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2016 Firefly Music Festival Lineup Announced Featuring Blink 182 & Kings of Leon

East Coast based Firefly Music Festival have released their 2016 lineup

Tuesday afternoon, Firefly made the announcement of their 2014 lineup via Facebook and their official site, Blink 182 and Tame Impala being the major rock performers along with Kings Of Leon who will have a second chance at redemption after bad weather forced them to cancel their headlining set last year. Death Cab For Cutie and Flogging Molly are also notable acts.

Tickets for Firefly go on sale Friday, Nove. 20. This year’s festival takes place June 16-19 in Dover, Delaware.

You can view the whole lineup as well as our review of last year’s festival below:

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I’ll let this cat out of the bag early: if last year’s Firefly Music Festival was a dry dust bowl forcing everyone to dress up like the Fremen sand people of Frank Herbert’s Dune, Firefly 2015 might as well be the polar opposite, with the festival grounds completely saturated and muddy from a series of recent storms, exasperated by Saturday night’s thunderstorm that led to the cancellation of Kings of Leon’s set.

Of course, weather-related phenomena is outside of the organizers’ control, and it can be said that mind over matter could be applied to the environment and make the festival experience much more memorable. Indeed, there were mudfights and people dancing around barefoot, and tons of unintentional comedy (more on that later). Though some have illogically voiced their complaints about the muddy grounds, many seemed to be really enjoying themselves.

Anyway, onto the part of the festival that really matters: the music. Here’s highlights from some of the sets we attended…

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Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney headlined a particularly marshy Friday of the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, customarily putting on a show of lifetime for anyone present. Celebrating his birthday, he kicked the set off with the Beatles classic “Birthday”.

It was quite an emotional night, with Paul reminiscing on his friendship with George Harrison (dedicating a touching ukulele rendition of “Something” to his memory), honoring the victims of the Charleston tragedy with “The Long And Riding Road”, and calling a woman up to stage holding a sign indicating that it was her dream for Paul to sign a tattoo of his face located on her arm. After some fidgeting and determining the proper place to sign, Paul left an autograph on her arm and gave her an extended hug, after which he jokingly yelled at her to let him go.

With a first set closing out with a three-punch knockout of “Let It Be”, “Live And Let Die” (featuring cannons and firework), and “Hey Jude” and an encore featuring songs like “Carry That Weight” and “Helter Skelter”, culminating in the Beatles classic “The End”, Friday at Firefly 2015 was one for the books.

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The Killers

Sunday headliners Brandon Flowers (also celebrating his birthday, having turned 34) and company took the stage a bit late, reportedly in order to add covers of “The Bucket” and “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon (“You like Kings of Leon?) to the set last minute, which they played alongside “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (“You like CCR?”). Brandon took the time to highlight each of the band members, allowing Dave Keunig and Ronnie Vannucci extended solos and praising bassist Mark Stoermer’s playing, noting it was him that would get the audience “hot and bothered”.

Otherwise, the band played through most of their hits in a very Day And Age heavy set culminating with “All The Things That I’ve Done”. A rousing rendition of “When You Were Young” off of the criminally underrated Sam’s Town closed out Firefly for most of its attendees.

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Wolf Alice

Already making some radio waves this year with their single “Moaning Lisa Smile”, this four piece North London band took to the Porch stage on Friday afternoon. Their grungy yet poppy songwriting won over their audience, who were among the first to be able to purchase their debut record, My Love Is Cool. You can say that Wolf Alice were so awesome that Alternative Nation reporter Mike Mazzarone lost consciousness, since I found him sprawled out on his stomach at the end of the set. Thankfully it was declared simple heat exhaustion, and props to the extremely helpful medical staff in seeing to him.

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Cage The Elephant

After storming the main stage in 2014 during Imagine Dragons’ set, Cage the Elephant played their first proper main stage show at Firefly on Friday, blasting through their impressive singles discography of the past six or so years and rousing the crowd to celebrate Sir Paul McCartney’s birthday. Guitarist Brad Shultz also offered some sage-like advice: “Don’t ever wear a flowered shirt to a festival. This fucking bee has been following me all day trying to get pollen from my shirt!” You can watch Alternative Nation’s short documentary on Cage the Elephant shot partially at 2014’s Firefly Festival here.

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AWOLNATION

“Paul McCartney told me this is one of his favorite songs of 2015”, mused frontman/honorary Trent Reznor of AWOLNATION, Aaron Bruno before he played “I Am”, his latest single. “Just kidding. He’s probably never heard of this.” AWOL’s electrified set (markedly more rock-oriented than their studio output) leaned heavily on material from the latest album, Run, with tunes like “Bad Wolf”, “Dreamers”, and “Like People, Like Plastic” being played. You can read our pre-Firefly interview with AWOLNATION here.

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Morrissey

While Morrissey put on an incredible performance at the Firefly Festival in Dover last night, the crowd was a bit sparse, about a quarter full for Morrissey standards. He definitely noticed the pot in the crowd, proclaiming, “I can smell it!” There were some rude fans in the crowd, with some booing and a couple even laughing and sarcastically yelling for him to get off the stage, especially during “Meat is Murder.” You can read Alternative Nation’s pre-Firefly interview with Morrissey here.

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Matt & Kim

The pop rock duo took the main stage on Saturday night, giving one of the most energetic performances of the entire festival. Audience interaction was key, whether rallying the concertgoers to take off their shirt and twirl it around in the air, having the audience hoist Kim on their hands as she twerked, or asking those who had never crowdsurfed before to cross it off their bucket list that night.

The latter led to an unintentionally hilarious situation for those standing to stage left; as dozens of crowdsurfers funneled by security behind the barrier in front of the stage ran happily back into the crowd, little did they know they were heading straight into a deep mudpit at the end, leading to a scene that looked like the icy patch gag from the Muppet Family Christmas special.

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Foster the People

Indie pop forerunners Foster the People ended up being the main stage headliners after Saturday was cut short by a terrible storm, with Kings of Leon flying back home. The group fronted by and named after Mark Foster (who looked conspicuously like Game of Thrones’ Ramsay Bolton that night) blazed through a mix of deep cuts and their radio hits: “Coming Of Age”, “Helena Beat”, “Pumped Up Kicks”, and “Don’t Stop”.

Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill: ‘My Teacher Let Me Cheat In School’

The singer and guitarist for the alternative rock outfit, Kings of Leon, shared some details about his time in school in an interview with BBC Radio 2.

“My uncle was my school teacher and would let me cheat,” Followill explained, “I was valedictorian in my class thanks to him. He only did it because I had two jobs and went to school, I had reasons, Nathan and Jared [Caleb’s brothers and bandmates] applied themselves a little more than I did.

Everyone used to say I looked like him, we had this bond, he got me through some tough times, we were all really good [at school] we were athletes, we were all pretty smart.”

AlternativeNation.net Fall Preview: Eight Albums to Watch

With 2013 already winding down, AlternativeNation.net takes a look ahead at the upcoming releases you should look out for in the fall. From the quiet beauty of Mark Lanegan’s covers album Imitations to the electrifying sound of Pearl Jam’s Lightning Boltthe fall season of 2013 promises to deliver a variety of strong releases from alternative rock acts. The following set of albums, which varies from punk rock to crooner ballads, indie rock to sludge metal, signifies the continuous efforts of these musicians, both old and young, to deliver unique and quality music to their fans. Take a look at this fall’s releases below.

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Mark LaneganImitations, September 17

Imitations is the eighth solo studio album by singer Mark Lanegan, and his second consisting of cover songs. Inspired by the records collection of his parents, Lanegan has created a collection of songs, both new and old, that he says “gave [him] the same feeling those old records did.” The album’s tracklist includes covers of Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin, as well as newer artists The Twilight Singers and Chelsea Wolfe. Lanegan has made two Imitations songs available to the public so far: his cover of John Cale’s “I’m Not The Loving Kind,” and his cover of The Twilight Singers’ “Deepest Shade.” Both songs employ the quiet, dark beauty of Lanegan’s typical work but also masterfully add the element of a string orchestra. Listen to Mark Lanegan’s cover of The Twilight Singers’ “Deepest Shade” below:

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SebadohDefend Yourself, September 17

Indie rock band Sebadoh, founded by Dinosaur Jr.’s Lou Barlow, is set to release its first LP in fourteen years with Defend Yourself. This new album follows the band’s 2012 comeback release of Secret EP. Sebadoh’s label, Joyful Noise Recordings, states that Defend Yourself  “marks a return to the self-recorded DIY ethos of early Sebadoh albums.” Lou Barlow has stated the band didn’t have any “outside intervention” during the LP’s recording and says that element “makes it a true Sebadoh record & aligns the style of Defend Yourself with our early releases.” Listen to “I Will” from Sebadoh’s upcoming album below:

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NirvanaIn Utero 20th Anniversary Reissue, September 24

The surviving members of Nirvana have prepared a 20th anniversary reissue of their classic 1993 album In Utero, the third and final studio album recorded by the band before the death of Kurt Cobain. The reissue will be available in a number of versions, including a vinyl set, a 2-CD set, as well as a ‘Super-Deluxe’ edition featuring 3 CDs and 1 DVD. The reissue’s DVD will feature rarities as well as remastered footage of Nirvana’s famous Seattle Live and Loud concert, which will also be sold separately. Notable features of the tracklist include a previously unreleased “Forgotten Tune,” 2013 mixes of the original album, and rare demos. The set will be pricey, but worthwile for the band’s hardcore fans. Watch a trailer for Nirvana’s In Utero reissue below:

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Kings of LeonMechanical Bull, September 24

Nashville’s Kings of Leon will release their sixth studio album Mechanical Bull this month, the band’s first album in three years. Kings of Leon guitarist Matthew Followill has stated the album will have a ‘lighter’ sound, as showcased by the lead single “Supersoaker.” The band’s new sound is likely influenced by the fact that the members are now husbands and fathers. “We’re still the same people, we just have kids,” the guitarist said, “we just had a little more fun with things.” The band has also released the new track “Wait For Me” in addition to the lead single. Listen to Kings of Leon’s “Supersoaker” below:

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Stone Temple Pilots with Chester BenningtonHigh Rise, October 5

Following the highly publicized firing of lead singer and founding member Scott Weiland, the Stone Temple Pilots return with a new EP, entitled High Rise. The new release will feature the vocal talents of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, as well as a slightly altered moniker that includes the new singer. High Rise is highlighted by the band’s latest single, “Out Of Time,” an energetic rock song which is the first to feature Bennington and the first STP single in three years. Meanwhile, as legal drama between Scott Weiland and his former bandmates continues, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington will tour the United States, Japan, and Australia. This release is notable because it will be interesting to see the development and evolution in the band’s sound and lyrical content following Weiland’s firing. Listen to Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington’s latest single, “Out of Time,” below:

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Cage the ElephantMelophobia, October 8

The third studio effort from Cage the Elephant, Melophobia, is set for release in October. Lead singer Matt Schultz recently referred to David Bowie and EDM as Melophobia‘s influences in terms of the band’s attitudes. Schultz said that the band wanted to “take that playfulness and swagger [of David Bowie] but have it open-ended like EDM.” The album’s title, Melophobia, means ‘a fear of music,’ and refers to the struggles of the recording process, which Schultz calls “riddled with adversity and growing pains.” The band recently revealed the new album’s lead single, the catchy “Come A Little Closer,” which you can listen to below:

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Pearl JamLightning Bolt, October 15

The most anticipated fall release for many alternative rock fans is Pearl Jam’s upcoming LP Lightning Bolt, the Seattle band’s tenth studio album and its latest since 2009’s Backspacer. Lightning Bolt will feature twelve tracks including the fiery lead single “Mind Your Manners” as well as “Sleeping By Myself,” a track that originally appeared on singer Eddie Vedder’s 2011 solo album Ukulele Songs. Guitarist Mike McCready has stated that the upcoming album has “a Pink Floyd vibe to some of it” and “there’s a punk rock edge to other stuff.” The punk rock edge was showcased in the fast-paced “Mind Your Manners,” the lead single released in July which McCready has called his “attempt to try to make a really hard edge-type Dead Kennedys-sounding song.” You can read an exclusive AlternativeNation track-by-track review of Lightning Bolt here. Watch the music video for Pearl Jam’s “Mind Your Manners” below:

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MelvinsTres Cabrones, November 5

Legendary sludge metal band the Melvins will release Tres Cabrones on Ipecac Recordings in November, the nineteenth studio album from the prolific band. Original drummer Mike Dillard is featured on drums, with longtime drummer Dale Crover recording on bass. Melvins founder Buzz Osbourne states that the upcoming album “is as close as [they’re] willing to get to the Melvins 1983 line-up, which featured now-retired bassist Matt Lukin. King Buzzo also said that he “specifically wrote tunes that would be good for [Dillard and Crover] to play and it worked out great,” and that the band “had no interest in rehashing tunes [they] wrote 30 years ago.” The Melvins recently released the Gaylord single to serve as a teaser for Tres Cabrones, so listen to “City Dump” from the teaser below:

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