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25 Sep
2012


By Matt Arena

The 2012 summer festival season has been a great one. Though at times it may have felt more like a Jack White/The Black Keys festival tour, there were some rather pleasant surprises. The inaugural year for Firefly Festival was quite possibly the best of the summer, and the incredibly well organized (and Metallica curated) Orion Music + More Festival both prove that you don’t need to stick to any of the major mainstays to have a great weekend of music. Closing out the festival season with its second year back from hiatus was late September’s Music Midtown. Though once a popular stop on the festival circuit in the early 2000’s, it took a couple years off and resumed as a one-day test run of sorts last year. It was successful enough not only to warrant another go this year, but to spread it to two days. Booking two major headlining acts like Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters no doubt helped too. Add to that hometown and down south rap legends like T.I. and Ludacris, and it seemed impossible for Music Midtown to be anything other than a rousing success.

With a rather short first day (the first act came on at 4 pm), there wasn’t the lull that sometimes comes with the early acts. Though they do tend to be some of the most underrated ones on the bill, Music Midtown instead decided to jump headfirst into the deep end of the pool on day 1, with T.I., Avett Brothers, and Foo Fighters all crammed into one night.

Though Van Hunt and Joan Jett had each played their respective sets, the crowd didn’t really seem to ignite until T.I. took the stage. A hometown hero at this point in his career, he came out with one of his most popular (and earliest songs) ‘Rubberband Man.’ At this point the crowd had swelled to its largest size of the day, reaching as far back as the hill a mere few feet away from the entrance. Though that may be more of a statement about the size of the park itself, it was clear that T.I. was the first act of the day to have a real pull. He then went into his smash hits, ‘Whatever You Like,’ ‘What You Know,’ and ‘Live Your Life,’ which all got the teeming crowd from as close as the front to as secluded as the VIP area dancing wildly.

Just minutes after T.I.’s set ended, The Avett Brothers kicked into their performance on the second stage. Though they definitely had a dedicated crowd already waiting for them, the short lapse in time between sets didn’t really allow for T.I.’s entire crowd to find their way over too quickly. But those that were there obviously had come solely for The Avett Brothers. With their old-school-bluegrass-meets-modern-rock sound, they bridged a gap between straight country and alternative rock fans. Equal parts Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys; though The Avett Brothers have been around longer than either of those two bands, their sound definitely found a home with such a southern crowd. A rock/bluegrass act following a rapper may not seem like a formula for success, but Atlanta’s well-known diverse musical tastes allowed for both artists to receive a lot of love from the crowd.

Soon enough night had fully come and it was time for Foo Fighters to take the stage. At this point, Piedmont Park had become a seemingly endless sea of people, with the crowd spilling over almost into the second stage. Festivals stalwarts at this point in their careers, Foo Fighters came out of the gate with one of their newest, heaviest, and best songs in ‘White Limo.’ It’s a literal screamer of a track that announces their presence in the very best way possible. Shrieking vocals, ear splitting guitar riffs, and thundering drum beats, it’s possibly the only way to open a Foo Fighters show. With an almost endless amount of hits, you’d be hard pressed to find someone that didn’t know a single song in the set list. Famous for their marathon shows and passion for playing as long as possible, Dave Grohl kept the banter to a minimum. “Do you guys want me to talk or do you wanna hear us play some fucking songs? Because they only let us play two hours, and we came here to play some fucking songs!” The crowd’s roar of approval was met with a string of some of their biggest hits, ‘All My Life,’ ‘Rope,’ ‘The Pretender,’ ‘My Hero,’ and ‘Learn to Fly’ all came out in a row. Most bands would be hard pressed to find that many hits in an entire set, let alone in the first half hour. They also found time to work in some of their new material, though Wasting Light is about a year old at this point, it really speaks to the quality of the album to see the non-singles still in heavy rotation. After ‘Walk,’ Grohl introduced his band, giving each member a moment to show off their skills, which built up into a full on jam session, which quickly turned into a Van Halen cover. After the crowd realized that they were actually playing ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ Grohl stopped, warning the crowd, “you don’t want us to start playing covers, man, we’ll be here all fucking night!” and then proceeded to give the crowd the rest of the song. Their older material was by no means ignored either, with ‘This Is a Call,’ ‘Hey Johnny Park!’ and the Taylor Hawkins lead vocal track, ‘Cold Day in the Sun.’ After a great cover of Pink Floyd’s In the Flesh, they resumed diving into their big catalogue of hits. ‘Best of You’ and ‘Times Like These’ both preceded a surprise guest appearance by Joan Jett for ‘Bad Reputation.’ Closing the set with their biggest hit, and possibly the greatest closing song in history, ‘Everlong’ had the crowd nearly drowning Grohl out completely. Of course a crowd sing-along to ‘Everlong’ isn’t the first or last time it’ll happen, it’s always a surreal moment to hear over 50,000 people all shouting the lyrics so such a legendary song in unison.

Day 2 started off a bit earlier, but as a whole was much more loaded with quality acts than Day 1. From the moment gates opened there was quality music to be found, as Atlanta natives O’Brother started off on the secondary stage. One of the loudest, heaviest, and head-bangingest (yes, that’s a new adjective) bands out there, O’Brother brings a whole new take on progressive rock. Sometimes ambient and other times a wall of screams, they’re able to use a bevy of sounds to warp and thrash their songs to life. Playing tracks off their stellar debut album, ‘Garden Window,’ they were hands-down the most underrated act on the bill. Tracks like ‘Lo’ and ‘Poison!’ sorted out the metal heads in the audience, as heads were quickly banging and if it weren’t for the early set time, one could easily imagine massive moshpits forming. They closed with the two part ‘Machines,’ which starts off like a punch to the face, then dips into a subtle throbbing before coming back with one of the best breakdowns and riffs in recent memory. If anyone left Music Midtown not a fan of O’Brother, they definitely did something wrong.

Up next on the main stage, was Civil Twilight. Hailing from South Africa, they’ve developed success quite well in the US, due to their unique sound. Sometimes piano rock, other times incredibly atmospheric, it always works. Their latest album Holy Weather saw a development of their sound, further venturing into a light electronic piano-rock territory. These songs sounded great live too, with ‘Fire Escape’ being a definite highlight of the set. Being the first act on the main stage, they roped in quite an audience and no doubt garnered that much stronger of a fan base.

Another big pull for the festival was Ludacris, another Atlanta grown southern rapper who had a myriad of fans awaiting his set. Playing with a live band (a rarity for the rapper), it definitely helped his sound. Rappers that utilize a live backing band sound that much better, as having an actual person play the parts instead of using a backing track is always the way to go. Though he seemed to lack the presence and energy that T.I. brought the day before, he had the crowd just as enthralled. With an eight album catalogue to pull from, Ludacris reached as far back as his very first hit with songs like ‘What’s Your Fantasy’ and ‘Southern Hospitality.’ Not only was the crowd into it, but backstage Civil Twilight’s Steven McKellar and Florence Welch could be seen dancing along too. His established collaborative work came into play too, as his popular songs with other artists made appearances too. And I’d be lying if I said hearing a crowd roar back the lyrics to ‘Move Bitch’ wasn’t one of the most entertaining things I saw all weekend. Ok maybe I did too.

Again with a rapid shift in genres, Neon Trees were up. The pop band has grown exponentially ever since their first album and continued it with the success of their second album, ‘Picture Show.’ Though a physical fireball of energy, the band seems to lack the musical punch on stage that most seem to have when performing live. The songs feel somehow lower, as if someone turned down the dial on the drums and guitar. Lead singer Tyler Glenn’s vocal work always impresses though, as he manages to belt out the lyrics while whirling around the stage like a spinning top gone rogue. Their earlier material is definitely lighter on the pop elements that seemed to have invaded Picture Show, so songs like ‘1984,’ Sins of My Youth,’ and ‘Animal’ came across much better than the newer tracks. Regardless, the crowd seemed to eat it up, yelling before ‘Animal’ even started and singing along to nearly every word to the catchy ‘Everybody Talks.’

Florence + The Machine were up next on the main stage, and though at first dealing with some technical difficulties, Flo’s charm kept the audience on her side and she continued into a very well received set. Her earth-mother vibes come out not only on the songs, but the way she carries herself, floating around the stage like a heavenly Poison Ivy. While it does get to be a bit much, not only her moves but the similarity of her songs, the crowd didn’t seem to care as her fans up front matched her energy with an almost alarming level of passion. Florence is most definitely a talented singer, but if you’re not a fan before seeing her live she isn’t one of those acts to change your mind upon seeing her perform.

Closing out the festival was Pearl Jam. Their reputation for being one of the hardest working and best live acts out there precedes them, and they somehow managed to eclipse it. Lots of bands were popular in the 90’s, but you’d be hard pressed to find one that’s still as respected, loved, and downright rocking as Pearl Jam is. They’re one of those bands that live for their hardcore fans, evidence of this by the unparalleled amount of diversity in their set lists. People see them countless times and very rarely ever see the same show twice. While this is a bonus for hardcore fans, they run the risk of alienating the more casual audience members, especially at a festival. But that wasn’t the case at Music Midtown. They had a perfect mix of hits and b-sides, and speaking from the standpoint of somewhere in between a casual and hardcore fan, it wasn’t remotely boring even for a second. ‘Elderly Woman Behind The Counter in a Small Town,’ ‘Better Man,’ ‘Do the Evolution,’ and ‘Even Flow’ made early appearances in the set and had the swelling crowd in a trance. Being able to hear songs like ‘Alive’ and ‘Black,’ ones that are so famous it gives that immediate giddy sensation of “hey, hey it’s THIS song!” is truly something special. Pearl Jam showed why they’re such a respected live band and why they were chosen as the anchor for Music Midtown. Plus hearing ‘Jeremy’ live is finally something I get to check off my concert bucket list.

All photos courtesy of Matt Arena

22 May
2012

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2012 Lineup Announced

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Austin City Limits Music Festival has announced its lineup for the 2012 edition of the festival. Set to headline this year’s lineup: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys and Jack White. Three day tickets and single day passes are still on-sale for the festival for the festival set for October 12th through the 14th. Pick them up here while they last.

Check out the full lineup below:

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys
Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Iggy & The Stooges, AVICII, BASSNECTAR, The Roots, The Shins, Weezer, Gotye, The Civil Wars, M83, Tegan and Sara, Childish Gambino Two Door Cinema Club, Thievery Corporation, The Afghan Whigs, Crystal Castles, Andrew Bird, Gary Clark Jr., Metric, Band of Skulls, Esperanza Spalding, Alabama Shakes, Delta Spirit, M. Ward, Randy Rogers Band, Die Antwoord, Rufus Wainwright, NEEDTOBREATHE, Big Gigantic, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Steve Earle, The War On Drugs, Umphrey’s McGee, Barrington Levy, Old 97′s Punch Brothers, Bombay Bicycle Club, A-Trak, Trampled by Turtles Patterson Hood, Michael Kiwanuka, Big K.R.I.T., Oberhofer, POLICA, Tennis, Zola Jesus, Stars, Kimbra, Black Lips, Los Campesinos!, Jovanotti, Ben Howard, Ruthie Foster, Freelance Whales, Civil Twilight, The Whigs, Dev, The Lumineers, Bad Books, The Devil Makes Three, Asleep at the Wheel, First Aid Kit Patrick Watson, LP, Caveman, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Father John Misty The Wombats, Dry the River, The Boxer Rebellion, Soul Rebels Brass Band Thundercat, Willis Earl Beal, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Kishi Bashi, Deep Dark Woods, Moon Duo, Kopecky Family Band, River City Extension Quiet Corral, Wheeler Brothers, The Relatives, Space Capone, The Staves Native Run, Nikki Lane, Quiet Company, Infantree, Wild Child, La Vida Bohème The Eastern Sea, The Dunwells, Kenny Vaughan Trio, Justin Jones, Sonámbulo Royal Teeth, Noah Gunderson, The Aaron Ivey Band, The Mighty Sincere Voices G.S.T., Colorfeels, Lera Lynn, Megan McCormick, Shields of Faith, Stapletones, The Baylor Choir, Disciples of Joy, Ralph’s World, Orange Sherbet, Big Don Rocknoceros, Hullabaloo, Jambo, Peter DiStefano & Tor, The School of Rock, The Q Brothers

14 May
2012


Florence + The Machine’s video for “Breath of Life”, off of the soundtrack to Snow White & The Huntsman, premiered on VEVO today

Watch it below:

10 May
2012

Florence + The Machine performed “No Light No Light” on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Watch the video below and pick up the album Ceremonials on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD, Vinyl

23 Jan
2012


On the heels of the November release of the stunning CEREMONIALS CD, one of 2011′s most critically acclaimed albums, Florence + The Machine are heading to the states for a 15 city tour presented by MSN that begins on April 14th at the Santa Barbara Bowl with stops at Coachella (April 15 and 22) and one show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall (May 8).

With recent appearances on Saturday Night Live, GMA, X-Factor, The View, VH 1 Divas and Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve, Florence fans will at last get to enjoy the star in a triumphant return to the live stage. Florence + The Machine are expected to perform songs from CEREMONIALS as well as songs from her multi-platinum debut album LUNGS.

Florence + The Machine will also be appearing on an upcoming MTV Unplugged and Austin City Limits on January 28th.

Her April/May tour follows her last appearance in the US, which included sold out dates at Summerstage and the Greek in LA as well as the Bonnaroo Music Festival and four stadium shows with U2.

“As our goal is to ‘keep you in the know’ about what’s happening in your world, supporting the tour is a natural fit,” said Rob Bennett, partner of network programming for MSN.

CEREMONIALS, recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios and produced by Paul Epworth (Adele) was released in the US on November 1st and debuted on the Billboard Top 100 Charts at No. 6. It received glowing reviews including Four Stars (****) from Rolling Stone, US Magazine, NY Post and scores of other publications. It was on a slew of Top Ten Best Albums including Time, Entertainment Weekly and People. Amongst the raves: “Like Them (U2), Florence and the Machine are a true band, who channel garage-rock camaraderie into a huge, lashing sound more fit for an Olympian mountain peak than a garage. And like U2, Florence and the Machine are fronted by a singer with the pipes, and the shamelessness, to pull off the melodrama – to turn the ridiculous into the sublime,” Rolling Stone. “A bold, epic album of rare transcendence,” commented US Magazine…”A star at the ascent of her rise,” Newsweek. “Stunning sophomore effort. Florence sings as sweetly as a nightingale,” NY Post.

Nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist and an MTV Video of the Year Award with unforgettable performances on 2010′s MTV Video Music Awards, the Grammys and the Academy Awards, Florence Welch is poised to cast her spell as she dances across US concert stages.

April 14 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl (on sale January 28)
April 15 & 22 Indio, CA Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Sold Out)
April 17 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort (on sale January 27)
April 18 Davis, CA Mondavi Center – UC Davis (on sale January 27)
April 20 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre (on sale January 27)
April 21 Las Vegas, NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (on sale January 27)
April 27 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre (on sale January 28)
April 28 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom (on sale January 27)
April 29 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House (on sale January 27)
May 1 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom (on sale January 27)
May 2 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theatre (on sale January 27)
May 3 New Orleans, LA Fair Grounds Race Course On Sale Now
May 8 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall (on sale January 27)
May 11 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena (on sale January 27)
May 12 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center (on sale January 27)

Blood Orange will be opening on dates except Coachella and New Orleans.

American Express Cardmember presale starts Monday, January 23rd at 10 am (local) and runs through Thursday, January 26th at 10 pm (local) prior to the public onsale dates.

For more on Florence + The Machine, including tour date info and other exclusive content, visit http://www.florenceandthemachine.net and http://music.msn.com/florence.

20 Nov
2011

Florence and The Machine performed “Shake It Out” and “No Light, No Light” on Saturday Night Live.

Watch it below and buy the new album Ceremonials on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD, Vinyl

18 Nov
2011

There’s no doubt about it – Florence Welch is back with an almighty bang having shipped a massive 1 Million albums worldwide in just two weeks since the release of her global smash of a follow up record, ‘Ceremonials’.

‘No Light, No Light’ is the epic and heart wrenching follow up to lead single ‘Shake It Out’ and will be released on January 16. Remixes to come from Dave Sitek and Breakage plus we have the brand new video for the song right now!!

WATCH: ‘NO LIGHT, NO LIGHT’

Part romantic battle-cry, part rain-lashed pledge of devotion, thrashed out over harps, tribal drums and interweaving harmonies, this was one of the first songs to be written for Ceremonials and set the tone for a record that acts as a showcase for its creators’ unabashed maximalism.

27 Apr
2011

Hanni El Khatib, the multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer, will be taking his guitar on the road this summer as he joins Florence & The Machine on their North American tour! The tour will start out west and make its way across the country, sporadically stopping for solo shows along the way including a stop in Manchester, TN for his debut appearance at Bonnaroo. Hanni’s sound is best described as the rock soundtrack to a glass-shattering knife-wielding dirty bar brawl between James Dean, Elvis and Clint Eastwood. As the first American in his family (son of Palestinian and Filipino immigrants), his obsession with classic Americana and pop culture of the 1950s and 60s mixed with his past as an avid skateboarder and creative director for HUF fittingly lends itself to the blend of blues, soul, garage rock and doo-wop for which he’s quickly developing a reputation.

Hanni El Khatib’s debut album Will The Guns Come Out drops September 20th on Innovative Leisure Records.

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“Hard to believe that only one man can pack this much heat.” – NYLON

“Hanni El Khatib’s sound is a blistering barrage that you’d expect from a former San Francisco skate punk, recently transplanted to LA. Perhaps the closest comparison is to a “De Stijl”-era Jack White, if he had claimed lineage from the Stax catalog instead of Son House.” – LA TIMES

“Bathed in crimson light, these two men filled the giant theater with the kind of music you’d want at the beginning of a bar fight or when Clint Eastwood rode into town with a knife in his boot. Peppered with dark tales of violent love, betrayal, and a city that’s “dirty as fuck,” this was the kind of sound that crawled up your leg and made your hair stand on end.” – LA WEEKLY

“L.A.’s Hanni El Khatib proved there’s plenty of life left in the guitar/drums duo gimmick. Especially when it’s attacked with abundant garage punk swagger.” – BOSTON HERALD

HANNI EL KHATIB ON TOUR:
06/05/2011 The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas
06/06/2011 The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas
06/07/2011 The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas
06/10/2011 Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester
06/12/2011 Greek Theatre Berkeley, Berkeley w/ Florence & The Machine
06/13/2011 Greek Theatre, Los Angeles w/ Florence & The Machine
06/14/2011 Greek Theatre, Los Angeles w/ Florence & The Machine
06/17/2011 Weesner Amphitheater, Apple Valley w/ Florence & The Machine
06/18/2011 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago w/ Florence & The Machine
06/19/2011 Empty Bottle, Chicago (SOLO)
06/21/2011 Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto (SOLO)
06/22/2011 Il Motore, Montreal (SOLO)
06/23/2011 Great Scott, Allston (SOLO)
06/24/2011 Mercury Lounge, New York (SOLO)
06/25/2011 Glasslands, Brooklyn (SOLO)
06/26/2011 Johnny Brendas, Philadelphia (SOLO)
06/27/2011 Red Palace, Washington (SOLO)
06/28/2011 Local 506, Chapel Hill (SOLO)
06/29/2011 529, Atlanta (SOLO)
06/30/2011 Hard Rock Live, Orlando w/ Florence & The Machine
07/01/2011 Fox Theatre, Atlanta w/ Florence & The Machine
07/02/2011 The End, Nashville (SOLO)
07/04/2011 The Lawn, Indianapolis w/ Florence & The Machine
07/05/2011 The Pageant, St. Louis w/ Florence & The Machine

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23 Dec
2010

HP and Intel are now offering a free download of Florence and the Machine’s hit single “Dog Days Are Over” off their debut album Lungs. You can download one of the best songs of the year for FREE! No email or subscription required. Just head over to http://bit.ly/hSySH5.

21 Nov
2010

Florence and The Machine performed “Dog Days Are Over”(iTunes / Amazon Mp3) and “You’ve Got The Love” (iTunes / Amazon Mp3) on Saturday Night Live. Check it out and pick up the album Lungs on iTunes,
Amazon MP3, CD