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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

Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q plant their flags at iTunes Festival at SXSW

It’s a testament to Kendrick Lamar’s industry power right now that Apple essentially gave him and his crew an entire evening to themselves on the second night of the inaugural iTunes Festival at SXSW.

Lamar’s crew/label conglomerate Top Dawg Entertainment filled ever nook of the evening’s festivities, from the three booked acts to the guest stars. Though not necessarily on the same scale, it conjured up memories of Kurt Cobain curating an entire main stage day at the 1992 Reading Festival—a huge cultural entity acknowledging the overwhelming impact of a single star.

Of course, Lamar wouldn’t have arrived at this point if he wasn’t a stellar live performer, and he brought the same kind of energy and execution in Austin that he brought during his run as one of the top festival stars of last summer. He did most of those shows with a band, but on Wednesday night he was backed only by a DJ, and the narrowing of the sound made his material feel more claustrophobic in some ways. He benefits from that kind of intensity though: 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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Pitchfork Fest lineup announced: Beck, Kendrick Lamar, Neutral Milk Hotel, more

Hark! Festival season is upon us, and it’s time to start selecting the ones that will fit into your budget and schedule.

Today, Pitchfork has made that one step easier: They’ve just announced the lineup for their annual music fest in Chicago’s Union Park (June 18-20). Headliners include such heavy-hitters as Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, and (what!) Italo-disco legend Giorgio Moroder.

Even though there’s no reunited OutKast in the mix (at least not yet), those names alone should entice a great deal of you. But, of course, a ton of other great artists are signed up as well. Take a look at the full day-by-day lineup below:

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Labor Day Weekend music festivals: Where will you be?

Yes, it’s August 30, and it would take a flux capacitor to stop fall from coming. Whomp whomp.

But we say summer’s not over till somebody sings! Or in the case of the season’s final festivals, many, many bodies — bodies belonging to famous people with albums we enjoy.

Find our very anecdotal guide to some of the best fest options out there this long weekend, and tell us where you’ll be (and what we’ve missed) in the comments below.

The Everybody in the Pool Party: North Coast Music Festival (Chicago)

Featured artists: Passion Pit, Wu Tang, Afrojack, Nas, Gary Clark Jr., Nas, Mac Miller, the Disco Biscuits, Gary Clark Jr., Aluna George, Capital Cities, more.

The Heavy on Rock and Funny People Party: Bumbershoot  (Seattle)

Featured artists: Death Cab for Cutie, Fun., Heart, Kendrick Lamar, Bassnectar, Tegan & Sara, Alt-J, MGMT, Matt and Kim, the Breeders, plus comedians Marc Maron (with WTF Live), Patton Oswalt & Friends, Todd Barry, Reggie Watts, more.

The Made by Jay Z Party: Budweiser Made in America (Philadelphia)

Featured artists: Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Queens of the Stone Age, Imagine Dragons, Public Enemy, 2 Chainz, Miguel, Emeli Sande, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Solange, Haim, A$AP Rocky, AlunaGeorge, more.

The Sweaty Awesome Block Party:  Fool’s Gold Day Off (Brooklyn)

Featured artists: Duck Sauce, Danny Brown, A$AP Ferg, Migos, Run the Jewels, Unibros, more.

The Officially Bigger Than Glowsticks Dance Party:  Electric Zoo (Randalls Island, New York City)

Featured artists: Avicci, Tiesto, David Guetta, Bassnectar, Armand van Buuren, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, Zedd, Boys Noize, A-Trak, Above & Beyond, Knife Party, Benny Benassi, Baauer, Martin Solveig, Flux Pavilion, Alesso, Showtek

The Heartland Party: Warm Fest (Indianapolis)

Featured artists: Mayer Hawthorne, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Trombone Shorty & the Orleans Avenue, 3rd Bass, Delta Spirit, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

 

iHeartRadio Music Festival 2013 lineup announced: Katy Perry, Elton John, and more

Elton John and Ke$ha, united at last.

Sort of: Clear Channel’s iHeartMusicFestival has released the full lineup for its annual shindig, with artists ranging from Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, and, yes, Sir Elton and Ke$ha slated for the show.

The festival, where Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong infamously had an onstage meltdown last year, will once again take place in Las Vegas, going down over Sept. 20-21. It’ll all be broadcast live across Clear Channel stations and then air on CW on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

This year also brings a new addition to the event: the iHeartRadio “village,” featuring the likes of Miley Cyrus, the Wanted, Avril Lavigne, and more. Take a look at the full lineup(s) below: READ FULL STORY

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