Basilica Soundscape

Recap: Basilica Soundscape 2016

By Will Oliver, November 25th 2016

(Explosions In The Sky at Basilica Soundscape 2016)
This September brought another unique and interesting edition of the Basilica Soundscape festival up in Hudson, New York at Basilica Hudson. If you have ever experienced the festival, you’re truly hard pressed to find a more eclectic a lineup at any festival.

The experience Basilica really doesn’t feel like any other music festival, but rather a laid back gathering at a cool warehouse where great bands of all genres happen to play. It was my third consecutive year going up to cover the festival, and when you get to see bands like Explosions In The Sky a mere few feet away at a scenic atmosphere unlike any other that they’d normally play, it makes the trip totally worthwhile. Hey, even David Cross was there hanging out on day 2 taking in all the great art.

Find our gallery of photos from both days of the two-day festival posted below. We look back to seeing what they have to offer next year.
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Preview: Basilica SoundScape 2016

By Will Oliver, August 25th 2016

Basilica Soundscape

Every year in upstate New York, Basilica Soundscape reminds us that festivals don’t have to be overwhelming events that you can barely find reasons to enjoy. The festival, which is returning for it’s fifth year in Hudson New York, offers a unique festival experience in the industrial surrounding that is Basilica Hudson. The lineup is always carefully curated by Basilica Hudson Creative Directors Melissa Auf Der Maur and Tony Stone, along wwith Pitchfork Senior Editor/Director of Events Brandon Stosuy and Brian De Ran of Leg Up! Management to program a creative and exciting lineup that is unlike any other festival that you’ll find not only on the East Coast, but probably across the country.

This year’s festival takes place from September 16-18 (music takes place only 16-17) and the lineup is as interesting and eclectic as ever. Angel Olsen, Explosions in the Sky, and Wolves in the Throne Room are headlining, with Deradoorian, Cobalt, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge & Edley O’Dowd (Thee Majesty), Deantoni Parks, Bell Witch, The Utter Nots, Uniform, Youth Code, Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, Xylouris White, Saviour Self, Mary Lattimore and Amber Tamblyn rounding on the rest of the lineup.

Tickets are still available for both a weekend pass, single days, and camping. Be sure to check back during the festival, we’ll have full coverage coming here, as well as on our instagram and twitter accounts.

Photos: Basilica Soundscape 20015 (Day One)

By Will Oliver, December 29th 2015 — with 1 comment

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On September 11 I returned upstate to Hudson, New York, for Basilica Soundscape, the annual team-up between Basilica Hudson’s founders, Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone, along with Pitchfork managing editor Brandon Stosuy and Brian DeRan of Leg Up Management. Last year was my first time at the festival, and I had such a great time that I went back for seconds this year.

I was only able to stay the first day, but caught unforgettable sets from the likes of HEALTH, Viet Cong, Lydia Ainsworth, Weyes Blood, Indrajit Banerjee & Gourisankar, and Actress.

The festival seems to now be a staple each September in Hudson, New York, making me excited to make the trip again next year. Find photos from Day 1 of this year posted below.
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Preview: Basilica Soundscape 2015

By Will Oliver, August 28th 2015


It’s only fitting that the Basilica Soundscape festival takes place as summer turns to fall, as this festival is much different than the large-scale festivals that take place across the country during the summer. Not only is it’s location in the industrial Basilica Hudson building in Hudson, New York a much more intimate affair in set up, but it’s lineup is as unique as you’ll find at any festival out there.

This year the festival sports a lineup as diverse and interesting as they come: The Haxan Cloak, HEALTH, Perfume Genius, Viet Cong, Jenny Hval, Lydia Ainsworth, Weyes Blood, Actress, Wolf Eyes, and many more. The festival, in it’s 4th year, features curation from Basilica Hudson’s founders, Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone, along with Pitchfork managing editor Brandon Stosuy and Brian DeRan of Leg Up Management.

Last year was my first time up to the festival (as well as Hudson, New York – a 2 hour train ride, or drive from the city), and I was impressed in every way imaginable. Not only does it features a wide range of artists, but there’s something cool about seeing bands in an industrial building. Everyone there is for the music, enjoying a bite to eat, a beer, or taking in some art. There are no flags, flower crowns, or go pros. It’s a festival without all the music festival headaches.

You can find photos and a recap of last year’s festival right here. Both two-day, and single day tckets for the festival are still currently available at this link. You can find more information about the festival at their website, facebook, instagram and twitter.

I’ve also shared the lineup and set times in full below.
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Recap: Basilica Soundscape 2014

By Will Oliver, September 14th 2014 — with 2 comments


This weekend I made the drive upstate to Hudson, New York for the 3rd edition of Basilica Soundscape. The festival takes place in Basilica Hudson, the an old train-wheel factory that was converted to a performance space. It’s a small-scale festival limited in scale and attendance, with finely curated booking fit to the bill of readers of Pitchfork, who help put on the fest.

There’s a real calm and relaxed vibe to Basilica that you’d be hard pressed to compare to any other festival, especially in New York. They have good food, good beer (Lagunitas Brewing Company), and don’t oversell tickets, making it one of the more comfortable festival experiences I’ve had. Read the rest of this entry »

Swans at Basilica Soundscape 2014

By Will Oliver, September 14th 2014

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One by one the members of Swans came out to their drawn out opening number. First it was percussionist Thor Harris who began his work on his gong, then out came drummer Phil Puleo who added his own strikes. The percussion only groove was broken up by lap steel guitar player Christoph Hahn who joined them for a few minutes until the rest of the group, led by Swans head honcho Michael Gira, joined them. This opening number went on for nearly 20-minutes, giving you a clear understanding of what exactly you can expect from a Swans live show.
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Deafheaven at Basilica Soundscape 2014

By Will Oliver, September 14th 2014 — with 2 comments


Truthfully, I’m not much of a metal guy. If you frequent this blog, that won’t come as a surprise. But I’ve heard nothing but glowing praise from mostly everyone I could think of about black metal band Deafheaven, even from the sort of people who don’t normally have anything to say about metal at all. Last night I got to see the perform at Basilica Soundscape and see what all the talk was about.
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White Lung at Basilica Soundscape 2014

By Will Oliver, September 14th 2014

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White Lung’s recently released Deep Fantasy is a ferocious beast of a record that hits hard in all the right ways. It’s one of the best punk albums you’ll find all year.

I saw them play most of it this summer when they played Mercury Lounge. It was a good show, but it got one-upped by their performance last night at Basilica. The empty warehouse space that Basilica Hudson provided was a scarily fitting atmosphere, and the fact that Deafheaven and Swans were up next gave the stage that extra special feeling, and it bleed through not only from the crowd but from the frantic performance of the band.

It was a delightfully heavy show with an unstoppable energy that had me head-banging gleefully.
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Majical Cloudz at Basilica Soundscape 2014

By Will Oliver, September 14th 2014 — with 1 comment


Drenched in complete darkness (as you can see), Majical Cloudz, the Canadian duo of singer-songwriter Devon Welsh and producer Matthew Otto, captivated an audience with a performance as personal as you’ll find.

Welsh’s singing isn’t perfect, but it has a raw validity to it that helps convey every word that he offers. While singing, he scans the room, walking slowly from side to side, making sure his point is being communicated. He would even stomp up and down at times while performing, even if it had nothing to do with the beat or tempo of the song, just because its what helped him express that given lyric. He lead the show, but you couldn’t forget the steady electronic music that Otto provided, giving us the music template and background that supported it all.

It was a powerful performance with no gimmicks, just pure music and emotion. It was refreshing, to say the least.
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Emily Reo at Basilica Soundscape 2014

By Will Oliver, September 14th 2014

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I’ve heard a lot of good things about Bedroom pop artist Emily Reo from fellow music bloggers and music fans, and everything they said was true.

Reo kicked off day 2 of Basilica Soundscape, captivating myself and the rest of the audience in the North Hall. While her set is composed of electronic compositions built around loops, vocal effects, its power is rooted from a natural songwriting ability that shines through everything else.

She played tracks off of her 2013 album Olive Juice, including highlights “Wind,” “Peace,” and her cover of Built To Spill’s “Car.” She finished with an new song that featured impressive vocals and layers that she built to an incredible cathartic finish. Based on that song, I can’t wait to see what Reo releases in the future.
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