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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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Premiere: Mock Suns blaze new paths with “As It Is; As It Was”

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This spring Mock Suns will bring their prog-eyeing psych pop back with their upcoming album, Santander/All that I Knew, coming out on April 29. Today we’re premiering the first single from the album, “As It Is; As It Was.”

The song seems to piece together right in front of you; it kicks off with a bouncy guitar line at the head before the drums gather their energy from the phasing synths. Just as the title suggests, there are clearly two parts here, going to one place and back to where it started.

Santander/All That I Knew was mixed by Philly’s Bill Moriarty and mastered by Joe Lambert, who has worked with the likes of Cass McCombs, DeerHunter and Washed Out, just to name a few. We’re seeing Mock Suns continuing to blaze their own path with thought-out structures; keeping their voice just as bright as ever.

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Photos: Winterwaltz Fest with Washed Out and Damn Right at The Electric Factory

Washed Out | Photo by Kate Harrold | www.kateharrold.com
Washed Out | Photo by Kate Harrold | www.kateharrold.com

The Winterwaltz Festival brought an eclectic assortment of electronic artists to Underground Arts and The Electric Factory this weekend, with a headlining set from Washed Out at the Factory on Friday night. Frontman Ernest Green and his bandmates were on tour in support of the new Paracosm, released in August of this year. Opening the show was Baltimore trio Damn Right; check out photos of the show in the gallery below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lee Fields & The Expressions at Union Transfer, Washed Out at the Electric Factory, Bilal at The Blockley and more

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Union Transfer welcomes North Carolina soul singer Lee Fields to its stage tonight. Over his impressive 43-year career, Fields has released multiple albums and inspired generations of R&B singers. His most recent effort Faithful Man was released last year via Truth and Soul Records. Fields recorded the album with the label’s house band The Expressions who also accompany his live sets. Get tickets to the show here and watch his video for “You’re The Kind Of Girl” below.

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Winterwaltz brings !!!, Washed Out, Yacht and more to Philly in December

Washed Out | photo by Shae DeTar
Washed Out | photo by Shae DeTar

Deathwaltz Media Group has put together a two night run of huge concerts for Philadelphia on December 12th and 13th.  Kicking things off at Underground Arts, !!! will headline a bill supported by Vacationer and Risky Disco.  The next night at the Electric Factory, it’s an all-ages show with Washed Out and Damn Right, followed by a late night DJ event at Underground Arts with Yacht, Vacationer, LOCALS+ONLY, Les Professionnels and more.  Tickets and information for Winterwaltz can be found on the Facebook event page.  Listen to “It All Feels Right” from Washed Out’s new record Paracosm below, followed by !!!’s “Californiyeah.”

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Learn the words to Washed Out’s new “Don’t Give Up” (playing Union Transfer on 9/19)

Washed Out 5 (2011)A few weeks ago, Washed Out released the lyrics video for “It All Feels Right,” off his upcoming album, Paracosm.  This week, Greene released yet another song from the album called “Don’t Give Up.”  On this new track, Washed Out sounds a lot more upbeat than usual, with a fast-paced melody and an tropical rhythm section, this could almost be a dance number.  Check out the lyric video below and be sure to catch Washed Out at Union Transfer September 19th.

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Washed Out is back with a new album and tour dates (playing Union Transfer on 9/19)

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The summer of 2011 brought about one of the shortest lived events in music history: The Summer of Chillwave.  Groups like Small Black, Toro y Moi and Washed Out released albums of relaxed, droning, electronic music perfect for laying down on a beach in the summer heat and just losing yourself.  But it seems as though many musicians weren’t content to simply be labeled “chillwave” and, as these groups begin to release their sophomore albums, their sound seems to have changed over the past few years.  Earnest Greene of Washed Out is no exception.  After releasing his gorgeous debut album Within and Without in 2011, Greene is finally ready to release his follow-up titled, Paracosm and it seems like his sound has evolved in the past few years.  In order to ditch the chillwave label, this new album is filled with many new instruments and sounds, though thankfully it still features the smooth voice of Greene.  Yesterday, Greene released the first single, “It All Feels Right” from the album, along with a lyric video.  The sunny new song features layers and layers of sound unlike any of Washed Out’s previous work. Sounding closer to a remix of The Beatles circa Revolver than previous Washed Out music, the new single is just as beautiful and warm as any of his previous work.  Check out the video below and be sure to catch Washed Out when he stops by Philly September 19th at Union Transfer.

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My Morning Jacket, playing the Mann on August 17th, get remixed by Washed Out

Photo of My Morning Jacket by Ryan Mastro

My Morning Jacket roll in to town on Friday, August 17th with openers Band of Horses at The Mann for a rock show you won’t want to miss. On August 7th, the Jacket release its “Outta My System” remix EP. The original version of “Outta My System” is on Circuital, however, below you can listen to Washed Out’s blissful, ambient remix of the song and compare it to the original.

Go here to purchase tickets and for more information about the show.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Washed Out at Union Transfer

Uncertainty sometimes leads us to our most creative moments. Such is the case for 28-year-old Georgia-bred Ernest Greene (better known by his stage name Washed Out): After graduating from the University Of South Carolina with a masters degree in Library And Information Science and subsequently failing to find work as a librarian, he moved back home and decided to give music a try. Washed Out creates dreamy, calming beats that are heavily influenced by ’80s hip-hop and are loaded with mellow synthesizer. Now that Greene has found his musical footing, he’s also finding successful publicity–his single “Feel It All Around” is featured in the opening sequence of the popular sketch-comedy show Portlandia. Washed Out ironically proves that uncertainty can open doors to possibilities once unimaginable. Washed Out performs with Memoryhouse at 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $15. –Lisa Henderson

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Washed Out makes a video mixtape (playing Union Transfer on Thursday)

Washed Out, the musical project of Atlanta, GA’s Ernest Greene returns to Philly tomorrow evening, Thursday, April 19th to perform at Union Transfer with Memoryhouse opening up the show. Last year Washed Out released the electonica album Within and Without on Sub Pop records. Last November, 2011 he visited World Cafe with David Dye; you can listen to the entire session here. Currently out on tour, we asked Ernest to come up with a “video” mixtape with six songs that were influential on him. His response below came via e-mail.

1. 10cc, “I’m Not in Love” – Really love the texture created by the vocal pads as well as the simplicity of the arrangement.

2. Koushik, “Be With” – Love this sample-based track by Koushik. Really liked his vocal approach – which was really different for a Stones Throw records signee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oMbAMzhrRw

3. DJ Shadow, “Midnight in a Perfect World” – Love the heavy, psychedelic weight of all the DJ Shadow stuff – and the arrangements / textures are really inventive.

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