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Unpacking Gov Ball: A massive-yet-intimate summertime music hang

| Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
| Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

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.

The festival grounds held about 100,000 people from all walks of the East Coast and some from across the border (Canada). There were girls draped in hippy flower crowns and sometimes nothing else but tape over their chest. Noticeably there were a lot of flower printed Hawaiian shirts and apparel, including Earl Sweatshirt and Julian Casablancas during his performance with The Strokes. The summer vibes were certainly in swing, no one could have asked for a more perfect sun-filled weekend. New festival favorite gimmick was flotation devices, people brought in their own pool floaties and were able to chill out on the grass without getting dirty. Check out a full recap of photos from Gov Ball in the gallery below; for our daily recaps, click here.
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Governor’s Ball Day 3: Banks, Earl Sweatshirt, James Blake, The Head and The Heart and more

Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Yesterday wrapped up our third day exploring Randall’s Island and the sights and sounds of this year’s Governors Ball Music Festival.

Skaters | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Skaters | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

New York City rock band Skaters turned up the heat on an already scorching Sunday afternoon.

Earl Sweatshirt | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Earl Sweatshirt | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Rapper Earl Sweatshirt emerged on stage decked out in beachwear while fans sang along to the lyrics from his latest album, Doris. Continue reading →

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Governor’s Ball Day Two: The Strokes, Jack White, RJD2, Spoon, and more

Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

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.

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Nashville, Tennessee noise rockers, Diarrhea Planet brought their energy, and flexibility to the stage on Saturday afternoon.

RJD2 | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
RJD2 | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Ramble John Krohn, aka Philly’s RJD2, tuned up the turn tables at Gov Ball. Today he’s spinning pop-up sets on the ferry to Randall’s Island.

Lucius | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Lucius | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

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 →

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Governor’s Ball Day One: Kurt Vile, Jenny Lewis, TV On the Radio, OutKast and more

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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.

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‘ Kurt Vile & the Violators | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Hometown boys, Kurt Vile & The Violators hung out on the Big Apple stage during the first day of Gov Ball

Janelle Monae | Photo by Rachel Barrish |  rachelbarrish.com
Janelle Monae | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

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.

Washed Out | Photo by Rachel Barrish |  rachelbarrish.com
Washed Out | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Indie rock group Washed Out performed an excellent set in the Gotham Tent during day one of Gov Ball

Concert goer and Drexel student | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Concert goer and Drexel student | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Jenny Lewis | Photo by Rachel Barrish |  rachelbarrish.com
Jenny Lewis | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

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 →

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Written for and turned down by Rihanna, Grimes shares a new song, “Go”

Photo courtesy of the artist via Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/actuallygrimes
Photo by Mac Boucher courtesy of the artist via Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/actuallygrimes

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.”

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Santigold announces U.S. tour dates, will perform at The Trocadero on Tuesday May 8th

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

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Watch Grimes’ highly-anticipated video for “Go”

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Grimes | Photo by Michelle Ford via thepopmanifesto.com

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 →

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Rock out with JEFF the Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet at Underground Arts October 11th

Photo via Facebook.com/JeffTheBrotherhood

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 →

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Explore the perils of fitting in with #XPNFest artist Jenny Lewis’ new “Just One of the Guys” video

Photo courtesy of artist.
Photo courtesy of artist.

XPoNential Festival headliner, Jenny Lewis, just released the video for “Just One of the Guys”, off of The Voyager out July 29th. Co-produced by her fellow headliners Beck and Ryan Adams, Lewis recently released the reflective title track. She also put on a great performance at this year’s Gov Ball.

The video is pretty funny. It starts with Jenny singing, sporting her trademark, fantastic rainbow suit, while Kristen Stewart, Ann Hathaway and Brie Larson accompany her. Keeping with the subject matter, the stars attempt to be “one of the guys,” in Adidas track suits. Hathaway dons a rat tail and attempts to break dance, while Stewart grows a mustache and sweeps the floor, and Larson denies getting Lewis pregnant. The video highlights Lewis’s frustration with trying to fit in – “No matter how hard I try to be just one of the guys / there’s a little something inside that won’t let me.”

Watch her perform “Just One of the Guys” as well as the new songs from Voyager at XPN Fest. Get details about the Festival here. Watch the video below.

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WXPN Welcomes BANKS back to Philly in the Fall, will play Union Transfer

Photo of BANKS at Underground Arts by Cameron Pollack
Photo of BANKS at Underground Arts by Cameron Pollack

After her recent performance at Underground Arts earlier this month, we’re excited to announce that BANKS will return to Philadelphia on September 27th to play Union Transfer. Fresh off excellent sets at Governor’s Ball and Bonnaroo, the sultry songstress will continue her tour throughout the summer just in time for her album, Goddess, to be released on September 9th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Listen to her most recent single “Drowning” below.