The alderman of Humboldt Park, Chicago has stated he does not want Riot Fest to return this year:
I am exceptionally disappointed at the Riot Fest organizers for the mess they left at the park last year and their shallow and hollow promises to restore the park," Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) said. "I don't support them coming back."
Blurwill play a free show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on May 1st (Friday). The band will be performing their brand new album, The Magic Whip, in full and you can register for tickets here. This is the band's first headline show in new York in 15 years. In addition to this, they will also be performing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on April 30th. Hit the replies to catch their recent live performances on Later...with Jools Holland.
The This is Hardcore festival has posted a statement about the festival's lack of women. I guess the tacit acknowledgement is better than Skate and Surf's current tactic. Festival coordinator Joe McKay posted a longer "venting" message on Facebook as well.
This is Hardcore has recently been called out for not having enough women in the bands in this year’s line-up. We recognize that there is an issue with women being valued and given visibility in the hardcore music scene. The TIHC team is mostly made up of women, who work tirelessly to put on the fest every year. We spend months going through submissions of bands, trying to put together a diverse group of bands that pulls together old...
The Fest has announced its lineups for Fest 14 in Gainesville and Pre-Fest 3 in Little Ybor. Among the top-billed acts are Lagwagon, Desaparecidos and The Menzingers. See you in Gainesville in October!
A Great Big Pile Of Leaves' debut LP, Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?, is turning five on June 22 this year. To celebrate, the band will perform the album in its entirety at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 19; pre-sale starts today, with general public on-sale beginning Friday at this link. Here is a sentence I wrote about this record in 2010: "After my honeymoon phase with Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?, I continue to love it dearly and take it to bed with me every night."
If you're looking for a good way to watch Coachella this weekend, I recommend this page.
There's lots of acts at Coachella I want to listen to this year that are all playing on different channels. Since I'm way too lazy to remember to switch between them, I hacked this together so that I could just select all the acts I care about, and it will switch between them for me so I can just leave it on in the background. Right now it's only setup for weekend 1, but I'll update it before next weekend so that you can use the same URL to listen then also.
Ben Howardhas announced some North American tour dates which will be the "last shows we'll be doing for a while" and not only that, but Daughter are supporting. I want to go to there. Dates are in the replies.
Creep Records just announced that Mikey Erg (The Ergs!, Star F*cking Hipsters) will be performing at 9:00 AM at their store in Philadelphia on Record Store Day, April 18th, along with many other artists throughout the day.
Your favorite punk band, The Menzingers, are headlining two Red Bull Sound Select shows in New Jersey and Brooklyn on April 11 and 14, respectively. Big Eyes will support both dates with a different opening act on each one. These are the shows where you RSVP on the Internet then just pay $3 to get in at the door, based on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Summerfest (Milwaukee, MI) announced its lineup with over 90 acts. Headliners include: Kings of Leon, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Linkin Park and Kendrick Lamar. Other notables: Brand New, Motion City Soundtrack, Smash Mouth, Sheryl Crow, Kaskade, and many more.