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CMJ 2012 Lineup To Be Announced Tonight!

CMJ 2012

Everyone loves a good summer party, so CMJ is throwing one to celebrate the announcement of our initial artist line-up for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon. Get off the beach and brush the sand from your toes, as the event will take place at the Mercury Lounge on Tuesday, August 21 from 6-9PM.

The party is presented along with Champion, the official apparel sponsor of CMJ Music Marathon 2012. It will feature two live performances, including Brooklyn synth-pop duo Tanlines, who will follow up their appearance at the 2011 Music Marathon. Tanlines will be joined by Sinkane, the psychedelic solo project of Ahmed Gallab, who has played drums/percussion for a variety of bands including Of Montreal, Yeasayer, and Caribou.

…Anyone wondering what they should wear is in luck—winners of our giveaway will get two Champion official CMJ 2012 T-shirts, which have been created for CMJ by designer and Les Savy Fav frontman, Tim Harrington.

Don’t fret if you’re unable to attend, as we will post the full list of artists appearing at CMJ Music Marathon the day after the party. []

So tonight (Aug 21) will be the first wave of CMJ music announcements, but if history is any indicator, there more will be more to come. They have already made two rounds of panel announcements for this year’s conference.

S.S. Coachella Launching In December

S.S. Coachella (Dec 16-19, Dec 19-23)
S.S. Coachella

Reflecting a growing trend of youth-focused music cruises, Coachella will introduce the S.S. Coachella in December, with two trips through the Caribbean featuring Pulp, Hot Chip, Girl Talk, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and about 15 other acts.

Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles concert promoter behind Coachella, resisted jumping on the bandwagon until it found what Paul Tollett, its president, described as the perfect vessel: the Celebrity Silhouette, a 1,000-foot, 122,000-ton ship with room for 2,800 fans, cabana-style alcoves and a small theater that Mr. Tollett called a “mini Royal Albert Hall.”

Both voyages leave from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with a three-day tour going to the Bahamas on Dec. 16 and a four-day journey to Jamaica starting on Dec. 19. For fans willing to pile four to a cabin — the closest thing to camping when it comes to high-seas travel — prices start at $500 a person, and there are nine other price levels, going up to $9,000 a person for a “sky suite” with veranda.

Prices include lodging, food and entertainment, but not transportation to Florida or bar tabs. []

Sasquatch! Is Happening Now, A Festival Pre-Interview with Drake

Modest Mouse at Sasquatch! 2011
Sasquatch 2011
Photo: Drake Lelane (more)

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, so that can mean only one thing, it’s time for me to use the same joke again. That’s right folks, it’s time for Sasquatch! Just like last year, Sasquatch! Music Festival has been extended from Friday through Monday (May 25–28), and also just like last year (and the past few years), the festival sold out quickly. Once again, Sr. West Coast Festival Reporter Drake Lelane will be covering this year’s festivities “live” from the Gorge in George; he was kind enough to give us this festival pre-interview below.

What number Sasquatch is this for you? Can you name some of your favorite sets over the years and/or most pleasant surprises?

Drake: I believe this is will be my fifth (2005, 2009-12). Any list of my favorite sets over the years would have to include Glen Hansard‘s The Frames headlining the second stage in 2005, which turned out to be kind of a surprise as well, as they ended up stealing the festival from a lot of other great acts that year — which was the last year that the festival was only one day. The Wrens in 2009 was a great set as well, full of so much angst and energy from forty-somethings who’d been away for awhile. And since I’m a sucker for reunions and the nostalgia itch they scratch, the (much maligned) Pavement set from 2010 ranks up there for me, as well as last year’s Archers of Loaf set.

How did you feel about the festival adding a Friday night lineup?

Drake: Last year turned out to be fine, thanks to having Foo Fighters (who kicked some surprisingly major ass) and Death From Above 1979 anchoring the evening. This year it mostly feels pointless to me, as the bands I’d care to see all are playing before I can even get there. Last year I feared it would make the festival bloated, this year it pretty much is.

Eventhough I’ve never been there, I get the impression that the bands really love to play Sasquatch, even moreso than some of the other bigger summer festivals. Do you get that feeling too? If so, why do you think they feel that way?

Drake: Yes, bands do seem to love to play the festival and the number one reason would have to be the backdrop. Playing in front of Grand Canyon Jr. as the sun sets is a pretty spectacular feeling, I’d have to imagine.

In your opinion, what’s the most important thing to bring to Sasquatch?

Drake: Tie between a water bottle and some protein that easy to carry and eat. I bring nuts and cold fried chicken.

What advice would you give you to festival newbie?

Drake: Pick your spots in the schedule for rest, food and water and don’t skip it. Over three and a half days, it’s a marathon, so pace yourself. Many go out a little too hard on their first night and end up missing some great bands the next day in recovery.

The Great GoogaMooga FAQ

The Great Googa Mooga (May 18-20)
Googa Mooga

Hey folks, as you might recall, the inaugural Great GoogaMooga will take place this weekend in Prospect Park (May 19-20) and in case you were wondering how to make the most of your festival going experience, the promoters have sent around a list of “things to know” before you go.


**Most importantly, BRING CASH. Our vendors do not accept credit cards. You’ll find ATMs throughout the GoogaMooga grounds, but waiting for people to poke machines might be the worst use of your time at the fest.

Feel free to bring plastic water bottles, picnic blankets and soft backpacks. Please do not bring glass containers, coolers, picnic baskets and boomboxes. See our website for a full list of allowed and forbidden items. And leave your sporks and spifes at home. We’ll provide all the utensils you will (and won’t) need.

Read the rest of the Great GoogaMooga FAQ after the jump.

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Coachella 2013 Tickets Go On Presale Tomorrow

Coachella 2013 (April 12-14, 2013 / April 19-21, 2013)
Coachella 2013
Just like they did this year, Coachella will once again take place on two consecutive weekends in 2013 (April 12-14, 2013 / April 19-21, 2013). Advance tickets for next year’s festival go on sale tomorrow (Thursday, May 17, 2012) at

We are excited to announce Coachella 2013 will again be held over two consecutive weekends.
Advance passes go on sale beginning this Thursday, May 17th, 2012 10:00 am PDT through the following Thursday, May 24th, 2012 10:00 pm PDT. This advance sale will be the only opportunity to take advantage of the Coachella Purchase Plan. New for 2013, the price you see is what you pay — prices reflect all fees included. The general on sale will happen early next year.

Zola Jesus Played The FADER Fort at SXSW, Playing Guggenheim Music Series

Zola Jesus at The FADER Fort at SXSW (03/15/12)
Zola Jesus at The FADER Fort at SXSW
Photo: Chris Becker

Given her recent stint on the cover of The FADER #76, it was no big surprise that Nika Danilova (aka Zola Jesus) nabbed a prime spot at this year’s FADER Fort at SXSW. After crowd pleasing sets by Nite Jewel’s and Teengirl Fantasy, Zola closed out Day 2 at The Fort on a high note with a big-voiced, barefoot performance, which ended with her wailing on the drums. []

Zola Jesus is currently in the midst of a European tour in support of Conatus, but she’ll be back in NYC for the Divine Richochet Music Series at the Guggenheim Museum. The series begins with Grouper and Julianna Barwick on Friday, April 13, and continues with Cold Cave on Friday, April 27, and Zola Jesus on Thursday, May 10. Tickets for Zola Jesus go on sale April 17 for members and April 18 for nonmembers.

More info on the Guggenheim Music Series and more photos of Zola Jesus at The FADER Fort at SXSW after the jump.

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Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup Announced


The ‘Roo lineup is here folks, hope it’s all you thought it would be.

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival announces 2012 Lineup Featuring Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, Bon Iver, The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour, The Shins, The Avett Brothers, Skrillex, Aziz Ansari, Alice Cooper, Feist, Childish Gambino, Black Star, Tune-Yards, Bad Brains and more!

Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 18 At 12 noon EST via

See the list of currently confirmed Bonnaroo 2012 artists after the jump.

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2012 Sasquatch! Festival Lineup Announced

2012 Sasquatch! Festival (May 25-28, 2012)
Sasquatch 2012

The lineup for the 2012 Sasquatch! Music Festival (May 25-28, 2012) was announced this morning/last night with (seemingly) less fan-fare than last year. Headliners for this year’s festival include: Jack White, Beck and Bon Iver. Four day festival passes go on sale on Feb 11 at 10:00AM PST at (Get’em while you can folks, if the past is any indication, they won’t be around for long.)

View the full Sasquatch! 2012 lineup in words after the jump.

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Coachella 2012 Lineup Announced

Coachella 2012
Coachella 2012

I know you’ve been searching high and low for the Coachella 2012 lineup, and if you’re reading this, I guess you’ve finally found it (above). The “top of the bill” headliners at this year’s festival include The Black Keys (really, are they “that big” now), Radiohead (a legitimate, albeit somewhat unoriginal, festival headliner), and Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, (I understand the need to take a break from Kanye West (2011) and/or Jay-Z (2010), but Eminem, Lil Wayne, or even Drake would have been more compelling choices IMHO). It seems like the festival is a little light on superstar power this year, but at this stage in its life, the festival lineup seems more or less irrelevant to ticket buyers. In terms of supporting acts, Coachella’s depth and breadth is once again very impressive and for a real music lover there is much to enjoy. Having said all of that, I still won’t be there this year.

Technically, tickets for COACHELLA 2012 went on sale last year, but they go on sale (again) this Friday, January 13 at 10:00 AM PT. According to Pop & Hiss, three-day passes are $285, three-day with shuttle are $335, and VIP are $665.

Full Coachella 2012 lineup in words after the jump.

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