Music Festival

The Classic East: A Weekend Of Classics In Queens

By Will Oliver, April 4th 2017

There are so many great concert and festivals in New York, but most of them focus on what’s new, hip, and cool. What about a festival dedicated to the biggest and best classic bands of the past? Well, that’s exactly the goals of The Classic Concerts, which is bringing the classics to New York this summer for an unforgettable night of music.

On July 29 & 30, The Classic will take over Citi Field, delivering an incredible lineup featuring The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Journey, The Doobie Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire. The Classic will also go out West at Dodgers Stadium on July 15 & 16.
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[U.S. Premiere]: Brass Phantoms – “Waiting Up”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2017

It’s good to get back into the game of premieres, especially when it comes from an exciting new band from Ireland. They’re known as Brass Phantoms and although they may be new to you, they’ve already made quite the impression in their neck of the woods.

Last year they released “City Of Wolves,” a song which garnered them play on their national broadcaster RTE, eventually leading to a slot on BBC Introducing, along with various live sessions. They’re now being booked for various “Ones To Watch” showcases, and even some summer festivals playing alongside the likes of Manic Street Preachers and Tom Odell.

Today we bring you the U.S. premiere of their music video for their rather great new track “Waiting Up.” It’s a sharp and memorable piece of guitar rock that has that slick sound that reminds of early Two Door Cinema Club. The group have this rather larger than life sound that they skillfully hone in on. They toy with breaking it out in full force, but show some well appreciated restraint and keep it a tight affair, that has me addicted coming back for more.

For those of you in Ireland, they headline their own show in Dublin at The Workman’s Club on April 20. For the rest of us, keep an eye on these guys, they’re ones to watch. Enjoy the video posted below
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Panorama Announces 2017 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 9th 2017

Today Panorama announced its lineup for this year edition of the festival (their second). This year the festival sports a group of headliners consisting of Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest, Tame Impala, Frank Ocean, Alt-J and Solange.

The rest of the lineup is rounded out by MGMT, Future Islands, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, Justice, Glass Animals, Angel Olsen, Tyler The Creator, Girl Talk, Mitski, Jagwar Ma, Vince Staples, Cloud Nothings, Proccupations, Foxygen, DJ Shadow, S U R V I V E, MØ, Cherry Glazerr, Pinegrove, and Bleached.

The fest once again takes place at Randall’s Island Park from July 28-30 and tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am.

Governors Ball 2017 Announces Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 4th 2017

We may be only a few days into the new year but that means it’s time for all the music festivals to reveal their 2017 lineups. Here in New York there’s quite a few festivals starting to emerge, but there’s only one that we have relied on year in and year out: Governors Ball.

They’ve announced this year’s edition of the festival (at Randall’s Island as usual), and it’s as varied and eclectic of a mix as ever. Headlining the festival is Tool, Chance The Rapper, Phoenix, and Childish Gambino. Then you got Lorde, Flume, Wu-Tang Clan, Wiz Khalifa, Logic, Cafe The Elephant, and Mark Ronson vs Kevin Parker. From there, highlights include Beach House, Schoolboy Q, Air, The Avalanches, Franz Ferdinand, Phantogram, The Head and the Heart, Banks, Local Natives, Mac DeMarco, Parquet Courts, Royal Blood, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Danny Brown, Michael Kiwanuka, Warpaint, Car Seat Headrest, The Range, The Orwells, Ron Gallo, and even former BBC radio host Zane Lowe.

We’ve been covering Governors Ball every year since the second edition, and are excited to hopefully return this year to see what new memories this years edition of the festival brings. Tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday at noon, with early bird pricing starting at $275.

See you at Randall’s Island this summer!
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Recap: Roots Picnic NYC Day 2

By Will Oliver, December 5th 2016


(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


(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

(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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Full Moon Fest 2016: Day 1

By Will Oliver, November 11th 2016 — with 1 comment


On August 20, the first day of MATTE Projects’sixth annual Full Moon Fest took place at its old stomping grounds of Governors Island (it was held at the Brooklyn Mirage in 2015) for a fun day of music, food, arts, and beach-inspired vibes.

With day 1, we caught a a fiery set from Pusha T, and early set from Lolawolf, the project of Zoë Kravitz (Lenny’s daughter), and closed out the night with a DJ set from SBTRKT.

Find some photos of their performances posted below, along with Pusha T’s setlist, and stay tuned for our coverage of Day 2 coming soon.
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Recap: Burger Beach Bash NYC 2016

By Will Oliver, October 31st 2016


(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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