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Day 1 of Governors Ball 2015 began on a gloomy note, with ominous skies and eventually a cold downpour of rain. But my day, and the festival, began with a set from Philadelphia’s The Districts, who had a storm of rock and roll ready to conquer the dreary skies.

The group have made a few stops in New York throughout the year, in support of their promising debut album A Flourish and a Spoil (released via Fat Possum). Considering their set took place a mere 15 minutes after gates opened, and with the eventual downpour, the group attracted a modest but appreciative crowd. Those who were there were treated to a memorable set of The Districts power rock, just more proof that they are most certainly one of the most exciting prospects in rock and roll.

Catch them this fall when they return for a pair of shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Lady Lamb on November 4 (tix) & 5 (tix).

Find photos from their Governors Ball set posted below.

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Springtime Carnivore

Last year Springtime Carnivore, the project of Los Angeles’ Greta Morgan, released her outstanding (self-titled) debut album, which ended up being one of my favorite albums of the year.

She’s still hard at work touring for the record, with a stop here in New York this Friday (7/31) for a performance at Mercury Lounge (tickets are still on sale here). They also just released a great new music video for the lovely album cut “Other Side Of The Boundary.” Directed by Eddie O’Keefe, the video stars different version of Morgan singing along.

Talking about the video with Noisey, Morgan explained the meaning behind the video:

There are borders around every image. Boundaries around each person — and we made them very prominent to represent the wall we all carry around ourselves, which only allows certain people to enter at certain times. The question I’m exploring is when and how can we reach the other side of those divides.

Enjoy the video posted below, along with the rest of Springtime Carnivore’s tour dates.


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Next Tuesday night Django Django will return to New York for a headlining performance at Webster Hall, which will feature an opening set from Seattle electro-rockers Beat Connection, who just signed to Anti- Records.

The show comes in support of Django Django’s new album Born Under Saturn (out via Ribbon Music) and should be a blast. The only time I previously caught them was at The Knitting Factory in 2012, so I’m excited to see what they do with a much larger space. This will also be my first time seeing Beat Connection perform live, which is an added bonus to what will be a great night of music.

Tickets for the show are still available to purchase at the moment, but don’t sleep on it too long.

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Ben Browning

You may best know Ben Browning for his work with Cut Copy. When he’s not destroying large rooms with Cut Copy, he records his own music. Earlier this summer Browning released his debut album Turns. He’ll debut his live set up at his New York performance on July 30 which will take place at Le Poisson Rouge, and will also featuring performances from Moullinex and Ayer.

Tickets for the show are still on sale, but we got a pair of tickets to giveaway for that show right now. To enter to win, simply send an email over to weallwantsomeone@gmail.com with “Ben Browning” as the subject, and leave the name you want on the guestlist should you win in the email. I’ll pick a winner closer to the show.

Below, enjoy Browning’s perfect summertime single “Friends Of Mine” as well as the “Wild & Free Remix.”

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Moon King

Tomorrow night Moon King, the Toronto-based duo of Daniel Woodhead and Maddie Wilde, will return to New York for a slot at Bowery Ballroom, opening for Mr. Twin Sister. The group released their debut album Secret Life earlier this year via Last Gang Records

We last caught Moon King when they played Baby’s All Right along with Doldrums, the band of Daniel’s brother, Airick. Their performance at Baby’s that night was impressive, and I’m sure they will have no problem filling out the room at Bowery with their power-psych rock sounds. It also doesn’t hurt that right after you’ll be treated with the always funky late-night jams from Mr. Twin Sister, who always deliver the goods live.

There are still a few last minute tickets on sale for the show, but you may want to move quickly on those.
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Newport Folk Fest 2015

This weekend I’ll be making my first ever journey to Rhode Island for the Newport Folk Festival.

I’ve heard nothing but great things from friends who have gone, who have called the festival one of the best out there, and a very relaxing festival experience. That’s not to mention an impressive lineup that includes Roger Waters, Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, Tallest Man On Earth, Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, Courtney Barnett, Leon Bridges, Angel Olsen, Blake Mills, J Mascis, Hozier, Jason Isbell, First Aid Kit, Jose Gonzalez, Laura Marling, Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow, Calexico, Shakey Graves, Heartless Bastards, Hiss Golden Messenger, and many more.

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Full Moon Festival 2015
On August 1 Full Moon Fest will celebrate their five year anniversary, taking place at a brand new location: The Brooklyn Mirage. The Mirage will be surrounded by 20 foot high walls that are adorned with tropical flora, euphoric misters, as well as beach sand, taking inspiration from Thailand’s full moon parties set beneath the August full moon.

This year the electronic-heavy festival will sport a lineup that features Yelle, Tensnake, Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, Rufus du Sol, Oliver Nelson, Mothxr, Pillow Talk, JDH + Dave P, Nick Monaco and more.

Tickets are still available for the festival, but you have until the day of the festival to pick up the tickets for the second release price of $70. The next tier will move up to $80.

Below you can find the “Waxing Moon Mix” that PillowTalk made for the festival and find Leah’s coverage of last year’s edition of the festival here. I’ve also included some streams of songs from the artists playing at the fest.

Foals

Foals are gearing up for the release of their new album What Went Down, which will be released on August 28 via Warner Bros. Records. We already got the first single (and title track) “What Went Down,” and today they have followed that up with the records second single, “Mountain At My Gates.”

It establishes itself as a classic sounding Foals anthem in a matter of seconds, taking flight and never looking back. Their widescreen approach bigger than all hell here, continuing to expand their wings until the very last second. Based on this and “What Went Down,” it’s apparent that this record is gonna be another winner from Foals.

Stream “Mountain At My Gates” below.

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