Music Festival

Girl Talk at Escape Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 28th 2014

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Who better to close out a festival than Gregg Gillis’ Girl Talk? The DJ/mashup artist knows how to create a live party atmosphere that can get the crowd going. He was the man booked to close out the first ever Escape Music Festival, and it was a grand old time.

The only other time I caught Girl Talk live was when he came to play at Binghamton University while I was a student there (it’s also the only show I’ve ever crowd-surfed at – yikes).

Thanks to the helpful guys over at The Most Definitely, I was able to get on stage with the man himself for a few songs, getting a whole new behind the scenes look at how Gillis operates. It was interesting to see how he blends the songs together, and to see how it all looks from his point of view.

It was an appropriate send off to the weekend of music at the Governors Beach Club and the Escape Music Festival.

Find a gallery of photos from Girl Talk posted below.
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Mayer Hawthorne at Escape Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 28th 2014

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Mayer Hawthorne delighted the crowd at the Escape Music Festival a few weekends ago with a fun late night set. Hawthorne, who released his latest album Where Does This Door Go last year, warmed us up from the damp weather that the night brought with a bright vibrant set that included a fun cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way.”

It was my first time catching Hawthorne live, and I hope to catch a full club show from him sometime soon.

Find some photos from the performance posted below.
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Jane’s Addiction at CBGB Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 27th 2014

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After catching sets from Surfer Blood and Devo, it was time for the main attraction of the 3rd Annual CBGB Music Festival at Times Square, which was nonother than Jane’s Addiction.

Frontman Perry Farrell wasted no time getting well acquainted with the crowd, starting the set by entering the photo pit/VIP area to sing opening track “Up the Beach” directly to fans. He was a lively and entertaining frontman, stealing the spotlight often by diving into the crowd, going for an epic crowdsurf or two, or throwing himself around stage when he so desired. It was a nice contrast to the other 3/4 of the band, the calm cool of Dave Navarro who played with a lit cigarette hanging from his mouth, or the reserved but solid rhythem section of drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Chris Chaney.

I never expected I’d be able to catch Jane’s Addiction live, so getting to see them play was a pleasant bonus that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

Here’s some photos of their performance, posted below.
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Devo at CBGB Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 27th 2014

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It’s not every day you get to see a band of Devo’s status play. Especially not for free in Times Square But that’s exactly what happened a few weekends ago at the CBGB Music Festival, which hosted its 3rd year in the center of Times Square, allowing for a unique viewing experience, to say the least.

The group were fired up and showcased more energy than most of the younger bands that you see around the scene these days. They stuck to their hits (“Girl U Want,” “Whip It,” + “Uncontrollable Urge”) as well as a cover of The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

For a free show, the frontline of the crowd featured all dedicated Devo fans, with the red hats and all, singing along to every song with a joyful passion that was infectious. It’s no surprise, Devo are legends of their time, and are still keeping the spirit very much alive today.

Find a giant photo set of photos from their set posted below.
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Placebo at Escape Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2014

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It seemed like every girl I knew in high school had a obsession with Placebo. I never got into them quite as obsessively as they did, but I eventually found myself growing into a casual fan of the British group.

During their set at the Escape Music Festival last weekend, frontman Brian Molko mentioned the beginnings of the band, which go all the way back to 1994. I realized then and there that it was a special treat to finally see these guys live, especially as close as I was at The Governors Beach Club. They had the crowd fired up and dancing away to their set, which delighted with tracks both old and new, including fan favorites such as “Song to Say Goodbye,” “Infra-Red,” and of course, their cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill.”

Placebo Setlist:

1. B3
2. For What It’s Worth
3. Loud Like Love
4. Every You Every Me
5. Scene of the Crime
6. A Million Little Pieces
7. Too Many Friends
8. Rob the Bank
9. One of a Kind
10. Exit Wounds
11. Meds
12. Song to Say Goodbye
13. Special K
14. The Bitter End

Encore:

15. Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush Cover)
16, Post Blue
17. Infra-red

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Yeasayer at Escape Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 20th 2014

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Yeasayer made their live return last week at the Escape Music Festival, taking a break from the recording of their new album (#4) which we can only hope is coming out sooner than later in 2015.

It’s hard for me to admit that this was my first time seeing Yeasayer perform live, due to conflicts at school and many unfortunate circumstances. But I finally got to see the Brooklyn band, and they were every bit as magical as I expected, and then some.
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Cat Power at Modern Sky Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 16th 2014

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It was Cat Power who was lined up to close out the first ever Modern Sky Festival, but it ended up being the festival that closed her out. After only four songs, Chan Marshall and her band were told by the stage crew that they had to end the show, a shocking move that sent all the fans who spent their hard earned money (and time waiting) home utterly disappointed, confused and ultimately angry.

Thankfully she opened with “The Greatest,” which I at least got to hear. It was a very short teaser, but Marshall and her band sounded awesome from what I heard. With Marshall’s history, there’s always that worry that she may cut a show short, but it ended up being the festival who put an untimely end to the show of their headliner.

Cut short the main headliner of your new fest. That makes sense. Alrighty then…

Here’s a photo gallery of her short set.
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Stars at Modern Sky Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 15th 2014

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Yesterday Montreal’s longstanding group Stars returned with their new album No One Is Lost which was released via ATO Records.

They stopped by Central Park for the Modern Sky Festival twp weekends ago to perform some new cuts from the album (such as the delightful “From The Night”) as well as old favorites (such as “Elevator Love Letter”). It was my first time seeing them live, and I gotta say, they had me impressed.

Duel vocalists Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell have a great chemistry together, feeding off each other and sharing their enthusiasm to the receptive crowd that was on hand. The rest of the band delivered a tight set behind them, taking us from the sunset to the cool night in style.

Find the setlist posted below, along with a photo gallery of their set.
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The Both at Modern Sky Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 15th 2014

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Combine the talents of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo and you have the wonderful duo known as The Both. They were a perfect transition from the Chinese bands that played during the first half of day, into the somewhat low-key 2nd half that also featured sets from Stars and Cat Power.

Ted Leo bravely introduced the band in Chinese (which he wrote down) which humored the large Chinese audience that stuck around. This was an encouraging start to what was a totally delightful set that was mellow enough to nurse my hangover until I finally recovered. The highlight came during “Hummingbird” a wonderful track of their self-titled album which they released earlier in the year. If it wasn’t on your radar, here’s an endorsement to go out and find it.

Find a photo gallery from their performance posted below.
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