Happy Wednesday! If you didn’t catch the Coachella set times put out late last night, then check them out here. As for today’s news, our featured stories include Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Festival, Orbital, M83, Porter Robinson, Cypress Hill, & XXXY. Please read on after the jump.
Lollapalooza Lineup Announced
Lollapalooza will take over Chicago’s Grant Park Aug. 3-5, and the Chicago Sun-Times has just announced the full lineup. It includes previously rumored artists Jack White, the Weeknd, Justice, and Die Antwoord, plus the reunited Black Sabbath, the Afghan Whigs, Frank Ocean, At the Drive-In, the Walkmen, M83, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys, Sigur Rós, the Shins, Santigold, Passion Pit, Twin Shadow, Franz Ferdinand, Toro Y Moi, Bloc Party, the Tallest Man on Earth, Neon Indian, Dum Dum Girls, Washed Out, SBTRKT, Wale, the Big Pink, Florence and the Machine, Chairlift, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, the War on Drugs, Bowerbirds, Little Dragon, Bear in Heaven, Alabama Shakes, Star Slinger, JEFF the Brotherhood, Metric, Amadou & Mariam, and many more. (Azealia Banks also hinted earlier that she’ll be at the festival, though that hasn’t been confirmed. UPDATE: She’s not.) Head here for the full lineup.
Pitchfork Music Festival Reveals Full Lineup
Pitchfork Music Festival will return to Chicago’s Union Park on the weekend of July 13th.
The festival’s lineup is now complete, with more than 40 artists confirmed and scheduled by day. The bill presents indie in nearly all of its forms, with Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Chip and Feist among those confirmed. Highlights from the more electronic end of the program includeNicolas Jaar, Clams Casino, Araabmuzik, Flying Lotus and The Field. Tim Heckerand Oneohtrix Point Never bring a bit of drone to the program. No word yet on any official afterparties.
Jul 14 Pitchfork Music Festival 2012 – Day 2
Jul 15 Pitchfork Music Festival 2012 – Day 3
Orbital Announce UK Tour
Not content with topping the bill at four of the UK’s big summer festivals, Orbital have announced a string of live dates kicking off this winter.
The duo are set to embark on a 10-date tour starting in Bristol on December 3, with the final date at Brixton O2 Academy on December 14.
Having released new album ‘Wonky’ earlier this month, the Hartnoll brothers prepare to don their trademark specs and take their new material on the road.
December 3 – Bristol, O2 Academy
December 4, Leicester, O2 Academy
December 5 – Newcastle, O2 Accademy
December 7 – Preston, 53 Degrees
December 8 – Sheffield, O2 Academy
December 9 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
December 11 – Brighton, Dome
December 12 – Bournemouth, O2 Accademy
December 13 – Oxford, O2 Academy
December 14 – Brixton, O2 Academy
M83 Outraged Over “Midnight City” Association With French Right Wing Political Party Le Front National
In a post which has been removed from the band’s Facebook wall, he wrote:
To my horror, I discovered that the Front National have been using “Midnight City” in one of their campaign videos. They are doing this without my permission, and I am appalled at their lack of artistic respect. At the very least, artists should be asked if they agree, or disagree, with being associated with a certain image or brand. Even the most commerce-minded advertising agencies and brands do so.
In general, the music of M83 is apolitical, and I refuse to be associated with any party, and particularly the Front National…
(Thanks to Fabien for the tip.) As LeLab.fr points out, “Midnight City” was used as the soundtrack to a video of Julien Rochedy, president of the Front National’s youth electoral support committee, Jeunes avec Marine, espousing his views on immigration. While the video is not technically a Le Front National campaign ad, Rochedy’s unauthorized use of the song certainly aligns it with that party. A copyright claim by M83’s French record label Naïve has led to the video being removed.
Porter Robinson – Language
Cypress Hill: “We’d Never Experience Anything Like Rusko”
As we mentioned, Cypress Hill and Rusko have teamed up to record a five-track EP due for release later this month, and the pairing have been speaking together for the first time prior to the record’s release.
Chatting to Metta World Peace of the LA Lakers, the Leeds DJ, along with rappers B-Real and Sen Dog, spoke about making the EP and the artist’s contrasting styles.
“They came to me for the electronic beats and the club sound, which is something I’ve done before,” said Rusko. “But obviously we had to do it in a dark, gnarly way because that’s how these guys roll.”
“It’s basically a combination of styles, our style lyrically, his style musically,” said rapper B-Real. “It was great because we’d never experienced anything like that.”
The American band have collaborated with the likes of Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Eminem, and enjoy taking their music in new directions.
“We’ve been risk takers our whole careers,” said Sen Dog. “We’re always walking that fine line where you could fall off and luck dumb, or you could be very succesful and look like the smartest cat in the world.”
The E.P is due for release later this month. You can watch the full interview here.
XXXY Launches New EP
XXXY will release a new EP on April 18 via Well Rounded.
The rising producer scored one of 2011’s biggest tunes with ‘Ordinary Things’ and continues a run of good form with ‘Everything’, a three-track record that showcases a sound that lands somewhere between bass-heavy house and old-skool garage.
To celebrate the release of the EP, XXXY has dropped a new video and signed-up to play an in-store at BM Soho in London.
Scope the video for ‘I Know This Can’t Be Love’ below and see XXXY in action alongside Well Rounded label boss Donga at BM Soho on Thursday April 12.
To get acquainted with Well Rounded further, check the Scene Selection feature we ran on the label here.