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25 Jul

By Matt Arena

New festivals seem to pop up every year, pull a decent lineup and then are never heard from again. In essence they’re attempts at unseating summer powerhouses like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, but they rarely ever succeed. But every once in a while those festivals have down years, allowing room for one of these newcomers to stake their own claim on the American summer music festival market. This year is one of those years and the Firefly Festival is one of those newcomers.

While Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza pulled the usual big lineups, it’s a definite decline from last year and the organizers behind Firefly seemed to notice that. Pulling three massive, current, and arena-worthy headliners, they presented the east coast with the rare option of a massive three day festival. A very doable 3.5 hr drive from the New York area, combined with billing of a major festival in a small festival setting made Firefly a must-see for anyone on the east coast. With all three levels of three day passes selling out weeks before the festival, they released a number of single day passes which promptly sold out as well. It’s only a few days after the last band left the stage, but it’s pretty clear that 2012 Firefly Festival was quite the success. So much so that starting today July 25th, the festival will begin selling early bird passes for next year’s festival. It’s clear that Firefly will not be following the trend of one-hit wonder festivals and that they plan on becoming a summer mainstay for music fans. The first day saw some rain, but the amount of fantastic music more than made everyone forget about the somewhat sloppy conditions.


Opening up the main stage for the weekend was The Wallflowers. Having announced an end to their hiatus just this past fall, they also recently revealed they’re working on their first new record in over seven years. With the possibility of new songs and playing on the power of the festival’s main stage, it was no surprise to see a massive crowd awaiting the band’s arrival before they even took the stage. Sticking with the same lineup from their last studio album Rebel, Sweetheart, it’s clear the strength of this band revolves around frontman Jakob Dylan, keyboardist Rami Jaffee, and bassist Greg Richling. Other members may come and go, but these guys have been together from the start and that’s immediately evident when they play. Firefly boasts an excellent, albeit young, lineup, so a seasoned band like The Wallflowers was a rarity during the weekend. Playing songs spanning their five studio releases, and including a couple new ones off the band’s upcoming album Glad All Over, they still managed to give the same levels of live and energy to these songs as when they first started playing. Obviously stand-out hits like ‘Sixth Avenue Heartache’ and ‘One Headlight’ went down well with the crowd, as all it took during the latter was a few notes of the first riff for the entire field to start cheering. The new songs had a distinctly different sound to most of the band’s material, with the darker, hard rock undertones reflected in the song titles themselves, ‘Devil’s Waltz’ and ‘Hospital for Sinners’ respectively. Dylan seemed determined to get these new songs out there and in a moment of self-awareness announced the crowd that “alright, the new song section is over,” before moving into the band’s more well known material. Festival crowds can be notoriously impatient when wading through a block of the set list that is dedicated to new material, but the Wallflowers handled it well, mostly by acknowledging it was happening in the first place. This is why they were such a great choice to open the main stage; they’re a veteran band that not only understands how modern audiences work but how to rock their faces off.


Very few bands have been able to build a career like OK Go has. Breaking through to mainstream audiences with their now legendary video for ‘Here It Goes Again,’ they essentially promoted their way into people’s iPods because of their music videos. In a time where music videos are a dying art, it’s great to see a band like OK Go not only put tons of effort in it but have a ball doing it. They’ve been able to channel that initial buzz into considerable success. Playing with the same quirky energy presented in most of their videos, it creates an interesting cohesive element to all they do. This is evident on songs like ‘Return,’ in which the band plays hand bells placed amongst a chessboard. Lead singer Damian Kulash informed the crowd just prior to the song, “let’s go to church,” before breaking into the oddly captivating performance.

Walk the Moon

There are certain bands that just feel tailor-made for festivals and Walk the Moon is definitely one of those bands. Between the style of music and the band’s aesthetic on stage (and yes, meaning the face paint), it’s almost easy to see how this band would crush any festival stage they walked upon. While mostly having seen the band previously at standard gigs inside clubs (with the exception of Music Midtown, prior to their recent explosion in popularity), it was a treat to say the least to see them take on a major festival crowd like at Firefly. With a mix of songs off their latest self-titled debut album and the independently released ‘i want, i want!’ of last year, to say they struck a chord would not only be a lame pun but the understatement of the year. From the moment the band took the stage, they had the crowd, jumping, dancing, yelling, and in general just partying their asses off. It helps that Walk the Moon create some of the danciest music out there. Songs like ‘Shiver, Shiver’ and ‘Quesadilla’ vibrated the very soil the crowd was standing upon, with the groovy bass lines (courtesy of bassist Kevin Ray) and spiraling synths making the songs practically explode from the stage. The vocal, synth, and drum work of multi-talented front man Nicholas Petricca no doubt played a large part in this. It seems like every member of this band is doing five different things at once, operating whatever instrument they’re holding like pros, all the while singing and dancing with faces of guys who wholeheartedly love what they’re doing. Clearly the audience not only recognized but fed off that. When the band on stage is so obviously having the time of their life, it only elicits an even stronger reaction from the crowd.

Having seen Walk the Moon many, many times now, it’s always astounding how they manage to get better with every show. Even the band’s tour manager and publicist could be seen side stage dancing and singing just as hard as everyone in the crowd. The soaring harmonies on tracks like ‘The Liftaway’ and ‘I Can Lift a Car’ not only mixed the band’s vocal medley beautifully, but everyone in the crowd as well. During the latter, not only did the audience shout along to every single word of the irresistibly catchy chorus, but even joined in on a several hundred impromptu car lifting dance, which can only be described as Walk the Moon’s take on raising the roof. It all led into the absolute fire storm of a summer anthem, ‘Anna Sun.’ From the very first synth note, the crowd erupted into cheers as the band bounced, spun, and stomped around the stage like possessed men. To go through and list why every song worked so well and why every band member is so essential to making it all come together would take forever, so know this: there’s only one thing to do during a Walk the Moon show, drop whatever you’re doing and dance.

Silversun Pickups

Headlining the secondary stage was Los Angeles rock band, Silversun Pickups. Fresh off the release of their stellar third album, Neck of the Woods, they played a killer set spanning all three of their studio releases. Having sat down to talk with bassist Nikki Monninger earlier that day, she expressed excitement at the opportunity to play the new songs live, as the band hasn’t started their tour yet. One of the best songs off the new album and maybe even the best of the set was ‘Mean Spirits.’ In trademark Silversun Pickups fashion, the track relies on the booming bass lines and fuzzy distorted riffs of lead singer/guitarist Brian Aubert. The jump from studio to live is a transition many bands struggle with, but Silversun Pickups seem to do it with ease. For a group of just four people, they make a sound that could fill an arena which is why they sounded so great at Firefly. Without the constraints that a standard club has, their sound was able to go as far as possible at Dover Downs. This was especially true on ‘Growing Old is Getting Old,’ not only hands-down the best song of the set but maybe even the best out of the entire weekend. This was a personal favorite before going in and hearing it live again just solidifies that. It takes everything that makes Silversun Pickups great and amplifies it by ten. Quite literally. It’s a building, slow burner of a track but eventually explodes into a blitz of static, distortion, bass, and primal screams that sees the band as it’s very best and loudest. Though not a single, the band thankfully kept it on the set list despite the slew of tracks off the new album, and is a highlight of every Silversun Pickups set. Having only played a handful of secret shows in LA since the album release, the band sounded as sharp as ever, even with the new tracks. The first single of Neck of the Woods, ‘Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)’ was a standout. The echoing vocals rolled all the way back to the very entrance of the festival and the repeating backing track gave the song an extraterrestrial feel. The crowd definitely loved Silversun’s set, even as far as earning thanks from Brian himself for sticking around despite the ominous clouds and impending rain. The band’s two biggest hits, ‘Panic Switch’ and ‘Lazy Eye’ both received roars from the crowd during their opening notes. While the former is much more upbeat and the latter is similar to ‘Growing Old’ as a slow burner, they were both incredible. Equal parts modern alternative and ambient rock, Silversun Pickups is one of the few modern bands with a truly unique sound. You can’t throw the “they sound like (insert band name here)” label on them and it makes that much better.


After a couple years out of the spotlight, Jack White has had a huge year. After announcing the break-up of The White Stripes and releasing his own solo album, White has been playing seemingly non-stop. Headlining almost every major festival the US has and doing a residency of club shows around the country, it seems that he’s back in a major way. Early into the day festival goers had been camping out at the front of the main stage for White, and he undoubtedly impressed. Ironically enough, he played mostly songs from his many other bands. Only five tracks released under the Jack White solo name were found; not that it’s a bad thing. Comprised mostly of White Stripes and Raconteurs “covers,” (and a wicked appearance of the Dead Weather’s ‘I Cut Like a Buffalo’), it kinda felt like a White Stripes gig. Minus Meg. It’s pretty clear he still loves playing these songs, almost as much as the crowd loves hearing them. Kicking right off with ‘Dead Leaves and Dirty Ground,’ it set the tone quite well for the rest of the set. Though clearly happy for the treat of White Stripes songs, the audience loved material off Blunderbuss just as much. ‘Freedom at 21’ made an early appearance in the set, and though a bit of a low-key track on the album, it springs to life on stage. The unmistakable riff got a roar from the sprawling crowd and the frenzied work of the all male back-up band Los Buzzardos no doubt played a key role in the song’s transformation. It may be a bit cliché to name ‘Seven Nation Army’ as the highlight of the set, but come on, it’s ‘Seven Nation Army.’ Sporting arguably the most recognizable bass line of the past 10 years, the crowd knew it was coming and still gave the loudest cheer the instant the first note was heard. To try to relate the level of energy not only from stage, but also from the absolutely packed crowd would prove nothing but a disservice so imagine this; it’s ‘Seven Nation Army’ live. Just imagine how great that would be and multiply it by about 20. Though the rain started almost as soon as he set did, Jack White didn’t seem to mind as he remarked to the crowd, “I know you’re out there in the rain, but you kind of like it, don’t you?” To which the crowd replied with a rowdy cheer. Though not a rarity at festivals this summer, Jack White still managed to more than live up to the near legendary status and fit perfectly as the first headliner of the weekend. Mark “see Seven Nation Army live” off my gig bucket list? Check.




06 Feb

“Needing/Getting,” the new video from the GRAMMY-winning rock band OK Go, debuts today on MTV, VH1, MTV Hits, mtvU, Palladia and – in the UK – on MTV Music and MTV Rocks. MTV, MTV Hits and mtvU have been playing “Needing/Getting” every hour today since 6 a.m. A two-minute segment of the video premiered yesterday on NBC during the Super Bowl pregame program. It marked the first time that a band has premiered a video within a Super Bowl Sunday pregame show. The clip premiered simultaneously on MTV.com and VH1.com.

The “Needing/Getting” video is the result of yet another innovative partnership that OK Go has forged to push the creative boundaries of music and video, venturing into such disparate realms as science, photography, dance and now – in a collaboration with Chevrolet – automotive territory. Directed by Brian L. Perkins, who lensed the marching band version of OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass” and Damian Kulash, Jr., the band’s lead vocalist, “Needing/Getting” was shot in the desert outside Los Angeles. A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to play the 1,000+ instruments that OK Go set up along the two-mile course. The video took four months of preparation and four days to shoot. There are no ringers or stand-ins – Damian took stunt-driving lessons.

The band recorded this version of “Needing/Getting,” singing as they played the instrument array with the car, so it differs substantially from the version appearing on OK Go’s latest album, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, which debuted in the Top 40 of The Billboard 200. Each piano had the lowest 2.5 octaves tuned to the same note so that they’d play the right note no matter where they were struck. Two hundred and eighty-eight guitars, graciously provided by Gretsch along with 67 amps, were stripped down to two strings, each tuned the same, and to the appropriate note. In some cases, wood blocks were used as capos to get notes higher than could be tuned. The tubas were played by driving along a fire hose filled with air and the bass line in the solo is played by balloons blowing through accordion reeds with white mega-phone-like horns attached to them. As the car pulled clips off the balloons, they blew. For more information and behind-the-scenes footage, see http://letsdothis.com and http://www.okgo.net.

“Needing/Getting” will be available later this month on iTunes, watch it below:

01 Sep

OK Go performed the “Muppet Show Theme Song” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Watch the video and pick up the album Muppets: The Green Album on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD, CD

19 Aug

For our second day of coverage at Outside Lands Festival, our writer Ace Ubas mostly stuck to the heavy hitters to catch Muse, The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys. Check out his review below as well as photos from Marcello Ambriz

Toyota Free Yr Radio Tent presented by KZSU 90.1: Vetiver

Since I’m in San Francisco, I figured I should check out some of the local talent that the City by the Bay has to offer. Luckily, I stumbled upon the Free Yr Radio tent and checked out the San Francisco quartet Vetiver. Since they were playing later on that afternoon on the Sutro Stage, they played 3 songs to a handful of people. After playing “Wonder Why” from their latest effort, The Errant Charm, they surely infected me with their country charm and folk sensibilities. After answering a couple of questions from the radio host, they ended their session with the b-side “Wishing Well” and “More of This” from the album Tight Knit.

Lands End Stage: OK Go

Having been known for their widely popular music videos, it’s expected that OK Go put on an eye-catching, attention-grabbing live performance as well. With a voice intro telling men and women to scream, to which they obliged, the quartet entered the stage with each member wearing brightly, solid colored suits. They jumped right into “Do What You Want” to a surprisingly packed Polo Field.

They followed it up with “White Knuckles” that featured both a bass solo from Tim Nordwin and a brief guitar solo from Andy Ross. At one point, vocalist Damian Kulash turned into a preacher and proclaimed San Francisco to be a ‘dirty town’ and its inhabitants ‘sinners.’ According to him, there was only one way to cleanse the city: with the song “What to Do.” But they arranged the song in a rather unique manner, using only an arrangement of bells. After cleansing the city of its sins, Kulash’s bandmates left the stage, leaving him with his acoustic guitar. He jumped into the crowd and said that it was better if he played “Last Leaf” with everyone around him. It wasn’t hard for the band to instill energy into the crowd, as they consistently interacted with them. It also didn’t hurt that they played “Here We Go Again.”

More Photos of OK Go at Outside Lands Festival

Lands End Stage: Arctic Monkeys

For the days leading up to Outside Lands, the one band that I continuously listened to was the Arctic Monkeys. From their first album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not to their latest Suck It and See, I was getting myself pumped to see them live for the first time. The only downside to them playing was that they only had an hour-long set. However, that didn’t stop them from packing all the songs they could as they played around 15 or so songs.

They opened up with the barreling “Liberty Pictures” and from the very first note they played, the crowd was fired up. Guitarist Jamie Cook showed how loud he could get by playing blistering riffs that echoed throughout the field. “Crying Lighting” saw drummer Matt Helders creating a catchy marching beat while vocalist/guitarist Alex Turner howled the lyrics. The crowd participated on songs “Brick by Brick,” “The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala,” and “If You Were There, Beware” as they sang along and clapped their hands as loud as they could. Overall, they played a good balance of songs from all their albums, which appealed to both new and old fans. It would’ve been appropriate if they played “Fake Tales of San Francisco,” but they ended the show with garage numbers “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “Do Me a Favour,” as they put on one of the better performances of the weekend until…….

More Photos of Arctic Monkeys at Outside Lands Festival

Lands End Stage: The Black Keys

The Black Keys hit the stage. I have a confession: prior to their performance, I never really gave the Black Keys a good listen. Yes I said it. Other than a couple of singles off their latest Grammy-nominated album Brothers, I didn’t really care for the Akron, Ohio duo. Why? Because blues-infused garage rock never really appealed to me. That’s until I heard them live.

With the stage decorated by an oversized dream-catcher and a humongous tire with their name on it, drummer Patrick Carney and vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach hit the stage to a thunderous ovation. I was immediately sold and regretted not buying into the hype early on as they took charge of the stage and the crowd by force. By the time they got to the third song of their set, “The Breaks,” my head began to hurt because of the head bobbing I was doing. Auerbach’s soulful singing on “Chop and Change” hypnotized the crowd, while “Howlin’ For You” and “Tighten Up” got the loudest cheers, for the obvious reasons.

They even played a new song where they brought out a few other musicians to help them along. But with their sound, you would already have thought that they have a full band. On a stage so big with tens of thousands of people watching, it’s hard to image that such force can come from only two people. Both Auerbach and Carney are so ridiculously good at their instruments that the Broken Social Scene would blush that they have who-knows-how-many members. Congratulations Mr. Auerbach and Mr. Carney, you gentlemen have managed to feed me my crow and it’s quite delicious.

More Photos of The Black Keys At Outside Lands Festival

Lands End Stage: Muse

Muse should be used to playing in front of thousands of people on the festival circuit. Just a couple of weeks ago, they headlined Lollapalooza so Outside Lands should be a breeze for them. Patrons did have a choice, however, as Girl Talk played at the same time as Muse. People who chose to watch the British act made the best decision they could ever make at a music festival.

With sirens blaring and fog arising from the stage, Muse emerged from the back as they jumped right into a trio of hits in “Uprising,” “Supermassive Black Hole,” and “Hysteria.” They even threw in a rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner leading into “Hysteria.” By this time, the crowd was already in a state of ecstasy (and maybe the drug too, who knows).

The pace slowed down every time vocalist/guitarist Matt Bellamy sat behind his piano such as on songs “Guiding Light” and “Butterflies & Hurricanes.” He proved that he has a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde complex: he is a beast holding his six-stringed weapon, but vulnerable and powerfully emotional behind the ivory keys. But these songs showed just how big Bellamy’s voice really is. There is no venue in the world that can contain his theatrical/operatic voice.

“United States of Eurasia” reminded me of Queen. It starts off beautifully with a piano ballad, but an epic explosion of sonic fury follows after (that’s how amazing it was). Other songs they played included “Citizen Erased,” “Resistance,” “House of the Rising Sun” that led to “Time is Running Out,” “Starlight,” and set closer (and personal favorite) “Stockholm Syndrome.” During this group of songs, the crowd was jumping and moshing with intense passion as they were drenched in green rays of light.

And if that wasn’t enough they came back for a two-song encore with large balloons falling on the crowd. The first of the two was “Plug In Baby” that featured bassist Christopher Wolstenholme on the harmonica while they ended the night with “Knights of Cydonia,” where the crowd got loud as they can as they sang and cheered until the very end. There really is nothing left to say, other than what a way to end a night. My mind is officially blown.

More PHotos of Muse at Outside Lands Festival

19 Aug

OK Go played the Land’s End stage at Outside Lands Festival on Saturday afternoon. Here are photos from their set courtesy of of our photographer Marcello Ambriz.

04 May

OK Go performed their new song “The Greatest Song I’ve Ever Heard” on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

The song is off of the soundtrack to Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.

Watch the performance below:

29 Apr

OK Go performed their new song “The Greatest Song I’ve Ever Heard” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The song is off of the soundtrack to Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.

Watch the performance below:

26 Apr

Lollapalooza 2011 Lineup Announced

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If you happen to be an insomniac like us, you probably caught this already. If you slept (you lucky bastards), here’s the full 2011 Lollapalooza lineup. As always, lineup is subject to change because of denied visas, band breakups, etc. You can pick up your tickets at www.lollapalooza.com. Will it sell out? We don’t think so but who thought Coachella would sell out in one weekend?

Check out the lineup below:

12th Planet
A Perfect Circle
An Horse
Ana Tijoux
Arctic Monkeys
Beats Antique
Best Coast
Big Audio Dynamite
Black Cards
Black Lips
Boy & Bear
Bright Eyes
Busy P
Cage the Elephant
Cee Lo Green
Chico Trujillo
Christina Perri
City and Colour
Cold War Kids
Collie Buddz
Crystal Castles
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas
Death From Above 1979
Delta Spirit
DJ Mel
Electric Touch
Ellie Goulding
Explosions in the Sky
Feed Me
Fitz & the Tantrums
Flogging Molly
Foo Fighters
Foster the People
Friendly Fires
Girl Talk
Gold Motel
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Imelda May
J. Roddy Walston and the Business
Jay Electronica
Joachim Garraud
Julia Easterlin
Kid Cudi
Kids These Days
Kyle Lucas & Captain Midnite
Lady D
Lia Ices
Local Natives
Lord Huron
Los Bunkers
Lykke Li
Manchester Orchestra
Maps & Atlases
Mayer Hawthorne & the County
Midnight Conspiracy
My Morning Jacket
Noah & The Whale
Patrick Stump
PerryEtty vs Chris Cox
Portugal the Man
Pretty Lights
Rival Schools
Ruby Jane
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses
Ryan Leslie
Sam Adams
Skylar Grey
Sleigh Bells
Smith Westerns
Super Mash Bros.
TAB the Band
the Bloody Beetroots Death Crew
the Chain Gang of 1974
the Cars
the Drums
the Glitch Mob
the Joy Formidable
the Kills
the Kingston Springs
the Mountain Goats
the Naked and Famous
the Pains of Being Pure at Heart
the Pretty Reckless
the Vaccines
Tinie Tempah
Titus Andronicus
Two Door Cinema Club
White Lies
Wye Oak
Ximena Saritana
Young Man
Young the Giant

04 Apr

OK Go will premiere their brand new single, “The Greatest Song I Ever Heard,” today on RollingStone.com

The GRAMMY®-winning band will perform the track on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Thursday, April 28th. OK Go wrote “The Greatest Song I Ever Heard” at the behest of Oscar-nominated director Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me). It serves as the theme song for Spurlock’s latest film, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, a documentary that explores the world of product placement, marketing and advertising. Hailed as “ingenious and devilishly clever” by Entertainment Weekly, the Sony Pictures Classic release had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and opens in select cities on April 22nd. The paradoxical hook of the film is that it was fully financed through awkward product placements in the film itself, a process that the viewer watches from Spulock’s first pitch meetings all the way to the ads sardonically inserted into the narrative. OK Go appears in the movie, discussing the success they’ve had in funding corporate sponsors for their music videos as a means of financing their work in a post-major label world.

“It was such an incredible coup to get OK Go to create the theme song for the movie. They are the most innovative and original band working today and I was so lucky that they were on board from the very first preview cut I showed them,” says Morgan Spurlock. “I couldn’t have imagined a more poignant track in the film. It’s perfect. It really is The Greatest Song I Ever Heard.”

The commercial single of “The Greatest Song I Ever Heard” will be released tomorrow, April 5th, and will be available at http://amzn.to/h29f9E and http://bit.ly/TheGreatestSongIEverHeard. You can check out the film’s trailer at http://www.sonyclassics.com/pomwonderfulpresentsthegreatestmovieeversold/.

OK Go’s collaboration with Spurlock is the latest a series of innovative partnerships the band has forged. In the past year, they’ve teamed up with such companies as State Farm, Samsung, Flip Camera and Range Rover in order to finance an inventive series of embeddable videos based on songs from their latest album, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, which was produced by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT) and debuted in the Top 40 of The Billboard 200.

The band’supcoming U.K. tour, which launches June 29th, will include two dates with The Flaming Lips: June 30th at The Eden Project in Cornwall and a sold-out show at Jodrell Bank in Manchester on July 2nd. OK Go will also be playing numerous festivals this summer. See below for itinerary.

OK Go will release a live album on June 21st on Paracadute, the independent label founded by the band last year. Entitled 180/365 – a reference to the number of shows the band played in 2010 – the collection will include 19 tracks recorded live on a multi-track system during their fall tour. Produced and mixed by Dave Fridmann, the CD will be the first ever to feature a “Tronpak” (http://www.tronpak.com) case, a unique and environmentally friendly packaging from Norway.

The video for “White Knuckles” has been tapped for the new nintendogsâ„¢ + cats game on the Nintendo 3DSâ„¢ system. Users who perform a system update get access to a special 3D version of the single-take music video, which features an assortment of rescue dogs (and one goat). The original version of the video has been viewed more than 9.3 million times on YouTube.

OK Go – comprising Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka and Andy Ross – is the most downloaded band ever. Their videos have won numerous honors, including a GRAMMY® for “Here It Goes Again” (a.k.a. “the treadmill video”), a Webby “Special Achievement Award” and two UK Video Music Awards for “This Too Shall Pass (Rube Goldberg Machine version).” The latter, is a Rube Goldberg machine created by OK Go and Syyn Labs engineers, it is the #1 Top Rated (All Time) music video on YouTube.


4/16 Moorhead, MN @Concordia College

4/30 Minneapolis, MN @University of Minnesota

5/31 San Diego, CA @University of California at San Diego

6/4 Corvallis, OR @ Oregon State University

6/23 Washington, DC @Kennedy Center

6/29 London, UK @ KOKO

6/30 Cornwall, UK @ Eden Project (with The Flaming Lips)

7/1 Bristol, UK @ Thekla

7/2 Manchester, UK @Jodrell Bank (with The Flaming Lips) SOLD OUT

7/4 St. Louis, MO @Heritage & Freedom Fest

7/16 Salcgriva, LV @ Positivus Festival

7/20 Turin, IT @ Turin Le Gru

7/22 Benidorm, ES @Low Cost Festival

7/23 N. Santiago, ES @ Cultura Quente Festival

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14 Dec

Picking up where the best of 1968’s legendary rock superstars left off, the all-new ROCK & ROLL CIRCUS is a cutting-edge marriage of the best of circus spectacle with today’s top musicians, creating a multisensory, explosive experience unlike any other live event available today. One of the longest running and top cruelty-free circuses, Big Apple Circus, recently featured in PBS’ “Circus” documentary, will be hosting the event at Lincoln Center in the 40,000 square foot tents (used previously by New York Fashion Week). The spectacle is a rare event that brings unity to the progressive music community.

Scheduled over two days, the first night of the Rock & Roll Circus will serve as a free concert open to the public. Japanther, Voxhaul Broadcast, The Pharmacy, and the So So Glos will all be making appearance as attendees explore the circus tent and peruse the variety of attractions, including bars sponsored by Belvedere, Jet Blue, Publicide Inc., Pop Chips, Ear Peace and photo opportunities from Impossible Projects (of Polaroid fame), plus a retail pop up from Spirit Hoods. The following night provides avid music fans a rock spectacle like none other as contortionists, balancing acts, jugglers, and acrobats fill the ring alongside LA party starters SAINT MOTEL, Nick Zinner of the YeahYeahYeahs and Aska, Amazing Baby and headliners OK GO.

Favorite famous New York food vendors, such as Van Leeuwen’s Ice Cream Truck, Mexicue and Asia Dog, will feed hungry concertgoers, and THE KDU is providing unique Rock & Roll Circus graphic art to promote the event. Thrillist.com is on board as a media sponsor with a specialized website on their servers for ticket-buyers to the Rock & Roll Circus. Set for January 3rd and 4th, the final event will be live streamed on the Internet. Tickets are on sale now.

Curators of the event, Vance Garrett Productions, Jessica Resler of Muffin Cupcake, and Adarsha Benjamin have a collective 28 years of experience in event and experiential production, ranging from 5,000+ person spectacles at Roseland to concerts, product launches, and beyond (including projects with Old Navy, Nike, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Red Bull, Barney’s New York, Out Magazine, Absolut, Perrier, and a bevy of celebrities and personalities)