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Hopscotch Festival returns to Raleigh September 5-7 with headliners Sleater-Kinney, James Blake, Jenny Lewis and CHVRCHES

It’s the beginning of the end of summer, which means students are returning to school, fantasy football leagues are starting back up again, but even more importantly, it’s almost time for the greatest weekend of the year in Raleigh – Hopscotch Music Festival.
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What Is LaureLive? The cause-driven festival hitting Cleveland June 8 and 9

With LaureLive 2019 coming to Cleveland in a week, here is what you need to know about this year’s electrifying festival. LaureLive will take place on June 8-9 at Laurel School’s Butler Campus in Cleveland, Ohio. There will be three stages to choose from named Music Elevates Stage, Laurel Stage, and South Stage.  Continue Reading

Seven things to do at Lollapalooza (August 1 to 4) that make it a stand-out summer festival

Lollapalooza Chicago has existed as a staple in the midwestern music scene since its inception in 1991. With copious big-names, diverse acts and charitable ambitions, Lollapalooza provides a summer spectacular for any festival fan. From good eats to ping-pong tables, the fun isn’t constrained to the music. Read below for seven things to look out for at this year’s Lollapalooza. Continue Reading

Governors Ball and Woodstock 50 present New Yorkers with an epic summer festival decision

There may be no better place in the United States to be as a fan of music festivals than New York City. Even with the loss of Panorama and The Meadows, the Big Apple still has close to a dozen major summer festivals within easy reach, from Made In America in Philadelphia, Electric Zoo for EDM fans, and the steadily growing Afropunk. Even a trip to Delaware for Firefly or Massachusetts for Boston Calling isn’t out of reach. Continue Reading

The Antlers announce a tour and reissue of “Hospice” in honor of the album’s 10th anniversary

The Antlers recently announced the reissue of their seminal album Hospice on March 8 via Frenchkiss Records / Transgressive. The reissue will mark a decade since the band first released the album that Robin Hilton @ NPR called “one of the most beautiful and moving works I’ve heard in a long, long time. Just astonishing.”

To celebrate the reissue, Antlers will be playing a handful of intimate shows in the US and Europe. This will be the first time the band will be playing together since 2015. They’ll perform at First Unitarian Congregational Society on March 30 & 31.

In their 13 year history Antlers have released 5 full-length albums, received world-wide critical acclaim and have appeared on The Tonight Show twice. Their most recent album was 2014’s Familiars, so this tour will be their first full set of shows in quite some time.

The reissue of Hospice is to be pressed on double white vinyl and will come with deluxe art and packaging from the original artist behind the artwork, Zan Goodman.

About the reissue and the tour, vocalist Peter Silberman says, “I’m truly looking forward to revisiting these old songs in a new light and seeing your friendly faces again. Your patience and support means so much.” He also indicated that the shows will feature the album in full, including songs like “Sylvia,” “Kettering” and “Bear.” There is no word yet on if the band will debut any new music at the shows, but fingers are of course crossed.

Tour Dates

03-19 Seattle, WA – Fremont Abbey Arts Center
03-20 Portland, OR – The Old Church
03-22 San Francisco – Great American Music Hall
03-23 Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
03-26 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
03-27 Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
03-28 Washington DC – Miracle Theatre
03-30 Brooklyn, NY – First Unitarian Congregational Society
03-31 Brooklyn, NY – First Unitarian Congregational Society
04-19 Leeds, England – Belgrave Music Hall
04-20 Manchester, England – The Dancehouse Theatre
04-21 Glasgow, Scotland – St Luke’s
04-23 London, England – Union Chapel
04-25 Leuven, Belgium – Het Depot
04-26 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Vondelkerk
04-28 Copenhagen, Denmark – Hotel Cecil
04-30 Dublin, Ireland – The Sugar Club

Dropkick Murphys announce their 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Tour with stops including New York, Austin, Richmond and of course, Boston

Fresh off the float after leading the World Series victory parade for their hometown Boston Red Sox, Dropkick Murphys have announced the dates for their 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Tour. This yearly sold out run of shows celebrates the band’s Celtic folk influence and is attended by fans from around the world. Continue Reading

Irish artist Talos releases his sophomore album “Far Out Dust” and begins a national tour with Aurora

Talos — aka Eoin French — released his sophomore album, Far Out Dust, on BMG last week, and will be touring in support of it this month, opening for Aurora. The tour follows a run with Peter, Bjorn and John late last year. Continue Reading

Catch Grammy Award winner Miguel on his national tour in support of “War & Leisure”

Having just completed his sold-out Spring tour in early April, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Miguel announces that he will embark on a North American tour this Fall in support of his critically praised fourth studio album, War & Leisure.

The 26 date tour kicked off on August 23rd in Boston, Massachusetts and is concluding on September 28th in Seattle, Washington at the WaMu Theater. OVO’s dvsn will be opening for Miguel. Visit www.officialmiguel.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

You can stream Miguel’s album, War & Leisure, here.

Photo by Brian Benton, cover photo by Timothy Saccenti

Get to know Hatchie, the dreamy Australian singer and bassist who will be at OctFest, Warsaw and Baby’s All Right this month

.Brisbane’s Hatchie (a.k.a. Harriette Pilbeam) will be an artist to watch at South By Southwest next March, and she’ll probably make appearances on the lineups of Lollapalooza, Coachella and a few other big festivals next summer. For now, you can catch her this month in New York at OctFest, Warsaw (where she’ll open for Alvvays & Snail Mail) and a headlining show at Baby’s All Right.

Promoted heavily by Pitchfork, who called “Sleep” one of their Best New Tracks and featured her as a Rising artist, Hatchie has also caught the ears of NPR, The Fader and Paste. Noisey says she’s “somewhere between Cocteau Twins and Sky Ferreira is Hatchie,” but there’s also something groovy and poppier about songs like the swooping “Bad Guy” that lean more towards acts we love like MUNA or Maggie Rogers. Lyrically and vocally, she has a lot in common with Katie Gavin of MUNA.

Hatchie recently released the debut EP, Sugar & Spice, which is full of honest love songs that cross between chill and dreamy and melodic and full of riffs. Hatchie clearly has a knack for production and her songs have catchy hooks, ready for radio or ready to be the soundtrack to a cool summer evening outside.

Tour dates are below (a lot of the shows are already sold out) and you can hear more of Hatchie’s music at hatchie.net.

Pitchfork and October come together for OctFest on Governors Island in September (with Vince Staples, The Flaming Lips and more)

The second annual OctFest is quickly approaching, curated by Pitchfork and October, a leading beer culture website. Like last year, the music lineup is eclectic, with Vince Staples headlining Saturday (with Jeff Tweedy, Saba and Vagabon also on the bill) and The Flaming Lips closing out Sunday (after Girlpool, Hop Along, Yo La Tengo and more). Tickets to the event on Governors Island in New York City also beer samples from the likes of Austin Eastciders, Bronx Brewery, LIC Beer Project, Ommegang Brewery and more.

Governors Island has seen a mix of two-day music festivals over the past few years, but OctFest stands out because of the minds behind it and the mix of top notch music and beer. The artists a big for such an intimate venue and the curated food program and 90+ breweries from more than 15 countries around the world are certainly not an after thought. Prices are slightly expensive, at $75 for a single day and $140 for a weekend pass (which includes 15 beer samples per day), but the festival is currently offering a 30% discount on all tickets using code P4K30 until September 7.

The Flaming Lips in New Orleans (Photo by Brian Benton)

We didn’t attend OctFest 2017, which took place for one-day instead of two and was at the less-than-ideal Brooklyn Hangar in Sunset Park, which is hard to get to and can get uncomfortably hot and crowded. Guided by Voices, Kilo Kish, Okkervil River led the music lineup last year, and bringing in bigger, more diverse names was clearly a focus for 2018. We especially love Sunday’s bill, which feels like a miniature version of Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival. Julie Byrne and Shopping will shred early in the day, and then things will get groovy and trippy as Nile Rogers & Chic, Yo La Tengo and The Flaming Lips close things out.

Both days have two-stages set up, which hopefully will mean less downtime between acts. At other festivals we’ve been to on Governors Island, the single stage on a fairly small festival ground have meant 30-minute set changes with few options of things to do. OctFest is smart to alternate sets between two stages.

OctFest tickets are on sale now at OctFest.co.

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