I’m not the biggest fan of music festivals. I just don’t have the energy or patience to stand amongst thousands of screaming, often drugged out people for 10 to 12 hours in hot, humid weather. That’s why I’ve never really been interested in going to something like Lollapalooza as it’s just not my scene. But what irritates me is that these festivals are often the only time I might be able to see a band that I really love. So what’s a fella supposed to do??
Well, Coachella has just the answer for people like me. The insanely popular music festival is streaming the entire festival on three separate YouTube channels, which you can see below. You’ll be able to catch such acts as Blur, The Stone Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more from the comfort of your own couch (and not to mention the comfort of air conditioning, cheap beer, and easily accessible bathrooms).
Also, if you want to see How To Destroy Angels with their live performance, simply click here and you shall be magically transported! READ MORE
Metallica have released a YouTube video that details all that will be seen at the 2013 edition of the annual Orion Music + More Festival, which takes place this year at Belle Isle in Detroit on June 8th and 9th. The festival will see such acts as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Bassnectar, Tomahawk, Gogol Bordello, Battlecross, and many more.
Detroit will see the return of James Hetfield’s Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, Kirk Hammett’s Crypt, Lars Ulrich’s Hit the Lights Film Tent and Robert Trujillo’s Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and many other fan favorite attractions.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich comments, “Last year’s Orion Music + More Festival was hands down the highlight of the Metallica calendar. A great time was had by all, especially the band members. The fact that it also resonated with enough of our fans and friends that it warrants another go-around in ’13 is beyond exciting. I can think of no better place than the Motor City, with its rich and diverse history of music, for the second ride on our Orion festival train. Bring it the fuck on!”
Head on below to see the trailer. READ MORE
Artist Maxim Dalton painted a poster of 35 of the greatest guitar players ever. While it doesn’t include some famous axe wielders (I don’t see Dimebag Darrell on there), it is a pretty comprehensive painting of guitarists who have shaped and influenced their genres. The painting was released as a limited edition poster but sold out long ago.
But what I want to know is can you identify them all! So head on below to test yourself on your guitar player knowledge! READ MORE
Atoms Of Peace, the project put together by Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich of Radiohead, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, drummer Joey Waronker, and percussionist Mauro Refosco, will be releasing, Amok, their debut album early next year. The five members apparently went into a recording studio with no music beforehand and emerged three days later with what Yorke calls, “…a fucking mountain.”
Yorke states, “One of the things we were most excited about was ending up with a record where you weren’t quite sure where the human starts and the machine ends.”
Yorke continues, saying, “We’d go in at midday and pretty much work through to 10. We were playing all the time. It was bonkers. We’d stop to change beat. Joey and Mauro would scribe the beat out, using whatever weird notation they have, and then go off on it for another hour.”
Atoms For Peace was originally put together as a live band in 2010 to support Yorke’s 2006 release The Eraser.
While a release date is not yet confirmed, Yorke has stated that he and the rest of the project hope to be able to tour Amok. Below is the song “Default”. READ MORE
Red Hot Chili Peppers are gearing up to unveil 18 previously unreleased tracks over the next six months through a series of two-track digital and seven-inch vinyl releases. The unreleased tracks come from the I’m With You sessions. The artwork will be handled by Kelsey Brooks. The nine seven-inches will be able to be combined by fans into a greater art piece. You can see the song titles and release dates below.
Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer states, “Finding songs that seem to want to join hands with others is a special task that require the right people… and the right songs! Some songs seem to have a lot more of an agenda than others. Some songs play well with others and some songs need more attention and a little extra care. Here are some songs that seemed to want to pair up and take a later train. Keep your eye on them, they’re up to something…”
I’m With You is the tenth studio album from RHCP and was released August 29th, 2011. The album went number one in 18 countries and hit number two in the US the week of release. READ MORE
As a way of commemorating their Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction, Red Hot Chili Peppers are releasing a six-track EP entitled We Salute You on May 1st that consists of covers of previous Hall of Fame alumni that have influenced the band: The Ramones, Iggy and the Stooges, Neil Young, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, and Dion and the Belmonts. Check below for the full track list. READ MORE
Alright music festival fans, the full Lollapalooza 2012 line up has been unveiled! The main headliners of the show will be Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, and Black Sabbath. Other notable artists (at least for me) are At The Drive-In, Sigur Ros, Metric, Madeon, and maybe Bloc Party. Oh, and Franz Ferdinand put on one hell of a show.
I do have to say that I’m excited to hear that Black Sabbath will be performing. It’s good to hear that guitarist Tony Iommi is not letting his lymphoma get in the way of the reunion. It’s this kind of perseverance and tenacity that shows his strength and commitment.
The Chicago music festival will take place August 3-5 in Grant Park. You can check out the full line up and order tickets HERE. READ MORE
This is the first mention I’ve made in the music section about the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear situation that is going on in Japan. It’s not because I’m an insensitive prick (okay, maybe just a little), but it’s because there wasn’t really much I could relate to the situation. But if we think about it, the people in that situation are dealing with horrors far worse than we can imagine. They’ve lost their homes, their families and their livelihood. But now, we can help.
Several music groups partnered up and have put together a 38-track iTunes exclusive album for $9.99 with songs from some of the biggest names in music, including Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lennon, U2, Michael Buble, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and many more. Proceeds from each sale will go directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society. You can get your copy here