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This year's MONOLITH Fest brings Justice, Devotchka, and more.

Monolith, the first-ever, multi-day, multi-stage festival held at the infamous Red Rocks in Colorado has announced their lineup for 2008 after a successful 2007 start.

The festival is put on by the same people that brought Midwest Music Summit to Indy for 7 years before moving on to Colorado and starting this larger scope festival.

Check out the lineup!

Saturday, September 13
Devotchka
Silversun Pickups
Neko Case
Vampire Weekend
Mickey Avalon
Del tha Funky Homosapien
Cut Copy
The Fratellis
Superdrag
The Kills
Holy Fuck
White Denim
The Night Marchers
A Place to Bury Strangers
The Photo Atlas
The Hood Internet
John Vanderslice
Darker My Love
Cameron McGill & What Army
Blitzen Trapper
The Presets
Pop Levi
Pwrfl Power
The Morning Benders
Boyhollow

Sunday, September 14
Justice
TV on the Radio
Band of Horses
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
CSS
The Avett Brothers
Tokyo Police Club
Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip
Akron/Family
The Bronx
Tilly and the Wall
The Heavy
The Cribs
The Ting Tings
Airborne Toxic Event
Bright Channel
Chester French
Grampall Jookabox
The Rosewood Thieves
Hearts of Palm
The Giraffes
The Elms

The fest takes place September 13 and 14, with weekend passes going for $110 and day passes going for $59.50. They go on sale May 2nd at MonolithFestival.com.

Posted by Jack Shepler // Apr 29 '08, 02:59 PM
Forecastle Festival announces final lineup

Forecastle is a music, art and activism festival held in Louisville, KY. The final lineup has been announced. Check it out!

Method Man
Disco Biscuits
Ekoostik Hookah
Tortoise
Dr. Dog
Del McCoury Band
Z-Trip
Groovatron
Gran Bel Fisher
The New Mastersounds
DJ 2nd Nature
Snowden
Extra Golden
Catfish Haven
Unwed Sailor
The Seedy Seeds
Prizzy Prizzy Please
The Photographic
Pomegranates
People Noise
Arnett Hollow
The Mighty Mudkids
Delvin & Darko of Spank Rock
Film School (mem. of pavement)
Margot and the Nuclear So and So's
The Town Criers (mem. of Fire the Saddle)
The Giving Tree Band
Backyard Tire Fire
All We Seabees
Brigid Kaelin
Code Red
Noizejoi
Cabin
Paradigm
Otis Gibbs
DJ Jackola
Josh Garrels
Jamili Brown
Morning State
DJ Jesse Jamz
Ferdinand Fox
The Perfect Jewish Couple
D.W. Box and One Long Song

For art and activism lineups, visit the Forecastle Fest lineup page.

Posted by Jack Shepler // Apr 29 '08, 02:52 PM
Bonnaroo announces initial lineup

June 12-15; I can hardly wait. Here's the initial lineup!

Pearl Jam
Metallica
Jack Johnson
Kanye West
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss featuring T Bone Burnette
Phil Lesh & Friends
My Morning Jacket
The Allman Brothers Band
The Raconteurs
Willie Nelson
Death Cab for Cutie
B.B. King
Sigur Ros
Levon Helm and the Ramble on the Road
Ben Folds
O.A.R.
The Bluegrass Allstars Feat. Luke Bulla, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Bryan Sutton
M.I.A.
Umphrey's McGee
Iron & Wine
Yonder Mountain String Band
The Swell Season
Talib Kweli
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival
Gogol Bordello
Broken Social Scene
Robert Randolph's Revival
Rilo Kiley
Mastodon
Lupe Fiasco
Against Me!
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Pat Green
Ozomatli
Tegan & Sara
Solomon Burke
Drive-By Truckers
!!!
The Avett Brothers
Israel Vibration
Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck
A Very Special Acoustic Performance by Larry Campbell, Jackie Greene, Phil Lesh & Teresa Williams
Aimee Mann
Ladytron
The Fiery Furnaces
Orchestra Baobab
Ghostland Observatory
Jose Gonzalez
Dark Star Orchestra
Minus the Bear
Donavon Frankenreiter
Lez Zeppelin
State Radio
Battles
Jakob Dylan
Two Gallants
The Sword
Vampire Weekend
Little Feat
Nicole Atkins
The Felice Brothers
Mason Jennings
MGMT
The Lee Boys
Black Kids
Serena Ryder
Steel Train
Grupo Fantasma
Back Door Slam
Bonnaroo Comedy:
Bonnaroo Late Night Chat About with David Cross
Janeane Garofalo
Zach Galifianakis
Jim Norton
Brian Posehn
Mike Birbiglia
John Mulaney
Michelle Buteau
More artists to be announced!

Posted by Jack Shepler // Feb 7 '08, 11:19 AM
Blood Brothers call it quits

Dear Friends,

After 10 years of making music as The Blood Brothers, we have made the collective decision that our time together has come to an end. We feel extremely fortunate to have spent such a deeply memorable and amazing part of our lives with each other. At this point, however, we feel it's best that our futures move forward on separate paths. We'd like to express our sincerest thanks and gratitude to all the bands we've played with, individuals who have helped us make our records, and fans who have come to our shows and picked up our music throughout the years. Your friendship, support and love hold such a profoundly special place in each of our hearts. We hope that the memories you attach to our music are as fond as those you have given us. Thank you and take care, we'll miss all of you.

Love,
The Blood Brothers

Posted by Jack Shepler // Nov 8 '07, 02:39 PM
Gorillaz D-Sides

Our cartoon puppet-ish pals Gorillaz are releasing their "D-Sides" from Demon Days on November 20th. Besides several b-sides such as "Bill Murray" and remixes like DFA, Soulwax and Junior Sanchez's sexy rework of DARE, the two disc set also features previously unreleased tracks and demos.

Tracklisting:
CD1:
1. 68 State FEEL GOOD INC. B-SIDE
2. People DARE DEMO
3. Hongkongaton DIRTY HARRY B-SIDE
4. We are Happy Landfill WEBSITE ONLY DOWNLOAD
5. Hong Kong WARCHILD
6. Highway (Under Construction) DARE B-SIDE
7. Rockit DEMO - DEMON DAYS SESSION
8. Bill Murray FEEL GOOD INC. B-SIDE
9. The Swagga DEMON DAYS LTD EDITION
10. Murdoc is God DIRTY HARRY B-SIDE
11. Spitting Out the Demons FEEL GOOD INC. B-SIDE
12. Don't Get Lost in Heaven DEMO VERSION
13. Stop the Dams KIDS WITH GUNS/EL MANANA B-SIDE

Bonus disc:
1. DARE (DFA Remix)
2. Feel Good Inc (Stanton Warriors Remix)
3. Kids With Guns (Jamie T's Turns To Monsters Mix)
4. DARE (Soulwax Remix)
5. Kids With Guns (Hot Chip Remix)
6. El Manana (Metronomy Remix)
7. DARE (Junior Sanchez Remix)
8. Dirty Harry (Schtung Chinese New Years Remix)
9. Kids With Guns (Quiet Village Remix)

Posted by Jack Shepler // Oct 22 '07, 09:36 PM
Broad Ripple Fall Music Festival

This weekend is the first ever Broad Ripple Fall Music Festival, taking place at 20 venues on the North side of Indianapolis. We're featuring over one hundred bands and DJs, as well as collecting money for multiple local nonprofit organizations.

This is the first time we've ever been apart of curating an event so large as this, so we hope you make the time to check it out! It happens all day long at bars, record stores, coffee shops and even a hostel. The cover will vary by venue, with many being free and most being $6 or under. After you pay your first cover you'll get a stamp to save $3 at the next venue! How sweet is that?

Check out the full schedule online at NUVO's website.

Posted by Jack Shepler // Oct 11 '07, 02:07 PM
Radiohead is playing with our emotions

Today Radiohead announced the pre-release of their new album, "In Rainbows", which is available only on their website, www.radiohead.com or www.inrainbows.com. Unfortunately, the site does nothing but allow us to enter.

Why do you play with my emotions guys? I just want a limited discbox set of your new record.

Apparently all tracks will be available for download for a price that the purchaser chooses. Should $0 be chosen, a small fee will be charged. This is a pretty innovative way to price your product - make it up to the purchaser. The downloads will be available on October 10.

Track listing:

15 STEP
BODYSNATCHERS
NUDE
WEIRD FISHES/ARPEGGI
ALL I NEED
FAUST ARP
RECKONER
HOUSE OF CARDS
JIGSAW FALLING INTO PLACE
VIDEOTAPE

The extra songs on the bonus CD from the Discbox are:

MK1
DOWN IS THE NEW UP
GO SLOWLY
MK2
LAST FLOWERS
UP ON THE LADDER
BANGERS AND MASH
4 MINUTE WARNING

UPDATE: Or, maybe the site is just super slow. F5 F5 F5

Posted by Jack Shepler // Oct 1 '07, 11:23 AM
Bonnaroo day 3 -- Scentless Lips

I started off Saturday a little slow, but probably for good reason. the 2nd to last day of the festival is usually a full one.

I missed Regina Spektor, which is a bummmer, but did make it to portions of Fountains of Wayne and The Hold Steady. The Hold Steady played a great set -- even better than their stellar performance I saw last year at Pitchfork's music festival. After plenty of beer and swigs of liquor, Craig Finn couldn't proclaim enough how happy he was to end the tour at Bonnaroo and loved the crowd. He even threw us some cigarettes at the end - such a sweet gesture.

The next block of time was loaded with awesome bands -- Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Franz Ferdinand, Ween, Spoon, Keller Williams. I started out at Harper's main stage set and was glad to finally see him perform, after missing his apparently short set the evening before alongside John Paul Jones (of Led Zeppelin fame) and Ahmir Thompson of the Roots for Bonnaroo's signature Superjam performance.

I also made it to Franz Ferdinand for a while, and caught the end of Ween.

Ween is a pretty humorous band if you ask me. I must mention though that Franz Ferdinand and Fountains of Wayne simply do not fit the vibe of Bonnaroo.

With an hour to kill, my buddies and I roamed shakedown street after walking and filling our lungs with cow pasture dust. We followed the herd back in to Centeroo and got back to the What Stage just in time for The Police. For Police fans, it was a great moment to see them performing live once again. However, I couldn't help but feel like the set had no climax. The Police' groove was simply not very powerful to my ears and mostly just reminded me of what pop used to sound like.

I went back to the tent to grab my flashy light toys and got back to the Which Stage just in time to see Wayne and his spaceship. The Lips' set was as expected -- lots of balloons, lots of confetti, and members of the audience were given laser pointers to shine onto the stage, and were even asked by Wayne to shine the lights on his face.

The end of the set consisted of a lot of political talk. It is no secret that Wayne is no fan of George W. Bush and made a point to tell people how important it is for us all to unite and do something if we want change.

After the uplifting and motivating Lips' show, I rolled on down to Girl Talk, the king of laptop sampling performance. He managed to keep his clothes on and dropped some sick house and hip-hop beats, sampling songs like and closed out his set by singing a cover of Nirvana's Scentless Apprentice.

I ended the evening with Sasha & Digweed before roaming back to the tent and passing out with my contacts in.

Today is the last day -- I definitely plan on seeing Pete Yorn, Wolfmother, Wilco, Feist, Martha Wainwright, Feist, and ending my Bonnaroo 2007 experience with The White Stripes.

Boy, I surely can't wait for the 6 hour drive back!!

Posted by Jack Shepler // Jun 17 '07, 11:42 AM
Bonnaroo -- we're only getting started.

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Above: Mute Math, June 15, 2007 @ Bonnaroo Music Fest. Photo by John Shearer.

Last night I ran into friends and bounced around stages. We caught the Black Angels, Mute Math, The National, and some of Tea Leaf Green.

I've seen the National before, and they were as good as I expected... but let me tell you, every band sounds 10x better on the This, That and Other stages at Bonnaroo.

What really blew me away though was Mute Math with their electro-induced, upbeat jam style. Every song promised new elements, such as stand up bass or keytar. Their upbeat, hard drumming is some of the best I've seen ... the drummer really kicks out the jams. Hard drumming at a fast BPM. One song was basically a drum solo featuring the whole band. I can't say enough... except that thus far in my 3 years of Bonnaroo, they may very well be my favorite act.

Speaking of Mute Math... I have to see Transformers when it comes out.

After the long road here, some good music and fun times, I was ready to pass out around 1am.

Today I'm planning to catch Cold War Kids, Hot Cip, Tool, Aesop Rock and DJ Shadow for sure. If I can, I'll stop in on The Roots, The Black Keys, Tortoise, Brazilian Girls, String Cheese Incident, STS9 and the Super Jam w/ Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones, Ben Harper on guitar and Ahmir Thompson of The Roots on drums.

BTW, we never got those thunderstorms.

Posted by Jack Shepler // Jun 15 '07, 12:33 PM
Bonnaroo -- First check in.

Well, here's update #1 from Manchester, Tennessee, the site of Bonnaroo.

After leaving Indianapolis around midnight last night, we parked and slept at the hotel where will call is located. Fortunately we got in there a little before they opened, which was set for 10am, although we mistakenly got in the wrong line at first and had to go to the proper one, which was much shorter but also way slower.

After much waiting around, we were pumped to get to Bonnaroo and set up camp. We tried to get a spot with shade, but were asked to move... Woops! Guess that's not allowed.

After a very short nap, we're checking out the press trailer and circling our favorite bands. I know I'd like to see Mute Math and The National for sure.

I hear we might get thunderstorms here tonight, but I'm kinda doubting that.

On that note, it's f#^king hot!

Posted by Jack Shepler // Jun 14 '07, 04:01 PM
Video of the Day: The Shins - Pink Bullets
STEAL THESE SONGS!



The Comas
Destroyer
Foam Hands


Jackola
Funk Rx


Chrisopher Blue
Good Time Baby (live @ KEXP)


Bodies of Water
I Guess I'll Forget the Sound, I Guess, I Guess


The New Pornographers
My Rights Versus Yours








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