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Bonnaroo Adds Public Enemy & A Bunch Of Comedians

Bonnarro added more non-Phish bands to its 2009 lineup, including PE, High On Fire, Dillinger Escape Plan, Passion Pit, and Amadou & Mariam. The comedy tent includes Jimmy Fallon because the trainwreck tent was canceled. Details at More »

By: brandon / March 25, 2009 - 6:08 pm

Bonnaroo 2009 Line-Up: Phish, Springsteen, And More Phish

As rumored late last year, Phish and the Boss will be headlining Bonnaroo 2009. It’ll be the legendary jam band’s first time at the festival and they’ll be making up for lost time by playing two nights. Bruce Springsteen will be joined by his E Street Band, like last night but without the football references. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 2, 2009 - 6:22 pm

Phish To Headline Bonnaroo ’09?

A rumor discussed on message boards and now fueled by Rolling Stone puts Phish on Bonnaroo’s What stage Friday and Saturday nights (6/12-6/13 in Manchester, TN). (Bruce Springsteen will allegedly close on Sunday.) It would be the first time the legendary jam band plays the notoriously jam band-heavy festival, but Trey Anastasio’s fifth year appearing… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 16, 2008 - 2:38 pm

Kanye: Don’t Blame Me, Blame Bonnaroo

Hey, remember that time I
stood around in a farm waiting ’til 4:40 in the morning with a few thousand irately chanting, drug seizure having, bottle throwing people at Bonnaroo, waiting for Kanye to do a Glow In The Dark light show in what became broad daylight? Hoping the show would be awesome and/or… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 25, 2008 - 10:07 am

My Morning Jacket Meet Their Biggest Fan On Conan

Did you see Conan last night? That Anne Hathaway is delightful. Did you know she used to be in a college a cappella group? My Morning Jacket were on too, and they did “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream (Part 2).” I’m sure Anne Hathaway enjoyed it. Conan definitely did; he likes all the coolMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 20, 2008 - 9:59 am

Ben Folds Previews New Material

Between all the ranting (Kanye) and raving (Sigur Rós) we didn’t get a chance to talk about Ben Folds’s set at Bonnaroo. He’s still abusing his Baldwin (a string broke on “Landed”) and putting the audience to work on vocal harmonies (“Not The Same”). These days Ben’s set includes few songs from BF5 breakthrough LP… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 19, 2008 - 5:03 pm

“Fuck Kanye West”: The Bonnaroo Graffiti Photo Set

Bonnaroo was amazing in so many ways. Waiting ’til 4:40AM for Kanye to hit the stage was definitely not one of them. While waiting those two hours I heard one “He better be getting head back there,” a few “This better be the best show ever”s, and many “Fuck Kanye West!” chants. (See also: “Kanye… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 18, 2008 - 4:52 pm

Death Cab Try On Short Shorts, Sweatbands, WhirlyBall For MTV

Ben, Chris, Jason, and Nick hopped inside bumper cars and took on the onerous task of learning how to play WhirlyBall as part of their 52 Bands/52 Weeks stint at MTV. We understand their Stereogum guest blogging stint was tough, but this looks tougher. Here’s the introductory MTV promo, as hosted by Ben “Stretch” Gibbard. More »

By: brandon / June 16, 2008 - 3:51 pm

Bonnaroo: It’s A (Photo) Wrap

The tents are collapsed, the recycling collected, the hippies headed to the showers (j/k hippies don’t take showers). Bonnaroo ’08 now belongs to the chemically enhanced memories of its campers, and to message boards worldwide as people bitch about Kanye’s ego. Consider this the scroll-y cork in our coverage of the fest for… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 16, 2008 - 6:07 am

Bonnaroo: Pearl Jam Give Good Ed

PJ’s headlining set Saturday night brought treated one of Bonnaroo’s largest crowds to a three-hour, 25 song set. Like Lolla ’07, it didn’t disappoint, except that it had 100% less Dennis Rodman. EdVed remains a golden god. It’s a swig of red wine, a drag of a cigarette, and a farm-filling scream, time… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 15, 2008 - 4:46 pm

Bonnaroo: Five Reasons You Need To See Sigur Rós This Year

They (i.e. Barbara Streisand) say people who need people are the luckiest people. But you know who really are the luckiest people? People who have a ticket to see Sigur Rós this summer. It’s not that I haven’t seen ‘em before, but it’s been 24 hours and I’m still paralyzed from the 1AM… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 15, 2008 - 4:45 pm

Bonnaroo: The Sun Exposes Kanye’s Glow In The Dark Show

A month ago the NYTimes’s Jon Pareles reviewed Kanye’s Glow In The Dark tour stop at MSG saying “There is a new yardstick for the size of the universe. It is approximately equal to the size of Kanye West’s ego.” Yeah Kanye’s ego’s big — making thousands of kids wait two hours later than a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 15, 2008 - 2:51 pm

Bonnaroo: Photos Of Funny People (Chris Rock, Zach Galifianakis, Reggie Watts, John Mulaney)

It’s Economics 101: During hard times and increasing competition, secure your viability by diversifying your brand. Maybe? If I had ever taken Econ I’d know. That sounds good anyway, so I’m going with it. And so is Bonnaroo: Music festivals are in full glut swing and there just aren’t enough good bands to… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 14, 2008 - 8:12 pm

Bonnaroo: Metallica Are Awesome At Ther Instruments, Being Photographed

Every festival has that band that becomes small talk fodder fest wide, the easy ice breaker, the default conversational touchstone. Last year’s Lolla it was Pearl Jam. Last year’s Bonnaroo it was the Police. And last night, it was Metallica. I was talking to Whitney before James, Lars, Kirk, and the Living Actio… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 14, 2008 - 4:06 pm

Bonnaroo: My Morning Jacket Own. Everything.

Greetings from Manchester, TN, where the present conditions are RAIN and I’M SOAKED, much as they were for approximately 85% of My Morning Jacket’s slow-starting but ultimately epic, three-hour midnight set at the Which Stage last night. There was a full day of photos before that, which we’ll get to later — including… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 14, 2008 - 1:56 pm


Today’s full sets from Fiery Furnaces and Raconteurs can be viewed here. (UPDATE: Now with added Metallica.)… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 14, 2008 - 12:27 am

Bonnaroo Begins! Hide Your Bibles…

This is the first year since ’03 I’m missing Bonnaroo. So sad. Fortunately, Amrit is there for the ‘Gum this year with his big camera to report on all the fun/hype. Right about now he should be heading to Drive-By Truckers on the Which Stage. Tonight’s back-to-back Chris Rock > Metallica headline sets should be… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 13, 2008 - 12:31 pm

The Bonnaroo Press Releases That Confused The Music World

Of course we did a double take when we received the Bonnaroo lineup press release yesterday. But if the AP and the NME (now deleted) and the Chicago Sun Times (see here) had spent more than 30 seconds looking at it, a whole lotta faulty headlines could’ve been avoided.

The big… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 6, 2008 - 2:05 pm

Bonnaroo 2008 Lineup: Metallica And Pearl Jam, But No Led Zeppelin

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After hints and clues, Bonnaroo’s 2008 lineup’s been announced. They’ve confirmed Lez Zeppelin, but not Led Zeppelin. Though Robert Plant will show up to shuffle along with Alison Krauss. In their seventh year, Bonnaroo’s also bringing the aging thrash of Metallica (along with the younger crush of Mastodon) and the… More »

By: brandon / February 5, 2008 - 7:59 pm

Radio Bonnaroo Offers Lineup Clues

This week comes official word on Bonnaroo’s official 2008 festival lineup, but this year the pre-announce guessing game is literally just that: In advance of the big reveal, Radio Bonnaroo’s offered up eleven riddles pertaining to the biggest acts (or more likely, those acts most conducive to being hinted at via riddle). Reader Joey T. More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 4, 2008 - 9:31 am