Wu-Tang Clan To Perform ‘Enter The Wu-Tang’ In Full At Desert Daze

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California music festival Desert Daze, produced by Knitting Factory, Moon Block and Red Light, has revealed their final music lineup with a special Wu-Tang Clan performance.

In a surprise move, the legendary group will perform their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in its entirety at the October 10-13th event at Moreno Beach in Lake Perris, CA. In addition, the festival has announced that Ween will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their album Chocolate and Cheese by playing it in full for the first time ever.

Other new additions to the Desert Daze lineup include Pussy Riot, Alvvays, Moses Sumney, Khruangbin and The Locust. They join previously announced acts Flying Lotus 3D, Stereolab, Animal Collective, The Claypool Lennon Delirium and more. Finally, The Flaming Lips will also make an appearance to perform their 1999 project The Soft Bulletin to mark its 20th anniversary.

Tickets and camping accommodations are still available for the gathering with tickets and the full lineup available at DesertDaze.org. Check out the official event poster here.

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Pussy Riot To Play Alabama’s Planned Parenthood Benefit Show

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After the state passed the nation’s toughest anti-abortion law, the Russian protest band Pussy Riot is planning a concert in Alabama to benefit Planned Parenthood

One report has confirmed that the controversial group is set to perform on July 11th at a music venue in Birmingham. A tweet by the band says the show will benefit both Planned Parenthood and the Yellowhammer Fund that provides funding for anyone seeking care at one of the state’s three abortion clinics. This exhibition is just the second that the feminist collective has booked in the U.S. this year.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are currently suing to block the new and controversial law, which, in practice, would ban all abortions except ones when the women’s health is at serious risk. On the other side, backers of the legislation say they hope court challenges will lead to a Supreme Court decision outlawing the procedure nationwide.

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Pussy Riot To Play Rare U.S. Set

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2018 saw the debut of a new LGBTQ-centric music festival in New York City – LadyLand, which, as one of the more memorable gatherings of that Summer, is now working to outdo itself with a new edition this year.

In addition to artists like Honey Dijon, Mykki Blanco, Gossip and Allie X, Russian feminist controversial punk band Pussy Riot will make a rare U.S. appearance at 2019’s iteration. The collective doesn’t often perform gigs Stateside, so it is a can’t-miss opportunity. This year also sees World Pride hit New York for the first time in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, making this specific culmination of events one to remember.

Pussy Riot gained notoriety via staged unauthorized provocative guerrilla performances in public places, filming their actions as music videos and posting them to the Internet. The group’s lyrical themes include feminism, LGBTQ rights, and opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom the group considers to be a dictator.

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Troye Sivan + Charli XCX Announce Lineup For First Annual ‘Go West Fest’

As Pride Month approaches, Troye Sivan and Charli XCX have announced the lineup for their first annual Go West Fest, a one-day Pride music festival to be held in Los Angeles.

The musical duo curated the lineup for the freshman gathering, including openly queer acts like Carlie Hanson, Leland, Dorian Electra, Gia Gunn, Quay Dash, Chika and Pussy Riot, along with strong allies’ Allie X and, of course, Charli herself. The event will also feature a number of dance sets by up-and-coming DJs Baby Uniq, Alima Lee and K.O. AKA Koala. Check out the whole lineup below.

In addition to the musical aspects, a number of artistic offerings will be available including the Los Angeles-based, nonprofit art gallery Junior High that will curate the Go West Fest Artist Circle, a space at the festival showcasing emerging LGBTQ artists from Los Angeles.

A portion of the proceeds from the West Coast event will go to benefit GLAAD, with the drink sponsor, Bud Light, selling their special edition Pride bottles that will also benefit the organization. Go West Fest will take place on Thursday, June 6 at The Wiltern theatre in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. PST. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday (May 17) at 10 a.m. PST.

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Protest Band Pussy Riot Takes Responsibility For World Cup Protest

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The Russian-based punk band / protest group, Pussy Riot, has claimed responsibility for the actions of four people who ran onto the field and disrupted the World Cup finals.

During minute 00:52 of the match, four people clad in old-fashioned police uniforms stormed the field before getting tackled to the ground by event stewards. It is unknown if the attire was a commentary on the current political climate or just a way to bring additional attention to their group.

The super-controversial female rock act have produced such songs as “Police State” and “Make America Great Again” and are known for radical demonstrations in public, bashing their government through their music in order to incite political and social change. They recently issued a list of demands to the Russian government via Twitter today, which included the freeing of political prisoners, ending “illegal arrests at protests” and making changes which “allow political competition in the country.”

 

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