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Phoenix @ Barclays Center, 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

As you may know, the 2014 Governors Ball happens at Randall's Island from June 6-8. Individual day line-ups have been announced with Outkast, Phoenix and TV on the Radio headlining Friday (6/6), Jack White, The Strokes and Skrillex headlining Saturday (6/7), and Vampire Weekend and Axwell ^ Ingrosso headining Sunday (6/8). You can check each day's full line-up (though set times are still TBA) below.

Additionally, individual day tickets go on sale this Friday (4/4) at noon, with a limited Citi cardmember presale beginning Wednesday (4/2) at 10 AM.

Daily Governors Ball 2014 lineups below...

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Conor Oberst w/ Desaparecidos at Voodoo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst recently announced that his new solo album, Upside Down Mountain, will be out on May 20 via Nonesuch, and he's just released a new single from it, titled "Governor's Ball." Hear Nebraska points out that it's a song about a kid getting lost at a music festival," but if he's talking about NYC festival Governors Ball, he should take out that apostrophe! Though, he wouldn't be the only one who added it. It's a very common misspelling of the Randall's Island festival named after its original location "Governors Island" (governor plural). Listen to the new song below.

Conor's tour with Dawes brings him to the NYC-area for shows on May 22 at The Space at Westbury and July 29 at Central Park Summerstage (tickets), and he also plays Ggistock at NYC's Greene Space on April 10 (sold out).

Meanwhile, Governors Ball (which Conor does not play) happens on Randall's Island from June 6-8 with Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, The Strokes and more (tickets).

Stream "Governor's Ball" below...

Continue reading "Conor Oberst shares "Governor's Ball" (did he mean "Governors Ball"?)"

Governors Ball (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Governors Ball

The promoters and producers of NYC festival Governors Ball chatted with Reddit users yesterday. People could ask anything and everything, and they answered as best they could.

Did the drug related deaths at Electric Zoo affect their festival which also takes place on Randall's Island?

The tragic events that occurred at Electric Zoo have lead to new protocols and additional oversight from the City of NYC and the Parks department. More city agencies (and more folks from each agency) are involved in our planning meetings, and we are required to do many additional things, mostly safety related. That being said, the city has been a pleasure to deal with and they have been very professional and practical about things. Safety is their number 1 priority, and we feel the same way, so our interests are aligned there. - T
What about all that rain and mud last year?
When we first heard about Tropical Storm Andrea it was 8 days out from the first day of the fest. By that time we have a Meterologist on call 24/7 to give us updates on the storms track, it's potential impact, etc. and we used that data to prep the site as much as we could for the coming rain. Unfortunately everything we did to prep the grounds was entirely negated by the massive amounts of rain we received. It was the most rainfall NYC has gotten in a 36 hour period EVER. That being said, during our repairs we did add in a new drainage line to help deal with rainfall, and we have had many convos with all city departments about how to address expected rainfall in the safest and best way possible. We have a new Weather plan which the City of NY have helped with, and we are better suited to deal with rain in 2014. That being said, and just being totally honest here, if we get 6 inches of rain in 36 hours again it will be another crazy year. However, let's think positive - it's gonna be beautiful and sunny and awesome! - T
What day are vampire weekend and disclosure playing??
Bold question. VW on Sunday. Disclosure on Saturday. -YR
Any after-shows?
TONS! And they're gonna rule. Info coming soon! -JW
How did they land the Strokes?
We have tried to book The Strokes every single year that Gov Ball has existed. They essentially have had an open invite to play when they wanted. We got a call from their agent at the very last minute, saying that they wanted to reunite and play at the festival. Dream come true for us. We're New York City kids, and they are the greatest NYC rock band of our generation. BOOM -JW
Read much more at Reddit. Check out the whole 2014 lineup and get tickets too.

hopefully it will be less muddy this year (more by Amanda Hatfield)

NYC music festival Governors Ball announced its 2014 lineup today which includes Outkast, Jack White, The Strokes, Interpol, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Damon Albarn and more. Tickets for the fest go on sale at 3 PM.

The Strokes at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

The lineup for NYC music festival Governors Ball was just announced, and included a solo set from Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, but it's now just been confirmed that The Strokes themselves will perform too! It will be The Strokes' first hometown show since playing MSG in 2011.

Tickets for the fest go on sale today (1/15) at 3 PM. Check out the full lineup.

Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

We already knew that Outkast would be headlining this year's Governors Ball music festival, which goes down on NYC's Randall's Island from June 6-8, and now, one day after the lineup of Firefly Fest was announced, and a few days after we found out who was playing Coachella, the full lineup has been announced. It includes Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, TV on the Radio, Julian Casablancas, Disclosure, Spoon, Broken Bells, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Neko Case, The Kills, Grimes, Janelle Monae, Tyler the Creator, Washed Out, Earl Sweatshirt, Kurt Vile, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Run the Jewels and many more.

UPDATE: The Strokes are playing too!

Tickets go on sale today (1/15) at 3 PM. Full lineup and flyer below...

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We knew Outkast would be reuniting for Coachella (which was just confirmed in the 2014 lineup announcement last night) and other shows this year, and one of those shows is a headlining slot at NYC music festival Governors Ball, which goes down on Randall's Island from June 6-8. Their appearance was confirmed by a GovBall representative to Rolling Stone.

GovBall has also been dropping lineup hints on their Twitter, including a picture of Biggie and Tupac (???).

Watch an Outkast video below...

Continue reading "Outkast headlining NYC's Governors Ball (and Coachella)"

chillin' at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

After a (mostly) successful 2013, NYC music festival Governors Ball has announced it will return for its fourth year in 2014 from Friday, June 6 - Sunday, June 8 on the restored Randall's Island. Lineup and tickets TBA soon.

Randall's Island

Back in June, the people behind Governors Ball said they'd be helping to restore Randall's Island, which was left as a giant mudpie after the festival. The restoration (as you can see above) is complete, and the following statement has been given:

The Governors Ball Music Festival is proud to announce the completion of restoration efforts at Randall's Island Park's Event Site to repair the grounds. Governors Ball is making good on their stated goal of leaving the park's event site in even better condition than it was before this year's sold-out festival, which was hit by record rains at the start of the June 7th-9th event.

Governors Ball is honored to call Randall's Island Park home, and as New Yorkers themselves, the festival promoters at Founders Entertainment are especially dedicated to preserving and maintaining New York City's cherished public spaces. At the conclusion of this year's festival they immediately assumed responsibility for the cost of the restoration work, which included fully scraping, rototilling and then sodding the event site with 9 acres of hearty Kentucky Bluegrass. No time was wasted in this effort, and as soon as turf conditions were dry enough for restoration to go forward, work began. Founders contracted with DeLea Sod Farms, one of the most prestigious local sod and grass companies, for the project. Their long list of esteemed clients include the New York Yankees, among others.

In addition to field restoration, Governors Ball has invested in infrastructure improvements to the Randall's Island Park Event Site that will prevent future flooding and event site damage, including the installation of a drainage system on the west side of the event site. The investment will make the site more functional and better protected from future weather events. The move demonstrates Governors Ball promoters Founders Entertainment's long-term commitment to the park New York City's premier live music event calls home, and their dedication to protecting and preserving the event site so that it is available for all New Yorkers to enjoy for the months and years to come.

"Randall's Island Park is such a beautiful public space, and after this year's record rainfall resulted in lost grass and excessive mud in the event area, we knew immediately we had to restore the event site and leave it in even better condition than it was before Governors Ball took place. As New Yorkers who grew up going to Randall's Island often for sports, concerts, and other special events, the restoration wasn't just an ethical responsibility, it was a personal one. We have worked hand in hand with the Randall's Island Parks Alliance Turf Crew and the NYC Department of Parks to make sure all the work meets their professional standards. We are thrilled with the results, and we can't thank them enough for their support, and hard work throughout this process."
- Tom Russell, Yoni Reisman, and Jordan Wolowitz of Founders Entertainment

Governors (Beach) Ball (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Gov Ball

Governors Ball says:

The Governors Ball Music Festival is honored to call Randall's Island Park home and is working closely with the New York City Department of Parks and the Randall's Island Park Alliance to ensure it is in great condition for all New Yorkers to enjoy for the months and years to come. The Governors Ball aims to leave the Park in even better condition than it was before this year's Festival, which was hit by record rains earlier this month.

Sodding work in the entire Harlem River event area will begin soon to the NYC Parks Department's specifications, following preparation work that has been done over the past few weeks. That prep work also was delayed by additional rain this month. Work is being done to make the land more durable in the future, including the installation of a drain to combat over saturation of the field. Governors Ball is working with RIPA and Parks to upgrade some other areas in the event space that were not damaged in this event.
Previously: Backyard Fest cancelled

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Yeezus / Bloc Party / fans chillin' in a kiddie pool
Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

Governors Ball concluded on Sunday (6/9). We've already posted one set of pictures from that day, in addition to pictures of The xx, Deerhunter, and Portugal. The Man. We also posted videos, the setlist, and talked a bit about Kanye West's set. Now we've got pictures of Yeezus, in addition to Bloc Party, Beirut, Foals, Freddie Gibbs, and more in this post.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Governors Ball coverage, pictures of day 1 are HERE and HERE, and pictures of day 2 are HERE and HERE. More day 3 pictures below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball day 3 in pics (part 2): Kanye West, Bloc Party, Beirut, Foals, Freddie Gibbs & more"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Portugal. The Man @ Governors Ball - 6/9/13
Governors Ball

As mentioned, Portugal. The Man have a new Danger Mouse-produced LP out this year, and they've been on a tour in support of it which already hit NYC twice. First for an Irving Plaza show back in May, and then for the Governors Ball festival, which they played on Sunday (6/9). Pictures of their set at Govs Ball are in this post.

Like many other bands who just played that festival, Portugal. The Man have now added a headlining NYC show to their tour. That show happens on September 27 at Terminal 5. Tickets show go on AmEx presale Wednesday (6/19) at noon, with a general on-sale beginning Friday (6/21) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, along with some videos, a stream of their new album, and more pictures from Governors Ball, below...

Continue reading "Portugal. The Man played Governors Ball, announced second leg of tour (dates & pics)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Deerhunter @ Governors Ball - 6/9/13
Governors Ball

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...

Continue reading "Deerhunter played Governors Ball, expand tour (dates & pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Twin Shadow / Grizzly Bear / crowd
Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

Governors Ball wrapped up on Sunday (6/9) after a very soggy start. Despite the rain on Friday and the treks through the mud that followed for the next two days, it was still a weekend filled with tons of great music, and day 3 was no exception. We already talked a bit about the epic Kanye West set, and just posted pictures of The xx, who also played that day. More pictures of day 3, including sets of Grizzly Bear, Twin Shadow, Yeasayer, Haim, The Avett Brothers, and more, are in this post.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Governors Ball coverage, pictures of day 1 are HERE and HERE, and pictures of day 2 are HERE and HERE. Day 3 pictures (more of which are on the way) continue below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball day 3 in pics: Grizzly Bear, Twin Shadow, Yeasayer, Haim, Avett Brothers & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

The xx at Governors Ball - 6/9/13
The xx

Speaking of bands that just played Governors Ball that have since announced NYC shows, here's two that will be playing together: The xx, who played the Ball on Sunday (6/9), plan to make their way back around these parts for a show at Radio City Music Hall on September 23 and support comes from Polica. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at 10 AM.

Polica's two drummers (UPDATE: and Channy) will also be in NYC tonight to back Marijuana Deathsquads at their Mercury Lounge show (tickets).

Pictures of The xx's Governors Ball set are in this post. Check out more of those, along with The xx's newish video for "Fiction", Polica's newish Justin Vernon-featuring song, "Tiff," and all lists of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "The xx played Governors Ball (pics), announce Radio City show w/ Polica (dates)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Fucked Up / Guns N Roses / Azealia Banks
Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

We just posted pictures of day 2 (6/8) of NYC festival Governors Ball, which went down on Randall's Island this weekend, and here's more in this post. This time, we've got shots of Guns N' Roses, Animal Collective (who rival Kanye West for best light show of the festival), Cut Copy, Fucked Up and more.

Fucked Up's set was one of the craziest at the festival. Damien performed in the crowd and on the barrier as usual, but due to Friday's weather, this was by far the messiest I've ever seen it get. He was covered in mud, sweat, and beer by song 2 and so was a huge chunk of the crowd, who didn't let the swampy ground stop them from breaking out into a mosh pit. The set included the usual live favorites, "Son The Father," "Turn The Season, "I Hate Summer," etc, a rant about marijuana, and a tons of comments about how grateful they were for their fans. One of the best Fucked Up shows I've seen yet.

Cut Copy debuted a new song, "Explorers," earlier this week on tour (via Consequence of Sound). You can watch a video of that below.

Pictures of day 1 are HERE and HERE. More day 2 pictures are HERE. Videos and setlist of Kanye's day 3 set are HERE, and still more coverage is on the way. Even more pictures of day 2 below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball day 2 in pics (part 2): Guns N' Roses, Animal Collective, Cut Copy, Fucked Up & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Nas / Kendrick Lamar / people in mud
Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

Governors Ball continued on Saturday (6/8) for its second of three days. The weather was much better than day 1, but Friday's storm kept the entire place a mud swamp. Of course, that made for some interesting things like the muddy mosh pit during Fucked Up's set, but it also made walking from stage to stage kind of a drag. That said, it really wasn't that bad, and it was a whole lot more enjoyable to watch the music in the sun than in Friday's rain.

I got there just as Japandroids were going on (or, as they jokingly referred to themselves throughout their entire set, Guns N' Roses). They're an excellent festival band and were a great start to my day, though it was hard to get their usual crowd energy going on the large Governors Ball main stage. I'm sure that wasn't a problem at their afterparty at MHOW though, which I sadly missed. Did anyone catch that?

Maybe the most surprising thing I saw on Saturday was the size of Alt-J's crowd. I knew they were getting bigger, but I must not have fully realized to what extent. It was one of the largest crowds for a non-headliner I saw that day, and pretty impossible to move through it too. And it wasn't even people trying to get a good spot for Kendrick Lamar, who was on next, because a lot of them cleared out after Alt-J. Of course, Kendrick did bring his own huge crowd, and if I had to say, Kendrick worked a festival crowd better than any other act I saw this weekend.

For the Saturday night headliner, it was between Guns N' Roses on the Governors Ball Stage and Nas on the Honda Stage. I chose Nas. It was an excellent set from the legendary rapper, which included a good amount of Illmatic, some highlights of his new album (like "Daughters"), and backing by a killer live band. If you chose GNR, how were they?

Pictures of day 1 are HERE and HERE. Videos and setlist of Kanye's day 3 set are HERE, and more coverage is still on the way. More pictures of day 2 below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball day 2 in pics: Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Japandroids, Alt-J, Dirty Projectors, Azealia Banks & more"

photo by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Kanye West at Governors Ball - 6/9/13
Kanye West

Kanye West wrapped up this year's muddy, yet successful, Governors Ball on Randall's Island with an epic headlining set on the main stage (6/9). If you weren't close to the stage, it was hard to see him, but that didn't even matter because his elaborate light/visual show was a huge spectacle on his own. He had multiple layers of lights across the back end of the stage, and the screens were back and forth between showing ominous images and distorted shots of Kanye performing on stage. He didn't get as crazy as he has in the past with a rant, but he did go on a short one in the middle of "Clique" about how he doesn't care about radio or trying to sell a million records anymore, he just cares about music.

In addition to playing the hits, Kanye also played material off of his upcoming new album, Yeezus, including "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves," which he did on SNL, and three others, one possibly named "On Site" and another possibly named "I Am A God." Check out videos of him playing all five new songs, along with his full Governors Ball setlist, below. More pictures (like the one above) coming soon.

Continue reading "Kanye West played more new 'Yeezus' songs at Governors Ball (videos/setlist)"

note: these pictures were posted for about a minute yesterday, but due to a website malfunction, they disappeared. so here they are...

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Polica / Beach House / more muddy people
Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

You've already seen pictures of the rainy, muddy, first day of Governors Ball, and here's more in this post. They continue below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball day 1 in pics (part 2): Beach House, Polica, Holy Ghost!, Bear Mountain & more"

note: these pictures were posted for about a minute yesterday, but due to a website malfunction, they disappeared. so here they are...

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Dinosaur Jr. / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs / muddy people
Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

Thanks to the storm that hit us on Friday (6/7), day 1 of Governors Ball got off to a pretty messy start. It wasn't so bad at first, and early sets from Polica and Dinosaur Jr. (who had a bunch of fans there in J.Mascis-style grey wigs) were still enjoyable despite the weather, but later in the day, the rain severely picked up and Feist's set was shut down after one song. Other artists, like Beach House, were cut off early too, and some, like Pretty Lights and Kings of Leon (who ended up playing Saturday instead), had to cancel completely. Still, before then there was much to enjoy, and the Skyy Vodka Tent made for a great place to take shelter and dry off. Plus huge afternoon dance parties from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Crystal Castles didn't hurt either.

Stay tuned for our continued coverage of Governors Ball, and follow BrooklynVegan on twitter and instagram for live updates (as much as cell phone service permits at least, it gets pretty rough around mid-day). More pictures of day 1 below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball day 1 in pics: rain, mud, Dinosaur Jr, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Local Natives & more"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Fiest in the rain / casualty of storm / making the best of it @ Governors Ball on Friday

Governor's Ball

Yesterday's unrelenting rain made for a cold, soggy start to Governors Ball. Feist gave up after one song, saying "I think they think we're going to get electrocuted." Festival organizers then pulled the plug on the night:

Due to the high winds and unsafe stage conditions, Governors Ball has been suspended Friday night. The Current wind speeds have made it a safety issue to operate the stages. While Governors Ball and the acts would like for nothing more than the show to go on, the safety of our patrons, performers, and staff must always come first. Governors Ball will continue as scheduled Saturday morning. We anticipate gates to open on schedule. We are looking forward to great music and good times for the rest of the weekend.
Good news for fans of Friday night headliners King of Leon, the band will play the main stage today at 6:45 PM. Obviously this will affect some of the other band's set times and you can see the revised schedule for details.The weather's a whole lot nicer today, but those mudpits probably won't be going anywhere. Look for a full recap and pictures of waterlogged Friday soon.

UPDATE: Pictures of Friday are posted HERE and HERE.

In other news, Kings of Leon just announced their new album, Mechanical Bull, will be out September 24.

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Beach House @ Summerstarge 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach House

Mudslides at Governors Ball today (via @BrooklynVegan instagram)

today in NYC
* Ellis Paul @ Joe's Pub
* Spanglish Fly @ Barbes
* Opera On Tap @ Barbes
* Rob Delaney @ Caroline's
* The Knocks (DJ) @ Lil Charlie's
* Ben Greenberg (of Zs) @ Roulette
* Polica, Solid Gold @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sylvie Courvoisier Trio @ The Stone
* Willie Nelson @ Theatre at Westbury
* Dinosaur Jr., Reignwolf @ Irving Plaza
* Bruce Levingston @ Open Road Rooftop
* MNDSGN, ELOS, Ahnu, VHVL @ 285 Kent
* DJ Britt Daniel (of Spoon) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Oblivians, Ex-Cult @ Beekman Beer Garden
* The Remains, The A-Bones @ The Bell House
* Half Moon Run, Young Unknowns @ Glasslands
* Pure Bathing Culture, Monogold @ Mercury Lounge
* Terrence Parker, Free Magic, Faso @ Cameo Gallery
* Attic Ends, Camden, Bedroom Eyes @ Cameo Gallery
* Japandroids, Crocodiles @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Queens of the Stone Age @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Hey Champ, Gemini Club, Friendly Greg @ Glasslands
* Dead Stars, Radical Dads, Heaven @ The Grand Victory
* Old Crow Medicine Show, Jonny Fritz @ Capitol Theatre
* The Olms (Pete Yorn & J.D. King) @ Housing Works Cafe
* Lovely Bad Things, Wyatt Blair, Primes @ Death By Audio
* Windhand, Kings Destroy, Clamfight, Belus @ Saint Vitus Bar
* Doveman, Paul Noonan, Trixie Whitley @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Porches, Summer People, Lost Boy?, Heeney @ Shea Stadium
* Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Kidnap Kid @ Webster Hall
* NatNaiel, Julius Myth, All Natural, Kassa, Rav P. @ Mercury Lounge
* Tiger Dare, Ann Pragg, Chains of Love, Such Hounds @ Cake Shop
* Q-Tip (DJ), Nickodemus (DJ), DJ Eleven @ Museum of Natural History
* Oh No! and the Tiger Pit, Morningbell, Olivia Mancini, 56 K @ Union Hall
* Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band @ Summersplash Concert Cruise
* LODRO, Life Size Maps, The Vandelles, Young Boys, Spires @ Secret Loft
* Janeane Garofalo, Todd Barry, Christian Finnegan @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Rain Machine, Christy & Emily, Kate Eastburn, David First @ Bowery Electric
* Spirit Family Reunion, The National Reserve, Last Good Tooth @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Liah Alonso, Luke Rathborne, Coon Doggin Outlaws, Adam Karol, Bonaparte, Surf Wax America, Wolff and Tuba @ Pianos
* Governors Island w Kings of Leon, Pretty Lights, Beach House, Feist, Local Natives, Of Monsters and Men, Young The Giant, Erykah Badu, Crystal Castles, Best Coast, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Dinosaur Jr., Holy Ghost!, Polica, St. Lucia, The Knocks, MS MR, Solid Gold, Reignwolf, Bear Mountain, Pacific Air, Swear and Shake @ Randall's Island

What may end up being a very major NYC music festival, Governors Ball, begins today with sets from Beach House, Feist, Dinosaur Jr., Polica and more. It's looking like rain all day, but the fest is 100% rain or shine so bring a poncho. If you're going today, how are you getting there?

Governors Ball also has a number of official afterparties. There's some great ones tonight, including Japandroids/Crocodiles, Dinosaur Jr., and Polica.

Even without Governors Ball and its afterparties, there are lots of show options. Kyp Malone's solo project, Rain Machine (very appropriate today), plays The Bowery Electric tonight with Christy & Emily, Katie Eastburn, and David First. Advance tickets are still available.

After saying hi to David Letterman and going crate-digging, Queens of the Stone Age will play a sold-out Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Did you manage to snag tickets?

It may be cold and rainy, but the glowing tubes in the amps at Saint Vitus tonight will be warm. New Relapse signees Windhand team with Kings Destroy (their record release party), Clamfight and Belus as part of an InvisibleOranges event and a larger Windhand tour. Tickets are still available.

If you're looking for something to do after work, there's a Memphis punk double-threat happening at the the Seaport Music Festival with legends The Oblivians and upstarts Ex Cult. The rain moved the event down the street to the Beekman Beer Garden (under their giant tented area). Still free but Beekman is 18+. Sorry, minors!

Fans of '90s style indie rock? Grand Victory in Williamsburg has a pretty killer local line-up of Dead Stars, Radical Dads and Heaven.

Looking to catch potential Next Big Things? LODRO, Spires, Life Size Maps, The Vandelles and Young Boys. are playing at 247 N. 10th St (at Frost). That's a pretty good line-up.

While Of Monsters and Men cause the Governors Ball masses to sway in the rain, their tourmates, Montreal's talented Half Moon Run, will be performing at Glasslands.

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Broken Social Scene are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their landmark LP, You Forgot it in People, and snuck down to NYC to play Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with their sometimes vocalist Feist (who plays Governors Ball) in tow. They did "Almost Crimes" on the show and then did "7/4 Shoreline" as a web exclusive. Watch them both below.

Meanwhile, Park & Recreation costars Adam Scott and Amy Pohler collaborated on "The Greatest Event in Television History": a shot-for-shot recreation of the opening credits of '80s mystery-adventure series, Hart to Hart. And you can watch that (and a making-of doc) below too.

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Guns N' Roses @ Brooklyn Bowl, 6/6/2013
Guns n Roses
Guns n Roses

Axl Rose's current version of Guns N' Roses  did indeed play Brooklyn Bowl last night (6/7), an impossibly small venue for the band who will headline Governors Ball on Saturday (6/8). Taking the stage fairly close to their scheduled set time (they went on at 11:20 PM), the band (which still includes former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson) opened with two Appetite for Destruction numbers, "You're Crazy" and "Welcome to the Jungle."

According to a poster in MyGnRForum.com, the set was cut a bit short due to Axl having some tummy trouble and "he apologized for not giving a lot of energy and said that he was doing his best not to throw up." Despite that, GnR still played a 20 song set, wrapping it up with "Paradise City." Did you go last night? Was it worth the $150 ticket?

You can check out video of "Paradise City" and a couple other songs, plus the set list and lots more photos from Brooklyn Bowl, below.

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Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Governors Ball

It's rare that a NYC music festival pulls it off, but Governors Ball may do just that this weekend (6/7-9) on Randall's Island (NOT Governors Island). The fest, already basically sold out (I say "basically" because it went back on sale last minute), will feature headlining sets from Kings of Leon, Guns N Roses (who also play Brooklyn Bowl first), and Kanye West, and the rest of the lineup is pretty impressive too (check out our Spotify playlist.) The weather for this weekend isn't looking so hot, but what I'm more concerned about is what is the best way to actually get there.

Events that take place on foreign lands like Governors Island and Randall's Island (this one is on Randall's Island, but is named after Governors Island, where it took place its first year) always present a challenge in terms of transportation. Driving wouldn't be such a bad idea (three-day parking passes are sold out, but single day passes are still available), but it'd be nice to take a more environmentally friendly route (and I don't have a car). So as a New Yorker who loves convenience, and loves to complain, I'm trying to figure out which mode of public transportation is going to cause the least amount of headaches.

Obviously the most environmentally friendly way is walking/bicycling, which you can do across the 103rd St. Footbridge, which re-opened in June 2012. You can easily get there from the 4/6 trains or the M15 bus, and it's about a 20 minute walk across (857 feet). You can also walk across the RFK bridge from Manhattan, the Bronx, or Queens. More info on both of those routes is at Randall's Island's website.

On a normal day, going to Randall's Island is probably pretty easy by taking the M35 bus which runs there from the NW corner of 125th St. and Lexington Ave. Though for this weekend, being that it's Governors Ball, you would instead take the X80 Special Events bus, which leaves from the same location and has an increased fare of $10. Transfer is available from the Lexington Avenue 4, 5, or 6 trains at 125th Street. But that might end up getting really crowded during a music festival - not to mention it's out of the way for many, which is why Governors Ball is also providing other (more expensive) ways of transportation for festival-goers.

One option they provide is taking the Manhattan Ferry, which departs from and returns to 34th St. and FDR Drive. The ferries run continuously throughout the day. If you're not walking distance, your best bet might be to get to the ferry terminal by bus. 3-day passes ($50) and single-day passes ($20) for roundtrip ferry tickets are available.

UPDATE: Maybe not that surprisingly,reports from rainy day one say the ferry and shuttle were long line disasters.

Another, slightly more expensive (but maybe more convenient?) option is the Brooklyn Shuttle, which leaves from Williamsburg venue Brooklyn Bowl. The best way to get Brooklyn Bowl if you don't live close enough to walk is probably the L or G trains. 3-day passes ($60) and single-day passes ($25) for the the shuttle are also available.

What do you think works the best? What's worked best for you in the past? Let's discuss.

Dinosaur Jr at Terminal 5, 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
J. Mascis

Prepare for a triple dose of J. Mascis this weekend. First up, Dinosaur Jr. play twice on Friday (6/7): first at Governors Ball and then one of the fest's official afterparties happening at  Irving Plaza that night. Blown-out bluesman Reignwolf opens the show (and also plays Govs Ball) and you can check him out in a video below. Tickets are still available for Dinosaur Jr., but you can try your hand at winning some, we've got three pair to give away. Details are below. Good luck!

Then on Saturday afternoon (6/8) at Union Pool, Mascis plays again with one of his other bands, the instrumental, psychedelic blues-jamming Heavy Blanket. You can find out just how heavy a blanket can be by streaming a couple tracks below.

The show is part of the BrooklynVegan-presented edition of the venue's free Summer Thunder series (that kicked off last week) and the show also features Love As Laughter. The fun starts at 2 PM and, again, it's free.

Invisible Oranges is also proud to sponsor a Summer Thunder event on June 15th with Inter Arma and Pyrrhon.

Song stream, videos and contest details below...

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