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The EW Guide to Music Festival Season 2015

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So you want to roam among the wild things this festival season–EW has you covered. Below you’ll find a continually updated list of must-see lineups, unique programming twists, and a few tricks of the camping-in-the-woods, showering-in-a-stream, and dancing-until-dawn trade.

Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa—Riviera Maya, Mexico
January 23-27 | Website | Full Lineup
Billed as a “four-night, tropical and intimate country concert experience,” the event features Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, and a few others joining Luke Bryan at The Barceló Riviera Maya for a slew of performances each night, just feet from the Caribbean Sea.

Noise Pop Festival—San Francisco, California
February 20-March 1 | Website | Full Lineup | Twitter | Facebook
Noise Pop Festival—a purveyor of indie music and movie screenings—takes over a city in interesting way: booking shows at a variety of venues across the Bay Area over the course of 10 days, starting Friday, February 20. Check out LA-based duo Best Coast playing in a intimate venue, Aussie-electronic team Flight Facilities throwing a dance party, or Foxes in Fiction curating an Orchid Tapes label showcase. Other noteworthy names include KindnessCaribouLe Sinsthe New Pornographers, and more. READ FULL STORY

The War on Drugs announce a victory-lap spring tour

Though they’ve been together as a band since 2005, the War on Drugs didn’t break through in the mainstream press until last year, when they released their third album Lost in the Dream to rave reviews and prime spots atop year-end lists. Now, both diehards and new fans intrigued by all the buzz will have plenty of chances to see them this spring, as on Friday, the band announced a comprehensive spring tour that includes festivals like Bonnaroo and Governors’ Ball, as well as a slew of dates throughout Europe and the southern United States. (The full, recently announced Bonnaroo lineup can be found here.)

Read the full list of tour dates below.

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Bonnaroo reveals 2015 lineup

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Bonnaroo’s lineup tends to be an embarrassment of richesthe remote location of The Farm allows for all-night sets and sunrise surprises (Bonnaroo is the only curfew-free festival in the U.S.) while the four-day format lets Thursday exist as an emerging-artist day before Friday turns into a bloodbath of talent and constantly having to pick between favorites. This year is no different. In fact, it’s probably the deepestand jammiestyou’ll find this summer. The lineup was announced Tuesday evening interactively; fans who called in between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. were given the name of an artist and then got to share on their social media using the #bonnaroo hashtag. READ FULL STORY

Bonnaroo surprises: Skrillex, D'Angelo, Mystikal and more

Nearly every festival has its surprise performances, but Bonnaroo routinely does them better than any other.

The walkability of the grounds, for one, allows impromptu performances and all night parties to thrive — even those stuck on the furthest campgrounds can hear every word from the What Stage. If it sounds good, they can walk over. If it doesn’t, well, actually, they’re pretty much up a creek; there’s no escaping the sounds of the festival.

Skrillex seemed to have fulfilled his Bonaroo obligations after a two-hour Friday night set and Saturday SuperJam that raged until 3 a.m. and included guests Lauryn Hill and Janelle Monae. But three hours later, when he climbed into the DJ booth atop the Kalliope Stage — those who’ve been to Burning Man might (or, given your Burning Man, condition might not) recognize the mobile stage; it and the famously decked out VW Bug, “Big Red” made the trek East this year — and kicked off a sunrise set, festival-goers came out by the thousands. Some emerged in PJs, some in party clothes, but everyone danced until breakfast.

Skrillex’s one-hour set was by far the biggest surprise production, but there were several noteworthy ones throughout the weekend:

D’Angelo who famously chose Bonnaroo in 2012 as the venue for his first live U.S. appearance in 12 years, came out during ?uestlove’s curated Superjam. He didn’t play any of his own material but he did cover classics from Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles to a fever-pitched crowd, with assists from members of The Roots, Parliament Funkadelic, and the Time.

Chromeo filled their alloted 7:30 slot Saturday evening, then returned unnanounced later that night to Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Barn’s billed “Robe Rage with a Surprise DJ Set.” Picture: festival goers clad in tie-dye and robes (and sometimes tie-dyed robes) plus Chromeo in an over-the-top Christmas Club replete with Christmas lights, reindeers, and Santa decor.

And perhaps my favorite — because I really didn’t see it coming — was at RedBull’s Music Academy Stage. The four billed hours offer little by way of description (my calendar says, “Late Night Programming”) but we passed through right when Mystikal came out and let me tell you, nothing gets you to change your plan for the evening like hearing “Shake Ya Ass” rolling live through the hills of rural Tennessee before the sun comes up.

Kanye West gets booed at Bonnaroo

It seems not everyone at Bonnaroo was as excited for Kanye West to headline the festival’s Friday night lineup as organizers were — graffitied variations of “F–k Kanye” began popping up in various places  (walls, barriers, port-a-potties) across the farm almost as soon as concertgoers began arriving late Wednesday.

Nonetheless, Kanye took the stage for his 10 p.m. slot in front of an electric crowd that may top 90,000 by festival’s end. With a set design significantly toned down from his “Yeezus” tour, one might have been inclined to think this signaled a departure from his recent bombast. But that hope was dashed halfway through the set when, during the outro of “Heartless,” Kanye started yelling, “Where the press at? F–k the press!”

Given that the press made up an insignificant percentage of the audience, this comment passed by inoffensively — but it was just the beginning of the sermon. Kanye pressed on, touting his work ethic and commitment to his craft and saying he was feeling “humbled in a way that gave him strength” because at 37, “what you see [of him] now is only the beginning” which eventually escalated to “I am the No. 1 muthaf–kin’ rock star on the planet!” READ FULL STORY

Bonnaroo 2014 lineup announced: Elton John, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, more

Well, well — look who’s back at Bonnaroo.

The Tennessee festival has just announced the lineup for this summer’s sunbaked soiree, and it looks like Kanye West — whose appearance at the event in 2008 was met with much controversy —  will be headlining once again. Redemption!

Some of the other headlining names on the list include Elton John and Lionel Richie, two titans who will be making their first ever trip to the muddy Manchester meet-up, which will go down June 12-15.

Also scheduled: Vampire Weekend, Jack White, Phoenix, Neutral Milk Hotel, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Wiz Khalifa, Frank Ocean, and the Avett Brothers, who, hopefully for their sake, won’t be playing against Yeezus again.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 22 at noon via bonnaroo.com. Check out the full lineup below:

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Bonnaroo 'Soopergroop' documentary and mixtape feat. YouTube stars Soul Khan, Jeni Suk, Black Violin and more -- watch and listen here EXCLUSIVE

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What happens when the Internet meets the mud- and rock star-infested playing fields of rural Tennessee?

At this year’s Bonnaroo, festival organizers and INDMUSIC gathered YouTube stars Knower, Jeni Suk, Black Violin, and Soul Khan to form a liberally spelled ‘Soopergroop’ — and recorded it for posterity in an eight-part documentary series and original mixtape. Listen after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Livestream the Bonnaroo Festival starting today -- watch Paul McCartney, Macklemore, Nas, the National and more

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Even though Mumford and Sons announced today that they’ll be canceling their Bonnaroo headlining gig while bassist Ted Dwane recovers from a blood clot on his brain Jack Johnson will step in to replace them – there are still approximately 97,000 bands, solo artists, comedians, and collective super jams to see over the next three days.

But if you’re not among the 80,000 attendees testing the limits of their capacity for mud, music, and psychoactive substances in Manchester, Tennessee this weekend, you can still enjoy the show from the warm, dry comfort of your laptop.

To watch Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bjork, Wilco, R. Kelly, Wu-Tang, the National, the Lumineers, Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis, Beach House, Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Solange, Schoolboy Q, Cat Power, ZZ Top, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Tame Impala, Jim James, A$AP Rocky, Japandroids and many many more in real time, go to Ustream.tv/bonnaroo. Homemade living-room mudpit (and of course, clothing) optional.

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Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ video teaser: Watch it here

Bonnaroo lineup announced: McCartney, Mumford, A$AP Rocky, R. Kelly, Bjork and more round out wildly diverse roster

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This summer, the sons of London and Liverpool will descend upon Manchester — Tennessee, that is.

The annual rustic revel known as Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has announced this year’s lineup, with Paul McCartney and Mumford & Sons topping the bill for the June event. Other topline guests on the docket include Bonnaroo veterans Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Icelandic export Björk.

Mumford & Sons, who this month snagged the Album of the Year prize at the Grammys, won’t be the only folk group packing their suspenders: The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, and Glen Hansard are also slated to play.

Of course, the full lineup for the four-day event, going down June 13-16 at its usual Tennessee stomping grounds, gets more diverse as you go down the list: Wilco, R. Kelly, the Wu-Tang Clan, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grizzly Bear,  Nas, Earl Sweatshirt, and ZZ Top are just some of the acts who’ll be heading to the farm.

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D'Angelo lights up Bonnaroo in first U.S. performance in more than a decade

D’Angelo is back.

The reclusive R&B singer made his first live U.S. appearance in 12 years at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival early Sunday morning, surprising a few thousand fans during Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Superjam session. “I’ve been waiting 12 years to say this — ladies and gentlemen, D’Angelo!,” Thompson said as the crowd roared. (See exclusive photos of the festival here.)

It was his first U.S. show since 2000 and a prelude to an appearance at July’s Essence Music Festival and a European tour with many of the same players who backed him Sunday morning. D’Angelo played live in Europe earlier this year.

D’Angelo and his all-star band powered through a 90-minute jam session Sunday morning that included Jimi Hendrix’s “Have You Ever Been to Electric Ladyland,” Parliament Funkadelic’s “Funky Dollar Bill,” Led Zeppelin’s “What Is and What Should Never Be” and the Beatles’ “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,” but no new music. READ FULL STORY

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