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Pearl Jam outlasts a weather delay at Bonnaroo 2016 Day 3

  • 12:58 pm Sunday, June 12th, 2016 by Joel

One tiny severe weather cell just grazing The Farm’s perimeter with light rain but peppering nearby areas with lightning was enough to shut down Bonnaroo for about 90 minutes on Saturday evening. Most sets were shifted back and performed in full by the affected artists, and some acts such as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis picked up exactly where they left off.

“Waiting is the hardest part,” Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder joked as he thanked the crowd for their patience during the weather delay between set opener “Go” and “Save You.” Considering they played”Corduroy” just after, Vedder missed an opportunity to [More]

INTERVIEW: Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES

  • 2:02 pm Saturday, June 11th, 2016 by Joel

A few hours prior to CHVRCHES incredible set on Bonnaroo’s massive What Stage, CHVRCHES frontwoman Lauren Mayberry swung by the Radio Roo backstage compound for a quick chat. I interviewed Lauren almost exactly two years prior, when CHVRCHES played The Other Tent also on a Friday. We converse about the growth of the band over those two years, Lauren’s outspoken internet persona in dealing with trolls and misogyny, and the re-worked Every Open Eye track “Bury It” that now features Hayley Williams from Paramore on guest vocals. The song just premiered on Thursday, and with Bonnaroo happening in Tennessee (Paramore’s home state), [More]

Dance-rock titans LCD Soundsystem and Tame Impala reign at Bonnaroo 2016 Day 2

  • 12:36 pm Saturday, June 11th, 2016 by Joel

Fridays are when Bonnaroo really gets going. What and Which Stage each host performers for the first time, and the names of those performers get bigger and bigger. None, perhaps, so big among the marquee Bonnaroo 2016 artists as the recently reunited LCD Soundsystem. I couldn’t pretend to be a fan before their performance. I would group them with other bands whose appeal I may not quite understand despite them earning legions of passionate followers. I’ve spent a little time investigating them over the years without hearing anything that drew me in. Well, I consider last night an education.

The jumbotron camera spent several [More]

The most exciting, excruciating part of Bonnaroo

  • 9:05 pm Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 by Joel

There’s something exciting at looking at the lineup of a massive destination music festival such as Bonnaroo and thinking, “Look at all these acts I’ll get to see!”

That anticipation can sometimes turn daunting when the schedule comes out and you begin to wonder, “How am I gonna see everything I want to see!?”

Most music festivals have a “custom schedule” feature on their website now. It’s either helpful or hurtful, depending on how many conflicts you have. My lone trip to The Farm back in 2014 featured, if I remember correctly, Vampire Weekend, Chvrches, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Phoenix all performing [More]