Governor’s Ball Day 3: Banks, Earl Sweatshirt, James Blake, The Head and The Heart and more

Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Photo by Rachel Barrish |

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 |
Skaters | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

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

Earl Sweatshirt | Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Earl Sweatshirt | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

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


Scope Rare Chandeliers with Action Bronson (performing at The Blockley on 12/28)

On Friday, December 28th, Queens hip-hop artist Action Bronson will be performing at West Philadelphia’s The Blockley. Bronson, a respected chef turned rapper, has released a string of critically acclaimed mixtapes and albums since 2011 and has collaborated with Ghostface Killah (from Wu-Tang fame) and Earl (from the controversial hip-hop collective Odd Future). On his most recent release, a 2012 mixtape called Rare Chandeliers, he was able to work with legendary producer, The Alchemist — who produced tracks featuring the likes of Schoolboy Q and Styles P. Also performing on the bill is Ground Up, Meyhem Lauren, Guy Harrison and Pooda Dappa. For more information and tickets visit the Blockley’s website located here. Bronson’s new mixtape Rare Chandelier can be found here. Below is the video for his latest video “The Symbol.”


Day Two at Made In America: Pearl Jam, Drake, Odd Future, Jill Scott and the return of Run DMC

It was just another typical star studded day fun day of music at day two of Made In America yesterday on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Jay-Z performed “99 Problems” with Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam covered The Who, The Clash and ended their set with Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World.” Drake brought out 2 Chainz to perform “No Lie,” then introduced French Montana to rap with him. Philly soulsinger Jill Scott brought Eve out on stage for a couple of songs. Jay-Z and Beyonce walked throughout the crowd and stood on the side of the stage for a dazzling set by Gary Clark, Jr. (Clark was the only artist to play both days). Tyler, the lead rapper from Odd Future, was dancing on the street to Drake. Even the fans got in on the action; Santigold invited several dozen audience members to dance on stage during “Creator.” While Pearl Jam were the headliner favorites of the day, it was the return of Run DMC that got the most exuberant reception from the crowd. Under a banner that said Jam Master Jay Forever (jay was murdered in 2002), Run and DMC rocked the classics including “Walk This Way,” “My Adidas,” “Mary, Mary,” and “Rock Box.” They paused a moment to remember their DJ and brought out Jay’s two sons, who are adept DJ’s themselves, for a short set. It was a poignant moment during MIA’s second incredible day of music. Below, watch a fan videos of Jay-Z and Pearl Jam performing “99 Problems.” Via Youtuber That Guy In Philly watch Run DMC’s “It’s Like That,” “It’s Tricky,” and “Walk This Way.” Go here to see Pearl Jam’s complete set list.


Weekend Picks: Gotye at Tower Theatre, Odd Future at Electric Factory, Dr. Dog at Electric Factory

Gotye (that’s pronounced go-ti-yay, or Wally De Backer) had already made a splash in the singer’s home of Australia. But his recent single “Somebody I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra and its music video (which has over 100 million views on Youtube) shot him into international fame. He’s held the number one spot on the UK for five weeks and made it to number five in the US. The singer, whose voice has drawn parallels to The Police and Peter Gabriel, mixes genres from rock to pop to folk, creating a different sound for each of his songs. They’re not all as good as “Somebody”, but they’re all worth a listen. Gotye performs with Kimbra at 9 p.m. at the Tower Theater at 9 p.m.; tickets to the all-ages show are sold out. —Nicole Soll

Lovers of all things crude and crazy are Odd Future-fanatic shoo-ins. Originating from L.A., this hip-hop group is composed of rapper Tyler The Creator and the smooth-voiced Frank Ocean, among other rising lyricists. Odd Future (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, also known widely as OFWGKTA) capitalizes on well-produced, bass-laden beats while simultaneously freaking out its listeners with straight-forward, often violent wordplay. (Not to mention the group’s nightmare-inducing music videos, brimming with creepy crawlers, digitally manipulated centaurs, and insane plotlines.) Most distinctly, the deep, fluid voice of 21-year-old Tyler The Creator contrasts the vulgar banter of the verses that have already earned him a cult-like level of popularity. Weird as Odd Future is, its music blasts speakers with an unmistakably laid-back Californian flow. Odd Future performs at 8:30 p.m. at Electric Factory; tickets to the all-ages show are $30. —Lisa Henderson

Also Playing: Bruce Ice Cream And The Freeze Street Band + Adult Content at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $15); Miniature Tigers + Geographer, The Chain Gang of 1974, Pretty And Nice at Milkboy Philly (8:30 p.m., 21+, $12–$14); Dave Barnes + Andrew Ripp at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., all ages, $17–$25)

Dr. Dog at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Polica + Sweet Lights at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT); Psychic TV/PTV3 + Kim Phuc at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT); Thomas Dolby + Aaron Jonah Lewis, Ben Belcher at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., all ages, $21.50-$41.50);

Dr. Dog at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., all ages, $23); Andrew Lipke And The Carpe Diem String Quartet at World Cafe Live (7:30 p.m., all ages, $20); Members Only + DRGN KING, Stinky Smelly, DARK at The Fire (5 p.m., all ages, $8); Son Step + Tygerstrype, Banned Books, United Kingdom at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $8)


Odd Future, playing a sold out Electric Factory this Friday, to open a “pop-up” clothes shop at Exit Philadelphia

The hip-hop group Odd Future bring their rap antics to town this Friday night to the Electric Factory. The show is sold-out. Odd Future and it’s controversial yet talented front man Tyler The Creator (pictured above) is setting up a “Philadelphia Sweatshop” at Exit Skateshop in Northern Liberties this weekend. According to the Exit Skateshop webite, “the shop will feature exclusive Odd Future gear that won’t be found anywhere else and supplies are extremely limited. The entire Golf Wang collective is expected to be in attendance, signing autographs and hanging out with fans before their SOLD OUT show at The Electric Factory. The Pop-Up shop will also be open for business Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm.” The band just released it’s new album, The OF Tape: Volume 2.


This Weekend’s Concert Picks: tUnE-yArDs, Odd Future, Fleet Foxes, Damon And Naomi, Punk Rock Flea Market

Merrill Garbus, who performs as tUnE-yArDs, sees things in a million shades of gray. Her lyrics and interviews are filled with more questions than answers. Is she borrowing—or stealing—her beats and yelps from African music? Should she sing about the political views that are inherently a part of her personality, or will she come across as preachy? Should she make her music more confrontational to avoid having it played in Urban Outfitters? And if her music is even more confrontational, will it alienate the listener? That kind of ambivalence could bog a musician down. But Garbus has an ability to ask questions powerfully. Layers of explosive percussion drive the music; her voice ranges unpredictably. The result is music that lies off the beaten path of current indie trends. tUnE-yArDs performs with Buke And Gass at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT. —Dave Simpson

Also playing: Odd Future at First Unitarian Church (9 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Weird Al Yankovic at Keswick Theatre (8 p.m., all ages, $29.50-$59.50); Dredg + The Dear Hunter, Balance And Composure, The Trophy Fire at The Trocadero (7 p.m., all ages, $16); Small Houses + Chris Kasper, Tinmouth, Brittany Ann at Danger Danger Gallery (9 p.m., all ages, $5-$10)

As one of the leaders of the folk-baroque resurgence, Seattle’s Fleet Foxes bring a harmony-laden, rustic approach to pop. The songs sound like hymns to rural Americana—they’re both a tribute and a wishful hope for a return to simpler time. Unfortunately, singer Robin Pecknold’s lyrics sometimes veer off into hokey territory, especially when he rambles at length about the poetry of snowflakes and sun-drenched orchards. But Fleet Foxes are highly listenable: both their first album and their latest, Helplessness Blues (which came out earlier this month), offer a dreamy, inoffensive soundtrack for an afternoon spent picking apples and wearing plaid. Fleet Foxes perform with The Cave Singers at 9 p.m. at The Tower Theatre; tickets to the show are SOLD OUT. —Kiley Bense

Also playing: Converge + Drop Dead, Trap Them, Burning Love, Cop Problem at Broad Street Ministry (7 p.m., all ages, $15); Damon And Naomi + Amor de Dias at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, $12); Delco Nightingale + Sean Kershaw And The New Jack Ramblers at The Fire (9 p.m., $9)

The Punk Rock Flea Market (10 a.m.-5 p.m., $3, 461 N. 9th St.); Neon Trees + The Limousines, Eastern Conference Champions at Theatre Of Living Arts (8 p.m., $18); The Cars at Electric Factory (8 p.m., $60.45)