as something off Adore and as expansive as a track from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
VICE is wrong. This song is not impressive. I'm guessing they just wanted to say something nice because they promised they wouldn't be snarky as fuck in order to snag the premiere.
Has someone put a curse on Bono? Is this because U2 forced their new record on millions of iTunes users? Are we watching some kind of Final Destination plot happen before our very eyes? Stay safe, Bono! And maybe avoid roller coasters, car washes, hardware stores, tanning beds, giant lemons and high elevations.
A few important bits of music news for those who are just catching up with the world after Halloween hangovers:
1) Prince was the musical guest on SNL over the weekend and his eight-minute-long performance (above) is pretty phenomenal. My expectations for SNL's musical performances have lowered over the years. The sound quality is usually lacking and they have a history of booking musicians who I find to be more trendy than interesting (so far this season we've seen Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Hozier, and Iggy Azaleazzzzzzzzzzz... ). But PRINCE! Holy shit, they booked Price! And he played for eight minutes and it was glorious.
If you think Swift can't sell a million records by the end of the year, you're wrong. Yesterday, when Swift's released her lackluster new single "Welcome to New York," another song, "Track 3," was also accidentally posted. So many fans coughed up the $1.29 to download it, the song shot to the top of the Canadian iTunes chart. Problem is, "Track 3" wasn't actually a song — it was eight seconds of white noise. Yup! Eight seconds — the entire duration of a successful bull ride — of nothing, posted under Taylor Swift's name, outsold Calvin Harris, Maroon 5, Pitbull, Gwen Stefani, and even Taylor Swift herself.
As Adam Gold pointed out, "Taylor's eight seconds of static has more substance than 5 Seconds of Summer." Rimshot!
It's a pretty good argument that a major pop star's success has very little to do with the actual talent involved (despite what overenthusiastic fans might say). At this point, Swift's brand is more profitable than her music — Swift could post a recording of Olivia Benson digging in her litter box and it would go to the top of the charts almost instantly. Meow.
Today is a very good day, because today is the day Sleater-Kinney has officially announced that not only are they touring in 2015, but they are also releasing a new album. WHAT!? YES! The trio of women who have all taken turns being the best friend of my dreams are releasing the reunion record No Cities to Love — their first record since 2005's underwhelming (IMHO) The Woods — Jan. 20, on Sub Pop. Brief US and European tours will follow the album's release.
Wait, there's more! The band also posted a lyric video (above) for a (great) new song called "Bury Our Friends," starring the wonderful and weird Miranda July. The song's got a choppy D.C. dance-punk/Q and Not U vibe — I can't wait to hear the whole album. Of course the world's 3,000 luckiest Sleater-Kinney fans got to hear the song before everyone else, as it was included in the colored vinyl box set that is now totally sold out. (Don't panic if you missed out — Sub Pop is taking orders for a second, all-black pressing that will ship in mid-December.)
All the US and Europe dates are posted at sleater-kinney.com, but warning: At press time, the closest they get to Nashville is Chicago on Feb. 17. Hopefully more dates, including a Music City stop, are still to come.
Until then, road trip!
Local MCs Spoken Nerd and KidDEAD were scheduled to perform on Saturday, but earlier this week were told that would not be possible due to an insurance hike. When the Cream reached out for comment, a member of SoNa, the Wedgewood-Houston/Chestnut Hill-based community group that's organizing the free event meant to strengthen ties between neighbors, confirmed that their budget could not accommodate an increase in the insurance premium for the event — an increase levied by the insurer because there were hip-hop acts on the bill. No comment was offered in response to requests for further details.
"If you look at all genres, premiums across the board, there are differences," Brent Daughrity, a partner in the entertainment division of Anderson Benson Insurance, tells the Cream. "Christian is the cheapest, country follows next, rock follows that. Hip-hop will be a higher premium. There's large premium differences in it. If it's a new festival and there's a hip-hop band, there are some carriers that would maybe not write [the coverage]."
* Apparently, reality television star, perpetual pot-stirrer and friend of the Cream (just kidding!) John Rich just kicked a crew from the local Fox affiliate out of his house (aka "Mt. Richmore"). According to Fox 17, Rich "invited media to his home on Monday to unveil his new clothing line and information about the possibility of new music. ... FOX 17 arrived to the Rich home, only to be kicked out. ... According to a Rich staffer, FOX 17 was 'uninvited' because he was 'still upset' about an interview with Rich's alleged stalker Chris Sevier." More on the Sevier business here and here, if you want it. Now git!
* Remember last summer, when one rude dude got totally nude at Kings of Leon's show in Birmingham, England, and the band was into it? Well, KOL drummer Nathan Followill wants the trend to continue. According to NME, Followill told Q Magazine, "It wouldn't hurt to see a little nudity at a concert, but it never happens!" His brother, frontman Caleb, added, "We're up there pouring our hearts out, and if someone wants to show us a little skin, then that will only add a little variety to our show. So anyone out there, preferably of the female variety ... but if anyone wants to hang a little dong we'll look at that too." You have to subscribe to Q to read the full interview, but here's a preview in which Caleb points out that he and his brothers "were fighting like pussies" for a time.
* And finally, news from my fellow Lipscomb University alumnus, vanilla crooner and "WASP with no stinger" (as fellow Creamster Adam Gold puts it) Pat Boone: There's a warrant out for his arrest! According to TMZ, "Boone was ordered to appear in court in connection with a lawsuit involving a condo he purchased on a luxury cruise liner. ... The lawyers subpoenaed Pat to court, but he was a no show, so the judge issued the arrest warrant." Too bad Boone didn't cover "Breaking the Law" on his metal-covers album.
* Music City-residing, arena-rockin’, tireless torch-carriers of commercially successful, blues-based trad rock, The Black Keys, are finally ready to unleash some new music. According to Revolt, dynamic duo Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney will release “Fever,” the first single from the as-yet-untitled full-length follow-up to their Grammy garnering, platinum-plus-selling 2011 LP El Camino next Monday, March 24. Expect more deets on the album, the band’s eighth long-player, to also hit news feeds on Monday. Lawyers for Pizza Hut and Home Depot are psyched. Are you?
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