If you’re looking for the festival deal of the year, you will most certainly find it in FYF — the Los Angeles mega-monster of music events. This lineup is the best of it’s kind with heavy hitting headliners as well as the best mid-level acts and rising stars. LA has really outdone itself this time, luring New Yorkers, Midwesterners and [READ ON]
This past weekend The Capitol Hill Block Party took over the streets of Seattle’s always-hip Capitol Hill neighborhood. Despite the weather some minor technical stage issues, the three day festival was nothing short of awesome. As with any respectable festival, this weekend’s lineup featured a wide array of sounds from hip-hop, punk, and good ol’ rock and roll. And although there was some initial some of the criticism that this year’s festival lineup was slightly lackluster, the overall performance quality from all the bands definitely exceeded the expectations.
Friday’s mainstage lineup was tough to beat. Up first, Seattle’s own Flavr Blue and Sub Pop signed hip-hop group, Shabazz Palaces took the stage and got the crowd pumped with some of the Emerald city’s finest beats. The evening lineup did not disappoint either. Kicking off the night, the main stage crowd was filled in anticipation from back-to-back performances from Broods, Jamie xx, Built to Spill and headliner, TV On The Radio. Despite the fact that Jamie xx and Built to Spill hail from completely different ends of the music (and age) spectrum, the crowd showed great support none the less.
During the final performance of the night, TV On The Radio began their set with a little-known classic, “Young Liars” off of one of their first EPs also titled Young Liars—a much appreciated surprise for any long time fans. The band night ended on a high note as they shook things up with a handful the band’s more well known jams such as “Wolf Like Me” and “Happy Idiot”.
The favorite performances, however, showcased some of the festival’s best rock performances from headliners, The Kills, and a great underdog performance by the three piece all girl rock outfit, The Coathangers. With equal parts energy and attitude both of these bands took a strong command of both the main and Vera stages respectively. Armed with aggressive reverb-laden guitar riffs and booming drums, both acts definitely made their mark with two outstanding and memorable performances.
If there’s one thing that Seattle is known for its rain, and Sunday proved to be one of the wettest days of the summer so far with heavy rain for several hours during the middle of the day. Fortunately, all of the bands were still able to perform with only a handful of minor set-backs. Despite the weather, bands such as DIIV, Flatbush Zombies, Father John Misty, and headliners, Ratatat made all of the previous hours in the rain worth every minute.
Possibly the most talked about performance of the day was Flatbush Zombies. Famous for their high-energy antics, this New York hip-hop trio took the stage by storm (pun intended) and had the everyone in the pit on their feet jumping and screaming lyrics along to the beat. Meechy Darko, one of the group’s main rappers went crazy working the pit—at one point even jumping directly into the middle of the crowd.
The festival wrapped up with a killer performance from Ratatat who put on amazing light show complete with lasers, smoke and a two panel visuals display flanking the left and right sides of the stage. If you haven’t seen them before try to catch them soon because they are sure to put on one hell of a show.
In a city where just about every neighborhood has it’s own micro music festival, the Capitol Hill Block Party is at the forefront of music events in Seattle. As far as most are concerned, this is one of the only true music festivals (next to Bumbershoot) and is known by locals simply as, “Block Party”. Held every year since it’s opening in 1997 the festival has grown from a one day event to a three day celebration of Seattle’s art and music. While not as well known as some other city centered festivals in the country, Capitol Hill Block Party’s appeal comes from the always-solid collection of emerging, local talent.
This year, bands such as TV On The Radio, Ratatat and Jamie xxare among some of the most anticipated with smaller bands such as Chastity Belt andLower Dens and filling in for some of the must-see underdog performances. The lineup features an assortment of genres from punk to electronica all of which whom are sure to get the crowds moving. While not the biggest or the best in the country, Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party is sure to be one hell of a time.
These guys are proof that shoegaze is not dead. Their dreamy vocals and soaring guitar riffs will send your ears to the warmth of yesteryear. This band is best served with a sepia Instagram filter with a side of sunset. Catch them on the mainstage on Sunday at 3:30.
Say what you want about screamo bands, Deafheaven is a completely different animal with a sound all their own. The best part of this band comes from their ability to seamlessly weave Explosions In The Sky-like guitar melodies with heavy metal vocals. Check them out for yourself at the Vera Stage at 10:45 on Friday. Bring earplugs.
Nothing but good vibes here, folks. Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s psych-rock style makes for the best afternoon soundtrack to get outside enjoy the sunshine. You can find these guys on the mainstage at 3:30 on Saturday.
This three piece Brooklyn band is one among many talented female led groups in this year’s lineup. If their live set is anything like their self titled debut album, you’re in for a treat. Look out for their latest single “Deadwater.” Wet takes the main stage on Sunday at 2:15.
This past weekend, New Yorkers eagerly headed to Pier 44 for the Village Voice’s annual 4Knots festival. It was the perfect day to spend gazing over the Hudson River and jamming to some of the best indie rock bands of the moment. Though we were in broad daylight, easily heard by passing boaters and park goers, it felt like we were all part of some secret club. We were unified in some way by our common love of raw indie sounds..
The lineup was excellent, but some scheduling confusion resulted in a small turnout for the beginning bands Surfbortand Heaven, though they played with no less enthusiasm. Happyness mesmerized the crowd with their chill and heavy rock sound. They were followed by Screaming Females who jolted everyone to attention when lead singer Marissa Paternoster soundchecked by doing her signature scream into the microphone. After their high-energy set was over, I felt truly influenced by a punk rock band that means serious business.
I have to say, Twin Peaks put on my favorite show of the day. These baby-faced guys know how to rock out, even to the point that frontman Cadien Lake James fell on top of his amp and knocked over his microphone. He continued to play as if it was simply a part of the performance and made a triumphant rush to bandmate Jack Dolan’s mike to keep the music going.
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicksdrew a fairly large crowd and after the thrill of Screaming Females and Twin Peaks, their set was a much-needed breather of chill 70s guitar licks. It was Super Furry Animals, though, who closed out the day with the most unique and memorable set. This was the band’s first performance in the states since 2009 and they made sure to showcase their quirky, neon vibes. They took the stage in white jumpsuits and ended it in full-on furry animal costumes. The set included cue cards for the audience, bok choy, and an alien helmet accompanied by heavy, methodical beats that I felt for days following.
Overall I give this festival a . Every band played well, it was a beautiful day from start to finish, and a great way to spend a summer Saturday.
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Overall, I give Governors Ball 2015 a “bomb” emoji. It was an awesome festival, but at times we were on the verge of real problems — overly long lines, sound issues (most notably deadmau5 spilling over into Ryan Adams’ set and the same thing with The Black Keys and Lana Del Rey). At one point between sets at the GovBallNYC stage, there was a sea of Miller Lite cans being picked up by the wind causing attendees to dodge the flying aluminum projectiles — granted, that one is weather related. However, I was very pleased with [READ ON]
We’re buzzing with excitement for the 2015 Northside Festival on our home turf in Brooklyn. There’s no better way to kick off the New York summer than a celebratory week of art, film, innovation and, of course, music. This year’s festival features a unique selection acts — you’ll have the opportunity to groove to some of music’s biggest names and discover [READ ON]
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Governor’s Ball has done an excellent job of being reminiscent of the city in which it takes place. It’s eclectic, exciting, and unique, taking place on Randall’s Island between Manhattan and Queens. Last year it had rocking headliners such as Jack White, Vampire Weekend, and Outkast. It’s been growing at an exponential rate and this year has reeled in some heavy hitters all around.
For the festival’s 5th anniversary, the lineup features headliners Drake, My Morning Jacket, Lana Del Rey, The Black Keys, Ryan Adams, and Deadmau5. It’s an interesting combination of those great, sure-to-be enjoyable rock bands, a lovable rapper, a little EDM, and then Lana. Though I would have appreciated a little more variety, there is something for everyone here, an important factor for the NYC crowd.
Other than the headliners, this lineup is strong. It’s got some incredible female artists who are known for their theatrics and musical prowess – Florence & the Machine, St. Vincent, BJORK. There’s also a strong presence of newbies making a huge impact like Marina & the Diamonds and The War on Drugs. However, there are some pretty strong scheduling conflicts. Festival goers are going to have to choose between Lana Del Rey and The Black Keys. A pretty big bummer considering Dan Auerbach produced her last album. Also, fans of the ever-growing electronic/indie rock crossover sound will have to choose between Flume and SBTRKT. Not good, Gov Ball, not good. And because of these conflicts, I’m going to have to give you a B.
Björk is one of the most influential, multi-media artists of our time. How many other musicians can say they had an exhibition at the MOMA this year? None, that’s how many. She is legendary, unique, and sure to put on a life changing performance. Also her new album Vulnicura has been getting awesome reviews. Check out her music video for “lionsong” just to get a glimpse of her sheer power.
They’re the 60s electro-psych band we’ve been craving for ages. But with a modern twist. Tame Impala has been rocking the house for their past two albums, but they’ve been delivering like no other with the singles released from their upcoming album, Currents. These guys have a lot up their sleeve and I am ecstatic to see their performance at Gov Ball.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
You know that Oasis guy? This is his separate project, but with all the Oasis-esque stuff you love. Noel performed at Webster Hall earlier this year and played plenty of old-school favorites in addition to his incredible solo work. This guy is a genius and definitely NOT a show you want to miss.
Annie Clark is a sexy, brilliant goddess. She is perhaps one of the most talented female guitarists of our time and her shows are heard around the world (figuratively). It is a privilege to see this artist in person, whose talent is often paired with David Byrne and David Bowie.
Future Islands have been making an extreme impact in the electro-pop world for quite a few years now and they’ve gained a cult-like following in the process. They have such a unique sound, you can’t help but appreciate them.
When I heard “Say My Name” I knew I was in love. This duo knows what’s up. This is going to be a show full of dancing and heavy beats, perfect for Friday night.
They’re the hard-rock band I’ve been craving. “Figure It Out” has been my jam for the past few days. This show is sure to be loud and heavy so come ready for some head-banging.
Similar to Odesza, MØ has that female vocal paired with pop beats that we all just need right now. She’s collaborated with Diplo and released a fantastically fun album. Don’t miss this show.
I seriously love these guys. I had the chance to see them open for Temples back in October and they put on an incredible show. Their new album A Flourish and a Spoil, released earlier this year, is all around awesome. There is no doubt in my mind that this will be a jamming indie rock performance.
Kate Tempest is such a treasure. She’s the best crossover between poet, spoken word-artist, and Biggie-inspired rapper. She’s got words like they’re pumping through her veins. If you shed any existential tears at this festival, it will most likely be because of this incredible woman.
For the last few years we’ve thrown a party called The Beehive at SXSW and every year it is a singular joy. It’s always one of the days of music we look forward to the most and this year was absolutely no different! Thanks to our amazing friends at Squarespace, Chameleon Cold Brew,Rhythm Super Foods and Austin East Cider, we were able to bring some of our favorite bands to the amazing Historic Scoot Inn for an incredible way to end SXSW. Squarespace even bought $200 of merch from each of the bands so we could give fans everything from vinyl to tee shirts from their favorite bands. We’re eternally grateful for everyone who made the amazing day possible and of course, all of you who braved the Austin mud and rain to party with us!
It’s always a bit of a blur coming back from SXSW. Seeing so many bands, so many people and honestly, all the walking, can make everything bleed together. Still, there are always the sets that stand out among the Lone Star fueled haze — the bands that you know without a shadow of a doubt are about to break big. Or at least the ones that you know for a fact you’ll be seeing again at the earliest possible moment. These are the ten bands, both new and old, that truly blew us away. Go out and see them immediately, we promise you won’t regret it.
They didn’t play very many sets, but the one I caught was otherworldly. Bringing a string section and full band to St. David’s church on Friday night, Foreign Fields stunned the packed crowd from the first note. Their lovely harmonies and mixture of orchestral folk with electronic drum tracks filled the room so perfectly that not a single breath was heard throughout the entire set. Layered, complex and beautiful, they easily earned the standing ovation they got from the jaded industry crowd. Easily one of the most moving and surprisingly powerful sets of SXSW. — Hannah Angst
Proving that enthusiasm is infectious, Houndmouth, dazzled the masses at this year’s SXSW. The Indiana quartet took Austin by storm, performing 11 shows in just 6 days, and proved to be an even livelier and rowdy bunch on stage than on their record. All four members traded off on vocals and instruments during their sets, but throughout the switch-offs never lost their zestful stage presence. The true magic happened on Day Three of SXSW when they played in the pouring rain at South X San Jose. The rain didn’t let up, but neither did Houndmouth or the enormous crowd that gathered to sing and dance to the band’s latest single “Sedona”. — Kim Barrena
Jack Garrett makes things tremble around him. That’s not an exaggeration — the rooms he played in literally shook with the power of his pulsating drum machine. But it’s not the just the fact that his baselines hit you in the chest and don’t let go. It’s the fact that he can go from a sweet crooning whisper to creating a storm of sound in a second, and the fact that he does it all by himself. Armed with a voice that’s as sweetly vulnerable as the best pop stars, a keyboard, a drum machine and a guitar that he wails on all by himself, Garrett’s performances are absolutely something to behold. He’s garnered the likely comparison to Chet Faker with his soulful electronics, but he has is more grit and intensity, enough to make everything around him begin to shake. — Hannah Angst
Never underestimate the power of nostalgia. While Leon Bridges could be shrugged off as a well made blast from the past and nothing more, what he brings to his well done pastiche is straight up talent. Look past his high waisted pants and old R&B (as in Rhythm and Blues) sound, and what you have is a man with undeniable talent and even more undeniable songs. There’s a reason Bridges was one of the most talked about acts in Austin this year — he puts on a hell of a show. His sets were enough to make even the most rowdy crowd at Hype Hotel and Heartbreaker Banquet stand in rapt attention the entire time. Bridges will be a house hold name soon enough, and he absolutely deserves it. — Hannah Angst
A mix of sexy and strong female vocals, layered electronic production and some of the coolest sax solos around, it’s hard not to immediately fall in love with Marian Hill. After finally seeing a live set after moths of prothletising that they will be the next big thing, I’m ready to say without a shadow of a doubt that they will explode this year. The three piece brings a combination of levity, sexiness and style to their live sets that makes it a joy to watch. They don’t take themselves too seriously, even though the depth and intelligence of the production demands that you do. They’re able to make sure that everyone knows they are having a great time while still demanding attention. Go see this band now, before you have to stand in the back of Terminal 5. — Hannah Angst
To say that I had a good time during Rubblebucket’s set at The Beehive on Saturday would be a massive, massive understatement. Whether they were electrifying the stage, roaming amongst the crowd (horns in hand) or joining Wild Child later on, their brand of avant-pop was tailor made for a SXSW crowd. With an eclectic mix of members on stage, audiences are drawn in by not only some killer hooks and epic musicianship, but the spectacle of the band dancing in unison and having an absolute blast on stage. There’s nothing but love at a Rubblebucket set, so don’t miss out! — Lauren McKinney
International phenomenon and US unknown Stromae took the stage at Stubb’s BBQ for NPR Music’s showcase and proved he won’t be unknown for long. In “Tous les Mêmes”, he turned his face to the side and wore half of a woman’s wig as he sang a female’s point of view, then turned his face to the other side and strutted with apish arm-swinging masochism while delivering a male point of view. In “Formidable” he pretended to be drunk and sad over an ex-lover, shouting with angry acceptance. His backing band stayed tight for the duration of the set, except for during “Formidable” when Stromae laid down, giving up, still pretending to be drunk with discord, and a band member carried him away. We all cheered in awe of the Belgian, as he returned to give only more impressive dance moves with massive energy. This dude is the Bruno Mars of Europe, and kept this American intrigued, even if I couldn’t understand most of his lyrics. Stromae is a must-see. — Dan Gross
The Bright Light Social Hour aren’t a band you bring home to mom and dad. They’re the band you stay out with all night, drinking and rabble-rousing till you just can’t stand anymore. Putting aside their immense musical talent for a moment, they’re the type of band that makes you feel connected — makes you feel alive. Their energy, whether on a stage or in the corner of a room during SXSW, is unparalleled, and their musicianship is the enormous cherry on top of an explosive cake. They’ve been making the rounds for a while now, but if you haven’t had the chance to catch their live show, do it and do it now. — Lauren McKinney
Spanning from a soft whisper to a loud yowl, Torres, otherwise known as Mackenzie Scott, has a knack for making a crowded venue turn into something more intimate and personal. There’s a special allure that comes with anything Torres seems to be doing lately, and her performances during SXSW were no exception for this Nashville native. The overcast sky and slight drizzle during her Saturday performance set the tone for a hauntingly beautiful show that had the crowd swaying with every chord progression and spellbound through the erupting ferocity of every ballad. Torres takes you on an emotional journey with “A Proper Polish Welcome” and “Strange Hellos”, making you feel like you’ve just witnessed a whole existence lived within them. Torres was a definite standout at this year’s SXSW, her emotional howls hit the ground like sledgehammers and solidified her forthcoming album, Sprinter, as being one of this year’s most anticipated. — Kim Barrena
Dear Wild Child, you fill my heart with love and sadness and happiness and so much more. Spending this past week with you, watching you perform and seeing how much love you share with your fans has been the experience of a lifetime. You have become my favorite band in the world, and I want to make sure every one of my friends knows just how perfect you are. Each member brings something uniquely special to the table, from Kelsey’s silky smooth vocals and Alex’s goofy stage antics to Sadie’s never-ending smile and Evan’s killer key skills. There’s nothing about you and your music I don’t love. Thank you for the incredible songs. Thank you for staying true to yourselves. This is just the beginning of a very long and bright journey. — Eric Weiner
Graphics by Olivia Angst, Photos by Evan Fitzgerald
Stopover this year was a little different than it’s been in the past mainly because of all the acts that had last minute cancelations and changes. And while the loss was felt, the festival still totally delivered as always. With a blend of local acts as well as bands on their way to SXSW, the atmosphere while very exciting, was also sort of laid back – exactly the opposite of SXSW and just how we like it.
The Set Up: All of the bands (local bands excluded) that play Stopover are on their way to SXSW, so naturally they share the same venue-hopping set up. The only difference is that you can drink in the streets in Savannah. Whether that’s a blessing or a curse is up to you.
Weather: All three days of Stopover this year were warm, sunny, and a little humid. Typical Savannah weather for the spring really.
Best Throwback Surf: The Wave Slaves
Instrumental Surf Rock group Wave Slaves opened up the festival, covering greats like Dick Dale and getting everyone present dancing and excited for the weekend. They proved definitively that surf rock is the best way to start anything.
Most Intense Frontman Award: Crazy Bag Lady
A Crazy Bag Lady set is something that has to be seen to be believed. Frontman Josh Sterno has an undeniable stage presence that demands attention, as he wraps the mic cord around his face and neck, and jumps into the crowd, bumping into everyone that gets in his way and getting everyone involved. It’s undeniably an intense experience but alway an amazing amount of fun.
Best American Rock Set Played by Foreigners: Capsula
During Capsula’s intense and raucous set, their frontman said to the crowd: “America, this is your blues” and he meant it. Their entire set conjured up memories of 70s and 80s American blues rock. Though when it’s 40 years later and through a very different lens, the music has a wonderfully new feel to it. I
The “How many people are in this band?” Award: Blackrune Circle Esoteric Orchestra
Blackrune is usually a two piece band, consisting of just a guitar and drums (among some occasional other instruments). But for Stopover, they decided to recruit a slew of Savannah musicians to back them up. With upwards of 9 people on (and slightly off) stage, they created a mini orchestra that was a perfect closer to the furhoof showcase at ampersand.
Best use of a Trumpet Award: Pitchblak Brass Band
Pitchblak Brass Band is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. A full brass ensemble with a little bit of rap and R&B thrown in for good measure, their set was energetic, dancy, a little bit unhinged, and the perfect way to close out the first night.
The “What did I just see?” Award: Boy Harsher
Boy Harsher’s dark brand of atmospheric pop is just as hard to digest as it is enthralling. The duo played an incredibly moody set that was perhaps one of the best of the festival, utilizing slow beats and intense emotional singing/wailing, they are definitely a band to watch in the future.
Most Pleasant Surprise: Family and Friends
Despite their being from the nearby city of Athens, I hadn’t heard much about Family and Friends before Stopover. This only made their set that much better. I was surprised by an energetic, uplifting folky set that made great use of multiple guitars and vocalists, lots of foot stomping, and all around good vibes.
Most crowd-Involved Set: Terror Pigeon
I’m not really sure how to describe how to describe Terror Pigeon. However, what I can say is that they put on a hell of a show. Constantly hyping the crowd up, and at one point even throwing a tarp over them and having them chat. Very strange but very rad.
Graphics by Olivia Angst, Photos by Stephanie Berland
Every year, thousands (literally thousands) of artists descend upon NYC for CMJ. It’s a week of late nights, too many train rides and most importantly, huge amounts of discovery. We look forward to that one set that makes our jaw drop every year — and this year was no different. These are the ten artists that really blew us away at CMJ 2014 — check them out below. [READ ON]
It can get a little overwhelming at CMJ every year, with hundreds and hundreds of artists playing all over the city. There are so many bands that it starts to all blur into a big mess of names. We’re here to make your life a little easier this year by highlighting the 10 artists that we’re looking most forward to seeing this year. Check out our highlights below and be sure to check our list of best official and free showcases to help plan even better! [READ ON]
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