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Miike Snow’s reputation has been growing ever since their initial outburst onto the scene years ago. The band has three upcoming shows at the fairly large Terminal 5, which are all sold out. So it was a great opportunity to catch them at the more intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg.

They kicked things off with “Enter The Joker’s Lair”, the opening track from new album Happy To You. The band came out with their signature masks but soon removed them for the remainder of the show, a message that they will never forget their earlier roots, but also a notion that they are clearly moving on as a band.

The band weaved in and out of new songs and old, pleasing and dazzling fans in various ways. The new songs sounded great, but the songs from their debut were the ones that really shined. The band has spent plenty of time developing these familiar cuts into blitz formation, making it sound fuller, and giving it more room to breath with extended outtro’s and jams.

Miike Snow is a full band, but don’t get it wrong, it’s frontman Andrew Wyatt’s show. He has a demanding stage presence up front, putting out a show with his various microphones. His voice registered very well live, proving that Miike Snow isn’t one of those electronic bands who rely soley on the studio. No, no, these dudes are the real deal.

Hit the jump for the set list, and for more photos.

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[new]: Miike Snow – Black Tin Box (Feat. Lykke Li)

By Will Oliver, January 24th 2012 — with 1 comment

“Black Tin Box” is yet another new track from Miike Snow’s upcoming album Happy To You. It features fellow Swedish pop mind Lykke Li. It has a darker tone than most of the upbeat stuff that the band usually offers. This isn’t the type of Miike Snow that instantly clicks. This is going to take a few listens to completely sink in.

Take a listen below.

Happy To You comes out March 27th via Downtown Records/Universal Republic.

[new]: Miike Snow – Paddling Out

By Will Oliver, January 20th 2012

Miike Snow are releasing new album Happy To You on March 27 via Downtown/Universal Republic.

In December they shared “Devil’s Work” with us. They are now streaming the albums first single “Paddling Out”. It’s a glitchy electronic heavy track that doesn’t hold back in any way. These guys know how to write a dance song. Vocals are reminiscent of Passion Pit, which makes sense since the two bands aren’t all that different.

The band have announced new tour dates that include SXSW and Terminal 5, on April 24. You may find me at one or the other. Find full tour dates after the jump.
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[new]: Miike Snow – Devil’s Work

By Will Oliver, December 6th 2011 — with 1 comment

Miike Snow
is back with a new track called “Devil’s Work” and they didn’t leave any of their pop excitment behind. It takes a different route, adding a dramatic piano and horns, but the Swedish pop-hooks are plenty. It’s good to have them back.

A new album is in the works, looking at a release sometime in 2012. For now, stream “Devil’s Work” below, a catch a film accompaniment that the band also released today, after the jump.

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The Suzan – Animal (Miike Snow Cover)

By Will Oliver, November 2nd 2010 — with 3 comments

While waiting for Kanye’s surprise CMJ performance, I had to sit through a lot of Fool’s Gold’s acts. One of these was a Japanese pop group named The Suzan. One of the coolest parts of their set was their cover of Miike Snow’s “Animal”. It was a good fit for the band, and I think it’s a enjoyable song that may help you get through this somewhat sluggish week.

[mp3]: The Suzan – Animal (Miike Snow Cover)

Here’s the original, while we’re at it:

[mp3]: Miike Snow – Animal

Miike Snow

By Will Oliver, January 6th 2010 — with 3 comments

Miike Snow’s debut self titled album’s was a pleasant delight in 2009. It was a solid album that was so front loaded it wasn’t even funny. The first half of that album is filled with incredible pop song after incredible pop song. The first five songs of the album are filled with sweet hooks and delightful memories that most bands would kill for. I never got around to posting about these guys, but it’s not like I am adding anything. These guys got blogged and remixed to death in 2009. I guess it was better for me to let the dust settled so that you guys can enjoy Miike Snow for what they really are, fun pop songs. Two of the guys in the band are professional pop song writers who write songs for the likes of Madonna, Kylie Minouge, and Kelis. They even won a Grammy for Britney’s Toxic (guilty pleasure much?).

It was hard to choose two songs to post out of those first 5, but these should give you a good enough idea about what these dudes are all about.

[mp3] : Miike Snow – Song for No One

[mp3] : Miike Snow – Animal

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Who To See At Governors Ball 2016

By Will Oliver, June 2nd 2016

Gov Ball 2016

Ready or not, Governors Ball is tomorrow. I don’t know when 2016 decided to throw the summer at us, but it’s happening whether we like it or not. Unfortunately the weather may bring us a weekend of rain, but even so, there’s enough great talent at the festival to make us excited to battle the elements. This year, I decided to do a little breakdown of who to see each day, in case you’re not sure on who to see, or a little torn on a conflict or two (although there’s not too many this year, at least for me). Find the list posted below, and be sure to return next week for our coverage.
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Governors Ball 2016 Single Day
Last month the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival lineup was announced, and it’s another exciting year for the hometown New York festival. We’re excited to return this year and can’t wait for June to get here.

Tickets have been on sale for about a month now, but it wasn’t until today that single day passes went on sale. You can find the entire single day lineups posted in the image above (as well as a written out version below), making it easier for those who are only interested in a certain headliner or group of acts to get in on the action.

Head here to buy single day (as well as 3-day passes), but don’t wait too long on it, the single day passes are more limited than the regular 3-day passes, so they won’t last nearly as long.
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Governors Ball Announces 2016 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 8th 2016 — with 1 comment

Governors Ball 2015

It’s that time of year again already, the lineup for this years edition of our hometown festival Governors Ball is here. The festival will return to the comforts of Randall’s Island during the weekend of June 3-5, as usual.

This year sees a bunch of old Governors Ball favorites returning to headline the fest. Returning for the 2016 edition of the festival is Kanye West, The Strokes and Beck. Also joining them this year are The Killers, Robyn, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Haim, Of Monsters and Men, and CHVRCHES.

There’s a lot of great groups and artists rounding out the midcard, such as Two Door Cinema Club, Miike Snow, Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, Jamie XX, Bloc Party, Gary Clark Jr., Matt and Kim, Purity Ring, Lord Huron, Eagles Of Death Metal, Cold War Kids, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Albert Hammond Jr., Day Wave, Against Me!, Bat For Lashes, FIDLAR, Miuel, Joey BadAss, Thundercat, Torres, Bully, Black Pistol Fire, and Public Access T.V. The lineup does favor “indie rock” this year, with no big EDM headliner this year, which is ok with me (and Ryan Adams).

We have covered the festival for the past four years, and are looking forward to our fifth year back on Randall’s Island taking in some great sights and sounds once again. Summer can’t get here soon enough.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now at the Governors Ball website, and you can find our coverage of last year’s edition of the festival here.

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This is a special piece from our photographer/new contributor Dana Pacifico giving some insight into the history of The Mountain Oasis Festival, formerly known as Moogfest. – Will

Haven’t heard of Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit Festival yet? Well here is your opportunity to learn about one of the best and most singular electronic music festivals in the country today. Here is a little backstory behind what exactly Mountain Oasis is:

Robert Moog is the genius that developed the first analog synthesizer. He is also the man whose innovative spirit is the drive behind this wonderful festival. He was born in NYC and died 71 years later in Asheville, North Carolina. Moog Music Inc., where all Moog instruments are made, resides within Asheville.

In 2004 the head honchos within Moog Music came together for the 50th anniversary of the company and wanted to put together an event in New York City that showcased the ever-evolving electronic music scene. Moogfest was a one-day event filled with music and interactive workshops where you could learn and actually play with Moog synthesizers yourself. It took place in NYC from 2004-2008.

In the year 2009, Moog Music kept quiet about holding a festival, and for good reason. In October 2010 on Halloween weekend, the first annual three-day festival took place over a variety of different venues all across the beautiful city of Asheville, NC. Some of the names that played the inaugural Moogfest were MGMT, Hot Chip, Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, Neon Indian, Panda Bear, Sleigh Bells, Nosaj Thing, Four Tet, Jonsi of Sigur Ros, DEVO and many, many more. That’s a pretty eclectic mix of artists, if I do say so myself. Hot Chip was reason enough to take the 12-hour drive to Asheville and check out this festival. I instantly fell in love with Asheville, as well as Moogfest.

What was so great about this festival was that although it was an “electronic” music festival, AC Entertainment, who is the curators behind Moogfest, Bonnaroo and Forecastle, wanted this festival to be a tribute to Bob Moog. Literally any act that used a synth in some form was a great option to be a part of the festival in the coming years. The way in which they separated themselves from other more mainstream electronic music festivals like Electric Zoo, Ultra, EDC, and all those other cheese ball fests, was, and remains perhaps Moog’s greatest achievement. Oversaturated Acts like David Guetta or Swedish House Mafia weren’t even considered, and the crowd isn’t a majority of underage kids dressed up like candy ravers wanting to take drugs. They uphold a tradition of integrity and diversity as it pertains to music, encouraging fans to expand their musical knowledge and join them in an experience that’s equal parts invigorating and unparalleled.

As stated before, Asheville is a beautiful city. It lies between the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains, acting as a gorgeous backdrop throughout the vibrant weekend. Locals within Asheville are extremely welcoming, and thankful that their city has the ability to cater to this beloved festival. Everything that I had the opportunity to encounter during my time in Asheville kept my anticipation for Moogfest 2011 very high.

Now onto Moogfest 2011’s installment: The Flaming Lips, Moby (live), Passion Pit, TV On The Radio, M83, Flying Lotus, Amon Tobin performing ISAM, The Drums, and many more. Seriously, just check out the 2011 lineup because it is stacked with so many great acts. Another new addition to Moogfest that year was an outdoor stage, which unfortunately didn’t pan out too well. The stage itself was great, but Asheville at the end of October allows for very unpredictable weather. Had the weather been different it would have worked out wonderfully, but unfortunately the outdoor stage was nixed after only one year.

With Moogfest 2012 came some heart breaking realizations for people like me who live and breathe Moogfest and wait for Halloween weekend in Asheville all year. They cut the festival down to two days, which for a lot of people was like a dagger to the heart. However, they still offered us a ridiculous, forward-thinking and daring lineup. Primus in 3D, Orbital, Nas with a 9 piece Moog’d out band, Miike Snow, Richie Hawtin, Explosions In The Sky, GZA performing “Liquid Swords”, Cold Cave, Disclosure, plus a whole lot more. As a Moogfest pre-party the Thursday before there was a separately ticketed show by Justice, which almost made it feel like a three-day festival.

Here comes the curve ball. It was mid-December 2012 when I realized that Mountain Oasis festival was coming up all over my twitter timeline, saying how they were holding a festival in Asheville. I got really nervous that Moogfest had been cancelled and it was going to turn into something completely different than what they had built up for three years. I received an e-mail from Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit which I had never signed up for, but within this e-mail contained the answers to a lot of my questions. The old Moogfest was having its name changed to Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit. Moog Music Inc. no longer wanted to license the name to AC Entertainment. Ashley Capps, AC Entertainments CEO, explained, “We received a letter from them [Moog Music Inc.] following this year’s festival, so we have no choice really but to re-name it. We have enjoyed booking, marketing and producing our event for our fans and want to continue with them on this creative journey, — This part of the world is a very special place – hence the name, Mountain Oasis. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, and there’s so much more to explore.”

It was a sad realization that the festival so many people loved was no longer called Moogfest, however the essence of the festival is what matters most, and it will still be there come October. i. In the end that’s all that really matters, you can call it whatever you want. Moogfest 2010-2012 as well as this year’s Mountain Oasis have always put the fans first and really listened and responded to us in more ways than you can imagine. “The fans have embraced the festival with overwhelming enthusiasm during the past three years. They love the music, they love Asheville, and we are committed to continuing to evolve with them to create the very best festival experience that we can imagine,” says Capps.

This year the festival boasts an eclectic lineup that includes Nine Inch Nails, Neutral Milk Hotel, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Animal Collective, How To Destroy Angels, Gary Numan, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Disclosure, and Chromatics. Tickets are available here.

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