This year's Hangout Music Fest -- which takes place in May in Alabama -- will feature some big names, which is impressive since the even has existed for only two years. Slated for the 2012 version of the fest are Jack White, Skrillex, Wilco, Chris Cornell, Dave Matthews Band, String Cheese Incident and the Flaming Lips performing Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.
Love it or hate it, the Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in the US. and the halftime show is a gig any artist would love to have on their resume. Lately, the halftime show has walked the line between nostalgia (The Who, Prince, Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen) and modern pop (Black Eyed Peas) or both (Madonna). Nowhere to be found are anything close to modern rock bands, much less modern garage rock bands.
Last week, the Black Keys released their seventh album, El Camino, to wide-spread acclaim and enthusiastic fan reception. I'm sure four car commercials were spawned based just on the first single, “Lonely Boy.” Invariably, the band is compared to that other bombastic two-piece who made rawk with blues infusions back in the 2000s. You know the one; they helped bring back rock and roll. That other one with a color in their name and only two people in the band.