This Week: South Africa’s intriguing weirdo rave / rap crew Die Antwoord bring TEN$ION; A darker, draftier Of Montreal; Blondes DIY electronica; Dr. Dog is on album number seven; Sharon Van Etton has guest spots for Beirut, The National and The Walkmen.
Memorial Day weekend brings the Sasquatch Festival to The Gorge outside of Seattle. Jack White, Bon Iver, Girl Talk, Tenacious D, The Shins, Kurt Vile and lots more.
OK, the lineup for this year’s Primavera Festival is outrageous: A$AP Rocky, AraabMUZIK, Atlas Sound, Beirut, Björk, Black Lips, Danny Brown, Death Cab For Cutie, Death Grips, Dirty Beaches, Girls, Grimes, Hype Williams, Japandroids, Justice, Liturgy, Mazzy Star, Melvins, Napalm Death, Neon Indian, OFF!, Real Estate, Refused, SBTRKT, Sharon Van Etten, Spiritualized, The Cure, The Drums, The Rapture, The War On Drugs, The xx, Trash Talk, Washed Out, Wavves, Wilco, Yo La Tengo and about a hundred other bands.
Coachella has officially announced the lineup for this year’s festival: Radiohead, The Black Keys, Bon Iver, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, M83, Arctic Monkeys, Girl Talk, The Weeknd, Buzzcocks, Justice, A$AP Rocky, Girls, Cat Power, Neon Indian, Justice, WU LYF and it just keeps going.
There’s been no official announcement from the Coachella camp, but this lineup is being circulated as an early leak. Big names too: Radiohead, No Doubt, Foo Fighters, Daft Punk, The Roots, Wilco, Florence and The Machine, Underworld, Beirut, M83 and Justice are a few of the acts listed for the three-day festival in Indio, CA.
This clip from Beirut’s new album, The Rip Tide, manages to be both very sad and very sweet at the same time. Spoiler: there’s a mostly happy ending.
This week: Beirut’s Balkan ballads; Widowspeak’s downer lover songs; DOM brings in a top producer for their new one; Pepper Rabbit uplifts and haunts; Neil Young’s “Lost Tapes” from 1991 are recovered.
This weekend Grant Park will host the 20th anniversary celebration of Lollapalooza in Chicago. Whether or not you are going to make it to the festivities you can still rock out with this mix, kindly presented by Spin. Artists include Black Lips, Lykke Li, Foster The People, Ratatat, Titus Andronicus, Jay Electronica, Beirut and more.
Handsome Furs bring anti-establishment synth-punk, John Maus does lo-fi robot disco, Shabazz Palaces push progression (album of the year?), Red Hot + Rio mix Brazil with the indie set, and one of the F*ck Buttons goes solo as Blanck Mass.