Entries tagged with: Skrillex
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Big Boi & Phantogram at SOB's in 2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)
A few years back, OutKast's Big Boi invited Phantogram to contribute to three tracks on his 2012 album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (including the especially great "Lines," which also features A$AP Rocky), and their creative relationship eventually led to the full-blown collaborative project Big Grams. They recently released their 7-song self-titled EP, which was produced almost entirely by Phantogram except "Put It On Her" by 9th Wonder and "Drum Machine" by Skrillex, and Big Boi's pals Run the Jewels show up on "Born to Shine." You can check out the video for "Fell in the Sun" and a Spoitfy stream of the whole EP below.
Big Grams have announced some festival appearances for 2016, including Hangout, but before that they'll play a club show at NYC's Irving Plaza on December 21. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (11/20) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Music Geeks presales starting Thursday (11/19) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
Tickets for the Ground Control 15th Anniversary show at Webster Hall with Conor Oberst, Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Titus Andronicus, Rainer Maria, Torres, Hop Along, Waxahatchee, Speedy Ortiz and more go on presale today at 10 AM (password = GCT15).
Kate Boy is playing Baby's All Right on November 14. Tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.
Skrillex is playing a Halloween show on Pier 94 with Marshmello, Sliink, Leikeli47, Jahlil Beats and Vindata. Tickets are on sale now.
A Wilhelm Scream, Pears, and Gameday Regulars are playing Saint Vitus on December 13. Tickets are available now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
Countless band reunions, Wet Hot American Summer, and the '90s/early '00s revival continues when Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 comes out this fall. It's the first THPS game since 2002. As fun as the games were, the soundtracks were equally important and for people of a certain age they probably turned you on to a lot of stuff. Maybe playing those games was the first time you heard Agent Orange's "Bloodstains" or Gang Starr's "Mass Appeal" or Adolescents' "Amoeba."
The soundtrack for the new one has been revealed, and it's got a lot of cool stuff. There are great newer songs that weren't around during THPS' initial run, like Cloud Nothings' "I"m Not Part of Me," Bully's "Milkman," Cold Cave's "A Little Death to Laugh," Death From Above 1979's "Virgins," The Orwells' "Who Needs You" and Temples' "Shelter Song." Plus some more legendary stuff too, like Death's "Keep On Knocking." Check out the full tracklist and a playlist of the whole thing (via Wired) below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Vic Mensa at Pitchfork Festival 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Vic Mensa's rise has been quite the interesting one. It's almost hard to remember how closely tied to Chance the Rapper he was only two years ago, considering both have gone in wildly different directions. He put out a couple impressive singles last year -- the danceable "Down On My Luck" and the Kaytranada collaboration "Wimme Nah" -- and so far this year he's released two even better ones. There's the Kanye West-featuring "U Mad" that came out back in the spring (following Vic's appearance on Kanye's "Wolves" single) and the more recent Skrillex collaboration, "No Chill." Say what you will about Skrillex's own music, but he's undeniably great when he produces for rappers (like "Wild for the Night" with A$AP Rocky, who Vic opened for in NYC last month).
Vic also recently released a freestyle called "Heir to the Throne" which disses fellow Kanye collaborator Travi$ Scott and pays tribute to Jay Z, whose Roc Nation imprint will release Vic's debut album. It's titled Traffic and is due out at some point this year. Vic also recently released a cover of Future's "Codeine Crazy," which like the aforementioned tracks, is streaming below.
Two weekends ago, Vic played hometown festival Pitchfork Festival, and on Friday (7/31) he made a surprise appearance at another hometown festival, Lollapalooza. He jumped down about 15 feet from the DJ booth to the stage during Dillon Francis' set and proceeded to dance on stage. It's pretty amazing considering that jump looks like it hurt. Watch below, and stay tuned for a Dillon Francis remix of "U Mad." The next day at Lollapalooza, Travi$ Scott was arrested during his set.
Vic has more dates coming up, including the first of two Mad Decent Block Parties in Brooklyn (8/8) (sold out), Philly's Made In America festival, and the big Asbury Park (9/19) show with How to Dress Well, The Front Bottoms and more (tickets).
All dates are listed, with videos and song streams, below...
Long Island's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater will play host to pop music festival Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival on August 22-23 (making that a busy weekend with Brooklyn's Afropunk festival). You probably don't care that Justin Bieber is playing, but depending on how much of a poptimist you are, it's potentially interesting that they have The Weeknd, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, iLoveMakonnen, Fetty Wap, Kiesza and Santigold. Plus underground rappers Main Attrakionz and, weirdly enough, indie-dance bands Holy Ghost! and The Faint. Tickets go on sale Thursday (7/16) at 10 AM with a Citi presale starting Monday (7/13) at 9 AM. Full lineup (with one more TBA) below.
The fest is a week before Fetty Wap returns to the venue to open for Chris Brown (sigh), and about a month after Nicki Minaj's big Barclays Center show with Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and DeJ Loaf.
by Andrew Sacher
The Internet, Odd Future's neo-soul/alt-R&B group, released their new album Ego Death this week, featuring Janelle Monae, Vic Mensa, James Fauntleroy, Kaytranada and Tyler, the Creator. If you haven't heard it yet, check out a Spotify stream of the whole album and the video for the Kaytranada-featuring "Girl," below.
The Internet played three NYC shows in support of it earlier this week, Madiba Harlem on Monday (6/29), Baby's All Right on Tuesday (6/30) and opening for Basement Jaxx in Central Park last night (7/1). They've got one more NYC celebration planned, happening at Baby's East Village sister venue Elvis Guesthouse TONIGHT (7/2) for a late-night 11 PM show. Tickets are on sale. Their only other show announced at the moment is LA later this month with Cut Chemist and Shura.
Other Odd Future members Mike G and Left Brain will be in NYC the following week, playing the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on 7/9 with Speak, Pyramid Vritira, Mind Gone Larry, B.I.C. and HOA Bossman. Tickets are still available.
Tyler, the Creator will be here for the Mad Decent Block Parties in Coney Island's MCU Park on August 8 & 9. He plays day 2, with CL, Grandtheft, Party Favor, What So Not, Jack U (aka Skrillex & Diplo) and new additions iLoveMakonnen, Knife Party and Gorgon City (DJ). Day 1 has Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle, Die Antwoord, Gent & Jawns, Major Lazer, Vic Mensa, new additions Lunice, Tommy Trash, Yellow Claw, and one more TBA. Two-day passes are sold out, but you can still get single-day tickets for the block parties.
Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt is also touring in support of his excellent I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, and hitting NYC on August 22 at Best Buy Theater with Remy Banks. Tickets are still available.
"I watched Tyler's interview with Hot 97. Basically, what he meant is that we don't hang out everyday," says Matt. "That's literally what he means. If Earl [Sweatshirt] saw Tyler today, they would give each other the biggest hug."Considering most Odd Future releases have been by the members' individual projects anyway, the news just seems to be -- as Earl Sweatshirt said -- "solidifying the obvious."
Matt insists there are no hard feelings among the members of OFWGKTA, but the producer does acknowledge Odd Future affiliates have broken off into separate camps.
"It's a badge. It's a great thing. Everything has to move on. Everything has to have closure," Matt states. "I think what rose from that is what really matters. A lot of great careers spawned from that, and a lot of great careers will continue to spawn from that."
The Internet video and album stream below...
photo: Mad Decent Block Party 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Mad Decent Block Party tour returns this summer, and now initial lineups have been announced. Check the Block Party website for each city's specific lineup, but artists playing include Major Lazer, Diplo, Jack U, Skrillex, iLoveMakonnen, Tyler the Creator, Vic Mensa, T-Pain, Flosstradamus, Cashmere Cat, Die Antwoord, Cut Copy, Riff Raff, RL Grime, XXYYXX and more.
The NYC stops happen August 8 & 9 in Coney Island's MCU Park and have Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle, Die Antwoord, Gent & Jawns, Major Lazer, Vic Mensa and three more TBA on day 1; and CL, Grandtheft, Jack U, Party Favor, Tyler the Creator and What So Not on day 2.
Tickets for the whole tour are on sale now. All announced artists below.
Tyler the Creator's fourth album (counting Bastard) is out now. It's called Cherry Bomb and features Kanye West, Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Lil Wayne and more. You can listen below.
Once again, Skrillex and Diplo are hopping aboard a train in Canada for their Full Flex Express tour (modeled after the 1970 Festival Express tour), and they're bringing along a pretty cool cast of friends. Skrillz and Dippy are going as their collaborative Jack U project, and they'll be joined by Zeds Dead, A$AP Ferg, Tycho, Kiesza, Hundred Waters and Anna Lunoe x Mija. All stops the tour is making are listed below, and tickets for all dates are on sale.
Diplo and Anna Lunoe also both play Woodstock festival Mysteryland.
Alabama's Hangout Music Festival returns from May 15-17, and the lineup's just been expanded. Joey Bada$$, Sylvan Esso, JEFF the Brotherhood, Sam Smith, Natural Child and more were added to the fest, joining Foo FIghters, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, TV on the Radio, Jenny Lewis, Future Islands, Father John Misty and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Updated lineup below...
Detroit's annual electronic music festival Movement returns this year from May 23-25 (Memorial Day Weekend). The phase one lineup was announced and it includes Snoop Dogg under the name DJ Snoopadelic, Richie Hawtin, Disclosure, Dog Blood (aka Boys Noize and Skrillex), Carl Craig, Matthew Dear, Danny Brown, Ben UFO, Clark, Fort Romeau, Nina Kraviz, People Under the Stairs, Rone, Shigeto and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full phase one lineup below...
Hangout Music Festival, which will now be co-produced by Goldenvoice (the same company that produces Coachella), returns to the beaches of Gulf Shores, AL from May 15-17 this year. The lineup includes Foo Fighters, Beck, Skrillex, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Major Lazer, TV on the Radio, Phantogram, Damian Marley, Jenny Lewis, Lupe Fiasco, Future Islands, Father John Misty, Drive-By Truckers, Toro y Moi, Charles Bradley, Strand of Oaks and more.
Tickets go on sale today (1/13) at 10 AM EST. Full lineup below...
A$AP Ferg in Queens in May (more by Gretchen Robinette)
A$AP Ferg returned this week with a new mixtape, Ferg Forever. It's got production from Big K.R.I.T., Clams Casino, Mike Will Made It and others, with M.I.A., Big Sean, SZA, YG, Wynter Gordon and more making guest appearances. You can stream that in full below and download it for free at DatPiff.
After NYE, Ferg heads out on a tour with YG. That tour doesn't include any NYC dates but there are nearby stops in Connecticut, Boston and Philly. All dates are listed, with the new mixtape stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.
Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Mac DeMarco / Polica / Major Lazer fans
ACL Fest Weekend 2 continued on Saturday (10/11) after kicking off a day earlier. We caught sets from Eminem, Skrillex, Broken Bells, Major Lazer, Lana Del Rey, Icona Pop, The Head and the Heart, My Brightest Diamond, Interpol, Polica, Mac DeMarco and a few others, and pictures of those are in this post. There was a short rain delay with anything before 12:30 getting cancelled, but otherwise the second Saturday of the fest went off without a hitch.
Eminem / tUnE-yArDs / fans
...but then crowd density reared its ugly head again with the battle of the headliners: EDM master Skrillex and established rapper Eminem. From the midway point of the festival grounds, dozens of teens were spotted running full tilt in the direction of Skrillex from Major Lazer's set, while older generations seemed to migrate toward Eminem. Skrillex kicked off his bass-heavy dubstep right on time, dousing the electric crowd with lasers. In the meantime, Slim Shady got a slower start, getting underway nearly 10 minutes late and with a video intro that was lost on tens of thousands who just weren't close enough to hear. Including this one, who instead threw in the towel and headed for home. [Sound Spike]The first weekend of 2014's Austin City Limits Festival is now over, with the city gearing back up for a second round this weekend. Although the festival's second day was marred by some intermittent showers, killer sets were still plentiful from Eminem, Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Major Lazer, Interpol, Broken Bells, tUnE-yArDs, Mac DeMarco, Polica, My Brightest Diamond, The Rosebuds and plenty more. Pictures from those sets and more are in this post.
Beck at Austin City Limits 2014 Weekend 1 (more by Tim Griffin)
The second weekend of this year's Austin City Limits is coming up (10/10-10/12), and unlike the first weekend (pics here) performances will be lived streamed all three days. Red Bull TV is streaming performances from over 45 artists throughout the weekend (much like they did with this year's Lollapalooza) including sets from Beck, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Broken Bells, Lorde, Phantogram, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, Interpol and many more. You can catch the stream which includes "live performances, artist interviews and behind-the scenes access" over at the Red Bull TV website from 2 PM to 10PM CST each day of the festival.
Red Bull TV is also premiering Skrillex's new 35-minute documentary, "Let's Make A Spaceship: Skrillex Mothership Tour 2014," which (if you couldn't guess) follows the process of the dubstep-king's ongoing and incredibly ambitious tour. The doc premieres immediately after Skrillex's headlining set at ACL and will be available to stream on demand through the Red Bull TV player immediately following the premiere.
Check out a list of all the artists you can watch on the stream below...
Diplo has a few dates coming up this year, and he'll be ringing in the new year in a big way when he teams up with Skrillex for a New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden. The show will include solo sets from each producer, plus a set as their collaborative project Jack U. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale with a Live Nation presale beginning Thursday (9/18) at 10 AM and the general on-sale starting Friday (9/19) at noon. All Diplo dates are listed below.
The pair have also premiered the studio version of their collaboration with pop singer Kiesza, "Take Ü There," on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. You can stream that below. Maybe Kiesza will show up on NYE? We know for sure she'll play NYC in October though, for the Downtown Music Festival.
List of dates and song stream below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Skrillex / iLoveMakonnen / coolin' down at Warm Up
MoMA PS1's 2014 Warm Up season ended this past Saturday (9/6) and it went out with a bang with a killer lineup of Evian Christ, Sophie and Lone. And depending on your feelings on Skrillex, it went out with either way more or way worse of a bang, since he was the surprise headliner. It was definitely insanely packed for Skrillex's set, to the point where people were even turned away before he came on. Skrillz wasn't the only surprise of the day though. iLoveMakonnen, who's apparently making a habit out of joining electronic producers at their day shows in NYC, came out during Evian Christ's set to get the MoMA PS1 courtyard going up on a Saturday afternoon. Forest Swords was also supposed to play but he was replaced by Doss at the last minute, and Doss' set was cut short due to the passing storm. We've got a set of pictures in this post of the whole day, with the exception of Doss.
More pictures from Warm Up, below...
Buzzcocks at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Buzzcocks, Titus Andronicus @ Webster Hall
This is an excellent generation-crossing bill for punk, with one of the best bands of the era -- no qualifiers necessary -- Buzzcocks, and one of today's finest bands in the genre, NJ's Titus Andronicus (who have headlined this venue themselves before).
Mineral, Into It. Over It. @ Bowery Ballroom
One of the most beloved bands of emo's late '90s period, Mineral, are back for their first tour in 17 years, and the first tour since the release of their slowcore-leaning classic swan song, EndSerenading. Tonight's the third of four sold-out NYC shows, all of which are opened by newer emo band Into It. Over It.
Skrillex, Evian Christ, Sophie, Lone @ MoMA PS1
It's the final Warm Up of the summer, and one of the best lineups of the season with Kanye collaborator Evian Christ, buzzy dancepop producer Sophie (best known so far for "Bipp" and "Hey QT"), and IDM raver Lone. Plus, special guests are promised. UPDATE: Skrillex is the headliner for the last Warm-Up. Not a joke. Also Forest Swords dropped off.
Evian Christ, Sophie, NGUZUNGUZU, The Deep @ 88 Palace
There's two ways you can keep the party going after Warm Up, this being one...
Lone (Live AV ft Konx-om-Pax), Aurora Halal (DJ Set), Konx-om-Pax (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
...and this being the other.
Fucked Up, Speedy Ortiz, Give @ Irving Plaza
Fucked Up may make highly ambitious punk records, but in a live setting they play like great punk bands always have: fast, loud and rowdy. Indie rockers Speedy Ortiz aren't to miss either, and DC punks Give should be a nice start to the night as well.
The Velvet Teen, Shy Hunters, Sunflower Bean @ Baby's All Right
All three of The Velvet Teen's albums are different, with the indie rock of 2002's Out of the Fierce Parade, the more ballady Elysium (2004), and the frenetic, eccentric sounding Cum Laude (2006). They haven't released a new album since that one, but they're promising that its followup will finally come out this year. Maybe we'll hear some new stuff today.
Fujiya & Miyagi, Zorch @ Brooklyn Bowl
Fujiya & Miyagi's new album, Artificial Sweetners, is their most synth-heavy yet, but otherwise keeps their brand of motorik funk pretty much intact. Their drummer for this tour is onetime Dirty on Purpose rhythm-master, Doug Marvin.
Cayetana, Chumped, Albondigas, Spirit of the Beehive @ Saint Vitus
Cayetana's great debut album comes out next week on Tiny Engines. It's a solid mix of indie rock, punk energy, and folky songwriting that Waxahatchee/Speedy Ortiz fans should find will be up their alley. See them tonight ahead of its release, and it's worth getting there in time for Brooklyn poppy punks Chumped too.
Cerebral Ballzy, Unstoppable Death Machines, Shellshag, Cutters, Sunny Gang @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's another night of free music and not-free food, drinks, arcade games, shopping and more at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Tonight's music lineup leans towards the punk side.
BELLS≥, Wedding Dress, Jumpers, Six Acre Lake @ Cake Shop
The Mineral show isn't the only place you can see emo vets in NYC tonight. BELLS≥ (members of Jawbox) and Wedding Dress (members of Joan of Arc and Maps & Atlases) team up at Cake Shop tonight.
California X, Slothrust, Mannequin Pussy, Vomitface @ Death By Audio
California X make sludgy rock that's somewhere between Dinosaur Jr and Torche, and they really shine in a live environment. NYC punks Mannequin Pussy are worth catching too.
Sole, DJ Pain, Pictureplane, Ceschi @ Glasslands
Alt-rapper Sole and his collaborator DJ Pain team with NYC electronic producer/all around fun guy Pictureplane for this show at Glasslands tonight.
Papercuts, Olson, Rydholm and Forester, Michael Nau @ Mercury Lounge
If you dig rainy day baroque pop, Papercuts (the moniker of San Francisco's Jason Quever) do it very well and their new record, Life Among the Savages, is quite good. Opening are Ladybug Transistor offshoot Olson, Rydholm and Forester.
Sir Richard Bishop (of Sun City Girls), Tashi Dorji @ Issue Project Room
Guitar master and Sun City Girl member Richard Bishop plays tonight with Bhutanese guitarist Tashi Dorji.
Loren Connors, Aki Onda, VioletRaid, Silk Purse @ Trans-Pecos
Avant-guitar great Loren Connors has an impressive resume, having collaborated with Thurston Moore, Cat Power, Kath Bloom and others. Catch him solo tonight.
Hollis Brown, Jonny Fritz @ The Lot In Long Island City (FREE)
The Lot in Long Island City is a free, all ages music & film series and today's afternoon entertainment includes country hellraiser Jonny "Corndawg" Fritz.
Ian Hunter and The Rant Band, Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby @ The Bell House
Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter and Wreckless Eric are both on this bill, which is a pretty cool pairing, and among other things it most likely means we'll get to hear "All the Young Dudes" and "Whole Wide World" at the same show.
Modern Baseball, I Am The Avalanche, Beach Slang @ Stone Pony
Modern Baseball and Beach Slang are two Philly bands who really know how to tap into the feelings of youth (the only difference is the actual ages of the members). Tonight's their second NYC-area show of the weekend, and this one also includes grungy punks I Am the Avalanche.
Aphex Twin album listening party
Get your first chance to hear SYRO at this listening party, location TBA, if you RSVP'd in time and got picked to go.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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The Internet has been spreading rumors that Diplo and Skrillex were booed after performances at Burning Man this year. Diplo says not true:
Despite rumors .. I wanna thank robot heart crew for putting together and awesome lineup or surprise guests and attendees that is gettin lost in a really lame false news story.. Although robot heart is anonymous and strictly a deeply quiet crew .. One of the founders .. Jaspn swamy loves this funny moment and is astounded that this is one of the busiest press stories from this years burning man.. Not only me and skrillex popped in but also above and beyond , thievery corp and Seth and many more underground artists.. No one is ever listed or promoted and all the lineups word of mouth .. I have been friends of Jason (who's has booked me outside of bm in other countries) for many years and nothing on hear articles is true .. There was no booing .. No bad vibes ... Nothing about seth troxler was true either... I wanna say one thing... I'm a dj thru and thru .. We did about 8 sets thru our few days at BM.. Ranging from trap dubstep at question mark to uk bass on the opulent temple .. Dub and classic reggae on the dancestranaught car and even deep techno and tribal house on robot heart.. Everyone on stage had a fun moment when we played a few tunes as we were Just killing time while the next dj was setting up.. We weren't kicked off or booed .. Jus wrapped our set up with an inside joke ... And of all the stories to come out after an amazing week... This is pretty tabloidish that's not what burningman is about.. Everything we did there was good fun and all the people that attended knows it.. - DiploBurning Man pictures above via Diplo's Instagram.
Helsinki has some nice architecture...
After spending three days shooting portraits and other SoundWave tent activities for us at Lollapalooza in Chicago, BrooklynVegan photographer Dominick Mastrangelo took off to Finland for this year's Flow Festival. Keep checking back for his coverage from the fest throughout the weekend, starting now...
With Lollapalooza in the books for another year, this weekend's summer festivals look west to San Francisco for Outside Lands. And they also look east, way east, across the pond to the Scandinavian and Nordic countries whom are all holding their own festivals. Norway's Oya Festival is up and running while Sweden's Way Out West and Flow Festival in Finland take place Friday through Sunday. At the time of this writing, I'm 31,000 feet over Iceland and bound for the beautiful seaport city of Helsinki for Flow. The lineup is a healthy mix of heavy hitters, indie-popular bands as well as Finnish talent.
Last week's Lollapalooza headliners, Skrillex and OutKast, are headlining on Friday (8/8) and Sunday (8/10)respectively. The National, whose seemingly endless tour in support of last year's Trouble Will Find Me, roll in to town after playing Oya and Way Out West to headline on Saturday.
In addition to the headliners, the fest also features Röyksopp & Robyn, Polica, Little Dragon, Marissa Nadler, The Horrors, Darkside, Bill Callahan and Janelle Monae are also performing. And a handful of artists who performed at Pitchfork a few weeks ago will be making their way to Helsinki as well including Slowdive, Real Estate and Neneh Cherry.
Flow also gives a nod toward festivals like SXSW and CMJ with a host of talks on tech and music as well as a screening over 40 short films. The National will also feature on the film side with a screening of the documentary Mistaken For Strangers.
Update: Being seven hours ahead of New York, I've been out and about in Helsinki today. Posters for Flow are everywhere, the weather was gorgeous and I spent most of my afternoon out on Suomenlinna, a fortress built on six islands in the Gulf of Finland. (That beautiful weather disappeared in less than an hour as it's presently pouring outside.) Some photos from my afternoon jaunt, plus the full Flow lineup, below...
photos by Ellie Pritts
Outkast / Nick Cave / Modest Mouse
Headliner OutKast took the stage with a more pertinent query: "Are you ready for the greatest rap group of all time?" It was classic rap hype, and yet as the ensuing 90 minutes proved, the recently reunited duo of Big Boi and Andre 3000 has earned the right to include itself in the ranks of the hip hop elite. Not only did these guys show no rust, they reminded us what made them great since their first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmusik, was released 20 years ago: a dynamic and utterly complementary MC team blessed with rare musicality, lyrical ingenuity and stylistic audacity. From frenetic opener Bombs Over Baghdad to the understatedly anthemic Wheelz of Steel, civil rights party jam Rosa Parks and the song that made them a household name, Ms. Jackson, they were at once authoritatively engaging and sonically adventurous. Sure, there were hits, lots - including irresistible genre-bender Hey Ya! (delivered by André 3000 with a line of female fans dancing on stage - cheesy, but effective), sly boast So Fresh, So Clean, and the beautifully sleepy Elevators - but it's all relative. At its best, OutKast mixed cool and creativity like nobody's business. [Montreal Gazette]Taking place over the same weekend as Lollapalooza, and boasting a similarly huge lineup, Montreal's annual music festival Osheaga went down over this past weekend (August 1-3). The stacked festival included sets from Outkast, Jack White, The Replacements (with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong), Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Danny Brown, Mac Demarco, Against Me!, The Dismemberment Plan, Haim and many more. Pictures of some of those artists, and a bunch of others, are in this post.
They continue below...
Arctic Monkeys @ Firefly Fest 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The 2014 Voodoo Music Experience fest happens in New Orleans from October 31 - November 2 and the lineup includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Action Bronson, Slayer, DFA 1979, The Melvins, Gogol Bordello, Fishbone, Peelander Z and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup is listed below....
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Outkast @ Firefly Fest 2014
We went to the music festival that happened in Delaware over the weekend, and not surprisingly, Outkast was one of the headliners. Pictures from their set are in this post.
Yesterday, Las Vegas music festival Life is Beautiful announced their October 2014 lineup, and not surprisingly, Outkast are one of the headliners.
Check out the full Las Vegas lineup along with more details pictures from Firefly Fest, below...
Jack White at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Brian Mansfield)
As always, legacy acts enjoyed a good showing at the festival. Elton John played the entire first side of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, gave a tribute to the late Casey Kasem, and brought out Ben Folds for a guest spot. Ben had also appeared a day earlier with The Flaming Lips during their set to cover Usher's "Love In This Club" (video below), a set which included Wayne Coyne playfully throwing some shade at Kanye's set from earlier in the festival, asking the crowd "Where's the press?"
Lionel Richie played a set that included everything from his time in the Commodores ("Brick House") to "All Night Long" to his Diana Ross collaboration "Endless Love." More legends graced the Bonnaroo stages when Chaka Khan made a surprise appearance during the Derek Trucks-led SuperJam on Friday and covered Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder. Also in that jam were blues legend Taj Mahal, Anthony Hamilton and once again, Ben Folds. Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones himself appeared at the festival to sit in with bluesman Seasick Steve, which he has done before with Jack White.
Jack White, who we also just caught at Governors Ball, didn't play with John Paul Jones this time, but he did play his own set which included a cover of Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song." It also included calling Rolling Stone a "tabloid," ranting about Johnny Depp and Albert Einstein (watch out Kanye!), and otherwise him rocking out to cuts from his solo albums, Raconteurs, White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and a cover of Dick Dale's "Misirlou." Video and setlist from Jack's set, below.
Damon Albarn w/ De La Soul at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by 97X)
Skrillex led a SuperJam too which involved Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Mystikal, Damian Marley, and Thundercat, among others. The set was closed by none other than Ms. Lauryn Hill, who played "Killing Me Softly" a la Fugees, Bob Marley's "Jamming" (though not with Damian) and more. More old school big guns came out during Damon Albarn's set, which was split between Gorillaz, Blur, The Good the Bad & the Queen and solo material. De La Soul joined him for "Feel Good Inc." and Del The Funkee Homosapien for "Clint Eastwood", Setlist and videos are below, and check out pictures and more from his recent Irving Plaza show.
Elsewhere, Omar Souleyman, who couldn't make it to Northside Festival experienced no travel issues and played a set on Thursday night. James Blake also played and told Billboard while he was there that his new album is halfway done and will include collaborations with Kanye West, Justin Vernon and more. Arctic Monkeys, who were covered twice during the festival (by Sam Smith and MS MR), played their own set too and to a HUGE crowd, heavy on the AM stuff but with a little bit of their other four albums mixed in. What didn't happen, unfortunately, was the set by Broad City's stars that were supposed to perform in the Comedy Theatre but canceled their set.
Of course the huge festival had tons of other highlights too. Did you go? What were yours?
Videos and a few setlists from the fest, below...