Lollapalooza started back in 1991 when Perry Farrell, lead singer of fabled alternative rockers Jane’s Addiction, started planning a farewell show for the group. His idea morphed into a larger-than-life musical roadshow that would bring music, culture, and community to fans all over the continent. Farrell’s festival did it with flair, pulling together diverse acts like Nine Inch Nails andIce-T for a culture-spanning celebration the world had never seen.
Lollapalooza now calls the legendary city of Chicago home, having put down roots in the gorgeous green spaces of Grant Park in 2005. It now spans over 115 acres, multiple stages, and diverse array of 130+ artists from hip-hop, electronica, reggae, indie rock, modern roots, and many more.
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Detroit producer/DJ House Shoes comes second only to his late collaborator J Dilla as a tireless champion of the D’s contemporary hip-hop scene. He is best known for his King James Version Dilla mixtape and his hectic worldwide touring schedule, working alongside talents like Slum Village and Mayer Hawthorne. Now he presents “Sweet”, featuring emcee and fellow Detroit representative Danny Brown. “Sweet” appears on The Time, House Shoes’ new EP out now on Tres Records. The Time is a precursor to Let It Go, Shoes’ debut full-length production opus featuring OH NO, Alchemist, Roc Marciano, Moe Dirdee, Shafiq Husayn, Big Tone, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Nottz, MED, Co$$, Danny Brown, Chali 2na, FattFather, MarvWon, Black Spade, Quelle, Jimetta Rose, J1, SelfSays and Fat Albert Einstein. Let It Go drops June 19. You can download the Danny Brown track from here for free now.
Some of you may have wondered how Detroit hip-hop juggernaut Danny Brown busted his front teeth, and if you didn’t know, you would think he lost his tooth kickboxing a lesbian biker gang or in an incredibly complex sexual maneuver. Yet in the video for the Danny Brown x Party Supplies song “Grown Up”, out today on Scion AV / Fool’s Gold, mini Danny Brown will tell it like it is. Someone on Twitter claimed this was the cutest video they have ever seen. Sure, being a young punk is fun, but what happens when the training wheels come off? It’s directed by Greg Brunkalla, and you can also listen on Spotify or buy the track digitally.
Austin based metal rockers The Sword have just made an important announcement. After their appearance at Metallica’s Orion Music & More Festival on June 23rd in Atlantic City, NJ, The Sword will begin recording their fourth album and first for their new label partners Razor & Tie. The album, to be entitled Apocryphon, will be produced and engineered by J. Robbins (Clutch, Jawbox) and recorded at Magpie Cage Studios. Apocryphon is scheduled for an early fall release. Recording is set to begin on June 25th. The album will feature cover art by famed comic book artist J.H. Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea). The guys will commence a worldwide tour in support of Apocryphon in October.
Exploding with thunderous beats and crunching power chords, IAMDYNAMITE have established themselves as a two-piece rock and roll force to be reckoned with. Armed with a single guitar, a basic drum kit and locked-in harmonies, the energy from the duo burns through speakers and electrifies from the stage whenever IAMDYNAMITE unleash their unprecedented brand of noise. Upcoming tour dates are listed below.
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German DJ, producer and EDM impresario, Zedd, is excited to announce the release of his new single, “Spectrum,” featuring Matthew Koma, today, June 4th, via iTunes, Beatport, and all digital retail and streaming services worldwide. ”Spectrum,” the first single from Zedd’s upcoming fall debut LP for Interscope Records, has already garnered massive global attention, becoming the top track on Soundcloud within 24 hours of being posted.
Drawing from a diverse musical background spanning from classical to post-hardcore/metal to electro house, Zedd has made waves with a series of well-received remixes of tracks by The Black Eyed Peas, Fatboy Slim, Lady Gaga and Skrillex (who went on to release 3 singles on his OWSLA imprint). Last year, his remixes of Gaga’s “Born This Way” and “Marry the Night” appeared on the deluxe edition of the superstar’s latest album Born This Way. In addition to his reworkings of others’ songs, Zedd has had other electro heavyweights take their turn at his tracks, including the recent remix of “Shave It” by EDM legend Kaskade.
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Back in the day, when this place was crawling with forums and chats about random acts of music, we used to poll ourselves to see which release by an artist not only set them atop of the industry but stapled them in as musical gods.
Having been a group for over 25 years, Jane’s Addiction recently just completed a tour of North America. This time it was in support of their newest release, last year’s The Great Escape Artist. They have always struggled to stay together, and have had a somewhat tumultuous journey through their career. This current lineup features all original members, sans bassist Eric Avery. I had a chance to see them on this tour (live show review coming soon), and they were really very impressive.
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One of our favorite up and coming artists is New York’s Blood Orange. Currently having just completed a tour opening for Florence+The Machine, he found some time to shoot this new short film. This music video, with the same director ( Abteen Bagheri ) as A$AP Rocky’s “Peso”, made its debut last week. This is still a very underrated artist who will most likely gain more and more attention soon, and rightfully so.
Just last week, Yeasayer confirmed that their new record, Fragrant World, will be out August 21 via Secretly Canadian. The band has now added a North American tour in support of the record for August, September, and November, in addition to their previously announced June dates. Check out Yeasayer’s tour schedule, via Pitchfork:
America’s favorite rock/blues duo The Black Keys are back in the news. After playing Coachella and touring in support of 2011′s El Camino, they have just released a brand new music video. Yes, there was already a video for “Gold On The Ceiling”. But why settle for just one? This newest installment is directed by indie film maker extraordinaire Harmony Korine, of Trash Humpers’ fame. Watch it below. The guys are also set to take the stage to perform this song at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards on June 3 .
The Australian artist with the #1 song in America is finally set to tour America. Having only made appearances at Coachella and SNL so far, Gotye‘s tour is one of the most highly anticipated tours of recent memory. The dates are listed below, along with the parody skit of “Somebody That I Used To Know”, from SNL recently.
Gotye – 2012 Tour Dates