Music Festival

Recap: SXSW 2016

By Collin Quinlivan, July 20th 2016

SXSW

South by Southwest, the crown jewel and gold standard of American arts festivals. Spanning almost two weeks, it covers music, film, interactive, and gaming. Thousands of savvy young professionals descend upon Austin, TX like a swarm of bees trying to find, or be, the next big buzz.  I was originally intending to mainly cover the film portion and do music on the side, but that didn’t go down so well. I may touch on this later, but I think that the festival has possibly become a bit too big for its britches. But through all of the pomp and circumstance, there still lies an unforgettable experience…you just need to know where to look.

After a great deal of trouble with some shoddy airplanes, I finally made it to Austin. I always expect the worst, so the extra six hours of travel time, two of which were confined to a metal tube full of gross people (I’m kidding, your B.O. masked with 80’s-porn-director-cologne smelled amazing), weren’t that big of a deal. But just from the way my extremely late-night flight was full to capacity with 20-somethings, I knew we were all headed to the same place. Read the rest of this entry »

4Knots Music Festival 2016

By Will Oliver, July 12th 2016

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Guided By Voices at 4Knots Music Festival 2016

As a avid concert goer in New York, the Village Voice’s annual 4Knots Music Festival is one of the highlights of my summer. It brings along a mix of established and new talent, as well as tons of my fellow music lovers/bloggers/photographers. This year was the 6th edition of the festival, and saw it return to its old stomping grounds at South Street Seaport, after a one-off last year at Pier 84 at Hudson River Park. The return to South Street (as well as free admission) was more than welcome, as it resulted in a packed capacity crowd who was enthusiastic from start to finish.
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Governors Ball 2016 Day 2 Recap

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2016

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M83 at Governors Ball 2016

After a great day 1 of Governors Ball 2016, we arrived bright an early with a whole day ahead of us. Although we lucked out with minimal rain on day 1, our luck ran dry on day 2 with the 2nd half of the day plagued by some heavy rainfall that would go on to be a bad omen for the final day of the festival, which would eventually get cancelled altogether.

We started the day off with an early set from Holly Miranda whose band eased us into the day with a graceful set full of different stylings. Things got a little bit harder with punk rockers Nothing, who weren’t too happy with Miranda’s set time somewhat leaking into theirs. I could’ve down without the aggressive comment about her set, as there’s not much to be done with so many sets happening so close to one another. Things got back on track right after with a typically powerful performance from New York’s very own Torres, who always leaves me in awe with her raw intensity that is second to none.
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Governors Ball 2016 Day 1 Recap

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2016

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The Strokes at Governors Ball

For me, summer is officially in full swing with the arrival of the Governors Ball Music Festival, a staple of our summer here for the last few summers, although it’s hard to imagine a time without the festival. This year the festival was once again plagued by the ominous threat of rain and storms (with day 3 unfortunately being cancelled altogether), but we still made the best of the two great days that the festival gave us, and saw many different bands and artists across all genres.

We kicked off Friday, Day 1, with a set from young New York rockers Public Access T.V., who are definitely ones to watch, along with hot rising pop singer Meg Mac who performed right after.
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Preview: Burger Beach Bash

By Will Oliver, June 16th 2016

Burger Beach Bash
Burger Records have been setting LA on fire with the ever growing Burgerama Festival. This year they finally look to bring the action to New York with the inaugural Burger Beach Bash.

It will take place at MCU Park in Coney Island, and feature an eclectic lineup that features GZA (of Wu-Tang Clan), Andrew W.K., Har Mar Superstar, Fucked Up, Pentagram, Mr Twin Sister, Milk N’ Cookies, The Mystery Lights, Cotillon and Fletcher C Johnson. The fun will go down from 2-10, and also features DJ sets by Burger Records very own Lee and Sean.

Tickets for the festival are still for sale. With the rise of Burgerama, it will be worth checking out the festival not only for its unique festival lineup, but to say that you were at the new festivals humble beginning.

For more info on the festival, head to the Facebook event page.

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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Panorama 2016

After months of speculation, the Panorama Music Festival has finally been announced. It’s taking place on Randall’s Island Park on the weekend of Friday, July 22 though Sunday July 24. The festival was brought together by Goldenvoice, the same company behind Coachella.

The impressive set of headliners includes LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Foals, Alabama Shakes, Run The Jewels, Sia, Blood Orange, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, Kurt Vile & The Violators, FKA Twigs, Grace Potter and Silversun Pickups. The rest of the lineup features highlights such as Broken Social Scene, Daughter, Anderson Paak ^& The Free Nationals, Mike D, Schoolboy Q, AlunaGeorge, Flatbush Zombies, The Front Bottoms, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jai Wolf, The Julie Ruin, SZA, Holy Ghost!, Tourist, Ex Hex, Oh Wonder, Madlib, Here We Go Magic, Caveman, Algiers, White Lung and more.

There was once a point where NYC lacked any prominent music festivals, and now we have two. Fans of live music in New York sure aren’t complaining, I know I’m not. I can’t wait to see what Panorama has to offer, and to see return performances from Arcade Fire, The National, and of course, LCD Soundsystem.
Three-day tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday (March 4) at noon.

Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary at Webster Hall (December 2, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016 — with 1 comment

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On December 2, booking agency Ground Control Touring threw a giant party at Webster Hall celebrating their 15th anniversary. What better way to celebrate than taking up all three venues of Webster Hall (the main room, Marlin Room and The Studio at Webster Hall) and filling them up with all the great talent on your own roster.

The mini-festival of sorts was a cool idea that took advantage of the Webster Hall layout. Only, it was definitely way oversold and unless you camped out at one stage or left very early in the middle of a performance, you had no shot of getting anywhere close to the stage. So in that sense, it definitely was very reminiscent of a music festival.

But it’s hard to complain when you got to see Parquet Courts and Lee Ranaldo play some Sonic Youth together, or see bands like Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Woods, Screaming Females, Porches and Frankie Cosmos all within a couple of hours of each other.

It may be another couple of years until we see Ground Control back at it again for their 20th, but it will be interesting to see if any other companies follow suite in the next couple of months.

Find shot of all the artists I was able to catch posted in the photo gallery below.
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Django Django at Verboten (November 7, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016

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On November On November 7, London’s Django Django returned to New York (they played Webster Hall in July) in support of new album Born Under Saturn (released via Ribbon Music) to play at Verboten as a part of the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. It was both my first time at the venue and taking part in the festival, while this was a much different environment than that show, the band still sounded great as ever.

Find some photos from their Verboten performance posted below.
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John Grant at Le Poisson Rouge (October 17, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Hanging around at Baby’s All right all day for the free Brooklyn Vegan showcase wasn’t enough. After years of hearing nothing but critical acclaim, I made sure to finally catch John Grant live when he performed at Le Poisson Rouge for a headlining show of his own after some CMJ showcase performances.

The stop came as a part of his tour for his acclaimed new album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure (out via Bella Union). Le Poisson Rouge was as packed all the way to the back, with a much older crowd than usual, not a bad thing, as they gave him the silent respect that he deserved to showcase his magic.

Find some shots of his performance posted below.
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