Wakarusa 2012 Line-up Announcement, Part 2

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Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

The second part of the line-up announcement for this year’s Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival came earlier today. The additions include Primus, Umphrey’s McGee, Girl Talk and Fitz & the Tantrums.

The final announcement will be on the Jan. 19. Here’s the initial announcement, in case you missed it. Check out the list of additions to this year’s line-up after the break.

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Best Of Houston BestFest

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Just the other day, the fine folks over at Houston Press” Rocks Off Blog began announcing bands for the first ever BestFest. Centered around the Press” annual Best of Houston list, which focuses on the finer things throughout the city, the inaugural music festival will happen on the 24th and 25th of September and feature a host of both local and national talent. Announced so far are the one and only Cake, indie-folksters Deer Tick, local hip-hop kingpin Bun B and the up-and-coming Houston roots-rockers Buxton. The full line-up will be announced in the next coming weeks, and just like the list that this is centered around, the line-up will be mostly Houston-centric with a few more national acts rounding out the main stage.

We”ll be announcing more acts as they happen, so stay tuned to BOT for more coverage. I”m thinking they”ll add some bands that start with an E, F, G or H next. Just a guess based on the first four. Actually, though, I”d be happy if it were just those four. I love you Houston!

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UTOPiAfest 2011

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The other evening, my better half was trolling through Facebook and her friend had posted something about a small camping festival in Central Texas called UTOPiAfest that was advertising the ability to have campfires and that you could bring your own booze. Not even seeing the line-up, the idea of a decently close camping festival in the middle of the hill country that I could go to on the cheap was almost enough for me. As soon as we clicked on the link from facebook, and jumped to the line-up page, the first two names I saw were Blitzen Trapper and Keller Williams – two bands I’ve loved for quite some time. A bit more investigation (scrolling down a bit further), and it was all I needed to see to ensure that I was definitely going to attend – current obsession by myself, everyone associated with BOT and all of our friends, Dawes was also listed to play the festival. Some more scrolling brought more excitement as bands like Avi Buffalo, Grupo Fantasma, Cornmeal and Black & White Years were all on the list. Finally, at the very bottom sat Japanese comic-book punks Peelander-Z – a band that will never fail to incite a party and the final straw needed to seal my trip to Utopia, Texas in Mid-October.

They are only selling 1500 tickets to the event that are most likely going to sell out pre-event, so if you want to spend a couple nights under the Texas stars with Dawes, Keller and the BOT crew, I’d suggest getting your pass soon. Until then, browse the entire line-up after the jump.

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My Morning Jacket – “Holdin’ On To Black Metal”

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With MTV turning 30, and the MTV generation a wee bit older than that, music videos have steadily returned to their state of relevancy as of late. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with all of the recent MTV nostalgia that everyone these days are having, but we are, on a daily basis, reaping the benefits with a host of ocular treats. While there is no chance in hell in flipping the telly to said station and seeing any form of music videos anymore, it’s good to know that it certainly brought the art of the music video to the mainstream. Now, these days, even though videos are getting less facetime in popular culture, bands are now spreading the interwebs with their take on the now classic art form.

Just today, My Morning Jacket, have released their latest video for the catchy-as-hell “Holdin’ On To Black Metal,” which starts with MMJ-meets-Rock-afire-Explosion-on-LSD and ends on Lucifer’s beach. Also, intertwined with the psychedelia is live concert footage from the 2011 Bonnaroo Music Festival that they co-headlined earlier this year. Check it out in all of its twisted glory.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011

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I’ve been awaiting the announcement of the 2011 Fun Fun Fun Fest for quite some time now, pretty much ever since I left the park that held the fest last year. Moving to a much bigger park across Austin, Auditorium Shores, and adding a third day, the 6th edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest is set to take place the first weekend of November, the 4th-6th. Today came the announcement of who will be entertaining us on the four stages, and boy is it a doozy.

The Orange Stage will feature the likes of Passion Pit, Lykke Li, Blonde Redhead, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Okkervil River, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot and a boat-load more of similar indie-rock fare.

The Black Stage will be much louder with bands like Slayer, The Damned, Danzig Legacy, Kid Dynamite, Murder City Devils, Boris and Thee Oh Sees amongst a bunch more.

The Blue Stage, where I’ll be spending most of my time, will feature a hip-hop and dance card with the likes of Public Enemy, Major Lazer, Odd Future, Diplo, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Rakim and so many more.

Finally, comedy and variety acts are the focus on The Yellow Stage, where Henry Rollins, Brian Posehn, Reggie Watts, Upright Citizens Brigade and Donald Glover are topping the bill.

Houston also has a presence on the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 line-up, with local rappers and friends of the site Fat Tony and B L A C K I E both set to play The Blue Stage.

Check out the full line-up after the jump!

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Voodoo Experience 2011 Line-Up (so far…)

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After a nice little summer vacation from Breakfast On Tour, I”m back in action, and the first of many posts I have for you comes full circle. If anyone knows anything about BOT”s history, they know that we got the idea to start our website at the 2007 edition of Voodoo Experience. After four years (actually five, but I was just a fan in 2006) of fun times and great music down in the Big Easy, we are gearing up to do it all over again. The 2011 Voodoo Experience, set for the 28th, 29th and 30th of October in New Orleans, has been releasing a band a day for the past couple months. Starting with big names like Soundgarden and Girl Talk in early June, and recently adding acts like Snoop Dogg, The Raconteurs and TV On The Radio, the line-up is starting to shape up quite nicely. With a few major additions still to come over the next week or two, I thought I”d compile who will be playing at this years event as of yet.

Check out the 2011 Voodoo Experience line-up to date atoledo.com after the jump.

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Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival 2011 Artist Line Up

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With Wakarusa, came the announcement of the Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival artist line up for this year. The festival also takes place at Mulberry Mountain. The dates for this year are October 13-16. I recommend all those attending from Fayetteville skip the Interstate and take the scenic route. The Pig Trail (or Hwy 23) is one of the most beautiful drives in the Fall. But enough about that, and on to the artist line up.

This year is going to be pretty awesome. The line up includes Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, 7 Walkers, Trampled By Turtles, Todd Snider, and That One Guy. Tickets are limited to 7,500 to ensure the festival remains an intimate affair. So get your tickets now!

Keep reading for the full artist line up.

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Wakarusa Disaster Relief for Joplin, MO

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You’ve seen the news coverage. Our brothers and sisters in Joplin, MO are hurting right now. A deadly tornado hit the town on Sunday evening, leaving families in need of our help and taking the lives of over 100 people.

Let’s help out. Wakarusa has set up a Disaster Relief Donation page and will match all donations made between now and May 27. All donations will benefit the American Red Cross (Greater Ozarks Chapter).

We must help our Midwestern neighbor get back on its feet. If you can’t make a donation, look into other ways to help out: donate blood, canned food, clothes, etc. Check out the Facebook page NW Arkansas Helping Joplin, MO for more ways to help.

Our hearts go out to Joplin, MO.

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New Music Scramble: May 2011

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This lovely Sunday brought to me the realization that there are several new releases I’m excited about this month. Last week we had Fleet Foxes‘ new album, Helplessess Blues, which was very well received. There are tons of great albums coming out this month, but I’ll only tell you about the ones on my list of awesomeness.

On May 17, Ben Harper‘s Give Till It’s Gone is set to release. The first single “Rock N’ Roll Is Free” has been out since the end of March, and the video recently hit the web, too. This release comes to us just a couple of weeks before his performance at this year’s Wakarusa Camping & Music Festival. I plan on having the album on repeat for a few days before Wakarusa, so I can sing along at the show.

Keep reading for more.

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2011 NAMAs @ George’s Majestic Lounge

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NAMA 2011

Words by Anna “HashBrowns” Vernon. Photos by B “Café Con Leche” Gutierrez.

HashBrowns recently made a move from Dallas to the NWArkansas area. And this year’s Northwest Arkansas Music Awards happened just in time to celebrate her homecoming. It was the perfect way to reintroduced her to the delicious local music scene of NWA. Here’s her review of the night.
Welcome back, HashBrowns! -Café Con Leche.

Thursday night was a perfect summation of Northwest Arkansas music. Glitter mixed with overalls mixed with fedoras on a beautiful clear night after a record week of rainfall. George’s Majestic was the obvious host with it’s NWA music history, and the garden was a cozy and intimate setting.

The 2011 NAMAs kicked off without much fanfare, just a rousing performance by Artist of the Year and Best Folk / Bluegrass Winner Cletus Got Shot. Cletus felt like a rawer version of Trampled by Turtles. They incorporate a lot of different influences, and are well-deserved of both awards.

That’s how the entire night felt. Nominations were enough recognition that the artists seemed to be content to just be there. The winners mostly kept their speeches short, and I remember hearing a distinct lack of thanking god, which always feels insincere on those big stages anyway. My personal favorite came from Perpetual Wolf (Best Metal / Hard Rock Band), who thanked Lord Vader, the Ninja Turtles, and satan – in that order.

Continue reading for the rest of the review, winners, and more photos.

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