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WHITperson -- aka Marc Whitman or simply "Whit" -- is a long-time LMB contributor known for his in-depth posting style and his knack for crafting interesting podcasts. Whit currently resides in Brooklyn, where he's building up his web development chops and hoping to put his technical skills towards something interesting in the music world. Follow his updates over at whitperson.com...
As we lead up to Phish's upcoming three-night run at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Colorado, I thought it'd be fun to speculate about what the band might bust out during what has now become an annual (and infamous) run of shows in the Denver metro area. Two years ago the band opened up a new approach to their...
It looks like we've got yet another summer festival on our hands here in NYC. The inaugural Catalpa Festival is set to take place July 28-29 on Randall's Island and they've announced their initial lineup, including The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, TV on the Radio, and Umphrey's McGee in the top slots. Per the festival's promoters, they'll host a...
Camp Bisco -- the Disco Biscuits' annual music festival now in its 11th year -- has released their initial 2012 lineup via RollingStone.com, with The Disco Biscuits sharing headlining duties with dubstep powerhouses Bassnectar and Skrillex. Rounding out the rest of the lineup is a nice mix of DJs (Amon Tobin's ISAM, A-Trak, MiMOSA), live electronic bands (Big Gigantic,...
The Boss delivered the keynote speech at SXSW down in Austin this week, and it's definitely worth a watch. As with much of his music, Springteen's speech is centered around great storytelling. It also comes with a nice dose of Rock and Roll history. Descriptive, thoughtful, inspiring. Good stuff.
Well, this is an interesting move. Fresh off of their acquisitions of BigChampagne and Setlist.fm, Live Nation Labs has now established the "LN Labs fund" to invest in promising startups in the live music tech space. They're officially describing the fund as "a vehicle for strategic investment, partnership and mentoring of the world's most innovative early stage technologies and...
UPDATE (3/26): the lineup announcement was due today but delayed; we'll have any updates on this as they become available. In case you missed it the Allman Brothers Band has announced a new festival for this year. The Peach Music Festival is slated for August 10-12 at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA. We can assume multiple sets by the Allman...
The Roots have announced the lineup for the 5th annual Roots Picnic which takes place June 2-3 at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, PA. The lineup includes: The Roots, Kid Cudi, De La Soul (backed by The Roots), Wale, Major Lazer, Diplo, St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Danny Brown, Shabazz Palaces, Moosh & Twist, Flosstradamus, Stretch Armstrong, The Hood Internet, Star Slinger,...
Per the now-standard band promo video, we've seen bands play in all sorts of random places...from the insides of cabs, in boiler rooms, on odd-colored couches, on the tops of buildings, and so on and so forth. But I've personally never seen a band play at the edge of the Grand Canyon. Enter LMB fave The Barr Brothers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT5cFJTFA50 The...
Man, the live music tech scene has really picked up over the last few weeks. First, Thrillcall launched a mobile app that adds last-minute ticketing offers to its concert database service. Next, Google added concert info to their artist search results. Then, Setlist.fm got bought by Live Nation. A day later, Superglued also got acquired. And the day after...
Baltimore's untz-tastic electronic music fest, the Starscape Festival, just released their full 2012 lineup over on their Facebook page, This year's "Garden of Eden" event includes Conspirator, Flux Pavilion, Ghostland Observatory, Mimosa, Wolfgang Gartner, and Beats Antique, as well as a bunch of other DJs and bands playing live dance music. Starscape 2012 takes place on Saturday, June...
One day after we saw Live Nation buy setlist wiki site Setlist.fm, we've got another -- albeit smaller -- acquisition in the Live Music Tech space. Complex Media, an "online network for 20-something men," has acquired the concert-focused social site Superglued. Though decidedly smaller and scrappier than similar sites like Songkick, Thrillcall, Bandsintown and Jambase, Superglued always focused much...
  We've now got another interesting Live Nation acquisition The concert industry behemoth has just acquired the setlist wiki site Setlist.fm. Although most fans in the jam world have grown accustomed to being able to easily search and find a setlist for most of their favorite bands' shows, for other bands with less concert-centric fanatics, there really wasn't any kind...
The Beale Street Music Festival returns to Memphis this May for its 36th annual run. This year's lineup is as eclectic as always, with headliners including Jane's Addiction, My Morning Jacket, Florence + The Machine, Wiz Khalifa, Evanescence, Primus, and Girl Talk, among many others across the genre spectrum. The festival takes place May 4-6 at Tom Lee Park...
photo by janina_b Hot off of their North American tour debut in Miami, Radiohead has expanded their tour to a second North American leg in May and June, including cities throughout the East and Midwest. Radiohead 2012 U.S. Tour Dates: 03/05 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center w/ Other Lives 03/07 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center w/ Other Lives 03/09...
Last night, I found myself back at Brooklyn Bowl, and since it's the first week of March, that can mean only one thing: Bowlive! Soulive's annual residency at Brooklyn Bowl -- now in its third year -- kicked off this week with some great shows all around. Thanks to a photo pass hook-up from our friends at Calabro Music,...
One of our fav amateur concert videographers (mkdevo) was on hand for night one of Bowlive III and pieced together a nice playlist of Soulive with guests John Scofield and Luther Dickinson. Check it out: In case you missed it, the entire 10-night Bowlive III residency is being livestreamed as a premium webcast via iClips and is also...
ScottyB just hipped us to this new festival from Superfly that they're calling The Great GoogaMooga (oh Superfly! You and your silly festival names!). The event is being billed as "A Theme Park of Food and Drink," and will bring tons of food, beer, and wine, along with at least a dozen bands to Brooklyn's Prospect Park. This sounds...
I caught this quiet Google Search announcement the other day and I finally got a chance to mention it here: Google has officially added links for upcoming concerts to search results for bands and musical artists. While this may seem like a pretty small change, anything that Google does to edit their search results ends up being a big deal...
The Newport Folk Festival has announced their 2012 lineup, with My Morning Jacket and Jackson Browne heading up the top of the two-day lineup, along with Iron & Wine, Conor Oberst, Arlo Guthrie, Deer Tick, Dawes, tUnE-yArDs, The Head and the Heart, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Morello, Sharon Van Etten, and New Multitudes, a new group consisting...
As we previously reported, My Morning Jacket will serve as both curator and headliner of the 10th annual Forecastle Festival, which takes place July 13-15th at Waterfront Park in Louisville, Kentucky. Per this morning's fresh announcement, MMJ will now be officially joined by Wilco, Andrew Bird, Bassnectar, Dr. Dog, Girl Talk, Sleigh Bells, Beach House, Flying Lotus, among many...
Radiohead kicked off their 2012 tour last night in Miami and debuted two new tunes -- "Identikit" and "Cut A Hole" -- along with the live debut of "Meeting in the Aisle," a b-side off their Airbag/How Am I Driving? EP, from the OK Computer days. Check out the rest of the setlist below, along with some videos and a...
We've already covered Soulive's NYC residency at Brooklyn Bowl for all the NY-area locals looking for some great shows this week (and next). But if you won't be able to make it out to any (or all) of the Bowlive shows, then iClips has you covered. They've just announced that they'll be webcasting the entire 10-night residency. ...
Yesterday, I was one of many NY'ers trying to grab a pair of tickets to Kraftwerk's eight-night residency at the MoMa. Given the intimate and special performances, it was understandable that ticket demand was going to be very high, so I noted with interest that MoMa/Kraftwerk decided to go with the smaller ticketing upstart, ShowClix. Well, things didn't go...
The Governors Ball Music Festival will return to New York City this June to a new location on Randall's Island and an expanded lineup that will span across two days (June 23-24). Headliners include Beck, Passion Pit, and Modest Mouse, who will also be joined by Explosions in the Sky, Chromeo, Built to Spill, Devendra Banhart, James Murphy and...
File this under awesome. German electronic music pioneers, Kraftwerk, have announced that they'll set up shop at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City for an eight-night residency in April. Even better, they're planning to feature one of their studio albums during each night's performance, alongside plenty of visuals that are bound to be phenomenal. Here's the...
After taking most of 2011 off, Dave Matthews Band will hit the road this summer for a massive trek across North America. The band has chosen a bunch of interesting opening acts for their 40 summer dates, including The Avett Brothers, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Delta Spirit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Gary Clark...
Man, starting up a smaller festival ain't easy these days...enter the Big Up Festival. The upstate NY festival had a slightly bumpy start in 2010 but followed up with a solid 2011. And in 2012? They've officially announced a one-year hiatus for 2012 due to unforeseen circumstances. It looks like they plan to return in 2013, but taking...
Popular East Coast concert promoter, The Bowery Presents, has announced an expanded channel and presence on YouTube, promising lots of video content including concert webcasts, like the one they tested out last January with Broken Social Scene. They've partnered with Show Cobra for video production, and they'll debut their first livestream for the new channel with this Friday's sold-out...
Primus dropped into Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon last night and tore through their classic "Jerry was a Race Car Driver" off 1991's Sailing the Seas of Cheese. They also played "Lee Van Cleef" off of their new album, Green Naugahyde. Check out "Jerry was a Race Car Driver," including Claypool's chiding of Questlove: Here's "Lee Van Cleef" (via YouTube,...
Thrillcall has been in the concert listings game for a few years now with a site that's similar to the likes of Songkick, Bandsintown, and JamBase. But today, they've announced a new mobile app that will offer a twist on the concert listings game -- exclusive ticket offers via mobile to live music fans in LA and SF. ...
It's pretty remarkable to see these guys on late-night TV already (is that some sort of record?). They just jumped onto the scene last fall at CMJ and have been getting an amazing amount of hype ever since. But, there's good reason for that hype. Check out why.... (thanks to the Audioperv for this first embed) Man, does this chica have...
AEG - the world's second largest presenter of live music and entertainment events after Live Nation -- has announced that they will include a lottery system in their new "Fair AXS" ticketing operation. The goal of the lottery is to help deal with the increasingly maddening problem of ticketing bots making it difficult for fans to get tickets during...
Wilco's live performance on Austin City Limits is now available on the site for all of us to check out on our own time...so, let's do this: These guys have been so consistent on this tour behind their latest album, The Whole Love. Really good stuff. By the way, if you're at all geeky about guitar gear and you dig Nels...
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The Sasquatch Music Festival has released their 2012 lineup, and as usual, it's a doozy. Headliners included Beck, Bon Iver, Jack White, Pretty Lights, Tenacious D and The Shins, all amongst a virtual who's who of the best independent artists playing today. Sasquatch takes place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-28, 2012) at the Gorge in George, WA. Check...
The initial lineup for the 2012 Electric Forest Festival is out. Resident headliners, the String Cheese Incident, lead the lineup alongside Bassnectar, STS9, Thievery Corporation, Girl Talk, and a bunch of other big names in the jam and electronic space (and just about everything else in between). Check it out... Electric Forest Festival - Initial 2012 Lineup: The String Cheese Incident...
With their new album, Be the Void, dropping next week, Dr. Dog is out in force on the promo and touring circuit. I've already been digging some tunes off of their new record, thanks to a nice exclusive from Team Coco, and I also just came across this full live stream they did at on NPR at the...
Check out this full set by the looping violin virtuoso from a room atop England's Queen Elizabeth Hall: Sounds from a Room: Andrew Bird from Artangel on Vimeo. Man, I love how he can basically just create his own orchestra on-the-spot with the help of a couple loop pedals. Whether or not you dig his songwriting or vocals, just...
Earlier today, I posted a quick round-up of NYC area venue news, including rumors of the return of CBGBs. But it appears that was only half the story. According to Bowery Boogie, there are solid rumors of a CBGBs summer festival that's in the works for July 3-7, 2012 (complete w/ what appears to be a festival poster...
I've been seeing a bunch of updates about local NYC-area venues this week, so I thought I'd put together a little roundup. First, Gothamist is claiming to have it on good authority that the now-infamous NYC club, CBGBs, is officially due for a comeback: So, about that whole CBGBs is dead thing? It may be coming back, and soon....
The Louisville, Kentucky-based Forecastle Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary with hometown heroes My Morning Jacket headlining and curating the musical festivities. The three-day event takes place July 13 – 15, 2012, at Louisville's Waterfront Park. Check out their official announcement video, done up in MMJ's typically oddball style: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S-o291m7no&feature=youtu.be Eventually, the lineup will include over 75 additional artists, all still...
Here's another great weekend video option from the fine folks over at Austin City Limits: Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom. Watch Fleet Foxes / Joanna Newsom on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits. Man, no matter how many more times I hear it, "Helplessness Blues" is just such a powerful tune, especially hearing it...
After catching last Friday's smokin' Brooklyn Bowl show, I'm now back on a solid Brothers Past kick and couldn't pass up this week's news. The band has announced a new set of spring tour dates, adding onto their previously-announced Midwestern tour in February, along with a bunch of 2012 festival slots (including the Aura Music Festival, The Rock and...
In cased you missed it, Wilco has announced that its own three-day Solid Sound Festival will be officially taking 2012 off, but will return in 2013. The next Solid Sound Festival will take place June 21-23, 2013, at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. However, the band will still be performing a 2012 benefit show for Mass MoCa at...
Well this is a nice way to spend your Holiday. Austin City Limits has published the full video of Arcade Fire's recent performance on the show. Check it out: Watch Arcade Fire on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits. Even on TV, they're still able to put on one hell of a show.
Last night, I caught a killer Brothers Past show at Brooklyn Bowl. Unlike the last time the band played the Bowl during an epic 2010 snowstorm, BP had a huge turnout for this one. The band really stepped up their game last night, delivering a solid two-set dance throwdown for the NYC crowd. I snapped a few photos and...
The War on Drugs stopped into Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to throw down a concise but ripping version of "Baby Missiles." As has become standard, Questlove joined the band on drums. Check it out: The band also just released a new track on Souncloud, called "Don't Fear the Ghost." The new tune features a familiar drum...
It looks like one of our favorite seasons of the year -- "Festival Lineup Announcement Season" -- is officially upon us. Wakarusa has come out of the gate nice and early with their initial 2012 lineup, including Pretty Lights, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, G. Love & Special Sauce, and an acoustic trio featuring Bob Weir, Chris...
Phish just kicked off night III of their New Year's run at MSG. Justin and I are both watching along from the comforts of our own homes thanks to the official Couch Tour webcast by Nugs Net. We're tweeting updates and following along with the usual suspects. Phish: Fri, Dec 30, 2011 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY Set 1: Punch...
There's even more Couch Tour goodness for you to take advantage of this holiday season. iClips has announced that they'll be webcasting Umphrey's McGee's entire NYE run live from The Pageant in St. Louis, MO: In true Umphrey's tradition, they will serve up seven sets throughout the weekend, ringing in the new year with an all star horn section...
Remember that new NYC multi-media music event Pitchfork announced a while back for February 2012? Well, it looks like that's a no-go. Pitchfork announced today that they'll have to postpone the event: Pitchfork, The Bowery Presents, and Killscreen are postponing FORMS, the NYC-based event series we collectively created as a way to celebrate the best of music, art, games,...