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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

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

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

Lionel Richie on his tour, Kenny Rogers Roasters, and the number of times someone can be a lady

He has danced on the ceiling. Partied all night long. Asked if he was, by chance, the romantic prospect that you have been in search of. Now Lionel Richie is going next level with All the Hits All Night Long, his first North American tour in a decade, complete with a special pit stop at Bonnaroo on June 14 alongside the likes of Kanye West and Jack White. Before kicking off this leg on May 29 in Vancouver, the 64-year-old Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, who has sold more than 100 million records, rang up EW for a revealing and riotous Q&A in which he dropped knowledge on songwriting, the Middle East, reality TV, the number of times someone can be a lady, and so much more. Truly. READ FULL STORY

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

Moody summer vibes on Lana Del Rey's new single 'West Coast': hear it here

Lana Del Rey unveiled her new single “West Coast,” at Coachella last weekend — and in case you weren’t part of the desert masses this year, you can check it out below. The bluesy summer tune is off of her upcoming album Ultraviolence, which drops May 1st.

There’s a heavy influence from producer Dan Auerbach, The Black Keys frontman who has been working with her on the album. Can you catch the threads of The Beatles’ “And I Love Her“?

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OutKast comeback: Andre 3000 and Big Boi rock Coachella

“I know it’s kind of weird… 20 years later.” Andre 3000’s last words from OutKast’s 90-minute performance summarized the nostalgia, bizarre ambivalence, adrenal brilliance, and unadulterated joy that surrounded the duo’s much-trumpeted reunion at the 2014 Coachella Music Festival.

You didn’t need to guess at the level of anticipation; you merely had to listen to the squeals on the Indio field.  From the smoke machines and fog to the humid red lights and scarred American flag backdrop, to their magnetic charisma and take-it-or-leave-it attitude, the moment felt closer to a big-tent revival than a reunion.

If you wanted the greatest-hits set, you got it: from first song ”B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)” to the finale, an aloof rendition of “Hey Ya.” There were guest spots from Janelle Monae, Future, and long-time Dungeon Family hook guru, Sleepy Brown (even if the majority of the young Indio crowd inevitably mistook him for the late Isaac Hayes). But if you expected the OutKast Super Fun-Fun Happy Hour, you might have been gravely disappointed. 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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Eminem, Outkast top 2014 Lollapalooza lineup

Eminem and Outkast will headline a diverse lineup of more than 130 acts at this year’s three-day Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Jane’s Addiction lead singer and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell announced Wednesday.

The lineup also includes recent Grammy darling Lorde, rockers Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys and electronic dance music stars Calvin Harris and Skrillex.

“Every year you’re shooting to have just an incredible bill that people will look at and say, `I’m there,'” Farrell said in an interview. “The music is going to entertain them and do wonders for their heart and so is the city.”

This year marks the festival’s 10-year anniversary in Chicago’s lakefront Grant Park. This year acts will perform on eight stages from Aug. 1-3. The full lineup is available on Lollapalooza’s website.

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