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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Exclusive: Outside Lands Full Lineup Unveiled

Posted By on Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Without any further ado, the full line up for San Francisco's own Outside Lands Music Festival, presented in a very endearing video format brought to by The Eclectic Method.

The lineup is not too shabby. Who we're most excited about? Kings of Leon, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Gogol Bordello, Cat Power, Wolfmother, and (especially) Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Here's the full list:

Kings of Leon
Further feat Phil Lesh and Bob Weir
The Strokes
My Morning Jacket
Phoenix
Social Distortion
Al Green
Gogol Bordello
Nas & Damien "Jr. Gong" Marley
The Levon Helm Band
Cat Power
Empire of the Sun
Wolfmother
Bassnectar
Chromeo
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
The Temper Trap
Pretty Lights
Janelle Moná

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Amos Lee
The Devil Makes Three
Tokyo Police Club
Beats Antique
Rebirth Brass Band
Wild Beasts
Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars
Daniel Lanois' Black Dub
The Budos Band
Aterciopelados
Garage A Trois
Mayer Hawthorne & The Country
Langhorne Slim
The Pimps of Joytime
People Under the Stairs
Electric Six
Vieux Farka Touré


Dawes
Nneka
The Soft Pack
The Whigs
Little Wings

Outside Lands Golden Gate Park
August 14th through 15th
Tickets $125 2-Day




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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

DOJ Approves Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 7:07 AM

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On Monday, the David and Goliath of concert ticket promotion and sales -- Live Nation and Ticketmaster -- joined forces to become Live Nation Entertainment, a music industry behemoth that promises to force other music labels and promoters to rejigger their business plans to accommodate. The U.S. Department of Justice approved the merger after nearly a year of discussions about how to prevent the industry giant from monopolizing the concert ticketing and promoting business.

When Live Nation and Ticketmaster announced the merger last February, smaller competing promoters, including the Bay Area's own Another Planet Entertainment (exclusive promoters for The Greek, The Independent, and The Fox), protested that the merger would undoubtedly drive competition out of business, ultimately putting concertgoers at risk of getting completely bilked (yes, even more than we are already). Live Nation disagreed, and a congressional hearing later, the DOJ has finally approved a merger agreement that they hope will take care of that little potential monopoly problem.

According to representatives for the DOJ, the final agreement includes stipulations that will replace whatever competition might be lost in the merger. Included in the stipulations: Ticketmaster will have to license its ticket-selling software to a competitor, Anschutz Entertainment Group (also known as AEG or Goldenvoice, exclusive promoters for The Warfield), and required that Live Nation Entertainment refrain from retaliating against venues that use competing ticket vendors. In addition, Live Nation has agreed to sell its subsidiary ticket seller, Paciolan

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

SFPD Returns Laptops to DJ, Party Guest (from The Snitch)

Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 4:52 PM

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Fellow SF Weekly reporter Joe Eskenazi followed up on the story I broke Nov. 16 about problems DJs and partygoers were having with the SFPD seizing laptops and DJ equipment. This morning, Electronic Frontier Foundation's Jennifer Granick represented a DJ and a partygoer from a SOMA Halloween party (Justin Credible and Matthew Higgins) in a hearing with the SFPD and both finally got their computers back, after a month of them being held for no apparent reason.

Joe reports:

Following a hearing at San Francisco Superior Court today, however, two

more aggrieved party-goers had their purloined computers handed back to

them. Justin Credible and Matthew Higgins

-- both of whom were featured in Maerz' original story -- received what

their lawyer referred to as "their illegally seized laptops."


"This

is great news, and a real relief to the pair who have been without

their machines for a month," continued attorney Jennifer Grannick of

the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Both DJs had been at an underground

Halloween party; Credible told SF Weekly she hadn't even been

using her laptop to play music when the party was raided but was

instructed to remove it from her bag and hand it over nevertheless.

Granick noted that, at today's hearing, the police department's

attorney admitted that no charges were ever going to be filed against

either DJ -- yet the laptops were still seized. "San Francisco law

currently requires after-hours parties with live DJs to get a permit,

and failure to do so can be punished as a misdemeanor," continued

Granick. "But DJing an unpermitted party is not a crime, and certainly

not one for which one's laptop could be forfeited."

Check out Joe's full piece on today's hearing over at our sister blog, The Snitch. 

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