Eminem, The Killers, Muse to headline Bonnaroo 2018

Eminem, The Killers, and Muse are just some of the artists who will make their way down to Tennessee in early June for the 2018 incarnation of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. On Tuesday (Jan. 9), festival organizers unleashed the lengthy lineup for the music festival’s seventeenth annual event.

For Eminem, Bonnaroo joins a long list of summertime music festivals the rapper will headline. As of now, the “Lose Yourself” musician will perform at California’s Coachella, Boston Calling, and New York’s Governors Ball. Like Eminem, The Killers will headline this year’s Boston Calling as well as Napa Valley’s BottleRock. As for Muse, the English band will also headline BottleRock alongside the Killers.

In addition to Eminem, the Killers, and Muse, acts like Future, Bassnectar, Paramore, Kaskade, Sturgill Simpson, Bon Iver, Khalid, Dua Lipa, Chromeo, Alt-J, Sheryl Crow, The Revivalist, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Manchester Orchestra, LANY, Sir Sly, and many more will appear at the four-day music festival. As revealed on the official flyer, Bon Iver will perform “two unique sets” during the event. Even though no additional information was given about that, fans should probably expect something cool from the Wisconsin-based band who have been quiet since the release of 2016’s 22, A Million.

Bonnaroo is set to take place during the weekend of June 7 – 10 at the Great Stage Park (aka the Farm) in Manchester, Tennessee. General ticket sale as well as VIP packages will go on sale beginning this Friday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. EST. For more information about Bonnaroo, head on over to the event’s website here.

Tool, Mumford & Sons, The 1975 to headline Boston Calling 2017

It’s starting to look a lot like music festival season is right around the corner. Over the past week, the lineup for Coachella, Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, and many more have been unveiled, giving those in the frigid parts of the country something to look forward to. On Thursday (Jan. 12), Boston Calling was the latest to unveiled their massive lineup.

Headlining the eighth incarnation of the music festival will be Tool, Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper, Bon Iver, The XX, Major Lazer, Weezer, the 1975, and many more. In total, 45 musical acts are scheduled to hit Boston during the Memorial Day weekend event.

“Between our location and lineup, 2017 will undoubtedly be the most exciting Boston Calling yet,” said Boston Calling Events co-founder Brian Appel. “We are really in awe of the support and success the festival has seen thus far, and we are more excited than ever by the future.”

In addition to the musical acts, the festival also announced that they will add a “film experience” curated by Academy Award winner, Natalie Portman. “This year, in addition to its 45 act lineup performing across three outdoor stages, it will add a film experience curated by Academy Award-winning actress, producer and director Natalie Portman, along with comprehensive food, drink, and visual arts components.” No word yet on what exactly that entails.

Boston Calling is set to take place during the weekend of May 26-28. This marks the first time the music festival will not take place at its past home of City Hall Plaza. Instead, 2017 will mark the first year the festival takes place at its new home of the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Mass. Three-day general admission passes as well as VIP passes are currently available on the music festival’s website. The complete lineup for the three-day event can be seen below.

Coachella 2017 lineup unveiled


The new year has barely kicked off and Coachella has already unveiled their star-studded lineup for the 2017 edition of the music festival. On Tuesday (Jan. 3), the annual California music festival unleashed it’s lengthy and star-studded lineup for 2017. Radiohead will headline both Friday (April 14 and 21) of the event while Beyoncé will headline both Saturdays (April 15 and 22). Kendrick Lamar will close out each Sunday (April 16 and 23) of the shows.

Radiohead, Beyoncé, and Kendrick Lamar maybe the bigger font artists on the band, but a slew of other big names will also perform during the two weekend. The xx, Travis Scott, Father John Misty, Empire of the Sun, Dillon Francis, Bon Iver, Future, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, Gucci Mane, Lorde, Justice, New Order, and many more join the long list of artists taking over Indio, Calif. in late April. The music festival’s official poster with all the musicians scheduled for the event can be seen below.

Coachella 2017 is set to take over the Empire Polo Club during two weekends in April. The first weekend is scheduled for April 14-17 while the second weekend will take place from April 21-23. Advance ticket sales took place last June which allowed buyers to participate in the Coachella payment plan. For those who did not purchase their passes during the advance ticket sales, general passes will go on sale beginning this Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 11 a.m. PST. For more information about the music festival or tickets, head on over to Coachella’s website here.

Bon Iver Frontman to Launch Own Festival


What happens when you have headlined your share of music festivals? You decide that it’s time that you create your own music festival and that’s exactly what Justin Vernon is planning on doing.

Following in the likes of Jane’s Addiction Perry Farrell, Metallica, The National and many more artists (yes, even Insane Clown Posse), the Bon Iver frontman has decided to create his own music festival.

According to The Current, the singer has joined forces with the production company behind Boston Calling to launch the Eaux Claire Music and Arts Festival in Eau Claire, WI next Summer.

While there hasn’t been an official announcement of the festival or when it will take place, sneaky people found out it would take place July 17-18, 2015 at Foster Farm in Eau Claire. The information came courtesy of a permit application filed which officially passed its final rounds of approvals last night (Oct. 28).

The plans for the festival include three performances area which would explain the two stages as well as 6,000 person capacity tent requested. The tent will reportedly house artists which will all be curated by Vernon.

In addition to all that, Vernon’s festival will also offer on-site camping for attendees. In the application, it’s note that they expect 25,000 people to attend each day of the festival.

But the best part of it for Eau Claire, like Chamber of Commerce President Bob McCoy said, the festival can bring in about “eight or nine million dollars” of tourism money to Vernon’s hometown.

Not too shabby for a place many people didn’t even know existed.

Indie Supergroup Take on Phil Collins, White Stripes


What happens when you combine members of The Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and The Strokes and have them perform songs from Phil Collins and fellow artist, Jack White?

You get something call the Pop All Star Band, but don’t expect for this supergroup to go on and become a powerhouse of indie players.

Last week, Win Butler and his brother Will were joined on stage by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture during a show in Montreal; the Arcade Fire’s hometown.

The special one-off performance happened during the halftime show of the Butler brothers’ annual Pop vs. Jock charity basketball game (you know, the one that Win always gets way into and does stupid stuff?).

The randomly chosen group, which also included the Arcade Fire’s Regine Chassagne took on Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” as well as The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.”

As for the game itself, it looks like the Butler brothers’ team won which would explain why there hasn’t been any story as of yet of Win throwing a hissy-fit over a bad call.

Check out the video of the supergroup performing both tracks.

Bon Iver Drops New Song for Zach Braff Film


Bon Iver has been gone from the music scene for the past three years, though ringleader Justin Vernon has not completely vanished.

Today, fans of the group were treated to a new song from them, though, don’t get to excited because this is not them hinting at an upcoming new release.

The new track is titled, “Heavenly Father” and is set to appear in Zach Braff’s new movie, Wish I Was Here, the sequel to his hit film, Garden State.

For those not familiar with the film, Braff actually funded the film, completely, through Kickstarter. If this alternative to big movie studio companies sounds oddly familiar, it’s because it’s in the same vein of what the people behind Veronica Mars did in order to help fund the filming of the movie, which came out this past March.

The new song is currently being streamed over on NPR’s music site which can be accessed here.

Acts being included on the Wish I Was Here Soundtrack include Coldplay, The Shins, Cat Powers and several more. Bon Iver has a total of two songs ont the album; “Holocene” is also on the record.

The soundtrack is due out on July 15 as a CD and on August 5 as a vinyl. The film is due to hit theaters on July 18. Check out the full soundtrack artists and their songs below.

Wish I Was Here Soundtrack Tracklist:

01. The Shins – “So Now What”

02. Gary Jules – “Broke Window”

03. Radical Face – “The Mute”

04. Hozier – “Cherry Wine (Live)”

05. Bon Iver – “Holocene”

06. Badly Drawn Boy – “The Shining”

07. Jump Little Children – “Mexico”

08. Cat Power & Coldplay – “Wish I Was Here”

09. Allie Moss – “Wait It Out”

10. Paul Simon – “The Obvious Child”

11 .Japanese Wallpaper – “Breathe In [ft. Wafia]“

12. Bon Iver – “Heavenly Father”

13. Aaron Embry – “Raven’s Song”

14. The Weepies – “Mend”

15. The Head & the Heart – “No One to Let You Down”

If you are a fan of Vernon’s act, what do you think about the new song?

Bon Iver No More? Talk About Exaggerating.


If any of you thought that Bon Iver was over and that the band would be no more following frontman, Justin Vernon releasing a side project, Volcano Choir then stop your whining because Vernon himself confirmed that Bon Iver “is not dead.”

For those of you that feel that you missed a big part of what is going on, don’t fret. Some blogs out there, we won’t name them, were reporting that it is the end of the indie act. Vernon and their record label have denied the claims that the act were over and that they were in fact still alive; when they would be releasing a new album is the red herring.

The following statement was released on behalf of Vernon and the record label, Jagjaguwar earlier today when they caught wind of the rumors:

“Bon Iver is not over by any means. Justin isn’t currently writing Bon Iver songs, but that doesn’t mean he won’t write them in the future. Bon Iver is off-cycle, and that is not new news. Right now Justin’s concentration is on preparing for the Volcano Choir tour, the first date being in Chicago on Friday.”

But then again, could you really doubt those blogs about their instant assumption that Bon Iver was no more? While on Australia’s Triple J Radio, in the midst of promoting Volcano Choir’s album, Repave, he did make some statements that would make people think that Bon Iver was no more.

“I don’t really write songs anymore. The last Bon Iver record was a very ‘sitting down with a guitar and writing’ kind of record… I really have to be in a specific headspace to even begin to illuminate an idea that would create another Bon Iver record, and I’m just not there. I’m really honored that Bon Iver gives me a platform to do whatever I want, but there’s only so much time you can spend digging through yourself before you become insular. I’m not in a hurry to go back to that temperature. All of the music I’ve been making shifting away from Bon Iver feels really good … so if I ever do go back to Bon Iver it will be all the better for it.”

See? But before you start standing outside your neighborhood record store for the new Bon Iver album, Vernon said that there is currently no concrete plans of a new album coming out soon.

Sorry about that.