Music Festival

Last year New Jersey post-hardcore rockers Thursday returned from hiatus and have been touring in steady fashion. They returned to New York again for a free performance at McCarren Park along with Toronto rockers PUP for the final day of Northside Festival on June 11.

It was a brutally hot day, but it didn’t stop fans of the groups from packing out the blacktop of McCarren. It resulted in some sweaty singing that was pure dedication from both the bands and their fans.

Find photo galleries of both Thursday and PUP posted below both bands’ setlists.
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All photos by Anthony Bauer

On the third night of the 2017 Northside Festival not only were we treated with absolutely beautiful weather for an outdoor show, but we were also treated with an amazing, high-energy performance from the one and only Miguel at McCarren Park. Miguel is still out in support of his album Wildheart which was released back in 2015 (via RCA Records).


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(All photos by Anthony Bauer)

On the second night of the 2017 Northside Festival, we were treated to a special performance at Rough Trade from Brooklyn’s own Big Thief. Not only was this a special show for Northside, it was a special show in that it was the unofficial album release show for the band who put out their absolutely fantastic new album Capacity (out now via Saddle Creek), which is bound to end up on many year end lists. Along for the ride and kicking things off were openers Really Big Pinecone and Mega Bog.
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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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Preview: Governors Balls 2017

By Will Oliver, May 26th 2017

Believe it or not, the Governors Ball Music Festival is just around the corner, as in, one week away. While we are terribly excited and eager to get back onto the familiar stomping grounds of Randall’s Island, there also comes some preparation about who to see, especially with the set times for the festival shared.

Sure there are some real tough conflicts (Phoenix vs. Childish Gambino being the most brutal of them) but on the whole, I have most of my schedule made up and am ready to stick to it. That’s not to say that things can’t change, as that’s part of the fun of a festival, but for the most part I got a plan ready to go.

You don’t need me to tell you which headliner to see, as I’m sure your mind has been long made up since you hit “purchase tickets.” But the beauty of a music festival is the insane number of acts conveniently placed in one location. A lot of the best acts you’ll see may be the ones who you never heard of playing early in the day. Don’t be lazy and get there after a hard morning of pre-gaming. Instead, make the trip in early to catch some of these artists playing when the sun is still out and about.

I wanted to do my preview a little differently this year and take the time to highlight some artists playing earlier in the day that I think are worth the early trip in. Find the list posted below, along with a song from each artists embedded right after.
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Preview: Boston Calling 2017

By Will Oliver, May 25th 2017

The 2017 edition of Boston Calling kicks off tomorrow and it looks to be the biggest version yet, both figuratively and quite literally. This is the eight edition of the festival, and now the festival has moved to the much bigger Harvard Athletic Complex, which allowed them to double the amount of acts they were able to host, in addition to making the festival much larger on many different levels.

The diverse lineup will feature headlining sets from the likes of Chance The Rapper, Tool. Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, The XX, Major Lazer, Weezer and more. With so many stages, Boston Calling vets will finally have the unfamiliar problem of conflicts, which wasn’t an issue with the previous two-stage set-up at City Hall. But hey, with more great artists come more tough choices.

If you’re in the area or still debating whether to go, there are still three-day tickets available as well as single day passes. Head here for more information on tickets.

Governors Ball 2017 Announces Set Times

By Will Oliver, May 18th 2017 — with 1 comment

With Governors Ball just a mere two weeks away, the festival has finally revealed the set times for this year’s edition of the festival. With so many artists that you want to see playing at the same place, there’s naturally going to be some rather unfortunate conflicts.

Here are some conflicts (at least in my mind) that will force some people to make some tough choices:
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It’s pretty hard to believe that it’s been four years since The National released Trouble Will Find Me. Fans have been patiently awaiting a new album, with the wait made a bit easier with the bands other projects, including El Vy, LNZNDRF, and the countless work of the Dessner twins. All signs have been pointing towards a new album this year, and the band have been slowly dropping hints about the new record, which was finally announced today.
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