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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summery concert stuff and latest updates

A few updates for the summer...

I'll be attending Lollapalooza once again. This year I'm most excited to see Tegan & Sara, the Postal Service, Band of Horses, Emeli Sande, Lianne La Havas, Cat Power and Matt & Kim. I'm a little disappointed by how many retreads are on the lineup, bands coming back for a third or fourth Lolla appearance. Also disappointed by how many unknown bands are at the bottom of the lineup, but I suppose that means I have some research to do.

I'm also shocked at how poorly Lolla did in terms of snagging buzzy indie acts. Look at Bumbershoot in Seattle. That's a much smaller festival, but they have much cooler acts, like Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Icona Pop, MGMT, Deerhunter, the Breeders, and !!!,  not to mention the '80s awesomeness of Heart.

My favorite albums from 2013 so far are: Kveikur by Sigur Ros; We the Common by Thao & the Get Down Stay Down; and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, which is pure genius. The electronic wizards threw everyone for a loop by recording an album with live musicians and few computerized effects.

It looks as though I'll also be attending the Dawson City Music Festival, a remote music festival way out in the Yukon, Canada. I'm heading to the Yukon as a guest of their tourism board for my travel site Quirky Travel Guy, so I'll get to experience a festival hundreds of miles from anywhere. I don't recognize any of the names on the lineup aside from Bonnie Prince Billy, but I'm sure it will be a great time.

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