It’s here, and it’s HOT.

11067645_828726487218113_9173937992353866201_nJust in time for today’s start of CMA Music Festival (which will forever be known to me as Fan Fair), the temperatures are sweltering hot as usual.

If you’re not here in Nashville for the Fest, there’s good and bad. I mean, the good is, you’re probably sitting all up in your office or house enjoying some air conditioning and only breaking a sweat if you have to get up for more beer, amiright?

The bad? EVERY. BODY. In country music is here right now. There are free concerts literally all over downtown Nashville. New artists you might not have heard of yet, already up-and-coming artists and even artists you know pretty well are playing on stages at just about every corner. Tonight, the BIG concerts start at LP Field, where the Tennessee Titans play. These shows are a parade of country music superstars, four nights in a row. If there was any such thing as concert overload (and there’s not, in my book), this is where you’d get it.

If you want to torture yourself you can see the full lineup here. I’d also suggest you use that link to get your tickets for NEXT YEAR’s CMA Music Festival as soon as humanly possible, because those things sell out super fast and I don’t want you to miss it again. Cool? Cool.

Coachella 2014!

HAIM-472x472The 15th Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will be held over two consecutive weekends in Indio, CA- the first on April 11-13 and the second on April 18-20. The 2014 line-up includes headlining performances from OutKast, Muse, and Arcade Fire. Coachella 2014 also features some of the best EDM artists around like–The Knife, Zedd, Girl Talk, Skrillex, Pet Shop Boys, Disclosure, Alesso and much much more. Hear all of this year’s Coachella artists in one place- on the Coachella 2014 station on Slacker Radio!

The Best 90’s Nostalgia Tours For Festival Season

It’s officially concert and festival season i.e. SUMMERTIME!!! If you’re a ’90s music lover like I am you gotta check out tours from some of the biggest bands of the decade. Super boy bands New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees are teaming up for a power house tour filled with their signature love songs and coordinated dance moves. Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls will be pounding out hit after hit after hit while the Counting Crows and The Wallflowers will be rocking it out. All three tours are (hopefully) coming to a city near you.

In true Slacker music sharing fashion I’ve got one new song from one classic song from all the bands plus links to get information and tickets to their show. So dig into your boxes in the attic, grab your Doc Martens, flannel shirts and overalls and get ready for these totally wicked ’90s tours.

New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees are all touring for all the boy band lovers out there. Don’t be ashamed, we are fans too.

nkotb-new-kids-on-the-block-2314655-1280-960New Kids On The Block
New Music: “Summertime” 
The classic you need to know: “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”
For tour info and tickets click here. 

Boys II Men
New music: “More Than You’ll Ever Know” 
The classic you need to know: “Motownphilly” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

98 Degrees
New music: “Microphone” 
The classic you need to know: “Because Of You” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

For anyone wanting to dig deep into some 90s rock nostalgia, Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls are both on tour. Counting Crows are at on the road again and who can resist seeing The Wallflowers’ Jakob Dylan on stage again.

Matchbox Twenty
New music: “She’s So Mean” 
The classic you need to know: “Push” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

jakobdylan_bpGoo Goo Dolls
New music: “Rebel Beat”
The classic you need to know: “Black Balloon” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

Counting Crows
New music: “Untitled (Love Song)” 
The classic you need to know: “Mr. Jones” 
For tour info and tickets click here.

The Wallflowers
New music: “Misfits And Lovers” 
The classic you need to know: “One Headlight” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

Listen to all these ’90s bands on Slacker “90s Hits”  and on “’80s, ’90s & Today” 

World Music Festivals Take on the Summer

Desert Blues, Latin Alternative, Gypsy Funk, Arabic,  Brazilian, Afro-pop, Asian, Celtic and a lot more is on tap as festivals, music series and historic tours roll out for Summer 2013.  Here’s a taste of what is in store for the year.

Festivals and Music Series

Maracatu Naçáo Estrela BrilhanteA bunch of summer fests and music series that feature World Music have announced their line-ups.  And there is a LOT to choose from, whether you are into trad, cutting edge, cross-cultural fusions or world DJ culture & dance.  So get out there, some are even FREE!  Here’s just a sampling.

California World Fest 

Celebrate Brooklyn

Grand Performances Los Angeles

Lincoln Center Midsummer Night Swing 

Lincoln Center Out Of Doors 

Rhythm Foundation Miami

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 

Stern Grove Festival San Francisco 

Ukelele Festival Hawaii 

 

Tours

There are some major – and historic – tours coming this summer too.  Be on the lookout for these and more:

A Tale of Two Nations featuring Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante and Nation Beat. This historic tour not only pairs one of the oldest traditional maracatu groups from Brazil with a contemporary Brooklyn-Brazil cross-cultural mash-up, but it is the first time a trad maracatu group from Brazil has ever toured North America! Thiscarnaval is not to be missed.  August.

Festival au Desert_Caravan For Peace TourFestival au Desert: Caravan of Peace featuring Mali’s Mamadou Kelly & The Ali Farka Touré AllstarsTartit, and Imharhan.  Another historic tour and one with a message and the hope of keeping Timbuktu’s legendary Festival au Desert alive, which has been canceled due to Mali’s tumultuous civil war.  “Until the music can return to its roots with freedom of expression and dignity, the Festival au Desert has become, a Festival in Exile.”  July.

Fatoumata Diawarawho has enjoyed quite a buzz since the release of her debut CD Fatou,brings more of Mali’s rich musical tradition and songs about love, politics and empowerment to North America for a two month tour beginning in June

Nigerian Toureg guitar sensation Bombino, who just released a new CD produced by Black Key Dan Auerbach,  will be on the road through July 26.  His hypnotic show is something to revel in!

The legendary Gipsy Kings return to North America July 28 through August 12.

Reggae stalwarts Steel Pulse will bring their groove all this summer too with dates through August.

Up-and-coming Indian folk-rocker,  Raghu Dixit joins Indian tradition with contemporary stylings.  He brings his energetic show to North America in July

Solas, the quintessential Irish-American band, is touring all summer long and well into the fall in support the release of their latest CD.

Italy’s fabulous Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, who hail from Salento, Puglia, will be in North America for most of July.  

Like I mentioned at the start,  this is just a taste. There is so much more world music going on across North America this summer.  Rise up, get out, enjoy and support live music!

 

 

 

Meet us in Austin at SXSW!

Heading to SXSW? Hey, we are too! We’d love to see your lovely faces.

Plus, it’s your chance to see our shiny brand new Slacker truck.

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Make sure to come by and say hello!

Where we’ll be at SXSW: 

90 Rainey Street, across from Clive Bar

Why you should come:

See you there! We’ll make it worth your while.

Slacker’s 2013 Grammy Awards Recap

Slacker Grammy Awards Station 2013For the 4th year in a row, Team Slacker was backstage at the Grammy Awards, getting you closer to the music than anyone. Over the course of the event, I had the chance to interview nominees such as Alabama Shakes, The Lumineers, Diplo, and Lecrae. I was also able to interview emerging artists like Trindad James, Kid Ink, and Youngblood Hawke, and more established artists like Incubus, Ryan Tedder, and Chaka Khan.

You can hear these interviews, and music from the winners, on Slacker’s Grammy Awards 2013 station. Plus, to give you a sneak peak, check out what went down and what we found out behind-the-scenes at the Grammy Awards.

 

Neyla from The Lumineers spent last year’s Grammy night waiting tables in Denver. Talk about a big step up! Watch our interview with her here:

Brittany from Alabama Shakes gave us a preview of the tribute to Levon Helm, which was clearly a meaningful experience for her:

Fall Out Boy is back from hiatus with a new album and tour- even though they swore it wasn’t happening. I gave them a hard time about the misinformation. Also, Andy actually talked, which never happens.

In addition to being one of the funniest guys on Twitter, Diplo is always a reliable source of music discovery. He has been on the cutting edge of new music from all genres for many years so I asked him, “Whats next”?

Joey Fatone was there, and I just couldn’t resist asking him about JT and a N*Sync reunion…

Oh yeah, I hung out with Rebecca Black for a minute.

Rebecca Black and Slacker

It was awkward…

The Grammys were a great time as usual. I’ll wait till some other time and tell you what Red Foo from LMFAO did to my leg. Slacker has a ton of events coming up. Festival season is nearly upon us, and our next stop is SXSW in Austin.

Until then, don’t forget to check out our Grammy Awards 2013 station to hear more interviews and discover music by this years Grammy Award Winners.