Macklemore, Deadmau5, Phoenix Set to Headline Australia’s Future Music Fest

Macklemore, Deadmau5, Phoenix Set to Headline Australia’s Future Music Fest

Australia’s Future Music Festival has just revealed its line-up for its 2014 event, and so far, its looking promising.

Genre-wise, the festival seems to be returning to its electronic roots, after acts like The Stone Roses and New Order failed to get people pumped up over the last couple of years.

At present, the line-up consists of Rudimental, rapper Tinie Tempah plus Knife Party, Eric Prydz, Hardwell, Naughty Boy, ATB, Sven Vath, Markus Schulz, Baauer, Chuckie, Kaskade, Chase & Status, Paul Van Dyk, Dubfire, Bassjackers, Guy Gerber and local bands Cut Copy, Timmy Trumpet and the Stafford Brothers, as well as Deadmau5, French band Phoenix and chart topping U.S. hip hop act Macklemore and Ryan Lewis fulfilling headliner duties.

Said festival of Future Music is set to take place at Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds on March 1st, Perth’s Joondalup Arena on March 2nd, Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on March 8th, Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse on March 9th and Adelaide Showgrounds on March 10th of next year.

Under-18 electronic music fans don’t have to miss out either, with the “Good Life” leg of the festival kicking off on Friday 28th February in Brisbane, March 3rd in Perth, March 7th in Melbourne, before landing in Sydney on March 9th.

2014′s event is set to be the biggest ever, with Festival organizers having signed a deal with Australian mega-promoters, the Mushroom Group. Of the alliance, festival director Brett Robinson said: “The Future is very bright indeed! With the confidence of a brand new alliance the Mushroom Group, Future Music Festival is poised for its biggest ever season. The strength of the relationship will become apparent when we announce our 2014 line up in a few weeks time.” We can see what you mean there, Brett.

Phoenix, Jane’s Addiction Set for Music Midtown 2013, RHCP Next?

Phoenix, Jane’s Addiction Set for Music Midtown 2013, RHCP Next?

Figuring out festival line-ups has turned into something of a national pastime for music writers. Festivals seem to come up with ever more clever ways of doing their big revel of the bands they have on tap. Atlanta’s Music Midtown is no different as they started their social tease on Friday. In a coordinated effort between the festival’s Facebook and Instagram page, the festival organizers posted album covers to denote which bands would be playing this year’s two-day event in the meadow at Piedmont Park. So far we have big dogs like Jane’s Addiction, Phoenix, Weezer and Kendrick Lamar signed on. Other acts officially in the fold include Imagine Dragons, Capital Cities, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys, Cake, 2 Chainz and hometown favorites The Black Lips. The official line-up is due to be released on Tuesday, but you can track all of the band up-to-the-minute additions on our Music Midtown page.

Needless to say lots of excitement has been kicked up on the festival’s Facebook page. Fans have been doing a little spelunking of their own. The Cake addition was uncovered by a fan digging around on the band’s website that also uncovered the festival dates (September 20-21) before it was official. The most curious rumored band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A fan allegedly saw the date temporarily posted on the RHCP’s website over the weekend before it got yanked down. Did the band’s webmaster get a little trigger happy perhaps? We will have to wait and see.

Regardless, Atlanta’s premiere music festival is mounting the excitement and preparing for another sold out weekend this fall. What a great way to build up their social following while having a little fun with their highly anticipated news.

Phoenix U.S. Tour Continues With October Concerts

Phoenix U.S. Tour Continues With October Concerts

French fellas Phoenix will make a short swing through the U.S. later this year in continued support of their most recent effort, Bankrupt!.

The group will use their previously announced appearance at Lollapalooza on August 4 to kick off the tour leg, and will stay on the road through a show at RIMAC in San Diego on October 10. In between those dates, the group will play Omaha, Nebraska; Charlottesville, Virginia; Chicago; Ypsilanti, Michigan; Brooklyn and Los Angeles.

Dinosaur Jr. will offer support for some of the gigs, and The Vaccines and Icky Blossoms will appear at certain dates, as well. Phoenix also will play the Outside Lands Festival, which will take place in San Francisco from August 9-11.

The band has spent most of 2013 supporting Bankrupt! around the world. The album is the fifth album by the group and was released this April, debuting at number four on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The album was their first since 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which broke the band to a much larger American audience than it had known before, primarily through the single “1901.” The album also won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.

So far, the band has made waves in America by appearing at the Coachella Festival, where they performed “1901” with R. Kelly. They also played their single “Entertainment” on Saturday Night Live. The group recorded a show for the Austin City Limits series earlier this year, and also will perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. Other acts playing that festival include Depeche Mode, the Cure and Wilco.

In between now and then, the group will be playing the European festival circuit for the summer, and will return to Europe following the U.S. dates.

Phoenix Concert Review at the Tabernacle in Atlanta

Phoenix Concert Review at the Tabernacle in Atlanta

Phoenix’s latest album Bankrupt! has only been out of the stables for a few weeks, but the band is already hard at work sharing their new vision to the masses. The French group has signed on for numerous summer festival appearances on both sides of the pond (Coachella, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Reading) as well as some one off performances in the U.S. Last night, they took up residence at the storied Tabernacle in Atlanta for a rousing set. It marked the band’s first return to the city since April 2010 when they toured behind their breakthrough hit Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.

Urge Overkill opened the evening. For the over 30 crowd, you’ll best remember these guys for their groovy take on Neil Diamond’s “Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon.” It was the unforgettable anthem that serenaded Uma Thurman in the ‘dancing with herself’ sequence in Pulp Fiction. They pretty much fell off the map for me after that brush with notoriety. It seems the band largely fizzled out around 1995 after Eddie Roeser parted ways with the group, and the remaining members couldn’t peg his replacement. The group reformed a decade later and released a new album Rock & Roll Submarine in May of 2011.

Even though Urge Overkill was born into grunge (once opening for Nirvana and Pearl Jam), they’ve always had a more classic rock feel to me. They’ve always had an interesting vibe though it fails to really grab you and force you take notice. Their live act mirrors this. They had solid energy and they sounded good, but I wonder if I’ll still remember their performance next week.

When Phoenix hit the stage, the sold out Tabernacle crowd was stuffed into every nook and cranny of the old church. Thomas Mars and company walked out onto a stage that was very clean and distinctive. Christian Mazzalai’s drum kit is translucent, and the instrument placement is very exact and minimalist. It seems to mirror the band’s personality.

A Phoenix show is much like attending a modern art exhibit. Mars doesn’t shower himself in the spotlight like most lead singers are wont to do. The band members largely take the backseat during the performance, allowing the music and the lights tell the story. These streams of light wash over and through the audience, channeling the music. Lighting plays a larger part in a Phoenix show than any other band I’ve seen outside of EDM. Given their electronic sensibilities, they may have taken a page from their dance brethren, incorporating in this element.

The six-man band seemed to divvy up the setlist fairly evenly between Bankrupt! and Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. They lit into a charged version of “Entertainment” that raced into the night. Mars took a quick nap on the amp during the Tangerine Dream-tinted instrumental “Love Like a Sunset.” The light show was at its apex on this one as spotlights slowly swept, strobe lights pulsed incessantly. “1901,” of course, riled the crowd up from their largely reflective state. In a cool moment, Mars jumped down from the stage to stand on the security rail as a shower of hands reached out for him.

The synth goodness was ever present throughout their musical wanderings, but that didn’t stop Phoenix from occasionally pulling the emergency break. On the return from their encore, they performed a stripped down take on “Countdown” with Mars again perched on his security rail. An army of camera phones were drawn from pockets to Memorex the event. Mars did have a Where’s Waldo moment during the evening as he walked up the make shift aisle back to the soundboard. Corded microphone and all, he proceeded to crowd surf back to the stage. It created a cool effect of him singing while his adoring fans passed him carefully from one set of hands to another.

Phoenix had a very tight, polished sound similar to what I remember from them on the Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix tour. The new album flows pretty seamlessly when integrated into their catalog of tracks live. They’ve definitely added a few tools to their arsenal of live tricks since last I saw them.

Phoenix put on a great show for the Tabernacle crowd. I wish the crowd would have been a bit more enthusiastic when it came time to call them back on stage for the encore. Their effort was at best half assed. We need the whole ass from you Atlanta. Sometimes I wonder if the whole encore concept is getting a bit played out.

Phoenix heads up to the north east for headlining slots at the Sweetlife Festival (Columbia, Maryland) and Radio 104.5 Bash (Camden, New Jersey) this weekend. Hopefully we will see France’s most successful musical import break open a larger tour of North America soon.

Lollapalooza 2013 to Feature The Killers, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix

Lollapalooza 2013 to Feature The Killers, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix

Mumford & Sons, the Killers, Vampire Weekend and Phoenix will headline this year’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago this summer.

Festival organizers have not officially released the lineup, but the headliners were reported by the Chicago Tribute. Additionally, the paper says that “multiple industry sources” confirm that the National and the Postal Service also will appear at the festival.

The event will be held in the city’s Grant Park on August 2-4 this year.

Official confirmation should be coming in the second week of April. If these artists are confirmed, most will have new albums to support at the festival.

Vampire Weekend will release Modern Vampires of the City on May 7. The album will be the group’s third studio album, and the first since 2010’s Contra. The band appeared at the 2009 incarnation of Lollapalooza, as well.

Phoenix is expected to release its fifth studio album, Bankrupt! on April 22. The album will be the first since 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix broke the French group to a wider mainstream audience and earned the band the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.

The National is expected to release a new album sometime in May, though no official release date or an album title has yet been revealed. The band’s most recent album, High Violet, debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 albums charts. The new album will be the sixth by the band.

The appearance by the Postal Service will mark the 10th anniversary of the duo’s sole release, Give Up. The album, by Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello, is receiving a deluxe reissue this year with new tracks, rarities and alternate takes. The band will also appear at the Coachella Music Festival this year and take on a headlining tour.

Mumford & Sons and the Killers each put out records last year that they will continue to support at Lollapalooza.

Montreal’s Osheaga Festival Pulls The Cure, Mumford and Sons, Phoenix

Montreal’s Osheaga Festival Pulls The Cure, Mumford and Sons, Phoenix

For it’s 8th year, Montreal’s Osheaga Festival will welcome headliners the Cure, Mumford & Sons and Phoenix.

This year’s festival will take place August 2-4 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in the city. Other notable acts in the eclectic lineup include New Order, the Lumineers, Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Alt-J, Gaslight Anthem, Father John Misty, Tegan and Sara, Ellie Goulding, Hot Chip, Beach House, Flogging Molly, Big Boi, Silversun Pickups, Azealia Banks and Jimmy Eat World, among others.

Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday, March 15, with general admission weekend passes starting at $235. That price jumps up to $395 for reserved seats at the festival. Additionally, there are two levels of VIP levels known as “The Osheaga Experience.” The first starts at $699 and features dedicated viewing areas, private bar, air conditioned restrooms, catered dinner and golf car transportation, among others. The second package comes with reserved seating access and otherwise is the similar to the first VIP package, though the cost goes up to $1099.

The festival also offers accommodation and travel packages, which include travel options and hotel stays, depending on the package.

The Parc Jean-Drapeau is on Ile Ste-Helene, an island located just off the island of Montreal. It features artwork created for Montreal’s Expo in 1967. The festival will include five stages throughout the park.

The Osheaga Music and Arts Festival was first held in 2006, and now is billed as “the largest festival of its kind in Canada.” More than 90 bands will play at the festival as the city welcomes tens of thousands of music fans. The festival’s website points out that last year’s festival was the first to sellout. Previous performers at Osheaga include The Killers, Arcade Fire, Weezer, Iggy & the Stooges, Rufus Wainwright, the Roots, Sonic Youth, Coldplay and Eminem, among many others.

Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headline Coachella 2013

Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headline Coachella 2013

We’ve heard the rumors for months, and now at long last we finally have the Coachella 2013 lineup, and Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers are the headliners.

Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the lineup of the Indio festival that will be held April 12-14 and April 19-21. Like last year, both weekends will have identical lineups.

So here’s a short list of other notable artists appearing this year in addition to the headliners: Lou Reed, the Postal Service, Sigur Ros, New Order, Modest Mouse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jurassic 5, Japandroids, Johnny Marr, Grizzly Bear, Moby, Spiritualized, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Wu-Tang Clan, Gaslight Anthem and Social Distortion.

Tickets go on sale January 29 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT – last year’s event sold out in about two hours. Tickets are $349 per person for general admission (to one weekend), and $799 for a VIP package. The latter package allows access to two VIP areas, which include extra restrooms, bars, seating, food vendors and tents. Camping is extra and starts at $85 in addition to the ticket price for the festival.

The Coachella Music and Arts Festival has been held at the Indio Polo Grounds in Indio, California every year since it began in 1999. In addition to the huge names that perform at the show every year, the festival also serves as something of a buzz generator for new artists. Laura Ballance, co-founder of Merge Records, awesomely explained why to the Los Angeles Times.

“They pay you lots of money, and there’s a large captive audience,” she said.

Last year was the first year the festival took on a two-weekend format, and doubled its audience to 650,000 music fans in the transition. The 2012 version of the festival grossed $47 million.

Phoenix Rises Up for New Spring Tour Dates

Phoenix Rises Up for New Spring Tour Dates

French rockers Phoenix are fresh off their Grammy win and looking to hit the road for another set of concert dates. Starting April 17, Phoenix will settle in to Santa Cruz, California before embarking on an 11-city trek that will take them through the end of April wrapping on the 30th in Houston. Part of their journey is a featured slot on the Coachella stage in Indio, California on April 18. Full Phoenix tour dates are outlined below with tickets for most dates go onsale via Livenation and local venue sites on Friday, February 19.

Their fourth album “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” hit store shelves in May 26, 2009, and netted them the prized honor of Best Alternative Music Album Grammy at last month’s awards extravaganza. The album edged up to 37 on the Billboard Album Charts and its single “1901” found its way to number 9 on the Alternative song chart.

Lead singer Thomas Mars is the boyfriend to indie director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides) so the band had a bit of a pull when it came to scoring the soundtrack to Coppola’s upcoming film “Somewhere.” Mars said of the finished soundtrack due out later this year, “It’s very minimal. It’s almost like sound design. It wasn’t like writing songs, it was more about trying to make a sound that fits with a Ferrari and the city of Los Angeles’s theme. It was more of an engineer work than a composer.”

2010 Phoenix Concert Tour
April 2010
17 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
18 – Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
20 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
21 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
22 – Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace
23 – Nashville, TN – Vanderbilt University
24 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
26 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
27 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
29 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s BBQ
30 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theatre