If you’re going to be in LA this Sunday and you’re cultured, check out what promises to be an amazing tribute to 70s soul. Names that pop out: Miguel-Atwood Ferguson, Seu Jorge, Questlove. Someone tell Andrew Lojero that New York needs some hot buttered soul in between Bieber concerts.
Jay-Z just christened a billion dollar plus arena with 8 consecutive sold out shows.. in Brooklyn, NY. Re-read that and let that marinate. At this point Jay-Z can pull a Wayne Newton and just perform there as his exclusive home, I’m not even sure Brooklyn Nets fan would mind. I’ve been slightly salty that I didn’t plan better on making it out there and witnessing this historic run. I debated the latter half of this week of just taking a train up to NYC and yolo-ing out. That saltiness was watered down greatly with news that Hov’s home on the internets, Life + Times will be live streaming the closing show of his run, tonight at 9:30pm. Consider your Saturday night agenda set.
If you are really about that streaming life, Virgin Free Fest is also streaming, with Santigold, Alabama Shakes, Nas (at 6:20pm), M83, Jack White & Skrillex (amongst others) at this very moment over here.
Lincoln Hall was filled to the brim with excited fans this past Sunday as every sunburnt kid with a penchant for indie rock trekked it to the north side of Chicago to catch Tanlines’ exclusive Pitchfork after show ($7 with a Pitchfork wristband… basically a no-brainer). Tanlines released their first full length album in March of this past year, titled Mixed Emotions, to rave reviews that have built them a pretty serious following. They took the stage with Rain Delay after an ambient introduction comprised of wind chimes (which also served as transition from song to song, something I would normally think of as being cheesy but totally worked in this situation since both Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm seem pretty authentic as far as musicians go). Filling the transitions with funny anecdotes about their short stay in Chicago (buying scalped tickets to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, welcome to Chicago…) they moved on to play most songs from Mixed Emotions as well as a few previous tracks from EPs and one brand new song that was received well by the crowd. My personal favorite song of the night was All of Me that just sounded so perfect live mostly due to Jesse Cohen’s performance on his impressive set up of drum kit, MacBook Pro, and keyboard.
Honestly, I couldn’t have been more impressed by Tanlines’ live performance. They’re a band I’ve wanted to see live for a while and Lincoln Hall was the perfect place for them to play. Somewhat intimate and filled with fans that truly wanted to be there set the perfect environment. My only complaint is that they didn’t play my personal favorite track off of Mixed Emotions: Abby. I really expected this to be their encore, I even loitered for an awkwardly long time to make sure they weren’t coming back out on stage to play it or even any sort of encore. That being said, I would see them again in a heartbeat and owe it to them for giving me one of the best nights I’ve had all summer.
**If you haven’t listened to Tanlines yet… just do it:
It’sthattimeagain where ML frantically packs for the voyage to a farm an hour outside of Nashville. It’s where 100,000 or so attendees get their faces and ears melted off from 4 days of music, comedy, and film.
If you aren’t fortunate enough to make it to Manchester, TN, Youtube has got you covered this year again on the Bonnaroo Channel (click for schedule & more info).
Each year just going through the schedule seems like a daunting task, ML is here to help where we share some of our picks. Check them out after the jump. When you aren’t checking out acts, take a moment to check out the food trucks area, which has stepped up its game for 2012.
On last years preview we mentioned our essential/minimalist packing list, this year we’d like to make one addition: Emergen-C packets/Vitamin C.
One huge thing of note is The Brothers Rosenthal aka Its The Real are like the official interview dudes for the festival.. and they are even performing live their upcoming mixtape (!!) Urbane Outfitters. (Check the preview here).
No joke, I nearly had an anxiety attack when I saw this on the Coachella stream an hour ago.
After some digging around, I’m led to believe that a company named Musion created this mind boggling “performance” of 2pac. A bunch of “news” sources quoted Deutsche Telekom as the creator, but my guy Victor pointed out to me Deutsche Telekom is german for T-Mobile. After some more researching, DT just sponsored Musion to create a Mariah Carey concert this past Christmas, they don’t make the holographic technology. Hope that clears up some confusion. I hope some tech blog or wired can do a detailed piece on the entire thing, though.
The entire stream schedule can be seen on the Coachella youtube page, which starts streaming at 3:25 PM PT today. Also, can we talk about A$AP Rocky headlining a tent after being on the scene for like a year? Impressive.
Edit 4/15: Confirmed Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg’s set will be streaming.
Yo! I have a flight to catch in about 4 hours, yours trulyis goingback toSXSW. I’m currently shaking with anxiety, as there is so much to do so much to see, that I have oodles of content from last years SXSW that I never got to share with y’all (stay tuned I’ll probably crack open the vault real soon).
Incase you are curious are/or going to be down there, here are some showcases that caught my eye/people forwarded to me:
American Express has cut a fat check to live stream Jay-Z performing songs live from the famed Austin City Limits. Hov will perform songs as selected by twitter (HOLA HOVITO, PLEASE!!). I’ve watched a few Hov streams in my internet life time, and all of them have been pretty noteworthy (and a lot of rappers can take note). Lastly, you’ll be able to watch the show from a choice of 3 different camera perspectives.
Catch DMX’s sure to be intriguing “Return to NYC” from the safety of your laptop where the pitbulls that X might decide to release can’t pounce on you. The livestream can be accessed at 9PM EST via the EVR website as well as the EVR mobile app (free for all iPhone and Droid users).
DMX also released his brand new single I Don’t Dance today, check it here.