The fourth official day of South by Southwest Music brought not only heightened foot traffic and more music showcases, but a pretty steady downpour as well. Though rain can be a rare sight around the Austin area, the wet weather didn’t keep the music or the fans away. Performances continued across the city, and we pressed on in our search for the latest and greatest. More news: Jamestown Revival , Avid Dancer , Doug Burr , SXSW
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Elton John, Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys will headline this summer’s Outside Lands Festival, set to invade San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 7th through 9th. Filling out the impressive bill at the eighth annual fest are Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Wilco, Tame Impala, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, St. Vincent, Billy Idol and many more. Bonnaroo 2014: Rolling Stone’s Best Live and Backstage Photos The San Francisco’s festival’s eclectic lineup will also feature rockers like Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and fun.’s Nate Ruess, EDM acts like Axwell & Ingrosso, Porter Robinson and Odesza, up-and-coming indie artists Django Django, James Bay, RL Grime and Mac DeMarco and hip-hop artists like DJ Mustard, SZA and Bay Area rapper G-Eazy.
Songwriter Don Robertson, whose dozens of hits included such country, pop and R&B standards as “I Don’t Hurt Anymore,” “Please Help Me I’m Falling” and “Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger” — and whose tunes have been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Bing Crosby — died in southern California on March 16th. According to Music Row , he had resided in the Santa Monica Mountains since 1960. Robertson was 92. In Memoriam: Country Stars We Lost in 2014 Among the songs Robertson wrote, many were early country-pop crossover hits.
During last year’s Country Nation World Tour, Brad Paisley paid tribute to the guitar heroes who came before him, often taking a few minutes during the middle of his set to shred his way through some of rock & roll’s most memorable riffs. Brad Paisley Gives Guillermo a Cowboy Makeover on ‘Kimmel’ Guitar licks from Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine,” the Eagles’ “Life in the Fast Lane” and Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” all made the cut, as did an abridged version of Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher,” which focused on Eddie Van Halen’s finger-tapped fretwork rather than David Lee Roth’s campy come-ons. Months later, Paisley is gearing up for a new tour that kicks off in mid-May — but that doesn’t mean he’s quit covering his favorite classic rock tunes. During a visit to The Bobby Bones Show on March 2nd, Paisley played an acoustic version of his new single, “Crushin’ It,” before shifting gears and tackling Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla.” His own version of “Layla” took its cues the casual, stripped-down performance that appeared on Eric Clapton’s 1992 album, Unplugged , although Paisley abbreviated the song by skipping the second verse and shortening the guitar break. (Listen to Paisley’s acoustic “Layla” below.) The Bobby Bones performance helped kick off “Joy Week,” an annual tradition launched in 2014 to encourage “people to be nicer to each other.” Sure, it’s a bit odd that Paisley contributed to those efforts by crooning a song about loneliness and unrequited love, but the singer/slinger kept things light, even asking the radio staff to remind him of the song’s third verse. Related Watch Brad Paisley Jam for President Obama Eric Clapton Set for Two Madison Square Garden Gigs Brad Paisley Talks Pot, Rock Riffs and Flying With Obama
With cast members like Charles Esten and Sam Palladio regulars at the Grand Ole Opry and playing Music City festivals, like this week’s Tin Pan South, ABC’s Nashville has fully blurred the line between life and art. The series will further expand its reach when it launches its second concert tour in April. Kyle Dean Massey Opens Up on Gay ‘Nashville’ Character Making stops in eight cities, the Nashville tour will feature cast members Esten, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Aubrey Peeples and young duo Lennon & Maisy. Jonathan Jackson will also appear at the Chicago date, while Palladio, who plays Gunnar on the series, will perform at the New York and Los Angeles concerts. The soapy drama, about the musical and personal relationships of a cast of characters in the Tennessee capital, debuted its first live tour in 2014.
The Black Keys have canceled their upcoming performances in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, since drummer Patrick Carney has experienced a setback in his recovery from a dislocated and broken shoulder. The duo previously nixed the European leg of their Turn Blue tour, which was scheduled for February and March after Carney sustained the injury while swimming off the island of Saint-Barthélemy on January 3rd. Like the European trek, the Australasian tour’s 12 dates have been cancelled because “efforts to reschedule the original dates were unsuccessful.” The band hopes to be back on the road in May. The Black Keys Loosen Up: Backstage on the ‘Turn Blue’ Tour “Working with the doctors, surgeons and physiotherapists since January, we had expected Patrick to be ready to return to touring in April,” the duo wrote in a statement. “The recovery process and physical therapy has taken longer than anticipated, and unfortunately Patrick is still unable to perform and needs additional time to heal
Wiz Khalida debuted a snippet of a new song called “Rain” featuring PartyNextDoor.
Robyn will spearhead a festival in her native Sweden this April that aims to promote the inclusion of women in technology. The one-day Tekla Festival will take place April 18th at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Google and Spotify are among the tech companies sending representatives to the festival, which will also feature a performance by Robyn. Behind Robyn and Royksopp’s ‘Do It Again’ “Tekla is a festival for girls, in which they get to sample different areas of future technology in what I believe will be a fun and imaginative environment,” Robyn said in a statement (via Pitchfork).
After four years of fundraising and planning, construction on the Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle is set to begin in April. The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and the city of Seattle announced that development company ERRG, Inc. had won the bid to start work on the two-and-a-half acre stretch of land dedicated to the legendary guitarist in the city’s Central District adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum, with a completion date penciled in for the fall. How Jimi Hendrix Got His Own Postage Stamp While the Park Foundation broke ground on the location last August, executing the Murase Associates’ landscape design for the park stalled, but with ERRG now in place, work on phase one of the project – dubbed “Little Wing,” for the Axis: Bold as Love classic – will finally kick off next month, Billboard reports. The $1.4 million first phase will feature paved walkways, enhanced landscaping and “a chronological timeline of Jimi’s life and career” that will be presented along a path loosely shaped like the neck of a guitar.
Phish announced dates for their annual summer tour this week, which includes the three-day Magnaball festival in Watkins Glen, New York. It kicks off not long after Trey Anastasio fronts the Dead for their farewell shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field. It truly marks the end of an era, especially when you consider that the Allman Brothers folded last October. Anastasio on Dead Gigs: ‘I Don’t Want to Just Copy Jerry’ Now we have a question for you: What is the best jam band of all time? Feel free to vote for an old-school group like The Grateful Dead or the Allman Brothers Bands, something from the more recent past like Phish or Widespread Panic or a lesser-known act like the Disco Biscuits or Sound Tribe Sector 9
Snoop Dogg may have caught the drama bug following his appearance on Empire ‘s explosive season finale. The veteran rapper has partnered with HBO to develop a family drama for the network. Snoop Dogg Goes Retro-Futuristic in ‘Peaches N Cream’ Video According to a statement, the as-yet-untitled show will be set in the Eighties and center around a Los Angeles family “whose seemingly idyllic life is turned upside down by the collision of their community and American politics.” Allen Hughes ( Menace II Society , The Book of Eli ) has been tapped to direct and executive produce the series. Rodney Barnes ( The Boondocks , Everybody Hates Chris ) has signed on as a writer.
“There’s a lot of focus on how much people drink here at South by Southwest,” Jimmy Kimmel told his studio audience last night in Austin, Texas, where the late-night TV host has been spending the past week filming SXSW-themed episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live . SXSW 2015: 30 Artists You Need to See “People aren’t just drinking,” he added. “It’s a stereotype. People are also smoking marijuana.” Truth. In the interest of keeping Austin weird — or in the interest of keeping themselves super-baked — SXSW attendees have been known to fire up a joint or two during the 10-day festival.