Lollapalooza 2011 grabs Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay

It could be because their lineup is the latest gift we’ve unwrapped, but Lollapalooza is looking like it might take the 2011 festival crown. I’m going to need a week or so to mull it over, but this looks fantastic. There’s so many acts I’ve never seen before (DFA1979, Ratatat, Lykke Li) and a lot of bands I’m not overly interested in, but would still like to see live (Deadmau5, Foo Fighters). Here’s a partial lineup for you to scan, then head to Lollapalooza’s site to see everything they’ve announced so far.

Lollapalooza 2011
Foo Fighters
My Morning Jacket
A Perfect Circle
Cee Lo Green
The Cars
Bright Eyes
Explosions in the Sky
Death From Above 1979
Lykke Li
Local Natives
Portugal the Man
Mountain Goats
Sleigh Bells
Smith Westerns

Cults share new song “Abducted” from RSD 7″

Whoa. “Abducted” jumped out of nowhere into a position as one of my favorite Cults tracks. Incredible to know that for all the great ones we’ve heard so far, they still have fantastic ones left for later. This is off Cults’ Record Store Day 7″ for “Abducted.” They’ve got a Europe-only one for “You Know What I Mean.”

After over a year of waiting, I’m still incredibly excited. Do yourself a favor and preorder the vinyl now.

Richie Follin of Guards, Willowz & Cults // the YANP Interview

Photo by Karly Grawin

I didn’t put it together until this year, but I admired Richie Follin’s work years before Cults or Guards put Bandcamp on the map. When I went to CMJ in 2006, his band Willowz opened for the Mooney Suzuki and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately for me I didn’t follow up, otherwise the greatness of Cults might not have been such a shot from left field in early 2010.

MP3: Guards – Sail It Slow (feat. Madeline Follin)
MP3: Cults – Most Wanted

In the past 13 months, Cults have shot into major label orbit, Guards went from bedroom project to critically-acclaimed effort and Willowz quietly prepared to tour and record again. Yet when it’s time for Richie to chat, he makes it seem like he’s got all the time in the world — the true sign of a great guy.

Richie Follin of Guards, Willowz and Cults :: the YANP Interview

Guards and Cults both went from zero to sixty thanks to internet exposure. What’s that sudden lift like? Do you remember how you found out or realized that your EP was being posted all over the internet?

It’s really weird for me to see how it all works now just compared to just 10 years ago…It’s amazing how fast from the time you record something to posting it up on the internet people get to hear your music. It eliminates the need for touring every city to bring people something. I guess the internet has done that with everything…no more door to door salesmen. My step father has a saying now that goes, “everyone will be famous in 15 minutes”.

When your bandcamp page really got a lot of attention, there wasn’t much info to go on. Did any over eager writers or new fans get anything hilariously wrong?

The bandcamp format just has no “bio” section so I think a lot of people thought Cults and Guards were trying to be a lot more mysterious than we really were. People are still getting stuff wrong haha…a lot of the live reviews we get the writers seem to think Madeline is in Guards , but she isn’t…When Cults first posted that bandcamp page a lot of people were emailing the manager asking if it was me…So there has been a lot of confusion, but that seems to happen even when you post a bio. hehe.

Read the rest of the interview after the break.

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[MP3] Cults: “You Know What I Mean”

A new Cults song has hit the web. You can stream it from Soundcloud as the band intended or you can head to darker corners to download it.

“You Know What I Mean” is actually a bit surprising. All of Cults’ songs to date have been drifting pop songs without any real ferocity, but this is where that changes. The verses to this are 60s pop/R&B inspired, but the chorus has some real teeth to it. The other surprising thing is that Cults have managed to keep up the level of quality that they displayed with their 7″. Cannot wait for this full length to land in my hands.