The Black Keys, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Strokes to headline Shaky Knees 2020


It’s starting to look a lot like music festival season!

On Wednesday (Nov. 20), Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival unveiled its lineup for the 2020 incarnation of the annual event.

Headlining the three-day gig will be The Black Keys, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Strokes.

Joining the already-stacked lineup will be the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Portugal. The Man, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Of Monster and Men, Liam Gallagher (hopefully not throwing shade at this brother for once), Angels and Airwaves, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes fame, The Front Bottoms, The Darkness, and a slew more.

If you thought that was enough, then you would be wrong. According to the official poster for the event, more acts will be announced at a later date.

“I am really excited to bring our fans a lineup that continues to celebrate both up, and coming acts and established powerhouses like the return of headliner The Strokes and first-time headliners The Black Keys and The Smashing Pumpkins,” Shaky Knees founder Tim Sweetwood said in a press statement.

“To be able to produce a world-class festival in my hometown of Atlanta, year after year, is truly special.”

At the time of publication, it was rumored that over 65 artists will take over one of the four stages during the weekend-long show.

Shaky Knees will return to its home of Central Park in downtown Atlanta during the weekend of May 1-3. Tickets are currently on sale on the music festival’s website. There are several packages to pick from, which is good for people who may be strapped for cash cause you know, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are around the corner.

Check out the full lineup below.



Modest Mouse to release new song at the end of the month

It looks like Modest Mouse is ready to give fans some new tunes. On Thursday (March 21), the Washington-founded band announced plans to release a brand new song at the end of the month. Titled “Poison the Well,” the new single is due out digitally on March 29.

The confirmation comes a week or so after fans began to receive cryptic puzzle pieces in the mail. Thanks to social media, those who did not receive puzzles in the mail were able to see what the band had up their sleeve.

As per images uploaded onto social media, the puzzles came in a drawstring bag with directions that read “Assemble my insides to reveal the advertisement.” Another message accompanied the bundle which read, “‘Poison the Well’ will arrive 3.29.”

This isn’t the first time the band mailed out cryptic messages to announce major news. In 2014, they pulled a similar stunt when they announced the release of their sixth studio album, Strangers to Ourselves. The group mailed test pressings of the album’s lead single, “Lampshades on Fire,” as well as a note announcing the name of the single, the name of the album, and the record’s release date.

“Poison the Well” is the band’s first new song in four years. Modest Mouse’s last studio effort was 2015’s Strangers to Ourselves.

In addition to “Poison the Well,” the act also revealed that they will be taking part in this year’s Record Store Day. Their contribution to the annual music lover’s holiday will include a triangular mint-green 7-inch record which will feature “Poison the Well” on the A-side of the record and a previously unreleased track on the B-side.

Record Store Day will take place on April 13.

Modest Mouse made headlines earlier this month when they were announced as the special guest on the Black Keys’ “Let’s Rock” fall tour.

The upcoming excursion begins on Sept. 21 at the Life is Beautiful music festival in Las Vegas and concludes two months later on Nov. 24 at the Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

Shannon and the Clams, Repeat Repeat, and Jessy Wilson will open on select dates.

The full “Let’s Rock” tour itinerary can be found here.

The Black Keys announce fall tour dates with Modest Mouse

The Black Keys are about to take their surprise new song on the road later this year. On Thursday (March 13), the Nashville-based band announced plans to embark on a massive North American tour in the fall.

Dubbed the “Let’s Rock” tour, the trek will find the group performing at venues across the continent throughout September, October, and November. The 31-stop jaunt includes shows in Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Nashville, Toronto, Boston, Orlando, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Portland, and more.

The upcoming excursion begins on Sept. 21 at the Life is Beautiful music festival in Las Vegas and concludes two months later on Nov. 24 at the Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

Modest Mouse will open for the Black Key throughout the full excursion while support will come from Shannon and the Clams, Repeat Repeat, and Jessy Wilson on select dates.

Tickets for the “Let’s Rock” tour go on sale next Friday, March 22, with pre-sale available on March 1 for Citi Cardmembers and Ticketmaster Verified Fans.

Last week, the Black Keys surprised fans with their first new single in five years, “Lo/Hi.” The band has not confirmed whether “Lo/Hi” is a standalone single or the first track off the long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s Turn Blue.

Since the album’s release, the Black Keys, as a group have been quiet. Individually though, vocalist Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have been busy.

Auerbach released several albums during that period including his solo record, Waiting on a Song. Carney, on the other hand, has kept busy by producing music for several artists and even wrote the theme song for Adult Swim’s BoJack Horseman.

The full list of “Let’s Rock” tour dates can be found below.


Sept. 21 – Las Vegas, NV – Life Is Beautiful
Sept. 23 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center*
Sept. 24 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center*
Sept. 25 – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center*
Sept. 27 – Chicago, IL – United Center*
Sept. 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center*
Sept. 30 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena*
Oct. 1 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena*
Oct. 2 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena*
Oct. 4 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum#
Oct. 5 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena#
Oct. 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena#
Oct. 8 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena#
Oct. 9 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena#
Oct. 11 – Boston, MA – TD Garden#
Oct. 12 – Washington, DC – The Anthem#
Oct. 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Arena#
Oct. 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center#
Nov. 5 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center^
Nov. 6 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center^
Nov. 8 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena^
Nov. 9 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena^
Nov. 12 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center^
Nov. 13 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center^
Nov. 14 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena^
Nov. 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena^
Nov. 17 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena^
Nov. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum^
Nov. 20 – San Francisco, CA – TBA^
Nov. 22 – Portland, OR – Moda Center^
Nov. 23 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome^
Nov. 24 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena^

*with Modest Mouse and *Repeat Repeat
# with Modest Mouse and Jessy Wilson
^ with Modest Mouse and Shannon & the Clams

The Black Keys end their hiatus by releasing ‘Lo/Hi’

It looks like the Black Keys’ hiatus is officially over.

On Thursday (March 7), the Nashville-based band dropped their first new song in five years. Titled “Lo/Hi,” the new track is three minutes of head-bopping goodness that even some fans are saying is a return to the band’s roots. The new tune was written and produced by the Black Keys at Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville.

Listen to “Lo/Hi” above.

While the surprise new song came out of nowhere, the band has yet to confirm whether this is a standalone single or may be part of a brand new studio album. If it is, the yet-to-be-mentioned record will be the follow-up to the group’s 2014 release, Turn Blue.

The Grammy-nominated album was released in May 2014 and was met with favorable reviews from music critics. The album was so well-liked it even earned spots on several critics’ end-of-year lists for best new album of 2014. The record debuted at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart, beating Michael Jackson’s posthumously released Xscape.

Even though things were quiet for the band during the last couple of years, that didn’t mean that the individual members were taking extended vacations. Vocalist Dan Auerbach released several albums during that time including his solo record, Waiting on a Song. As for drummer Patrick Carney, he’s been keeping busy producing music for several artists and even wrote the theme song for Adult Swim’s BoJack Horseman.

New York’s Governors Ball Unveil 2015 Line-Up


On the heels of Coachella’s big line-up announcement yesterday afternoon, New York’s Governors Ball has now unveiled who will be performing at their event later this year.

Like Coachella, Drake will be headlining the festival, set to take place in June, alongside deadmau5 and The Black Keys.

Sub-headliners will include: Bjork My Morning Jacket, Lana Del Rey, The Decemberists as well as Drake’s fellow Coachella 2015 performers, Florence and the Machine, Tame Impala, Ryan Adams, and St. Vincent.

Check out the full festival line-up below.


The Governors Ball will take place during the weekend of June 5-7 on Randall’s Island. Three-day general admission and VIP passes will be available beginning this Friday, Jan. 9 on the festival’s website.

The Black Keys’ Drummer Calls Out Justin Bieber Again


It’s been a while since we heard anything from The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and his “obsession” with Justin Bieber. Considering all the trouble the pop star has gotten himself into since the initial “hatefest” began, it’s surprising that Carney hasn’t said anything.

While being interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine recently, his silence on the matter went out the window when he was asked by reporter Patrick Doyle to chim on on Bieber. “Justin Bieber, like a fucking irresponsible asshole, sicced 40 million Twitter followers on me because I paid him a compliment he didn’t understand.”

For those that don’t remember, it all started when Bieber got upset because he was snubbed for a Grammy. When asked by a TMZ photographer about his opinion on the matter, Carney simply replied with “Grammys are for music, not for the money. He should be happy.”

Of course not understanding humor, Bieber sicced his Belieb-hoard on the drummer by tweeting, “The Black Keys drummer should be slapped around haha.”

During his interview with Doyle, Carney was asked in what sense was his statement a compliment. Carney responded with: “I’m saying that he should be grateful he has a career in music. And he shouldn’t be fucking telling his followers to slap me, and then also be doing anti-bullying bullshit. It’s so irresponsible.”

But that’s not even where it end. He continues to throw more shade at the always-in-troubled one by calling him an even bigger hypocrite referencing to all the times he has gotten in trouble and the next day went online to pledge his love to his fans for believing in him, even when he was being the worst possible person to look up to.

“If you’re a 34-year-old fucking loser like me, and you go on Justin Bieber’s Twitter account like a total pervert every time that he gets in trouble, you should look at his tweets the next day. It’s always like, ‘I love you guys so much, always believe, never stop believing.’ He’s feeding them the Kool-Aid more and more,” he says. “He pours it on heavy, though. It’s so manipulative! And whoever taught him that that was OK, whoever’s watching him and is like ‘that manipulation is acceptable,’ should be really ashamed of themselves.”

Lana Del Rey Announces Spring Tour


Lana Del Rey might have leaked her own release date for her highly anticipated album, Ultraviolence, but now comes word that the songstress will be heading out on tour.

The new album which was revealed last month to be produced by The Black Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach will be released on May 1st, according to her. This record will mark her first new set of tracks since her 2012 EP, Paradise.

Since then, the singer has been busy acting and recording some songs for soundtracks like The Gatsby and her hauntingly beautiful rendition of the Sleeping Beauty song, “Once Upon A Dream” for the upcoming Angelina Jolie starring, Maleficent.

As for her tour, the dates will begin in Las Vegas on April 11 which will then be followed by her stop at Coachella. After that, she will hit up different cities including Miami, Atlanta and Boston eventually wrapping up the North American trek in Seattle, WA on May 27. Full tour dates can be seen below.


04-11 Las Vegas, NV – Cosmopolitan
04-13 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-15 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
04-18 San Francisco, CA -Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
04-20 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-23 Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
04-25 New Orleans, LA – The Sugarmill
04-27 Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach
04-28 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
05-01 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
05-02 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
05-05 Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
05-06 Boston, MA – House of Blues
05-08 Wallingford, CT – Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
05-10 Columbia, MD – Sweetlife Music Festival
05-11 Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts
05-13 Toronto, Ontario – Sony Centre for Performing Arts
05-15 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
05-16 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
05-19 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
05-25 Vancouver, British Columbia – PNE Amphitheatre
05-27 Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater

Hangout Festival Reveal 2014 Line Up


Outkast are making their presence known at every single music festival that North American has got to offer and now they have been revealed to be headlining Alabama’s Hangout Festival which is set to take place in mid-May.

But the Atlanta-based duo aren’t the only ones taking the stage at the festival, they will also be joined by the likes of the Black Keys, the Killers, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Pretty Lights, the Flaming Lips, the Avett Brothers, Modest Mouse and many more.

The Hangout Music Festival will take place on the beachside Gulf Shore, AL from May 16 through 18. The initial line up for the event can be seen below. Tickets are set to go on sale tomorrow, January 16 at 10 a.m.

  • The Black Keys
  • The Killers
  • Outkast
  • Jack Johnson
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Pretty Lights
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Modest Mouse
  • The Flaming Lips
  • STS9
  • Wiz Khalifa
  • Zedd
  • Childish Gambino
  • Amos Lee
  • Conor Oberst
  • Tegan and Sara
  • Portugal The Man
  • Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Capital Cities
  • Boys Noize
  • Bloody Beetroots
  • Ingrid Michaelson
  • Blackberry Smoke
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
  • Bastille
  • Chance The Rapper
  • Soja
  • Allen Stone
  • The 1975
  • ALO
  • Claude VonStroke
  • Los Lobos
  • Andrew W.K.
  • Black Lips
  • Moon Taxi
  • Little Green Cars
  • Tom Odell
  • Balkan Beat Box
  • Valerie June
  • Brodinski
  • Wild Belle
  • RAC
  • Daedelus
  • Robert DeLong
  • heRobust
  • Shakey Graves
  • Bronze Radio Return
  • Wild Cub
  • Le1f
  • Reignwolf
  • Gemini Club
  • The Wans
  • Diarrhea Planet
  • Bad Suns
  • Desert Noises
  • John and Jacob
  • Ethan Tucker
  • Mystery Skulls
  • Lonely Biscuits
  • Los Colognes
  • Bagheera
  • Dugas

Black Key’s Frontman and the Bob Dylan Hair


Just when you thought that divorces couldn’t get any messier or crazier for that matter, we find out that Bob Dylan’s hair is some how involved in one of the most recent crazy divorces to hit the music world.

Black Keys frontman, Dan Auerbach and his ex-wife have been in the middle of an extremely bitter divorce and today the settlements have been reached.  In  the settlement documents that TMZ managed to obtain, like they always do, there was something intriguing in the list of things that Auerbach’a ex-wife, Stephanie Gonis would get.

“Bob Dylan’s Hair”

According to the settlement, the couple owned an asset that was simply label that. How the couple managed to obtain a lock of Dylan’s hair, even if it’s real or not, we are not sure and might not really want to know. Aside from the hair, Gonis managed to also get a couple of boring things like a 2012 Toyota Highlander, one of the family homes and about $5 million.

One thing that Gonis did not get though, was custody of the couple’s daughter. Earlier this month, Auerbach revealed that his ex-wife had tried to commit suicide twice in one day; first by gashing open her leg and ankles in front of their daughter and then by trying to burn down their house.

Gonis did go on the defense after the accusations saying that the “gash incident” was due to year of abuse during their marriage and that the burning down the house incident was nothing more than an accident.

Let’s just hope that Gonis and her newly acquired creepy memorabilia are a lot happier together than she and the frontman were int heir marriage.

obtained documents where Auerbach claimed that Gonis had attempted to commit suicide twice in one day which led to the Auerbach gaining full custody of the couple’s daughter.

Patrick Carney vs. The Beliebers


We all know that  Beliebers are a vicious group of fanatics who worship the ground that Justin Bieber walks on. First they attacked Selena Gomez when she started dating the pop star then there was the cutting incident when they start to slit their wrists when Bieber was photographed smoking weed and then there was the Grammy snub.

It looks like the tweenaged  Beliebers have met their match in The Black Keys’ drummer, Patrick Carney. For those that missed  the news earlier this week, Carney was asked by a TMZ reporter what he had thought about Bieber being snubbed by the Grammys and not get a single nomination for this album. Carney responded the same way many adult and non- Beliebers would, he said “He’s rich, right? Grammys are for like music, not for money… and he’s making a lot of money. He should be happy.”

Bieber retaliated by saying that Carney needed to get slapped around and it turns out that his loyal and vicious followers thought the same. There have been a lot of death threats and even some instances of asking the sticksman if he was gay, but how did he take it? Turns out that all you really need to derail those obsessive tweens is to have a sense of humor.

Here are some of Carney’s hilarious responses to the Bieber fans, but to check them all out, you can head on over to his Twitter page; it’s actually quite comical to see misspelled and grammatically incorrect threats.

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