[New] The Strokes | “Macchu Picchu” & “Taken For A Fool”

It’s been 5 years since The Strokes have released an album, so it’s no surprise to say that their upcoming release, Angles, is one of the most anticipated albums of the year. Alright, so I may have toned that down a bit, because people are freaking the eff out over this. The Strokes are headlining festivals all over the country (Bonnaroo, Coachella and South By Southwest) and every song leaked spreads like wild fire across the music blogosphere.

Both of these tracks will appear on Angles, and they’re both what you’d expect from The Strokes, great indie-rock.

The Strokes | “Macchu Picchu”[mp3]

The Strokes | “Taken For A Fool” [mp3]

Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup!

 

Coachella 2011 Line-up!

You can tell the festival season is starting back up when Coachella announces their line up. And we have to admit, with the exception of Kings of Leon as a headliner (oh, and the fact that Duran Duran is even allowed to perform still), the rest of the line up is pretty good. Arcade Fire, Kanye West, The Strokes, Robyn, Wiz Khalifa, Cee Lo Green, Chromeo. It’s almost like we got to put it together!

This is only the first announcement, there are sure to be additions and changes up until the festival kicks off in April, so keep checking in!

ACL Schedule Clashes

It’s that time of year…Austin City Limits Festival it’s tomorrow.  Hopefully it won’t rain again. We wanted to give you a few suggestions for what musicians to make a point to see.  Considering there are a ton of musicians butting heads each day, here are a few of our tid bits and picks that may help you decide which one to see when schedules clash.

Day 1

Miike Snow vs Girls

Miike Snow. These guys perform with crazy masks and cast laser beams in sync with their super dancey tracks.  If you wanna rock out and have a late afternoon dance party then definitely check these dudes out.  They will also be performing at an Official ACL Afterparty at The Belmont Friday night, for more info check the Facebook event page.

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The Sword vs Beach House

Don’t get me wrong, The Sword are an insanely awesome rock band, but if you’ve never seen Beach House you should check them out.  They may have blown up really fast during SXSW, but this chick’s voice is really mesmerizing and it will serve as a nice chill out period during the festival.  I mean, check out their performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, so good.

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The Strokes vs Phish

Two words. Julian Casablancas. The Strokes are definitely a band you must see during your lifetime, even if they did piss a ton of people off charging $60 at Stubb’s for their official pre-show.  Save your money and snatch a spot on the fest grounds.  If you like to jam out like BC does, sway on over to Phish, as they are known to bring some pretty cool people on stage with them. (Bruce took the stage with them at Bonnaroo ’08). They’re pre-show is SOLD OUT but here’s the info if you are going to try and crash it Festival Crashers style.

 

Other must sees: The Kicks, The Black Keys, Spoon

Day 2

Mayer Hawthorne vs Black Lips

We have a thing for this neo-soul biznazz, so we definitely think you should check out Mayer Hawthorne, especially to catch our fav song ‘You’re Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’. He is soulful and playful, and will definitely get you dancing and swaying.  THEN hop on over to Black Lips because they are bad ass too.

Gogol Bordello vs LCD Soundsystem

Why’d they do this?! You HAVE to see both. Split your time. Gogol Bordello puts on a wild, gypsy-lovin’, sweaty performance that will make you hold your beer high in the air and wrap your sunscreen covered arms around your buddies and sway side to side. LCD Soundsystem won’t cut you a break either, and will make you toss your backpacks in a pile so you can dance your ass off.  We spoke with some friends, and we predict that LCD crew will be hoppin’ over to an afterparty that night…so keep your eyes and ears peeled.


M.I.A. vs Muse

This is another hard one. Muse blew ACL showgoers away in ’07 with their wild light show after filling in for White Stripes, so if you haven’t seen them…head over that way. HOWEVER they did just play during SXSW, so if you wanna get your lady rapper fill, check out miss M.I.A. and bust out your guns (like, motion with your fingers, ACL won’t let you bring real ones in silly).

Other must sees: Lissie, Lucero, Dan Black, Matt & Kim, Deadmau5

Day 3

Ted Leo vs White Rabbits

Duh, we are huge Ted Leo fans, and you should be too.  He’s extremely charming and talks a lot during his set, but evens it out with their amazing set.  He’s not doing press interviews and what not, which strikes us as being odd since he is a chatterbox.

We’ve seen them multiple times, and are definitely checking out the aftershow at Red 7 on Saturday.

 

Yeasayer vs Robert Earl Keen

The last time Yeasayer came to town was their back to back shows in Austin that sold out quick.  They are known for their powerful live sets and sounding amazing and true to their albums.  REK plays like, every year, and at like every country livestock show.  He’s cool, but go see Yeasayer no doubt. Their high quality singles and solid performance will surely put a smile on your face.

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The Flaming Lips vs Band of Horses

Two totally different bands…geez…um….you need to see The Flaming Lips front man, Wayne Coyne, float around in a giant transparent ball. Yeah. These phsychedelic rockers know how to party and put on a trippy light show.  If you have no idea what we’re talking about, you need to check out a preview of their live set.

If you are not feeling a space rock experience, mosey over to Band of Horses for more of a laid back show.  Despite their recent album Infinite Arms that was slightly dull, their past two albums are worth hearing live.

Other must sees: Warpaint, Foals, The Constellations, The National

Converse “All Summer” Campaign feat. Kid Cudi & Best Coast

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Two years ago, Converse Shoes started a summer campaign by getting Pharrell, Santigold, and The Strokes‘ front man Julian Casablancas to collaborate on a totally kick ass track, “My Drive-Thru.”

Well, Converse just released a new summer anthem with a super collaboration of Kid Cudi, indie rockers Best Coast, and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend.

“All Summer” is a little less rock than “My Drive Thru,” but the soft vocal melodies and grinding guitar bring about thoughts of the beach and summer time.

Kid Cudi, Best Coast, and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend | “All Summer” [mp3]

Converse “All Summer” Campaign feat. Kid Cudi & Best Coast

Two years ago, Converse Shoes started a summer campaign by getting Pharrell, Santigold, and The Strokes‘ front man Julian Casablancas to collaborate on a totally kick ass track, “My Drive-Thru.”

Well, Converse just released a new summer anthem with a super collaboration of Kid Cudi, indie rockers Best Coast, and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend.

“All Summer” is a little less rock than “My Drive Thru,” but the soft vocal melodies and grinding guitar bring about thoughts of the beach and summer time.

Kid Cudi, Best Coast, and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend | “All Summer” [mp3]

Official Lollapalooza 2010 Line-up

Well, after the rumors and guessing that’s been going on the last month or so about the line-up for this year’s Lollapalooza, and after a painstakingly stupid “Wheel of Fortune”-type game, the OFFICIAL line-up was announced today!

Pat Sajak says "Fuck your Lollapalooza line-up. Bow down!"

So here’s the line-up. The headliners may be bunk (or utter crap, if you ask me), but that is one of the best group of DJs you could ever get together at one time. Period.

Soundgarden (Headliner)

Green Day (Headliner)

Lady Gaga (Headliner)

Arcade Fire

The Strokes

Phoenix

Social Distortion

MGMT

Jimmy Cliff

Hot Chip

The Black Keys

The National

Spoon

DEVO

Cypress Hill

Cut Copy

The New Pornographers

Slightly Stoopid

Grizzly Bear

Gogol Bordello

Chromeo

Wolfmother

Yeasayer

X Japan

Mutemath

Metric

Dirty Projectors

AFI

Mavis Staples

Matt & Kim

The xx

Drive-By Truckers

Blues Traveler

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

The Temper Trap

Jamie Lidell

Frightened Rabbit

Fuck Buttons

Deer Tick

Blitzen Trapper

Stars

Raphael Saadiq

The Cribs

Minus The Bear

Switchfoot

The Walkmen

Mumford & Sons

Wild Beasts

Rogue Wave

Los Amigos Invisibles

The Big Pink

The Dodos

Hockey

Cymbals Eat Guitars

B.o.B.

Warpaint

The Antlers

The Soft Pack

Rebelution

Balkan Beat Box

Wavves

American Bang

The Ike Reilly Assassination

Company of Thieves

Nneka

Harlem

The Constellations

Miniature Tigers

Mimicking Birds

The Kissaway Trail

HEALTH

Javelin

The Morning Benders

Foxy Shazam

Violent Soho

Royal Bangs

Neon Trees

Freelance Whales

Semi Precious Weapons

Dan Black

The Band of Heathens

Dragonette

My Dear Disco

Shawn Fisher

Neon Hitch

Jukebox The Ghost

These United States

Mynameisjohnmichael

DJ’s

2ManyDJs

Empire of the Sun

Digitalism

Perry Farrell

Tiga

Felix Da Housecat

Rusko

Erol Alkan

Kaskade

Flosstradamus

Wolfgang Gartner

Joachim Garraud

Mexican Institute of Sound

Caspa

Peanut Butter Wolf

Dirty South

NERVO

Cut Copy (DJ Set)

Beats Antique

Steve Porter

Didi Gutman of Brazilian Girls

Ancient Astronauts

Ana Sia

Team Bayside High

Dani Deahl

FreeSol

DJ Mel

BBU

Vonnegutt

Only Children

Lance Herbstrong