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2nd Weekend of Coachella Cancelled

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Organizers mum about rumored financial troubles and allegations of a “musical Ponzi scheme.”

 By Blurt Staff

 Festivalgoers eager to kick off the festival season for 2017 got a rude awakening this morning when the annual Coachella festival announced that the second weekend was being cancelled. The event was slated to run April 14-16 and 21-23, but now just the first three days will take place, leaving some ticketholders wondering whether headliners Radiohead, Beyonce, and Kendrick Lamar, along with the xx, Travis Scott, Father John Misty, Future, Bon Iver, DJ Snake, Tove Lo, DJ Khaled and New Order (among many scheduled performers), will honor their commitments, given that the scenario possibly represents a breach of contract on Coachella’s end.

 Coachella organizers cited slow ticket sales for the reason, but stressed that the first weekend would go on as planned, with a number of the artists slated to perform April 14-16now would appear earlier. “The fans did not support it, but continue to embrace the traditional First Weekend event,” said Bill Graham, Jr., in a short press release. The elder son of legendary concert impresario Bill Graham is president of Graham Enterprises, Inc., the promoter behind Coachella.

During an online chat session with fans, it was pointed out that both weekends for Coachella had sold out weeks ago. Coachella spokesperson Melissa Spicer commented, “Technically, yes—but we pool all the funds together, so there actually isn’t a “first” or “second” weekend when we’re talking the ticket sales and money. It all goes into one fund. How do you think we are paying that astronomical guarantee demanded by Beyonce anyway?”

 Spicer indicated that refunds for the second weekend would be given out “sometime in early spring of next year after we’ve collected advance ticket sales money for the 2018 Coachella.” A subsequent investigation by Billboard magazine, the music industry tipsheet, found that several temporary employees of Coachella who had been slated to work the second weekend only to find themselves abruptly unemployed have filed suit in Los Angeles, claiming that the event is “nothing more than an elaborate musical Ponzi scheme and shell game.”

Below, watch an exclusive rehearsal session by Kendrick Lamar – Coachella has set up a series of small soundstages at a Los Angeles studio complex for any of the performers to reserve and work up their festival setlists.

Report: The 29th Folk Alliance International Conference

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“Forbidden Folk” indeed: Held Feb. 15-19, the annual event was a veritable folk frenzy for the residents of and visitors to Kansas City – and a call to musical arms for the legions of Trump opponents as well. Scroll down to view a photo gallery.

BY LEE ZIMMERMAN / PHOTOS BY ALISA B. CHERRY

Glance back fifty years and the idea of a folk music festival would bring to mind a gathering dominated by tie-dye, Birkenstocks and people who might otherwise find work as stunt doubles for Peter, Paul and Mary. In a sense, that’s still the perception for those unawares, but at the 29th Folk Alliance International conference held in mid-February in Kansas City, there was far more of a modern twist that many might imagine. While the old guard was duly represented, the encroachment of Americana and relevant rockers also dominated the proceedings. Hundreds of artists participated in the confab, both in the exhibition rooms of the Westin, the host hotel, and in three floors of guest rooms where beds were removed, presenters moved in and music performed until the wee hours of the morning. The latter scenario found this new brand of folk music anything but staid, more like a scene out of Animal House, where hotel corridors saw action akin to a college dorm or a frat house, and guitars, partygoers, posters and performers crammed every available nook and celebrated a succession of sounds.

If that cool vibe seemed to moot some of the cerebral sensitivities, the fact that the conference was subtitled “Forbidden Folk” allowed more than a passing nod to folk music’s legacy of protest and populism. Practically every speaker alluded to the need for rallying the masses in support of various causes that were perceived as being undermined by the new administration. Indeed, Donald Trump’s ears must have been burning, because while his name was rarely mentioned, it was all too obvious as to where most of the remarks were aimed. Billy Bragg’s rousing speech at the conclusion of the conference offered less praise for the music and bid more homage for the cause, eventually culminating in a fist pumping rally for union devotees. Those apolitical or of a different mindset might have felt isolated and alone, but there was enough solace to be sought in the music to keep participants applauding.

Indeed, there were plenty of kudos to go around. The first night of the festivities included an award ceremony that saw such luminaries as Sonny Ochs (Phil’s sister), environmental activist Si Kahn, iconic names such as Kris Kristofferson, Bruce Cockburn, Eliza Gilkyson and David Amram, storied singer and storyteller John McCutcheon, once jailed veteran of the Arab Spring Ramy Essam, and sitcom star-turned-singer Megan Mullally take the stage to give or receive awards, and occasionally share a song in-between. It was an inspiring evening, one that affirmed the music’s heritage and continuing trajectory while reaffirming the common bond of community that bound all the participants together. When Gilkyson spoke of the “disbelief and grieving” that seemed to have overtaken the nation in the weeks and months since the election, there wasn’t a soul present who couldn’t identify with the realities she was referencing.

The call to arms, then, was that the folk faithful needed to recommit to a protest purpose, the same mighty mission that prompted people to stand up against the Vietnam War and march en masse for the cause of civil rights. The need is, one speaker noted, more urgent than ever.

Still, for all that earnest intent, it was the music that really mattered. For the 2,600 participants from twenty countries, it took a full measure of devotion to endure hours of stalking hotel hallways in order to catch the scant half hour sets accorded to each of the performers. With showcases that went on until the wee hours of the morning — often until 4 AM and beyond — only the heartiest individuals were able to withstand the desperate need to run from room to room to catch a favorite artist, who often was playing at the same time as two dozen other favorite artists. Nevertheless, the opportunity to catch such stellar talents as Robyn Hitchcock, Tift Merritt, Amelia White, John McCutcheon, the supergroup of sorts Kortchmar, Postell and Navarro, Bobby Rush, Bruce Sudano, Caroline Spence, Cali Shaw, Carrie Elkin, Jonathan Byrd, Tim Easton, ` Chuck Hawthorne, Cory Branan, Dave Gunning, David G. Smith, David Olney, Plainsong, John Fullbright, Darden Smith, Ellis Paul, Beaver Nelson, Freebo, Greg Greenway, Heather Rankin, Kim Richey, Linda McRae, Matt the Electrician, The Once, Oh Susanna, Steel Wheels, Peter Bradley Adams, Ray Bonneville,  Robbie Fulks, Rod Picott, Romantica, Michael Fracasso, SONiA and Disappear Fear, Sara Watkins, Susan Werner, Tret Fure, Tony Furtado, Tom Freund, Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band, Tish Hinojosa, or the Wild Ponies, as well as such up-and-comers as Banjo Nickaru & Western Smooches, the Novel Ideas, Beck Warren, Beth Bombara, Ben de la Cour, Anne McCue, Patterson Barrett, Anthony da Costa, Brian Langlinais, Freddy & Francine, Harrow Fair, Kirsty McGee, Karpinka Brothers, Leland Sundries, Luke Jackson, Matt Haeck, Mark Huff, Renee Wahl, Son of Town Hall (with David Berkeley),The Soul of John Black, and Doolin’ made all attempts worthwhile.

(Whew… if you think that was a lot of names to observe, bear in mind it’s only a fraction of the several hundred artists that were there in attendance.)

Indeed, trying to catch every artist was futile, even despite the fact that most of these artists offered repeated performances. No matter. Folk Alliance served its purpose, binding past and present  and looking ahead to the future. Compressed over a mere five days in a single hotel can scarcely do it justice.

Kris Kristofferson @FAI photo taken by Alisa B. Cherry

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Ben Kyle of Romantica @FAI2017 photo taken by Alisa B. Cherry
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Sara Watkins @FAI2017 photo taken by Alisa B. Cherry
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The Steel Wheels @FAI2017 photo taken by Alisa B. Cherry
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Jonathan Byrd @FAI2017 photo taken by Alisa B. Cherry
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Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboy @FAI2017 photo taken by Alisa B. Cherry
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Patterson Barrett @FAI2017 photo taken by Alisa B. Cherry
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Billy Bragg @FAI2017 photo taken by Alisa B. Cherry
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John McCutcheon @FAI2017 photo taken by Alisa B. Cherry
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Son of Town Hall @FAI2017 photo taken by Alisa B. Cherry
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Tim Easton @FAI2017 photo taken by Alisa B. Cherry
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Karpinka Brothers @FAI2017 photo taken by Alisa B. Cherry
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Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches @FAI2017 photo taken by Alisa B. Cherry
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Robyn Hitchcock @FAI2017 photo taken by Alisa B. Cherry

FOLK ALLEGIANCE

Rod Picott @FAI2017 photo taken by Alisa B. Cherry
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FOLK ALLEGIANCE

Wire Marks New LP Release w/40th Anniversary Festival

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And that ain’t no April fool fake news, either – artists slated to perform include Bob Mould * Julia Holter * Mikal Cronin + String & Horn Ensemble * Mild High Club, * Laetitia Sadier * WAND FITTED (Bob Lee, Graham Lewis, Matthew Simms, Mike Watt)Part Time Punks * HowardAmb, * Once and Future Band * Chasms * Noveller * Immersion * SLOWS

 By Blurt Staff

Musical pioneers WIRE will release their 15th studio album Silver/Lead on March 31, the eve of their 40th anniversary. Colin Newman and Matt Simms’ guitar work is alternately jagged and luminous, while bassist Graham Lewis’s ear-catching lyrics are vivid yet oblique. Meanwhile, drummer Robert Grey provides a virtual masterclass in percussive minimalism. But it’s how the various instruments mesh together that really counts. And Newman’s production creates a sonic space in which even the smallest gesture is accorded some recognition. You can check out first single “Short Elevated Period” below:

However this is an album with its sights firmly set on the future. On April 1, 2017, the anniversary of the band’s first gig as the “classic 4 piece” at the Roxy Club. London, WIRE will be giving a headline performance at the Los Angeles edition of the band’s boutique city festival DRILL : LA, a unique festival to mark “40 years of not looking back.” Wire have announced the addition of Mikal Cronin with a string & horn ensemble and Wand to the upcoming DRILL : LA festival taking place March 30 – April 2 at The Echo and Echoplex. Tickets for DRILL : LA are available HERE.

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Since 2013, WIRE  have been curating a series of international city festivals with the name DRILL.  The idea being to bring together the best overview of both classic left field artists and new and emerging cutting edge talent. There will be several more DRILL : FESTIVALS taking place this spring, each featuring unique line ups.  Details of the festivals will be announced shortly.  Updated info can be found at www.drillfestival.com

Wire Tour Dates 

03.28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

03.29 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah

03.30 – Los Angeles, CA – DRILL : LA @ Echo

03.31 – Los Angeles, CA – DRILL : LA @ Echo/Echoplex

04.01 – Los Angeles, CA – DRILL : LA @ Echo/Echoplex

04.03 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims

04.05 – Portland, OR @ Dantes

04.07 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial

04.08 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile

 

Bookers, NYC Hotels, Pitchfork, Stereogum, etc. Say CMJ 2016 is Dead

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By Uncle Blurt

50 gazillion Elvis fans can’t be wrong, so naturally at least 50 hipsters can’t possibly be right – right? Hard to say – long-running, and occasionally venerable, though sometimes tarnished, annual NYC music confab CMJ (aka the CMJ Music Marathon) is reportedly on the rocks, based on reports from both Pitchfork and Stereogum. Admittedly, those respective arbiters of contemporary urban music and chic indie cool make their bones on breaking rumors, but if you check both outlets’ reports, it does appear that CMJ ain’t happening this year. Traditionally, CMJ takes place at multiple venues one week in October.

Each are noting that they’ve contacted multiple booking and promotion agencies, and have been told that none of those agencies have been booked for CMJ this year; NYC hotels are also being cited as not listing any relevant music biz bookings for the projected time frame of CMJ. Tellingly, there’s also the little matter of this, adds Pitchfork: “The CMJ website also hasn’t been updated in months…. The CMJ publication and social media presence have been dormant since June.”

There’s also that nagging matter of the sale of CMJ a few years ago, a subsequent lawsuit, and a projected rival festival (with the unfortunate name of Mondo – c’mon, guys!) being put together by the originators of CMJ. Hmmm….

More than a few BLURT staffers and contributors have been regular attendees at CMJ over the years, and most of them have admitted that it long ago lost its lustre. Those of us who attended in the ’90s, in particular, continue to harbor fond memories of the event’s salad days. Still, it would be a shame to lose it – but not if it continues to be a source of bad blood among industry people.

Read that Stereogum report closely, by the way – it absolutely nails things.

Incoming This Weekend: Wrecking Ball 2016

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Hardcore heroes, emo emulators, punk progenitors, alternative agitators, and loads more in Atlanta, August 12-14.

By Daniel Matti

This is your helpful reminder that Wrecking Ball Festival in Atlanta starts this Friday with pre-party Poison The Well, Big Jesus, and Piss Shy in Heaven at the Masquerade. Tickets are still available for the pre-party and the festival with headliners Quicksand, L7, Dinosaur Jr, Drive Like Jehu, Thursday, and many more!

Also don’t forget about the late night shows featuring Piebald, Tiny Moving Parts, Turnstile, and Thursday(sorry sold out folks) So get your tickets to the after parties now as these are sold separately from the festival wristbands!

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Wrecking Ball Fest in Atlanta Georgia is fast approaching and we are here to spread the word that Blurt will be covering the festival. The festival will be bringing multiple reunion performances including Piebald, Hey Mercedes, Thursday, The Promise Ring, Ranier Maria, and Milemarker. Wrecking Ball has a stacked lineup full of bands featuring artists in the genres of hardcore, emo, pop punk, and everything in between. Juggernauts L7, Drive Like Jehu, Quicksand, and Dinosaur Jr. will be headling the festival. Complete lineup is HERE.

Just announced is their Friday night kickoff concert with hardcore heroes Poison The Well, featuring Big Jesus and Piss Shy. (Friday August 12th. 7:00 pm in Heaven at The Masquerade.) Tickets will be sold separately for this event and will go on sale this Friday morning, July 1, at 10:00 a.m. But The Wrecking Ball ATL 2016 festival ticket holders will get a presale code in your email tonight for first crack at these tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

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There are also a very limited # of VIP spots available. VIPs will receive registration instructions via e-mail, as well.
Tix: http://masq.in/WB2016_PTW


FB Event: http://masq.in/WB2016_PFB

This is one festival not to be missed by fans of the genre.  Below, check out a video clip of Thrice tearing shit up at the 2015 event.

More details:

http://wreckingballatl.com/

https://www.facebook.com/wreckingballatl/

 

Beale Street Music Festival 4/29/16-5/1/16, Memphis

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Neil Young (pictured above), Yo Gotti, Indigo Girls, Zedd, Beck, Violent Femmes, Gin Blossoms, Weezer, Panic! At the Disco, Grace Potter, Cypress Hill, Courtney Barnett, Jason Derulo and many more made Memphis a must-be-at city once again.

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April showers may bring May flowers, but rain during Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival brings mud—and lots of it.

Memphis Music Fest is no stranger to the rain during the annual weekend event, but it doesn’t seem to keep any true music lovers away. The festival grounds actually hold up very well for the most part, but I do recommend packing a pair of rubber boots and a poncho.

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So, on with the show. This is one of my favorite festivals of the year, due to the organizers and staff. This event always has a top notch lineup with a diverse line up of acts. How many festivals can you see Neil Young, Yo Gotti, Indigo Girls, Zedd, Beck, and a whole stage dedicated to the Blues, all in the same weekend. This Festival is also one of the best values around, with tickets for all three days for just over one hundred dollars.

There was no way I could have caught all the bands with three stages running at the same time, so I had to plan out my weekend to make sure I was able to take in the must see’s.

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Friday’s must see’s for me were: The Struts, Gin Blossoms (above) Panic! at the Disco, Grace Potter, Weezer, and finishing up the night with Neil Young & Promise of the Real. I also happened upon Young and the Giant. I had never heard of them, but they had a really cool sound with a great stage presence.  One of my favorite things about music festivals is that you can always discover new music and new bands.

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Saturday started off with Lunchmoney Lewis (below), who came out in his traditional bathrobe and boxer shorts. If you haven’t heard of him or seen his video for “Ain’t Too Cool,” please finish reading this article, then grab your coolest shades and check it out – you will be hooked.

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Next up on was Better Than Ezra from Louisiana, whose biggest hit was in 1995 and titled “Good.” They were as tight as they were in the ‘90s. Up next for me was Moon Taxi, the indie-progressive rock band that is based in Nashville. They took the stage at 7:00 PM as the sun was starting to set and the crowds started to swell.

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The group I was most excited to see this weekend was Cypress Hill (above); ever since I first heard their “Insane in the Brain,” the song has been imbedded in my brain. I was on my way to the photography pit in front of the stage when a white transport van pulled up next to me. As I moved to the side to allow the van to pass, it stopped and out stepped Cypress Hill. No waiting or warming up for the veterans, they exited the van and quickly walked to the stage and proceeded to rock the crowd—from the moment B-Real appeared onstage, the crowd was hyped, getting hits like “How I Could Just Kill A Man”, “Superstar”, “I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That”, “Hits from the Bong”, and “Lowrider” and jumping nonstop and, er, waving their hands like they just don’t care.

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Next up: local Memphian rapper Yo Gotti (above), His DJ whipped the crowd into a frenzy before he even hit the stage, dressed in all white and sporting a white ski mask. The huge monitor screen that projected behind him on stage played images of Memphis before switching over to a cool looking graphic screen. Yo Gotti was a perfect act to put on before the night’s headliner of the Bud Light Stage with Jason Derulo.

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Jason (above) came, saw, and kicked ass: People had already stood in front of the stage for hours and hours just to ensure they were front and center for this show. With choreographed moves and lots of dancers, this show alone was worth the price of the three-day ticket. If you have turned on the radio in the last five years, you have heard one of his hits such as “Wiggle”, “Ridin’ Solo”, “Watcha Say”, “Talk Dirty”, and now “Get Ugly.”

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I didn’t get to see headliners Megan Trainor on the Fedex Stage or Modest Mouse at the Rockstar Energy Drink Stage. I did to get catch a couple of songs from Violent Femmes (above) on the Rockstar Stage. It would have been an incomplete weekend if I hadn’t been able to photograph and jam out to “Add It Up.” With my legs feeling like I’d hiked Mount Everest, Saturday was now in the books. Time to catch a little sleep before a full Sunday of music.

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Sunday kicked off with Blackberry Smoke (above) from Atlanta, with a cross of southern rock, country rock, and bluegrass and having toured with such names as Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, ZZ Top, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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Next, I made my way over to the Rockstar stage to shoot the Indigo Girls (above). For a 4:15 Sunday show, there was still large crowd that was singing along to most of their songs and keeping time with the songs.

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Next up on the Rockstar Stage was another act I couldn’t wait to see, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (above). This soul singer, with his soulful voice and talented band, is one you must make plans to see perform. His breakout hit “SOB” is great, but just the tip of the iceberg. After leaving Nathaniel’s set I made my way over to the Bud Light Stage to catch a little of Courtney Barnett before making my way to the Fedex Stage to catch Beck (below), whose hits include “Loser”, “Where It’s At” and “Devil’s Haircut”. (He also won album of the year in 2014 for the album Morning Phase.)

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The final act of the weekend was Zedd on the Bud Light Stage. More and more festivals are turning to a mixture of DJ, dance, and EMD due to the popularity and the high energy vibe it brings to the crowd, and Zedd is a mixture of producer/DJ/musician who has done collaborations with such artists as Kesha, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Hayley Williams. He had a whole stage LED board which was positioned about 20 feet high, and the stage was rigged with flame throwers, smoke and confetti canons. The whole set became a non-stop dance party, and the LED boards conjured the vibe of an outer space journey.

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Kudos, incidentally, to the people in charge of booking this year’s Beale Street Music Festival. We couldn’t have asked for a better ending to a great weekend.

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2016 Punk Rock Bowling for Vegas, Asbury Park & Denver

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May and June shaping up to be bowled over…

By Tim Hinely

Blowing through Sin City (that’s Las Vegas kids) in it’s 17th year is the annual orgy of the three P’s- Punk rock, Pabst and bowling (ok, so two out of three ain’t bad). Bring your bowling ball, a clean bowling shirt and something that’s gonna help you stay up ‘til the wee hours as this years annual P.R.B. fest promises to be a scorcher.

Taking place in Vegas on May 26-30th this year’s lineup will see Flag, The Descendents and Flogging Molly as headliners for each of the three weekend gigs but wait, folks from the U.K. make an appearance in the name of The Buzzcocks, The Exploited (please tell Wattie I said hello) and The Subhumans.

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One thing that’s got the kids (and old farts alike) blabbering is the reformation of Dag Nasty who are playing on Monday evening (with original singer Shawn Brown on vocals). In addition to all of this also on the bill are The Dwarves, Strung Out, The Bronx, Dillinger Four, Youth Brigade, Face to Face and plenty more. In addtition there’s also, yes, bowling plus poker tournament, pool parties, movie screenings, etc. (donkey races? Probably not).

…but P.R.B. is expanding, my friends. This year they’re heading east as well. To the lovely hamlet of Asbury Park, NJ. This takes place June 10-12th at the PRB Stone Pony Summer Stage and which has some of the sames bands listed above (Descendents, Dag Nasty, Flag) but in addition adds in Agnostic Front, Cock Sparrer, H2O, 88 Fingers Louie, The Slackers, Anti-Nowhere League (so what) and plenty more.

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Will The Boss make an appearance? Who the hell knows.

…but wait people. You think they’re done? No way…..P.R.B. rolls into the Mile High City. Yup it drops into Denver on June 2nd-4th for three nights at the Summit Music Hall. Some of the bigger names on this bill include Flag, The Buzzcocks, The Briefs, D.O.A., Millencolin, Anti-Nowhere League and plenty more.

They’ve got all the bases covered here, the west coast, the east coast and even one smack dab in the middle. You have no excuses this year, punker. You don’t make one of these P.R.B. festivals and we revoke your hardcore card. Got it (and we tell The Boss)?

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BLURT HEADS TO AUSTIN 2016!

 

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We plan to do it up right again at the Ginger Man Pub, natch, along with our sponsor Karbach Brewing. Waco Brothers, Everymen, Sidewinders, Soul Asylum, Hank Sinatra, Mercury Rev w/Simon Raymonde, Churchwood, Caleb Caudle, Basia Bulat, Robbie Fulks, Brett Harris… need we continue? Loads more slated to perform all four days! Below, take a gander at our party posters as rendered by Jonboy Langford—who, not so coincidentally, once again curated our Thursday show and will serve as your humble host that day

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Once again we are headed to Austin for our annual March getaway—not so coincidentally, during the annual SXSW bacchanal which draws music biz types and punters from all over the globe. A big thanks to our pals at the Ginger Man – we couldn’t do this without you – as we plan to be hunkered down much/most of the time on the legendary outdoor patio of the beloved pub, located at 301 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701.

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We’d also like to thank our official sponsor this year, Karbach Brewing Company — “proudly brewed in Texas.”

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Bands? Yeah, we’ve seen a few over the years… This time around our trip will run March 16-19, and as usual the BLURT staff is busily scratching out daily and nightly itineraries, knowing full well that after, you know, a few hours in Austin you might as well chuck that proposed schedule out the hotel window and just wing it.

Meanwhile, though, there’s that little matter of the Ginger Man and our annual Industry of Music Showcase, which will feature both day parties and nighttime performances all four days, Wednesday through Saturday. As usual, these parties do not require wristbands or badges to get in—absolutely no guestlists or VIP crap either; everyone is welcome, even Donald Trump supporters—and as such, the venue will operate on the usual “one out/one in” basis whenever it reaches legal capacity. Experience has told us that certain bands are guaranteed club-packers, so it’s always a good idea to arrive early at the Ginger Man doors to ensure your getting in for the particular set(s) you are wanting to catch. Yes, there will be a line from time to time, but experience also has told us that nobody ever has to wait too long.

Come by early, stay late, and make sure you say howdy to the crew!

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Check out our SXSW coverage from years past…

Blurt Heads to Austin 2015

Blurt Heads to Austin 2014

Photo Gallery: SXSW 2014 / 2014 SXSW Report

Blurt Heads to Austin 2013

2013 SXSW Report (w/links to galleries by Tony Landa, Susan Moll & Michael Passman)

Blurt Heads to Austin 2012

Blurt Heads to Austin 2011

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18th Annual Industry of Music Showcase / Austin 2016 – March 16-19

Proudly presented by Industry of Music and Blurt Magazine

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~Wednesday, March 16th
1pm – The Kickback – https://www.facebook.com/thekickback

2pm – Freedy Johnston – www.freedyjohnston.com

3pm – Brett Harris – www.brettharrismusic.com

4pm – Robbie Fulks – www.robbiefulks.com

5pm – Supersuckers – www.supersuckers.com

6pm – Blackfoot Gypsies – www.blackfootgypsies.com

7pm – Yoko and the Oh No’s – https://www.facebook.com/yokoandtheohnos/

8pm – Radio Birds – www.radiobirds.net

9pm – Stolen Rhodes – www.stolenrhodes.com

10pm – Overtake – www.overlakemusic.com

11pm – Happy Abandon – http://www.happyabandonmusic.com

12am – The Head – www.theheadmusic.com

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~Thursday, March 17th (Jon Langford from The Mekons and Waco Brothers will host the day’s event!)
1pm – Darkwing – https://www.facebook.com/darkwingdarkwing/

2pm – Walter Salas-Humara (of The Silos) – www.waltersalashumara.com

3pm – Waco Brothers – https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/artist/waco-brothers

4pm – Banditos – www.banditosband.com
5pm – Churchwood – http://www.reverbnation.com/churchwoodtx

6pm – Bad Luck Jonathan – www.jonlangford.de

7pm – Ice Cold Singles – (Members of the Waco Bros!)

8pm – Insects vs Robots – www.insectsvsrobots.com

9pm – Happy Abandon – http://www.happyabandonmusic.com

10pm – Caleb Caudle – www.calebcaudle.com

11pm – Carbon Poppies – www.carbonpoppies.com

12am – Hank Sinatra – www.hank-sinatra.com

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~Friday, March 18th

1pm – The Everymen – http://theeverymen.bandcamp.com

2pm – Dressy Bessy – www.dressybessy.com

3pm – Dash Rip Rock – www.dashriprock.net

4pm – Soul Asylum – http://soulasylum.com/ / https://www.facebook.com/SoulAsylum/

5pm – ‘Mercury Rev Song and Tell w Simon Raymonde ‘– www.mercuryrev.com

6pm – Luke Winslow King – www.lukewinslowking.com

7pm – Paul Burch – www.paulburch.com

8pm – The Bluebonnets – www.thebluebonnets.net

9pm – The Sidewinders – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sidewinders

10pm – SURPRISE GUEST (Who will it be THIS year???)

11pm – Hank Sinatra – www.hank-sinatra.com

12am – The Whiskey Gentry – www.thewhiskeygentry.com

Sat


~Saturday, March 19th

1pm – Jeremy and The Harlequins – www.jeremyandtheharlequins.com

2pm – Eli “Paperboy” Reed – www.elipaperboyreed.com

3pm – Basia Bulat – www.basiabulat.com

4pm – Hey Marseilles – www.heymarseilles.com

5pm – The Wild Reeds – www.thewildreedsmusic.com

6pm – Little Hurricane – www.littlehurricanemusic.com

7pm – Yoko and the Oh No’s – https://www.facebook.com/yokoandtheohnos/

8pm – Insects vs Robots – www.insectsvsrobots.com

9pm – Joy Again – https://www.facebook.com/joyagaintheband/

10pm – Wailin Storms – http://wailinstorms.bandcamp.com

11pm – Overlake – www.overlakemusic.com

12am – Dead Stars – https://deadstars.bandcamp.com

 

Hell Freezes Over (and Lift To Experience Reunites)!

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All hail Denton….

By Uncle Blurt

I was driving to Canada earlier today (hallooooo, Vancouver!) as part of my decision to both avoid the rest of the primary season and score some of those awesome cheap Canadian meds my email and tweeter thing keep telling me about. And it came across the airwaves: Texas legends the Lift To Experience is getting back together. Holy fucking shit.

Come June, in London at the Southbank Centre to be specific, the Meltdown Festival will happen once again, June 10-19, and no less than Elbow’s Guy Garvey will be curating it: the dude coaxed LTE to get back onstage for the first time in a decade and a half.

According to The Quietus:

The cult band, made up of Josh T. Pearson, Andy “The Boy” Young and Josh “The Bear” Browning, will reunite for an exclusive one-off show as part of the festival. The band will also mark the 15th anniversary of the release of their double concept album The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads with a re-release of the album later this year via Mute. The band formed in 1996 and informally disbanded early last decade.

Josh T. Pearson, Andy “The Boy” Young and Josh “The Bear” Browning will reportedly all be on hand, although with the trio’s history of instability, who knows? For those of us in the know, however, this is a huge deal – YYYUUUUGGGE, in the current parlance. You can bring yourself up to speed if you are NOT in the know via the iconic group’s Wikipedia page, or simply grok the Lone Star fullness, below. If the first track doesn’t bring you to your knees, you simply are not sentient…