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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.

Governors Ball 2014, Day 1: OutKast, Phoenix, Jenny Lewis in a New York state of mind

Sure, it wasn’t completely underwater this year, but Governors Ball remains one of the more problematic three-day festivals on the summer calendar: it’s in too remote a location, the layout is cramped, and the lineup too schizophrenic for the volume of acts on the bill.

The bulk of those negative vibes got washed away the second the curtain dropped on the GovBallNYC Stage, revealing OutKast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi, who immediately tore into a neck-snapping rendition of the blistering Stankonia single “B.O.B (Bombs Over Baghdad).” READ FULL STORY

Judas Priest, Nas, Neutral Milk Hotel and more announced for Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin

Festvial-goers hell bent for lineup diversity and/or leather will be getting the full smorgasbord at the 9th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest, slated for November 7-9 in Austin, Texas.

The just-released roster includes Judas Priest, Nas, Neutral Milk Hotel, Death Cab for Cutie, Wiz Khalifa, King Diamond, Girl Talk, Rocket from the Crypt, Alt-J, Death from Above 1979, Guide by Voices, Sky Ferreira, Gary Numan, Yo La Tengo, Foxygen, Dum Dum Girls,  Death Grips,and Ginuwine.

The comedy and action sports stages will be announced later this summer. Pony up for tickets starting today at the festival’s official site.

Eminem, OutKast, Pearl Jam, Beck lead Austin City Limits lineup

Summer festival season has only just begun, but it’s already time to start thinking about where you’re going to binge on music this fall. You can start with Slim Shady himself, who is the just-announced headliner at the annual Austin City Limits Festival.

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Coachella death: Young woman dies of apparent overdose

Police have reported that a 24-year-old woman has died after attending last weekend’s Coachella festival. According to the L.A. Times, the Riverside County sheriff-coroner has ruled that the cause of death for the woman, identified as Oakland resident Kimchi Truong, was an apparent drug overdose.

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On the scene at Coachella day three: Arcade Fire, Calvin Harris, and yes, a thousand more cameos

The 2014 Coachella will be memorialized as the year of the cameo. If Saturday elicited surprise appearances from the likes of Jay Z, Puff Daddy, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Sunday’s guest list attempted to up the ante—with a no-RSVP-needed guest list that included Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, Drake, and Deborah Harry from Blondie. By the time nightfall descended on the Polo Grounds in Indio, A-list musicians were practically popping up out of the Port-A-Potties. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at Coachella day two: Pharrell, Skrillex, Muse, Lorde -- and a parade of guest stars

By Saturday night, the Coachella Valley Music festival starts to feel like being favorably trapped inside a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Most options led to auspicious surprises, if you could withstand the cyclone winds choking the Polo Fields. At midnight, Nas performed the entirety of his seminal ’90s album Illmatic, accompanied by former nemesis-turned-ally Jay Z. Puff Daddy even bopped out to perform “Hate Me Now.” READ FULL STORY

Outside Lands 2014 lineup announced: Kanye West, Tom Petty, more

What do you get when you mix 808s and Heartbreak with the Heartbreakers? This year’s Outside Lands lineup.

Bad jokes aside, the annual San Francisco event — taking place Aug 8-10 at Golden Gate Park — has announced the slate of artists scheduled to play this year, and the bill runs from Yeezy and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to the Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Disclosure, and the Flaming Lips — with undercard slots filled out by the likes of Dear Tick, Christopher Owens, and Chvrches.

Take a look at the full lineup below:

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Summerfest in Milwaukee: Joan Jett, New Order and more join Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, OutKast in lineup

Milwaukee’s Summerfest has announced their full line-up for the 2014 festival, taking place over two weeks from June 25 to July 6. They have previously announced that the headliners would be Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Brad Paisley, OutKast with Gary Clark Jr., Dave Matthews Band, Zac Brown Band, MÖTLEY CRÜE with Alice Cooper and Fall Out Boy and Paramore.

Now to the list they’ve added Joan Jett, Nas, New Order, Rise Against, Neon Trees, Tegan and Sara, Kool & the Gang, Cheap Trick, Bleachers, Bonnie Raitt, and dozens more.

It’s basically everybody– literally; DJ Pauly D is there — in the pool; click here to see the full lineup.

 

Jay Z and Kanye West bring the throne to SXSW

Back in 2011 and 2012, super friends Jay Z and Kanye West took their epic Watch the Throne tour everywhere from Paris to Vancouver. Even New Jersey got a two-night stand. One place they skipped, though? Austin, Texas.

That changed last night, when Jay and ‘Ye took over the Austin Music Hall for Samsung’s big SXSW party. Needless to say, people were excited; even Tyler, the Creator, who had a showcase of his own to play later that night, could be seen wilding out in the middle of the young crowd and, inevitably, inspiring a flood of Samsung-sponsored selfies from the fans around him. (Sadly, Tyler’s scheduled 1 a.m. showcase at Mohawk would end up being marred by tragedy.)

So did the Throne live up to the hype? Without a doubt. Sure, the concept and set-list was more or less a facsimile of the official tour — the rappers dueled from atop opposing glowing cubes amid a spastic laser show, before eventually taking the actual stage together and tag-teaming in and out for solo mini-sets — but that didn’t stop everyone from losing themselves during the two-hour blowout. And both Jay and Kanye have put out a bunch of new music since they last convened onstage: Hova had his (also Samsung-aided) Magna Carta Holy Grail, while West had his Yeezus masterpiece, plus the Cruel Summer comp he released under the G.O.O.D. Music banner.

But since the notes on my phone are roughly 85% exclamation points, it might be best to break it down by the numbers: READ FULL STORY

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