Bunbury Music Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

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Music festival season has officially begun. In the past couple of months, we have unveiled several music festivals’ lineup and now, we’ve added another one to the list. On Thursday (Feb. 25), Ohio’s Bunbury Music Festival announced its 2016 lineup. Artists heading to Cincinnati this June will include: The Killers, Florence and the Machine, Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch, Tears for Fears, HAIM, Grimes, Ice Cube, Big Grams (Big Boi and Phantogram), Umphrey’s McGee, The Dear Hunter, The Mowgli’s, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Diarrhea Planet, and many more. The official flyer for the music festival, which includes all the artists for this year’s festivities, can be seen below.

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The Bunbury Music Festival will return to Cincinnati for its fifth incarnation during the weekend of June 3-5 along the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. General admission and VIP passes are now on sale on the festival’s website.

Governors Ball 2016 Announces Daily Lineup

It’s been a little over a month since New York-based music festival, the Governors Ball, unveiled their 2016 lineup. Now, fans who have been waiting patiently for the daily lineup to be unveiled have gotten their long-awaited wish granted. On Thursday (Feb. 11), festival organizers unveiled the daily lineup for the weekend long festival.

The Strokes, Beck, Robyn, Of Monster and Men, Matt and Kim, the newly revamped Bloc Party, and more will kick off the weekend-long festivities on Friday, June 3. The Killers, Against Me!, Miguel, HAIM, M83, and others will headline on Saturday, June 4. On Sunday, June 5, Kanye West, Death Cab for Cutie, CHVRCHES, Two Door Cinema Club, Cold War Kids, Eagles of Death Metal, and more will hit the stage closing out the 2016 edition of the yearly event.

In addition to the daily lineup, single-day passes are now available for purchase for the general public. For more information about the Governors Ball, head on over to the festival’s website. the complete list of daily lineup can be seen below. As a warning, just because the artists are listed in a specific order doesn’t necessarily mean that it how they will perform on said days.

The Governors Ball will once again return to its home turf of Randall’s Island for its sixth year during the weekend of June 3-5.

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Governors Ball 2016 Lineup Unveiled

The Governors Ball just revealed the complete lineup for the 2016 incarnation of the annual event. On Friday morning (Jan. 8),the New York-based music festival unveiled the complete lineup for the three-day festival. Upon looking at the lineup, it would appear that two Governors Ball veteran performers will be returning to Randall’s Island in June.

The first veteran performer confirmed was Kanye West. The rapper’s last appearance at the festival was three years ago. West’s top-line billing comes hot on the heels of him releasing two new songs, “Real Friends” and “No More Parties” on Friday. The two new tracks will apparently be part of his G.O.O.D Fridays campaign which he recently relaunched.

Much like the rapper, New York’s own The Strokes will also return to the Governors Ball stage this year. The band have reportedly been working on a new album, the follow-up to 2013’s lukewarm-received album, Comedown Machine. The Strokes last played Gov Ball two years.

In a crazy, or maybe a major PR stunt, Beck will also headline the event. As most of us remember from last year’s Grammy’s, West’s encounter with Beck was not exactly a love affair, even if the rapper did apologize for his stunt. We assume all the backlash he received help that apology come materialize. Hopefully, the stunt will remain in 2015, like many other things.

Also slated to make the journey to New York that weekend will be The Killers, who are in the early stages of writing new material; M83, who will return after a two-year performance hiatus; Death Cab for Cutie; CHVRCHES; Big Grams (Big Boi and Phantogram); De La Soul; Against Me!; and many more. The official poster with all the artists can be seen below.

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Governors Ball will celebrate its sixth year during the weekend of June 3-5. The three-day festival will once again return to its home of Randall’s Island Park. Three-day general admission and VIP passes are currently available on the festival’s website.

Brandon Flowers Talks About The Killers’ Future

If you were hoping for some new music from The Killers soon, then it appears you might be waiting a little bit longer. On Monday (Nov. 16), frontman Brandon Flowers performed a one-off show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire in support of his recently released album, The Desired Effect. While there, NME was able to sit down with the singer and ask him a couple of questions including whether a new album from The Killers will be on the horizon.

“We’re writing – we’re in the early stages,” begins Flowers. “When you get older you get more accustomed to doing it and it gets harder in a way. It’s easier to write a song and finish a song now, than when we used to really slave over it and the songs would be too long or we don’t know exactly what we’re doing.”

Previously, Flowers had spoken out about how he wasn’t completely happy with the final product that became the band’s last studio album, 2012’s Battle Born. “Everybody wasn’t on board last time. I’m not going to say any names, but we just weren’t 100% for whatever reason. People go through life and all have different experiences and I think if we can just get on the same page and really apply what we’ve learnt from over a 1,000 shows now and playing clubs and stadiums and all of that and really apply what we’ve learnt over the years that’s what I’m excited about.”

But even though the band is currently in the process of writing the material, it doesn’t mean that they have a set timeline for the new album. “In a perfect world I think the end of 2016 maybe, there’ll be something,” said Flowers.

To read the full interview, head on over to NME.

Brandon Flowers Cancels Remaining Tour Dates

Those waiting eagerly for Brandon Flowers to descend on their town as part of his solo summer tour were given saddening news yesterday evening (Aug. 12); the remaining days of the tour had been cancelled.

All six remaining tour stops including tonight’s show at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC as well as shows in Raleigh; Norfolk, VA; Atlanta; Orlando; and our own hometown of Miami have been cancelled. At the time of the announcement, there was no further information given as to why the cancellation had occurred. At the time of this being written, there still was no comment on the matter.

For those who had purchased tickets for those shows, refunds are currently available at the point of purchase. As if the sting of the cancellation wasn’t bad enough, according to The Killers News blog (a fan site dedicated to all things The Killers), none of the cancelled show will be rescheduled.

After the last date of the summer tour, Flowers was supposed to take a couple off weeks off before beginning the tour cycle again on Sept. 2 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA. There is currently no word as to whether that show, and the ones that follow, will go on as schedule or if they will meet the same fate as the summer tour dates.

The complete post about the cancellation from The Killers News blog can be read here.

The now cancelled tour was in support of Flowers’ sophomore solo album, The Desired Effect which was released back in May.

iHeartRadio Music Festival Announce 2015 Line-Up

Months after announcing the return of their annual music festival, iHeartMedia has now revealed the identity of those performers who will be heading to Las Vegas in September for the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

Fall Out Boy, The Killers, Duran Duran, Disclosure, Coldplay, and The Who are just some of the big names who will be taking the stage at the fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival.

The 2015 line-up will also include Sam Smith, Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, David Guetta, Kenny Chesney, Prince Royce, Diplo, Jason Derulo, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Blake Shelton. This year’s line-up seems to give every music taste a little bit of something to look forward to.

The festival will take place during the weekend of Sept. 18-19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Ryan Seacrest will, once again, host the event.

Tickets for the general public will go on sale beginning this Saturday, Aug. 1.

For those who won’t be able to make it to Vegas, there’s no need to worry. The festival will be live streamed on Yahoo! and iHeartMedia’s plethora of radio stations. Like last year, the festival will air as a two-day special on The CW Network on Sept. 29-30; a week or so after the live event.

In addition to the big names taking the nighttime main stage, the festival will also include outdoor daytime performances at the MGM Resorts Village on Sept. 19. Previously announced artists for that include Demi Lovato, Hozier, Tove Lo, Trey Songz, Walk the Moon, Nick Jonas, Big Sean, Lee Brice, Echosmith and James Bay.

Watch The Killers Cover Kings of Leon at Firefly

This past weekend, Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE was evacuated following some terrible weather before the late night performances on Saturday (June 20).

Things got so bad that the official Twitter account for the weekend-long festival had warned concert festival attendees who were camping on the site, to pack up their pop-up tents in fear that things would go flying. They also advised those who came in cars to take refuge in them until the weather conditions got better.

Sadly, all performances which included Kings of Leon’s headlining gig, DJ Steve Aoki, and “Seflie” duo the Chainsmokers were cancelled for the night.

Soon after the conditions bettered, festival organizers revealed that two of the three acts were able to reschedule for the next day; Kings of Leon was not one of them.

So while Kings of Leon were not there to perform, The Killers decided to pay tribute to the group by performing two covers of the Tennessee band’s songs.

Frontman Brandon Flowers began the covers session by asking the audience if they liked Kings of Leon. Right after they began to perform “The Bucket” from 2004’s Aha Shake Heartbreak and an acoustic version of “Use Somebody” from 2008’s Only By the Night.

Watch the video below.

The Killers’ appearance marks the first time the band have performed together since 2014 when they performed at Tennent’s Vital in Belfast. Since then, the band have been on hiatus while Flowers released his sophomore solo album, The Desired Effect and is slated to go on a solo tour later this year.

Watch Brandon Flowers Cover “Bizarre Love Triangle” With Bernard Sumner

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Last week, Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers welcomed Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde on stage to perform her group’s 1986 single, “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and his own song, “Between Me And You” while performing at the O2 Arena in Brixton.

After many rumors and eventually a confirmation thanks to people present at the rehearsals, Flowers continued this by bringing New Order frontman, Bernard Sumner on stage to cover the New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” at the Manchester Academy.

Watch the complete video of performance here.

This is not the first time Flowers has covered the song, he did so back in 2009 with The Killers. This also isn’t the first time Flowers has performed with Sumner; they performed together back in 2005 and many times after. The different with this performance is that it’s the first time Flowers has played with anyone from the 80s group since he revealed earlier this month that he was recording with them for their new album.

Stream Brandon Flowers’ ‘The Desired Effect’ on iTunes

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With the release of his sophomore record right around the corner, The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers is giving fans the chance to listen to the impending record early.

The Desired Effect is set to officially be released next Tuesday (May 19) through Island Records, but now the complete record is being streamed on iTunes.

Previously, Flowers had debuted several songs from the sophomore effort including “Still Want You,” “Can’t Deny My Love,” “Lonely Town” and the recently released, Bronski Beat-sampled “I Can Change.”

Listen to the stream here.

In support of the new album, Flowers will be hitting the road this Summer on his solo act tour. The tour will officially begin at Detroit’s Mo Pop Festival during the weekend of July 25-26 and wrap up on Oct. 1 at Tricky Falls in El Paso.

Full tour dates can be seen below.

BRANDON FLOWERS 2015 TOUR DATES:

July 25-26 – Detroit, Mich. @ Mo Pop Festival
July 27 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
July 29 – Washington, D.C. @ Echostage
July 30 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Electric Factory
July 31 – Cleveland, Ohio @ House of Blues
Aug. 3 – Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues
Aug. 4 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5
Aug. 7 – Squamish, Canada @ Squamish Valley Music Festival
Aug. 9 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Rave
Aug. 10 – Columbus, Ohio @ Newport Music Hall
Aug. 11 – Richmond, Va. @ The National
Aug. 13 – Charlotte, N.C. @ The Fillmore
Aug. 14 – Raleigh, N.C. @ The Ritz
Aug. 15 – Norfolk, Va. @ Norva
Aug. 17 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Tabernacle
Aug. 18 – Orlando, Fla. @ Beacham Theater
Aug. 19 – Miami Beach, Fla. @ THe Fillmore
Sept. 2 – Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theater
Sept. 3 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theater
Sept. 10 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue
Sept. 11 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riviera Theater
Sept. 24 – Tempe, Ariz. @ Summer Ends Music Festival
Sept. 26 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Wiltern
Oct. 1 – El Paso, Texas @ Tricky Falls

Guitar Hero Live Reveal First Batch of Song Titles

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Last month, Activision revealed that after a five-year hiatus, they would be bringing back their Guitar Hero franchise from the dead with several changes including a more realistic controller, a first-person perspective on the game, and a more modern tracklist as opposed to the classic rock tracks of the past.

As part of their promotion for the new game, set to be released this Fall, the company unveiled 24 songs (and their rightful musicians) from the upcoming game. According to Rolling Stone, this first batch of song titles is just part of a weekly roll out that will eventually includes hundreds of song titles.

The songs from this batch include Ed Sheeran’s “Sing,” Pierce the Veil’s “King for a Day” featuring Sleeping with Sirens’ frontman Kellin Quinn, The Killers’ “When You Were Young” as well as Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up),” and My Chemical Romance’s “Na Na Na.”

The latter should not come as a surprise, since Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way were on hand during the unveiling back in April.

Check out the list below.

GUITAR HERO LIVE SONG LIST (BATCH 1):

The Black Keys, “Gold on the Ceiling”
Blitz Kids, “Sometimes”
Ed Sheeran, “Sing”
Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”
Gary Clark, Jr., “Don’t Owe You a Thang”
Green Day, “Nuclear Family”
The Killers, “When You Were Young”
The Lumineers, “Ho Hey”
My Chemical Romance, “Na Na Na”
Pierce the Veil, “King for a Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)”
The Rolling Stones, “Paint it Black”
Skrillex, “Bangarang”
The War on Drugs, “Under the Pressure”
Black Veil Brides, “In The End”
Rage Against the Machine, “Guerrilla Radio”
Judas Priest, “Breaking the Law”
Pantera, “Cowboys From Hell”
Sleigh Bells, “Bitter Rivals”
System of a Down, “Chop Suey!”
Alter Bridge, “Cry of Achilles”
Alt-J, “Left Hand Free”
Broken Bells, “Leave It Alone”
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Higher Ground”
The Pretty Reckless – “Going to Hell”