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Recap: Governors Ball 2018 [Day 2]

By Will Oliver, June 18th 2018

The Gaslight Anthem

Just like how Day 1 of Governors Ball 2018 began in epic fashion with an in your face finale by Slaves, Jay Electronica started of Day 2 with an equally thrilling bang. Beginning his set he found that he didn’t like how far away he was from the crowd and soon jumped into the front row, performing a few tracks there to the astonishing delight of all those in the front rows. Eventually he went even deeper into the crowd, before returning to the stage and inviting a good portion of those in the front row up there with him. This isn’t the sort of thing you normally see at a major festival, which made me applaud the hell out of Jay Electronica. Now, if we could only get that damn album already….
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Recap: Governors Ball 2018 [Day 1]

By Will Oliver, June 18th 2018 — with 1 comment

Yet another Governors Ball is in the books. Naturally, rain threatened to dampen the weekend but the ever-shifting forecast kept changing and thankfully, aside from a few brief late-night showers, the weather held out.

Slaves

I began my entire weekend and Day 1 by catching the tail end of British punk rockers Slaves’ set, who finished off the set and hopped the railing and ran off well past their crowd to go grab a bottle of water at the nearest food stand, all which guitarist Laurie Vincent was bleeding after cutting his hand. That was quite a way to start off not only the day but the entire festival. I kept the good vibes going strong following their performance with a set from the always trippy psych-rock proggers Pond, who has only gotten better and more confident every time that I’ve seen them perform.
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All photos by Anthony Mulcahy

Singer-songwriter Rayland Baxteris back, and his brand new album Wide Awake (which is produced by Butch Walker) comes out on July 13th on ATO Records.

Needless to say there is great buzz around this album after Baxter’s incredible 2015 sophomore record Imaginary Man. To celebrate the announcement, Spotify put together a little shindig at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on May 14 and Rayland and his incredible band turned up to give his loyal fanbase a beautiful 70-minute set of brand new songs from the record, as well as some old favorites.

Find shots taken from this intimate performance posted in the gallery below.
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Alice Glass at Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 13, 2018)

By Collin Quinlivan, June 17th 2018

Alice Glass had a huge impact on my formative music tastes. I remember the first time I heard Crystal Castles: I was packed into the back of my friend’s Oldsmobile with six other people on our way to a Decemberists show. “Crimewave” was on the road trip’s playlist, and it was instantly something that stood out to all of us. Our first mythic CC show was in 2011, and that night Alice was performing despite having a broken ankle. Her dedication to her live performances was the stuff of legends, and she certainly delivered. We were entering an age where social media was being grafted to our personal lives, and for a lot of us, Alice was the voice of the ghost in the machine screaming back out at us.
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Rival Sons at White Eagle Hall (May 13, 2018)

By Omar Kasrawi, June 17th 2018

All photos by Omar Kasrawi

Let’s face it, if you’re going to miss Mother’s Day dinner, you’d be better have a damn good excuse. And if you were looking for one this year, you might be hard-pressed to come up with one better than, “Mom, I’ve got tickets to see Rival Sons at White Eagle Hall.”

Mother

But before the headliners came out there was a strong rock laden double bill of openers to get you in the mood of some of the most stylish grooves and fuzz-filled guitar licks around.
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In case you missed it, one of the best EP’s released last year was The French Press by Australia’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (and we saw them play its songs when they opened for Tennis last year at Bowery Ballroom). We here in New York City lucked out with not one, but two chances to see the band play when the stopped in a Rough Trade last month for both an early and late show (both sold out). Along for the ride and kicking things off was New York City’s own The Britanys.


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Margaret Glaspy surprise-released Born Yesterday via ATO Records on March 2nd and in support of the three song EP, she embarked on a three-leg tour. The second-leg of the tour found her gracing the stage of Le Poisson Rouge on May 12 accompanied by guitar virtuoso Julian Lage. Support came from Liza Anne who performed a solo set.

We last caught Margaret Glaspy at Coffey Park in 2017 backed by a full band, so this duo performance was a much different experience. The guitar flourishes added by Julian Lage served to enhance Glaspy’s voice and lyrics, with the resulting chemistry enrapturing the reverent LPR audience. The intimate, low-key affair offered selections from Glaspy’s 2016 full-length release Emotions and Math, the entirety of her Born Yesterday EP, a handful of cover songs, a solo performance Julian Lage, and songs written together by both Glaspy and Lage for their collaborative project named Rude Ruth.

For the Margaret Glaspy setlist and a photo gallery of Margaret Glaspy with Julian Lage and supporting act Liza Anne, continue below.
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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have been around for a long time and have been churning out stellar albums, release after release. They don’t mess with that formula on their latest effort, Wrong Creatures (out now via Vagrant Records) which is easily one of the years best and most underrated albums. Though many have slept on it (we sure haven’t), we were beyond excited they were returning back to the tri-state area with a stop at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City on May 11. Along for the ride and kicking things off for the night was Pete International Airport.

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