Holy smokes! Tell Wayne and Garth that Delaware will be cool, for at least a weekend. Yesterday the folks at Firefly Music Festival announced their lineup for 2014. Now 4 days in the woods of Dover, they have packed the stages with all the best things.
I went last year and was blown away. There is something special about standing in a field with that much music. It’s rustic and beautiful, powerful and serene.
This year’s affair is headlined by the reunited Outkast, which is cooler than cool…it’s in fact…ice cold. Alright? Alright alright alright alright.
Also along for the ride are the Foo Fighters, Weezer, Arctic Monkeys, and Jack Johnson. The rest is an amazing list of my favorite bands, singers, and rappers. Lookie’ here!
• A Great Big World
• The Airborne Toxic Event
• American Authors
• Amos Lee
• Andrew Belle
• Arctic Monkeys
• Asaf Avidan
• Bad Things
• Band Of Horses
• Basic Vacation
• Breach The Summit
• Bronze Radio Return
• Cage The Elephant
• Cash Cash
• Chance The Rapper
• Childish Gambino
• Christian Porter
• City And Colour
• Courtney Barnett
• Dan Croll
• Foo Fighters
• Gemini Club
• Girl Talk
• Gregory Alan Isakov
• Hey Rosetta!
• High Highs
• Hunter Hunted
• Imagine Dragons
• Iron & Wine
• Jack Johnson
• Jake Bugg
• John & Jacob
• Kaiser Chiefs
• Little Comets
• Little Daylight
• Local Natives
• Magic Man
• Martin Garrix
• Mean Lady
• MS MR
• New Politics
• New Sweden
• Pigpen Theatre Co
• Portugal. The Man
• Pretty Lights
• Royal Teeth
• Saints Of Valory
• San Fermin
• Shakey Graves
• Sir Sly
• Sky Ferreira
• Sleeper Agent
• Sleigh Bells
• Son Lux
• Step Rockets
• Stop Light Observations
• Tegan And Sara
• The Ceremonies
• The Colourist
• The Lumineers
• The Mowgli’s
• The Weeks
• The White Panda
• The Wild Feathers
• Third Eye Blind
• Twenty One Pilots
• Unlikely Candidates
• Vance Joy
• Vic Mensa
• Walk Off The Earth
• Washed Out
• White Denim
• Wild Child
• Wild Cub
• X Ambassadors
• Young The Giant
• Ziggy Marley
Good grief! Having trouble breathing. I want to collect some thoughts and talk some more with you about this. Tickets on sale Monday. If you have room in your tent or on your floor, perhaps we should become better friends.
By now you are done sweating out Fireball and pricing out gym memberships, so it’s time to see what January has in store for your ears. Nice and easy this month, easing you into a new year. Think Keith Sweat rather than R. Kelly.
Some releases worth marking on the calendar..
January 7, 2014:
- Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Wig Out at Jagbags
January 14, 2014:
- Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
- Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread
- Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want
January 21, 2014:
- Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
- Young the Giant – Mind Over Matter
January 28, 2014:
- The Districts – The Districts [EP]
- The Gaslight Anthem – The B-Sides
- Quilt – Held in Splendor
Good grief! A new batch of tunes from Malkmus, more songs to sit through while you wait for Rosalita from Bruuuuce, an anxiously awaited post-op set from Against Me!, and anything that has the words “Gaslight Anthem” attached to it make for an exciting start to the year.
It’s been a crazy good year for music, but it’s grinded to a halt recently. Unless you are into One Direction or Barbara Streisand, there’s not a lot to capture your ears this week.
So on weeks like this, I start to look around at things I may of missed along the way. As I often do, I found something so fantastic that makes me wonder how I missed this in the first place.
It’s impossible to hear everything, but it’s a struggle worth fighting. I sometimes kick myself when there’s a band or artist that passed me by, but the simple truth is we will never be able to experience it all.
Linda Holmes of NPR lends me some comfort though and this is what I try to remember in times like these:
It’s sad, but it’s also … great, really. Imagine if you’d seen everything good, or if you knew about everything good. Imagine if you really got to all the recordings and books and movies you’re “supposed to see.” Imagine you got through everybody’s list, until everything you hadn’t read didn’t really need reading. That would imply that all the cultural value the world has managed to produce since a glob of primordial ooze first picked up a violin is so tiny and insignificant that a single human being can gobble all of it in one lifetime. That would make us failures, I think.
If “well-read” means “not missing anything,” then nobody has a chance. If “well-read” means “making a genuine effort to explore thoughtfully,” then yes, we can all be well-read. But what we’ve seen is always going to be a very small cup dipped out of a very big ocean, and turning your back on the ocean to stare into the cup can’t change that.
With so much music in the world it’s easy for things to fall through the cracks, and for me Mikhael Paskalev is the change between the cushions.
From Mom+Pop Records, the 26 year old out of Norway became a sensation in 2012 in corners of the world I don’t frequent, but he Paul Simonesque crooning mixed with a little Brett Dennon, rockabilly sensibility, and disco-cowboy swagger is infectious and I have fallen in love with his “Jive Babe EP“.
The EP dropped in June. If it’s new to you give it a spin, and if you are looking up from a Natty Bo’ and thinking “Paskalev is OVER!” then I suggest you try it on one more time.
From a showbiz family on the Lower East Side, to the Grammys, and everywhere in between. Emily King has done some living in her 28 years.
Her journey brings the Grammy Nominated singer to the North Star Bar on Thursday night. First she took a few minutes to talk about the tour, what she’s listening to, and why she’s her own roadie.
Check out the interview below, and grab tickets to the show here.
Ya hey! Ya hey! Ya hey! By Sunday night at 9:05pm as we sing these words in chorus and remark about the drunk girl on the grass, we will be sun-scorched and hoarse from a weekend at Firefly Music Festival in the DE.
The Lumineers have cancelled due to illness, but Sunday still closes strong with Passion Pit and Vampire Weekend…who have the album of the year in my mind. Sorry Yeezus. Plus, they let Foster The People close out so you have time to get to your car.
Beyond my own personal favorites, there is something for everyone. Tom Petty for Dad, Calvin Harris for Sis, and Red Hot Chili Peppers for Brah. Not to knock any of them, I too have “found love in a hopeless place” and still turn “American Girl” up to 11. However the real treat of this weekend is a few emerging bands that are worth your time. Here are five standouts that you should wait to get a beer until after. Who knows, you might fall in love with something new.
Kishi Bashi – Sun @ 3:30pm
I’m not sure how this beautiful dreamy layered world pop plays at a Speedway in Dover, but I want to find out. Dust off your DMB-white-kid dance for “Bright Whites” and hold her a touch closer if he plays “Manchester”
Dragonette – Fri @ 8:30pm
Canadian Electro-Pop? IN! There’s something really fun about this album. It’s dance without pretension and mostly, if not entirely void of Wahhhhhh BRAWAWAWAWA. Ya know? There’s something 90’s and light to it which makes for a perfect summer night.
CHVRCHES – Sat @ 5:45pm
Buzz, buzz, buzz. Lots of music blogs have jumped on this band. They played Fallon for their US TV debut this week. “Recover” hasn’t gotten out of my head yet, and “The Mother We Share” has already started to work its way in there. Does all of this mean nothing to you? Then see them Saturday so you have something to say when the mousey girl with the dream catcher tattoo talks about the album in September. Start here.
Kopecky Family Band – Sat @ 12:15pm
You know these guys. “I-I-I could do for youuuuu”. Not really a family, really a band. A damn fine band. Big guitars and a car full of other instruments. It’s music that intertwines. Thumps your chest and then lulls you into a sway. I can’t wait to see them outside. Get to know these folks, they sold out last time in town and will be around for a while.
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – Sun @ 7:15pm
I missed “Theatre Is Evil” when it came out last year, and for the most part ignored The Dresden Dolls for years. HOLY F!#$K was I wrong. Rarely, have I been more wrong. Palmer is weird and beautiful, dripping with emotion of gut-wrenching sorrow and seam-busting aggression, all served with a side of snark and sincerity. Yep, all in one place. Dresden Dolls fans, this is nothing new for you. See her!
There’s so so much more. If you’re going please let me know! See you in the DE.
This weekend was the Popped Music Festival. Originally scheduled to be an outdoor adventure at FDR Park, but moved indoors at the Liacouras Center to avoid a Noah’s Ark situation.
One of the bands playing the first night was Cage The Elephant. Lead singer Matt Shultz takes over the stage in thrilling fashion. Overcome by the music and thrusting himself onto (and sometimes into) the crowd. Yet before the show he’s much more reserved. Yet even with his quiet easy demeanor we managed to discuss murder and underwear.
Matt Shultz – Cage The Elephant
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