I still can’t get “Bunny Man” out of my head right now, so getting a new track from Skeggs is never a bad thing. They’ve got a few singles out today, but this one just drops in this sick hook that I want to run on repeat. I love the way the band toys with the tension, never quite letting me into the tune, until they drop the drums and the chorus into play. I know they’ve probably been thrown into the garage meets punk category, but dammit if this isn’t one of the best pop rock writing acts out there right now. Plus, the video features drummer Jonny training to run a marathon, fueled by the support of his bandmates. The band will also be playing a slew of dates on the West in Mid-April as preparation for their Coachella set!
Coachella is again using the two weekend format and will feature Outkast, Muse and Arcade Fire as headliners. I get Outkast and Arcade Fire, but please stop booking Muse at every festival. Please. It has to stop. I walk out when I hear Muse; it is my “you’re drunk, go home” alert. Or maybe that is why they are booked as headliners. “Hope you had fun, this is your queue to leave and rest up for tomorrow.” So many lasers. So many.
The festival is getting spendy, passes are $375 and $435 with daily shuttle service. Yikes. Weekend One only has the passes with shuttle service available. VIP will run you $799 with $150 more for parking.
Notables for me on the lineup, as with most festivals, are further down the list: Flume, Jagwar Ma, Dum Dum Girls, Wye Oak, Holy Ghost!, Blood Orange, Mogwai, Chvrches, STRFKR, Daughter, Poolside, Surfer Blood. Mid-levels I’d be stoked on are Bryan Ferry, The Knife, Pet Shop Boys, Beck, Neutral Milk, Motorhead and Little Dragon. You going to the desert? You wearing flip-flops?
Yes you read that headline right. Our mates from across the pond, The Verve, have debuted some new material after an extremely long hiatus. The band played their first show in the US in over 10 years at Coachella recently and debuted some new material at the festival. Here’s the newest song by The Verve entitled “Love is Noise” off their upcoming album Four due on August 18th :[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/love_is_noise.mp3]
Download: The Verve – Love Is Noise [MP3]