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[Photos / Review]: Governors Ball 2019 – Day 1

By Will Oliver, June 7th 2019 — with 4 comments

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For concertgoers in New York, the arrival of June means one thing: Governors Ball. The festival returned for its 9th year (and it’s 8th at Randall’s Island). This was my 8th straight year covering the festival and we were excited to see what this year brought us with its lineup of acts across all genres.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Our day began with Australian rockers Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, who released one of our favorite albums of 2018. They got the day going in style and handed things off Hippo Campus who put on a fun showing inside the tent stage.
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Recap: Roots Picnic NYC Day 2

By Will Oliver, December 5th 2016

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(Wu-Tang Clan at Roots Picnic NYC)

After a great first day at the inaugural Roots Picnic NYC, we returned for an even larger day 2, with some big time headliners (with The Roots as the backing band) that ended things on a huge note. The shared finale featured performances from Wu-Tang Clan (who was introduced by Amy Schumer), Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers (who was joined by Sugarhill Gang) and the legendary David Byrne.
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Governors Ball 2016: Not a Total Washout

By Anthony Bauer, September 13th 2016 — with 1 comment

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When you’re a music festival organizer/promoter, you’re hoping & praying that the chosen weekend will zero chance of rain or severe weather. It’s a huge risk, and as we’ve seen in the past… it can literally go either way. This years Governors Ball Music Festival literally had its fair share of both good and bad weather, but that didn’t stop it from still being a memorable weekend at all.

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Day 1 and day 2 were chock full of outstanding performances, and the standouts for me were Black Pistol Fire, Christine and the Queens, Action Bronson, Big Grams, Father John Misty, Beck, Block Party, The Strokes, Torres, Lord Huron, De La Soul, Miguel, Miike Snow, The Killers and M83. Were things started to get a little complicated was during Haim’s set on the main stage when the weather decided to finally turn from questionable to dreadful in literally a split second.
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Recap: SXSW 2016

By Collin Quinlivan, July 20th 2016 — with 1 comment

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South by Southwest–the crown jewel and gold standard of American arts festivals. Spanning almost two weeks, it covers music, film, interactive, and gaming. Thousands of savvy young professionals descend upon Austin, TX like a swarm of bees trying to find, or be, the next big buzz.  I was originally intending to mainly cover the film portion and do music on the side, but that didn’t go down so well. I may touch on this later, but I think that the festival has possibly become a bit too big for its britches. But through all of the pomp and circumstance, there still lies an unforgettable experience…you just need to know where to look.

After a great deal of trouble with some shoddy airplanes, I finally made it to Austin. I always expect the worst, so the extra six hours of travel time, two of which were confined to a metal tube full of gross people (I’m kidding, your B.O. masked with 80’s-porn-director-cologne smelled amazing), weren’t that big of a deal. But just from the way my extremely late-night flight was full to capacity with 20-somethings, I knew we were all headed to the same place. Read the rest of this entry »

Recap: Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, August 17th 2015 — with 1 comment

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(Taken by Anthony Bauer)

There was plenty to love at Governors Ball 2015 this past June, featuring triumphant performances from headliners such as My Morning Jacket and Ryan Adams, to unforgettable performances from big groups like Hot Chip, St. Vincent and Weird Al, to up and comers like Royal Blood and The Districts, as well as the always unforgettable Future Islands. There was certainly something for everyone.

Since I strung together individual posts of photo sets and recaps, here’s a handy recap giving you everything all in one place. I’ve included a running list of all the recaps/photo sets in order of each day and set times, as well as my top 10 favorite sets of the festival. This year we also got a featured post from our very own Anthony Bauer, who offered a recap of the happenings from his perspective. Find all that good stuff posted below, along with some of our favorite photos taken from the weekend.
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This year was my first trip to Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival, and I certainly hope it won’t be my last. The experience was great, I had a great time with good friends, met some great people, and saw some great bands play. For those of you who have never been, it’s basically an Easy Coast version of Bonnaroo. You camp out over four days and take in lots of music across a bunch of huge fields. Although its a rather large scale festival, it has some intimate aspects to it that make it feel accessible in ways.

The highlight of the fest came in many shapes and forms, from the reunited Outkast, to the mega-rock sets from Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, and Foo Fighters. Local Natives proved that they are on their way up with a huge performance, and tUnE-yArDs still have me reeling with how great they were.

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Governors Ball 2014 Best Photos and Recap

By Will Oliver, June 18th 2014

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Governors Ball 2014 came and went, and it was a great one for the books. How could you not love it this year? The weekend was completely free of rain and you could actually walk without your feet sinking into a dark muddy abyss. It was perfect.

Musically, the lineup was great. From top to bottom, Governors showcased a balanced lineup that featured something for everyone. 2000s rock fans especially, as we saw great performances from The Strokes, Interpol, Spoon, and TV On The Radio. There were also classic sets from legends such as Jack White, Damon Albarn, and of course, Outkast.

It’s about time that New York City has a major music festival that fans can rely on, year in, and year out. They’ve proven that they know how to book their lineups and can be trusted to deliver a great 3-day weekend each year. It’s become a major player in the festival circuit, and looks to only get bigger over time. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for it.

Below, I’ve ranked the top 10 sets I saw at Governors Ball, in addition to a day by day link catch-up style recap where you can check out the individual posts and photos. I’ve also shared my favorite photos that I took from the weekend. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

SXSW 2014 Recap

By Will Oliver, March 22nd 2014

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It’s rather unfortunate that SXSW 2014 will be remembered for the unforgivable actions of one fool. The lives lost as well as those who were left injured in the accident is a truly horrific tragedy that cast a dark shadow over what was supposed to be a fun – and safe – festival. I hadn’t commented on the accident prior to this, but I just wanted to say that my thoughts and wishes go out to all of those affected by the senseless accident that occurred. Hopefully swift justice is served on that idiot behind the wheel.

Festival attendees tried to go about their business the best they could, and although it was a somber mood throughout the week, we still tried to make do. I saw quite a few great shows at my 2nd SXSW, and wanted to share some of the best with you in this little recap in case you’re too lazy to scroll through all the posts.

I’ve also attached some of the best photos I managed to take throughout the week. So without further ado, here are the best shows that I saw at SXSW 2014:

1. Ty Segall/Ex-Cult @ Street-Legal Guitars
2. Future Islands @ Hype Hotel
3. Hundred Waters @ Red 7
4. Damon Albarn @ Fader Fort
5. Coachwhips @ Beerland
6. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart @ Red 7
7.Chromeo @ Hype Hotel

Ty Segall has done it yet again. Although I’ve seen him a few times now, his show at a guitar shop space was wild and intense, the most thrilling show I’ve seen yet. Ex-Cult played with them and were just as money. Based on Future Islands performance at Hype Hotel, and all the chatter about them throughout the festival, this is their year. They absolutely killed it live, transcendent in every way of the word. Hundred Waters put on the most elegant and thought provoking performance of the week. I finally got to see the legendary Damon Albarn, who played some solo stuff, Gorillaz stuff, and brought out quite a few guests, including the one, and only, Snoop Dogg. I saw John Dwyer’s old band Coachwhips go nuts at a bar, and somehow saw a full set from Chromeo in a tiny place. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart have a new lineup but rocked out just the same.

Also, a special shout out to all the fellow bloggers and friends who I hung out with at Austin. It was great to see all of you guys. Keep on doing your thing!

All in all, SXSW 2014 was a great time.

Future Islands:

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Damon Albarn

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Ex-Cult

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Avi Buffalo

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Pure Bathing Culture

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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

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Hundred Waters

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Made In America 2013 Recap

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2013 — with 1 comment

When it was all said in done, I had a great time at Made In America, seeing some great shows, including legendary sets from Nine Inch Nails, Beyonce, and Phoenix. I have to personally thanks the nice people at Skype Moments who really helped make this weekend possible in more ways than one. So a big thanks to them for a great weekend.

This recap here will link you to all the shows I posted about, as well as collect all my favorite photos from the weekend. Find the links and photos below. Read the rest of this entry »




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