Entries tagged with: Deerhunter
Deerhunter @ MHOW in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
FADER Fort -- a CMJ mainstay since the mid-'00s -- starts today at Williamsburg recording studio/party space Converse Rubber Tracks, providing musical performances and endless booze tonight (10/17) through Saturday (10/19). Hopefully you RSVP'd already because the list is full. If you did, they just added a big surprise headliner to Friday's (10/18) roster: Deerhunter (who were here last month) will play at 11:15 PM. Rubber Tracks is pretty small -- maybe the size of Mercury Lounge -- so get there early if you wanna get in.
One note, while tonight and Friday are at Rubber Tracks, the Saturday (10/19) Fader Fort happens at Chelsea's Eventi Hotel (851 6th Ave.) Updated line-ups and info are in the flyer below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Lonnie Holley at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/17/13
Since 1979, [Lonnie] Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music, born out of struggle, hardship, but perhaps more importantly, out of furious curiosity and biological necessity, has manifested itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and sound. Holley's sculptures are constructed from found materials in the oldest tradition of African American sculpture. Objects, already imbued with cultural and artistic metaphor, are combined into narrative sculptures that commemorate places, people, and events.The above quote is from Dust to Digital, the label that released both music albums from outsider artist Lonnie Holley: 2012's Just Before Music and this year's Keeping a Record of It, which came out earlier this month (9/3). Lonnie's music has slowly started reaching a larger audience, as he's made a fan out of multiple indie musicians. Bear in Heaven named his debut as one of their favorites of 2012, and perhaps most notably, Deerhunter's Bradford Cox has taken an interest in him.
Holley did not start making and performing music in a studio nor does his creative process mirror that of the typical musician. His music and lyrics are improvised on the spot and morph and evolve with every event, concert, and recording. In Holley's original art environment, he would construct and deconstruct his visual works, repurposing their elements for new pieces. This often led to the transfer of individual narratives into the new work creating a cumulative composite image that has depth and purpose beyond its original singular meaning. The layers of sound in Holley's music, likewise, are the result of decades of evolving experimentation.
Bradford and Cole Alexander of Black Lips both contributed to the 13+ minute song "From the Other Side of the Pulpit" from Keeping a Record of It, which you can stream, along with another album track "Six Space Shuttles and 144,000 Elephants," below.
Deerhunter have also had him open some of the shows on their tour this year. Back in August, he opened their San Francisco show that also included Animal Collective side project Avey Tare's Slash Flick, and at that show both Bradford Cox and Avey Tare joined Lonnie on stage (video below). He also just opened for Deerhunter in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (9/17), the first of three Deerhunter shows in NYC this week. At that show, Bradford also joined him on drums for one of the songs. Pictures of Lonnie's set at MHOW are in this post.
Lonnie Holley will be heading out on the road again as an opener on Bill Callahan's tour. That tour brings Bill and Lonnie to NYC on October 6 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. All Lonnie Holley dates are listed, along with more pictures from MHOW, song stream and video, below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Deerhunter @ MHOW - 9/17/13
Deerhunter have been on the road for a few months this year, and this week they came to NYC for three sold-out shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (9/17) followed by two nights at Webster Hall (9/18 & 9/19). When they were last in NYC -- for Governors Ball in June -- they focused their set mainly on this year's Monomania, but for this three-night run they mixed things up well, hitting many favorites from their last four full lengths, and some cuts from the EPs too. We've got a set of pictures from the MHOW show, and the setlists and videos from all three, in this post.
I caught the second Webster Hall show, and it had all the elements you'd expect from a Deerhunter show (killer light show, noise freakouts, and a Bradford Cox speech), but still found ways to take you by surprise. Like supernatural live bands Sonic Youth or Swans, Deerhunter have a way of bringing new life to a song every time, and never really try to replicate the version on their record. Last night, live staple "Don't Cry" was the maybe heaviest I've seen it yet. The sensory overload at the end of "Monomania" was thrilling as ever, but the way it faded into "Twilight at Carbon Lake" was possibly the most satisfying moment of the night. Those masterful transitions -- another being when they worked in the glammy rocker "Neon Junkyard" after the noisy, atmospheric build of "Octet" -- is what keeps them interesting and unpredictable each time.
The MHOW show was opened by Mas Ysa (who also opens for Delorean at Webster Hall and just released a new song that you can stream below) and Lonnie Holley (more on him here). Both Webster Hall shows were opened by Crystal Stilts (who play NYC again on Halloween), and the first night also featured Sleepy Doug Shaw, while the second had Blues Control. After the final show, Bradford Cox headed to Glasslands to DJ the afterparty. Did you check that out? How was it?
More pictures from MHOW, and the setlists and videos, below...
Deerhunter released their garage-rockin' new album, Monomania, earlier this year, and they've just made a video for one of its singles, "Back to the Middle." It's shot like an old B/W kinescope and features Durassie Kiangangu in the starring role. Check it out below.
Deerhunter are on tour now, and that tour comes to NYC for shows on September 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mas Ysa, September 18 at Webster Hall with Crystal Stilts, and September 19 at Webster Hall with Blues Control and Crystal Stilts. Tickets for the 9/17 and 9/19 shows are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to the 9/19 show. After those shows end, Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox will DJ the afterparty at Glasslands (9/19) with Alix Brown also DJing (tickets).
The video and updated list of tour dates below...
Deerhunter at Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
Deerhunter are currently on a tour which just hit Bumbershoot and MusicFestNW over on the west coast. The tour comes to NYC later this month for shows on September 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mas Ysa, September 18 at Webster Hall with Crystal Stilts, and September 19 at Webster Hall with Blues Control and Crystal Stilts. The 9/18 show is sold out, but tickets for the other two are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to the 9/19 show. Details on how to enter to win those tickets are below.
After the 9/19 show, Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox will be DJing the official afterparty happening at Glasslands later that night (11:30 PM). Tickets for the afterparty are on sale now.
In related news, Bradford recently teamed up with Cole Alexander of Black Lips to contribute to a track on outsider artist Lonnie Holley's new album, Keeping a Record of It, which came out this week (9/3) via Dust to Digital. Bradford and Cole are on the track "From the Other Side of the Pulpit," which you can stream, along with the updated list of Deerhunter tour dates and contest details, below.
Deerhunter at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Deerhunter's upcoming tour already includes NYC shows on September 18 at Webster Hall (sold out) and September 19 at Webster Hall (tickets), and now they've added a third NYC show to their schedule. This one happens at the more intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 17, the day before the Webster Hall run begins. Support at the MHOW show comes from Mas Ysa, whereas Crystal Stilts are opening both Webster shows and Blues Control are on the latter date. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (8/23) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/21) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, along with a video, below...
by Bill Pearis
(photo by The Impossible Project)
Crystal Stilts have been quiet the last couple years, but that doesn't mean they haven't been busy. The Brooklyn band return September 17 with Nature Noir, their third album and second on Sacred Bones. The first track released from it is the string-laden "Star Crawl," and you can stream it below.
We already knew that Crystal Stilts were opening Deerhunter's two Webster Hall shows in September and tickets are still available for the second night (9/19). Aside from dates with Deerhunter, the band have their own tour in October, too, and all dates are listed below.
Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Deerhunter's recently expanded tour is bringing them back to NYC for a previously mentioned show on September 18 at Webster Hall with Crystal Stilts. That show has since sold out, but Deerhunter and Crystal Stilts added another show happening at the same venue a day later (9/19), and Blues Control is on this one too. Tickets for the new date go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (7/10) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, along with a video of the band playing the title track from their new album, Monomania, below...
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.
Full lineup and flyer below...
Deerhunter at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10 this year. After already leaking five artists (The Julie Ruin, Bonobo, Judge, The Walkmen, and Ice-T), FFF Fest just leaked six more.
The new announcements include FLAG (aka one of two Black Flag reunions, and who play NYC in September), Deerhunter (who also play NYC in September), Big K.R.I.T. (who plays Rock the Bells and NYC with Talib Kweli and Macklemore), Star Slinger, Daniel Johnston, and comedian Kyle Kinane.
Tickets for FFF Fest go on sale July 9 at 11 AM EST.
Star Slinger recently remixed Miguel's "Adorn." Check that out below...
Savages at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
As mentioned, Savages are going on a tour this summer, which includes a NYC show happening at Webster Hall on July 11 (sold out). The band is coming back to North America in September to play Detroit's Laneway Festival and will be stopping in NYC on the way there for their biggest show here yet: Terminal 5 on September 12. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon.
This is the inaugural Detroit Laneway Festival (which has happened in other cites since 2004) which will take place at Meadow Brook in Rochester Hills, Michigan. The line-up also includes The National, Sigur Ros, Alunageorge, Charli XCX, Chet Faker, Chvrches, Deerhunter, The Dismemberment Plan, Flume, Frightened Rabbit, Haerts, Icona Pop, My Brightest Diamond, Phosphorescent, Run The Jewels (El-P + Killer Mike), Solange, Warpaint, Washed Out, and Youth Lagoon. Tickets for the are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed, along with the videos of Savages performing two songs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Deerhunter @ Governors Ball - 6/9/13
One of the bigger complaints about music festivals is that it's harder to really get into a band's set than when you see them in a dark venue with a light show, but if there's one band who truly overcame that and this past weekend's NYC festival Governors Ball, it would be Deerhunter. They're the one band I saw that really allowed you to zone out to their set despite everything else going on around them at the fest. Plus, Bradford Cox had some choice quotes between songs, like when he told the crowd that oil is made from our dead ancestors, hence, our dead ancestors were powering Deerhunter's set. And even if you're at all iffy on their new album, Monomania, it's really worth seeing them play those new songs live. Pictures of Deerhunter's set at Governors Ball are in this post.
Despite everything I just said about Deerhunter overcoming the festival atmosphere, they still usually have a killer light show that couldn't be present for their 3:45 PM set, and you'll get a chance to see them indoors in NYC soon, because they've just joined the many bands who played Governors Ball and then announced a NYC show. Theirs happens at Webster Hall on September 18, and this show is especially exciting because it's their first club date in NYC since the release of Monomania. Support at the show comes from Crystal Stilts, who, though they've been pretty under the radar lately, are still kicking, and apparently have a new album on the way.
Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/12) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with more pictures from Governors Ball, and a video of them playing "Monomania" at Austin Psych Fest, below...
Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.
Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.
photos by Tim Griffin
Deerhunter/Kaleidoscope/Man or Astroman @ APF 4/27/2013
Deerhunter took a long time setting up, and a long time scuffling through a needlessly elaborate twinkle-rock atmospheric intro, but at their peak they've got an impeccably sharp sound that cuts through the self-conscious drone from the rest of the weekend. Imminent new album Monomania mixed in with enough old favorites to keep the unfamiliar material from sounding too austere.Spirits at Day 2 (4/27) of Austin Psych Fest were literally dampened, a little, with an shower that interupted Os Mutantes' set, but the rain couldn't wash away the good vibes at Carson Creek ranch, especially with a line-up that also included Deerhunter, Boris, Black Mountain, Man or Astroman? and Black Mountain, to name just a few. Saturday also welcomed '60 cult band Kaleidoscope (best known for minor hit "Flight from Ashiya") whose Psych Fest appearance was part of the band's first-ever U.S. tour:
The star of the show was, as usual, Bradford Cox, the effusive, easily annoyed frontman at the center of the band's artistic posture. Sometimes we get the pensive, pissed-off Bradford who rips through the set as fast as possible. Other times you get the casual, extremely talkative Bradford who keeps things as unpredictable as possible. The latter showed up Saturday wearing a dress and wig.
At one point, upon hearing their van's car alarm going off, he casually retorted, "Hey, this is a psychedelic festival, let's just jam on that." Sure enough, he and his band used that bleat to launch into a beautiful stargazing instrumental. It was as impressive as it was funny, and certainly not something you're going to see every night.
That's the beauty of having a guy like Bradford Cox around. - [Austin Chronicle]
Backed by a all-star band that included Rob Campanella from Brian Jonestown Massacre along with Nick Castro and Christof Certik from the Young Elders, Daltrey unloaded a treasure chest of vintage, late-Sixties British psychedelia. If the setup and line checks took longer than normal, it was only because the band had a passion for getting the sound and feel just right. Even the vintage keyboards rang with authenticity. - [Austin Chronicle]That Kaleidoscope tour didn't hit NYC unfortunately but Boris and Man or Astroman? will both be here soon. A set of photos from Day 1 are HERE and you can check out more shots from Day 2 below.
Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.
Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
KEN Mode at Invisible Oranges 2013 SXSW Showcase (more by Greg Cristman)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Maceo Parker @ Blue Note
* Leslie Kritzer @ Joe's Pub
* Liam Finn, Railbird @ Knitting Factory
* Garfunkel And Oates @ Gramercy Theatre
* Frank London's Shekhina Big Band @ The Stone
* Ask Me Another w/ Julie Klausner @ The Bell House
* Generationals, Splashh, Companion @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wyatt Cenac, Sean Donnelly, Laura Prangley @ Littlefield
* Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* The So So Glos, Skaters, Heeney, Lost Boy? @ Shea Stadium
* Orange Goblin, KEN Mode, ASG, Roadsaw, Kings Destroy @ Saint Vitus
* Night Terror, The Flag, Alan Watts, Trabajo @ Death By Audio
* The Midnight Sound, Leopold and His Fiction @ Mercury Lounge
* The Juggs, The Dust Rays (mems. of The Roots), The Veldts @ Mercury Lounge
* Foolish Hearts, My Pet Dragon, David Clement @ Rockwood Music Hall
* All Torn Up, Death Dealer, Landsbridge, We Are All Savages @ Acheron
* Shams, Pvre Matrix, Dimensions, Nar'cissister, Fantastic Planet @ Cake Shop
* Tesla Boy, Rumors, Naked Highway, Silent Rider, Air Zaire (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
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Great Thunder, the project of Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Waxahatchee/Swearin's Keith Spencer, released their new EP, Strange Kicks, over the weekend. Stream the whole thing, including the bonus track which is a cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You," below. Did you catch them at Maxwell's on Saturday (4/20) with Screaming Females, Shellshag, Swearin', and Hilly Eye?
Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Though Guns N Roses being announced as the third headliner and related "YOLO" Facebook messages were the most discussed and controversial topics when one of NYC festival Governors Ball's promoters hopped in a Reddit chat yesterday (4/3), we also learned that: Miguel dropped off the festival; the promoters were trying to land Atoms for Peace (whose tour instead brings them to NYC for a Barclays Center show on 9/27); Cut Copy and Kendrick Lamar are playing at the same time on the Saturday of the fest, and there are unannounced afterparties. "Stay tuned for epic shows at Brooklyn Bowl, MHOW, Gramercy, Glasslands, and Irving Plaza." That quote and more over at Reddit.
Governors Ball goes down on Randall's Island from June 7 - 9 and also includes a number of other artists like Kanye West, Nas, Grizzly Bear, The xx, Feist, Beach House, Animal Collective, Erykah Badu, Death from Above 1979, Crystal Castles, Best Coast, Dirty Projectors, DInosaur Jr., Japandroids, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Fucked Up, and many more. 3-Day passes are still available and tickets for individual days are now on Friday (4/5) at 11 AM.
We recently gave you a list of artists we're excited to see at the festival, and though that list already included Deerhunter, we're even more excited to see them after their recent Fallon performance. If you missed the awesomeness of that (which also included debuting their new single, Monomania), you can watch the video below.
Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.
Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Deerhunter will release their new album, Monomania, on May 7. The title track has just been released for streaming and it's definitely on the grittier side than anything we've heard from them lately. Not sure if the song is in mono or not, but the "mania" part comes across loud and clear. Listen below.
Bradford Cox, looking very much like a late '70s New York punk, and the rest of the band stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night (4/2) to perform "Monomania" which took the track in some new directions -- like into the studio's hallway. You can watch that below too.
Deerhunter have been saying that they have a new album coming out this year, and they've finally announced it. The album is called Monomania and it will be out on May 7 via 4AD. It follows 2010's excellent Halcyon Digest. The record was done with producer Nicolas Vernhes and features new bassist Josh McKay, who replaced Josh Fauver. It also features Frankie Broyles (who drums in Lotus Plaza) on guitar. That's the band's new press picture above and the album art and tracklist are below.
Deerhunter will be in NYC this June for Governors Ball.
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, NYC music festival Governors Ball keeps growing and its returning this year for it's largest and most exciting festival yet on Randall's Island from June 7 - 9. Early bird 3-day passes go on sale today (1/25) at noon at $190, and once they sell out, they become $205 and then $220. According to the festival's website, single day tickets may or may not become available so if you'd like to go, they advise you purchase a 3-day pass.
The lineup has tons of great names this year and if you're going, we're sure you've got a bunch of stuff lined up to see already, and while you're making your wish list, here's our list of ten bands that we're excited to see at the festival, that you might not want to miss.
Kanye West is one of the headliners, and any chance to catch him in the NYC area is one to take advantage of. It's pretty amazing how far he's come and with seven albums under his belt (including Watch the Throne and Cruel Summer), he's got more than enough material for a hits-filled set, which he tends to do. And there's no telling what else he might do, like break out some snow monster masks or something.
A newer, but no less exciting rapper, Kendrick Lamar, will be there too. He turned the rap world on its head with last year's good kid, m.A.A.d. city, and us New Yorkers only got our chance to see him before its release. So now that we know all the words to his record, we pretty much can't wait to see him perform songs off of it at Governors Ball.
The term "supergroup" doesn't always mean the group is "super," just that the members are all known for other projects. But in the case of Divine Fits, featuring the songwriting talents of Spoon's Britt Daniel and Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner, it was two great tastes that taste great together. And as a band, Divine Fits were pretty much amazing live right out of the gate, and their danceable vibe is festival-ready.
Deerhunter have been promising a new album for 2013 and while they haven't revealed any formal plans for it, we're hoping to hear some of the new material at Governors Ball. Plus, though we've seen side projects like Atlas Sound, Lotus Plaza, and Moon Diagrams in NYC recently, we haven't gotten an actual Deerhunter show since 2011.
UK art rockers Alt-J became infinitely bigger since first coming to the US last May, and they've got the kind of songs that would sound great on a big outdoor stage. The band have been on tour constantly and we've seen their onstage confidence grow leaps over the visits they've already had here. They should be primed and ready for big crowds by the summer.
Japandroids have already come to NYC a few times in the past year (and those liars said it'd be a while before they came back!) and anyone who has seen them knows every Japandroids show is destined to be a wild time. The band is always nuts on stage and so is the crowd, so it's the kind of thing that will be a killer time at an outdoor festival.
Another band, like Alt-J, that have also had a pretty significant and quick rise since first catching our attention, is Polica, who will be at this year's Governors Ball. Their mix of indie pop and R&B is endlessly catchy and the dueling drummers are a thrill to watch live. Whether you're already a fan or not, they'd be a great band to catch.
Unlike many of the bands on the Governors Ball line-up, it's been a couple years since Australia's Cut Copy have played North America and absence makes the heart grow fonder. CC seem to write their songs with giant crowds in mind and show no shame in working the crowd into a frenzy.
Most of the artists on this list are artists we've been fans of for a while, but festivals are also always good places to discover new artists, and one new group we're excited to see at Governors Ball is Vancouver's Bear Mountain. Last year, they released their debut album, XO, which combined club-ready dance tracks, arena sized atmospherics, and an indie pop sensibility in the songwriting. It's a pretty great mix and sounds like it will be totally fun live. You can stream the album in its entirety below.