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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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Governors Ball, Day 1: Lots of weather, some music, no Kings of Leon

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The British have a lot of weird old traditions, but perhaps the most peculiar one is their annual insistence on hanging out in the rain and mud to listen to music. Every year, thousands of otherwise normal-seeming Britons convene in the farms and parks of Reading and Leeds with the knowledge that they and their loved ones have a high chance of getting soaked. And the sick part is, they seem to enjoy it.

From what I could tell, the majority of people at the opening day of the Governors Ball Festival on New York City’s Randall’s Island were not British, and did not enjoy it. Yet amid a relentless battery of heavy rains and high winds courtesy of Tropical Storm Andrea, the festival did its best to keep calm on and carry on by sticking to their schedule of artists, which included Erykah Badu, Local Natives, Young the Giant, Best Coast, and more. At a certain point, though, you gotta know when to call it, and the Gov Ball organizers were forced to cancel the party before the night’s headliners, Kings of Leon and Pretty Lights, had a chance to take the stage. (To make up for it, Kings of Leon is now scheduled to play this evening.)

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Inaugural BottleRock brings Black Keys, Kings of Leon, and Anthony Jeselnik to Napa Valley

Music festivals continue to grow, and between now and the end of the summer, there is essentially a major one every single weekend. The expanded menu requires a lot more diversity, both in the types of acts booked on the main stages and the other attractions offered on the grounds. Gone are the days when you could just set up a PA and invite some dudes with guitars—now there have to be multiple hooks to convince people to make the journey to your field.

Enter BottleRock Napa Valley, a new festival that launches its inaugural entry this Wednesday, May 8, and runs through Sunday May 12. The music lineup is impressive, and will include sets from the Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kings of Leon, Flaming Lips, Jane’s Addiction, Train, the Shins, Alamabama Shakes, and dozens more.

Perhaps BottleRock’s biggest secret weapon, though, is its comedy lineup: READ FULL STORY

Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails will headline Voodoo Fest 2013: See the full lineup here

Eddie Vedder and Trent Reznor are headed to the Big Easy.

The lineup for this fall’s Voodoo Festival in New Orleans has been announced, and ’90s-radio stalwarts Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails are the lucky topliners. The fest, scheduled to take place Nov. 1-3, will be in its 15th iteration this year.

So who else will be joining PJ and NIN? Glad you asked: Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, Paramore, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Afrojack, Robert DeLong, Boys Noize, Cults, Alkaline Trio, Desparecidos, Big Gigantic, and How to Destroy Angels will also be performing at the Louisiana fest. Eagle-eyed readers will notice that Reznor’s other band is also on the lineup, meaning that he’ll be hitting the stage at least twice during the three-day event.

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Coachella day three: Wu-Tang Clan celebrates their 20th anniversary and more

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“Hurricane Wu just hit,” cracked one of the members of the Wu-Tang Clan, amidst a savage sand storm that shellacked Coachella on Sunday night. If you looked up into the sky, you could see two things: gusts of swirling dirt and thousands of audience members throwing “W” hand gestures in the air.

Maybe Coachella was the perfect setting for the Wu-Tang clan. Celebrating their 20th year in operation, the New York rappers are ostensibly the antithesis of the stereotypical Coachella performer. Their music is frequently dark, violent, and cold—a product of inner-city poverty, grime, and cracked genius. Yet there were few more anticipated acts of the weekend.

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On the scene at Coachella Day Two: Phoenix, R. Kelly(!), Hot Chip and more

Will they or won’t they? As the sun set on Saturday night, one question hung over the Coachella audience like a cliffhanger in an ’80s dramedy.

Would Daft Punk join Phoenix at the end of the latter’s headlining main stage set? And if so, would there be pyramids, robots, and lasers, or just two Frenchmen pumping their fists in promotion of their forthcoming record?

The evidence stacked up in favor of a cameo from the famed Parisian electronic duo, whose 2006 Coachella set was widely considered the match that sparked the current mania for electronic music. For one, both members of Daft Punk were reportedly in attendance. On Friday, the festival main stage buzzed over a trailer hyping the group’s new record. Plus, there’s a long history of bonhomie between the two groups, including a 2010 Daft Punk pop-up appearance at Phoenix’s Madison Square Garden show.

Instead, we got R. Kelly. The 46-year old Chicago R&B lothario materialized towards the end of Phoenix’s set to play an abbreviated three song medley of “Bump n’ Grind,” “Ignition (Remix),” and “I’m a Flirt,” wearing an unbuttoned black shirt, blue jeans, and what appeared to be a crown.

Suddenly, the Empire Polo grounds transformed from a meticulous 80s synth-pop party into a gyrating outdoor boudoir. To say it was weird was an understatement.

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Coachella Day One: Blur, Skrillex's 'supergroup' Dog Blood, and more

The beauty (or not, depending on your point of view) of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival is that there’s no longer one Coachella Music Festival. Once a one-day event attended by 10,000 people, the Indio bacchanalia has become a rite of passage for North America’s 25-and-under population.

In 2013, it occupies half the weekends in April, with over 100 acts competing for attention, spread out across seven stages and enough art installations to satisfy even the most ardent aesthetic snob. Headliners this year include the reunited Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Rumors of a Daft Punk appearance remain rampant.

But if there’s a unifying theme that’s emerged from the last few festivals, it’s that electronic music has supplanted rock as the primary locus. That’s not to say that there weren’t bravura sets from America and England’s most celebrated rock bands, but none could match the MDMA-addled hordes that congregated in the Sahara Tent, the festival’s dedicated airplane hanger for electronic dance music. READ FULL STORY

Coachella will stream the festival live on YouTube again

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Excited about this weekend’s arrival of Coachella — and all of the hologram possibilities that come with it? Of course you are (you clicked on this post)!

But if you weren’t one of the lucky 45,923,583 people* who snagged a ticket to one of the Indio festival’s two identical weekends, there’s a solution. For the third straight year, Coachella producers has announced the festival will stream live on its official YouTube page.

Viewers will be able to stream the first weekend’s five-stage action starting this Friday at 3:30 p.m. PT, because there’s nothing better than spending a nice, warm spring weekend indoors with Sigur Rós on your computer.

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Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails to headline Lollapalooza

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Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, The Lumineers and The National are officially set to rock Lollapalooza when the festival hits Chicago’s Grant Park August 2-4, organizers announced today.

Looks like that leaked image of the festival lineup was the real deal.

Other big names set for the fest include Kendrick Lamar, Eric Church, Ellie Goulding, Grizzly Bear, Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Ray, Band of Horses, Hot Chip, Azealia Banks, Local Natives, Major Lazer and Two Door Cinema Club.

Check out the entire 130-artist-strong lineup below.

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Rumored Lollapalooza lineup leaked: The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, more expected

What do the Cure, Mumford and Sons, and Nine Inch Nails all have in common? According to a leaked image of this year’s Lollapalooza lineup, they’ll all be taking the stage at Chicago’s Grant Park this summer.

The lineup — gleaned from a full-page Lollapalooza ad reportedly set to run in a magazine — also includes a host of previously announced acts like the Killers, the Postal Service, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, and the National.

And so much more, of course. Take a look at the list below:

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