Lollapalooza celebrates it’s 20th year this summer and the names on the bill are more exciting than ever. Remember when this fest used to tour and it was awful? Yea, who wishes it was a touring event again…us. Lollapalooza will take place August 5th-7th in Chicago’s Grant Park. The lineup includes acts from all over the indie spectrum from headliners Girl Talk, Foo Fighters, Bright Eyes, The Drums, Ratatat, Best Coast, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, Cold War Kids, The Mountain Goats and more! Learn more about the lineup HERE.
Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestra will see the release of their third album, Simple Math, hit shelves May 10th on Columbia Records/Favorite Gentlemen Recordings. In the mean time, they’ve decided to coax more anticipation out of you by co-headlining a tour with Cage The Elephant. Sound good? Check out the dates below, and visit www.TheManchesterOrchestra.com for tickets.
April 29, 2011 — Memphis, TN — Tom Lee Park #
April 30, 2011 — Due West, SC — Erksine College #
May 2, 2011 — Kansas City, MO — The Beaumont Club ##
May 3, 2011 — St. Louis, MO — The Pageant ##
May 4, 2011 — Chicago, IL — Metro ##
May 6, 2011 — Cleveland, OH — Beachland Ballroom ##
May 7, 2011 — Rochester, NY — Water Street Music Hall ##
May 8, 2011 — Baltimore, MD — Rams Head Live*
May 10, 2011 — Boston, MA — House Of Blues *
May 11, 2011 — New York, NY — Terminal 5 *
May 13, 2011 — Providence, RI — Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel ###
May 14, 2011 — Philadelphia, PA — Theatre of the Living Arts ###
May 16, 2011 — Toronto, ON — The Mod Club ###
May 17, 2011 — Detroit, MI — The Fillmore *
May 18, 2011 — Columbus, OH — The LC Pavilion *
May 20, 2011 — Columbia, SC — Jillian’s *
May 23, 2011 — Orlando, FL — House Of Blues *
May 24, 2011 — Tampa, FL — The Ritz *
May 25, 2011 — Atlanta, GA — The Tabernacle *
May 27, 2011 — Houston, TX — Verizon Wireless Theatre **
May 28, 2011 — Austin, TX — Stubbs **
May 29, 2011 — Dallas, TX — The Palladium **
May 31, 2011 — Phoenix, AZ — The Marquee **
June 1, 2011 — San Diego, CA — Soma **
June 2, 2011 — Los Angeles, CA — The Music Box #
June 7, 2011 — Eugene, OR — McDonald Theatre **
June 8, 2011 — Portland, OR — Crystal Ballroom **
June 9, 2011 — Seattle, WA — The Showbox SODO **
June 11, 2011 — Salt Lake City, UT — Club Sound #
June 12, 2011 — Denver, CO — Summit Music Hall#
* with CAGE THE ELEPHANT, O’Brother, and TBA opener(s)
** with CAGE THE ELEPHANT, Sleeper Agent, and TBA opener(s)
# with TBA opener(s)
## with AN HORSE and Harrison Hudson
### with AN HORSE, Harrison Hudson, and O’Brother
Thank You, Happy Birthday, the sophomore album from Kentucky’s finest rock band is coming out next year, but being that it’s November, that’s pretty soon. The record will drop January 11th, and if you were looking for a streamable preview, Cage The Elephant have just doled out the album’s first single, “2024.” The track winds up initially, like a cosmic needle dropping as the gears engage and the turntable picks up speed. Just as the song begins to morph into some sort of ill-advised, lost Audioslave track, the band thankfully brings out a pop riff and tones things down just the right amount. All that’s left is three minutes of raucous jamming where it’s slightly difficult to differentiate chorus from verse.. wait, no. They bring the Audioslave riff back for a little bit at the tail end of the bridge to switch things up. Try not to let that throw you, because overall, “2024” is indication that Thank You, Happy Birthday is going to hit heavily and provide some questionable curveballs that may or may not serve to make things interesting in a music scene where rock is cashing in it’s last social security checks.
Listen in below:
Cage the Elephant are looking to avoid the sophomore slump by releasing what could be viewed as a potential sophomore celebration. The band will drop Thank You, Happy Birthday on Jive Records January 11, 2011 (that’s a lot of 1’s). Cage has been touring pretty much non-stop for the last two years off the success of their debut LP, but finally found time to hit the studio in Nashville, TN with producer Jay Joyce. Based on listed influences for the writing of the album, which include The Pixies, Mudhoney, The Butthole Surfers, and Dylan and Lennon interviews, it should be fairly raw both melodically and lyrically. The band has mentioned an expanding of their sound to encompass a broader range of emotion, meaning they’ve refined how they tone things down too.
The band is releasing a hinting 7″, “Shake Me Down”/”Aberdeen” on Record Store Day’s “Black Friday,” November 26, so be sure to support music in hard copy form and get a preview of the new album. Tracklisting is below:
- Always Something
- Indy Kidz
- Shake Me Down
- Sell Yourself
- Rubber Ball
- Right Before My Eyes
- Sabertooth Tiger
- Japanese Buffalo
Ah, remember the days when Lollapalooza got, well to say the least really crappy and they toured with the festival and no one cared to see it anymore? Well since Lollapalooza has stationed itself permanently as a festival in Chicago, the quality of bands have been getting better every year. Thus, making me wish that Lollapalooza actually was a touring venture again. Just reading the lineup for the three day event makes my head want to explode with excitement. The best thing about the show is the wide range of bands.
Here are some of our top picks for each day of the festival:
Friday: Of Montreal, Kings of Leon, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, Crystal Castles, and Kevin Devine.
Saturday: Ezra Furman & The Harpoons, Chairlift, Langhorne Slim, The Living Things, The Constantines, TV on the Radio, Santongold, Lykke Li and Animal Collective.
Sunday: Sam Roberts Band, Passion Pit, Friendly Fires, Neko Case, Dan Auerbach, Cold War Kids, Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant, Bat for Lashes, Dan Deacon, Dearhunter, Ra Ra Riot, Silversun Pickups, and Band of Horses.
The festival takes place at Grant Park in Chicago from August 7th to August 9th. Unless a bag of money falls from the sky there is no possible way for us to be there. Sad. Let us know how it goes kids.
Check out all of the details on the festival’s main site HERE
Sometimes late night music videos capture my attention. Case in point, Cage the Elephant, a band that has been surrounded by a ‘great big buzz’ lately. The Kentucky five piece who started gaining attention in the UK before they even broke out here, have been making waves with their first single ‘Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked’. The tune sounds like the love child between The White Stripes and The Black Keys, both flattering comparisions. Blending a bit of soul and blues into their rock and roll vibe, Cage the Elephant is already on their way to being the next ‘big thing’.
Check out Cage the Elephant’s video for ‘Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked’
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