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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 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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All photos by Andrew St. Clair

With Death By Audio set to close its doors next month, every remaining show becomes that much more special. When you get a double bill that includes the Nashville, Tennessee tag-team of Jeff The Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet, you know that they’re going to bring the party. Two Sundays ago the duo brought the fun to Death By Audio for a crazy show that was the first of a two night run in New York (coverage coming on night 2 soon as well).

Andrew St. Clair was there to capture all of the action for us in photos. Find his photo gallery posted below, which includes shots of openers Scully and Punani Huntah in addition to JTB + DP.

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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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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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A few weekends ago the CBGB Music Festival went down in Times Square, offering a free days worth of music from all kinds of great rock and roll bands. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it down in time for We Are Scientists (still kicking myself for missing them), but I did catch Surfer Blood.

Surfer Blood released their latest album Pythons last year, and played tracks such as “Demon Dance” and “Say Yes To Me” as well as older favorites like “Take It Easy” and Catholic Pagans.” Frontman John Paul Pitts had fun with the set, running into the photo pit, going under the stage (all white singing) and then entering the crowd to hang with the audience (which I believe included old band member Marcos Marchesani).

It’s always good to see these guys live, reminding me of the first time I saw them, in the early months of 2010. They’ve come quite a long way since then.

Find some more shots of their performance at the CBGB Festival posted below.

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Cosby – Heartracer

By Will Oliver, October 27th 2014 Electronic Listen Pop Stream

Cosby

Crosby is the synthpop duo out of Richmond, Virgina comprised of brothers Chris and Chip Cosby. It was just last year that they released their debut album In Flight.

They quickly returned with a follow-up single titled “Heartracer” that is an epic ode to 80s snyth-pop that calls to mind acts like Passion Pit and The Killers. Cosby aim big and they hit the mark in all the right ways.

Enjoy “Heartracer” below.

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Joshua Worden – Boundless

By Will Oliver, October 27th 2014 Listen Stream

Joshua Worden

Atlanta resident and electronic songmaker Joshua Worden has returned with a new album called Into Fog that fans of early Toro y Moi and Washed Out should take a liking to.

Take the ultra-chill and seductive lead track “Boundless” where he showcases his talent for sweet electronic beats as well as smooth as silk vocals. This is made for some late night listening on headphones in a dark room.

Stream “Boundless” below.

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The Society Islands – Archer

By Will Oliver, October 27th 2014 Alternative Indie Listen Stream

The Society Islands

The Society Islands is the project of German-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Boris Rogowski. Last month he released his new album The Big Sleep.

On the album is the dreamy “Archer” which has some elements of Grizzly Bear at work with some mesmerizing synth work along with power-folk bits that provide a colorful soundscape that takes the listener to a different world completely.

Find “Archer” posted below.

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