Friday, January 30, 2009

Coachella Finally Releases Lineup

The first big music festival of the 2009 concert season, Coachella, has finally released their artist lineup, after putting it off for several days.

Early this morning, they revealed their day-by-day lineup, which includes headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure, who will be closing out the festival on Sunday, April 19.

Fans should also be happy with two other big names: the more-recently reunited, My Bloody Valentine, who were a heavily speculated rumor last year, as well as Morrissey, although everyone keeps hoping for that Smiths reunion that will probably never happen.

Other big names include Franz Ferdinand, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the messed up Amy Winehouse. And look, they even got Leonard Cohen to come out for the festival this year. That's cool.

The lineup goes on to feature a plethora of young buzz bands, as well as some vets of the music biz including Paul Weller, Henry Rollins, Perry Farrell and Public Enemy.

Some of my personal favorites include TV on the Radio, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Conor Oberst, The Hold Steady, Dr. Dog, Ryan Bingham and the Gaslight Anthem. However, I won't be attending the festival, as I never have, simply because of the location and travel expenses.

The festival returns April 17-April 19, at the Empire Polo Club Field, located in the desert of Indio, California. For all the information you need, regarding tickets and travel packages, check out

Monday, January 26, 2009

I'm Still Here...

Hey everybody. I'm still alive, although my computer's broke. The hard drive crashed and I need a new modem. I'm stuck with using the internet at the library. It sucks bad.

What I've been doing:

I had applied to NKU and was going to go back to school for a degree in Journalism. That's on hold because of my current work situation. I swear, it's like every job I've had over the past several years somewhat forces me into this "stay here and work, forget school" thing. My bosses just don't come out and say exactly that. Everytime I've wanted to go back to school, I somehow get stuck into just working. No more. Screw that! So I guess I'm looking at next fall, which, I guess I can wait even though I don't want to. That'll give me some time to save some money and think a little bit harder about wanting to be a music writer one day.

Bonnaroo 2009 Updates:

As you may already know (the few people who read my blog, that is), you may know that I'm one of the thousands of obsessed Bonnaroo fans. Although I've only been to the festival twice (2005 and 2007), Bonnaroo is something that is on my mind every day of every year, since I first experienced those four days of heaven on earth four years ago.

I always have a plan to attend every year, even though I don't and haven't, basically due to my financial situation at that time of year. I'm in for 2009 though. So I'm looking at a "Bonnaroo-every other year" plan.

Another way of putting what Bonnaroo means to me in lamens terms:

I have found out about hundreds of bands over the past several years that I now know and love. Although it started as a jamband festival, it has become much, much more diverse than some might think. All types of music from Americana, Blues, Country, Dance, Jazz, Metal, Pop, Soul and World. I have found that the easiest way to discover hundreds of bands in a short time, is by the ever-popular music festival. Sure, I could've discovered these bands through festivals like South By Southwest, Coachella, Lollapalooza or Austin City Limits (and I have in some way as well) but here's another way of summing it up:

Bonnaroo is the ultimate music festival for passionate music lovers because they have music that runs all day and all night...literally. All these other festivals have curfews because of city laws. Bonnaroo is a big ass farm that transforms into a city in just one day. Although Bonnaroo gets a bad rep for some of the "illegal" things that may go on, you don't have to participate in those things. Those things happen at festivals and concerts across the world. At Bonnaroo, you WILL find bands still playing when the sun comes up the next day. I'm an obsessed, passionate music lover and when you have over 60 hours of live music in a four day period, I'm sorry, but no other festival can compete with that.

So, onto the Bonnaroo 2009 Updates and Confirmations:

Someone with a reliable source on Inforoo has come out and said that Bruce Springsteen will be headlining. It just has to be announced sometime after the Super Bowl. And when the does the 2009 lineup come out? - a couple days after the Super Bowl. The Boss has been rumored for months now, and it appears that this rumor will become fact.

Other confirmations:

Expect long, latenight running sets from DJ Paul Oakenfold, one of the best at what he does, as well as Spiritualized.

Brett Dennen, The Knux, Portugal. the Man, Robert Earl Keen, The Lee Boys, the Zac Brown Band, Jessie Baylin, Keisha Jackson, Sarah Siskind and ccome have also been confirmed.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

2009 Phish Reunion Tour

Phish announced some upcoming tourdates for the month of June, and oddly enough, they have an extended break, which happens to fall during the period of their rumored two-show Bonnaroo appearance this everyone is assuming, that, yes, PHISH WILL BE AT BONNAROO 2009!!! Although I've believed the rumor all along...

Monday, January 5, 2009

My Picks: Top Five Bands of 2008

5. TV on the Radio

4. Kings of Leon

3. The Hold Steady

2. Ryan Adams & the Cardinals

Band of the Year:

- MMJ has been climbing the ranks for the past several years, but 2008 was a year in which they became Kings of the world.