Archive for February, 2014

Russian feminist punk rock protest band Pussy Riot have stirred up a lot of controversy and, more importantly, publicity in their homeland recently.  The band, including Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina who were recently released after serving 21 months in prison, staged a guerilla performance of their song “Putin Will Teach You To Love The Motherland” in Sochi during the Winter Olympics.  During this performance they were beaten by local Cossacks working Olympic security.  Video of the beating was combined with various other footage filmed around Sochi to create a music video for the song.  The song is actually kind of catch.  Now somebody just needs to translate the lyrics for me.

Much respect to these tough women who have such strong beliefs that they are willing to be beaten and spend time in Russian prisons in order to get their message out to the world.

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A couple days late on sharing this but the 2014 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival lineup has been announced.  Tickets went on sale today for the annual festival taking place June 12-15 in Manchester, TN.  Always one of the most eclectic festival lineups, this year will not disappoint.  Headliners include Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Lionel Richie, and Vampire Weekend.  Move a bit further down the list and you get festival circuit veterans Grouplove, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Flaming Lips, Cage the Elephant, and The Naked and Famous.  Bonnaroo tradition continues with multiple Superjams including an EDM jam with Skrillex and the always exciting mystery jam.  Other highlights I found digging deeper include Robert Delong, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Ice Cube, Warpaint, Ms Mr, Polica, The Bouncing Souls, Vintage Trouble,  and Lucero.  Grab your tickets now as they sell out fast then pack your camping gear and head on down to The Farm

Bonnaroo 2014 lineup

The Afghan Whigs will release their first album of new music in 16 years, Do The Beast, April 15 on Sub Pop Records.  Today they released the first single “Algiers” along with the official music video.  Pre-order the CD on SubPop.com and receive a bonus Loser edition white vinyl copy, the ability to stream the album 1 month before the official release, and a chance to win a Greg Dulli autographed tour poster