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Summerland Tour preview: Everclear's Art Alexakis on playing the hits and choosing food over sex

In 1995, Everclear released their second album Sparkle & Fade, which not only contained the band’s breakout hit “Santa Monica” but also a ruggedly dreamy composition called “Summerland.” Nearly two decades later, Summerland is more than just a song. It’s a franchise, and it serves as the name of Everclear frontman Art Alexakis’ touring mini-festival, which is about to kick off its third consecutive year on the road (and fourth overall). Starting this Friday, June 13, in Pompano Beach, FL, Everclear will take Soul Asylum, Eve 6, and Spacehog across North America for a healthy series of doses of alt-rock nostalgia. “These are still real bands,” Alexakis notes. “They’re not bands coming out of the mothballs to play the hits. That’s the difference between our tour and some of the other ‘90s tours. If that’s what you want to see, that’s totally cool, but that’s my thing. A lot of those bands are starting to sound like karaoke bands. I want to hear rock bands.”

Enjoy EW’s conversation with Alexakis about the new trappings of rock stardom below, and check out the official Summerland site for the full list of tour dates.

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Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner talks Bonnaroo

Nearly a decade after they achieved buzz-band status in America with arch Britpop ditties like “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “Fake Tales of San Francisco,” Arctic Monkeys have become bona fide stadium stars—literally.

Armed with a fuller, Josh Homme-assisted sound and a long-nurtured fan base, the band has graduated to sell-out crowds at venues like Madison Square Garden and L.A.’s Staples Center, both of which they’ll be playing on a massive tour this summer that includes a stop at Tennesee’s Bonaroo Music & Arts Festival this weekend.

We tracked down frontman Alex Turner, 28, on the road in Germany and got him to talk tequila, two-way pagers, and how .
EW: How have the Germans been treating you?
Alex Turner: I just got here. Did a sound check. Then a very nice German lady served me some beef stroganoff, and I was absolutely famished, so that went down a treat. I’m going to talk to you, then take a nap, and I’m going to go play a rock show. It’s not that bad a day, really. READ FULL STORY

Ray & Remora cover Pavement's 'Gold Soundz': Watch the video with Jeff Goldblum, Kim Gordon & more

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As Stephen Malkmus once memorably sang, “You can never quarantine the past.” But he didn’t say anything about covering it– so L.A. duo Ray & Remora, a.k.a.  Dan Crane and Amanda Walker, have taken on Pavement’s classic “Gold Soundz,” from 1994’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (which coincidentally turns 20 this month, if that doesn’t make you feel like a T-rex.)

R&R also grabbed a few famous friends to make cameos in the video for the song, including Malkmus, Kim Gordon, actor Jeff Goldblum, longtime Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark, Weezer’s Scott Shriner, Inara George of The Bird and the Bee, and Mike Viola of The Candy Butchers.

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La Sera's 'Fall in Place' -- watch the L.A. indie duo's new video here EXCLUSIVE

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“I wanted the new La Sera record to sound like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag,” says frontwoman (and Vivian Girls alum) Katy Goodman.

And the video for “Fall in Place,” from the band’s new Hour of the Dawn, does look like a summer-Sunday stroll to exactly the kind of barbeque where the “It’s My Party” singer and Henry Rollins might bond over potato salad and a few sunset trips to the punch bowl. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

Governors Ball 2014, Day 2: Jack White, The Strokes, Sleigh Bells go big

At any weekend festival, Saturday is typically the most important day; it also tends to be the best attended. (Friday gets cut off because it’s still a work day; Sunday gets truncated because of exhaustion.)

With that many people going all-in, everything gets heightened: the weather hits harder, the choices made about who to watch and what to skip become more dramatic, and the pressure gets ratcheted up for everybody on stage, especially the closers.

Such was the case on Saturday, the second day of Governors Ball 2014, and luckily, headliner Jack White is no stranger to pressure. White has headlined many a festival before, so he’s an old hand at commanding the whims of tens of thousands at a time, and he stuck to the biggest meat-and-potatoes riffs in his catalog to keep the crowd stirred after a long day of baking in the sun.  READ FULL STORY

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

Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser on his favorite books, new solo album -- EXCLUSIVE

Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser has a busy season ahead, crisscrossing the country to support his debut solo release, Black Hours, out today (see tour dates below).

But even in the midst of promoting hours Hours — which includes guest spots from friends including Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman, Fleet Foxes’ Morgan Henderson, and the Shins’ Richard Swift —  he remains a happy bookworm (albeit one who looks very sharp in a tux). So he provided EW with a few favorite picks from his current fiction and nonfiction reading list: READ FULL STORY

Jack White slams Black Keys, says they're 'ripping' him off (UPDATE: And then apologizes)

UPDATE: Jack White issued a lengthy apology note on Saturday, hoping to put the negativity surrounding his recent comments in Rolling Stone to rest. “I wish the band the Black Keys all the success that they can get,” he writes. “I wish no slight to the talents of Winehouse, Duffy, Lana del Rey, and Adele.” You can read the full letter on his website.

ORIGINAL POST: Things are still pretty black and white for Jack White and the Black Keys: Jack is not a fan.

Addressing a series of leaked emails from last year, in which White called the Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach “an a–hole,”  he further elaborated to Rolling Stone in their current issue:

“There are kids at school who dress like everybody else, because they don’t know what to do, and there are musicians like that, too. I’ll hear TV commercials where the music’s ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it’s me. Half the time, it’s the Black Keys. The other half, it’s a sound-alike song because they couldn’t license one of mine. There’s a whole world that’s totally fine with the watered-down version of the original.” READ FULL STORY

Steve Perry joins Eels on stage, sings live for first time in nearly two decades: Watch here!

How did you spend your Memorial Day weekend? Did you go to the beach, hang out at a barbecue, or get married in a cartoonishly extravagant ceremony you’re bound to regret?

Former Journey singer Steve Perry found his own way to celebrate the holiday– by stepping up on stage and singing live for the first time in almost 20 years.

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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.

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