FESTIVALS

Panorama 2016 Preview

1 week ago by Steven Edelstone

New York City has a population of over 8.5 million people. Though NYC is far and away the biggest city in the United States, it took until this decade for a big time music festival to not only survive for multiple years in a row, but also be successful. Now, the city is hosting Panorama Music Festival, its [READ ON]

July 21, 2016 Steven Edelstone FESTIVALS 0

Newport Folk Festival 2016 Preview

1 week ago by Hannah Angst

Every year, for one weekend in late July, we get to go to one of the most perfect festivals in the US — Newport Folk Festival. Perhaps it’s the years and years of history, a history that can truly be felt throughout the festivities, that makes it so amazing. Perhaps it’s the extraordinary scenery, perched with a view of the ocean in a state park. Perhaps it’s the consistently incredible line up. Or [READ ON]

July 21, 2016 Hannah Angst FESTIVALS 0

4Knots 2016 Recap

2 weeks ago by Hannah Angst

Why Village Voice’s annual 4Knots fest is not one of the marquee events of summer, I will never understand. It’s a full, glorious day of garage rock and guitar heavies playing with a beautiful view of the water and the skyline of downtown Manhattan, and it’s free. You can just walk up and start having a good time. There’s no lines, no wristbands, no weird camping – just an awesome view and awesome bands. 4Knots line ups are always streets ahead of the other festivals, with the kind of bands that pepper the small-font of festival posters getting the space they deserve to breath. This year was no exception – with critical darlings like Mothers and Car Seat Headrest playing along true legends Guided by Voices.

The day started off early for us this year at 4Knots. We rolled into South Street Sea Port just post ice coffee just in time for Boulevards. The NYC based funk artist was the perfect energy shot to start the day – with a set so active he was able to turn the early-afternoon crowd into a frenzy despite the high noon sun. From there stayed at the Fulton street stage for Bayonne who offered the same wild energy as Boulevards, jumping around and adding hefty percussion to his tracks.

Mothers gathered a healthy crowd for an early afternoon set, though it was hardly a surprise to see. The Athens, GA based band has been making waves for their expertly crafted indie rock for a while. The band made the large Pier 16 stage feel like a vibey set in a club and filled the port with amazingly angular guitars. From there we ran back to the Fulton Stage to catch Diane Coffee, whose clever indie-rock is matched by his captivating stage presence. In terms of straight up best show, Diane Coffee’s ease on stage and affable presence handily won the day.

From there we headed back to the Pier to catch they incredible post-punk Protomartyr who’s blistering set proved that they are definitely one of the best and most interesting rock outfits playing today. After a quick run for much needed sustenance, we moved over to the last set on the Fulton Stage, GirlpoolThough they were perhaps the most subdued set of the day, they still maintained the energy that characterized the Fulton stage all day.

The Strumbellas were the strangest fit of the day, their roots style not really fitting in with the rock and punk vibes of the rest of the band. But they were such a delight to watch that after a couple songs it didn’t even matter. Finally, with the exhaustion and the slight day-hangover setting in Guided by Voices took the stage. The legends proved that they are still as vital as ever with their set of tracks from their huge and impressivly awesome catalog. It was a blast to end the day with one of the greatest alt-rock bands of the 90s throwing down and made us remember why 4Knots is easily one of the best festivals we go to – it’s just fucking fun from start to finish.

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Bayonne
Boulevards
Diane Coffee
Kirk Knight
Mild High Club
Mothers
Prince Rama
Protomartyr
The Strumbellas
July 15, 2016 Hannah Angst FESTIVALS 0

Bonnaroo 2016 Recap

1 month ago by Hannah Angst

Photos by Julia Drummond

If you’ve been to Bonnaroo before, or even if you’ve heard the stories and seen the pictures, you know what the festival is all about. It’s an entire farm full of people who radiate joy and positivity. People are free spirits from start to finish and high fives, hugs and kisses are the norm. It’s one of the hottest, but also one of the best, summer festivals, and this year was no different. With its usual eclectic line up and music until sunrise, Bonnaroo 2016 was yet another one to remember.

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One of the the highlights of the first day were Bully, who are well known by now for always playing a great set. Their brand of garage tinged pop was full of power and made for a completely riveting set. 

Wet, who have been making waves for a while now, pulled in a particularly large crowd at the Who stage and delivered on their building buzz with a set full of energy. It was a perfect-pop day one down at the farm.

I was also blown away by newcomers Marian Hill. Having not seen the duo live before, I was completely taken with their synth and sax heavy pop. Having talked to a few people at the festival, I found out that Marian Hill’s performance was their favorite of the weekend — it was easily my favorite as well.

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The next day started with first time festival band Whitney playing an amazing, energetic set despite the soul crushing Tennessee heat. They were able to get a pretty impressive mid-day crowd and rocked through the whole set like longtime festival champs. Next, I went off to Tame Impala, a long time favorite and on of the most anticipated sets of the weekend.  It’s hard to keep the vitality and depth of their recorded sound live though – and the band lacked the energy to totally sell the set. Even though we marked them as a must see going in – it wasn’t worth staying for the whole set. 

To get the energy up I moved over to CHVRCHES. The were able to easily and completely control the crowd, one of the largest in the US and do it with ease. Watching these guys bob around the stage with the energy of a full house party made up for the lagging earlier and cemented the band among the must see festival acts playing these days.

LCD Soundsystem were absolutely amazing, and nailed it on every level. No matter what one might think of them at this point, they were truly worthy of their headliner status this year. They’re known for having one of the best live shows around and having finally witnessed it, I can assure you that they’re not to be missed. I could not be happier that they reformed just so I can experience their festival sets over and over and over again.

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With the festival almost over, it’s easy to get a little tired, but day three kept up the incredible momentum. Starting with two incredible singer/songwriters – Grace Potter followed by Natalie PrassGrace Potter‘s incredible show was a huge surprise, despite never being a huge fan of her recorded music, her live show was absolutely intoxicating and had the entire audience begging for now. As a huge fan of Prass, it was characteristically buoyant and amazing – I danced and sang along the entire time.

Newcomers Oh Wonder were the best set of the day. I’ve been indifferent to them until their Bonnaroo set but their set was really magical, maybe because the played during sunset, which perfectly fit with their chilled out electronic harmonies. The band constantly interacted with the crowd and were genuinely excited and happy to be there. It reflected in their performance and in the reception they got from their audience. 

SuperJam with Kamasi Washington was, as Superjams tend to be, incredibly awesome. I wish I wasn’t as tired as I was to stay till the end but alas, everyone needs to sleep sometime. Michelle Williams was one of the guests along with Allen Stone, Oh Wonder, Devonte Hynes, Miguel, Nathaniel Rateliff and… well, too many to name. Superjam has become one of the trademarks of the festival and rightfully so – every year it’s exhilarating and this year was no different. 

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After the crushing exhaustion from day three, I took it a little easy on the final day of Bonnaroo. I started my day with Nashville based Civil Twilight, and their remarkably large early afternoon set. The hometown edge definitely helped both in turn out and the comfort of the band on stage. 

Father John Misty, who we were looking forward to, played at the hottest point of the day while an inflatable man was tossed around in the crowd (during “Bored In The USA”) and he made sure to comment “There could not be a more apt visual for this song — you may think it’s just subversive but it is actually getting me quite off.” It was just as amazing as was to be expected, though perhaps a little more smelly than the usual show. 

I ended the festival with the perfect closer, Dead and Co. While the majority of the younger going festival crowd seemed to leave a little early and miss these legends, they were definitely missing out.  They played 2 sets (4 hours) with all the crowd pleasers, including “Shakedown Street” ” Passenger” “Bird Song.” It was a memorable and phenomenal way to close the weekend. 

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Borns
Bully
CHVRCHES
Civil Twilight
Daughter
Dead and Co
Ellie Goulding
Father John Misty
Grace Mitchell
Grace Potter
Halsey
LANY
LCD Soundsystem
Leon Bridges
M83
Marian Hill
Miguel
Natalie Prass
Oh Wonder
Purity Ring
Superjam
Tame Impala
Two Door Cinema Club
Wet

June 24, 2016 Hannah Angst FESTIVALS Comments Off on Bonnaroo 2016 Recap

Governors Ball Recap 2016

1 month ago by Colton Moyer

photos by Makenna Cummings

Governors Ball 2016 will probably be remembered for all the things that went wrong. Bad weather. Cancelled Sunday. No Kanye West. Like him or not, the Cult of Kanye took Governors Ball full force this year. It’s the first time I’ve ever been to a music festival that had a merch line dedicated to a single artist. Kanye was face of Governors Ball 2016 – and he never played. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed that Sunday was cancelled. It had arguably the best lineup, with the most hotly awaited concert of this year to cap it off. But it didn’t happen. My Governors Ball experience was great regardless, albeit incomplete.

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I started off my Governors Ball experience as many New Yorkers did; sneaking out of work and commuting up to Randall’s Island – making it to the festival just as Duke Dumont was beginning his set, characterized by thumping bass, and a huge, lively crowd underneath the party tent. To continue the party, I then headed to Matt & Kim’s main stage set. I’d seen them a couple of times at Lollapalooza over the years, but it was a special privilege to see them play in front of their hometown. Their stage presence is electric, and they garnered some of the best crowd engagement I saw all weekend. They have an innate ability to couple spontaneity and fun into their sets, without being clichéd or repetitive.

Jamie XX was next, a headline-caliber act in the elusive sunset time-slot. His set was incredible, ranging from the depths of deep down-tempo house to 80’s synth-pop hits. With such a variety of tempos and genres, his ability to keep audiences engrossed in the moment is what sets him apart from so many other electronic acts. Whether you’re a fan of DJ-centric performances is a personal preference, but his brand of dance music is something special.
Next up were the hometown heroes, The Strokes. They started a half-hour late, which I’m pretty sure is the first rule of rock-stardom. Opening with “The Modern Age”, their set reminded everyone that a traditional five-piece band can still rock the fuck out. Especially when your leading man is Julian Casablancas. The cherry on top was their cover of “Clampdown”, by the Clash. This is a song they used to regularly perform, but hadn’t played it in a set since 2004. The high schooler in me died at that moment, only to wake up the next morning with Day Two in my sights.

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I walked into the festival just as The Knocks began their set. The New York boys hosted a great dance party, bringing Wyclef Jean onstage for a quick collaboration and smoke break. After the session, I headed over to Albert Hammond Jr. for a second set of Strokes-y guitar work. From there, my afternoon consisted of trying to see as many acts as possible, ranging from the beats and wordplay of De La Soul, to the chill, ambient Lord Huron set.

The overall mood of the festival seemed to shift as the day progressed. We watched as ominous clouds rolled closer to the island. Our fears culminated during Purity Ring, when a torrential downpour hit the festival. I made the mistake of trying to make my way to the end of Mike Snows’ set. Moments later, I found myself tightly packed into the press tent, trying to wait out the monsoon. At least I could hear them close with “Animal” in the distance, a small consolation.

Luckily, the festival Gods cleared the weather for my final set of the day, M83. Anthony Gonzalez’ brainchild has been at the forefront of electronic alternative rock for years. Their newest album, Junk while universally respected, does not seem to have the critical acclaim that Hurry Up We’re Dreaming seemed to garner. Regardless, their set was amazing, though short. A welcome addition to the setlist was “We Own the Sky”, as well as the inclusion of “Into/Outro.” Alas, this was to be the last concert I saw all weekend. As I rode the Manhattan ferry into the night, I could hear the faint sounds of the Killer’s “When You Were Young” playing in the distance. A short end to the festival, but a fitting one to say the least.

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Against Me
Big Grams
Bloc Party
Bully
Bob Moses
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Christine and the Queens
Elle King
Father John Misty
John Bellow
Marian Hill
Matt & Kim
Meg Mac
Miguel
Misterwives
Of Monsters and Men
Purity Ring
Robyn
Thundercat
Around the Festival
June 15, 2016 Colton Moyer FESTIVALS 0

Hangout Fest 2016 Recap

2 months ago by Joseph Mikos

Photos by Joseph Mikos

Another perfect wild weekend on the beach – Hangout Fest did it again this year. The lineup was stacked and the weather just about perfect, even with one short rain delay to kick it off on Friday. The sun kicked those clouds out swiftly to keep the tradition of heat and sunshine for one of the most fun music festivals of the year. This weekend was wild both on and off the festival grounds. There was no escaping the sun and fun, and who would want to? 

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We began our mornings by the pool with some brews in hand and our Hangout Fest playlist to wake us up in anticipation of the great music and vibes we were about to experience just 10 minutes down the road. On Friday morning we were met with clouds and that rain delay, which made for a longer pregame and a very anxious group. As soon as we got the notification for gates open at 3:30, we were off to the beach shortly afterwards to get it going. The lines were long and the sun was back out, and we saw no one upset about it. We made our way in around 5 and took a stroll around to take it all in before Moon Taxi hit the stage around 6pm. The vibes were awesome and the drinks were flowing. Moon Taxi played an energetic and great set as always, drawing in a huge crowd and lifting us all up for the rest of the night.

Then it was off to The Struts who absolutely rocked it on the slightly smaller AXS stage. Lead singer, Luke Spiller, rushed out onto the stage in style. He never stopped rocking out and kept the crowd moving, making for one of the most energetic and crowd engaged sets of the festival without a doubt.

The Weeknd closed the night out – managing to be probably the best headliner of the festival, despite the fact it was only night one. The crowd seemed to have filled the entire beach. If you have attended Hangout Fest before, you know that the night doesn’t end after the headliner. For those who are looking for the best afterparty filled with more drinks, good vibes, and plenty of festival goers its into a cab to Flora-Bama about 15-20 down the road to keep the party going well in the AM hours.

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Saturday began with the routine: wake up, cook a giant group breakfast, fill the cooler up, and walk down to the pool/beach to soak up the sun and get the juices flowing for another long day. We started the day off with The Griswolds on the main stage. They rocked from beginning to end with a majority of the crowd singing along and moving their feet. They closed out their set by inviting Walk The Moon out onto the stage with them, much to the delight of the whole crowd.

After their awesome set we took a walk around the beach to witness a couple’s fake marriage ceremony, and then took part in an inflatable obstacle course. To cool off we checked out the PS4 trailer and played some video games. By the time we were slightly cooled, we took a walk to see Atlas Genius. These guys had a blast on stage and those vibes radiated directly onto the crowd. To keep our energy up we headed to the Malibu tent to dance our rears off to the beats of Jack Novack. 

We were able to escape the tent (a bit sweaty, and with our frozen drinks slightly melted) in time for Portugal. The Man. Portugal were amazing from start to finish and we easily could have listened for another hour if possible. We grabbed another brew and walked on over to the Mermaid stage to feel the chill sounds and pro environmental messages behind the songs of Nahko and Medicine For the People.

Since Calvin Harris was hospitalized in LA before the fest, we found ourselves closing out the night with Foals. It was my first time catching these guys live and it was wild. They had the Boom Boom Tent complete packed, along with the street behind it. 

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We kicked off Sunday by dancing to the beats of Jerry Folk  in the Malibu Tent. This DJ was a favorite for sure, with beats and mixes that could’ve kept us moving for days. After witnessing some sweet dance moves–and a few hilarious unicorn masked dance battles–we made our way to the half moon ride and the ferris wheel to get an epic view of the entire venue.

After the beautiful views, we decided to stick with the beautiful theme and check out Haim’s set – who may have won Hangout Fest overall with the energetic stage presence, melodic and upbeat tunes, and their give-and-take with the fans. They were constantly speaking to the crowd and kept us all engaged.

After all the dancing and lip syncing to Haim, we were ready to walk over to the main stage where Lenny Kravitz was putting out amazing vibes and instrumental solos, many of which went on for minutes at a time. Lenny and his band played a bunch of newer tunes in the beginning, but still rocked out hard with some of his greatest hits from the past toward the end of his set.

Then it was time to dance again to the deep house sounds of Thomas Jack at the Mermaid stage. Just in time for the weekend’s end came Florence and the Machine who played us out right. Hangout Fest, you were nothing short of amazing. See you again next year!

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Around the Festival
Atlas Genius
The Griswolds
Haim
The Struts
June 10, 2016 Joseph Mikos FESTIVALS Comments Off on Hangout Fest 2016 Recap

Sasquatch 2016 Preview

2 months ago by Hannah Angst

Not many festivals can brag about being atop a cliff—this is where Sasquatch has an edge among the other outdoor events where you will be dancing, sweating and smelling among thousands of music fans this summer. The scenery at the Gorge is nothing short of sublime, making this more than just a music festival—it’s an outdoor [READ ON]

May 16, 2016 Hannah Angst FESTIVALS 0

We Had an Amazing Time at The Beehive SXSW with Aurora, PWR BTTM and More [Photos]

4 months ago by Hannah Angst

Photos by Kayla Willey

Sure, we may be a little biased, but the best party at SXSW this year was The Beehive. With our friends at Bumble and Verb, we took over The Swan Dive’s two stages for a day of music from some of our favorite artists playing the festival. It was incredible from start to finish, from the Austin Eastcider and much needed Bumble handheld fans to the Verb braid bar and most importantly, the amazing sets — the garage rock of PWR BTTM, the magic of Margaret Glaspy, the dulcet tones of Pure Bathing Culture and the mind [READ ON]

March 25, 2016 Hannah Angst SXSW 0

10 Breakout Artists of SXSW 2016

4 months ago by All Of Us

SXSW is a huge behemoth that attracts as many giant stars as it does up and comers. Any festival that can snag a surprise headline set by Drake is obviously as big as they come. While it’s true that there are larger artists playing Austin’s streets, it doesn’t mean that SXSW is any less of a necessity for newer artists. Whereas SXSW years ago was all about discovery, these days it’s more about solidification. Bands that already have buzz go down to Austin to prove definitively that they’re exactly as great [READ ON]

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SXSW 2016 Photo Recap [Photos]

4 months ago by Hannah Angst

We can talk about SXSW until our faces turn blue, but there’s no way to describe the chaos better than showing it. With so many acts and shows at any given moment in Austin, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not even know where to start. Lucky for us, we had some incredible photographers to help document the wildness and show you the bands that we loved the most. It’s definitely just a taste of the [READ ON]

March 25, 2016 Hannah Angst SXSW Comments Off on SXSW 2016 Photo Recap [Photos]

SXSW 2016 Free Parties RSVP List

4 months ago by Lauren McKinney

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SXSW 2016 Artists to Watch

5 months ago by Lauren McKinney

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