Soundcheck: Festival lineups and lots of Chad VanGaalen news

Owen Pallett finished his trilogy of essays explaining the music theory behind successful pop songs with his explanation of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” on Slate.  He previously wrote about Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”. According to Pallett via Twitter, this is “The final, harrowing chapter in my very-serious “pop” meets “music theory” series.”It’s too bad since the essays are geeky, informative and hilarious.

‘Tis the season for festival announcements. Last week Ottawa Bluesfest announced its lineup with headliners including Lady Gaga, The Killers and Snoop Dogg (also listed with an aka Snoop Lion just incase people get confused). The festival takes place July 3-13.

Another great Spring/Summer festival in Ottawa (that doesn’t feature people in lawn chairs) also rounded out its lineup. Ottawa Explosion takes place June 12-15 and features New Swears, The Famines, Kappa Chow, Ketamines and more.

Obey Convention VII takes place in Halifax from May 22-25. The music festival announced its full lineup via an incredible poster by Dog Day’s Seth Smith. In addition to music, the event will collaborate with Art In Fest, a standalone festival of visual and installation work. Musicians slated to play include Tim Hecker, Teenanger, Low, White Poppy, LE1F and more.

Saskatoon’s MoSoFest announced a final round of headliners yesterday adding Timber Timbre, D-Sisive, Caves and others to a lineup that includes Library Voices, The Mouthbreathers, Fiver, BA Johnston and more. The festival takes place from June 12-14. (Full disclosure: online editor Jane Caufield is volunteers for the festival).

Chad VanGaalan makes this week’s Soundcheck for a plethora of reasons. First of all, he shared the song “Monster” from Shrink Dust. The new album drops April 29 via Flemish Eye in Canada.

Secondly, the VanGaalan animated video for Timber Timbre’s song “Beat The Drum Slowly” from Hot Dreams was premiered through Time

VanGaalan also announced a number of tour dates across North America including a string of shows with Cousins supporting. Cousins have a new album coming out in May and released a new video for the track “Mess”. The video probably won’t make you hungry, but we won’t make any promises.

And our last Chad VanGaalen related news, we promise. He’s playing CBCMusic.ca Festival along with Tegan and Sara, Spoon, Arkells, Hannah Georgas and more. The second instalment of the festival takes place at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, B.C. on June 14.

Drake’s love affair with football draft prospect Johnny Manziel reached new heights last night when he dropped the song “Draft Day” with artwork featuring Manziel. The track also drops the name of Canadian basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins who declared he’s entering the NBA draft this year. We’re still waiting for Drake to drop an all-sports mixtape covering everything from Toronto FC superstar Jermain Defoe to the Raptors (who had a Drake night in January) to the Blue Jays.

Photo: Supplied/Marc Rimmer