Surprise Star Performers Hit Last Night's Petty Fest

Last night, Tom Petty lovers hit East Village’s infamous Webster Hall for Petty Fest. Jameson Irish Whiskey and The Fest guys who brought you Dylan Fest and Stones Fest debuted the first, Petty Fest NY, a tribute to the music of Tom Petty, last night.

The Fests have become a New York tradition described by Rolling Stone as “an experience that is equal parts concert and celebration." Having started in the same close-knit NYC Lower East Side bars that adopted Jameson as their drink of choice back in the early 90s, the Fests are everything a Jameson night embodies – good friends coming together for their love of music.

New York Rivals are Ready For Your Attention

While New York Rivals just formed this summer, they boast a refined, refreshing style that seems to be backed by years of experience writing songs and touring the country. It's no coincidence. With former members of Great Big Planes and Armor for Sleep, this Brooklyn four-piece consists of tri-state area veterans coming together to create something special. While the vocals of Josh Moran have a lazy indie swagger similar to singers like The Strokes' Julian Casablanca, the band boast a hard-rocking sense of musicality more in line with bands like Muse and the Deftones. Having just released their new album on iTunes this week, and with a tour with indie legends The Lemonheads under their belt, New York Rivals are already working like professionals in their 2 months as a band. We spoke to guitarist Erik Rudic (pictured far right) about the band's formation, recording their self-titled full-length, and what the future has in store.

Serial Festival Headliners

Been really looking forward to seeing a festival line up all year? The last one was amazing, its competitors were amazing, now you just really need to see the line-up. You hear the hype, you hear it until you can’t take it any longer, “Who’s it gunna be, who’s it gunna be” and then… oh the disappointment! It’s the same headliners you ALWAYS see and like bad smells, there is just no getting rid of them.

Now, it’s nice to catch one of the good ol’ rock legends that have been going ever since you were residing in your mother’s womb, but let’s face it -when all they play are festivals, release no new music, play no private gigs and generally hog a slot that could showcase another worthy legend, contemporary or not, that’s where the problem lies.

Coachella 2012

Had a good time at Coachella this year? Or were you shunned at the door (or your computer interface) because there wasn't enough space? Better yet, did you fork over five to six hundred dollars to some secondary website for a 3-day pass?

If you answered, 'Yes', to any of these questions than you'll be excited for what Goldenvoice and the festivals founder/producer, Paul Tollett, have in store for you.

Coachella: Highlights

Over 100,000 pairs of dusty feet trampled through the Californian desert this weekend for the twelfth annual Coachella Music and Arts festival at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA. The sun shone brightly on the event as the temperatures reached the high nineties, with excited attendees showing their dedication for the frivolities by braving the baking heat over the course of the weekend.

Recently receiving international acclaim from the press, Coachella was host to a vast array of nationalities and personalities. A large proportion of Brits and Aussies flew in, while Hollywood actors Danny DeVito, Lindsay Lohan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ashley Greene were all caught dancing along at some point. Sightings of Kelly Osbourne, Katy Perry and Paris Hilton were also recorded. R&B star, Rihanna, was in attendance, accompanied by a huge entourage of bodyguards and was quoted saying Arcade Fire "blew my fucking mind" after she saw them headline on the second day of the event.

Sweetlife Festival 2011

The basics of being environmentally-conscientious are easy: reduce, reuse, recycle. But if you're looking to do more than the basics, how about listening to chart-topping bands and enjoying delicious farm fresh food?

Head to the Sweetlife Festival in Columbia, Maryland on May 1st, 2011. Hosted by Sweetgreen, DC's go-to organic salad and frozen yogurt restaurant's and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, the festival will feature great musical acts, such as The Strokes, Girl Talk, Lupe Fiasco, Ra-Ra Riot, and Cold War Kids and will include delicious food from local organic farmers.The festival's aim is to celebrate music, healthy food, and thoughtful living.

Video: The Strokes - "Call Me Back"

The Strokes have released a video to "Call Me Back" off their new album Angles. The video was created by Albert Hammond Jr, guitarist of The Strokes. The song is one of the more mellow tracks on the new album, and the video pretty much does justice to the song. It's a pretty bleak video. But, check it.

The Strokes Now Streaming New Album, Angles

The Strokes will be releasing their new album, Angles, next Tuesday (March 22nd). The highly anticipated album has been in the works for quite sometime, and this is your chance to hear the album before it's even released.

Today, the band posted the entire album to their main website via stream. To listen to the album, head over to the Strokes website.

The Strokes Release Second Track Off Of Angles

With their new album releasing in just a few weeks (March 22nd, 2011), The Strokes released another track off of their highly anticipated album, Angles.

It really does have a Radiohead type vibe. Casablancas' voice, throughout the song, is very Thom Yorke-like. It's composition is very different than anything the band has done before, but it is still quite catchy with its upbeat tempo.

CD Releases For March

Dropkick Murphys - Going Out In Style (1st)

Alexander Ebert - Alexander (1st)

Lupe Fiasco - Lasers (8th)

The Dods - No Color (15th)

Noah And The Whale - LIFEGOESON (15th)

The Strokes - Angles (22nd)

Protest The Hero - Scurrilous (22nd)

Snoop Dogg - Doggumentary (29th)