Music Festival

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 1 comment


(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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Northside Festival 2016 – Day 3 (Sunday)

By Will Oliver, October 28th 2016


(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 1 comment


(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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Northside Festival 2016 – Day 1 (Friday)

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


[Jeff The Brotherhood at Music Hall of Williamsburg]

Every summer it seems that the Northside Festival is making strides to become even bigger than the last. This year’s festival featured some of their biggest McCarren Park headliners yet, with ticketed shows from Beach Boys’ legend Brian Wilson, Conor Oberst and Kacey Musgraves, and a free show from the recently reunited Wolf Parade. Not to mention all the variety of great club shows that took place in venues throughout Brooklyn’s ever vital Northside.

We didn’t take in quite as many shows as in years past, but we still took in a lot of great music, from both established artists and legends, and newcomers alike. It was another great time at the festival, and you can find my recap in photos posted below, with photo galleries, prefaced with show information. Be sure to also check out Bauer’s write up and photo gallery from his time at the festival as well.

Here’s our coverage of our first day at Northside, on Friday, June 10, where we took in sets from Jeff The Brotherhood, Diet Cig, Colleen Green, Bombay and many more.
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2016 Northside Festival MVP: McCarren Park

By Anthony Bauer, October 22nd 2016 — with 1 comment


Hands down the MVP of the 2016 Northside Festival was McCarren Park. The festival always has shows throughout Brooklyn but where the fest truly shined this year was with its headlining acts at the park. Not only did the weather cooperate, but there wasn’t a bad show there at all with an amazing lineup every single night.

The last few days of the festival were downright lethal with Conor Oberst + Kacy Musgraves on Saturday, and the 1-2-3 punch of Hinds, Rostam and Brian Wilson to close it out on Sunday.  Where else can you kick off a festival with Wolf Parade the first day and end it with Brian Wilson? Only at Northside. Take a look at some of the happenings at Northside along with some photos from The Felice Brothers, Conner Oberst, Kacy Musgraves and Brain Wilson below.

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