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.

Governor’s Ball Music Festival Line Up Announced

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Music festival unveiling have become one of the biggest news of the day and this time, the Governor’s Ball has revealed who will be playing the anticipated event.

Previously, it was announced that Outkast would be performing, you know just one of the 40 festivals they are going to be playing at, but they aren’t alone on the bill; The Strokes, Jack White and Vampire Weekend will all be playing that weekend.

The full list of performers can be seen below.

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The Governor’s Ball is set to take place during the weekend of June 6-8 on Randall’s Island in New York City. Tickets are a little steep, so the event organizers have set up a way for fans to be able to pay for their tickets in increments. Yes, a payment plan for tickets, what does that tell you. All information can be seen over at their official site.

Watch the Statue Love Story Unfold in “Instant Crush”

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Yesterday, a clip from Daft Punk’s music video for “Instant Crush” made its way onto the internet after premiering on some show in France.  The clip featured a statue version of The Strokes’ frontman, Julian Casablancas, who happens to also lend his vocal as well as a guitar solo to the track.

The video tells the story of a love affair, from a far, between two statues in a history museum one which is, of course Casablancas. If you pay close attention to when the Casablancas statue gets moved to the basement, you can make out the Daft Punk helmets in the storage area.

The song comes off Daft Punk’s critically acclaimed and probably one of your favorite albums of 2013, Random Access Memories. “Instant Crush” is the third music video to come off the hit album right behind “Get Lucky” and “Lose Yourself to Dance.”

Check out the video below.

The Strokes Streaming New Album

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The new Strokes album isn’t due to hit store for another week, but starting today fans can go to Pitchfork’s website and have the opportunity to stream the full album for free. The band even encourage fans to go check out Comedown Machine, all eleven tracks, seven days before the actual release.

“That’s right… eleven new tracks, one week in advance. so go ahead… head over to the pitchfork album premiere now to give the record a listen” they said in a mass email sent out to fans that have subscribed to the newsletter.

To hear the full album stream, head on over to Pitchfork’s website here.

In the meantime, don’t forget to give their music video for “All the Time” a look which shows the band from the old days performing at those gritty clubs to performing on all those late night shows that deep down inside we love to stay up watching.

No Plans for a Strokes Tour

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Fans of The Strokes rallied last month when they heard that there would be new music from the band during the upcoming month. After the release of their first single, “One Way Trigger,” there was a lot of speculation whether or not the new album would sound like the band, at all. After their recent single hit the inter-web, their worries were put to rest when “All the Time” was released.

Any hopes though of a full tour from the band in support of their new album, Comedown Machine, have been put to rest by bassist, Nikolai Fraiture. In a recent interview with DJ Zane Lowe from BBC Radio 1, he was asked if there would be any touring in support of the album. Fraiture responded with, “I don’t know. I would love to tour” and admitted that there weren’t any tour dates scheduled at the moment for them.

The Strokes’ new album, Comedown Machine, comes out on March 26, but until then you can head on over to their Soundcloud and listen to the first two singles from it.