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Governors Ball Music Festival 2018 To Feature Enimem, Jack White, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, N.E.R.D.  and More!

Governors Ball Music Festival 2018 To Feature Enimem, Jack White, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, N.E.R.D. and More!

Founders Entertainment has announced the lineup for the 2018 Governors Ball Music Festival. The eighth annual edition of New York City’s very own homegrown fest will take place from Friday, June 1st through Sunday, June 3rd on beautiful Randall’s Island Park. Featuring performances from Eminem (his first headline show in NYC since 2010), Jack White, Travis Scott, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Halsey, N.E.R.D. (first NYC show since 2010), Khalid, the worldwide debut of Silk City (a new project from Diplo and Mark Ronson), a reunited The Gaslight Anthem performing their breakout album The ‘59 Sound, and many more, Governors Ball will showcase over 65 artists throughout the weekend. 3-day GA and VIP tickets (including payment plan options) are available now via GovBall.com at special “Announce Day” pricing until 11:59:59 PM EST. Regular pricing begins January 4th at 12:00 AM EST. Full festival lineup and poster below.

For full pricing breakdown including VIP packages and payment plan options visit: GovBall.com

This June, Governors Ball will celebrate its eighth consecutive year as New York City’s premiere live music event, and by acclamation, one of the top music festivals in North America. “Governors Ball is New York City’s festival,” wrote Nylon following last year’s stellar event, which featured many show stopping performances including a memorable set from Childish Gambino, his only North American performance that year. “It combines the best of what this sleepless city has to offer, from food vendors to talent and downtown style.” The 2017 festival also left performers enamored as well, with Lorde proclaiming that that Governors Ball was “on some magical spiritual shit.”

This summer, Founders Entertainment will continue working overtime to bring that “magical spiritual” vibe to Governors Ball patrons at the festival grounds on Randall’s Island Park (supported, maintained and programmed by the Randall’s Island Park Alliance www.randallsisland.org). The 2018 festival will feature a signature lineup of the best food NYC has to offer, craft beer and cocktail options, and the lawn games, mini golf (two unique 18 hole courses), street art, After Dark concert series, and the “only in New York” experiences “Gov Ball” has become known and loved for. The festival will also add two new 21+ areas, building upon last year’s introduction of the popular “Best Kept Secret” 21+ oasis.

Governors Ball has focused on giving back to the greater New York City community since inception, and will continue that trend with the 2018 festival. Helmed by born and bred New Yorkers, Founders Entertainment will look to build upon their efforts surrounding last year’s event. In 2017, Governors Ball pumped a record-breaking $62.4 million into New York City’s economy, bringing the past four years cumulative total (2014-2017) to $185+ million dollars. The festival also created more than 430 jobs and generated $31 million in wages. Governors Ball continued its long track record of giving back to the community by working with and donating to local organizations, non-profits, and community groups as well. More information on Governors Ball’s economic impact and community engagement may be found here.

In addition to being accessible by MTA bus, bike, cab, and ferry service from Mid-Town Manhattan to and from the festival grounds, the festival is accessible to pedestrians via the RFK Bridge, the 103rd street footbridge, and Bronx Randall’s Island Connector.

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The Dead Weather Release Video For “Impossible Winner”

The Dead Weather Release Video For “Impossible Winner”

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The Dead Weather have premiered their chilling and striking new video for “Impossible Winner.” The second single and official music video from 2015’s acclaimed DODGE AND BURN, “Impossible Winner” has made it’s debut. Check it out below!

“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” – the first single/video from DODGE AND BURN – is among the “Best Music Video” nominees for the upcoming 58th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, honoring video directors Ian Schwartz & Cooper Roberts and video producers Candice Dragonas & Nathan Scherrer, along with The Dead Weather themselves. “I Feel Love (A Million Miles)” can be viewed now HERE.

The Dead Weather – Jack White, Alison Mosshart, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence – returned at long last with 2015’s electrifying DODGE AND BURN. The album made an explosive chart debut upon its September release, entering the Soundscan/Billboard 200 at #10 – The Dead Weather’s third consecutive top 10 debut. What’s more, DODGE AND BURN came in at #1 on Billboard’s “independent Albums” chart and #2 on both the “Alternative Albums” and “Rock Albums” rankings.

Along with its worldwide popular success, DODGE AND BURN also reaped immediate critical acclaim from around the globe. ROLLING STONE awarded DODGE AND BURN its coveted lead review spot and called it the band’s “most raunchiest and fun yet,” while SPIN gave the album a rating of 8-out-of-10, noting The Dead Weather are “an outfit whose members are hardly content to rest on their past achievements. DODGE AND BURN is one of their greatest.” “The Dead Weather’s finest work to date,” declared A.V.CLUB of the album’s closing track, “Impossible Winner,” calling it “exactly the kind of curveball that makes DODGE AND BURN so appealing.” The Dead Weather “administer a thorough scrubbing to knackered old garage-rock until it gleams like the chrome fender on a Dodge,” noted UNCUT, while CLASH praised DODGE AND BURN as “a sassy ball of madness coming at your ears at 120mph.”

DODGE AND BURN was heralded with a series of live performance videos – directed by Jack White and edited by White and Brad Holland – all of which can be viewed now at the band’s official TheDeadWeatherTV.

The Dead Weather made but one public live performance supporting DODGE AND BURN, blowing the roof off New York City’s Ed Sullivan Theater with an electrifying rendition of “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” on CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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The Dead Weather To Return With ‘Dodge & Burn’ In September

The Dead Weather To Return With ‘Dodge & Burn’ In September

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Way back in October 2013, The Dead Weather and Third Man Records announced an incredibly special 7” featuring “Open Up (That’s Enough)” b/w “Rough Detective” as part of Vault Package #18. These two tracks were a fierce battle cry heralding the announcement of a brand new Dead Weather album that was to be released in a revolutionary fashion. Teased out over the past year and a half via a series of 7” singles, the physical versions of which were ONLY available via The Vault (Third Man’s one-of-a-kind subscription mail-order service), the band promised this would culminate in a brand new album in 2015. The third Dead Weather LP would be a full length album comprised not only of the previously released 7” singles, but newly recorded, previously-unheard material. Today, The Dead Weather officially announce their new album ‘Dodge & Burn.’

‘Dodge & Burn’ will be released worldwide in September 2015 on Third Man Records and will feature eight brand new songs, along with the four previously released tracks remixed and remastered. Alison Mosshart, Jack White, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence spent their rare and sporadic free moments over the past year recording together in Nashville. With the members of the band heavily involved in other projects, The Dead Weather will not be touring in support of the new album. Thankfully the thick and heavy Dodge & Burn will satisfy your urges for the dark magic that is The Dead Weather for a very long time.

The ONLY special, limited edition version of the new album will be released as Vault Package #25, which will arrive the same week as the standard album release in September. The Dodge & Burn Vault Package will include:

-A limited edition Dodge & Burn LP on Inclement Weather vinyl (that is to say opaque yellow with black ‘debris’) housed in a soft-touch embossed sleeve featuring metallic ink and a Vault-exclusive alternate cover designed by Rob Jones, also featuring a limited edition bonus poster inside.

-The only physical version of the new Dead Weather 7” and single from Dodge & Burn on yellow vinyl with black debris.

-A deck of custom Dead Weather playing cards designed by Silent Giants featuring the band members as the King, Queen, Jack and Joker. Previously released in limited numbers and now, due to popular demand, re-issued for the Vault only with new packaging artwork.

Subscriptions for Vault Package #25 are open until July 31st. And if you need a reminder of what you’re in for, here are some clips of the previously released tracks from the upcoming album: https://soundcloud.com/thirdmanrecords/sets/dead-weather-dodge-burn-vault

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Austin City Limits: Season 38 Line-Up To Feature Jack White, Gary Clark, Jr. And More!

Austin City Limits: Season 38 Line-Up To Feature Jack White, Gary Clark, Jr. And More!

Iconic PBS television series Austin City Limits (ACL) unveils the second half of Season 38 with a line-up that continues to exemplify the show’s tradition of “Great Music, No Limits.” Eight brand-new shows begin airing in January 2013 as part of the music series’ thirteen-episode season. Book-ended by returning favorites Jack White and Esperanza Spalding, ACL showcases an impressive roster of exciting performers, from talented newcomers to acclaimed legends.

Rock provocateur Jack White kicks things off on January 5, 2013 with a knock-out, full-hour performance. The extended line-up features a number of artists making first-time appearances, among them Austin’s own rising star, blues-soul phenomenon Gary Clark Jr., Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, spellbinding jazz-pop vocalist Kat Edmonson, punk rock icon Bob Mould, country superstar Tim McGraw, hard-hitting Southern soulsters Alabama Shakes, indie-folk band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, roots-rockers Delta Spirit and indie sensation tUnE-yArDs. Completing the season are dazzling performances by Norah Jones and a full hour of Esperanza Spalding in the season finale.

“ACL takes pride in our eclectic mix of musical styles,” says Executive Producer Terry Lickona, “and we truly have something for everyone’s taste in the second half of our new season – from rock and punk to country, pop, jazz, blues and Latin! Each artist has a unique and original style or sound, which is always our goal.”

It’s been a banner year for ACL, which premiered in October with an unforgettable performance by Radiohead in their ACL debut and included new episodes with Bon Iver, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Dr. Dog, The Shins, The Civil Wars and Punch Brothers. ACL gives viewers unparalleled access to featured artists in an intimate setting that provides a platform for artists to deliver inspired, memorable performances. The program is taped live before a concert audience from its new home at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. The critically-acclaimed series will continue to broadcast fan-favorite encore episodes through the end of 2012, beginning with Mumford & Sons on November 17. Viewers can tune-in to their local PBS station for episodes; check local listings for times. For the complete episode schedule, visit acltv.com.

Season 38 | 2013 Broadcast Schedule
January 5, 2013     | Jack White
January 12, 2013   | Rodrigo y Gabriela
January 19, 2013   | Norah Jones / Kat Edmonson
January 26, 2013   | Bob Mould / Delta Spirit
February 2, 2013   | Tim McGraw
February 9, 2013   | Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros / tUnE-yArDs
February 16, 2013 | Gary Clark Jr. / Alabama Shakes
February 23, 2013 | Esperanza Spalding

About Austin City Limits?
Austin City Limits (ACL) is a television series on PBS that records and broadcasts original musical performances from exciting new talent and legendary artists of all genres.

Austin City Limits is the longest-running music series in American television history and remains the only TV series to ever be awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 2012, ACL received a rare institutional Peabody Award for excellence and outstanding achievement. The historic KLRU Studio 6A, home to 36 years of ACL concerts, has been designated an official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark. In 2011, ACL moved to the new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin.

ACL is produced by KLRU-TV and funding is provided in part by AMD, Budweiser, the Austin Convention Center Department and Dell. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Austin City Limits. Learn more about Austin City Limits, programming and history at acltv.com.

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The 26th Annual Bridge School Concert To Be Webcast Live On Facebook This Saturday, Oct. 20th

The 26th Annual Bridge School Concert To Be Webcast Live On Facebook This Saturday, Oct. 20th

The 2012 BRIDGE SCHOOL CONCERTS will be held this weekend Oct 20th and 21st at The Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, marking the 26thanniversary of this incredible and historic series. For the past quarter of a century, the biggest and brightest names in music have been drawn to these concerts to pledge their support of The Bridge School, a non-profit, innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments through the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology.

The Bridge School Concert will be webcast live from the Shoreline Amphitheatre this Saturday only, Oct. 20th and will stream in its entirety on Facebook. A donation to The Bridge School of $5 or greater is asked to gain access to the webcast. In the meantime, click here to view a trailer for the webcast.

The artists set to appear are: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White, Guns N’ Roses, The Flaming Lips, Ray LaMontagne, Sarah McLachlan, Foster The People, Lucinda Williams, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang, and Gary Clark Jr.

For this event, Facebook PMDs GraphEffect (social strategy and advertising) and HYFN (app development and execution) provided collaborative pro bono services leading to the creation and marketing of a Facebook application to stream the concert live.

This Facebook application providesa landing page forthe worldwide online community to watch and interact with one another. Together, participants both online on Facebook and at the Shoreline will create a unique shared interactive concert community experience.

The streaming of the webcast will be provided by the uStream Broadcast Network, the leader in live and interactive video streaming.

Here are the links:

Facebook:www.bridgeschoolbenefit.org

Twitter: *artists performing over the weekend will be tweeting from the show and sharing their Bridge weekend experience, from the performer’s point of view. 

Follow us on Twitter:  @bridgeconcert

This is the hashtag being used – #supportbridgeschool

Alternate hashtag – #supportbridgeschool  #bridgeschool

Text2Give: *Thru the help of MobileCause, those watching the webcast and the audience at Shoreline will all be able to support the Bridge School in their fund raising efforts. Text bridge to 80888 and reply YES to donate $10 to the Bridge School

As previously announced, The Bridge School Benefit Concerts – 25th Anniversary Edition, offered in a 3-DVD set and a 2-CD package is available via Reprise Records.

View the trailer here.

The 3-DVD set includes two performance discs featuring Bruce SpringsteenPatti SmithPearl Jam, David BowieBob DylanPaul McCartneyThe WhoTom PettySimon and Garfunkel,Neil Young, and much more. A documentary DVD includes “The Bridge School Story,” which gives a special look into this wonderful school and the truly phenomenal services they provide children with advanced physical and communication challenges. Another documentary on the DVD,“Backstage At The Bridge School Benefit Concert,” offers a bird’s-eye view of the event itself, along with special features including heartfelt interviews with the students and the artists themselves.

 

The 2-CD package features exclusive performances from Sheryl CrowThom YorkeNorah Jones,No DoubtWillie NelsonJack JohnsonDave MatthewsSonic Youth, and more.

 

The Bridge School Benefit Concerts – 25th Anniversary Edition will entertain, enlighten, and inform you on how to become a member of The Bridge School family. For more about The Bridge School, visit www.bridgeschool.org

Click here to find out more information on the release and how to donate directly to The Bridge School. Click here to order the triple DVD package. Click here to pre-order the double CD package.

The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition DVD:

Disc 1:

Bruce Springsteen                                 “Born In The USA”

Patti Smith                                            “People Have The Power”

Pearl Jam                                              “Better Man”

David Bowie                                          “Heroes”

Ben Harper                                            “There Will Be A Light”

Bob Dylan                                              “Girl From The North Country”

R.E.M.                                                   “Country Feedback”

Emmylou Harris & Buddy Miller                “Love Hurts”

Fleet Foxes                                            “Blue Ridge Mountains”

Devendra Banhart                                    “At The Hop”

Bonnie Raitt                                            “The Road Is My Middle Name”

Billy Idol                                                   “Rebel Yell”

 

Disc 2:

Brian Wilson                                            “Surfin’ USA”

Gillian Welch                                           “The Way It Will Be”

The Pretenders                                         “Sense Of Purpose”

James Taylor                                             “Fire and Rain”

Simon and Garfunkel                                  “America”

Tom Petty                                                 “Shadow Of A Doubt”

Dave Matthews                                          “Too Much”

Neil Young                                                 “Crime In The City”

Tom Waits                                                 “16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought Six”

Elton John & Leon Russell                          “A Dream Come True”

Paul McCartney                                          “Get Back”

Metallica                                                     “Disposable Heroes”

The Who                                                     “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

 

Disc 3:

Bridge School Documentaries:

* “Backstage At The Bridge School Benefit Concert”

* “The Bridge School Story”

* Special Feature – Student/Artist Interviews

 

The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition CD

CD 1:

Bruce Springsteen                                 “Born In The USA”

Dave Matthews                                      “Too Much”

No Doubt                                               “Magic’s In The Makeup”

Jack Johnson                                          “Gone”

Fleet Foxes                                             “Blue Ridge Mountains”

Neil Young & Crazy Horse                        “Love And Only Love”

Sonic Youth                                             “Rain On Tin”

Pearl Jam                                                “Better Man”

Gillian Welch                                           “The Way It Will Be”

R.E.M. & Neil Young                                 “Country Feedback”

Willie Nelson                                            “The Great Divide”

Nils Lofgren                                             “Cry Just A Little”

 

CD 2:

Sarah McLachlan                                 “Elsewhere”

Paul McCartney                                   “Get Back”

Elton John & Leon Russell                    “A Dream Come True”

Band Of Horses                                   “Marry Song”

Metallica                                              “Disposable Heroes”

Thom Yorke                                         “After The Gold Rush”

Sheryl Crow                                          “The Difficult Kind”

Tony Bennett                                        “Maybe This Time”

CSNY                                                  “Déjà Vu”

Norah Jones                                         “Jesus, Etc”

Jonathan Richman                                “I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar”

Brian Wilson                                        “Surfin’ USA”

The Who                                              “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

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Summer’s Hottest Ticket: Live From The Firefly Music Festival In Dover, Delaware!

Summer’s Hottest Ticket: Live From The Firefly Music Festival In Dover, Delaware!

IN THE BEGINNING…
It was early mid-May of 2012 when thumbing through the current issue of Rolling Stone, I came across an good looking advertisement for the Firefly Music Festival. It was the color scheme that first caught my eye but then it was the location of the event that really jumped out at me — Dover, Delaware. To those outside of the area, Dover is known best for playing host to some of Nascar’s most ferocious action at the Dover Speedway. Certainly, I couldn’t be reading this correctly! Without missing a beat, I was off to my trusty workstation to get the lowdown on this mysterious new event. I fired up the laptop and within a few clicks I had arrived at the official online source for all things “Firefly” — www.fireflyfestival.com.

The official site offered up a wealth of information. The lineup for the event jumped out at me immediately and is nothing less than stellar for a inaugural run. Firefly boasts an impressive lineup of heavy hitting acts such as The Killers, Jack White, The Flaming Lips, The Black Keys, John Legend, Silversun Pickups, OK Go, Death Cab for Cutie, AWOLNATION and Girl Talk, just to name a few. Billed as “the East Coast’s premier music experience,” Firefly runs an impressive three days from July 20 -22. The site also promised “three days of unforgettable musical performances, enhanced dining options and interactive entertainment set among lush wooded landscapes in the heart of the East Coast.

Having done the research and being blown away by detail and planning that clearly had gone into the planning stages of this potentially monumental event, I decided I was all in! I had to experience this event for myself and bring our readers closer to the heart of the event. I got on my Zack Morris-like cellular phone and made the hot call to our writers to spread the word. Almost instantly, Steve “Stomper” Johnson declared his allegiance to the trip and we ordered up two tickets and cleared our schedules for the trip.

ICON VS. ICON’S KEY PLAYERS FOR THE FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL:
“You wanted the best, well they didn’t fucking make it! From Hollywood, Steve Johnson and Jason Price!” Pardon our ode to Guns N’ Roses, but it isn’t often we get to rock an intro! Back to our story: To cover the event, Icon Vs. Icon dispatched in Jason Price and Steve “Stomper” Johnson, part of our dedicated team. Why these guys? Easy! These two men are no stranger to the festival scene and have taken in countless live  shows throughout the years and are grizzled veterans of Lollapolooza, Ozzfest, Warped Tour, Family Values  Tour, Mayhem Festival, Virgin Fest, M3 Rock Festival and Woodstock ’99, just to name a few.

Icon Vs. Icon’s Steve Johnson & Jason Price

While they tend to learn more toward the hard rock and metal side of things, we know that they can take a beating and it’s no secret that a three day music festival during one of the hottest summer’s on record can pack on hell of a punch! Both men agree that the Firefly Music Festival is one of the most intriguing events to hit the area in years and has potential to fuel the music scene in the area for years to come.

Of his impending experience, Johnson said, “I am most interested in seeing what the vibe at the event is going to be. This event is definitely going to attract a diverse crowd, many of which are coming from surrounding metropolitan areas like New York City, DC, Philadelphia, Baltimore and beyond. That will surely give the crowd as unique a flavor as the musical acts that have been brought in to kick this thing off. In short, I am really looking forward to it — I think they have tapped into something special here.” When asked who he was most interested in seeing at Firefly, who he hadn’t seen live in the past, he responded simply with “Girl Talk.”

Steve Johnson Fun Facts: For his next multi-day concert experience, Icon Vs. Icon is sending Johnson and his wife to the 13th Annual Gathering of The Juggalos — five days and nights of music and pandemonium to Cave-In-Rock, IL. You can follow Steve on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dastomper.

A Word On Our Mission:

“As I have mentioned, this show sprung up, on me at least, seemingly out of nowhere. I am glad the event organizers have given us the opportunity to give people the scoop on the event. My favorite festival experiences have been the result of the people surrounding us, the good vibes in the crowd and the memorable on-stage performances. Setting out to experience Firefly for the first time, what I hope we provide our readers with is an overall feel for what we encountered and what they might expect in the future when they attend.” — Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon

WHERE IS IT? LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WELCOME TO THE WOODLANDS:

Calling All Festival-goers…

Firefly Music Festival takes place at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, a place i must admit I was unfamiliar with prior to the festival announcement. A little research revealed that the Woodlands offer 87 acres of lush, wooded festival grounds nestled within the expansive 840-acre sports campus, offering the intimate feel of a backyard party with all the amenities of the world-class event complex. Located in the heart of Dover, Delaware and steps from shopping, hotels, gaming, and restaurants, the Woodlands are the ideal backdrop for what could soon become the East Coast’s hottest summer festival ticket.

THE SURROUNDING AREA: The official site clued us in to the one of the biggest draws to the area, Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. The complex is a AAA rated four diamond hotel and casino, featuring over 2,500 slots and table games including poker, blackjack, craps and roulette. Interestingly enough, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will be providing endless entertainment when the music ends. Throughout the weekend, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will host official Firefly after-parties in the state-of-the-art, 1,600-person capacity Rollins Center.

THE TICKETS AND THE MOBILE APP…

The key to the festivities!

Personally, I always get that “kid on Christmas morning” feeling when a mysterious package shows up in the mailbox. Fans of pop culture, cool artwork and kickass packaging, we were blown away by the ticket package revealed when we opened our mystery envelope. The box contained all the information about reaching our destination, what we could and couldn’t bring and last but certainly not least, our 3-day festival wristband. It is an impressive package that assured us that the organizers clearly had their stuff together and that were were getting plenty of bang for our buck! Well done!

On July 12th, the official website for the event announced the release of an app for the Firefly Music Festival. This app is your one-stop-shop for all things Firefly 2012 and brings a new meaning to user interaction with its many specialized features including:

Festival Camera:
You and your friends can take photos throughout the weekend and add fun Firefly Festival filters.

The Woodlands Map:
Pinch and zoom into a layout of the festival with icons for the stages, food and drink locations.

Lineup:
View the complete Firefly Music festival lineup by stage or artist.

Customized Schedule:
Create your personal Firefly schedule and receive reminders about when your selected bands are about to perform. You will also have the ability to “like” your favorite performers, see who other users have “liked” and view the selections.

News and Socialize:
This is an easy way to stay in the loop on the latest Firefly Festival info through push notifications. This feature includes news and updates, links to the official Firefly Twitter and a portal to personal social media accounts. This awesome new approach makes it easier than ever to get your Firefly fix atyour convenience through both iPhone and Android!

 

Are You Gonna Go My Way: Steve Johnson and his beloved van, “Trixie.” Instagram’d for your pleasure!

ROAD WARRIORS: GETTING THERE IS HALF THE FUN!
“We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold.” Wait, that is a different story entirely. Firefly seemed the the perfect time to break in Steve’s newly murdered out van, “Trixie,” which allows us to roll with everything we need for a long trip like this. She is a beast of a machine and only slightly less cool than the van used by a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit back in 1972. The main difference in those two juggernauts is that Trixie doesn’t have a kickass spoiler with awesome pin striping but it does boast a copy of Metallica’s “Ride The Lightning,” which is literally stuck in the tape deck.

Before we could go anywhere, we had to lay the groundwork for the journalistic side of things, as we are professionals. For an hour before we did a little prep for the trip, we opted for the official Firefly Music Festival playlist on the critically acclaimed 8tracks.com. Dubbed as one of the “50 Best Websites” in a list by Time magazine in 2011, 8tracks.com is an online radio station in which users create playlists and share them with anyone who may wish to listen, all for free. The Firefly playlist features songs from the multitude of artists performing at Firefly, ranging from “All These Things That I’ve Done” by headliner The Killers to the soothing hip-hop hit “Paris, Tokyo” by Chicago native Lupe Fiasco. It was a great way to prep for the road trip and you can click HERE to access the playlist and taste of things to come.

Being experienced concertgoers and both in our thirties, we knew to bring the essentials: Water, light snacks, a six pack for parking lot pre-gaming, ibuprofen, Zantac, baby wipes and a snake bite kit. Hey, ya never know. We stuffed our backpacks with the goods, our equipment to bring you live updates from the show, gassed up the van and hit the open road. To get us in the mood, we fired up Girl Talk’s “All Day”.

For those unfamiliar with the album, it is probably the best party mix you could ever hope to unleash. If you haven’t heard it, swing on by www.illegal-art.net/girltalk to pick it up — It’s a free album, so there is no reason not to check it out! It is a brilliant piece of work that clocks in at 71 minutes and 372 samples!

Getting into Dover, DE was a breeze and it seemed the local powers that be had everything under control at the time of our arrival, which is not surprising as the host huge events for Nascar and I am sure it is an equally challenging process.  

SHOULD YOU NEED THEM, HERE ARE THE FESTIVAL MAPS! You never know where you will end up on the worldwide web, so if by chance you made it here and are in need of festival assistance, use the links to the official maps from Firefly Music Festival. The Woodlands map will show where all parking, camping and other accommodations will be located. This map will show you where you will need to go to find parking and what direction you will be coming from. It will also show where the festival grounds are in relation to your parking or camping area. For more specific directions on driving to Firefly, click here. The Official Firefly Festival map will reveal the entire Woodlands festival areal. This will show you the location of all food & beverage tents, attractions and stages! Take a close look to see exactly where you will be jamming out hour by hour. Plan your route, see where your pit stops will be, and get the most out of your Firefly experience. On with the show… 

UNCHAINED: AND YA HIT THE GROUND RUNNIN’…
We rolled into Dover, Delaware like nickel sized hail and damaging winds. Well, at least that is how we hope it looked, although it was probably a little less dramatic. We reported to the pre-assigned spot to pick up our credentials and we were on our way to the venue before we knew it. Again, it is clear that the event organizers are on top of their game. To quote Wayne Campbell, they have “crossed the t’s and dot the… lower case j’s.” That is a breathe of fresh air because a lot of these massive festivals and be a real mess behind the scene. Another behind-the-scenes trend I have recently noticed is one that has journalists and photographers wearing laminates from previous concert outings and making it “all about them”. Two can play at that game,my friends. Not to be outdone and never being one to make it all about myself, I took 15 minutes out of our already busy schedule to create our own laminates. Hey, we are potential rubbing elbows with industry bigwigs at a ton of different events this summer, so we needed to look the part!

The “Icon Vs. Icon: Right Next Door To Hell Summer Tour 2012” laminate features artwork by Christine M. Larsen.

Her bio reads: “Originating from the Pine Barrens of central Jersey, Christine is a freelance Illustrator by trade, designing and illustrating for comics, cartoons, book covers, textbooks, textiles, posters and websites. She has worked with clients such as Ape Entertainment, DC Online, Saatchi & Saatchi and Penguin Publishing. Her online comic, La Morte Sisters (written by Tony Trov and John Zito) was nominated for a Harvey Award and her artwork has been featured in licensed properties such as Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. Christine is also a part time instructor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she teaches undergraduate courses for juniors and freshmen. Christine resides with her two cats, her boyfriend and a sawed off shotgun in a heavily fortified North Philadelphia row home where she awaits the zombie apocalypse. If you’re terribly interested in the comings and goings of her life, you can find her on Facebook and Twitter, or read her interesting blog or even more fascinating Tumblr , where you will find sketches, project updates and other fun stuff.”

Check out her official site and learn more about this amazing artist at www.thelarsenproject.com. Thanks for the use of the artwork Christine! To make it up to you, we will be commissioning you to create a poster for our 7th Annual Season of The Witch Film Festival, which is a coproduction with our friend Thomas Bryce of the Shit Movie Fest. Without further ado, here is a glimpse of the laminates — only two every created! Stay Tuned for more updates as the day rolls on! Live from the frontlines!

ENTER THE DRAGONS…
As we arrived at “The Monster Mile”, it wasn’t long before the rains came. Not hard driving rains but the sort of mist that tends to put a damper on most parties. That was not the case with Firefly. As the people streamed across the overpass into the general vicinity of the festival grounds, you could tell that nothing was going to get this crowd down. Quite honestly, I found that amazing. Maybe that is the magic of Firefly — the fact these concertgoers are genuinely inspired by magic of the music. No bitching, no moaning, just good spirits all around. We hit the ATM, like a Tyson blow to the dome and made sure they were stocked with cash. It turns out that they were and the fun can now begin. As we entered, we were treated to the sounds of Heartless Bastards and they crowd was very into it. Even the overcast couldn’t stop, hordes of girls from hulu hooping with a vengeance to the beat of the music. I am not quite sure if that is a revival or a new phenomenon or a revival of sorts — either way, I am into it.

Steve quickly made his way to the official booth of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales. Steve is no stranger to partaking in the spirits and his expert opinion was needed for a review of the official/unofficial brew of this experience, “Firefly Ale”. I followed him that far. He ventured in alone and I have yet to see him since. I will say that I am very impressed that the company constructed a mammoth tent to house there flavorful treats. During our separation, The Wallflowers were playing there new single, “Reboot The Mission,” an awesome, bass heavy song that features Mick Jones of The Clash. The Wallflowers brought out the best in the crowd and faces young and old swayed to the beat of jams both new and old. No small feat in these complicated musical times.

RETURN OF THE MACK…
Steve here! I apologize for being off of the grid for so long, but leave it to a specialty beer to bring me back from obscurity. Dogfish Head Craft Ales has been a company that for years has delivered some of the best craft brews on the market today. Enter the first Firefly Music Festival. The Firefly Music Festival had made it no secret that they have been working with Dogfish Head to bring concert goers a specialty brew to quench their thirsts in the unrelenting heat of mid-July in Dover, DE. Upon arriving to the festival, I made a b-line to the Dogfish Head Brew Tent. I immediately ordered up some of the festival’s signature brew, Firefly Ale, and were not disappointed. The ale is light and and is very active as far as carbonation is concerned. It is an upbeat ale that perfectly compliments the event it was created for. It is definitely a favorite of the fans in the beer tent as the Firefly Ale line tended to be the longest, although the wait in general was only a minute or so! Kudos to Dogfish Head and their quest to bring innovation top the realm of craft brewing. As far as I am concerned Dogfish Head had hit a home run with this beer. I only hope that non-concert attendees will be able to taste this delicious brew.

DAY ONE AT THE MAIN STAGE…
I emerged from the Dogfish Head tent energized as John Legend was taking the stage. It was about this time when you could notice the crowd on the field growing with each passing moment.. OK GO had already laid down an explosive set on The Lawn stage in the middle of the afternoon and the crowd was getting fired up. John Legend’s performance was terrific as he ripped through his impressive catalog and did a great cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground”. While the addition of Legend may have looked a little out of place on paper, his style, grace and musicianship proved that he was right at home among this list of performers.

After that set, the masses began to migrate once again with a choice between Bassnectar or Silversun Pickups. The bassheavy dubstep grooves of Bassnectar proved irrestible to me,  so I made my way to that area to soak it in. While dubstep is typically what I am into,  have to admit this set was impressive. The crowd was into it from the jump and the music seemed to flow through them. Great energy was all around. I wanted to see what the people who were sitting these sets out where up too. My first stop was the “Hammock Hangout”. It is a large area carved out of the woods that features oversized hammock for your lounging pleasure as well as some swings for those looking for “a natural high”. The forest was illuminated by green lights which gave it a terrific ambience. About 75% of the people visiting the hangouts were taking a breather and discussing the festival, the other 25% were just about down for the count from “party overload”. I really enjoyed this feature of the festival. Had the temperatures been as high as they have been lately, it would have been the go-to spot for even more festival goers.

Headlining Day One was the legendary Jack White, who is currently touring in support of his first solo album “Blunderbuss”. As showtime approached, the mist that had been coming and going began to pick up. It didn’t dampen the spirits of attendees as the masses once again descended on the main stage. With minimalistic white can lighting and a tight layout with the musicians, the stage was reminiscent of an old Hollywood set. It was a rocky start of White and company as the mist began to cause issues with the sound. To the credit of the techs involved, they hammered out the issue within only a few minutes. White never missed a beat, diving into his musical past with material from his past bands and offering up  plenty of material from the White Stripes such as “Seven Nation Army”,  “Hello Operator” and “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”.  Jack White never disappoints at a live show and this was no exception.

DAY TWO OF FIREFLY BEGINS… 
Day Two of the Firefly Music Festival found us getting an early start. We again entered the festival parking area with no issues. If anything, things we going much smoother for the event staff, who know knew the drill for getting people to where they needed to be. After we parked, we made our way across the overpass to the festival grounds. What amazed us was the see of campsites that filled the area. Whether it was in a tent or an RV, plenty of people had taken advantage of staying at the show and enjoying the camping experience. Those who hadn’t ventured back into the festival were making their own fun playing cornhole, cooking out and slamming back a few cold pints to prepare themselves for another great day of music. The camping experience surely provides a whole new level of adventure to this event and is something Steve and I both agreed we would have to try next year.

Saturday’s weather was again very mild with a few sprinkles falling sporadically throughout the day. It was slightly more humid than day one of the festival but was a great break from the area’s recent sweltering temperatures. Day two, without a doubt, brought out the masses! By our best estimate, the crowd had easily doubled if not tripled from the first day. That being said, it did not feel cramped at all and spirits were high. Our first stop was a visit to The Vineyard, an area we hadn’t checked out on the first day. The Vineyard sits on the far corner of the events grounds, right before visitors round a corner through the woods to visit the Backyard and Firefly stages. It was packed with many small groups of friends taking in a glass of wine or two. It was definitely a classy affair and a great spot to make the decision on what to see next, as it is centrally located between all four stages. We took a few minutes to people watch and one thing was for sure, if you want to make some loot at next year’s event, get yourself into the hula hoop game. Next to girls wearing “Hunger Games” style leather boots, the hula hoop was THE go to accessory at this festival. They were absolutely everywhere and not matter if you were a chick or a dude covered with glitter, you were looking to take one for a spin — literally.

WE GET AROUND…
One of the first full sets we were able to take in on Day Two was by Polica took the Lawn stage and we were not disappointed. The band’s dreamy atmospherics stretched across the lawn attracting droves of fans both new and old. Frontwoman, Channy Leaneagh vocals were hauntingly beautiful as the band offered up songs from their powerful debut album, ‘Give You the Ghost’. I instantly added this band to my “My Download” list and look forward to seeing what they have in store for us in the years to come. While we took in the set, Steve fired up the Firefly App to get more info on the set times. When we had initially discovered the app we were impressed but it proved to be an awesome tool for this concert experience. Kudos to however came up with that idea. We had a little time to burn and we decided to head toward the Firefly Stage to see Michael Franti. Icon Vs. Icon interview Franti last year and we were excited to catch him live for the first time. Onward…

As we rounded the corner to head into The Backyard, we realized we had not ventured down past the stage to check out the hot air ballon rides. Steve was immediately fired up and insistent that we take I hot air balloon ride. I grabbed him by the collar and told him to get ahold of himself — we had a schedule to keep and the Dogfish Head tent was calling my name. We’d be back. Into the Dogfish Head tent we went, once more. We grabbed two pints of their “Midas Touch” and headed out to the stage. It wasn’t long before Michael Franti hit the stage. To be totally honest, this was one of the absolute highlights of the festival, so far. Franti’s music is amazing for an amazing festival and crowd like this. The crowd sang along with him and hung on every word. Several times during the performance, Franti took to the crowd to get closer to the vibe they were putting out. He had made his way back near the soundboard and the entire crowd was facing him, away from the stage. Michael Franti is one of those guys who puts everything into a live performance and this was no exception. If he is an artist you are not familiar with, you should remedy that as soon as possible. Note: A few hours after his set, we stumbled onto Michael and company once more backstage playing a massive pickup game of soccer. For the record, he is almost as good on the field as he is on stage.

THE CHALLENGES OF DOING THIS LIVE…
It was our intention to do as much live blogging as possible during the show. We have to admit it is a bit of struggle to make it everywhere you need to be and make updates that do the show justice. It has been a lot of fun and hopefully, it is something we will do more often in the future. One thing is for certain, we need more power, WiFi, an extra set of hands and a photo pass.

BACK TO THE HOT DAY TWO ACTION…
We spent the morning exploring the grounds and by the afternoon, we felt we had to make our way to see industry legends, Cake. It seemed a lot of people, the majority of people, had the same idea! It was a mass exodus from the surrounding areas as the band readied themselves to hit the stage. Their set was impressive and consisted of a sting of alternative hits and crowd favorites. The crowd was super into it and were singing along at the top of their lungs. It was good to see a band like this get the love they so rightly deserve. Some of the greatest moments included performances of “Sheep Go To Heaven” and “Rock and Roll Lifestyle”.

Modest Mouse was next on the main stage and much like Cake, they drew a massive crowd to their stage well before showtime. Highlights of their performance included “Float On” and “Dashboard”. It was around this time when we headed backstage to recharge the equipment and catch some of that impromptu Michael Franti pickup soccer game we mentioned earlier. There were plenty of family, friends and random bands members involved and although I am not sure there was a clear winner, a good time was had by all.

By the time we took a quick breather and got our recharge, it was time for Saturday’s main attraction —The Killers! As a long-time fan of the band, Steve was excited to see them once again in a live setting.  The band had only played a handful of dates in the past few years and anticipation for that they were bringing to the table was at an all-time high. Frontman Brandon Flowers sounded better than ever on the band’s super hits such as “Somebody Told Me”, “Mr. Brightside” and “All These Things That I Have Done”. They even wet the crowd’s appetite for new music with a performance of their new single, “Runaways”. The show was top notch and featured great video and pyro that would bring a smile to the face of the pickiest concert reviewer. There is on thing I learned from their performance that I will remember for quite some time — they can get the people moving!

All in all, Day Two of Firefly was one of the most satisfying concert events I have had the pleasure of attending in year. This festival truly is one of the best things going on the summer concert scene. I am sure that anyone in attendance would agree! (and they did because we asked a ton of people!)

DAY THREE: The Adventures Continue… 
The sun finally broke free of the clouds and we knew it would be a great day at Firefly. We started the day off by visiting the Arcade, which boasts a plethora of classic video games, free of charge, for your gaming enjoyment. We definitely enjoyed this feature, as did many a festival attendee, as the lines were steady throughout the weekend. Our first must-catch of the day was Cold War Kids, who drew a large crowd to the main stage for a powerful set. The band has a great stage presence and was truly a treat to catch in a live setting like this festival. Notable songs played included “Hang Me Out To Dry”, “Audience”, “Louder Than Ever” and “Hospital Beds”. The crowd was still feeling the vibe, even the battle worn campers who had been in the elements for three days. Only a few of them showed signs of needing a vacation for their vacation! Speaking of vacations, we finally had Steve take his hot air balloon ride, as he had been pestering us like a kid since he saw it. Of the ride, he had this to say “It was definitely worth trying out. I am not a heights guy but I have always loved hot air balloons. It is a cool feature and more than just eye candy for the festival. Overall, a great experience.”

While Steve was taking flight, I checked out Death Cab for Cutie. Ben Gibbard and company we terrific and delivered a great performance of “I Will Possess Your Heart.” The hits didn’t stop there and they delivered, in my opinion, was one of the best performances of the festival. Of course, the best performance of Sunday went to The Flaming Lips. The band brought their amazing live energy to the festival and truly amazed the crowd. There is nothing quite like a Flaming Lips set, so if you have the chance, check them out on tour when it rolls into your town. On the other side of the festival, Girl Talk rocked the crowd with his his mashup-remix style dj set on the Backyard stage. We had been looking forward to this for the length of the festival. If you came to this festival to get your dance on, the Backyard stage was definitely the place to let your freak flag fly throughout the weekend. Girl Talk was a great example of this, as he had the crowd moving at a fever pitch and didn’t let up until his set was over. The end of that set lead to the masses descending on the Firefly Stage one last time for The Black Keys, who were the headlining act for Sunday night. The band certainly did not disappoint as Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney ripped effortlessly through most of their hits including “Howlin’ for You”, “Tighten Up”, “Lonely Boy” and “Gold on the Ceiling”.

With that amazing performance, another three day concert experience was in the books — and boy, did it make an impact! Firefly Music Festival was expertly run and certainly laid the groundwork for an exciting future as a must attend event! The 2012 festival drew an estimated 30,000 guests daily and event organizers have already announced the three-day event will return to Dover in June 2013. The dates of next year’s festival will be June 21-23, so be sure to mark your calendar! The lineup of musical acts has not yet been announced. Pre-sale tickets for the festival are available on the event’s website this week.

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The Raconteurs To Release ‘Live At Montreux 2008’ On June 18th!

The Raconteurs To Release ‘Live At Montreux 2008’ On June 18th!

The Raconteurs

On June 18th 2012, Eagle Rock Entertainment release Live At Montreux 2008 by The Raconteurs.  Filmed in high definition, this show will be simultaneously released on DVD and Blu-ray formats.  This is the first ever video release by The Raconteurs and features tracks from both their top 10 albums including the singles “Steady, As She Goes”, “Many Shades Of Black”, “Broken Boy Soldier”, “Salute Your Solution” and more.

The Raconteurs were formed in 2005 by Jack White of The White Stripes, acclaimed solo artist Brendan Benson and drummer Patrick Keeler and bassist Jack Lawrence from The Greenhornes. Their debut album “Broken Boy Soldiers” charted at No.2 in the UK and follow up “Consolers Of The Lonely” went in at No.8. Both albums were also Top 10 in the USA. This performance from Montreux in 2008 was part of the tour in support of their second album. The setlist is split between songs from the two albums and includes covers of Terry Reid’s “Rich Kid Blues” and the old Charley Jordan track “Keep It Clean”.

TRACKLISTING

1) Consoler Of The Lonely

2) Hold Up

3) You Don’t Understand Me

4) Top Yourself

5) Old Enough

6) Keep It Clean

7) Intimate Secretary

8) Level

9) Steady, As She Goes

10) The Switch And The Spur

11) Rich Kid Blues

12) Blue Veins

13) Many Shades Of Black

14) Broken Boy Soldier

15) Salute Your Solution

16) Carolina Drama

 

“Live At Montreux 2008” by The Raconteurs is rough, tough rock ‘n’ roll with great tunes and even better guitar hooks performed by an outstanding live band.

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The Pretty Reckless Unveil New Video for “You”, To Open For Marilyn Manson

The Pretty Reckless Unveil New Video for “You”, To Open For Marilyn Manson

Taylor Momsen

The Pretty Reckless just unveiled a brand new video for “You,” the closing track from their acclaimed debut album, Light Me Up (iTunes). The video, by Grammy-winning director Meiert Avis, finds lead singer Taylor Momsen packing her things after a break-up and stumbling upon happier memories of her relationship.

Taylor and co. recently announced a headlining tour across North America through March and April, and just revealed ten of eighteen total spots opening up for Marilyn Manson (confirmed dates below). For the latest updates and ticket info for both tours, visit the band’s official site at www.theprettyreckless.com.

Official Sites:
www.theprettyreckless.com
facebook.com/theprettyreckless
twitter.com/#!/taylormomsen

Tour Dates with Marilyn Manson:

April 27 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
April 28 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
April 29 – Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
May 2 – Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
May 4 – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues
May 8 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
May 13 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
May 15 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
May 16 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
May 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom

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The Pretty Reckless Announce Six Week North American Headline Tour

The Pretty Reckless Announce Six Week North American Headline Tour

Taylor Momsen

New York rock band The Pretty Reckless, fronted by vocalist Taylor Momsen, guitarist Ben Phillips, bassist Mark Damon, and drummer Jamie Perkins will hit the road for a six week headline tour commencing March 9th in Tucson, Arizona at Club Congress. The Medicine Tour, with the support of The Parlor Mob, visits major cities in the U.S. and Canada before wrapping on April 25th in Orlando, Florida.

“We’re busy rehearsing new songs,” Momsen says. “I’m excited to play them for our fans and give them a taste of what’s to come from The Pretty Reckless.”

2011 was a busy year for The Pretty Reckless. The group spent over nine months on the road in support of their headline tour as well as opening slots on the Guns N’ Roses and Evanescence tours. The Pretty Reckless released Light Me Up, which The New York Times called “salacious, convincingly muscular, and unnervingly rowdy.”

For more about The Pretty Reckless, please visit www.theprettyreckless.com.

Tour Dates:

March 9 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
March 10 – Scottsdale, AZ – Martini Ranch
March 14 – W Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
March 15 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
March 16 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
March 17 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon (Formerly Graceland)
March 18 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
March 20 – Calgary, AB – The Den
March 22 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite
March 23 – Saskatoon, SK – Louis
March 24 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
March 29 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
March 30 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
March 31 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
April 3 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
April 4 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 6 – Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle
April 7 – Montreal, QC – Montreal Metropolis
April 8 – Burlington, VT – Higher Gound
April 10 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
April 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
April 13 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
April 17 – Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
April 18 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
April 19 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
April 20 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
April 21 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
April 22 – St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre
April 25 – Orlando, FL – The Social

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Twitter: twitter.com/#!/taylormomsen

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The Pretty Reckless: Taylor Momsen Talks ‘Light Me Up’ & The Future!

The Pretty Reckless: Taylor Momsen Talks ‘Light Me Up’ & The Future!

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Taylor Momsen always seemed to be the type of girl destined for super-stardom. At 2-years-old, Momsen signed to a modeling agency. A year later she began acting professionally, appearing in commercials as well as hit films such as “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” As a result, she spent much of her time in NYC and, at 13, relocated to Manhattan. In 2007, she was cast as lead in the CW show “Gossip Girl,” a move which helped further fuel her quickly skyrocketing career and established her as a leading lady. However, music has always been her true passion.

She began humming melodies before she could talk and writing songs at the age of 5 after falling in love with The Beatles. At 9, her father took her to see a White Stripes show, a moment that changed her forever as she realized there was a place for her in rock ‘n’ roll. Inspired by iconic bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, Audioslave, Soundgarden, Oasis and Nirvana, Momsen honed her skills as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Along the way, she hooked up with noted rock producer Kato Khandwala (Blondie, Drowning Pool, Paramore, Breaking Benjamin) who introduced her to guitarist Ben Phillips. This talented core worked tirelessly until they developed a truly unique sound catering to the strengths of Taylor’s astonishing voice. The results of countless hours of musical exploration and experimentation culminated on their amazing debut album, “Light Me Up,” which was released in February 2011. Celebrity fronted rock bands of the past were often treated as little more than a novelty act but once you hear The Pretty Reckless, you will know Taylor Momsen is a rock star! Her powerful voice, sultry delivery and rock ‘n’ roll swagger transcend her years and make her a force to be reckoned with! The Pretty Reckless bring a high-energy performance to the stage totally embodying the spirit of their debut record. It is this amazing live show that earned them opening slots in 2011 for Evanescense and rock legends Guns N’ Roses. Endorsements like that don’t come easy, especially for bands new to the scene.

Icon Vs. Icon recently got the chance to ask Taylor Momsen a few burning questions about her impressive debut release, the challenges involved with making the album, and what the future holds for The Pretty Reckless.

Taylor Momsen

“Light Me Up” is a very impressive debut. Can you tell us a little about your writing process and how it shaped this album?

There’s really not a process to the writing. I’m constantly looking for ideas and when one comes up you chase it and see if it turns out into something. There were no boundaries of style, when we had a good song we recorded it. I wanted the album to just be a collection of the best songs I could write.

From start to finish, what was the biggest challenge in putting this album together?

Well, doing a record while being on a tv show and modeling was hard. But I’d say the biggest challenge was having enough songs that are worth releasing, and not settling on lesser songs because of time or money. It took some time, but I think we accomplished that.

The band has been touring relentlessly since the album release. Can you tell us about the highs and lows of touring in support of the album?

Touring is awesome, after a year and a half we were still ready to go. The traveling can be tiring, but hearing thousands of people sing the words you suffered over to write is just awesome. I could do it forever!

Since the album’s release, you have certainly shattered any stereotypes involved with making the transition from acting to music. What do you think is the biggest misconception about Taylor Momsen?

I’m not sure what people’s misconceptions of me are, I’m sure most of them stem from me being on a TV show and how that relates to me being a musician.

What does the future hold for Taylor Momsen and The Pretty Reckless? 

Well, we’re releasing two new videos and should have new songs plus live tracks coming out all in the beginning of the new year. Then its a 3 month north american tour this spring. We’ll also be going to new places like Australia and South America in the new year, then we should be starting a new record as soon as possible.

The Pretty Reckless have a certain mystique that blends image, substance and live energy reminiscent many iconic bands of the past, something which is largely absent in the rock genre these days. Is recapturing some of that rock ‘n’ roll flair something you were aiming for when forming this band?

I don’t know about rock n roll flair, but I did want to keep the ethic of good songs, and I think a lot of new music seems to start with the desire to be famous before thinking about the song. New music really caters so heavily to markets there’s really no room for expression or anything else for that matter.

What is the best piece of advice someone has giving you in regard to your blossoming career in music?

Don’t trip when you walk out on stage!

To learn more about The Pretty Reckless, check out the band’s official website at www.theprettyreckless.com and check out our review of their debut album ‘Light Me Up’ below.

Taylor Momsen

As a music fan, I spend countless hours each year in trying to find the next big thing. If the next big thing is what you seek, look no farther than THE PRETTY RECKLESS! The band, which is fronted by Taylor Momsen of ‘Gossip Girl’ fame, has just unleashed their powerful debut album ‘Light Me Up’ on U.S. soil on Interscope Records. Celebrity fronted rock bands of the past have been hit or miss but as soon as this album is fired up on your system, it will remove all doubt that Momsen is just a pretty face! Her powerful voice, sultry delivery and rock n’ roll swagger transcend her years and make her a force to be reckoned with!

What should I expect?
As a whole, the band offers up a straight forward rock n’ roll style and attitude which jumps out and grab you even on the first listen. You may have already been exposed to the album’s first single, “Make Me Wanna Die,” which made it’s debut as the credits rolled for Matthew Vaughn’s stellar adaptation of Mark Millar’s graphic novel ‘Kick-Ass’. In short, it is a rock anthem that will stand the test of time as it blends seamlessly symphonic elements with brilliantly arranged riffs and a powerful bass line. Instantly catchy, instantly added to my playlist!

Along with Momsen, producer Kato Khandwala (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin, All Time Low) and guitarist Ben Phillips contribute to the robust songwriting. As a music fan, one of the most pleasing things about ‘Light Me Up’ is the fact that it showcases a talented group of musicians, brilliant songwriting and a stunning frontwoman with an incredible voice, yet still manages to stay focused on the art not to fall victim the the trend of overproduction or image. At its core, eager fans will find a powerful mix of jams that are capable of of being elevated to level of stadium rockers and more intimate tunes that would make for an amazing small club show. The Pretty Reckless does it all!

'Light Me Up'

This record is without a doubt my pick for rock album of the year. It is exciting, fresh and grows on you more with every listen. Any of track could prove to be a breakout mainstream hit and put the band on the fast track to superstardom. Other bands toiling in the studio should take note as this band has set the bar has been set high with their triumphant debut. Taylor Momsen and company are poised to breathe life into a genre where life support (and creativity) is desperately needed. If you get a chance to see the band live in the coming year, it is something not to be missed. The Pretty Reckless bring a high-energy performance to the stage that totally embodies the spirit of their debut record perfectly. It is this amazing live show that earned them  opening slots in 2011 for Evanescense and rock legends Guns N’ Roses. Endorsements like that don’t come easy, especially for bands new to the scene.

The Verdict?
‘Light Me Up’ serves as one of the strongest debuts of a in recent memory and will serve as a strong foundation for future outings. Standout tracks include “My Medicine”, “Miss Nothing”, “Make Me Wanna Die” and “Nothing Left To Lose.” — Jason Price

Rating: 5 out of 5

The Pretty Reckless’ Light Me Up tracklisting:

1. My Medicine
2. Since You’re Gone
3. Make Me Wanna Die
4. Light Me Up
5. Zombie
6. Just Tonight
7. Miss Nothing
8. Goin’ Down
9. Nothing Left To Lose
10. You

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