Music Festival Preview

Preview: iii Points

By Dana Pacifico, February 14th 2019

It’s not every year single people look forward to Valentine’s Day weekend but here we are gearing up for a great one in Mana Wynwood, Miami for iii Points. Self-proclaimed “Festival of The Alternative Mind”, iii Points stands out from the crowd – which is important to do when the market is completely over-saturated and line-ups all looking rather similar. iii Points is the perfect niche blend of hip-hop and electronic to keep everyone dancing and bobbin’ well into the late night (the curfew isn’t till 5 am!).

Every day is stacked with heavy hitters and a great underground undercard. As someone who attends festivals quite frequently, there is so much unknown that I am giddy at what will be learned and loved by the end of the weekend. Tyler, The Creator, Beach House, SZA, James Blake, A$AP Rocky & Erykah Badu lead the line-up with exciting subs to follow. The Internet, Pussy Riot, Toro y Moi, James Murphy (!!!), Yaeji, Blood Orange, Khruangbin, Godspeed You! Black Emperor & DJ Koze create an eclectic grouping sure to cater to anyone’s musical tastes/needs. Smerz is a Norwegian duo with this dark feel. The second I heard their song, “Because”, I was instantly hooked. Looking forward to seeing these ladies kick off a great Saturday evening.

Not only does iii Points deliver with a great music line-up but they also provide world-class art installations. Max Cooper + Architecture Social Club will be bringing to life a light sculpture that looks as if it could be a giant hologram but instead made up of thousands of lights mapped to immerse the viewer in conjunction with live audio. Another incredible snag by the festival is trailblazing & iconic feminist artist, Judy Chicago. ICA Miami will be bringing Chicago’s installation, “Atmospheres” to the festival via video presentation. “Atmospheres” is a performance piece that uses smoke and fireworks to “feminize” the natural landscape. Originally, these performances took place between 1968 and 1975 throughout California and the Pacific Northwest.

With so much music and art to look forward to at iii Points not to mention the great weather forecast make sure you stay hydrated, put on sunscreen and bring your dancing shoes. It’s going to be a great weekend.

Governors Ball Announces 2018 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2018 — with 1 comment

2018 may only be a few hours in but it’s already festival season folks. That is, festival announcement season. Today Governors Ball announced the lineup for this year’s festival (now running eight years straight), which will take place from June 1-3 at Randall’s Island Park.

Headliners are Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who we just saw at Kings Theatre). Then there’s N.E.R.D., Halsey, Khalid, Chvrches, and The Gaslight Anthem performing their debut album The ’59 Sound in full. Not to mention a mysterious headliner whose name is blocked out, set-up for an unveiling later.

The rest of the lineup is rounded out by Post Malone, Silk City (Diplo + Mark Ronson), Lil Uzi Vert, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Cut Copy, Sylvan Esso, Galantis, The Glitch Mom, Maggie Rogers, Dirty Projectors and Russ. Other highlights include Manchester Orchestra, Margo Price, Japandroids, Third Eye Blind, Brockhampton, Alvvays, The Menzingers, Wolf Alice, Jay Electronica, Belly, Moses Sumney, The Struts, Middle Kids, Pond, Slaves and The Regrettes.

Tickets went on sale along with the album announcement and are currently at a limited “announce day” pricing of $275 for a 3-Day Pass. After 11:59pm tonight, it will then go up to $305. So if you’re planning to go, today is the day to grab your passes.

Preview: The Meadows Music and Arts Festival 2017

By Will Oliver, August 23rd 2017

The days of summer are slowly winding down. With about a month left, we are still able to send the summer of 2017 off in style in the form of The Meadows Music and Arts Festival. They’ve returned with an even bigger and better installment this year which sees them once again at the Citi Field complex, this time expanding to three days, taking place from September 15-17. For information on tickets head here.

Headling this year’s edition is Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, Future, Nas, Weezer, Run The Jewels and LL Cool J. There’s really something for everyone and that’s before we get to the deep undercard. M.I.A., Erykah Badu, Blood Orange, De La Soul, Two Door Cinema Club, Sleigh Bells, Big Boi, Sky Ferreira, Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Tegan and Sara, Foster The People, Milky Chance, Joey Bada$$, Jacob Banks, Public Access T.V., CRX, and Dams Of The West.
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Preview: Emerging Music Festival 2017

By Will Oliver, August 16th 2017

(Photo by Ryan Muir)
The Emerging Music Festival returns to Bryant Park for it’s third year, expanding to a two-day format this Friday and Saturday, bringing double the dose of music and new emerging talent.

Friday night will feature performance from 79.5, Luke Elliot, Mail The Horse and Landlady, while Saturday features Breanna Barbara, RIPS, Cassandra Jenkins, Maybird, Super Yamba Band and Space Captain. It’s an exciting and eclectic line-up of new talent to keep an eye out for. The fact that it’s a free show for two days, is the cherry on top.

For more on the festival head to the event page and drop on in to Bryant Park this weekend if you’re in the area.

Preview: Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2017

The Pitchfork Music Festival has been going strong since 2006 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The annual July pilgrimage by thousands of music lovers to the beautiful city of Chicago has once again put together a strong line up. Obviously many speak of going to Chicago for Lollapalooza, but this far more intimate affair is really the festival you want to hit in the windy city.

Everyone knows when they go to a festival who is headlining each day. This year’s trio is LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange. None of them need many words written about them since all three have tirelessly proven themselves over and over again. The undercard is truly what people need to look towards in today’s festival environment since there are so many now to choose from, it’s the undercard that sells. So here are some of the best of what the undercard has to offer.
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Preview: Governors Balls 2017

By Will Oliver, May 26th 2017

Believe it or not, the Governors Ball Music Festival is just around the corner, as in, one week away. While we are terribly excited and eager to get back onto the familiar stomping grounds of Randall’s Island, there also comes some preparation about who to see, especially with the set times for the festival shared.

Sure there are some real tough conflicts (Phoenix vs. Childish Gambino being the most brutal of them) but on the whole, I have most of my schedule made up and am ready to stick to it. That’s not to say that things can’t change, as that’s part of the fun of a festival, but for the most part I got a plan ready to go.

You don’t need me to tell you which headliner to see, as I’m sure your mind has been long made up since you hit “purchase tickets.” But the beauty of a music festival is the insane number of acts conveniently placed in one location. A lot of the best acts you’ll see may be the ones who you never heard of playing early in the day. Don’t be lazy and get there after a hard morning of pre-gaming. Instead, make the trip in early to catch some of these artists playing when the sun is still out and about.

I wanted to do my preview a little differently this year and take the time to highlight some artists playing earlier in the day that I think are worth the early trip in. Find the list posted below, along with a song from each artists embedded right after.
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Preview: Boston Calling 2017

By Will Oliver, May 25th 2017

The 2017 edition of Boston Calling kicks off tomorrow and it looks to be the biggest version yet, both figuratively and quite literally. This is the eight edition of the festival, and now the festival has moved to the much bigger Harvard Athletic Complex, which allowed them to double the amount of acts they were able to host, in addition to making the festival much larger on many different levels.

The diverse lineup will feature headlining sets from the likes of Chance The Rapper, Tool. Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, The XX, Major Lazer, Weezer and more. With so many stages, Boston Calling vets will finally have the unfamiliar problem of conflicts, which wasn’t an issue with the previous two-stage set-up at City Hall. But hey, with more great artists come more tough choices.

If you’re in the area or still debating whether to go, there are still three-day tickets available as well as single day passes. Head here for more information on tickets.




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