With the Coachella Festival underway in Indio, California, music fans who stayed home can take advantage of Record Store Day, which will feature events and limited, often local vinyl releases at independent stores worldwide. On April 20, Green Day's musical American Idiot opens on Broadway following its sold-out premiere run in California.
More than 100,000 music fans head to the Southern California desert for the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. In the decade since Coachella launched, the multi-stage event has grown in size and acclaim and is now considered the opener of the summer festival season. The 2010 Festival will feature Jay-Z, Muse, and Gorillaz, as well as Pavement, Vampire Weekend, Them Crooked Vultures, LCD Soundsystem, and Thom Yorke.
Record Store Day
Record Store Day, founded in 2007 in the US, is an annual celebration among musicians and independent record stores that has spread to locations worldwide. In conjunction with the event, which takes place the third Saturday in April, musicians offer very limited copies of vinyl releases exclusively for the day. Among 2010 offerings are singles by The Rolling Stones, and Blur, Josh Ritter's new album on vinyl, a 7" by the recently reunited Soundgarden, Muse's Exogenesis: Symphony on a 12", a seafoam green 12" of The Flaming Lips' Dark Side of the Moon cover, and music by Pavement and Sonic Youth. For a list of participating artists, releases, and events, visit:
AC/DC's 'Iron Man 2'
AC/DC's Iron Man 2 album is being released in conjunction with the film of the same name, a sequel to the 2008 blockbuster. The album features 15 AC/DC songs first recorded between 1976 and 2008, including: "Rock ‘N' Roll Damnation," "Guns for Hire," "Thunderstruck," "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)," "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be," "Highway to Hell," and "Back in Black." Iron Man 2, starring Robert Downey Jr., opens internationally on April 28 and in the US on May 7.
Green Day's 'American Idiot' opens on Broadway
New York, NY
Green Day's stage musical
American Idiot headed to Broadway in March, beginning with several weeks of previews before an April 20 opening night. Based on Green Day's 2004 album of the same name, the musical features music from both the
American Idiot and
21st Century Breakdown albums.
American Idiot will run at Broadway's St. James Theatre. Tickets are currently available online.
'Glee: The Power of Madonna'
The makers of hit American TV series Glee are releasing a short album of Madonna cover songs, inspired by an all-Madonna episode of the show. The Power Of Madonna is the third official Glee album; the first two sold half a million copies each in the US, and the first, the only one out so far in the UK, reached number one on the UK album chart.
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
April 23-25 and April 29-May 2
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
The New Orleans Jazz Fest celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, highlighting Dixieland, jazz, and zydeco music and also presenting world-famous performers of all genres. Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Pearl Jam, and Lionel Richie are all set to play at the 41st annual event, as are Anita Baker, Gipsy Kings, The Levon Helm Band, B.B. King, Allman Brothers Band, and Johnny Lang. Louisiana acts include The Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, Dr. John, and Buckwheat Zydeco.
Hole: 'Nobody's Daughter'
Courtney Love and her new Hole lineup - guitarist/songwriting partner Micko Larkin, bassist Shawn Dailey, and drummer Stu Fischer - made their live debut in London in February, followed by shows in Milan, in Amsterdam, and at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Nobody's Daughter, which includes the singles "Skinny Little Bitch" and "Samantha," is the first released under the Hole name since 1998's chart-topping Celebrity Skin.
Barbra Streisand's one-night return to cabaret on DVD
A recording of Barbra Streisand's first cabaret performance in 48 years is due to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 4. One Night Only documents Streisand's September 26, 2009 concert at New York's Village Vanguard, which celebrated the release of Love Is The Answer, the singer's ninth number-one album on the Billboard 200 and her 51st gold album in the US. The DVD and Blu-ray disc include a bonus feature on the Village Vanguard and its owner, Lorraine Gordon. One Night Only is available for pre-order on: