Music Festival Recap

Recap: Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 [Day 1]

By Bryan Lasky, July 24th 2017

(LCD Soundsystem)

All photos by Bryan Lasky

Having never been to Pitchfork Music Festival, I was excited to get in and find how small the park is that the festival takes place in. Being able to go to all the stages with such ease was just fantastic and made photographing the festival a breeze. The lineup for Pitchfork is always great and this year was no different. With a heavy dose all weekend of local acts, rap, and women taking control of the stage, this festival does everything correctly.
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Photos: Full Moon Fest 2017

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2017

(Tops)
The Full Moon Festival was back again this year for it’s seventh edition and it once again took place on Governors Island, but moved from the beach to the Play Lawn, giving the festival a more spacious area in the fields.

Our photographer Leah Runyon was there to capture the action from both artists like Tops, Connan Mockasin, Vic Mensa and Kelela, as well as the well dressed crowd. Find some of her shots posted below.
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Recap: Governors Ball 2017 [Day 1]

By Will Oliver, June 14th 2017 — with 1 comment

When I think of summer coming into bloom, I think of the Governors Ball Music Festival. At least for me, it’s usually the first music festival of the summer I’ll attend, and having it so close to home makes it special. After attending this year’s edition, I have now attended all six editions of the fest since it moved to its not permanent home of Randalls Island, watching it gradually grow in size each year. Although rain once again threatened in the days ahead of the festival, we lucked out with some great weather, with only a few light drizzles throughout the weekend.
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Recap: Roots Picnic NYC Day 2

By Will Oliver, December 5th 2016

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(Wu-Tang Clan at Roots Picnic NYC)

After a great first day at the inaugural Roots Picnic NYC, we returned for an even larger day 2, with some big time headliners (with The Roots as the backing band) that ended things on a huge note. The shared finale featured performances from Wu-Tang Clan (who was introduced by Amy Schumer), Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers (who was joined by Sugarhill Gang) and the legendary David Byrne.
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Recap: Roots Picnic NYC Day 1

By Will Oliver, December 5th 2016 — with 3 comments

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(D’Angelo at Roots Picnic NYC)

This year The Roots brought out their Phill-based Roots Picnic festival over to New York for the inaugural edition of Roots Picnic NYC.

Of course The Roots headlined, but on day 1 of the festival they only played a few songs before being joined by special headlining sets by D’Angelo (who was introduced by Dave Chappelle), John Mayer, and Common.

The diverse lineup also features sets from Everyday People feat. DJ Moma, X Ambassadors, Stretch and Bobbito, DJ Questlove, Lady Leshurr, Kevin Gates, Neal Brennan, co-creator of The Chappelle Show, who also brought out Chappelle for a quick bit.

Find a photo gallery of day 1 of Roots Picnic NYC posted below.
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Recap: Basilica Soundscape 2016

By Will Oliver, November 25th 2016

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(Explosions In The Sky at Basilica Soundscape 2016)
This September brought another unique and interesting edition of the Basilica Soundscape festival up in Hudson, New York at Basilica Hudson. If you have ever experienced the festival, you’re truly hard pressed to find a more eclectic a lineup at any festival.

The experience Basilica really doesn’t feel like any other music festival, but rather a laid back gathering at a cool warehouse where great bands of all genres happen to play. It was my third consecutive year going up to cover the festival, and when you get to see bands like Explosions In The Sky a mere few feet away at a scenic atmosphere unlike any other that they’d normally play, it makes the trip totally worthwhile. Hey, even David Cross was there hanging out on day 2 taking in all the great art.

Find our gallery of photos from both days of the two-day festival posted below. We look back to seeing what they have to offer next year.
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Recap: Burger Beach Bash NYC 2016

By Will Oliver, October 31st 2016

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(Fucked Up at Burger Beach Bash NYC)

On Saturday, June 18, California record label and concert throwers Burger Records brought over their Burger Beach Bash festival to New York for its inaugural edition here. It took place at the unusual location of MCU Park in Coney Island right smack during the Mermaid Parade festivities.

As you’d expect, the day featured an eclectic lineup that featured something for everyone. Headlining the festival was Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA, who went on late and almost didn’t play because he still hadn’t been paid. Andrew W.K. was as bizarre and wild as you’d expect, but it was Canadian indie punk-rockers Fucked Up who stole the show. Frontman Damian Abraham was a ball of energy from liftover, ripping beach balls and putting them around the neck and entering the crowd multiple times. It was incredible.

The festival also featured sets from Milk N’ Cookies, Pentagram, The Mystery Lights, Fletcher C Johnson. Find a giant gallery of shots from all the acts posted below.
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Northside Festival 2016 – Day 3 (Sunday)

By Will Oliver, October 28th 2016 — with 1 comment

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(Brian Wilson at McCarren Park)
After a rather solid Friday and Saturday at Northside Festival, we wrapped things up on Sunday (June 12) in a pretty epic fashion.

We started the day with a interesting set from She-Devils outside at the Lyft Stage, and then ran over to McCarren Park for the big Northside show, headlined by Brian Wilson, and featuring support from Rostam, and Hinds.

We ended running into Hinds’ leading ladies, Carlotta Cosials and Ana Perrote, outside of McCarren where they were playing volleyball, and they were gracious enough to pose for an impromptu portrait. Their set was fun as usual, a good fit for a nice summer day. Next up was the first solo gig from former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij, who played some of his new solo material, along with some of his new work with Hamilton Leithauser. They were also joined by Angel Deradoorian for a memorable triple threat performance.

Finally the time came for the legendary Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson, and not much can be said about him that hasn’t already been said already ten times better. The legend and his band (which includes original Beach Boys member Al Jardine) ran through all the expected hits, making for one memorable night. Sure his voice isn’t what it once was, but getting to hear those songs performed during a beautiful summer night was something I won’t soon forget.

I ended the night, and the festival, at Baby’s All Right with a performance from Louisville rockers Murals, who I haven’t seen in quite some time. They quietly released a solid album with Violet City Lantern which was released earlier in the year via Fire Talk Records, who hosted the showcase at Baby’s. We also caught a little bit of Woodsman right after Murals set.

Find photos from the entire day, posted below.
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Northside Festival 2016 – Day 2 (Saturday)

By Will Oliver, October 28th 2016 — with 2 comments

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(Conor Oberst at McCarren Park)
After a busy Friday night to kick off my Northside Festival, I returned to Brooklyn on Saturday, June 11, to take in a country-inspired triple bill at McCarren Park featuring Conor Oberst, The Felice Brothers, and Kacey Musgraves.

After that I went over to National Sawdust for a the personal ambient rock of Grouper, with support from the lovely folk rock of Yowler.

Find photos of all the performances we caught on Saturday below.
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