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D'Angelo cancels festival appearance over illness

D’Angelo has added the Outside Lands music festival to his list of cancellations due to an unspecified medical emergency.

The soul singer had been forced to cancel U.S. dates last week due to illness and also will miss shows in Chicago and San Diego this week. Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers, will step into D’Angelo’s slot Friday night at Outside Lands where he was supposed to close the Sutro Stage.

The nature of D’Angelo’s illness was unclear. A publicist didn’t immediately respond to an email inquiry. The singer, whose real name is Michael Archer, has been slowly returning to public performances over the last year after more than a decade away from the spotlight and is expected to soon release his first album since 2000.

Lollapalooza 2013 Day 3: The Cure charm, Phoenix finish strong, and Baroness and Palma Violets burn the rest to the ground

If the first day of Lollapalooza was all about connecting past and future, and the second was a referendum on country in rock, the theme of Sunday was, “Man, there certainly was a lot of music this weekend.” Freed from the confines of a vague narrative (either constructed by the producers or grafted upon it by media types), the third and final day in Chicago’s Grant Park  was simply about finding something to be passionate about and then leaving it all on the field.

A great deal of that passion was reserved for the Cure, who served up a lovely two hours of throwback sadness as one of Sunday night’s headliners. Though his band has already been alt royalty for decades, frontman Robert Smith still draws his charisma from outsider weirdness. And though the Cure’s setlist was aggressively familiar (if you can think of a Cure song right now, they probably played it), it still lent many of their jams some freshness—even Smith himself still seems alarmed at just how sinister the bassline is that lurks underneath “Lullaby.”

He’s charmingly expressive too—during “Friday I’m In Love,” he made a stink face every time the lyrics came around to “Thursday,” as though that part of the week committed some still-unforgivable sin. And though he himself is showing signs of age, his voice remains as powerfully delicate as it did back when he recorded “Boys Don’t Cry,” the band’s first hit and still their encore-closing number.

At the opposite end of the festival grounds, Phoenix provided a Euro alt-dance party for anybody who wasn’t an aging goth romantic. READ FULL STORY

Lollapalooza 2013 Day 2: Mumford & Sons set the tone, Kendrick Lamar ascends, and Postal Service run a victory lap

Most of the time, Lollapalooza’s scheduling seems left to the whims of fate, the daily lineup strung together seemingly at random so that indie poppers bump up against metal acts and soul throwbacks open for folky singer-songwriters. It makes for some wildly jarring juxtapositions, with occasional stumbles into transcendence.

Saturday was different, at least at the south end of Chicago’s Grant Park. The ascendance of headliners Mumford & Sons rippled all the way into the afternoon, where banjo-friendly arrangements and country twang informed the bulk of the performances: Court Yard Hounds brought their pop-friendly version of crossover bluegrass, Eric Church stomped through a set of outlaw Southern rock, and twee Irish strummers Little Green Cars crafted colorful tapestries out of all manner of acoustic thread. (The National, sandwiched in between Church and semi-main eventers the Lumineers, must have been deeply confused by all the headband-wearing sunflower girls hanging around, as they’re used to playing for broodier types. Still, they did dedicate “England” to Mumford & Sons.)

It all led up to a triumphant turn by Mumford & Sons, who drew a massive throng of folk-hungry youth to sing along with Marcus Mumford’s every bellow and wail. There wasn’t a single tune across Mumford’s nearly two-hour set that wasn’t greeted as a massive hit, though the gathering masses reserved extra glee for “Little Lion Man,” “I Will Wait,” and “Lover of the Light.”

Mumford & Sons are not showmen, and their performance was free of both bells and whistles, but their songs clearly resonate across a wide spectrum, and they’re savvy enough to get out of the way of their trainload of sing-alongs.

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Lollapalooza 2013 Day 1: The Killers and New Order bridge the gap, Nine Inch Nails challenges, Imagine Dragons blow up, and Icona Pop make it rain

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In the video for New Order’s “Crystal”—which opened the veteran Manchester dance-rockers’ twilight set on the first day of Lollapalooza—there is a fake band called the Killers that inspired the name of the real band known as the Killers, who headlined the southernmost stage in Chicago’s Grant Park on Friday night. Those who spent the evening parked in front of that stage were treated to four hours of blissful, rhythmic, guitar-based pop that tapped into Lollapalooza’s spirit of eclecticism and brotherhood.

Even in their first-album youth, the Killers have always played the role of a big rock band—they seem custom-built for festival headlining slots. They did not disappoint; their 90-minute Friday finale was a gimmick-free charge through their impressive, hook-filled back catalog.Frontman Brandon Flowers worked the tens of thousands in front of him like a Vegas lounge revue, strutting and pounding through neutron bombs like “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me,” and in a charming bit of hero worship that brought the evening back around for a resolution, he welcomed New Order frontman Bernard Sumner to join the Killers for a cover of Joy Division’s “Shadowplay,” which they turned into a spry, jittery singalong.

In fact, the transformation of Joy Division songs might have been the highlight of Friday’s festivities. New Order finished their performance with three nods to the band they used to be, ripping through “Atmosphere,” “Transmission,” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart” as a tribute to late JD frontman Ian Curtis. In a remarkable bit of alchemy, Sumner (with a healthy assist from a game audience) turned “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” a downer of a song written by a guy who hanged himself, into a (pardon the pun) joyous anthem. Maybe that’s just the power of New Order, who ripped through a hit-filled set of effervescent synth-powered janglers like the dreamy “The Perfect Kiss” and a thudding “Blue Monday.” READ FULL STORY

Lollapalooza 2013 Day 0: Queens of the Stone Age start the weekend early

The official start of Lollapalooza 2013 was set for 11:30 AM on Friday, when the School of Rock tykes unleash the weekend’s first notes on the Kidzapalooza stage. And though his band wasn’t set to kick off their Lolla performance until Friday evening, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme had already started the party.

“I’m way high right now,” Homme told the sweaty crowd at the Metro on Thursday night during a raucous pre-Lollapalooza show. “Way higher than I look.”

He had clearly figured out the correct chemical cocktail for himself, as Homme and his gang of desert-rock ruffians plowed through nearly two hours of blistering riffs and druggy singalongs. READ FULL STORY

YouTube to stream Lollapalooza live all weekend: Watch it here

As music citizens of the world are well aware, the always epic Lollapalooza kicks of today in Chicago. Those lucky enough to make it out to Grant Park will be treated to three days of the likes of New Order, Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, Nine Inch Nails, the Postal Service,  the Cure, and too many other acts to name here. (Among those attendees: our own Kyle Anderson, who’ll be delivering breaking news and festival recaps on Music Mix all weekend.)

But if you’d rather take it all in without leaving your air-conditioned laptop perch, you’re covered too: Lollapalooza will be streaming live on YouTube all weekend. Dubbed “#Lazypalooza,” the online event will begin today at 3:30pm ET, when Icona Pop kicks off the festival with a set that will surely include “I Love It,” and it won’t stop until festival headliners the Cure says it does on Sunday night.

In other words, you have no excuse to show up to work Monday not knowing that [insert crazy thing that will happen] happened. And to make things even easier for you, we’ve embedded the videos (one for each day) for you below. Enjoy responsibly: READ FULL STORY

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

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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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 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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