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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will now feature all of the musical ventures experienced in the California desert valley on a boat. The New York Times is reporting that a cruise ship entitled S.S. Coachella will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida in December for two consecutive weekends and sail through the Bahamas and Jamaica. Both weekends will play host to a music festival much like the Indio, California event but with all the comforts of luxury. The lineup includes Pulp, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, a DJ set from James Murphy, and many more. The first weekend will sail through the Bahamas December 16th-19th while the second weekend will take place December 19th-23rd in Jamaica. Both weekends will feature the same lineup.

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

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The long wait is finally over. Revel in the intimacy and sensuality of what is Romy Croft’s voice or the ever simplistic yet seductive guitar playing of Oliver Sim. We are of course referring to the new material from The xxCoexist, the forthcoming sophomore LP from the English indie pop group, inspired by the club scene they missed while extensively promoting their debut LP, has received album artwork (above) and a tracklist. After various samples, demo versions, and live videos, “Angels” has been officially released as the first single. Listen to the track (via a released still video) below and pre-order the album here. The group have also announced a string of shows listed below. Every purchase of a ticket for a U.S. show comes with a digital and hard copy of the single. Coexist will be released internationally on September 10th and September 11th in the U.S. via Young Turks.

01 Angels
02 Chained
03 Fiction
04 Try
05 Reunion
06 Sunset
07 Missing
08 Tides
09 Unfold
10 Swept Away
11 Our Song

07-23 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
07-25 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
07-28 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theater
07-29 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
07-31 Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre
08-02 New York, NY – Terminal 5
08-09 Sibenik, Croatia – Terraneo Festival
08-10 Budapest, Hungary – Sziget Festival
08-11 St Pere, France – La Route du Rock
08-18 St Polten, Austria – FM4 Frequency Festival
08-19 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Lowlands Festival
08-31 Laois, Ireland – Electric Picnic
09-07 Isle of Wight, England – Bestival
10-05 Vancouver, British Columbia – Vogue Theatre
10-06 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
10-07 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10-10 Las Vegas, NV – The Pool at the Cosmopolitan
10-11 San Diego, CA – Soma
10-12 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
10-13 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery
10-14 San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Fest
10-16 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10-17 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
10-19 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
10-20 Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
10-21 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre
10-24 Quebec City, Quebec – Imperial De Quebec
10-25 Boston, MA – House of Blues
10-28 Bronx, NY – Paradise Theater
10-29 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
10-30 Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live

The xx Website

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Echo Lake revealed earlier today the tragic news of drummer Pete Hayes passing. He was only 25. Just earlier this month we brought you the video for the track Even The Blind off their full-length debut LP Wild Peace out June 26th (Via Slumberland). Echo Lake’s guitarist Thom Hill posted a touching tribute on the bands website:

We are so sad to say that our close friend and brilliant drummer Peter Hayes passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 25.
I can’t believe I’m actually typing these words, we’re all completely devastated and shocked.
If you knew Pete, then you’ll know what an amazing person he was.
If you didn’t know Pete then all I can say is that he was a total one off.
Always caring, always giving, always straight up and always with such a positive outlook on life. That was the thing with Pete, he just got on with it. Even in his last few weeks he would be sitting up in his hospital bed smiling and having a laugh with me. 
It was this outlook on life that made me perhaps take advantage of our time spent together. This situation never seemed possible because he never ever stopped being positive and joyful. He never moaned, or acted ill and was an incredibly hard worker. It’s a really rare thing to find all of these qualities in someone and he deserved more time to live his life to the full, which he always did.
If you ever saw us play live then you’ll know what a great drummer he was.
I’ve been in 4 different bands over the past 10 years and while the line ups changed around us, me and Pete were always playing together. It was such a privilege to play music with him. 
I’ll always remember in our first band me, Kier and Steve lying to promoters that we were over 18 and that we were old enough to play in pubs. We were 16 and Pete was even younger than us! I remember sneaking Pete in the venue hoping nobody would ask any questions and after the gig Pete’s dad Antony would pick him up and take him home because he had his year 10 GCSE exam later that week! I still can’t believe we got away with it really. He was like a younger brother to us and we always had a lot of fun.
I’m really glad that the four of us moved to London, met Linda and formed Echo Lake. I know he was really excited about the album finally coming out and the possibilities that lay ahead of us. I can’t believe that he won’t be around anymore to see them out with us.
I could go on writing about him and the amazing memories forever, but another part of me is struggling to find the words to do him justice. So I’ll just say that he put everything into Echo Lake and always played his heart and soul out. I’ll always appreciate that and will always owe him so much for helping us get as far as we have in the past 2 years.
Finally, I’d just like to send all my love to Pete’s family, who I am lucky to have gotten to know well over the years. When we were kids, your place was a home away from home for me (as it was for all of our friends who just loved being there so much!) And to Pete’s girlfriend Caroline. I’m so glad that you guys met each other, you made him incredibly happy.

All the love Pete, we’ll all miss you so much.
Rest in peace and thanks for everything man, it’s been awesome!

Image via Echo Lake

R.I.P Pete Hayes 
1.27.1987 – 06.21.2012


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Slumberland Records

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In their early 20s and seeking new beginnings and artistic rebirth, Races formed in the suburban confines of Van Nuys, Los Angeles. Wade Ryff, Breanna Wood, Garth Herberg, Lucas Ventura, Devon Lee and Oliver Hild were familiar with each other, playing in different bands together and had even dated or were currently dating one another. Ryff had been silently writing solo material when a fellow friend asked him to open a show he was booking. Quickly, Ryff assembled a conglomeration of taleneted musicians in the local area, eventually forming the six-piece group Races. Referring to their suggestive name, Ryffs explains:

I relate to the name in the sense that it seems like there is always something to be up against, and strong desire to overcome whatever it is

The band didn’t consider themselves to be a “serious band” until interest spread between labels after JAXART Records felt their music to be too vital to remain unheard. On March 27th, Races released their debut LP Year Of The Witch and have recently released a video for the track Lies. The band have also announced a string of US shows. View the Edward Chase Masterson directed video below. Purchase a copy of Year Of The Witch here.

07/06 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
07/17 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO*
07/19 – University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI*
07/20 – 7th St. Entry – Minneapolis, MN*
07/21 – Schubas Tavern- Chicago, IL*
07/22 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH*
07/23 – Drake Hotel – Toronto, ON*
07/25 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA*
07/27 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY*
07/28 – Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY*
07/29 – DC9 – Washington, DC*
07/31 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA*
08/01 – High Watt – Nashville, TN*
08/03 – Rudyard’s – Houston, TX*
08/04 – Stubb’s – Austin, TX*
08/06 – Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX*
08/07 – Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ*

* With Saint Motel

From the outside, suburban life is easy-peasy: white picket fences, immaculately trimmed lawns, kids who say things like “I’m going out to play ball!” and “I love you, mom and dad!” Picture-perfect Americana. But with the new video for Races’ dreampop single “Lies,” frontman Wade Ryff exposes the toxicity that insularity can breed, and what turmoil lies beneath the squeaky-clean facade.

Races Webite

Races Facebook

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Photo by Ryan Pavlovich 

Grand Rapids Electro-pop group Stepdad are set to release their first full-length LP Wildlife Pop on June 12th via Black Bell Records. Their EP Ordinaire, released in September of 2011, introduced us to the electrified and synthesized funk sounds of Stepdad, with the notable songs “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails” and “Jungles“. You can pre-order the new album here and stream the album here. Listen to the track “Will I Ever Dance Again?” off Wildlife Pop below.

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Warped Tour Dates

06/16 – Utah State Fairpark – Salt Lake City, UT
06/17 – Sports Authority Field At Mile High – Denver, CO
06/20 – Luxor Festival Lot – Las Vegas, NV
06/21 – Orange County Great Park – Irvine, CA
06/22 – Pomona Fairplex – Pomona, CA
06/23 – AT&T Park Lot A – San Francisco, CA
06/24 – Ventura County Fair Grounds – Ventura, CA
06/27 – Cricket Wireless Ampitheatre – Chula Vista, CA
06/28 – Camelback Park – Glendale, AZ
06/29 – N.M.S.U Practice Field – Las Cruces, NM
06/30 – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
07/01 – Reliant Park – Houston, TX
07/03 – Gexa Energy Pavillion – Dallas, TX
07/07 – First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
07/08 – Canterbury Park – Shakopee, MN
07/09 – Sandstone Ampitheater – Kansas City, KS
07/10 – Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN
07/11 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
07/12 – First Niagara Pavillion – Burgettstown, PA
07/13 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
07/14 – Parc Jean Drapeau – Montreal, CA
07/15 – Molson Canadian Ampitheatre – Toronto, ON
07/17 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – Darien, NY
07/18 – Toyota Pavillion – Scranton, PA
07/19 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
07/20 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden NJ
07/21 – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Uniondale, NY
07/22 – The Comcast Theater – Hartford, CT
07/24 – Merriweather Post Pavillion – Columbia, MD
07/25 – Farm Bureau Live – Virginia Beach, VA
07/26 – Aarons Ampitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
07/27 – Central Florida Fairgrounds – Orlando, FL
07/28 – Cruzan Ampitheater – Wellington, FL
07/29 – Vinoy Park – St. Petersburg, FL
07/30 – Charlotte Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre – Charlotte, NC
07/31 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH

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On May 8th, Against Me! singer Tom Gabel revealed in an unprecedented move her ongoing battle with gender dysphoria and announced  plans to transition to female within the next year. When Rolling Stone published the news, Gabel had already began her transition and was well underway of becoming Laura Jane Grace, a name her mother fashioned for the singer had Gabel been born female.  Fans of the punk rock band were undoubtedly taken by surprise but their biggest concern was how this was going to impact the future of the band. Gabel made it clear in the May issue of Rolling Stone that the band was to remain true to their fundamental roots and press forward as Against Me!. Last night, Laura Jane Grace made her debut at Humphrey’s in San Diego, their first stop in a month of North American shows. Rolling Stone elaborates on the story:

Charging through a 40-minute set at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay in San Diego – the first stop in a month-long U.S. tour with British rockers the Cult – the quartet played six new songs, including the rollicking anthem “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” the title track of an album they’re working on. Decked out in a loose-fitting black tank top, tight black jeans and black eye shadow, Grace was in high spirits as she delivered her trademark, throat-shredding screams.

“I was worried that some people expected me to come out looking like Little Bo Peep or something,” Grace said after the show while hanging out at the merch table with her wife, Heather. (They’re doing the tour as a family; their toddler daughter, Evelyn, was sleeping with a nanny in the tour bus.)

Though Grace says she’s open to having a dialogue about her transition with fans, she kept stage banter to a minimum and never brought up her coming out or new name in between songs. Since many of the concertgoers were Cult fans who weren’t familiar with Against Me!, the show wasn’t exactly ideal for a punk-rock heart-to-heart…

Read the full article here

Watch Tom Gabel perform an acoustic rendition of “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” below


With a diverse catalog of past performers such as Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Pearl Jam, and Björk, it comes as no surprise with the unveiling of the 11th annually Austin City Limits lineup that the festival has once again surpassed its predecessor of previous lineups. Leading up to the lineup announcement, organizers revealed a portion of the lineup (Jack White, Andrew Bird, The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes) through a unique lottery scratch off made available through seven local Austin businesses before unveiling the full lineup on May 22nd. The diverse lineup includes Jack White, The Avett Brothers, AVICII, and M83. Other notable acts include:

Red Hot Chili Peppers • Neil Young And Crazy Horse • The Black Keys

Jack White • Florence + Machine • The Avett Brothers • Iggy And The Stooges • AVICII

Bassnecter • The Roots • The Shins • Weezer • Gotye • The Civil Wars • M83 • Tegan and Sara

Full Lineup


It’s 2012, people!!! A new year, and a new website for A Million Watts of Sound!

Don’t worry, if you still want to peruse earlier stories, reviews, and more… the original site still lives on at