The second of three lineup announcements from Wakarusa has come. It’s getting good, folks, with The Flaming Lips and Bassnectar coming to the Mulberry Mountain. We also have one of my personal favorites, John Butler Trio, and Xavier Rudd. And just to make @DocMurda jealous, The Mogli’s and Caroline Rose! Now, one more week and we get the final announcement. Stay tuned.
The last month came and went too fast. So fast, that I feel like I blinked and it was 2014 before I even had a calendar ready. But this year is off to an awesome start. There is tons of new music to look forward to, but my favorite part of the new year is always the festival lineup announcements.
Coachella (April 11-13 and 18-20, Indio, CA) is bringing OutKast back. YES. That is correct. Their first performance in, what, over a decade? This makes me feel like a psychic, because I was thinking about OutKast just yesterday morning. Did anyone (else) see this coming? But psychic abilities aside, this is HUGE news. The other headliners are Muse and Arcade Fire. I might brave the hipsters this year! This festival is going to be so amazing… Apart from the headliners, Broken Bells, Ellie Goulding, Grouplove, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Foster The People, MGMT, Kid Cudi, The Head and The Heart, Empire of The Sun, Cage The Elephant, and Fishbone are also calling me to Indio, CA! Here’s the full lineup:
In other local news, Wakarusa (June 5-8, Ozark, AR) has already shared the first part of their lineup (and a pretty new website), but apart from Michael Franti & Spearhead, there is nothing very surprising on the first release. I’m going to need these guys to just drop the full lineup at once, because I haven’t had any psychic revelations about Waka.
The Hangout (May 16-18, Gulf Shores, AL) will announce this year’s lineup next week on the 15th. And Loufest (September 6-7, St. Louis, MO) is going to make us wait until the beginning of April (what a torture!)
It’s Friday, and I’ve managed to run into a few awesome things around the web this week. Let me share them with you:
1. Jay-Z ‘Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail’ review: When fans are reduced to customers – I don’t care about Jay-Z, but I loved this review published by The Washington Post and how real it is. My favorite part of the review is this:
“Plus, all of this Samsung hullabaloo has only distracted listeners from the fact that, musically and lyrically, “Magna Carta” is one of Jay-Z’s blandest offerings. Over 16 joylessly professional tracks, our hero laces up his sneakers for his bazillion-thousandth victory lap around the hip-hop universe. There’s no mood, no verve, no vision to this music. It’s the sound of champagne being sprayed around an empty locker room.
2. 12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic – An awesome short film about DFA Records. I find the awesomeness not only in learning the history and structure of the record label, but also in the production of the film. It’s a beauty in itself.
3. The Medium Is The Message: A tribute to musical formats (Madrid 2011) – Another find from the Red Bull Music Academy Vimeo channel. Oh yeah.
4. 100 Riffs (A Brief History of Rock N’ Roll) – I found this one last Summer, but I wanted to share it here.
First thing Monday morning I saw a really unexpected, and very short, article on my Facebook feed. It basically said that Churchill had dismantled and cancelled all upcoming performances, including a performance on Jay Leno.
This is a bummer. Specially because their first album was ready to be released this month. And it is over before it started. Enjoy their music while you still can.