Artists are branching out, Jack Sparrow’s has new friends and even more lineups are revealed for the approaching festival season in this week’s roundup of music news.
Music Festival’s Reveal More Acts
“The lineup is out!” has become the musical equivalent to, “Pitchers and catchers report for duty.” This time every year, both statements ignite a flurry of excitement and tornado of chatter in anticipation for the sunny festival season ahead. This week had some big announcements in what has become a yearly tradition for music junkies everywhere.
SXSW Confirms More Artists and Music Schedule
SXSW posted the full music schedule and also confirmed more artists such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Flaming Lips, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, which added to the 2,000+ already confirmed including Vampire Weekend, Paramore, Tegan and Sara, Sound City Players, Major Lazer and tons more. You can see the full schedule here.
South by Southwest, which includes music, film and interactive, will be held from March 8-17. SXSW Music takes place March 12-17.
Ultra Music Festival Releases Phase 3 Lineup
The King of all dance music festivals lived up to its reputation when the Phase I lineup was revealed showing a mix of arena favorites, such as Armin Van Buuren and Swedish House Mafia, with live acts such as Thievery Corporation. The second phase of the lineup, revealing nice surprises like Eric Prydz and Pretty Lights, prompted the festival to sell out of GA tickets in record time, even though it had already jumped on the two-weekend bandwagon to accommodate the growing fan base. This week UMF released the third and final phase of the lineup, which basically includes every single artist who has ever touched a synthesizer on the planet. Click the picture to see the full lineup.
Ultra Music Festival will take place March 13 – March 17 and March 22 – March 24 in Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami. Some VIP ticket options are still available.
In other news…
R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe Plays With Pirates
Collaborations, side projects and so-called supergroups are a growing trend but it isn’t too often you see something like Courtney Love and Michael Stipe joining forces with Johnny Depp on his forthcoming ‘pirate’ album. Read that combination over again. Courtney, Stipe and our favorite pirate – three things seemingly unrelated that, when brought together, mesh in some kind of illogical brilliance.
It’s like someone invented the s’more all over again.
The collaborative track, ‘Rio Grande’, appears on the pirate-themed album titled, ‘Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys’, which will be released on February 18th and include 36 tracks. The album is being put together by Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski and producer Hal Willner and also features a massive array of rock elite such as Iggy Pop, Keith Richards, Patti Smith and Broken Social Scene
Check out the video here
More Than Just Music – Artists are Branching Out
A-Trak, the electronic music prodigy (DJ/Producer/record label owner), launched Infinite Legroom, a Web site guide to tasteful travel. A-trak has long been known for posting hilarious videos on Youtube reviewing the various hotels he stays at while on the road, so this was a logical next step for him.
Given the amount he travels, it would only make sense he would indirectly become an expert as he describes in his first post, “when you spend more time in hotels and airplanes than at home, your suitcase becomes your home and you start paying excessive attention to things like zippers and 4-way wheels. Inadvertently, your knowledge expands like an inflatable neck pillow.”
Product launches from artists and celebrities is nothing new. But this one definitely gets points for originality. Sigur Rós, the Icelandic group already known for the slightly off beat, has launched an original candle that is made to smell like campfires on a distant black beach and, “the smell of Sigur Rós’s studio while they go about the quasi-mystical business of making the magic happen.”
The Vardelur candle, named after the Valtari track, is available to purchase in their online store so fans can bring the delicious smell of mystical magic, smokey musty music studios and campfires right into the home.
I already ordered mine.