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PREVIEW LouFest 2014 – Sept 6 & 7 – Feat. Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Cake, Grouplove and More!


On September 6 & 7 the LouFest Music Festival will return to the beautiful Forest Park in St. Louis for a fifth straight year. LouFest is growing yet again, with a rumored FOURTH stage now being added after a third being brought into the mix last year. It was estimated that the 2013 version brought in more than 15,000 people each day, more than double the previous year. The last five years have provided concert goers with a very eclectic mix of artists from all genres and stages of their careers. Another great aspect of LouFest is that they be sure to throw a few local talents such as Sleepy Kitty, Troubadour Dali and Tef Poe on the bill as well.

Previous artists to grace the LouFest stage have included The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Girl Talk (above), The Killers, She & Him,  Jim James, TV on the Radio, The National, Trampled by Turtles, Alabama Shakes, Dawes, Built to Spill, Dinosaur Jr. and even a Jeff Tweedy solo set. The Roots were scheduled in 2011 but sadly had to cancel at the last minute. LouFest has certainly grown to become something very special for the city of Saint Louis.

Unfortunately for LouFest, their game to slowly reveal the first nine bands by slowly releasing clues had a slight flaw that led to a leak of those nine bands in just a few hours after announcing the game. So what we already found out last week is that alt-rockers Cake will be one of the top bands on the bill… which excites the hell out of me! The other eight leaked bands are Grouplove, Portugal the Man, Blackberry Smoke, San Fermin, Pretty Little Empire, Moon Taxi, Washed Out and funksters Lettuce, who I am also incredibly excited to see.

The rest of the lineup was just released… check it out below. Be sure to check back soon for a full preview of the entire lineup!




Arctic Monkeys



Matt & Kim

The 1975

Portugal. The Man

Future Islands

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue


Washed Out


Vintage Trouble


Blackberry Smoke


Delta Spirit

Moon Taxi

San Fermin

Those Darlins


Young and Sick

The Districs



Kopecky Family Band

Roadkill Ghost Choir

Glass Animals

Black Pistol Fire


Holy Child

Alanna Royale


The Jan Shermans

Old Salt Union

 Marc Scibilia

Dylan McDonald and the Avians

Colin Lake

Pretty Little Empire

Big Brother Thunder and the Masterblasters



Check out our 2013 LouFest coverage here

Check out our 2012 LouFest Photo Gallery here





DAWES (2012)


LouFest 2013 - Jim James 2

JIM JAMES (2013)



An Evening with CAKE – Sandpoint, Idaho – 8/2/13

Cake at the Festival in Sandpoint 2013

On an overcast August evening, on the bank of Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced: pond-o-ray) in Idaho, I came face-to-face with what I had considered to be my white whale. I was about to see a band that, for years, would play a few shows in the Pacific Northwest but, for some reason, those shows would fall on days that made it difficult for me to attend. This night, however, was my night. It was my night to check that band off my list, to realize the dream that had eluded me for so many years, and to spend a glorious evening in Sandpoint, Idaho…an Evening with CAKE.

But enough with the hyperbole. CAKE really is a band that I have wanted to see for the past 15 years, and something had always stood in the way of that, a family obligation, work, or what have you. So when I heard they were playing the Festival at Sandpoint on August 2, I knew that I would never forgive myself if I didn’t go.

After an unsuccessful attempt at recruiting friends to accompany me on my journey, I made the solo trek to the northern Idaho Panhandle. No ticket in hand and no hotel room booked. I showed up to the venue (Memorial Field) right when the doors opened, bought a ticket from someone off the street, and made my way through the gates.  One thing that is great about this venue is their extremely relaxed policy on coolers. Basically, you can bring whatever food and drink you want inside, including alcohol. As you might imagine, this ends up saving you a ton of money during the show. At first, I thought this could turn out to be a complete shit show in terms of people drinking too much and acting like idiots. However, the crowd was extremely laid back and there were enough security and uniformed police officers to handle any drunken buffoonery.

CAKE took the stage a little after 7:30 p.m. and delivered two sets filled with all the songs I love. Songs such as, “The Distance,” “Sick of You,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Lifestyle,” “Italian Leather Sofa,” their awesome cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” and many more. I was firmly planted at the railing near the front of the stage and soaked in every trumpet note blasted, while lead singer John McCrea’s Vibra-slap echoed in the northern Idaho night like the scream of a red-tail hawk.

I truly had a great time in Sandpoint that night and was bummed when it came to an end. There is no doubt in my mind that I will catch CAKE again someday, I just hope it doesn’t take me another 15 years.

Watch CAKE perform Long Skirt/Short Jacket at the Festival at Sandpoint:

CAKE performing Love You Madly at the festival. Shot with a GoPro worn by drummer Paulo Baldi:

Music Midtown 2013 Announces Lineup

music-midtown 2013

Enjoy as many festivals as you can this year, because ticket sales tell us that next year we’ll have a lot less of these things here in America.  This September 20th and 21st, Peidmont Park in Atlanta brings you a pretty solid lineup for Music Midtown 2013.

 Acts you care about include : Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, Tegan & Sara, Cake, 2 Chainz, Imagine Dragons, Black Lips, Reignwolf, Capital Cities, North Mississippi Allstars, and Mona… and if you have bad taste in music, there’s always Journey.

Saturday June 22nd is when Tickets go on sale, and you can check out the full line up and stuff over at the festivals official website by clicking here. There’s a presale for Citi members  beginning Wednesday, that information is also at the website.

Sasquatch! Festival 2013 Lineup Announced



The Sasquatch! Festival 2013 lineup has just been announced at the official Announcement Party at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle. The four night party over Memorial Day Weekend at the Gorge Amphitheatre always promises to be a good time and this year looks to be no exception.

Cody ChesnuTT came out to start the night, the first artist confirmation of the Festival. After his short set came “surprise guests” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who confirmed their own Gorge set for May after performing Thrift Shop, Same Love and Can’t Hold Us.

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(Macklemore live at the Neptune Theatre lineup drop)

After those the official lineup video was played for those in attendance (and those streaming online), the full lineup came to fruition:

Mumford & Sons
The Postal Service
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Sigur Rós
Vampire Weekend
The xx
The Lumineers
Arctic Monkeys
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Primus 3D
Empire of the Sun
Imagine Dragons
Bloc Party
Andrew Bird
Dropkick Murphys
Built To Spill
Steve Aoki
Wake Owl
Toro Y Moi
Kingdom Crumbs
Nancy & Beth
Youth Lagoon
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Beachwood Sparks
The Barr Brothers
Brown Bird
Luke Sital-Singh
Brett Gelman
Jenny Slate
James Adomian
The Presets
Azari & III
Brothers From Another
Divine Fits
ZZ Ward
Four Color Zack
Nacho Picasso
ScHoolboy Q & Ab-Soul
Mike Birbiglia
Let’s Talk
OC Notes: “Golden Gods”
Danny Brown
Brody Stevens
Jon Daly
Hundred Waters
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Holy Ghost!
JJ Grey & Mofro
Kyle Kinane
Laidback Luke
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Joe Mande
Nick Offerman
Rose Windows
RA Scion
Devendra Banhart
Sean Nelson
John Talabot
Red Fang
Willy Moon
Youngblood Hawke
Ryan Bingham
Azealia Banks
Atlas Genius
Matthew Dear
Robert Delong
Earl Sweatshirt
Killer Mike
Shovels & Rope
Radical Face
Wild Belle
Michael Kiwanuka
Deep Sea Diver
Death Grips
Twin Shadow
Dirty Projectors
Tame Impala
Surfer Blood
The Tallest Man On Earth
Fang Island
Father John Misty
Porcelain Raft
Shout Out Louds
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Elliott BROOD
Jherek Bischoff
Sea Wolf
Capital Cities

Bottle Rock Festival 2013 Lineup Revealed


Not sure if we mentioned it before, but tis the season to announce festival lineups. This time lets head to the land of the grapevine that is Napa Valley for what is dubbed Bottle Rock Festival. Cork-Fest must not have had as much of a ring to it as I thought it did. This one is interesting because, well, one might ask why the Kings Of Leon would be the lead headliner along with The Black Keys and Furthur.  Furthur? Come on man. I like the Grateful Dead as much as the next guy but The Flaming Lips, Jane’s Addiction and Primus are sitting on this same list of acts playing. Bad Religion could close this thing out playing songs only off True North.

It all goes down May 9th through 12th. If you’re having trouble reading the text in the above poster never fear, some loser went through the trouble of actually typing out every single band listed there-and that lays below. As usual, it’s always best to head over to the festival’s official website if you feel like partying with the Zac Brown Band,- do that by clicking here.


Bottle Rock Festival 2013 Lineup:

Kings of Leon

The Black Keys


Zac Brown Band

The Shins

The Flaming Lips

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

The Black Crowes

Jane’s Addiction


Dirty Projectors

Iron & Wine

Andrew Bird

Sharon Van Etten

Best Coast

Ben Harper


The Wallflowers

Bad Religion




Rodrigo y Gabriela

Blues Traveler

Dwight Yoakam

Donavon Frankenreiter

Allen Stone

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Allah Has

Vintage Trouble

Charlie Musselwhite

Mavis Staples

Tristan Prettyman

Erin O’Hara

Justin Townes Earle

They Went Ghost

Rouge Wave

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves


The Whiskey Sisters

Tift Merrit

Girls And Boys


Watch Highlights From The Inaugural Firefly Music Festival

Watch Highlights From The Inaugural Firefly Music Festival

Sadly we were unable to make it out to Delaware for the Inaugural Firefly Music Festival. However that won’t prevent us from sharing highlights from some of our favorite artists including The Flaming Lips, Cake, Modest Mouse and GROUPLOVE. Check them out down below.

John Legend Covers Bob Marley:

A Double Shot of Jack White:


The Killers Rocking On Saturday Night:


Two Solid Jams From Modest Mouse:


Silversun Pickups Take Us Back To 2007:


GROUPLOVE Plays The Hits:


The Fabulous Flaming Lips:


It’s Not A Party Without Cake:


Finally, The Biggest Band In America Today – The Black Keys:


Fingers crossed we can send our pal Jay Porks to Firefly in 2012.

Firefly Music Festival To Be Held In Delaware

Editors Note: This is The 2012 Lineup. For the 2013 Lineup, Click Here

Firefly Music Festival To Be Held In Delaware 

Delaware, welcome to the world of States that have sweet Music Festivals.

The news broke last night, that the three day  ’Firefly Music Festival’, will be headlined by The KillersThe Black Keys and Jack White .  Solid, right? I mean, sure The Killers aren’t in the stratosphere of musical relevance circa 2012 as the The Black Keys and Jack White are; but hey, they could have went with the Beach Boys, so we’ll chalk up those headliners as a win.

The ’2nd tier’ if you will, of headliners consists of The Flaming Lips (what AREN’T the Flaming Lips doing these days?), Death Cab For CutieJohn LegendGirl Talk and Passion Pit (cancelled as a result of mental health issues). Modest Mouse, a late edition to the festivities, announced on June 25th they’d be in Dover as well that weekend.

Dubbed the “East Coast’s Premier Music Experience”, will  kick off July 20th  at Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Delaware and end July 22nd with 3 day passes going for a modest $178 (as of 6/28, 3-Day passes have been sold out), at the Festival’s official website. The rest of the listed acts are below.


Click here to purchase your tickets: Firefly Music Festival TICKETS



Heartless Bastards


The Wallflowers (who’s absence from Summerland 2012 is baffling )

Lupe Fiasco

Mariachi El Bronx

Young the Giant

Ra Ra Riot

OK Go (treadmill dudes)

 Cold War Kids

 The Head and the Heart 

Tinie Tempah


The Felice Brothers

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires

Mayer Hawthrone & The County

Kids These Days

Bombay Bicycle Club

Penguin Prison

Update 05/08/12 – The Firefly Website now shows an image similar to the gang Hangman. While they promise a full lineup tomorrow 05/09/12 we have done some detective work and believe this festival is adding the following artists.


Fitz and the Tantrums

Lower Case Blues

Moon Taxi


Silversun Pickups

The Knocks

Turf War



Cake Was Served On Conan Last Night

Who doesn’t love Cake? And I’m talking the food, AND the band.

I myself have been itching to see the boys again ever since an epic night in Central Park. Last night I was not only lucky enough to catch them on Conan a few minutes after Rebecca Romijn mentioned that her first ever “adult dream” was to the likes of Steve Martin, with Steve Martin sitting to her right. Anyway, talk of female ejaculation gets me pumped for anything, including a little bit of “Mustache Man”

21st Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Lineup Announced

21st Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Lineup Announced

The once groundbreaking Los Angeles radio powerhouse has unveiled the details for the 21st annual Almost Acoustic Christmas.  For most music fans snobs, the lineup is very average to say the least.  Thankfully, most fans of KROQ are not fans of music, so chances are the show will sell out faster than you can scream PAYOLA.

Pre-sales are later this week, but that does not matter as Gibson Amphitheatre will be filled with close and personal friends of KROQ as well as individuals with nothing better to do then listen to the radio and call KROQ in hopes of being lucky called #20.  As anyone in Los Angeles knows, it’s very hard to actually buy a ticket for these shows.

The line up for the 2010 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas is as follows:

Night 1 – 12/11/10

Smashing Pumpkins

Social Distortion

My Chemical Romance

Bad Religion

Jimmy Eat World


A Day to Remember

The Dirty Heads



Night 2 – 12/12/10


Vampire Weekend

Brandon Flowers

The Black Keys

The Temper Trap

Neon Trees

Florence & the Machine

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Broken Bells

An Evening with Cake @ Central Park Summerstage 9/16/10

Someone needs to buy me one of those things John McCrea is rolling around with-I could probably learn how to play it.. unlike guitar, an instrument I’ve had since I was 7.  Anyway, what goes on …Everybody welcome themselves  to The 34th installment of the Jay Porks never ending concert series and the 2nd of our “Three Nights of Weirdness” tour, tonight bringing us to see the band Cake at the Central Park Summerstage… Last time I tried to see this band on my way to Terminal 5, a friend and I took it upon ourselves to participate in the recreational use of Marijuana. The police, safe to say were not too thrilled and put us in jail- hence us missing the show. From then on when I listened to any Cake song I would be reminded of sitting in a cell until roughly 1:30AM being made fun of by police who didn’t believe that we “found the stuff on the floor”. So since I heard they were coming back I got on it- and tonight is the night. And I will not go to jail tonight! I am finally going to see Cake…th ave and 69th st slightly before 8PM- ‘Doors’ opened at 7, and their were herds of people filing into the park. Ticketmaster had this billed as ” An Evening with Cake”, their were no openers listed.
Stormed into the set with “Building a Religion”, I heard it as I was buying a water.. I still couldn’t believe there wasn’t an opener-how late can they run this? Moving along, “Sad songs and Waltzes” was the 2nd song they played. Something far from sad was when they got into ‘Wheels’ and couldn’t pretend it wasn’t there- somebody is smoking some pot somewhere near me and I have to find out who. Then I thought to myself “Stay focused- eyes on the prize, don’t do it” . So I investigated no further and went back to taping… Started enjoying myself to the point where I forgot to take notes for a few
minutes, which is odd for me. But somewhere before they went into “Frank Sinatra”, John McCrea was lamenting about how the rain(which was at it’s heaviest a hour to two earlier in the day) had finally stopped. Way to jinx it, halfway through “Frank Sinatra” I looked up at the lights and noticed the rainfall.. Wasn’t raining hard but it was steady, really steady. All of us with cameras started a ” No Um-brellas!” chant for all the people who needed to shelter themselves from the rain hence putting another annoyance in front of those who are taking pictures for the various websites we all contribute to.. Next was “Love you madly”, and they ended the first half of their set with “Sheep go to Heaven” which I was really getting into.. Looked at my phone and it was 8:58..When they ran back out at 10 o’clock, I turned to Pam and said “ Short skirt Long Jacket and the Distance then home”. Well I was right on two of those three. As the got back on McCrea said something to the effect of “we’re being told we need to get this one song done quickly and get outta here” before jumping into the one, the only, “The Distance”.. Show over roughly 10:05…

This show comes with a slight backstory. Back in March 2009 I had tickets to see Cake at Terminal 5.. Up the

After the riding the Ferry through a “tornado watch” with sideways rain, I made it to theentrance of Central Park on 5

Walked into this epic park that is Central Park(you know a park is huge when you each entrance is in a different neighborhood), and found my way to Rumsey Playfield, where there was a ginormous stage set up, with surrounding concessions. Have to mention I had a kick ass slice of Pizza on the way out.. Who would’ve thought the best things in life are served outside. The ground is covered with what looks and feels like a carpet- it’s some sort of comfy tarp. I guess it’s there because of the afternoons heavy rainfall, to protect us from the mud.. Shortly after 8 I notice the stage looks to be set up for Cake already-really? There really are no openers? This is awesome!

During the little intermission I guess we’ll call it an intermission, I looked down to notice the mud is seeping through the carpet..looks like there’s puddles of coffee all over the place. Everywhere I stepped it’s like quicksand-only real, and disgusting. Not the fashion connoisseur, but consider these sneaker done for. Also, there was a tree on the side of the stage that McCrea had some fun with. It’s one of those trees you buy in the stores with the promise that you’ll plant it somewhere and help earth blah blah blah.. He grabbed it and put it in the middle of the stage- saying it looked better there. There was many funny moments the lead singer granted us tonight.. from conducting  sing alongs from the stage, having different sides of the crowd sing different parts of the chorus to the continuous banter about the store bought tree. Think about it, Central Park-a place full of trees-when to Home Depot’s home and garden dept. and bought a tree. It is truly a crazy world. Believe it was a figi apple tree, but not well versed in botany so I would double check that if you really care.

Came back out at 9:14 and played “Shadow Stabbing” and I have say for lack of a better term- it’s getting pretty funky out here. Every Cake song comes equipped with a kick ass baseline that you wish you could insert into all your favorite songs. And how could you not be diggin’ that trumpet action. Amazing…. Now, on to a not-Cake song, Black Sabbaths “War Pigs”, which has been a staple of Cake’s live set for a number of years…then an odd one- the lyric-less “Arco Arena”., a song where McCrea kills it playing lead… Jay- Z actually uses this song as the instrumental for a song on The Blueprint 2 called “Guns & Roses”.. The ‘vibraslap’ wielding McCrea is credited for songwriting on The Blueprint 2’s inner sleeve- odd facts that I know.. hey it was in my album collection in high school. Anyway on to “Jolene” the extended version I guess, as I turned to Pam and said “Wait, still Jolene right?”.. after which they play “Pentagram”. Then, in a shocking turn of events-they played a new song off an upcoming new album! It was awesome. I stuck my camera in my pocket for this one. They made me like “Stick shifts and safety belts”, where as I was never that big a fan of the song. But they sucked me in tonight.. They then followed with “Never There” and tried to go off 9:54..

Besides no Short Skirt Long Jacket and some other obscure covers, cannot be disappointed with a full Evening with Cake.. had the little break in between and everything.. it was awesome and the best part was I didn’t go to jail! So I can now listen to Cake’s music with better memories.  

It also completes the 2nd night of the Jay Porks “Three Nights of Weirdness”. Tomorrow night, at the same destination we will be rocking out to the music of Ween. Attending this show on high recommendation from people I know and people I don’t know. Should be awesome-going to show up extremely early and try and get some better pics and videos for everyone, as tonight could been better in the sightlines category. Well, I’m tapped out for now, thanks for putting up with this non sense for a few minutes.. LATE..

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