“Nine Inch Nails just invited Dillinger Escape Plan onstage to play ‘Wish,'” my former partner in powerblogging Christopher R. Weingarten texted me from Trent Reznor’s maybe-quitting-the-Internet-because-of-you farewell show at Bonnaroo late Saturday night. “Check YouTube every 30 seconds!” Alas, searches for said performance on the video-sharing have turned up dry for me so far–but all is not lost, since they engaged in this little bit of collaboration in March
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A few not-really-but-possibly-related headlines regarding the Bonnaroo festival, which starts today in Manchester, Tenn.: Jimmy Buffett has been added to the Saturday docket at the last minute–even though he can’t even get the festival’s organizers to spell his name right; a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the festival’s home base for the entire weekend; and 35 pounds of mushroom-laced peanut butter cups were confiscated before they could make their way to the grounds. In related news, I am now very very hungry. [Official site] More »
I was skimming through this year’s Bonnaroo lineup as part of my usual round of cyber-stalking Neko Case, and I came upon an interesting discovery—this festival kicks ass! Although one of my friends described the layout as a desert of dust and piss, and the jam-centric lineup means stupid Phish is going to play for approximately 76 hours straight, I can pretty much get behind anything that brings together High On Fire and Janelle Monae (that isn’t made by the Hood Internet). Something this good could never happen on indie rock’s watch! Here are five reasons why the mud-caked hippies who will attend Bonnaroo are better than your sweater-clad ass!
It seems like during this springtime run-up to the summer festival season, there have been fewer lineup withdrawals from the big outdoor-music extravaganzas (with the exception of Winehouse) and more somewhat to very welcome additions. In that sunburned spirit, we present a wrapup of this week’s additions to Bonnaroo, the Pitchfork Music Festival, and the Calgary Stampede.
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Bruce Springsteen and Phish are the headlining acts for this year’s installment of the Tennessee music festival Bonnaroo, which is sporting a curiously Lollapalooza-like lineup in pockets (Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails) while also giving props to many an elder statesman (David Byrne, Al Green, Elvis Costello). Other highlights include of Montreal, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and King Sunny Adé (!). Full lineup after the jump,