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Friday started off like a whirlwind. An epic journey from Philadelphia–>North Jersey–>Brooklyn–>Randall’s Island.
The final destination was where this year’s Governor’s Ball took place, about a 20 minute trek over the Triborough Bridge. This intimate, yet vastly sizable island was the perfect place for a music festival. The grounds made for a good fit for four large stages and a sensational line up of music. The line up was diverse and well suited with everything from electronic rock to progressive hip hop to rap artists to indie rock favorites like Spoon and The Strokes. Nostalgia was definitely a major part of the weekend, seeing bands like OutKast who have been around for twenty years and haven’t put out an album in about eight. Other blasts from the past included Neko Case and TV on the Radio, a bit timid in the beginning of their performances but overall glad and excited to be performing.
Yesterday wrapped up our third day exploring Randall’s Island and the sights and sounds of this year’s Governors Ball Music Festival.
New York City rock band Skaters turned up the heat on an already scorching Sunday afternoon.
Yesterday we took our places in the crowd at New York’s Randall’s Island for day two of Governor’s Ball, catching everything from garage punk to hip-hop, electronic music and bluesy rock and roll.
Nashville, Tennessee noise rockers, Diarrhea Planet brought their energy, and flexibility to the stage on Saturday afternoon.
The ladies of Lucius emerged on stage in their sequin dresses and alien-like sunglasses to a packed crowd bringing their indie pop energy. They are another band we can’t wait to see at XPoNential Fest next month. Continue reading →
The 4th annual Governors Ball is taking place on Randall’s Island in NYC and we are there to capture all three days of live music.
Hometown boys, Kurt Vile & The Violators hung out on the Big Apple stage during the first day of Gov Ball
The fabulous and frantic Janelle Monae came on the stage in a straight jacket (similar to her performance at the Roots Picnic two weeks ago) and broke free giving the audience a superb afternoon.
Indie rock group Washed Out performed an excellent set in the Gotham Tent during day one of Gov Ball
Getting stoked for XPoNential Fest? Same here. Jenny Lewis put on a kick-butt performance playing tunes from her new album and some Rilo Kiley numbers. Can’t wait to see her again next month. Continue reading →
Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, contributing photographer Rachel Barrish shares her favorite crowd shots of the year.
So, before I decided I wanted to work in music, I wanted to study people. Their quirks, their wants and desires, why they do the things they do and where those actions come from. Psychology, ya know? Photographing a concert is way more than just getting the perfect angle of the vocalist at the mic, it’s also about the crowd. Concert-goers and festival attendees are what make these events so memorable. How people react to a certain band is super interesting, whether it’s a pop punk band and people are screaming their lungs out, crowd surfing and stage diving, or a favorite singer/songwriter belting out those meaningful, soothing lyrics, feeling like you’re “one with the music” is part of the experience. People are priceless, fans are priceless. Continue reading →
Canadian musician and producer Claire Elise Boucher, known as Grimes, recently announced that a song she wrote with Blood Diamonds was turned down by Rihanna. Yesterday, Grimes shared her studio recording of the sultry, electro influenced R&B song, “Go,” that you can download below. Grimes debuted the new song when she played at Governors Ball several weeks ago. “Go” pulsates with stuttering electronics and beats, has a lush, ethereal chorus and has her moving in a more accessible pop direction. She plays Made In America in Philly over Labor Day weekend.
Below, download “Go.”
The Philly-born, Brooklyn-based Santigold has just announced a series of tour dates in support of her upcoming sophomore album, Master Of My Make Believe. The tour includes a stop at The Trocadero on Tuesday, May 8th. The album—set for release on May 1st (via Downtown and Atlantic Records)—is the follow-up to Santigold’s critically acclaimed 2008 debut. You can watch the video for the song “Big Mouth” off Master Of My Make Believe below.
4/30 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
5/08 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
5/09 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
5/11 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
5/12 – Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights
5/15 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
5/16 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
5/25 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre (Sasquatch Festival)
5/26 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
5/28 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
5/29 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
6/04 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
6/06 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
6/07 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
6/09 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
6/10 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
6/12 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
6/13 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
6/15 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
6/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
6/18 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
6/19 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
6/22 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues
6/23 – New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
6/29 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
6/30 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Fores
Back in the beginning of summer, Canadian no-fi pop star/producer Claire Elise Boucher, a.k.a. Grimes, collaborated with Blood Diamonds to write this intense, synth-driven track…for Rihanna. In a surprising turn of events RiRi decided not to take the track, so Grimes pocketed it for herself and premiered it during her set at Governors’ Ball in June. In a new video premiered today, the clubby beats and trippy sounds come to life. Continue reading →
Nashville garage-rock duo JEFF the Brotherhood return to Philly this fall to play at the Underground Arts. Last year, the duo put out their Past 7 Recordings box set, which collected their out-of-print 7″ singles following 2012′s amazing (and Dan Auerbach-produced) Hypnotic Nights. They also put on an epic show at the Kung Fu Necktie. Recently, the Brotherhood announced a released of covers Dig the Classics out September 30th, which includes covers of My Bloody Valentine and Beck among others. Continue reading →