Category Archives: Festival

Fun Fun Fun Fest Streaming Free On Pitchfork.com

So for the few of you who are jealous that I am attending the 2011 Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX this weekend, you now can too from the comfort of your home.

Pitchfork.com will be streaming Fun Fun Fun Fest from Nov. 4-6.  This is the first time that the very successful festival will be streamed live.

Unlike other music festivals with similar live streams, Fun Fun Fun Fest will present 4 separate streams with each tailored to different musical tastes.  Like the Fun Fun Fun Fest stage setups, each stream will provide genre grouping of bands, from punk and metal to indie rock and electronica and even hip hop and comedy.

In other words, if you are jealous that I am seeing Murder City Devils and Danzig w/ Doyle tomorrow night, you now can stream it without spending a dime.

To check out Fun Fun Fun Fest’s live stream on Pitchfork, head on over to pitchfork.com.  The stream should begin as soon as the festival starts around 12 p.m. central time.

I’m sure I will be posting a ton of nonsense should time allow it over the weekend.  First things first thought..I need me a Lone Star…

As part of FFF Fest, FFF Nites will start tonight.  This is a music event in itself as tons of bands will be taking over local venues and playing shows.  I will be seeing Toxic Holocaust, Hull, The F’n Wrath, Hull and Pushmen.  Should make for a nice and loud intro to a kick ass weekend.

Tomorrow night’s FFF Nite’s I am looking forward to even more…

Don’t Miss The Inner Sanctum 18th Anniversary Concert On The Pier This Saturday!!!

Tomorrow, Inner Sanctum (as heard on Radio 92.3) will be celebrating 18 years of Pat The Producer and friends pimping out local music to Cleveland by throwing a huge festival downtown. 

Featuring live music by a bunch of great Cleveland musicians/acts like the Suede BrothersPrisoners,  Craig Ramsey, Leah Lou & The Two Left Shoes and many more, this is going to be one hell of a day-long fest!!! 

The fun starts at 1pm on Saturday the 20th at The E. 9th Pier located next to the Rock Hall.  There will be plenty of local food vendors to keep your stomachs full and even an on site tattoo shop if you care to get that tramp stamp you always wanted (I actually told Pat that I would get Pat The P tattooed on me if someone else paid for it…).

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.  If you would like to purchase tickets now, click HERE and grab one!!!

See you there tomorrow!!!

Lollapalooza Line-Up = Holy Hell!

Yesterday I mentioned the NXNE line-up and said I was impressed. 

Today I see the Lollapalooza 2011 Line-Up and am beyond thrilled.  I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way.

20-years ago the festival started. It was not consistent of course with the festival ending in 1997 only to be renewed in 2003.  These days the festival no longer tours the states, but year after year they always have a great line-up. This year I am really thinking about going.

I was supposed to go in 2009 but plans fell through and I had to cancel my trip.  This might be the year that is happens.

Perry Ferrel has stated the festival is going to be a little more retro this year.  Jim Rose Circus sideshow anyone?

Yes, there are the big names like Eminem, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, and Muse that would be all cool to see, but there are other bands in their line-up that have me itching to get to Chicago this summer.

Bands like Deftones, Ween, The Cars, City & Colour, Rival Schools, Cee-Lo Green, My Morning Jacket and Cold War Kids tickle my fancy, but Big Audio Dynamite??? Awesome. 

Girl Talk too…yes, I admit it,  want to see Girl Talk live.  J. Roddy Walston, Explosions In The Sky, Black Lips, Atmosphere, Kid Cudi, Ryan Binham & The Dead Horses…man I can just keep going. 

I’ll stop now.  Let’s see if I make it out to Chicago in August.  Me thinks it would be a good idea.

Lollapalooza 2011 from Lollapalooza on Vimeo.

North By North What?

So did you happen to miss SXSW and can’t make it to Bonnaroo this year?

Are you looking for a festival to hit up this year like none other?  Would you prefer not to melt at said festival?  Well check out the line-up for North By Northeast (NXNE) coming up in June.  It is one hell of a offering of bands of multiple genres in good ol’ Toronto, Canada and I am highly considering jumping the border to check it out.

This bill is IMPRESSIVE!!!  Descendants, The Pharcyde, Digable Planets, Hot Water Music, Bouncing Souls,  OFF!, Joey Cape and Kevin Seconds alone make it amazing. (DEVO too – Kent/Akron love y’all) 

There are a ton of other sweet acts joining them making for one of the better festivals I have heard about this year.

If you are looking for a summer festival you should consider this one, not because I say so…  Well maybe you should if you know what is good for you.

Here is a press release in regards to NXNE:

NORTH BY NORTHEAST (NXNE) announces the second wave of bands for the 17th edition of the festival, taking over Toronto June 13-19, 2011. Tickets are now available online at www.nxne.com.

NXNE has just confirmed that Devo, Descendents, Stars, The Pharcyde, Men Without Hats, Digable Planets, Twin Shadow, OFF!, Art Brut, Shad, Land of Talk, Chad VanGaalen, and Cults will join a festival line-up that also includes performances by The Dodos, Deerhoof, Hot Water Music, The Bouncing Souls, and Anti-Flag (previously announced), plus Dum Dum Girls, Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield, Braids, Ty Segall, Suuns, PS I Love You, Crocodiles, Wild Nothing, The Pack A.D., Metz, Dirty Beaches, Forest City Lovers, The Luyas, Lower Dens, Gentlemen Husbands, Rusty, Royal Bangs, Julianna Barwick, No Joy, Prince Rama, Doldrums, Secret Cities, Evening Hymns, Snowblink, Parlovr, Talk Normal, PUJOL, Woodsman, Gauntlet Hair, Joey Cape, Tape Deck Mountain, AIDS Wolf, Houses, CJ Ramone, and Kevin Seconds.

Presented by AOL, New Wave legends Devo headline the summer’s biggest day-and-night party on Saturday, June 18 at Yonge-Dundas Square. Toronto’s Yonge Street will close to traffic and open to a massive crowd of NXNE fans as Devo – complete with signature uniforms and flower pot hats – whip into the downtown core with classics from cult fave albums Freedom of Choice and Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Also rocking the Square will be Canada’s Men Without Hats, fresh off a sold-out return to the stage at SXSW 2011.

“We’re excited to have such legendary artists play the busiest hub in Toronto for the largest music festival in Canada,” says Joshua Ostroff, music editor, AOL Canada. “It will be a great time, with amazing music and we’re looking forward to being right in the centre of the party”

SoCal pop-punk hits NXNE on Thursday, June 16, with Descendents. It’s a rare chance to see one of the genre’s most influential bands, touring with their classic late-80s lineup for the first time in a decade. They’ll share the Yonge-Dundas Square stage with Vice Records’ L.A. hardcore supergroup OFF! featuring Keith Morris (Circle Jerks & Black Flag), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven Shane McDonald (Redd Kross) and Mario Rubacaba (Hot Snakes & Rocket From The Crypt).

Sirius Satellite Radio touches down at Yonge-Dundas Square on Friday, June 17, for a live-to-air North American broadcast featuring Juno-nominated Stars. The band recently sold out consecutive nights at Massey Hall and opened for Coldplay in Ottawa, and their NXNE set will be a highlight of the festival. Also on the bill is Montreal trio Land of Talk, generating great reviews in Pitchfork and Stereogum.

“A live show and broadcast from Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square is a great way to share the excitement with our listeners across Canada and the U.S. while marking SIRIUS’ 6th year of support for NXNE,” said Andreanne Sasseville, Director, Canadian Content Development and Industry Relations, SIRIUS Canada Inc.

NXNE ’s final festival night rolls out Sunday, June 19, as a second colossal evening party takes hold of Yonge-Dundas Square and Yonge Street, fuelled by performances by alternative hip-hop legends The Pharcyde, whose 90s release Bizarre Ride II was named by Kanye West as his favourite album ever. The night also features Grammy Award winners Digable Planets, tagged in Rolling Stone as “everything hip-hop should be: artistically sound, unabashedly conscious and downright cool.”

Funding supporting all NXNE’s free public concerts at Yonge-Dundas Square is provided by the Government of Ontario.

There’s even more for fans at NXNE this June: California’s Dum Dum Girls, coming off a 2010 tour with MGMT and Vampire Weekend; Chad van Gaalen, playing new songs from his upcoming release, Diaper Island; and Twin Shadow, hitting the festival on the heels of shows at SXSW, Coachella, and Bonnaroo.

All NXNE Festival passes and wristbands are now on sale, available at www.nxne.com. Early-bird pricing for NXNE Priority Passes is available through April 25.

The complete NXNE Music line-up and schedule, NXNE Film schedule and additional NXNE Interactive programming will be announced over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

17 Years, 650 Bands, 50 Stages, 40 Films, 75 Interactive Conference Sessions, 7 Days.

www.nxne.com

The Awesome: SXSW 2011

So in 2009 I made a promise that I could not keep.  I said that I was going to go to SXSW in 2010.  Sadly it did not happen that year…

Luckily for me 2011 is a new year.

I have made arrangements with friends in Austin, TX and will be heading down there having absolutely no idea what to expect.  SXSW has been something I have wanted to attend for years now and I could not be happier to finally be a part of it.

I have been to tons of concerts and festivals throughout the years, but can’t say that I have been to something quite like SXSW.  I am looking forward to seeing as many bands (and maybe even movies) as possible in one of the, in my opinion, greatest cities in the world.

March can not come soon enough.