The 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival Lineup is here!

The Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup for 2014 has finally been announced! When festival goers make their way to Austin’s Zilker Park in October, there will be plenty to choose from. Whether you’re going weekend 1 (October 3-5) or Weekend 2 (October 10-12) you’ll be able to enjoy one of the finest lineups we’ve seen from C3 in years.

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2014 Lineup

If you’ve been waiting for Austin City Limits to bring back some more rap/hip hop, you’ve got to be pleased with headliners Eminem and Outkast. Eminem will be headlining Lollapalooza in just a few months, so surely we’ll hear lots of buzz heading into ACL about his performance there. Outkast had coming off a rough reunion show at weekend one of Coachella – general sentiment was that the show was a bust. But, they’re Outkast, so they turned it around for weekend two. I have high hopes that they’ll work out the kinks further and put on an amazing show when they hit Austin. Just a month removed from a killer show at SXSW, Childish Gambino makes the lineup for ACL to add a little more to the rap enthusiasts out there.

For those less interested in rap, the headliners have plenty of other genres to choose from. Pearl Jam, Skrillex and Beck will be rounding out the Friday and Saturday night headliners. Pearl Jam have been rocking for over 23 years now, so you can count on a solid set from them. Dubstep guru Skrillex played ACL a few years back, but this year the stage will be bigger. I saw him play a few years back and have to say, this will be a show you can’t miss. His high-energy shows will get the crowd moving! Somewhere in between throw back and dance party, Beck, promoting his new album, is sure to be quite the crowd pleaser. His new album is fantastic, but you know he’ll play plenty of his older hits to keep the festival goers happy.

Before you buy tickets, make sure that the acts you’re interested in are going to make it on the weekend you’re planning to attend! There are a handful of acts playing only one weekend this year, but the only really major act that’ll only be attending one weekend is Lorde, who will be gracing weekend two with her unique music. So, if you’ve been dying to hear Royals, make sure you get your pass to weekend two!

Per usual, there’s a pretty big indie presence at ACL. Broken Bells, Chvrches, Phantogram and Capital Cities and Jagwar Ma will all be great sets to check out. Phantogram was all over SXSW and crushed just about every show.

If you’re at ACL to dance, then you’ve got plenty of opportunity. Calvin Harris – best bio on the ACL website, “I make music and I love my food” – just performed at Coachella and left the crowd very pleased, so expect a high energy showing at ACL. Diplo’s Major Lazer will be at ACL as well. They’ve played nearby at the White Water Amphitheatre down in New Braunfels and I still hear people talking about how great the show was. I’d imagine they’ll take advantage of the ACL stage and leave people talking.

Personally, I’m most looking forward to Jagwar Ma, Beats Antique and Rebelution, since I’ve got to get a little reggae in! What do you think of the lineup and who are you looking forward to checking out this year at Austin City Limits?

Paul McCartney Summer Tour Expands, New Texas Dates Added

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney announced the Out There Tour would hit US shores earlier in April. At the time only four dates were confirmed. That changed yesterday with the addition of six more dates. Two of the dates will be here in Texas, along with more arena shows in Atlanta, Jacksonville, Nashville, and Salt Lake City.

Texas Tech’s United Spirit Arena will host the former Wings front man on June 14th, while the American Airlines Center will see The Quarrymen‘s former rhythm guitarist arrive on June 16th.

Keen observers of the passage of time will note the last date added, August 7th at EnergySolutions Arena, leaves a 1 month gap between it and the earlier date. That certainly suggests Sir Paul is not quite finished fleshing out his summer touring schedule.

2014 “Out There” North American Tour Schedule, New Dates in Bold:

  • June 14United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, TX
  • June 16American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
  • June 19 – Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
  • June 21Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
  • June 22Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena, Jacksonville, FL
  • June 25Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
  • June 26 – KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
  • July 05 – Times Union Center, Albany, NY
  • July 07 – Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • August 07EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

The tour schedule is available on our Paul McCartney tickets page.

Unlike Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney has embraced the Internet with his own YouTube channel. In fact, he embraced the crap out of it. There’s so much there I couldn’t even find a “regular old music video.” Pretty sure he did some. I remember the 80′s, everyone did music videos. Still, have to settle for a quick embed of “Band on the Run” with only the album cover to keep us company as we listen.

Don’t Stop Going to Fleetwood Mac Tours

Fleetwood Mac will embark on a 33 city reunion tour this Fall. The band welcomes the return of Christine McVie to the line up after an absence of 16 years. She last toured with the band in 1998. This brings the lineup responsible for their most iconic albums to the stage.

The tour, titled “On With the Show”, will play 34 dates, kicking off at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The band will be hitting major arenas from coast to coast with a little Canada thrown in for good measure. Things are currently set to wrap up in sunny Ft. Lauderdale in December. That’s a pretty good time to be in Ft. Lauderdale.

Also a good time to play Texas, as shows in Houston and Dallas are in the middle of December.

2014 On With The Show Tour Schedule:

  • Sept. 30 – Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Oct. 2 – United Center, Chicago, IL
  • Oct. 6 – Madison Square Garden, New York City
  • Oct. 10 – TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • Oct. 11 – Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
  • Oct. 14 – Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Oct. 15 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Oct. 18 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
  • Oct. 19 – Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
  • Oct. 21 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
  • Oct. 22 – The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
  • Oct. 26 – Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON
  • Oct. 31 – Verizon Center, Washington, DC
  • Nov. 1 – XL Center, Hartford, CT
  • Nov. 10 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
  • Nov. 12 – Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK
  • Nov. 14 – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
  • Nov. 15 – Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
  • Nov. 18 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
  • Nov. 20 – Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
  • Nov. 22 – Moda Center, Portland, OR
  • Nov. 24 – Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA
  • Nov. 25 – SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, CA
  • Nov. 28 – The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
  • Nov. 29 – The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
  • Dec. 2 – Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA
  • Dec. 3 – Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  • Dec. 10 – US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Dec. 12 – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
  • Dec. 14 – American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
  • Dec. 15 – Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  • Dec. 17 – Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
  • Dec. 19 – BB&T Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The full tour schedule and tickets are available on our Fleetwood Mac page.

What I learned from this update is that Fleetwood Mac apparently doesn’t have an official YouTube channel. This is from something that might be Stevie Nicks’ channel, but I’m a little unsure of that. No matter, it works, and features a song with the recently returned Miss McVie on lead vocals, “Little Lies.” I like the video, even though it’s fairly basic, with the band on a farm, and some simple rotoscoped animation. I’m getting old, so videos where sequences last more than .3 seconds are easier for me to follow. The video captures the mood of the song pretty well, even if no one is really doing any large or small lying.

2014 Lollapalooza Lineup — It’s Out, and it’s Tremendous

Eminem is one of the headliners in Chicago this summer.

 

The Lollapalooza lineup is finally out in the open, and it’s caused quite a stir. Leading the way in Grant Park from August 1-3 is rap superstar Eminem, a veteran at the festival that doesn’t tour much these days. The other two headliners are Outkast and Kings of Leon, with a plethora of supporting acts throughout the day. Check out the lineup below and get your Lollapalooza tickets here.

  • Eminem
  • Outkast
  • Kings of Leon
  • Artic Monkeys
  • Skrillex
  • Calvin Harris
  • Lorde
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Foster the People
  • Zedd
  • Sebastian Ingrosso
  • Krewella
  • NAS
  • Above & Beyond
  • Childish Gambino
  • Broken Bells
  • Spoon
  • The Head and the Heart
  • Cage the Elephant
  • Young the Giant
  • Chase & Status
  • Interpol
  • Lykke Li
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Phatogram
  • Cut/Copy
  • Flosstradamus
  • Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Grouplove
  • Chvrches
  • The Glitch Mob
  • Portgual. The Man
  • Gramatik
  • Chromeo

And many, many more! Check out the full lineup.

 

Backstreet’s Forward to ’14

Past week or so was quite the concert tour news bonanza. Having to pick one (it’s a rule I made up) for this post, I have gone the route of radio friendly pop. The Backstreet Boys announced a second North American leg for their In A World Like This Tour. The first leg covered North American back in late summer 2013. This year they’ll be a little earlier, starting off May 3rd in New Brunswick.

Adding a little extra kick to the announcement is Avril Lavigne, who will play opening act for tour dates starting with the May 22nd show in Seattle. Interesting combination, since Lavigne was on her way up about the time the Backstreet Boys were turning in their “worldwide superstardom” chip.

After Avril is on board, the Boys will hit San Diego, Vegas, and even drop by Texas with shows in Corpus Christi and The Woodlands, which will be seeing a lot of big names pass through this year. This leg wraps up in New York in June with a show at the Jones Beach Theater.

Will there be a third leg? I’m sure many Backstreet Boys fans would be happy to see it.

2014 Backstreet Boy’s In a World Like This Tour Schedule:

  • May 3 – Moncton Coliseum Complex, Moncton, NB
  • May 4 – Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, NS
  • May 6 – Rogers K-Rock Centre, Kingston, ON
  • May 7 – Budweiser Gardens, London, ON
  • May 8 – FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, ON
  • May 11 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
  • May 13 – Mosaic Place, Moose Jaw, SK
  • May 14 – ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge, AB
  • May 16 – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
  • May 17 – Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
  • May 18 – Encana Events Centre, Dawson Creek, BC
  • May 20 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
  • May 22 – WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA
  • May 24 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, CA
  • May 25 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
  • May 28 – Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA
  • May 29 – The Forum, Inglewood, CA
  • May 30 – Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
  • May 31 – Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
  • June 2 – Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NM
  • June 4 – American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, TX
  • June 5 – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX
  • June 6 – Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
  • June 7 – Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
  • June 9 – CenturyLink Center, Omaha, NE
  • June 10 – Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
  • June 11 – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island, Chicago, IL
  • June 13 – Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
  • June 14 – First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
  • June 15 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • June 17 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
  • June 18 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
  • June 20 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA
  • June 21 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
  • June 22 – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY

Fans can buy tickets for the In a World Like This Tour on our Backstreet Boys schedule page.

Here is the title track to the album and the tour, “In a World Like This.” What’s amusing about this is how, shall we say… unambitious… the video is. In these days of slightly-less-than-worldwide-superstardom, video budgets are a bit tighter. It’s the Boys of the Backstreet in question standing around lip syncing in a field. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very photogenic field, probably in California, with hills and stuff in the background. Very classy field. Inter-cut are short vignettes of people watching historic events on TV through time, though still in the same room. Because set decoration is expensive.