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.

2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival Line-Up Leaks

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UPDATE:

Well, the official line-up for this year’s Austin City Limits Festival has been revealed and lets just confirm that the vast majority of the line-up that was leaked on Sunday evening were in fact scheduled to appear at the festival with the exception of the Foo fighters actually performing on both weekends.

Check out the newly confirmed first wave of acts. According to reports, the next waves will come our way in September.

Weekend One: Foo Fighters, The Strokes, Drake, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Tame Impala, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, The Decemberists, Chance the Rapper, ASAP Rocky, Billy Idol, Run the Jewels, TV on the Radio, Brandon Flowers, Brand New, Father John Misty, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Gary Clark Jr., Royal Blood, Jose Gonzalez, and Daughter, along with deadmau5, Bassnectar, Hozier, and Of Monsters and Men.

Weekend Two: Foo Fighters, Drake, Florence and the Machine, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Tame Impala, Modest Mouse, Alt-J, The Decemberists, Chance the Rapper, ASAP Rocky, Billy Idol, Run the Jewels, TV on the Radio, Brandon Flowers, Brand New, Father John Misty, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Gary Clark Jr., Royal Blood, Jose Gonzalez, and Daughter, along with deadmau5, Bassnectar, Hozier, and Of Monsters and Men.


If Austin City Limits Music Festival was trying to keep their 2015 line-up a secret, then maybe they need to have a little conversation with their website person about letting the secret out of the bag two days before the official announcement was set to happen.

Last night (May 3), the line-up for both weekends of the music festival was leaked online, with the website’s link circulating the interweb. Quickly after the “mistake,” the post was taken down and now an “Oops, we’re not finding the page you’re looking for” message is appearing, but not before people took to the internet to spread the word and of course screen cap the information.

Sucks for them and their surprise, great for the people who were on the fence about going.

Weekend one will feature performances from: the Foo Fighters, The Strokes, Drake, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Tame Impala, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, The Decemberists, Chance the Rapper, ASAP Rocky, Billy Idol, Run the Jewels, TV on the Radio, Brandon Flowers, Brand New, Father John Misty, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Gary Clark Jr., Royal Blood, Jose Gonzalez, and Daughter, along with deadmau5, Bassnectar, Hozier, and Of Monsters and Men.

Weekend two will have an almost exact line up except with a few changes. Instead of The Strokes, Modest Mouse will take their place and Florence and the Machine were added to the already packed line-up.

Check out the full (leaked) line-up below.

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ACL 2015 weekend one will take place during Oct. 2-4 while weekend two will take place during the weekend of Oct. 9-11 at Zilker Park in Austin.

Watch Footage from the George Harrison Tribute Concert

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It feels as if September 2014 has been a month dedicated to the late and former Beatle, George Harrison.

It all began with Capitol Records revealing plans to re-release Harrison’s first six record and never-before-released material in a box set titled, George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-1975 which was released last week.

After that, plans were revealed for a one-night tribute concert to take place at the end of the month, last night in Los Angeles to honor Harrison.

Then, not to be outdone, Conan O’Brien dedicated last week to Harrison with all his guest performers including Beck, Norah Jones, and Harrison’s son Dhani, playing tracks from the late Beatle.

Last night, George Fest hit L.A.’s  El Rey Theatre with a long list of performers which included previously confirmed acts such as Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Brian Wilson, “Weird” Al Yankovic, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers and Mark Stoermer, members of The Strokes, Weezer and Norah Jones.

Watch some of the videos directly from the concert.

Brian Wilson– “My Sweet Lord”:

“Weird” Al Yankovich– “What is Life”:

Conan O’Brien– “Old Brown Shoe”:

Brandon Flowers– “Got My Mind Set on You”:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club– “Art of Dying”:

A hundred percent of the profits from “George Fest” will be donated to Sweet Relief, a charity that offers financial assistance to struggling musicians.

Indie Supergroup Take on Phil Collins, White Stripes

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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.

Star-Studded George Harrison Tribute Concert To Take Place Later This Month

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Some beetles might have though that George Harrison was worthy of having a tree dedicated to him, but many musicians have thought otherwise.

It was announced that Harrison will be honored later this month in the form of a one-night tribute concert.

Reportedly, performances of the evening will include The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Brian Wilson, “Weird” Al Yankovic, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers and Mark Stoermer, members of The Strokes, Weezer and Norah Jones. For those who are not familiar Harrison and Jones’ father, sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar became friends when Harrison began to experiment with that type of sound and became interested in the sitar.

Also set to appear at the event are the Cold War Kids, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Harrison’s son (and almost twin) Dhani, Heart’s Ann Wilson, as well as members of The Cult, Guster, Velvet Revolver and many more. The event promoters have also revealed that more special guests will be announced within the weeks leading up to the show.

The one-night affair will take place on Sept. 28 at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre.
Tickets for the show will go on sale beginning today, Sept. 5. According to the release, 100% of the profits from “George Fest” like it has been dubbed, will be donated to Sweet Relief, a charity that offers financial assistance to struggling musicians.

News of the tribute concert comes on the heels of Harrison’s estate announcing plans to reissue the musician’s first six solo albums. The reissues will include several unreleased tracks as well as alternate versions of the songs that had been previously released.

The George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-1975 box set is set to be released on Sept. 23, just a week or so before the star-studded concert is set to take place.

Karen O. to Release Solo Album

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman, Karen O has revealed that she will be releasing her first solo album later this year through The Strokes frontman, Julian Casablancas’ record label, Cult Records.

The album, which has been titled Crush Songs shows the songstress getting away from her band, though this would not be the first time that the show had been solely about her.

In the past, O. had contributed to several film soundtracks including Where the Wild Things Are and “The Moon Song” which was featured in the Scarlett Johansson/Joaquin Phoenix film Her; both films were directed by her former flame, Spike Jonze.

There was also that cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigration Song” which she sang with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack and her contribution to Tim Burton’s Frankenstein-inspired film, Frankenweenie (a song titled “Strange Love”).

In a handwritten letter addressed to her fans and potential listeners on her website, O. reveals that the songs had been written when she was 27 years old, a time where she didn’t know if she would ever fall in love, again.

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Fast-forward eight years later, she’s now 35 years old and, in fact, did fall in love again, marrying director Barnaby Clay.

Crush Songs will reportedly be released on September 9. We can only hope that a tour might be in the near future. Maybe she’ll be able to get Casablancas to leave his stomping grounds of New York and California.

Watch The Strokes Return to the Stage After Three Years

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We might be a little late to the party with this one, but The Strokes finally returned to the stage for the first time this weekend after a three-year hiatus from it all. The band performed in Port Chester, NY on Saturday, a warm-up gig, if you will, for their anticipated performance at the Governors Ball Music Festival.

What the band did during this show was showcase all their music with a career-spanning setlist with tracks from all five of their studio albums including “Reptilia,” “Heart in a Cage,”12:51” and many more.

While some were indifferent to their last album, Comedown Machine, three songs from that album made their way onto the setlist including “Welcome to Japan,” “Happy Ending” and one of the singles, “One Way Trigger.”

Check out some fan shot videos, though we do not agree with their decision to watch a one of a kind show through a camera.

Their loss is our gain.

“Welcome to Japan” (from Comedown Machine):

“One Way Trigger” (from Comedown Machine):

“Happy Ending” (from Comedown Machine):

Last Nite (from Is This It):

“New York City Cops” (from Is This It):

Fourth Annual Governors Ball Schedule Released

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Houston, we have major problems and it looks like whoever the people were who planned the schedule for this year’s Governors Ball is to blame. 

The Governors Ball, which already revealed it’s long list of high-profiled artists including Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Jack White, Skirllex, Foster the People, Discloure and many more have just unveiled its schedule and there may be a lot of conflicting acts that the audience would like to see.
 
Outkast and Damon Albarn will be closing out the night so that is probably the big issue on the first day. Honorable mentions include TV on the Radio or Grimes; Neko Case or La Roux; and Julian Casablancas or Jenny Lewis.
Saturday, the issues continue with audience member needing to pick between Jack White and Skrillex. (we’re bias, we’d go with Jack White especially since he follows The Strokes; their first festival show in three years and they never go out on tour or anything). Sadly, The Strokes will be  up against Childish Gambino. Honorable mentions for Saturday include Spoon or Sleigh Bells; Disclousre or Broken Bells; and Defheaven of Tanlines. 
 
As for Sunday, there doesn’t seem to be any big conflicts except for Tyler, the Creator playing against AlunaGeorge and Banks playing opposite Wild Belle. No big since you will be able to see Vampire Weekend close out the entire weekend-long fest.
   
The schedule is currently not up until Friday on the official website for the festival, but you can go ahead and find over at the festival’s mobile app or Clashfinder

The Governors Ball is set to take place during the weened of June 6-8 at randall’s Island Park in New York City. Tickets are still available if you feel like taking a spontaneou trip to NYC and go to a festival.
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Just in case you forgot who was playing when.

Governors Ball Reveal Day to Day Line-Up

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One of the biggest festivals to be taking place this Summer is the annual Governors Ball. The three-day festival which is set to take over Randall’s Island, New York City in early June revealed the full lime-up last month with artists such as Outkast, Phoenix, Jack White, The Strokes, Vampire Weekend and many more.

Today, festival organizers revealed just which artists will be taking the stage during the weekend-long festival schedule to happen during June 6-8.

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Citi Card pre-sales began at 10 a.m. EST, today, while general sales will begin on Friday, April 4 at noon. Like the official website states, single day tickets are a limited quantity and once they are gone, the only option are the full three-day passes which cost a pretty penny. For more information, check out the Governors Ball’s site.