Returning to Brooklyn taking place in Prospect Park May 17th through the 19th will be The Great GoogaMooga Festival. And the price is right: the Saturday and Sunday of this event can easily cost you Zero dollars if you choose to register between April 1st and 3rd with winners being selected on April 10th. You get to rock out to acts like The Darkness, The Flaming Lips, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sharon Van Etten, Matt & Kim and many many more. There’s a good chance pending selection that this very writer may get himself over there to see some of that sweet action. For acts, prices, times and all that jazz that’s not mentioned on the above flyer, you can head over to the Official Festival Website here.
If you haven’t caught on to the Matt and Kim movement yet, you are missing out. The duo is currently on tour with Passion Pit, and in my opinion, outperformed them recently in Salt Lake City(03/02/13). Matt and Kim opened their night by doing a little Harlem Shake for us. It didn’t take long to see that the crowd was overly excited to start the night. This was a sold out show, and tiny hipsters were everywhere.
From the very first beat, the show was moving at an insane pace. Matt and Kim don’t just play music. You can actually see it forming in the air around them and collecting in the room as they “play”; more like blast through their tunes. Kim, well, she’s an animal. From standing on her drums, directing with her sitcks like a conductor, and even making jokes about her bra, Kim makes the duo fun and beautiful. During the set, a deal was made with the audience that she would play a whole song with her shirt off if the crowd would wave theirs above their heads. Deal delivered.
Kim also performed a pretty amazing concert stunt in this day and age. While Matt explained why she was putting on an air cast, he also instructed the crowd to snuggle up and hold Kim as she walked out onto the crowd and “shook her ass” in their face. Honestly, this is risky, a little punk rock, and still an awesome novelty. Good on you Kim. Aside from being a showman, she is also a balls-to-the-wall drummer. She never seems to miss a beat, and I giggled at the giant sandbag needed to hold her set-up in place.
Matt is both the comedic emcee and vocal leader. He jumps around, gets up on the keyboard bench, and is just as wild as Kim. He introduced her as his partner in music and sex, and when you think about it, how could that life be anymore fun? Matt was certainly blown away at the amount of people who showed up that night, and he did promise that they would never skip Salt Lake again. I’m holding you to that Matt.
Of course, tunes played included “Daylight” “Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare” and the new and energetic “Let’s Go”. If you get an opportunity to see this duo live, you should take it. It might be the most energetic and legal fun you can have. I have not been disappointed at a Matt and Kim show, and I don’t see how you could be. You better believe that the next time I’m running a few miles, I’ll be trying to keep up with the pace of these two in my ears. Check out their new album, Lightning.
There’s a Festival Called “Free Press Summer Fest” that’s going to go down this year at Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston, Texas June 1st – 2nd, has just released it’s 2013 lineup.
The upper tier names on the bill are The Postal Service, Iggy And The Stooges (Featuring Mike Watt on Bass) and TV On The Radio but the undercard isn’t bad either. Bands that don’t suck on the lower half of the bill include Arctic Monkeys, Japandroids, Of Monsters Of Men, Baroness, Social D, The Bronx , Grace Potter And The Nocturnals and added as of hours ago, UME. Hell you could even catch 2 Chainz if that floats your boat. Sounds good to me, who has a couch for me to crash on in Texas? For Tickets, head to the official festival website by clicking here. Full lineup below.
Bonnaroo 2013 June 13-16th in beautiful Manchester, TN.
Words/Video/Pictures : BeezNutzStl
Today is a day that myself, and thousands of other music fans across the world have been waiting for. Which of coarse is Bonnaroo Announcement Day. It is almost a holiday to some like me. I personally worked 3 extra shifts at my job just to have this day off. And, was it worth it? Yes it was. Here is the complete Lineup that we all have been waiting on and below are a few reasons I think that you should venture to the farm this summer.
I tried on both my ipod and my computer to open the live video feed on Bonnaroo’s Youtube Channel with no luck. So many people were trying to watch at the same time. During one point the view counter was at 18,000 people watching live. I kept having the video freeze and stop working. After refreshing for the first 10 minutes the video wouldn’t work for me at all. That had a lot of people had posting some negative comments. It is supposed to be fun, and to me it was.
I worked out the problems and got the video going again. As I tuned in they were reading some of the first announcements live : Passion Pit, Of Monsters, Of Men were read off by Weird AL. Then a personal Bonnaroo favorite of mine Trombone Shorty came on the screen live to announce that he would be at Bonnaroo 2013.
After some various random Bonnaroo footage, a lady named Amy and her adorable son announced Billy Idol and another band I didn’t reconize the name for. Weird Al came back on screen to announce Mumford and Sons, which was a solid add. Next to be announced was Grizzly Bear, Foals, Walk The Moon, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike and Japandroids were on a list that came out of a colorful donkey pinatas ass. Portugal. The Man, made a guest appearance and played ” So American ” which sounded great. I have yet to get to see them live this was a cool surprise for me.
Portugal. The Man was a awesome addition to this party, and I made it a party. This is one of the best days of the year for me. I learn so much about music, myself and just life in general from being away from normal life for a few days in the summer. Bonnaroo gives me that and that means the world to me. If you have never been, you really should consider going it is nothing short of AMAZING. My favorite thing about Bonnaroo is all the artist and people I am grateful to have seen and met that other than here, I never would of had to the chance to. It’s priceless.
So I was having a lot of fun watching this whole thing, to me anticipation makes things better sometimes. Goofy skits ensued and more artist were announced Beach House, Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The Vaccines, Dwight Yokam, and Death Grips rounded out that set. R.Kelly was the next big announcement. I’m not sure on this one, the topic is being widely debated. I know R. Kelly takes a lot of heat in the media. His last tour got great reviews and he is a talented writer and performer. Should be interesting to say the least. It is either gonna be really good, or really bad which do you think?
Paul Mccartney, was a major addition to the lineup. Some of the others were Purity Ring, Cat Power, The Wu Tang Clan, Björk and ZZ Top which were all big names to be added. I have never got to see Wu Tang and they will be a set I won’t miss. Next to be announced on the show were Matt and Kim, Tame Impala, Action Bronson, Kendrick Lamar, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and Pretty Lights were some of the bigger artist that were announced to close out the show. But there was one more major artist for 2013…. Weird AL Yankovich, which was felt across the world. One word Major.
They closed out the show with Weird Al playing a song with Portugal. The Man. The show was fun I will see everyone at the farm this summer. Until then here are some of my personal favorite 2013 Bonnaroo Artist picks, all videos shot by me over the years.
5. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers they are going to play a great set because thats what Tom Petty does. They are known for their live shows, go see this one.
4. Baroness, these guys blew me away last time I saw them live. They are what a good rock show is about. They are going to tear shit up at Bonnaroo. If you go don’t miss them.
3. NAS is incredible live, Nas does not disappoint he stays sharp.It will be just him, a mic, you and The DJ. What true Rap is all about, come out and see Nas. One of the best rappers of all time.
2. St. Vincent and David Bryne, I owe finding out about St. Vincent to Bonnaroo. I saw her back in 09 and she was incredible. I have been hooked since. Last year was one of my favorite performances of the weekend, I can’t wait for this year.
1. Killer Mike is tremendously underrated, I went to his show a while back. Dude Kills it, hence the name. I really like his lyrics, songs, and how can you not like a song about Wrestling Star Ric Flair? Go Check out Killer Mike this summer.
You can find me online, thanks for reading this. Follow me I will be at Bonnaroo, and various other shows this summer. Till Next Time. BeezNutzSTL
I am Beez Nutz and I love concerts.
After a successful first year in 2012, Firefly Music Festival will return to Delaware this June.
Highlights of the 2013 lineup include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and many more. You can check more of the notables below, as well as the the complete lineup in the video under that.
Brooklyn’s own Matt and Kim stopped by Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon Last Night to perform “Let’s Go”. If there was anything nice I wanted to say about this band, it went out the window after watching the video. But below, for your viewing pleasure we bring you that video, courtesy of the Audio Perv. They’re currently on tour supporting their new record “Lightning” through November, and you can check out all those dates here
Matt & Kim Set To Support ‘Lightning’ With North American Tour
Matt and Kim are the ones who had that nudie video in Times Square, right? Yeah that was them. Well the two of them have a new record called Lightning and it hits shelves on October 2nd. To celebrate the release they are heading out on a North American tour. According to folks on the message board Consequence of Sound, the duo kick things off the day after Lightning drops in Phish’s hometown of Burlington Vermont. After hitting most of the nation, the trek closes in dirty Jersey on November 17th.
10/03/12: South Burlington, VT/Higher Ground
10/04/12: Syracuse, NY/Westcott Theater
10/05/12: Toronto, ON/Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/06/12: Buffalo, NY/Town Ballroom
10/07/12: Philadelphia, PA/Electric Factory
10/09/12: Washington, DC/9:30 Club
10/11/12: Charlotte, NC/The Fillmore
10/12/12: Atlanta, GA/Variety Playhouse
10/13/12: Orlando, FL/The Beacham Theatre
10/14/12: Miami Beach, FL/The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theatre
10/16/12: Tallahassee, FL/The Moon
10/17/12: Tampa, FL/The Ritz Ybor
10/18/12: New Orleans, LA/House Of Blues
10/19/12: Houston, TX/House Of Blues
10/20/12: Austin, TX/Stubbs
10/21/12: Dallas, TX/House Of Blues
10/23/12: Tempe, AZ/Marquee Theatre
10/24/12: San Diego, CA/House Of Blues
10/25/12: Los Angeles, CA/The Wiltern
10/26/12: Oakland, CA/Fox Theater
10/27/12: Portland, OR/Roseland Theater
10/28/12: Vancouver, BC/The Commodore Ballroom
10/30/12: Seattle, WA/Neptune
11/01/12: Salt Lake City, UT/In The Venue
11/02/12: Denver, CO/Ogden Theatre
11/03/12: Lawrence, KS/Liberty Hall
11/04/12: St Louis, MO/The Pageant
11/06/12: Omaha, NE/The Slowdown
11/08/12: Milwaukee, WI/The Rave
11/09/12: Indianapolis, IN/The Vogue
11/10/12: Chicago, IL/Congress Theater
11/11/12: Detroit, MI/Majestic Theatre
11/13/12: Cleveland, OH/House Of Blues
11/14/12: Columbus, OH/Newport Music Hall
11/15/12: New York, NY/Terminal 5
11/16 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
11/17 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theater
My oh my, I had no idea what a ride I was in for when I herded into In the Venue for Matt and Kim with The Thermals. I’d decided to check this show out after a good friend of mine told me that her boyfriend wouldn’t go with her again. I thought, they couldn’t be that bad, could they?
Well, much to my delight, Matt and Kim brought it. For a duo, they have this monstrous presence. You’d swear that there were five or six members on stage, but the couple outshines larger acts. With the opening band, The Thermals, setting up the crowd with their powerful and skilled rock sounds, the venue was bursting at the seams for Matt and Kim to take the stage. It was a Monday night here in Salt Lake. Someone told me that “Salt Lake City doesn’t have a strong or popular enough market for concerts”. Nuts to that; just ask Matt and Kim. I’m going to guess and say that the crowd that was gathered for this show put some of the bigger names to shame. I’d venture to say that they may have beat out Taking Back Sunday’s crowd from last week.
First off, Kim is a monster on the drums. I think she must have specially made sticks to withstand the force that she’s subjecting them to. She stands on the drums, wails on them, directs the crowd like an orchestra, all while keeping the beat. She is one of the most animated and enjoyable performers I’ve yet seen. She seems to honestly enjoy what she is doing. Many times throughout the show, she stopped along with Matt to tell Salt Lake City not only how amazed they were with the turn out, but how the fans enable them to continue to do what they love.
Matt has his own thing going on too. He jumps up on to the seat at his keyboard, rallies the crowd, tells stories, and overall, gushes to fans how much he loves his job of pleasing them by making music. This act comes off as purely genuine. Matt and Kim played songs from their new album “Sidewalks”. They covered classics, including “Silver Tiles”, their very first song written together. We heard “Good Old Fashioned Nightmare” and “Yea Yeah”, which was just outstanding. I personally enjoyed it while in the middle of a song they busted into Biz Markie’s “You Got What I Need” . The crowd sang along and bounced like hyped-up kids to every song, shouting every word and danced the entire time. I met people at this show who were the ultimate superfans, using the songs of Matt and Kim at their recent wedding and holding out to meet them(with success I might add).
If you like Indie tunes, even if you don’t, if your girlfriend “drags” you along to this, the rules are simple: sit back, have a drink, dance, and enjoy.
Sasquatch! Festival – Saturday 5/28/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre
Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner and Phishbeard
Waking up on a Saturday at the Gorge Campground is about as great of a feeling as one can possibly imagine. If it weren’t for the hangover from the night before and a tent in shambles, I would have been feeling great! So of course as soon as I got up it was time for the Gorge breakfast of champions AKA whiskey and coke! Drinks were plentiful and everyone was having a blast all day in anticipation of the full day ahead (compared to the night before where there were many less bands).
I will be honest, I think Saturday was my least favorite day of the four. Mechanical problems and mellow vibes (when I wanted to party) brought an interesting atmosphere to this day. Of course there were some awesome points as well, and we will touch on those, but as a whole Saturday fell a little short in my opinion.
We made it into the Gorge in time to catch the Trailer Park Boys up in the Banana Shack, a tent that doubled as a comedy stage during the day and a dance tent at night. The Boys weren’t performing a standup act though, it was more of a performance of a Trailer Park Boys episode. From where we were in the tent the sound was pretty terrible, so we bailed in time to check out souvenirs and get some $9 beers.
We headed over to the Yeti Stage to see J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. at 4:35. This was a set that I was extremely looking forward to, and we got to about 4th row in the crowd. As mentioned above there were mechanical problems on Saturday during a couple sets, and this one had a few. The music was great, but there were some big pauses and tunings between songs and some loudness/feedback that wasn’t supposed to be there. Also during this set, the kid on the rail three people in front of me was hunched over, apparently asleep/way too wasted on whatever drugs he was on. Security came over a few times, doing nothing of course, and then eventually they got the kid to wake up and head off to the side. It was an interesting and funny sight watching these big security guards confused.
After Mascis we went over to the huge lawn of the Gorge and watched Pink Martini. This was one of the surprises of my weekend, as they were unexpectedly excellent! I really enjoyed what they played and wished I could have seen more of their set-I think we got about half of it.
Phishbeard and I then took the long walk down to the floor and got close for Iron and Wine. Sam Beam and backup crew played for an hour and brought a cool vibe to the crowd. I like Iron and Wine a lot and thought they played great. They opened with Boy with a Coin and closed with Tree by the River, a fitting song as we watched the Columbia River flow behind the stage. Walking Far From Home and Summer in Savannah seem like highlights, memory is a little foggy here. After Iron and Wine we walked up to the Bigfoot stage and caught a few songs from Matt and Kim. I liked these two a lot and this is another band that I wish I could have seen more of. Instead we made a bad decision and went over to the hill and watched the start of Bright Eyes, which I absolutely could not get into at all, and then went over to see Robyn party it up.
Robyn cancelled her fan meet and greet earlier in the day and came out over 25 minutes late for her set. I am not sure what the deal was, but she was the artist I would consider the least timely of the weekend. We watched a few songs and then went to watch Death Cab for Cutie. This is where the possible worst decision of the weekend was made.
Instead of going to see Sleigh Bells we decided to give Death Cab a shot for about 30 minutes. Like Bright Eyes, Death Cab was another band I just couldn’t find an appreciation for. It was too quiet of set for what I wanted. Eventually we went over to see the end of Sleigh Bells and that was possibly my favorite part of the day. We only got 3 songs but they were a freaking blast and I really wish I could’ve seen more. I will definitely put Sleigh Bells on my concert watch list.
The night ended when we went over to see the late night set of Bassnectar. Another party I was looking forward to for a long time had an up and down go of it. The power went out three separate times, including immediately after announcing “We are back!” and Bassnectar could only keep going (even though no one could hear anything) and pray to the Bass Gods (which he actually did) and hope the power would stay on for the remainder. The glowstick war I was promised was nice, but I have seen better; see Phish performing Loving Cup on 10/31/09 in Indio. The last hour of Bassnectars set went off without a hitch and I can see why the kids these days like to dance. I had a pretty good amount of fun standing near the back of the crowd watching the crazies get their groove on.
The concerts ended at 12:30, but of course there is the long trek back to the Campground and then the party that awaits there. Like I said, there were some great moments Saturday, but if I had to throw one of the days back in the water it would have been this one. Maybe if I had seen all of Sleigh Bells I would think differently??
Getting four people from the stage at J. Mascis was the closest we got all weekend, except for future ConcertConfessions contributor Mr. Sparkly who got two people from Death From Above 1979 and the Foo Fighters the night before.
Choosing Death Cab for Cutie over Sleigh Bells goes down as the weekends most epic fail. Unlike Sunday with Major Lazer and Wilco (which I feel I managed almost perfect), I should have balanced Death Cab and Sleigh Bells much better.
Pink Martini goes down as possible surprise of the weekend. A really fun set that seemed to come out of nowhere!