Random music news for Monday, September 24, 2018

Random music news for Monday, September 24, 2018
Maybe you should be. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have a new commission for some TV music. Has a #MeToo situation hit Panic! But before I boarded my Air Canada Rough (yes, that’s how I spell it) flight–a flight with zero WiFi–I did manage to find some music news for September 24, 2018. Ticketmaster is now facing a class action suit over the whole they-help-scalpers scandal. That’s Ambassador Rihanna now. Mariah Carey’s “comeback” single redefines the concept of a “stiff.” This is bad. Yep. Yet another book on Joy Division? Toto cannot figure out why “Africa” has become such a big thing. Take a look at this. (Via Tom)
How can you not like a politician that drops a Clash reference in a debate? I’m okay with that. There’s a vinyl-only collection of the series’ soundtrack music coming soon. Mumford and Sons would like to talk about depression. If you’re a guitar player, you’ll be interested in this story on pickups. Dog 1, Elton John 0. Wow. Yes, he wants it to die. And speaking of “Africa,” there’s this. Elvis Costello hopes that rock’n’roll is dead. Are you terrified by Amazon’s new microwave? More here. Winging home from Las Vegas today, so an entire day is lost to travel. Randy Blythe of Lamb of God is helping out with hurricane relief in North Carolina. Looking for some insane drum work? at the Disco? Still missing Breaking Bad?

New Music from the Inbox for September 24, 2018: Shiragirl, AVEC, Stonefield, & More!

Listen here. Artist: Shiragirl
Song: “Get Em Hot”
Album: Single

From their newly released EP Brooklyn Goes Hollywood, Shiragirl shows off punk rock with a 80s dance-pop twist. Listen:

Artist: Fade Awaays
Song: “Get Along”
Album: Single

The debut single from Toronto-based garage rock group Fade Awaays, “Get Along” is a live staple for the band. Watch:

Artist: Stonefield
Song: “In The Eve”
Album: Far from Earth

Australian psych band Stonefield just began their North American tour to support the release of their third LP, Far from Earth. They say that the song “is about trying to make the best of a situation and trying to get along with the ones you love in hard times”. Listen: 

Artist: Goodbye Honolulu
Song: “Lorry Can’t Love”
Album: Single

Toronto band Goodbye Honolulu has a 90s slacker vibe mixed with vintage garage rock and modern elements. With her powerful voice she draws inspiration from artists like Bon Iver, John Mayer, and the Lumineers. Their next album will be out in early November. Watch:

Artist: Amyl and the Sniffers
Song: “Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled”
Album: Single

From Melbourne, Australia, this grimy pub rock quartet is looking to release their debut album early next year. The official video is a fun punk-meets-80s jazzercise mashup. The quartet of sisters draw inspiration from prog, metal, and psych powerhouses of the 70s to create their own unique sound. Amyl and the Sniffers have an aggressive and gritty punk sound. Watch:

Artist: AVEC
Song: “Under Water”
Album: Single

This Austrian singer-songwriter is gaining popularity online and has played at various festivals across Europe.
New Music from the Inbox for September 24, 2018: Shiragirl, AVEC, Stonefield, & More!

How much longer will airlines provide in-flight music?

Meanwhile, load up your phone with music–just in case. It was a fun gig while it lasted. But then XM Satellite Radio struck a deal to provide music-only programs (i.e. Qantas, for example, took a hard look at their IFEs and found that only 10% of passengers listen to music during a flight. The second involves companies that haven’t upgraded their equipment in years. Every month or two, I’d provide several hours of programming, complete with commentary which would then be loaded into the airline’s infotainment system. Musicians’ organizations in Australia are disappointed, to say the least. You can bet that other airlines will be looking at the situation. That included me. Oh, well. The first has seen more and more sophisticated offerings from airlines like Emirates, Qatar, and Singapore. Not only does this mean less of an opportunity for Aussie musicians to be heard by people from other countries, but Qantas will no longer pay licensing fees. With such low engagement, why bother? no hosts, just straight music flow), so all the hosted shows were canned. Many people who fly airlines without IFEs barely noticed. That’s lost revenue. That’s why Qantas has announced that they’re going to discontinue straight music offerings on their aircraft. Inflight entertainment systems (IFEs to industry geeks) have evolved in three ways. They’re busy listening to music and watching video on their phones or tablets, a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed. I used to have a gig supplying music programs to Air Canada. The final evolution has seen IFEs pulled out of aircraft entirely, citing cost and weight issues.
How much longer will airlines provide in-flight music?

Former Misfits Singer Appearance Cancelled After Social Media Review

There’s just a lot of political and personal views on his social media that do not align with the festival.”
Graves was not amused with the whole thing. The festival announced Wednesday the cancellation of the punk singer’s Oct. In an interview from Akron, Ohio, Graves dismissed the criticism of his social media posts as “buzzwords that get people riled up.”
“I don’t need to be on the defence for my social media accounts,” he said. How white people are being discriminated against. Especially when it relates to their social media posts. Oliver cited the singer’s posts on Twitter, Instagram and Youtube that support or share views the festival director referred to as “against immigration, against feminism, against mental health treatments.”
“There was a number of things supporting Infowars, Alex Jones, Breitbart. “We found some posts that were antithetical to the safer spaces policy and our policies for inclusion for the festival,” said Oliver. “We made a decision as a board of nine of us to cancel his performance.”
Brent Oliver, the festival’s artistic director, was less than impressed with what he saw. A performance by former Misfits lead singer Michale Graves has been cancelled by the Up + Downtown Music Festival in Edmonton over views he expressed on social media. It’s not every day a performer gets tossed from the bill at a music festival. Brent Oliver, the festival’s artistic director, said the board was alerted of Graves’ views on social media on Tuesday. 6 show at Temple nightclub. Read the rest on the CBC site.
Former Misfits Singer Appearance Cancelled After Social Media Review

Did Bowie Know Something About Spiders From Mars Before NASA?

Scientists from the University of Arizona located the strange features using the Hirise (High Resolution Imaging Experiment) camera aboard Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The latest round of good fun on the interwebs comes courtesy of NASA with a shout out to David Bowie! Troughs across the surface of Mars that eerily resemble the eight-legged bugs have been captured in a stunning Nasa satellite photograph. Volunteers working on behalf of Planet Four – an online project hosted by Zooniverse, the world’s largest and most popular people-powered research platform – helped to make the discovery. Their efforts assist the team behind the orbiter in directing their search to specific locations, where they can then capture more detailed images. It turns out the ‘Spiders from Mars’ are not only the name of David Bowie’s band in the well-known concept album from 1972, but are real-life geological features etched across the surface of the red planet. ‘As part of the Planet Four citizen science effort, volunteers searched Context Camera images for possible new locations on Mars with “spiders,” or features with radial troughs from which fans emanate in the springtime,’ a spokesman for the group said. Dubbed araneiforms for their arachnid-like appearance, they are a type of land erosion where networks of cracks form on Martian soil, completely different to anything seen on Earth. Planet Four trawls through images of the southern polar region of Mars in an effort to uncover formations called fans and blotches. These could point to signs of water on the surface of the red planet, one of the main goals of the MRO. The whole story can be found here.
Did Bowie Know Something About Spiders From Mars Before NASA?

Reflections on America’s most unusual music festival: Las Vegas’ unique Life is Beautiful, part 2

Reflections on America’s most unusual music festival: Las Vegas’ unique Life is Beautiful, part 2
In both cases, hundreds of people started to drift away to other parts of the festival site for their dopamine hits almost immediately. All festivals should have this kind of variety of food trucks. Item 8: St. Why isn’t this woman a superstar yet? I’ll wait. I spent the weekend at the Life is Beautiful music festival in downtown Las Vegas (i.e. As Foster the People approached the end of their main stage set on Saturday night, I wondered if they were going to perform their biggest hit, “Pumped Up Kicks.” With the one-year anniversary of the horrific Route 91 massacre coming up October 1, would the band offer up their happy singalong based on the muses of a potential school shooter? Love Florence Welch, but she lost the crowd early by starting her Saturday headline set with a bunch of new unfamiliar songs. I don’t know exactly I got from the truck serving Filipino food, but damn it was good. Wolfmother was into never-before-heard material by their second song. Item 6: The Most Consistently Business Stage had EDM
Then again, Vegas is a big EDM city. Lines were consistently very short–if they existed at all. Wait: Before you go any further you may want to read the backgrounder I published yesterday. The answer: No. Item 1: Foster the People: Will They or Won’t They? Go ahead. Vincent is the first female guitar hero in, like FOREVER. They were PACKED. ***
Ready? I can’t begin to emphasize how popular these photo ops were. Let’s go. Still, if the promoters of the few remaining Canadian music festivals want some unsolicited advice from me it’s that you should maybe include an EDM tent. Instead, they brought on some Cirque Du Soleil performers from the Beatles’ LOVE production over at The Mirage and ran through a version of “Hey Jude.”
Item 2: Bands Need to Start Their Sets with Hits.   Item 3: For Festivals to Thrive with Today’s Audiences, They Have to be Selfie-Friendly
The longest lines I saw were of people waiting to take selfies in front of the murals and other art installations. Actor Jeremy Renner showed up, too, to perform with Dutch DJ Sam Feldt. Here are a few more impressions from the experience.  
Item 7: Spoken Word Can World at Festivals
Life is Beautiful had two venues devoted to comedy. Item 5: Food Trucks Rule
Sure, there were plenty of standard concessions, but the best and most interesting food could be found at the food truck compound. not the modern Strip but the old area that fell on hard times when the money shifted south). Item 4: You Can Never Have Too Many Porta-Potties
I’ve never seen so many toilet facilities.

More on Ticketmaster’s latest PR nightmare: Some analysis from me.

Those who did manage to get through online encountered weird service charges. Frustration with bots — high-speed ticket-buying software programs — were robbing humans of a chance at getting tickets. It wasn’t that Ticketmaster suddenly was interested in being all warm and fuzzy, of course. Keep reading. Market share, profits and share price had to be protected. Mysterious instant sellouts. Instant sellouts. -AC]
A couple of years ago, Ticketmaster embarked on a makeover. [This is my weekly column for GlobalNews.ca. This was a business decision. The company, long regarded as a faceless inhuman monolith with a death grip on the sales of concert tickets along with a large percentage of tickets to sporting events and theatre productions, decided it needed a new, gentler public image. And how did so many tickets end up in the hands of scalpers and ticket brokers so quickly? Then there was the fact that Ticketmaster is owned by Live Nation, the biggest event promotion entity in this part of the galaxy. It’s published every Sunday. The public was getting angrier at the whole process of buying tickets, which has turned into one of the most unpleasant and dysfunctional consumer experiences in all of capitalism.
More on Ticketmaster’s latest PR nightmare: Some analysis from me.

Weekly Survey: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen at a concert for festival?

“Why are you wearing that?” I asked. Whilst tromping through the rain, mud and the debris at Woodstock ’94, I chanced upon a man wearing nothing but a diaper. And like all festivals, it attracts some interesting human specimens. His girlfriend just laughed. “SO I CAN DRINK UNTIL I PISS MYSELF AND STILL KEEP ON DRINKING!” he bellowed. Gross. Maybe it was the heat (38 degrees), the alcohol (there was no shortage of that), or perhaps some bad food/drugs. For example, I witnessed some poor sod puking his brains out into a garbage can. So here’s the week’s survey question: What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever witnessed at a concert or music festival? I couldn’t help myself. That spectacle ranked second to the absolute weirdest thing I ever witness. I’m just back from the wonderful LIfe in Beautiful Festival, a music event that takes over 18 square blocks of downtown Las Vegas for a long weekend each September. What he planned to do with this photo and/or video, I have no idea. Whatever the case, this dude had the wherewithal to pull out a cell phone to shoot a selfie as he vomited.
Weekly Survey: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen at a concert for festival?

The president of Ticketmaster responds to accusations that the company helps scalpers

If you’re truly interested in this story, you need to keep reading. There’s lot of these tools out there; Ticketmaster is not the only one. Was the story accurate? The story is predicated on misinformation and a misunderstanding that paints the company very differently than it actually is. We’ll learn from it and we’ll make some changes. I know because I had a chance to interview him at Canadian Music Week earlier this year. That being said, there’s clearly some things that we’re not doing well enough. StubHub has product called Ticket Utils and VividSeats has product called SkyBox. We think we should make those changes. That’s frustrating. Ticketmaster president Jared Smith seems like a really decent guy. […]
Does Ticketmaster allow the resellers it works with to pull tickets before fans get a crack at good seats? We never will. Ticketmaster also published this on their blog. We do not do that. Period. We never have. I’m happy to make those changes. He’s now the person who has to tackle the mess created by the CBC/Toronto Star investigation into TradeDesk, the Ticketmaster division that works with secondary sellers and scalpers. While the whole interview with Billboard can be found here, this is the section that will probably jump out at you. We do not provide preference in any way for any group of people, professional or otherwise, nor do we provide tools or programs that allow them to buy tickets in bulk or gain an advantage over fans. TradeDesk is an inventory management tool that allows professional sellers, which do not cheat, to pull all of the inventory that they have, which is mostly gathered in very, very legitimate ways.
The president of Ticketmaster responds to accusations that the company helps scalpers

Random music news for Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Random music news for Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Here’s what Led Zeppelin’s proposed new streaming service would offer. Here’s what’s going on with music news for September 25, 2018. Meanwhile, French streamer Deezer is rolling out a “mood detection” function that could make choosing music and creating playlists easier…
…and Spotify is testing new “personalized” playlists. And here comes the 50th-anniversary edition of The Beatles’ white album. Back in the home office for a few days, long enough for the dogs to recognize me again. And there’s LOTS to talk about. A French Muslim rapper has been pressured to bail on a performance at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris. And on the topic of radio, there’s this. This doesn’t mean too much to Canadians given that Pandora hasn’t been available in Canada for years, but SiriusXM has just bought the company for $3.5 billion. Podcasting seems to be going full steam ahead at Corus Radio, my biggest client. Radio people should watch it. Weekly Canadian music sales and streams vs. Carrie Underwood’s new album, Cry Pretty, sold over 250,000 physical copies in the US in its first week. This could be a breakthrough for future smartphones. this time last year: Total albums, -19.3%; digital albums, -19.8%; physical albums, -19.0%; CDs, -22.8%; digital tracks, -22.7%; vinyl, +34.8%; streaming, +50.1% (1.461 billion streams last week.)
Apple has completed its $400 million acquisition of Shazam. What’s this talk of a podcasting slump? A sprayable antenna? It’s still very much alive. Strange that Toyota picked exactly this time to drop Pandora from its dashboards. Okay, I get it. Jeremy Dutcher’s Polaris Award-winning album had a nice sales and streaming boost. See? Cool: A Beastie Boys book tour. But then again, country fans still prefer CDs to streaming. And that’s it for Paul Simon’s touring career. (Via Gilles)
Finally, here’s still more fallout from the recent Ticketmaster expose by the CBC and the Toronto Star. No, radio is not dead. Another big festival bites the dust. That means no more ads on the app. Dave Grohl’s new job: BBQ pitmaster. There’s a new Joe Strummer compilation coming this Friday called Joe Strummer 001. That’s a pretty solid number in this day and age. Some nice press coverage, too. This could shake things up a bit, especially when it comes to competing with streaming services.

New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition! (Sep 25, 2018): Brother Reverend, Sun K, Boys Noize, and more!

(Sep 25, 2018): Brother Reverend, Sun K, Boys Noize, and more! New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition!
Strung out. Spitefulness oozes from every pore of this rapid fire song, trading in accuracy and eloquence for sing-shouted heartache and viral rejection. An aggressively infectious melodic bass beat, haunting vocals by featured guest Steven A Clark, and gratuitously futuristic effects helps kick this particular cover effort into the top shelf. Steven A Clark
Album/EP: Single

I’m usually hesitant to include covers in the Inbox, but this cover of Adamski track “Killer” is a particular exception. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Amyl and the Sniffers
Song: “Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled)”
Album/EP: Single

Blown out. Watch/Listen:  CCR would be proud. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Jon Spencer
Song: “I Got The Hits”
Album/EP: Spencer Sings The Hits! Some slight rocksteady influences pair quite well with the late-60s classic vibe Brother Reverend lay down. Turned up. Generous usage of trebly guitars, warbling vocals, and a bright tambourine or two especially round out the sunny single from aptly named Sun K’s upcoming record. Underground indie has an interesting sound, and this is a prime example. A hypnotizing synth line is balanced by jangly guitar and gently chanting vocals, walking a fine line between sleepiness and paranoid repetitiveness. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Peel Dream Magazine
Song: “Deetjen’s”
Album/EP: Slumberland

Occupying that precarious headspace between woozy and dizzy, “Deetjen’s” is an exercise in moderation on the behalf of NYC-based Peel Dream Magazine. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Sun K
Song: “Back to Massachusetts”
Album/EP: Bleeding Hearts

Pulsing, driving rock ‘n roll that would fit perfectly pounding out of a stereo while ripping down the highway, “Back to Massachusetts” captures the young-and-free wide-open road sort of feeling that only a dog days of summer road trip can accurately describe. Swaggering and sweating with only the slightest show of tongue-in-cheek irony, “I Got The Hits” is certainly a valiant effort by Jon Spencer to hit hard. Chugging along with the looseness that only hard-headed confidence can back up, this tune fills every affordable space with crunchy tones and enough gain to spare. Troubled and vengeful punk with a knife to sharpen and nobody left to please, Amyl and the Sniffers’ latest single is an energetic anthem for the jilted lover. Pissed off. Artist: Brother Reverend
Song: “Charles Ng”
Album/EP: The Tables Turn Too Often

Swelling and groovy retro rock with a stomping drive and a hell of an organ feature, “Charles Ng” is a cheerfully pleasant little ditty. Watch/Listen: 

Artist: Boys Noize
Song: “Killer” feat.

Zoe Kravitz cast to star in Disneys’ TV adaptation of High Fidelity

If you remember the movie version, John Cusack’s love interest was played by Lisa Bonet, Zoe’s mom. (Via Variety) In a flip of gender roles, it’s Zoe’s character who will be the obsessed record collector loner with relationship issues, not the stereotypical dude,
This is cool for another reason. Zoe Kravitz, the daughter of Lenny, has been picked for the lead role. Great call, since Zoe was great in HBO’s recent adaptation of Big Little Lies. That’s about we can say at the moment as Disney’s new streaming service won’t launch until sometime next year. When the project was announced, there was much speculation about who would be cast in the lead role. You may already have heard that Disney is going to adapt Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity for a TV show that will run on The Mouse’s new streaming service. The answer, which came this week, was a bit of a surprise. Anyone who’s read the book or seen the movie version with John Cusack and Jack Black knows that they should be regarded as a documentary for anyone who is into record collecting and record store culture.
Zoe Kravitz cast to star in Disneys’ TV adaptation of High Fidelity

Today is the second annual International Day of U2

Today is the second annual International Day of U2
 But anything goes – fans can donate, volunteer, plan fan meetups, and so on. Whatever you do, wherever you are, whoever you are with, use social media to share that love. It’s generally acknowledged that the boys who would become U2 first met in the kitchen of Larry Mullen Jr’s house on September 25, 1976.  It can be as simple as posting a favourite picture, video, artwork or just stating one’s love for U2. What does one do to mark the occasion? using the hashtags #internationaldayofu2 and #U2Day18 so we can all bathe in all the admiration around the world. Listen to, watch, and/or play U2 music / films throughout the day, all day (like we don’t already do this most days, am I right???);
Wear your U2, whatever that might be (t-shirts, jewelry, nail decals, etc etc.) (Funnily, I later learned that there is also a U2 World Shirt Day on this day so join in that fun as well and wear a U2 shirt!)
Post a statement / paragraph / thesis on what this band means to you on social media;
Share your art / craft work, of or inspired by U2 on social media;
Bake a U2 cake…

It’s really that easy – but if you want to take it even further, here are a few more involved ideas you can plan for September 25:

Volunteer at your favourite charity / change the world somehow in the name of U2 (check my post on U2-related organizations from last year for links to donation and take action pages).  The only rule is whatever you do, post on social media using the hashtags #InternationalDayOfU2 and #U2Day18. (This was seriously so much fun!);
If you are in a U2 Tribute Band, hold a gig on September 25;
Arrange Fan Meet-ups at your local Irish pub (or wherever), ask them to play some U2;
Contact your local theatre and see how possible it would be for them to get and play Rattle and Hum and / or U2 3D on the day (or around the day) (Can we do this with non-theatrically-released dvds?);
Contact your radio stations and ask them to announce the day and play a few songs in a row or feature U2 on whichever relevant program they might have. So on this date fans reach out on social media to share our love. According to the supporting blog:
Just do at least one thing during this Day to celebrate this amazing band and all they have given to us over the years. Last year–one year beyond the band’s 40th anniversary–a group of fans decided to declare September 25 “The International Day of U2. (Those who wear a U2 shirt can also participate in U2 T-Shirt Day and use the hashtag #U2T0925.)
Off you go, then.  Post pictures and updates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Host a twitter-viewing party for a U2 film / YouTube playlist, like atU2.com did for the Live at Red Rocks anniversary.

Vote now for the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize

2018 Heritage Prize nominated albums, by era:
1960-75
The Band – Music From Big Pink
Beau Dommage – Beau Dommage
Robert Charlebois & Louise Forestier – Lindberg
Jean-Pierre Ferland – Jaune NEW! In fact, the more votes the better because two winners will be declared from each of these periods. Jackie Shane – Live
Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
1976-85
Bruce Cockburn – Stealing Fire
D.O.A. Rough Trade – Avoid Freud
Rush – 2112 NEW! lang – Ingénue
Daniel Lanois – Acadie
Maestro Fresh Wes – Symphony In Effect
Main Source – Breaking Atoms
Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
John Oswald – Plunderphonics
Voivod – Nothingface NEW! Kid Koala – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome NEW! Dream Warriors – And Now the Legacy Begins
k.d. ET and we’ll be revealing the winning albums on October 23. Now that the regular Polaris Music Prize is out of the way for another, the next order of business is to induct some albums into the Polaris pantheon that came out before the award was founded. NEW! Voting on the nominated albums is open to anyone. Joni Mitchell – Court And Spark
Jackie Mittoo – Wishbone
The Oscar Peterson Trio – Night Train
Buffy Sainte-Marie – It’s My Way! The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
The Weakerthans – Left and Leaving
Voting closes October 18 at 11:59 p.m. Leroy Sibbles – On Top
1986-95
Daniel Bélanger – Les insomniaques s’amusent NEW! – Hardcore ’81
Fifth Column – To Sir With Hate
Gowan – Strange Animal
Martha and the Muffins – This is the Ice Age
Jackie Mittoo – Show Case Volume 3
Stan Rogers – Fogarty’s Cove NEW! 1996-05
Bran Van 3000 – Glee
Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
Constantines – Shine A Light
The Dears – No Cities Left
Destroyer – Streethawk: A Seduction
Esthero – Breath from Another
Sarah Harmer – You Were Here NEW! The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize takes a look at Canadian records from several eras: 1960-75, 1976-85, 1986-95 and 1996-2005.
Vote now for the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize

Reflections on America’s most unusual music festival: Las Vegas’ unique Life is Beautiful, part 3

Reflections on America’s most unusual music festival: Las Vegas’ unique Life is Beautiful, part 3
I drank too much. Odesza’s fireworks were a little, er, intense. The food selections were unlike anything I’ve seen in a while. I wandered in the hot sun too much. I’m in here somewhere. The sixth annual Life is Beautiful Festival is now complete. Get 100 points, get a 100-ft flame. All photos by FilmMagic for Life Is Beautiful
There were some interesting people in the crowd. If you want to travel to a music festival next year, give some thought to Life is Beautiful. ***
Back already? Here we go. And I had a blast. I ate too much. I’ll wait until you’re done. Some interesting people showed up to record shop. I didn’t hydrate enough in the evening. The best skeeball scoring system EVER. DJ Snake closed everything out. Before we get to pictures from Day 3, you should review part 1 and part 2 of this story which will explain why this festival is so different from any other. The stages are coming down, the temporary turf rolled up, the fencing removed, the streets reopened and things are getting back to normal. Arcade Fire was smokin’. Some of the longest lines were people waiting for selfies with the official Life is Beautiful sign.