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Killers, Black Keys, Jack Johnson Head to the Beach for Hangout Fest 2014

Killers, Black Keys, Jack Johnson Head to the Beach for Hangout Fest 2014

In the long line of festivals Outkast are due to headline this year comes yet another announcement from the duo (as is quickly becoming 2014 tradition.) The pair are now due to headline Gulf Shores, Alabama’s Hangout Festival, which takes place May 16th – 18th. The pair will be sharing the stage with the Black Keys, the Killers, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Pretty Lights, the Flaming Lips, the Avett Brothers, Modest Mouse and many more. At present, 65 of over 75 acts have been confirmed, with the remaining acts set to be revealed in coming weeks, so watch this space. In the meantime, watch this specific space right now.

Hitting the cyberworld just days after announcing that they will be playing their first shows in over a decade, including Coachella, Delaware’s Firefly Festival, Governors Ball and Georgia’s Counterpoint Festival, the Hangout announcement marks the pair’s fifth date in a promised 40-date festival run. In other words, people better get used to hearing headlining announcements about Outkast, or get out of the kitchen, as that old proverb goes.

Hip-hop loving Hangout attendees can also look forward to seeing Wiz Khalifa, Le1f, emerging Chicagoan Chance the Rapper, and Childish Gambino, who is set to recreate his “3005″ video on the festival’s ferris wheel.

Also included in the 75 band lineup are The Flaming Lips, Amos Lee, Bastille, Capital Cities, Childish Gambino, Conor Oberst, Fitz and the Tantrums, Ingrid Michaelson, Portugal The Man, Tegan and Sara, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Wiz Khalifa, Zedd, Pretty Lights and STS9.

Also set to feature at this year’s Hangout fest will be a beachside wedding chapel, which sounds, frankly, risky, but if you’re sure, then go for it.


Black Keys Dan Auerback Accused of Domestic Abuse, Ripping Off Jack White

Black Keys Dan Auerback Accused of Domestic Abuse, Ripping Off Jack White

Eurgh; Nashville is NOT the place to be right now, especially if you’re a blues rock revivalist.

And the Black Keys’ frontman, Dan Auerbach, is most definitely not the person to be – as he is being accused of literally everything under the sun this month, literally.

The latest in this long line of accusations is (don’t worry: it’s not murder!) domestic abuse (oh good, it’s only domestic abuse phew).

These accusations come from Auerbach’s wife, Stephanie Gonnis, with whom he is undergoing some kind of horrible, movie-style dramatic divorce at the moment. They follow accusations he made that she had attempted suicide twice in one day. One attempt involved Gonnis slashing her legs and ankles in front of their kid, and the other was an attempt at torching their home.

Their kid, Sadie Little Auerbach, (born in 2008) currently resides with her dad, after a judge ruled that Gonnis may only visit her under supervision and that this would remain the case until said judge had been convinced she was stable.

It’s difficult to know what to say about all that, really, so on a more humorous and fickle note, Auerbach has also been the victim of hostility from Jack White, who bizarrely, is also going through what looks to be a horrible divorce.

Basically, Karen Elson (White’s co-divorcee) wanted to put their kid in the same school as Auerbach’s kids and White doesn’t want this to happen because Dan Auerbach copied him, or something.

As White himself said in an email to Elson:

“Twelve f–king years I’m going to have to be sitting in kids chairs next to that a–hole with other people trying to lump us in together. He gets yet another free reign to follow me around and copy me and push himself into my world.”

Make of that what you will but there seems little doubt that White is currently in possession of a seriously entertaining, melodramatic streak, since he ended this email in shouty capslock, proclaiming:


It’s all going wrong in Nashville. :(

Black Keys, Flaming Lips, Avett Brothers Headline Louisville’s Forecastle Festival

Black Keys, Flaming Lips, Avett Brothers Headline Louisville’s Forecastle Festival

The Black Keys, Flaming Lips and Avett Brothers will headline the 11th Annual Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky this year.

This festival, which highlights music, arts and activism, will take place July 12-14 this year. Other notable performers include Animal Collective, Big Boi, Alabama Shakes, Old Crow Medicine Show, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Bob Mould, Killer Mike, Matt & Kim, Tift Merritt, String Cheese Incident and Kentucky native Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

The festival will be held at Waterfront Park in Louisville, with late night shows taking place on the Belle of Louisville steamboat, as well as venues around downtown Louisville. The String Cheese Incident will play at the Palace Theater (July 13), but tickets must be purchased in addition to the regular festival price.

Depending on when you buy, three-day passes for the event will cost between $125 and $180, with the latter being the full price for general admission, and also will be the price at the gate if tickets are still available. Additionally, a VIP pass is available for $475, which includes special entrances and viewing areas as well as an air conditioned lounge, exclusive bar and bathrooms and a poster.

The festival will once again welcome the Bourbon Lounge, which celebrates Kentucky’s great bourbon legacy – the official site reports that 95 percent of all the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky. The Bourbon Lounge will be expanded this year, with further details to come.

In addition to the notable music headliners, the event’s website notes that, “Forecastle has consistently promoted local artists as well as focusing on environmental activism and outdoor recreation. Past Forecastles have featured prominent organizations, industry leaders, and distinguished speakers, such as Christopher Sands and Robert Kennedy Jr.”

Beale Street Festival 2013 Rumors: Black Keys, Flaming Lips, Sheryl Crow

Beale Street Festival 2013 Rumors: Black Keys, Flaming Lips, Sheryl Crow

Updated February 28 10:34am – The projected line-up was dead on. Add to the mix Gavin DeGraw, AWOLNation, Three Days Grace and you’ve got the complete picture.

The Beale Street Music Festival has been held in Memphis for nearly 40 years. And for just as long, fans have speculated on the lineup before official announcements are made, and this year is no different, though we have a little more to go on than in years past because of the festival’s social media presence.

Last year, the festival’s Facebook page began “liking” the performers that would appear at the event in advance of the announcement of the official lineup. And the same thing has happened this year, and assuming this is an indication of the lineup it should be very strong, and will include Black Keys, Flaming Lips and Sheryl Crow.

Here’s the full list of artists that have been “liked” so far: Phoenix, The Black Crowes, Bassnectar, ZZ Top, Alice in Chains, Mavis Staples, Smashing Pumpkins, Patti Smith, Jerry Lee Lewis, Public Enemy, Hall & Oates, The Wallflowers, Deftones, Cracker, Papa Roach, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Gary Clark, Jr., Dwight Yoakam, Lucero, Charles Bradley, The Joy Formidable, Deer Tick, Vintage Trouble and Yngwie Malmsteen.

What we do know for sure is that this year will celebrate the 37th anniversary of the event, and will be held May 3-5 at Tom Lee Park in Memphis.

Of course, organizers of the event won’t confirm that the “Likes” on Facebook represent the lineup, but that could be because they are not allowed to do so by contractual agreement.

“We have a great social media presence. We manage three pages for Memphis in May and have well over 100,000 fans from all over,” said Memphis in May executive vice president Diane Hampton when asked about the Facebook acts by The Commercial Appeal. “It’s a very active page and we like a lot of music. Other than that, I really don’t have any specific comment.”

Hampton does say that she thinks the speculation is a positive thing.

“Speculating about a lineup is part of the new social craze for festival fans,” she continued. “Looking at who’s playing where and when and surmising they’re coming to this festival or that festival… that’s all part of the social interaction. I think it’s good for us, good for festivals in general.”

Memphis in May is a month-long festival that also includes a barbeque contest, classical music night and an international week in the city in addition to the rock music festival.

Black Keys, Mumford and Sons Stand Out at Grammy Awards

Black Keys, Mumford and Sons Stand Out at Grammy Awards

Last year’s Grammy Awards show was undisputedly dominated by Adele with her six wins, but this year’s 55th incarnation of the most tuxedo-ed night in music spread the love around more evenly. Mumford & Sons, Gotye and Black Keys were among the biggest winners.

English folksters Mumford & Sons’ sophomore effort Babel was named album of the year, and the group also won the trophy for best Long Form Music Video for their participation in the “Big Easy Express” along with Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. The band’s namesake Marcus Mumford said that the band had decided they wouldn’t be taking home any awards after losing out on some of the awards they were nominated for that were not televised.

“We resigned ourselves (to not winning),” he told Billboard. “Last year was Adele’s year and this year will be the Black Keys’.” Of course, he was quite alright with the award they did later win. “It’s f**king awesome,” he said.

Of course, a Grammys ceremony in this decade wouldn’t be complete without some kind of Adele win, and the artist won Pop Solo Performance of the Year for “Set Fire to the Rain (live).”

Black Keys won three awards, Rock Song and Rock Performance (both for “Lonely Boy”) and Rock Album (for El Camino). The duo shared the honor for Rock Song with the tune’s producer, Brian Burton – better known as Danger Mouse.

Gotye also won three awards, and it’s no surprise that his song “Somebody That I Used to Know” was named Record of the Year, as the song seemed to be playing absolutely everywhere in 2012. The only song that came closest to its popularity for the year was Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” but Jepsen lost both categories she was nominated in. Gotye accepted the award with Kimbra, who is featured on his song.

Other winners during the night included fun. (Best New Artist), Kelly Clarkson (Pop Vocal Album for Stronger), Usher (R&B Performance for “Climax”), Zac Brown Band (Best Country Album for Uncaged) and Frank Ocean (Best Urban Contemporary Album for Channel Orange).

Other highlights from the night included Justin Timberlake performing his new single “Suit & Tie” with Jay-Z, Taylor Swift kicking off the awards show with a performance of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and Prince presenting an award accompanied by a diamond studded cane. Additionally, an all-star lineup performed “The Weight” to honor Levon Helm, the late drummer of the band. Elton John dedicated the song to the victims of the Sandy Hook school tragedy and led the group, which included Mavis Staples, Zac Brown Band, Mumford & Sons and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.


Bottle Rock Festival Premieres with Black Keys, Flaming Lips, The Shins

Bottle Rock Festival Premieres with Black Keys, Flaming Lips, The Shins

The first ever Bottle Rock Music and Arts Festival will feature Black Keys, Flaming Lips and the Shins, among many others.

The festival will be held May 9-12 in Napa Valley, California and will focus on food, wine, comedy and beer as well as “over 40 of today’s most relevant bands,” as the event’s website puts it. Other notable acts performing at the festival include Alabama Shakes, Jane’s Addiction, the Wallflowers, Black Crowes, Primus, Bad Religion, Blues Traveler, Donavon Frankenreiter, Allen Stone, Ben Harper, Mavis Staples, Cake and Rodrigo y Gabriella.

In addition to these bands, it is reported that the festival will feature a full comedy lineup. Food and beverage options will come from more than 100 venders, 300 wineries and a local brewery.

The event will take place at the Napa Valley Expo, and will occupy the majority of the property at the site. The Expo is located “in the heart of downtown Napa,” and features “four buildings, many equipped with commercial kitchens, plus plenty of outdoor exhibit space all in the heart of Wine Country!”

The official website for the Bottle Rock Festival states that tickets will be available February 3, but has not other information about them. The Napa Valley Register reports that the music acts will perform on three separate stages around Napa Valley, including the Uptown Theatre. The paper also states the festival will be presented by two natives of Napa Valley, Bob Vogt and Gabriel Meyers.

The festival joins other music events in the area, most centered around wine and food as well. Festival del Sole and Music celebrates classical music, and there’s also the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway. The largest festival in the area is the Robert Mondavi Summer Music Festival, which celebrated its 43rd consecutive festival last year with headliners O.A.R., Plain White T’s and Natasha Bedingfield.


The Black Keys, Flaming Lips Team Up on a Handful of Tour Dates

The Black Keys, Flaming Lips Team Up on a Handful of Tour Dates

The Black Keys and the Flaming Lips will team up for a handful of shows this spring.

The first of four scheduled shows to feature both bands will take place on April 28 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and will be followed by a concert at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh on April 30. The two groups will then travel to Atlanta for a show at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood on May 2 and finally to Nashville for a Bridgestone Arena show on May 3.

The Black Keys will headline all four shows, and there’s no word yet on whether the groups plan to schedule any more shows together.

The new shows are the only U.S. shows currently scheduled for the Black Keys, though the duo does have a few South American shows scheduled for March and April. They will play the Jockey Club in San Paulo, Brazil (Lollapalooza Brazil) on March 30, the Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo in Montevideo, Uraguay on April 2, the Quilmes Festival in Buenos Aires on April 3 and finally will stop at the Lollapalooza Chile Festival on April 7.

The Flaming Lips also will appear at Lollapalooza Brazil, and following their stops with the Black Keys will head to Europe for a few dates, including two nights at the Roundhouse in London on May 20-21, and then appearances at the Hultsfred Festival in Hultsfred, Sweden (May 14) and the Northside Festival in Aarhus, Denmark (May 15).

The Oklahoma band will release their 15th studio album, The Terror, sometime this year. Steven Drozd, multi-instrumentalist for the band recently described his feelings on the album to the Monterey County Weekly

“Usually we finish a record and think we should’ve done something different,” Drozd said. “This is the first record in a long time where I can’t think of anything I’d want to change about it.”

Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Black Keys Join Rolling Stones for December 15 Newark Show

Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Black Keys Join Rolling Stones for December 15 Newark Show

When the Rolling Stones previously announced a handful of 50th anniversary shows for late this year, we all got excited. When they started bringing special guests like Mary J. Blige, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck onstage at concerts, the stakes got higher. But an upcoming concert by the band in New Jersey may be the biggest yet as the 50-year-old band welcomes Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys and Lady Gaga as their special guests.

Additionally, the concert will be shown as a live pay-per-view event, which will be available through cable and satellite providers as well as online at Yahoo WWE.

The concert will be held December 15 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and will be the final date on the five date mini-tour the Stones have dubbed “50 and Counting.”

“We’re excited these extraordinary artists, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and The Black Keys, have agreed to help celebrate our 50th Anniversary as we share the night live with our fans all over the world,” the Stones said in a statement. “Now the fun begins of trying to figure out the best songs to perform together.”

Blige appeared with the band at their appearance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. and sang on “Gimme Shelter.” Gary Clark, Jr. also was at that show to play a solo on “I’m Goin’ Down.” Former Stones bassist Bill Wyman and Guitarist Mick Taylor appeared with the band at the London shows at the O2 Arena, and are expected to join the band at the Newark show, as well.

In other Stones news, the band has been added to the 12-12-12 benefit concert that will raise money for the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Springsteen is also in the lineup of that show, and other performers include Billy Joel, Bon Jovi and Alicia Keys.

Black Keys Look to 2013 for New Record, Tour

Black Keys Look to 2013 for New Record, Tour

The Black Keys are still on the road supporting their most recent album, yet they’ve already announced that fans can expect a new album and tour next year.

“We’re going to start making a new album in January and we’re going to tour a little more in the spring,” drummer Patrick Carney said in an interview to CBS Local. “Our plan is to have the new album done by the end of spring or earlier, then hopefully take a few months off to do normal things like go to bed early and wake up early, walk the dog, that kind of stuff. Then we’ll probably by back on the road starting next fall.”

He also said that the actual release date will be determined by how long it takes to actually make the album, coupled with when the band wants to get out on the road again.

“It [an album] is definitely gonna happen in 2013,” Carney continued. “It’s just a matter of how long it takes [to] make the album and deciding when we want to get back on the road. With El Camino, it was mastered and mixed around June 15th [of 2011]. We were aiming for a September release date with that record, but we decided that if we pushed it back to December, we could end up having a kind of low-key three months. It didn’t work out that way because we ended up playing all these shows and doing a three-week promo trip. Whenever we try to build in breaks and time off, it doesn’t work out. But next year, we’re also committed to a vacation.”

Carney said that the group is once again in talks with Danger Mouse to produce the album, but he doesn’t know yet if that will happen.

“I talked to him [Danger Mouse, aka Brian Burton] on the phone a couple weeks ago to see what his schedule is like,” Carney said. “If we ever work with a producer, it’s always going to be him. We’ve been working with him since 2007, since Attack & Release, and we’re all really good friends. But he’s also really busy, producing so many records lately, so hopefully he has the time. He’s producing U2’s record – that takes priority over us! [laughs]”

Lollapalooza Chile 2013 Books Pearl Jam, Black Keys, Deadmau5

Lollapalooza Chile 2013 Books Pearl Jam, Black Keys, Deadmau5

The lineups for both the second incarnation of Lollapalooza Brazil and the third annual Lollapalooza Chile will include Pearl Jam, Black Keys and Deadmau5.

The Lollapalooza Brazil event will once again be held at the Sao Paulo Jocky Club, this time on March 29-31, 2013. Lollapalooza Chile will come the following weekend, April 6-7, at the Parque O’Higgins in Santiago.

Many acts will appear at both festivals, including the headliners as well as other notables like the Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, A Perfect Circle, Nas, Franz Ferdinand, the Hives, Hot Chip, Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, Puscifer, Two Door Cinema Club, Passion Pit, Kaiser Chiefs, Crystal Castles, Kaskade, Toro Y Moi, Porter Robinson and Steve Aoki.

There are a few acts, however, that will only appear at one of the two festivals. The Chile version of the event will be the exclusive host of Keane, Bad Brains, Manuel Garcia and Los Tres. Those attending the Brazil festival will see the Flaming Lips, Cake, Criolo + Emicida, Madeon and others.

In addition to these festivals, Lollapalooza also will play its annual Chicago show August 2-4, and will for the first time be held in Tel Aviv, Israel, as well. The latter festival will be held August 20-22 next year in Yarkon Park, which is the largest park in the country. Lineups for both of those festivals will be announced at a later time.

Lollapalooza was founded by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell as a traveling music festival that was first held in 1991. It was held in this manner every year until 1997, when the Lollapalooza name went on hiatus. Though it returned as a tour in 2003, a planned outing the following year was canceled due to low ticket sales.

Lollapalooza then returned in 2005 as a two- (later three-) day event held in Chicago. The Chile incarnation was first held in 2011, followed by the Brazil version the following year.

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