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THE BEEHIVE AT SXSW WAS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PARTIES EVER [PHOTOS]

4 weeks ago by Hannah Angst

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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!

Photos by Colton Moyer

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SXSW 2015 BREAKOUT ARTISTS

4 weeks ago by All Of Us

 

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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.

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Foreign Fields – In Hiding
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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

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Houndmouth – Ludlow
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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

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Jack Garrett – The Love You’re Given
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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

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Leon Bridges – Coming Home
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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

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Marian Hill – One Time
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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

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Rubblebucket – Carousel Ride
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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

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Stromae – Papaoutai
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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

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Bright Light Social Hour – Infinite Cities
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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

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Torres – Sprinter
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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

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Wild Child – Left Behind
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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

Photos by Andrea Younes

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Leon Bridges

 

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March 27, 2015 All Of Us SXSW 2

SAVANNAH STOPOVER FESTIVAL 2015 RECAP

1 month ago by Hannah Angst

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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.

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 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.

 

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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.

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All Them Witches
Beach Day
Beneath The Trees
Blackrun Circle Esoteric Orchestra
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Computer Magic
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Penicillin Baby
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March 18, 2015 Hannah Angst FESTIVALS 0

10 BREAKOUT ARTISTS OF CMJ 2014

6 months ago by Hannah Angst

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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]

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ARTISTS TO WATCH CMJ 2014

6 months ago by Hannah Angst

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Graphics by Olivia Angst

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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TOP 20 FREE SHOWCASES OF CMJ 2014

6 months ago by Hannah Angst

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Graphics by Olivia Angst and Sergio Neves

The best part of CMJ isn’t the festival itself, but all the free stuff that goes around it. Much like SXSW, the free gigs are what bring in the noise, and often times, the most interesting names. Some of these are official, some not — but you can bet that all of them will be awesome. Word to the wise — get to the door early on all of these shows, cause you aren’t the only one in town itching to take advantage of some badass free music. [READ ON]

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TOP 20 OFFICIAL SHOWCASES OF CMJ 2014

6 months ago by Hannah Angst

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Graphics by Olivia Angst and Sergio Neves

You lucky so and so — you’ve got your hands on a CMJ badge! Congrats, now you have the pick of the litter of all the of amazing happenings the entire week (as long as you make sure to get there before the badge spots at each show are all gone, cause yes, they are finite). Or, maybe you don’t have a badge, you just have some money burning a hole in your pocket and you’re ready for some music. Whatever your situation, CMJ is the place to be. We’ve rounded up 20 of the best CMJ shows going on this year and damn, are they amazing. Between these and all the free shows going on, you’ll not sleep for the whole, entire week. [READ ON]

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POP MONTREAL 2014 RECAP

7 months ago by Laura Donohue

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The 13th year of this alternative music/film/art festival would consecutively execute memorable events throughout the 5-day-weekend. At times walking too fine a line between chaos and revelry, Pop delivered a satisfaction that could only accompany lucky number 13.

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The setup: Pop Montreal welcomes the equinox in full force every September with 400+ big name bands and emerging local acts. From the venues in the downtown core north through the Plateau, Mile-end and Outremont, Pop wants you to explore and acquaint yourself with the city’s art.

Weather: The temperature was a big source of social fuel for the festival. Though Thursday/Friday had their chilly moments (~46°F), intense sunlight pierced all the chunky knits at daily outdoor events. Luckily, the temperature climbed on Saturday night in preparation for some intermittent muggy rain on Sunday. Though sweat-conducive, the humidity was warmly welcomed by the masses still recovering from last year’s painful winter and aided in the whimsical atmosphere of Pop’s closing night.

Necessary Investments: My valiant steed, an obnoxiously large upright bicycle (alias: Big Red), cannot be praised enough for her utility in hopping from venue to venue, dusk-to-sunrise. No events are more than a 15-minute bike ride apart, so if you’re a tourist for the festival a weekend Bixie-pass or rental from the numerous local bike shops will ensure you can experience all that Pop has to offer. No taxis necessary.

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Best Stage Banter: Between heart-throbbing deliveries of “Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes”, “Black Kite” (for which he told us to prepare to be impressed by his finger picking) and the sincere ballad “He Always Felt Like Dancing” (sung from the elevated height of a chair on top of the stage), Sun Kil Moon joked about his own super-star status, his hatred of smart phones and feeling like a muppet on stage (complete with impression — we all lost it). The back and fourth song-recommendation and song shoot-down built a rapport that kept lightness to what could have easily been an emotionally draining set. Frank humor was interwoven with perfect regularity, mirroring the intermittent drizzle that littered the exterior Mile End potholes with puddles. Everyone left this show smiling from Kozelek’s anecdotes.

Rowdiest Crowd: At the Craft Singles Showcase, the best of Halifax delivered an insane, sloshy show to a full house at Little Italy dive Brasserie Beaubien. Though the sound quality was questionable at best, the environment was sublime and the audience welcoming. Shoes were broken, arms bruised and crowds surfed all with cheek-achingly large grins.

Best Venue for Openers: Three of my favourite pop performances were at bar/bistro/venue Casa del Popolo — the vigorous noise-rock of Dories, with elaborate basslines highlighted perfectly, a tight and heavy “slack-core” set from Concordia super-group LOC-NAR and a dreamlike performance from Brooklyn’s experimental Celestial Shore were each lapped up by the three separate mixes of eager crowds. Despite the fact that these bands were starting their respective shows, the superb mixing by the sound techs at Casa and the cozy room housing the stage (separated by a wall from the bar/bistro portion of the location) kept each event satiated with bodies and energy. Encores were demanded on multiple occasions, all for bands who played before 10pm.

Best Non-Pop After Party: When the festival’s “late night mega-parties” begin to die out, Montreal’s DIY spaces are just opening their doors. Hats must be tipped to the witching hour festivities and all Canadian dream lineups (feat. Freak Heat Waves, Quaker Parents, Telstar Drugs and CROSSS) witnessed Friday/Saturday provided by fresh DIY space Poisson Noir. This being said, Sunday night’s Guerilla Toss show at the increasingly recognized Drones Club was too phenomenal to deny. The combination of growing haze in the streets, sleepless hysteria and the killer performance from the brilliant dance-punk band had the crowd ecstatic. Guerilla Toss was provocative, thrilling and a Pop-weekend highlight that didn’t technically preform in the festival.

Most Awkward Encounter: After wandering to the Pop HQ on Saturday afternoon, a handful of people found themselves witnessing a recording of the podcast Psi Factor and the Cougar. Casually being interviewed in the Salle des Artistes adjacent to a disheveled post-party hallway was Ty Segall and Mikey Heppner. The term interviewed must be used loosely here as the podcasters essentially bumbled through their own boring anecdotes without really asking questions of interest to the artists. Things only got stimulating when an attendee, self-identified as Commander Andy Clark had his audience question turn into an invitation to join “the Coug” on his couch and talk about his divorce, love-zines, and recent move to Montreal. The rest of the viewers were squirming right out of their dehydrated skin.

Biggest Disappointment: No casual run-ins with Sheryl Crow and thus no opportunities to use bird-related puns as greetings. Additionally, before Sun Kil Moon went on stage Richard Reed Parry was witnessed apologizing for his height to some nearby attendees, “Are you sure it’s okay? Can you still see?”

Most Picturesque Show: The crisp fall air kept fans bundled and jittery in Little Italy during Moon King’s afternoon show on Friday, where despite copious hot dogs and a charismatic set from the group, onlookers fell flat and focused on the stunning sunset. The lighting and wind were in a beautiful combination with Daniel Benjamin’s dreamy alt-pop tracks, and despite a lack of audience enthusiasm this show was impressive for their first outdoor offering.

Afternoon Delight: Prior to Moon King Friday afternoon, local new-wave mood-rockers She Divides gave a warm performance surrounded by stylish goods at vintage shop Empire Exchange. Though hangover was in the air, front woman Tess Roby was our hair-of-the-dog, singing sultry, dark pop songs and getting the crowd buzzed.

Most Nostalgic Performance: The Unicorns didn’t try to reclaim relevancy when they closed the festival on Pop’s Sunday night. Their amusing self-awareness was complete with projections of Windows `98 screen savers, and there were no elaborate alterations to their classic tracks but instead honest deliveries of their 2004 melodies as we all came to love them.

Best Crowd: Though greater in scale, The Unicorns’ performance is rivaled in flashback-power by the intimate show put on by Why?, who connected with each spectator who belted along to tracks from fan favorite albums Alopecia and Elephant Eyelash. Yoni Wolf was grateful and so was the audience, who filled La Vitrola with affection and devotion for the group.

Best Quote: The Unicorns took a moment during their set to remind the audience something along the lines of “Just remember that this is fun… cause if you don’t than it won’t be fun anymore.” This notion captured a recurrent feeling shared by many acts, the awesome pop staff and the volunteers. Harsh critiques have their time and place, but so does gratitude for transitory bliss and 120 drunken hours with your new best friends.

October 9, 2014 Laura Donohue FESTIVALS 0

POP MONTREAL 2014 PREVIEW

7 months ago by Laura Donohue

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Like most of my Montreal peers, I have come to regard Pop Montreal as a pseudo-holiday season. Beyond just five days of music, art, symposiums and film, the festival brings all things alternative [READ ON]

September 18, 2014 Laura Donohue FESTIVALS 0

NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL 2014 RECAP

9 months ago by Lauren McKinney

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Graphics by Livi Angst, Photos by Courtney Dudley and Austin Pulliam

Another Newport has come and gone, and we’re left to wait a full year till we can once again engulf ourselves in the incredible music selection and beautiful surroundings of Fort Adams State Park. This year was perhaps our favorite yet, generously combining some of our favorite new acts from 2014, Benjamin Booker and Hozier, with those who have been shaping our tastes and outlook for as long as we can remember, Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis to name a few. What I find most refreshing and exciting about Newport, though, are the unexpected discoveries. While many people walk in with a set schedule, the true [READ ON]

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NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL 2014 PREVIEW

9 months ago by Lauren McKinney

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The time has come once again to travel north, eat too many lobster rolls and bask in the incredible music coming from Ft. Adams State Park. After tackling some of the larger, wilder festivals earlier in the summer, Newport Folk Fest is always a welcome shift in energy. With its smaller attendance and much more relaxed atmosphere, NFF is one of the few music events that leaves its attendees feeling more refreshed and relaxed than when they [READ ON]

July 25, 2014 Lauren McKinney FESTIVALS 0

4KNOTS 2014 RECAP

9 months ago by Hannah Angst

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It’s hard to call 4Knots a proper festival, and that’s what I love about it. It forgoes huge names and obtrusive branding opportunities and instead gives fans a few hours in the sunshine with a bunch of bands who would normally play during the worst slots — that is to say, bands you normally see in sweaty clubs where you have way more fun. It’s free, it’s exceptionally chill and it doesn’t require blocking off more than a day to do. The festival has absolutely found its sweet spot, offering a day’s worth of punk and garage to people of all ages who just want to catch  [READ ON]

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