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Coachella lineup announced, festival to feature McCartney, Cohen, Morissey and others

Friday, January 30th, 2009

From my inbox (emphasis added):

Headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are among the 130-plus acts set for the tenth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999. Other artists confirmed for America’s most critically acclaimed music festival include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Thievery Corporation, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (the complete line-up is listed below).

This marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.

“I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I’m really excited to get out there and rock!” McCartney says.

The line-up for this year’s COACHELLA (as of 1/30) is as follows:

FRIDAY APRIL 17: Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Beirut, The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Silversun Pickups, The Ting Tings, The Crystal Method, Ghostland Observatory, Crystal Castles, The Airborne Toxic Event, We Are Scientists, N.A.S.A., Patton & Rahzel, M. Ward, The Presets, The Hold Steady, A Place to Bury Strangers, Felix da Housecat, Buraka Som Sistema, Ryan Bingham, Bajofondo, Peanut Butter Wolf, Noah & the Whale, White Lies, The Bug, Alberta Cross, Los Campesinos!, Craze & Klever, Molotov, Switch, Gui Boratto, Steve Aoki, The Aggrolites, People Under the Stairs, The Courteeners, Cage the Elephant, Dear and the Headlights.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18: The Killers, Amy Winehouse, Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, MSTRKRFT, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Atmosphere, Mastodon, TRAV$DJ-AM, Henry Rollins, Crookers, Turbonegro, Hercules and Love Affair, Superchunk, Glasvegas, Dr. Dog, Drive-By Truckers, Booker T & the DBT’s, Amanda Palmer, The Bloody Beetroots, Surkin, Para One (Live), Calexico, Liars, Bob Mould Band, Zane Lowe, Electric Touch, Blitzen Trapper, James Morrison, Drop the Lime, Glass Candy, Thenewno2, Gang Gang Dance, Billy Talent, Ida Maria, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Zizek, Cloud Cult, Tinariwen.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19: The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Throbbing Gristle, Lupe Fiasco, Paul Weller, Peter Bjorn and John, X, Antony & the Johnsons, Roni Size, Public Enemy, Jenny Lewis, Groove Armada, Paolo Nutini, Christopher Lawrence, Lykke Li, The Kills, Okkervil River, M.A.N.D.Y., Clipse, Sebastien Tellier, Fucked Up, Perry Farrell, The Horrors, Late of the Pier, K’naan, Junior Boys, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Supermayer, No Age, Vivian Girls, Shepard Fairey, Themselves, Gaslight Anthem, The Knux, Mexican Institute of Sound, The Night Marchers, Marshall Barnes.

Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations. Three-day weekend passes are $269.00 +$3 charity + $9 facility fee ($1 charity/$3 facility fee per day) and single day tickets are $99.00 +$1 charity + $3 facility fee. The same layaway plan that Goldenvoice successfully implemented for STAGECOACH: California’s Country Music Festival will be available for weekend passes ONLY for this year’s COACHELLA. Festival goers now have the option to purchase 3-day festival tickets and onsite camping tickets on a payment plan.

Layaway options (available online ONLY through February 28) are as follows. 50% down: this payment option allows purchasers to pay a 50% deposit of the total order now, with the remaining 50% automatically deducted April 1; 3-payment plan: purchasers initially pay 10% of the total order, with the remaining amounts automatically deducted in equal payments on March 1 and April 1.

For up-to-the-minute information on COACHELLA, please visit www.coachella.com. COACHELLA sponsors include AT&T and Heineken.


Sasquatch! 2009 lineup leaks?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I’ve written about the rumors for this year’s Sasquatch! a little bit over at Ear Candy, but really not a lot is know yet about who will be headlining and performing at the Gorge during Memorial Day weekend this year for ‘Quatch. It’s almost time for me to post my annual stab at guessing the Sasquatch! Music Festival lineup (I will post it Feb. 10, which is exactly one week before the official announcement is made), but until then allow me to share what I know about this year’s event:

It will once again be a three-day event. Either the Saturday through Monday or Friday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

According to various Web sites Peter Bjorn and John as well as the Avett Brothers will be at Sasquatch! this year. Click here to see PBJ’s tour schedule, which shows they will be at Sasquatch!

Kings of Leon, as well as Animal Collective appear to be a part of the lineup too.

Other solid guesses include: Death Cab For Cutie, Adele, Franz Ferdinand, Neko Case, AC Newman, Blitzen Trapper, Fleet Foxes, The Hold Steady, The Decemberists, Devotchka, Monotonix, Wilco, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ra Ra Riot and The Thermals

Keep in mind none of those bands have been announced as Sasquatch! performers (except PB&J) and all of those listed were either listed as a guess or are connected to a solid rumor about the festival. The acts I included as solid guesses are bands that have new records coming out this year, are buzzed about and are likely to make their rounds on the summer festival circuit. The only bands I see as being potential headliners on my list are Wilco and perhaps Death Cab For Cutie.

Who do you want to see at Sasquatch! 2009?


Death Cab For Cutie has its video removed from its Web site by its label

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Yesterday a video posted to Death Cab For Cuties’ Web site was disabled, apparently due to copyright issues with Warner Bros. Records.

The label recently asked YouTube to remove videos on its site that has music from its artists because of possible copyright infringement. The video on DCFC’s site that was removed was a YouTube clip.

You can read the report of the DCFC video being taken down here.


Cool show alert!: Ear Candy’s Birthday Bash Deux: Bash Harder, March 21 @ The High Dive

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Guess who is turning three in March?

That’s right, Ear Candy (a.k.a. my other blog), will mark three years in the blogosphere at its current home (it was a blogger blog for about a year before the P-I picked it up) in a couple of months. To celebrate I am throwing a birthday extravaganza concert unlike any other concert I have ever thrown.

Last year for the first Ear Candy Birthday Bash Ms Led, Sirens Sister and Speaker Speaker rocked my birthday at the High Dive. This year I’m delighted to report I have put together a show that might be a little too big for the High Dive to contain.

The lineup is still in the works, but I do have three bands confirmed and I want to spill the beans here on Spin the Black Circle before I release the complete details over on Ear Candy. So here’s the scoop:

Ear Candy’s Birthday Bash Deux: Bash Harder

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo

We Wrote the Book on Connectors

Team Gina

plus guests TBA

The High Dive

March 21, 2009

I know, what a cool show, right? And the best part is that the lineup isn’t complete yet. Expect to hear more about what is sure to be an awesome night filled with party rock, party rap and party country music when more details roll in, which should happen within the coming weeks.

Until then, mark your calendars for March 21 and prepare yourself for a night of musical debauchery at the High Dive. And watch the below videos to familiarize yourself with the wonderfulness that is Team Gina, Brent Amaker and WE (that’s shorthand for We Wrote the Book on Connectors).

TEAM GINA: ROCK THE LIKE

BRENT AMAKER AND THE RODEO: WHEN LOVE GETS TO A MAN

WE WROTE THE BOOK ON CONNECTORS: WE RAP SONG


Hear it here: Presidents of the USA’s Obama inauguration song

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

What better band to sing a song about President Barack Obama’s inauguration than Seattle’s very own Presidents of the United States of America?

The band wrote “Moving In” in honor of today’s historic events and debuted it on NPR over the weekend. You can download it for free here and you can listen to it below.

PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: “MOVING IN”


Chris Burlingame’s birthday w/H is for Hellgate @ Chop Suey tonight + other Inauguration Day events

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

In case you’ve been living under a rock or recently woke up from a four-month slumber, a new president of the United States is going to be sworn into office today.

With the swearing-in of this new commander-in-chief (It’s some guy named Obama. You might have heard of him.) comes plenty of celebrating in the Emerald City. There is a good list of local Inauguration Day festivities penned by Jonathan Zwickel over on the Seattle Times’ Web site that is well worth checking out.

While JZ’s list is definitely a solid place to go if you’re looking for something to do tonight, there is one show that is not on his list that I encourage you to attend. Here are the details:

Chris Burlingame’s Birthday and an Inauguration Day Party
H is for Hellgate
Friday Mile
Benjamin Bear
Ed Wang
Guests
Chop Suey
7 p.m.
$7

For those unfamiliar with Chris Burlingame, he is a local music scribe and contributor to threeimaginarygirls.com Along with celebrating Barack Obama, the night will be a celebration of Chris’ 30th birthday and it should be a great show!


VIDEOS: Fleet Foxes on SNL, plus shirtless Lonely Island guy’s interpretive dance and sax playing during rehearsal

Monday, January 19th, 2009

In case you missed it:


Fleet Foxes to perform on ‘SNL’

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

From my inbox:

“SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” WELCOMES ROSARIO DAWSON AND MUSICAL GUEST FLEET FOXES ON JANUARY 17.

New York, NY – January 9, 2009 – “Saturday Night Live” launches into 2009 with its second show of the month, featuring one of today’s hottest film actresses, Rosario Dawson, along with musical guest Fleet Foxes, making their “SNL” debuts on NBC January 17 at 11:30 p.m. ET.

Dawson has garnered praise for her numerous roles as an actress, making her one of Hollywood’s most sought after leading ladies. Dawson can currently be seen in the drama “Seven Pounds”, in which she stars with Will Smith. Her moving performance in the film has gained her acclaim and praise from critics and fans alike, including a recent nomination for a NAACP Image Award. Dawson gained recognition in 2005 when she received a Satellite Award for her performance as ‘Mimi Marquez’ in the film “Rent”. She was honored again in 2007 at the esteemed ShoWest where she received the award for “Supporting Actress of the Year.” Dawson was recently awarded the “Half-Life” Award at the 2008 Cine Vegas International Film Festival alongside Don Cheadle, Viggo Mortensen and Sam Rockwell. Making her film debut in the highly acclaimed and controversial hit “Kids,” Dawson has appeared in numerous feature films, including Quentin Tarantino’s horror project “Grindhouse”; the acclaimed Spike Lee film, “The 25th Hour”, opposite Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Barry Pepper; “Men In Black 2″ alongside Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, and Spike Lee’s “He Got Game” opposite Denzel Washington. Dawson also made a huge impact in the 2005 Robert Rodriguez/ Frank Miller film noir drama “Sin City” starring with Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen, and Brittany Murphy. “Sin City” opened number one at the box office and was in dramatic competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

Joining Dawson is the five-piece Seattle based Indie rock band Fleet Foxes, whose self-titled debut album ranked first on Billboard’s (Critics’ Choice) top albums of 2008. Billboard described it as a “shockingly gorgeous debut … unlocked a subconscious desire in us for more vocal harmonies.” The album also landed among the top five in Spin’s year end rankings and finished 11th on Rolling Stones annual list. Spin declared that “on this haunting debut, Seattle’s Fleet Foxes distinguish themselves from the vintage-vinyl crowd by infusing their rootsy retro-pop moves with a sense of mystery that no one’s really summoned since Oh, Inverted World changed Natalie Portman’s life. Like the Shins’ James Mercer, frontman Robin Pecknold is more mood man than storyteller. But his eye for detail can devastate.” Internationally, Fleet Foxes have beaten off competition from the likes of Radiohead and Elbow to be awarded the first-ever “UNCUT MUSIC AWARD”. The band’s eponymous debut album was unanimously hailed by a panel of industry judges as the most inspiring and richly rewarding album of the last 12 months. In early 2008, Fleet Foxes released the five-song EP, “Sun Giant” and followed in June with their critically acclaimed, self-titled debut full-length album.


SLIDESHOW: NYE 2008 w/PUSA, Kay Kay, Monotonix, The Saturday Knights and Vince Mira

Monday, January 5th, 2009


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