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Ottawa Bluefest 2013 Lineup Has Been Revealed

Ottawa Bluefest 2013

The Ottawa Bluesfest has announced it lineup for the 2013 shindig. Over the course of 10 days (July 4th through the 14th), festival goers will have their chance to see acts like B.B. King, Weezer, Rush and fun. Other notables include Wu Tang Clan, Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, Tegan & Sara, The Joy Formidable, Killer Mike,Dixie Chicks, Belle & Sebastian, Flogging Molly, Sharon Van Etten and Atlas Genius.

If you’re into the “trance life”, then Skrillex gives you your fix, and other acts that don’t get first paragraph recognition are Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Zac Brown Band and Fitz & The Tantrums. Get the full list of acts announced so far below, and for ticketing information check out the festivals official website.

Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 Lineup:

B.B. King

Dixie Chicks

Wu-Tang Clan



Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

The Tragically Hip


Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Tegan and Sara

Great Big Sea


Belle & Sebastian


Grand Funk Railroad

Animal Collective

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Zac Brown Band

She & Him

Alex Clare

Fitz & the Tantrums

Neko Case

Adventure Club

Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

Marianas Trench



Killer Mike


Sharon Van Etten


Eric Burdon

Matthew Good

Flogging Molly

A Tribe Called Red

The Cat Empire

Alejandro Escovedo

Los Lonely Boys

Mother Mother

Atlas Genius

Mississippi Heat

Zeds Dead

Joy Formidable

Amadou & Mariam

Blue King Brown

Femi Kuti

Hunter Hayes

Tommy Trash

Garland Jeffreys

Blues Broads


The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer

Los Lobos

Ra Ra Riot

Frank Turner

Justin Townes Earle


Camera Obscura

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Eddie Shaw

Mitch Ryder

The Dunwells

The Knocks


Cold Specks

John Smith

Joe Robinson

fun. Team w/ Tegan & Sara For Summer Tour

Fun. Summer Tour

The band fun. has announced plans for a lengthy tour kicking off in July exploring tons of outdoor venues around the country well into September. Not only that, but everyone’s favorite lesbians Tegan & Sara(obviously, we’re aware they’re siblings) will be joining them as support on all but three dates. These two acts getting together for a tour makes a little too much sense. Check out the dates below, and for more information on tickets and presales and all that jazz-head over to the band’s official website here.


fun.  Summer 2013 Tour Dates w/ Tegan & Sara:

7/6 Toronto, ON // Downsview Park

7/9 Cleveland, OH // Jacobs Pavilion @ Nautica

7/13 Rochester, NY // CMAC

7/14 Columbus, OH // Lifestyle Pavilion (sans Tegan & Sara)

7/16 Detroit, MI // Meadow Brook

7/18 Pittsburgh, PA // Stage AE

7/19 Philadelphia, PA // The Mann Center

7/20 Columbia, MD // Merriweather Post Pavilion

7/22 New York, NY // Hudson River Park – Pier 26

8/22 Denver, CO // Red Rocks Amphitheatre

8/27 Lake Tahoe, NV // Lake Tahoe Harvey’s Outdoor Arena

8/28 Boise, ID Idaho // Botanical Garden

8/29 Portland, OR // Edgefield

9/4 Los Angeles, CA // The Greek Theatre (sans Tegan & Sara)

9/6 Berkeley, CA // The Greek Theatre – UC Berkeley

9/7 Santa Barbara, CA // Santa Barbara Bowl (sans Tegan & Sara)

9/10 Phoenix, AZ // Comerica Theatre

9/12 Dallas, TX // Gexa Energy Pavilion

9/16 Tuscaloosa, AL // Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre

9/18 Boca Raton, FL // Mizner Park Amphitheatre

9/19 Orlando, FL // UCF Arena

9/22 Whites Creek, TN // The Woods at Fontanel

9/24 Charleston, SC // Family Circle Cup Stadium

9/25 Raleigh, NC // Red Hat Amphitheater

9/26 Charlottesville, VA // nTelos Wireless Pavilion

9/23 Salt Lake City, UT // Salt Air Outside

UR1 Music Festival Lineup led by Kanye West, Lou Reed and Jane’s Addiction

UR1 Music Festival Lineup led by Kanye West, Lou Reed and Jane’s Addiction

So it seems we’ve run out of creative names for festivals, but it doesn’t hurt to have an almost endless line up. That seems to be the case with UR1 Festival , which takes place in  December 8th and 9th a Bayfront Park in Miami. Headliners include the likes of Kim Kadashian’s newest squeeze Kanye West, The Offspring, and that guy who ruined Metallica, Lou Reed. 

Of course we kid about Lou Reed ruining Metallica (Metallica ruined Metallica this year). The rest of this line up rounds out pretty awesome with appearances from Slash(who split an awesome bill with Foxy Shazam this fall), fun.,  those weirdos Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, space rockers Ghostland Observatory along with Janes Addiction. 

For up to the minute festival details, head over to the official website by clicking here. For the full line up, plus festival trailer, that’s all down below.

UR1 Festival Line Up

  • Kanye West
  • The Offspring
  • Lou Reed
  • Jane’s Addiction
  • Animal Collective
  • Keane
  • fun.
  • Flying Lotus
  • Slash
  • Santigold
  • Dead Can Dance
  • Erick Morillo
  • Sven Vath
  • Pete Tong
  • Iggy Azalea
  • Bob Sinclar
  • Zola Jesus
  • Ghostland Observatory
  • Dan Deacon
  • Holy Ghost!
  • Wild Nothing
  • Glass Candy
  • Kevens
  • Reboot
  • Dubfire
  • Luciano
  • Armand Van Helden
  • Carl Craig
  • Tanlines
  • Guy Gerber
  • Stacey Pullen
  • Peter Murphy
  • Arty
  • Onur Ozur
  • Tobi Neumann
  • Seth Troxler
  • Damian Lazarus
  • Davide Squillace
  • The Martinez Brothers
  • Cassy
  • Mathias Tanzmann
  • dyed soundorom
  • Dan Ghenacia
  • Luna City Express

fun. Perform “Some Nights” on The Tonight Show

fun. Perform “Some Nights” on The Tonight Show

So this band fun. gets around don’t they?  After hitting Colbert last week the boys are back on the late night circuit, stopping by The Tonight Show with Satan Jay Leno to perform  “Some Nights“. You can check out the video of that performance below, courtesy of Audio Perv

fun. ” Some Nights”

fun. Kick Off Colbchella Week on The Colbert Report

fun. Kick Off Colbchella Week on The Colbert Report

Colbchella 2012 Week began last night on The Colbert Report with an interview and performance by the band fun.  Now, if this was a month ago, you’d be reading something like “Yea so these weirdos stopped by the  Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and played some gospel noise crap”-but this is not a month ago. New York City has alternative radio again, and this “Some Nights” is in heavy rotation along with “We Are Young” and have grown on me. Read a tweet last night searching for video and it  said “Fun are on Colbert and they think people want to hear other songs besides “We Are Young”. Well, there we have it folks, a bigger asshole then me. Anyway, below you can watch the interview with the band, followed by the performances of “Some Nights”, “We Are Young” and “Carry On”. I’m telling you-this band gets cool after the 4th or 5th listen.

fun. Interview

fun. “Some Nights”

This Just in: The band also filmed a performance of “We Are Young” which just popped up on Colbertnation.com, aren’t I glad I refreshed the page, also there’s an introduction of Colbchella video and “Carry On” is performed live as well. This “Carry On” song is pretty freaking cool, never heard it before.

We Are Young

fun. “Carry On”

Lollapalooza 08/04/12: Grant Park – Chicago, IL

Lollapalooza 08/04/12: Grant Park – Chicago, IL

Lollapalooza needs no introduction. The once great touring festival now goes down once a year at Grant Park in Chicago. One year I will manage to make it to all three days of the fest but for 2012 free tickets to Saturday is nothing to complain about.

This will be a short review as I didn’t get to do all I wanted to do at Lollapalooza this year, first off I don’t think my friend that I met there wanted to be there. She got nausea from the smells of various plants inhaled into the lungs of our fellow concert goers. I get that it’s a music festival and that is to be expected. However she didn’t get the message. Perhaps next year I’ll either go alone (as I seem to have more fun that way) or ask a friend that has never been and wants to partake in the festivities with me.

I decided to park at Soldier Field this year and leaving at 7am did help the cause I wasn’t caught in traffic nor was it hard to access the parking garage. The bad part about parking at Soldier Field is the over the river and through the woods trek you take to actually get to Grant Park. A few times I thought I might pass out, but I kept on going and managed to get myself to the front gate of Lollapalooza.  Just in case you’re wondering I’m older and muscles aren’t as limber as they use to be.


Going into the festival I knew I had wanted to try to catch Fun. on the Sony Google Play stage, so we headed that way to check it out. Then we roamed around the festival checking out Perry’s stage which was larger in comparison to years past, that seems to be the happening stage of the festival. You can see in this photo that it’s a huge set up, with LED screens on two stand along towers which will showcase any dance performance music to its fullest.

Lollapalooza had something new this year, Boxed Water, yes you read it, boxed water. It came in a little milk carton looking box, and said “Boxed Water is better” yes it is, for the environment indeed. This was handed out for free or purchased for $2 which wasn’t bad. It’s re-usable and a great little water jug for sure.


Moving back to the Sony Google Play stage and sitting in the picnic area while eating some Chow Town grub, a band started playing. Fidlar, I suggest you check them out, they were awesome. They had the crowd going and even got a circle pit started and just had a great vibe. I managed to finish eating and head up near the stage to get some photos. They rocked in my opinion and the lead singer even made his way out into the crowd to join the fun, overall a great little band and great performance, not sure if anyone caught them on the You Tube stream, they were awesome as was the Givers they were next on the Sony Google Play stage and I made my way up front for them, they put on a great little set as well.

After watching the Givers my friend decides she is going home early, so I decide it’s best if I roam around and then head off to the Jane’s Addiction after show at the Aragon. I was trying to find my way out and walking as it was announced over the PA that Lollapalooza was evacuating due to a major storm that was headed our way. By the time I had finally got out and made it to my vehicle, the storm hit Chicago hard. I decided then it was best if I head home. I had to sit and wait for the rain to pass. As everyone was being cautious due to the weather and getting to the Aragon would have been a challenge.

So sadly my Lollapalooza 2012 experience was a bit of downer. Next year I will attend as I’m going to try again to get the three day passes that go on sale early, if not I’ll wait and see who is going to be there and decide that way. This was only my second time at the festival. I went back in 2010 when Lady Gaga was there, and was in the massive crowd that she decided to body surf upon. Overall a good Saturday, I’m burnt, and sore but I all that means is you are living life to the fullest.

Stephen Colbert Announces Colbchella ‘012: Rocktaugustfest

On tonight’s edition of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert announced to the world the return of his long running, one year old, week long celebration of music, the Colbchella concert series. For last years StePhest Colbchella ‘011: Rock You Like a Thirst-Icane Presented by Dr. Pepper, we were given performances by Bon Iver, Florence and the Machine and Talib Kweli with Yasiin Bey (A.K.A. Mos Def) in addition to an in depth interview with Jack White and other surprises such as Colbert debuting the follow-up to his ‘smash hit’ “Charlene (I’m Right Behind You)”, titled “Charlene II (I’m Over You)” featuring Third Man Records artist The Black Belles as his backing band.

Performances for the 2012 edition, dubbed STEPHEST COLBCHELLA ‘012: ROCKTAUGUSTFEST, include:

-fun.(check out their performance here!)

The Flaming Lips


Grandmaster Flash as the official Colbchella DJ

Grizzly Bear

Filming will take place Friday August 10th at 7pm aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York and will be shown the week of August 13 on Comedy Central. You can get all the details and info on how to obtain your free tickets at www.colbertnation.com

fun. Pay Jimmy Kimmel Live A Visit

fun. Pay Jimmy Kimmel Live A Visit

The thing that rubs me the wrong way about fun. is not their name as much as how they spell their name. I get that we are out of band names and that is why we have bands like Girls and fun.  Sure it sucks to do a Google search for them, but it’s not as if they can call themselves Pearl Jam. What throws me off is the style is basically a rip off of moe. Whatever, the music doesn’t make me want to kill puppies like Fitz and the Tantrums and it sure as hell doesn’t make me want to kill kids like Foster the People. So with that said, enjoy fun. performing One Foot and We Are Young on Jimmy Kimmel Live.





fun. Perform ‘We Are Young’ During Letterman Stop

fun. Perform ‘We Are Young’ During Letterman Stop

It’s just something about bands with punctuation involved in their names. Here we have fun. And yes the period is included. Not Fun or FUN but lower case F and ended off with a period.  Quick, name three other artists that have that punctuation in their names without googling and win free hugs courtesy of Jay Porks.

Anyway, here’s fun. performing “We are Young” on David Letterman last night

fun. We Are Young

2012 Outside Lands Music Festival Announces Initial Artist Details

2012 Outside Lands Music Festival Announces Initial Artist Details

Last year our man Reverend Justito returned home to San Francisco where he enjoyed all three days of Outside Lands. Knowing this year he would not be able to make it, he was praying for a terrible lineup. Of course his prayers were not answered as Outside Lands is back with one of its best lineups yet. Headliners include beloved Bay Area natives Metallica and Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Also high up on the list are the likes of Foo Fighters, Jack White and Stevie Wonder.

Three Day Passes go on sale Thursday April 19th at 12 noon PST. Prices will go up as each “level” sells out. Click here for all the ticketing details. To read our reviews from Outside Lands 2011, click here, here and here.


2012 Outside Lands Line Up:


Stevie Wonder

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Jack White

Foo Fighters



Sigur Ros


Norah Jones


The Kills

Regina Spektor

Passion Pit

Andrew Bird


Big Boi (maybe he will make it on time this year)

Bloc Party

Explosions In The Sky


Franz Ferdinand



Die Antwoord

Fitz and the Tantrums

Portugal. The Man

Amadou & Mariam

Wolfgang Gartner


Dr. Dog

The Walkman

Washed Out

City and Colour

Two Gallants

Of Monsters and Men


Alabama Shakes

Reggie Watts

Trampled By Turtles

Tame Impala


The Be Good Tanyas


Sharon Van Etten


Sean Hayes

Bomba Estereo

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Big Gigantic

The Oh Sees



Zola Jesus

White Denim

Allen Stone

The M Machine

Michael Kiwanuka


Father John Misty

Electric Guest


Yellow Ostrich


Honey Island Swamp Band

Animal Kingdom

Artist Update 05/16/12:

Tom Morello: The Nightwatchmen


Jukebox The Ghost

Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons




Sasquatch 2012 Lineup Announced!

Sasquatch 2012 Lineup Announced!


Sasquatch is one of Washington’s most widely regarded music festivals. Held annually at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheater, Sasquatch is known for hosting big name acts like Jane’s Addiction, Kings of Leon, Bjork, and Flaming Lips. Well this year, they’ve got a treat for you.

Here is the full lineup in order as it says on the website:

Jack White, Beck, Bon Iver, Pretty Lights, Tenacious D, The Shins, Beirut, Girl Talk, The Roots, Portlandia, Feist, Silversun Pickups, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, Nero, M. Ward, John Reilly and Friends, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent, The Civil Wars, The Joy Formidable, Little Dragon, tUnE-yArDs, Beats Antique, Wild Flag, Blind Pilot, Wolfgang Gartner, Apparat, The Walkmen, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Mark Lanegan Band, Spiritualized, Blitzen Trapper, The Cave Singers, Shabazz Palaces, Jamey Johnson, fun., Grouplove, Tycho, SBTRKT, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Deer Tick, Imelda May, Dum Dum Girls, The Helio Sequence, Kurt Vile, Cloud Cult, Ben Howard, Here We Go Magic, Zola Jesus, The War on Drugs, Shearwater, Cass McCombs, Active Child, Trampled by Turtles, AraabMuzik, Star Slinger, LA Riots, Com Truise, Unknown Mortal, I Break Horses, Walk the Moon, Dry the River, Allen Stone, Hey Marseilles, Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, Purity Ring, Yellow Ostrich, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Nobody Beats the Drum, Electric Guest, Coeur de Pirate, Lord Huron, Pickwick, STRFKR, We are Augustines, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Beat Connection, THEESatisfaction, The Sheepdogs, Hey Rosetta!, Said the Whale, Howlin Rain, Gardens and Villa, Felix Cartal, Craft Spells, Vintage Trouble, Poor Moon, Black Whales, Gold Leaves, Greylag, Awesome Tapes from Africa, Dyme Def, Fresh Espresso, The Physics, Sol, Metal Chocolates, Grynch, SPACE3MAN, Don’t Talk to The Cops, Scribes, Fatal Lucciauno, Fly Moon Royalty, Katie Kate, Nick Kroll, Todd Barry, Beardyman, Rob Delaney, Pete Holmes, John Mulaney, and Howard Kremer.

BEST OF THE BEST: Well it appears that Jack White will be making his solo US debut here at Sasquatch a month after the release of his debut solo album. That is certainly something to watch for.

With Beck, you should always expect the unexpected, so whatever he does will most likely be some sort of garage-punk/funky-pop weirdness explosion.

The self-described “greatest band in the world” Tenacious D will be returning to the stage after five long years, to coincide with the release of their new album.

Girl Talk is a mashup artist that can combine everything from War Pigs, to Teach Me How to Dougie, to 99 Problems, all without being sued.

Portlandia, a show led by Wild Flag’s Carrie Brownstein (who will also play the festival with that group) and SNL’s Fred Armisen. It’s an amazingly funny and amazingly bizarre sketch comedy show that sold out crowds across the US when they brought it to the stage. Definitely something to see if you watch the show.

If you’re looking to relax after a long day’s festival, Explosions in the Sky should help (not Bon Iver). This post-rock emotional explosion of instrumental beauty is like a symphony of guitars that will put you to sleep in the best sense of the word.

Childish Gambino, or as Community fans know him Donald Glover, is a brilliant lyricist and deliverer of rap music. He’s also wicked funny. So whether he does something comedic or something serious, it should be brilliant.

Blitzen Trapper are Americana-folk at its best. With Sub Pop signing more folk bands like Fleet Foxes, Blitzen Trapper hopped on the first train out of Portland to play magnificent folksy music. It’ll be like a portal to another world, a world where all you should care about is not getting anyone’s vomit on your shoes.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Grouplove, fun., SBTKRT, Dum Dum Girls, Wild Flag. AraabMuzik, Gary Clark Jr., Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, STRFKR, The Sheepdogs.

Great lineup this year, if you ask me. Enjoy the show, all who are going!

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