In fact here's the complete list of what you can bring and what you cant
NO Knives / Weapons Etc.
NO Chains / Chain Wallets
NO Outside Food & Beverage
NO Refunds Or Exchanges
NO Video Cameras
NO Audio Recording Devices
NO Bota Bags
NO Professional Cameras
NO Stuffed Animals
NO Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia
NO Ins and Outs
OK Backpacks (medium)
OK Sun Block
OK Small Beach Towel
OK All Ages Welcome
OK Ages 5 & Under Free
OK Fanny Packs
OK Digital Cameras (Non-Pro)
OK Disposable Cameras
OK Film Cameras (Non-Pro)
and here's the Buzznet list of additional things we'd like to see and not see
NO Boyfriends - what happens in the desert...
NO Shouts from the crowd for "Freebird" or "Stairway"
NO Rocking Out w/ Cock Out
NO Wet Blankets
NO Blue Flame Contests
NO Line dancing
NO Tall Dudes in Front of Me
NO Flag Burnings
NO Book Burnings
NO Blood For Oil
NO Constant Checking of Your Crackberry
NO Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem
NO Drinking and Driving
OK Bellyshirt Contests
OK Heartbroken hotties looking for a shoulder to cry on
OK Cartwheel Olympics
OK Farmer's Tans
OK Candy Cigarettes
OK Bandannas worn as Shirts
OK To clear a path as I approach the Madonna set
OK Boomin Grannies
OK Making "the Bump" come back
OK Disposable Teens
OK To Be Excellent To One Another
Witness the buzz:
Everyone's been talking about Madge's unprecedented appearance, but the real comeback kids are headliners Depeche Mode. Last year's Playing the Angel garnered the strongest reviews since the band's 1990 album Violator. Also, no member appeared in Swept Away.
The Daily Californian 4/24:
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has firmly established itself as the United States' quintessential postmodern musical jamboree in little over half a decade. In the wake of the alterna-stench of Lollapalooza and the violent hippie nightmare of Woodstock '99, Coachella has surpassed considerable odds to become the congregation of choice for some of today's most forward-thinking artists, both big and small.
The Associated Press 4/23:
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is California's premier Woodstock-esque mecca, an indie ode to music spanning two days, multiple genres and thousands of fans since its 1999 inception.
The 2006 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will take place April 29th and April 30th in Indio, California.
It is arguably the largest and most significant popular music festival in North America. One special feature of this year's festival is the first appearance ever by Madonna at a music festival.
The Associated Press 4/23:
Imagine if Elvis had decided to make a pit stop at Woodstock.
It's perhaps the best way to put into perspective the hotly anticipated performance by Madonna -- perhaps one of the most famous faces on the planet -- at next weekend's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., a three-day musical extravaganza best known for its lineup of indie rock bands and dance-oriented DJs.[...]
Is Madonna the biggest act to ever hit the stage at Coachella?
"That depends on your definition of big," Tollette said. "She's probably sold more records than anyone we've had at Coachella."
Tollette says many people can't understand why Madonna -- whose summer tour this year is perhaps the most anticipated -- would play there.
But Tollette added: "She knows a lot of the DJs that have played the Sahara tent, so this isn't anything new for her."
Renowned DJ Paul Oakenfold plays on the same night as Madonna in the dance tent. They're friends, have toured together, and Oakenfold has done several well-received remixes of Madonna's songs.
He said Madonna likely could have requested to play on a big stage at Coachella, but wisely choose to stick with the electronica-themed Sahara tent.
"That's an incredible boost for the electronic scene," Oakenfold said. "To choose the less is more. It's a smaller situation, but it's going to be unbelievable.
The Like are daughters of music industry hotshots, Giant Drag are sort of a reverse White Stripes where the chick sings and the dude plays drums.
Z Berg, guitarist and singer of the Like, has half of her dna from former Geffen A&R man/record producer Tony Berg, Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ drummer Pete Thomas sired their drummer Tennessee Thomas, and bassist Charlotte's daddy is incredible producer Mitchell Froom, who also had something to do with Giant Drag's singer/guitarist/goddess Annie Hardy.
Buzznet was lucky enough to be invited to a special showing of Giant Drag around Christmastime last year at the Vigin Megastore HQ. Annie seemed bitter, told great jokes, and melted every boy's heart with her wounded sarcasm.
This blogger fell for her hard.
The Like are THE band for every hot chick i've run across in the last six months. there was a time when that title was held by Sleater-Kinney, The Donnas, and Luscious Jackson, so i will be curious to see how the boys react to the all-female trio and their summer dresses.
in the mean time how 'bout kicking your feet back and enjoying these two videos and you decide who you like better.
not that we have to pick sides.
but sometimes its fun.
in this corner i give you Giant Drag
In the last two days throat problems have caused the bands to nix the rest of their North American tours including Coachella.
"I am deeply frustrated by the problem I'm having with my throat." Hard-Fi singer Richard complained yesterday to the press in regards to his throat infection. "We were so looking forward to hitting the States again at the end of the month, and especially looking forward to playing the Coachella festival, but unfortunately it's just not possible at this time. We'll be back in June and plan to make up for it."
The affected shows are: 4/22 Vancouver, BC Plaza Club; 4/24 Seattle, WA Chop Suey; 4/25 Portland, OR Berbati's Pan; 4/27 Sacramento, CA The Boardwalk; 4/28 San Francisco, CA Slim's; and of course 4/29 Indio, CA Coachella Music & Arts Festival.
Meanwhile the nodules of Billy Lunn's vocal chords are to blame for the controversial trio's pull-out and cancelation of their US tour. Six weeks is how long it will take for The Subways to even think about rocking out again, according to a press statement on Coachella.com
"The band are incredibly saddened by this news but remain positive and look forward to returning to America later in the summer," Coachella is reporting.
In the UK Hard-Fi are chart-topping stars earning critical praise, awards, and hits.
The famously bitchy NME named their 2005 debut "Stars of CCTV" Album of the Year calling it "tirelessly inventive, genre-splicing genius"; The Times of London called it "As close to a five-star record that I've heard all year," adding "there have been some terrific debut albums by British bands this year, but this rough diamond by Staines' Hard-Fi is the best yet"; and Q magazine deemed the group "the next major British band."
"Stars of CCTV" entered the UK charts at #6 in July 2005, and hit #1 in January of 2006.
They earned two Brit Award nominations for Best British Band and Best British Rock Act.
Hard-Fi is probably also trying to get healthy for their five-night sold out run at London's Brixton Academy from May 14 to 18. A feat that has only been matched by the likes of Bob Dylan, The Prodigy, Massive Attack, and The Clash. Only the Chemical Brothers have sold out the historic venue six nights in a row.
The Subways, Q Magazine's "Shittiest Band of the Year", were poised to prove the British critics wrong by winning over the American kids with their catchy rock hit "Rock N Roll Queen" while on their first US tour. Coachella was scheduled to kick off the two-week tear in the States meant to rip through the heartland and the East coast, followed by dates in Canada.
No word at this time who, if anyone, will replace these groups.
- The Coachella Music and Arts Festival isnt
technically held in the city of Coachella. It's held in the city of
Indio in the famous Coachella Valley.
Valley is made up of nine neighboring cities, none of which are larger
than 50,000 people. Those cities are: Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert
Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs,
and Rancho Mirage.
- Elvis Presley enjoyed his honeymoon with Priscilla in Palm Springs in 1967.
dinosaurs in "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" where Pee Wee meets the french
chick and gets chased around by her huge boyfriend and escapes by
jumping into the train are still in Palm Springs.
dinosaurs are called Dinny and Mr. Rex. They're actual size, made from
excess material from the creation of the Interstate 10 freeway.
weeks of rain is all you can expect per year in the Coachella Valley.
Because of that incredible amount of sunshine 95% of all of the dates
grown in the USA come from this valley. Farming dates is something that
dates back over 100 years in this region which is home of the National
Date Festival each year in Indio.
- The dates originally came from Algeria, Egypt, and Iraq.
driving through the valley you will see acres of modern windmills,
that's because the area is one of the windiest regions on earth. The
mixture of the cool air blowing east off the ocean through Los Angeles
and the warm desert climate make the San Gorgonio Pass on the edge of
the Coachella Valley perfect for capturing wind for natural energy.
was originally known as Conchella because of the endless amount
of mollusk shells that can still be found in the untouched desert
floor which used to be an inland sea.
the Looney Toon cartoon starring Bugs Bunny, "Bully For Bugs", our
favorite wabbit asks directions to Coachella Valley so he could
attend the carrot festival. There have been no carrot festivals
Here are all the bands ever to play the Coachella Music Festival.
Animal Collective, Atmosphere, Audio Bullys, Devendra Banhart, Joey Beltram, Derrick Carter, Cat Power, Celebration, Chris Liberator, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Colette, Matt Costa, Carl Cox, Common, Daft Punk, Damian Marley, Deerhoof, Depeche Mode, The Duke Spirit, Eagles of Death Metal, Franz Ferdinand, Hard-Fi, Hybrid, Imogen Heap, Infusion, The Juan Maclean, Lady Sovereign, Ladytron, The Like, Living Things, Lyrics Born, My Morning Jacket, The New Amsterdams, Nine Black Alps, Platinum Pied Pipers, The Section Quartet, She Wants Revenge, Shy FX & T Power, Sigur Ros, stellastarr*, Tosca, The Walkmen, White Rose Movement, Wolfmother, Youth Group, The Zutons
Amadou & Mariam, Art Brut, Be Your Own Pet, Bloc Party, Coheed and Cambria, Coldcut, The Dears, Digable Planets, Dungen, Editors, Gabriel & Dresden, Giant Drag, The Go! Team, Gnarls Barkley, Infadels, James Blunt, Jamie Lidell, Jazzanova, Kaskade, Los Amigos Invisibles, Madonna, The Magic Numbers, Massive Attack, Mates of State, Matisyahu, Michael Mayer, Metric, Minus the Bear, Mogwai, MURS featuring 9th Wonder, Mylo (DJ set), Paul Oakenfold, The Octopus Project, OneRepublic, Gilles Peterson, Phoenix, Scissor Sisters, Seu Jorge, Kristina Sky, Sleater-Kinney, The Subways, Tool, TV on the Radio, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Little Louie Vega, Wolf Parade, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
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Ambulance LTD, Amp Fiddler, Bauhaus, Bloc Party, Boom Bip, Buck 65, Café Tacuba, Hernan Cattaneo, The Chemical Brothers, Coldplay, Jamie Cullum, DJ Marky, DJ Peretz (Perry Farrell), Eisley, Fantômas, Four Tet, Jean Grae, Gratitude, Immortal Technique, Katie Melua, Keane, Rilo Kiley, The Kills, k-os, M83, Mercury Rev, MF Doom, Nic Armstrong and the Thieves, Razorlight, The Raveonettes, Sage Francis, The Secret Machines, The Sexy Magazines, Snow Patrol, Spoon, Swayzak, Tiga, UNKLE, Weezer, Wilco, Josh Wink, Zap Mama
Aesop Rock, The Arcade Fire, Armin Van Buuren, Autolux, Beans, Ben Watt, Black Star, The Blood Brothers, The Bravery, Bright Eyes, British Sea Power, Diplo, DJ Krush, Donavon Frankenreiter, The Dresden Dolls, The Faint, The Fiery Furnaces, The Futureheads, Gang of Four, Gram Rabbit, Jem, Junkie XL, Kasabian, The Locust, M.I.A., Matmos, Matthew Dear, Midlake, Miss Kittin, New Order, Nine Inch Nails, The Perceptionists, Pinback, The Prodigy, Radio 4, Roni Size, Roots Manuva, Shout Out Louds, Sixtoo, Sloan, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Subtle, Tegan and Sara, Thrice, Wolf Eyes, Zion I
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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Black Keys, Boozoo Bajou, Da Lata, Danny Howells, Death Cab for Cutie, The Desert Sessions, dios, DJ Icon DJ Peretz (Perry Farrell), Electric Six, Erase Errata, The Evens, Eyedea & DJ Abilities, Mark Farina, Laurent Garnier, Hieroglyphics, Howie Day, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Junior Senior, Kinky, Kraftwerk, LCD Soundsystem, Living Legends, Mindless Self Indulgence, Juana Molina, Moving Units, Phantom Planet, Pixies, Q and Not U, Radiohead, The Rapture, Sahara Hotnights, Sander Kleinenberg, Savath & Savalas, Seb Fontaine, The Section Quartet, The Sounds, Sparta, stellastarr*, Stereolab, The Stills,
!!!, 2manydjs, Adam Freeland, Air, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Ash, Atmosphere, Basement Jaxx, Beck, Belle & Sebastian, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, The Cooper Temple Clause, The Crystal Method, The Cure, Cursive, Dizzee Rascal, DJ Danger Mouse, Donald Glaude, Elefant, Ferry Corsten, The Flaming Lips, Home Town Hero, Le Tigre, The Killers, MF Doom, Mogwai, Muse, Paul Van Dyk, Prefuse 73, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Sage Francis, Saul Williams, The Section Quartet, Sidestepper, The Sleepy Jackson, Supernatural, Thelonious Monster, The Thrills, Thursday, T. Raumschmiere, Whitestarr
(T. Raumschmiere cancelled before the show.)
+ + + + + + + +
Amon Tobin, Badly Drawn Boy, The Beastie Boys, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Ben Kweller, Blue Man Group, Blur, Christopher Lawrence, Darren Emerson, D:Fuse, Dillinja and Lemon D, Division of Laura Lee, The Donnas, Felix Da Housecat, Gomez, Groove Armada, Hernan Cattaneo, Hot Hot Heat, Idlewild, Jaylib, Joseph Arthur, Kinky, Ladytron, The Libertines, Little Louie Vega and Kenny 'Dope' Gonzales, The Mooney Suzuki, The Music, N.E.R.D, Nightmares on Wax, Particle, Peanut Butter Wolf, Queens of the Stone Age, The Rapture, Roger Sanchez, South, Spymob, Stereo Total, Talib Kweli.
22-20s, Aesop Rock, Ben Folds, Black Eyed Peas, Blue Man Group, Café Tacuba, DB, Deep Dish, Dirty Vegas, DJ Irene, Eisley, El-P, Fischerspooner, G. Love & Special Sauce, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Interpol, Jack Johnson, Johnny Marr and the Healers, The Kinison, MARS, The Mars Volta, Mouse on Mars, Mr. Lif, MURS, Perry Farrell-DJ set, The Polyphonic Spree, Primal Scream, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Richie Hawtin, RJD2, Rooney, Sonic Youth, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Thievery Corporation, Timo Maas, Tortoise, Underworld, Whirlwind Heat, The White Stripes
+ + + + + + + +
The Beta Band, Björk, Lee Burridge, Cake, Charlatans UK, The Chemical Brothers, Citizen Cope, Cornershop, DJ Z-Trip Folk Implosion, Forest for the Trees, G. Love & Special Sauce, Groove Armada, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Van M., Jurassic 5, Kosheen, KRS-One, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Pharcyde, Princess Superstar, Queens of the Stone Age, Sasha & John Digweed, Saul Williams, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Vines, Pete Yorn
Belle & Sebastian, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Blonde Redhead, BT, Christopher Lawrence, Dilated Peoples, DJ Dan, DJ Peretz (Perry Farrell), DJ Tiesto, Elbow, Fairview, Foo Fighters, Galactic, The Mars Volta, Medusa and Cut Chemist, Mos Def, Oasis, Ozomatli, Pete Tong, Ping Pong Bitches, The Prodigy, Rock Steady Crew, Sandra Collins, Saves the Day, Sound Tribe Sector 9, The Strokes, Triple Threat, Zero 7
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Aceyalone, Adam Freeland, AK1200, Andrea Parker, Bad Company, Jason Bentley, Jason Blakemore, Blonde Redhead, The Chemical Brothers, Nikka Costa, The Dandy Warhols, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Detroit Grand Pubahs, Dieselboy, DJ Rinse & Flux, DJ Z-Trip, Doc Martin, Fatboy Slim, Gangstarr, Ian Pooley, Iggy Pop, Jane's Addiction, DJ Dara, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Christopher Lawrence, Medusa, Mos Def, The New Deal, The Nortec Collective, The Orb, Ozomatli, Paul Oakenfold, Pedro the Lion, Photek, Plaid, Raymond Roker, The Roots, Saint Germain, Sigur Rós, Roni Size and Reprazent, Smith & Mighty, Souls of Mischief, Squarepusher, Supernatural, Tricky, Überzone, Weezer
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A Perfect Circle, Amon Tobin, Beck, Breakbeat Era, The Chemical Brothers, Cornelius, Derrick May, DJ Food, DJ Rap, Juan Atkins, Jurassic 5, Kevin Saunderson, Kid Koala, Medeski Martin & Wood, Ming + FS, Morrissey, Mr. Scruff, Nightmares On Wax, Perry Farrell, Richie Hawtin, Spiritualized, Super Furry Animals, Underworld
Autechre, Banco de Gaia, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Cibo Matto, DJ Cam, GusGus, Innerzone Orchestra, LTJ Bukem and Blame, Luke Vibert MC Conrad, Mixmaster Mike, Moby, Neotropic, Pavement, Rage Against the Machine, Scratch Perverts, Thievery Corporation, Tool
Last week the two Wolf bands that will play Coachella were in NYC. Wolf Parade were at Webster Hall on Monday and Wolfmother rocked the Bowery on Tuesday.
Stereogum's Amrit hit both gigs (which you can read here in its entirety) and not only reviewed them beautifully but took kickass pictures.
Here is a sampling of his reporting --
The band dominates the stage. Andrew is their deranged ring leader, jump-kicking his way into instrumental sections, throwing his arms in beckoned calls to the crowd. Across stage there's Chris Ross, pushing and pulling his keyboard, pressing himself flush against his bass amp, somehow still locking with Myles Heskett's driving, Bonham fueled fills. Wolfmother matches each riff's intensity with arena-ready stage antics. They play as though their audience is 55,000, and that's exactly how you feel when you're watching.Wolfmother killed. I didn't even realize that a pit got going during the encore until I caught an elbow to the lower back. I doubled over, wind knocked out of me, and then I saw my camera bag. Sitting in vomit!
Since 1984 The Material Girl has captured our attention and has been interviewed around the globe.
Just recently she performed her new hit "Hung Up" in Tokyo on a talk show and afterwards she was interrupted while being interviewed by one of the few people in the world who could actually steal the limelight away from her and be entertaining.
See for yourself:
The Merc did a huge pre-write of Coachella today, interviewing founder Paul Tollett and reminicing about how the Libertines, The Arcade Fire, and !!! really stepped out of the shadows of semi-obscurity (in the USA at least) while playing the festival in the desert.
This year there are so many bands that are getting critical acclaim (though not a lot of record sales) that they could have made the Mercury's list of up'n'comers - Hard-Fi, Metric, Art Brut, The Subways, and Clap Your Hands And Say Yeah immediately come to mind.I can't wait to see Giant Drag, The Like, and Matisyahu... however the Merc chose these bands to keep an eye on:
• TV on the Radio: This Brooklyn-based outfit performed two years ago at Coachella, but not as part of the festival itself. It headlined the URB Magazine after-party. This is a well-deserved nod by Tollett, and TVOTR proved its worth opening for Franz Ferdinand at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles last fall.
• Eagles of Death Metal: Josh Homme fronts this Queens of the Stone Age side project. The band's being on this bill seems appropriate -- even a bit of a homecoming -- given Homme's Inland Empire roots.
• The Rakes: Pegged by many critics as a younger, fresher, more proper Franz Ferdinand, they don't quite live up to that hype. But who could? Look for an energetic set from these newcomers to American soil, but also look for them to be outshined by their Scottish counterparts.
• Wolf Parade: Often described, accurately, as a mix of Modest Mouse and Arcade Fire, this Canadian collective is hit-and-miss live. Its Los Angeles show was panned by critics as being too stiff; its San Francisco show a couple of nights later was far too melancholy. Perhaps the group will find some inspiration in the desert.
• Gnarls Barkley: This new collaboration between vocalist Cee-Lo and DJ Danger Mouse makes its live debut at Coachella. They have a European tour already on the books and a record-breaking debut on the U.K. singles charts. But Coachella will test this pairing's on-stage presence.
• Editors: Well, Interpol isn't on the bill, and given how robotic those lads are onstage, this alternative is for the best. All signs point to polished liveliness from this British group. As a plus, a few songs in, you'll think you've discovered the outtakes from Interpol's ``Antics.''
Known simply as His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Franz Ferdinand Karl Ludwig Joseph of Austria-Este, Franz was born with no aspirations of greatness as he was behind his dad, his uncle and two cousins before he could ascend the throne and be named Emperor.
So he slacked, hiding out in the palace, letting his hair grow long, and dating whoever the hell he pleased. One day he met a pretty young woman named Sophie Chotek at a ball in Prauge, Czechloslovakia. Even though she was a Countess from a noble Bohemian family on the right side of town, her clan wasn't on the short list of those worthy to wed a member of the House of Habsburg which Franz belonged to.
So they loved each other in secret, from afar, daring only to write each other when he was dying of TB and being treated on the island of Losinj way out in the Adriatic.
When he recovered he was determined to marry Sophie but the Emperor would have none of it despite the pleas of the Pope, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and German Emperor Wilhelm II who begged the two Franz's to get it together lest the Astro-Hungarian monarchy fall apart.
Franz Josef finally caved in allowing the marriage under the terms that none of their offspring could be considered to ascend the throne and that Sophie could not have the priviledges, rights, or rank of being married to Franz Ferdinand, nor could she appear beside him in public.
The lovebirds agreed to the nonsense and went on with their morganatic wedding, minus the attendence of the Emperor or Franz's brothers. Sophie had to settle with the title Her Serene Highness, Princess of Hohenberg.
On their 13th wedding anniversary, Franz and Sophie traveled to Bosnia to open a museum in Sarajevo. They didn't usually appear in public together thanks to their screwy morganatic marriage status but since it was their anniversary they punk rocked it. (Video of Franz in Serbia that day.)
Sadly they were the ones about to be punk'd as a Serbian secret society group called the Black Hand (a much better rock group name, if you ask me) supplied a group of anarchists called Young Bosnia with guns and bombs.
Nedeljko Cabrinovic got a hold of one of those bombs and hurled it at a motorcade but missed The Ferdinand's car but totaled the car hehind theirs. Cabrinovic sucked down a cyandie pill and jumped into the river. Ned had as crappy luck with his suicide attempt as he did with blowing up Franz's ride as the cyanide didnt take and he barfed it up, and the river was too shallow to drown him since it was a measly four inches deep. So the cops dragged him out of the river and allowed the maddening crowd to beat his ass before being thrown in the pokey.
Meanwhile Franz rushed to the hospital to be with the victims of the bombing when he just happened to cross the path of Gavrilo Pincip (pictured, left) who went to a cafe to get himself a victory cheese sandwich when he incorrectly thought that the bomb blast had killed our boy. When Pincip saw Franz and Sophie hop into their convertible he ran to it and shot both the lovers.
Franz Ferdinand's last words were to his beloved, "Sophie dear, Sophie dear, don't die. Stay alive for our children." She died. He died. Pincip ate his cyanide pill but his body vomited it up. He tried to shoot himself with his gun but the crowd beat his ass before he could pull the trigger.
Since Cabrinovic and Princip were too young to be hung, they were given life terms in prison and both eventually died of TB in the clink. But before they did, one of their co-conspirators squawked like the stool pigeon that he was admitting even that the Serbian government had supplied the weapons.
Austria-Hungary, despite never having much love for Franz, capitalized on his death by insisting that Serbia agree to a ridiculous and strict 10-part ultimatium or else face war. Serbia suprisingly agreed to 9 of the points but not only ended up in war against Austria-Hungary, but that war wound up being World War I due to the alliances that each country held.
Nearly 100 years later the Scottish group stole the Archduke's name and sold millions of records despite claiming that they named their quartet after a horse.
Other Franzs: Austrian novelist Franz Kafka, Austrian composer Franz Schubert, Austrian Hungarian pianist and composter Franz Liszt, Austrian composer Franz Haydn, and Chicagoian actor Dennis Franz "Hill Street Blues" "NYPD Blue", and Die Hard 2.
Right before Fall Out Boy was nominated as "Best New Band" by MTV in 2004, they were loved by the critics, but nowadays you'd be hard pressed to find a bespeckled music writer who would admit to tapping their toes to the teen idols.
The Subways have the distinct disadvantage of living in the UK where one day they're getting rave reviews including 5 stars and single of the week from the Sun and the next day they're winning the "Shittiest Band" award from Q magazine.
It doesn't help them with the critics that they're easy on the eyes, or that they play a Strokes / White Stripes jangley rock, rooted firmly in pop. Critics like creativity, innovation, and bands that sound like they will never make a dime. Then they like to complain how terrible it is that these folks outside of the mainstream aren't getting love within the mainstream. Sadly once the pop world embraces them the critics turn their back on the group in order to find the new nerds on the block.
The Subways aren't nerds. They're soft and adorable and they literally play at the OC rock club. Two brothers and a babe. One of the brothers announced his engagement to the babe on stage immediately breaking hearts and giving the critics another reason to hiss.
Billy Lunn, Charlotte Cooper, and Josh Morgan have been doing their thing in and around London since 2003 releasing several singles and EPs but only one full-length album, "Young For Eternity" which got a yawn and a 6 from Pitchfork:
"Unfortunately, there's no messiah to lift up this ho-hum album up by its bootstraps. Instead we get the Anti-Christ, single "Rock N' Roll Queen", an allegedly tongue-in-cheek homage to Alice Cooper that has afforded the band an O.C. Mix spot in the U.S. and the highest chart position of their four Top 30 singles at home. Forget hipsters downloading eight different remixes of the track on their iPod Nanos, this single aims for high school football warmup mixes and keg-stand background music. Not that there's anything wrong with Jock Jams, but sheesh, who wants a poor man's Libertines album with one foot in the locker room door?"
Click here and you'll see that even the children aren't really buying it.
The Subways on Tour
|Shepherds Bush Empire||London|
|Shepherds Bush Empire||London|
|printemps de bourge||Bourges|
|Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival||Indio, CA|
|Jillian's||Las Vegas, NV|
|Club Sound||Salt Lake City , UT|
|Bluebird Theate||Denver , CO|
|Bricktown Ballroom||Oklahoma City , OK|
|Cain's Ballroom (BOBS)||Tulsa , OK|
|Creepy Crawl||St. Louis , MO|
|The Rave Bear||Milwaukee, WI|
|The Varsity Theater||Minneapolis, MN|
|Sokol Underground||Omaha, NE|
|Double Door||Chicago, IL|
|Magic Stick||Detroit, MI|
|Club Soda||Montreal, Quebec|
|WFNX Best Music Poll||Boston, MA|
|The Saint||Asbury Park, NJ|
|First Unitarian Church||Philidelphia, PA|
|9:30 Club||WASHINGTON, DC|
|Hi Fi Festival North||Nr Newcastle Upon Tyne|
|Hi Fi Festival South||Wincester|
|ROCK-A-FIELD Open Air||Luxembourg|