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Festival Reviews

RECAP: Lights All Night 2016

lanbs24Lights All Night marked its seventh year with even more lights, effects, and talent.  For two days, the Dallas Market Hall was transformed into a raver’s paradise with the massive Mothership main stage equipped with state of the art screens and affects, the Satellite stage that was home to a variety of dubstep, trap, and trance, and the Silent Pyramid for anyone craving a nonstop silent disco.

Highlights from the first night included memorable sets from Tchami, Above & Beyond, and Zedd.  Although each drew a slightly different crowd, all three sets included a mix of old favorites and newer material that created vibes of nostalgia among the high energy crowd.  Over at the satellite stage, Kayzo and then 12th… Continue reading

Day For Night Lights Up Houston

 

unspecified-copy-4Describing Houston’s Day For Night as a music festival just doesn’t cut it. The idea behind the new festival is to showcase artists with a talent for highly visual performances all while exhibiting massive art installations by artists from all over the world.

After hearing about the festival back in September, I watched all of the promo videos and trailers and I still arrived in Houston not really sure what to expect.  So is this a festival?  An art exhibition? I found that Day For Night falls somewhere in the middle of the two labels, all while surpassing any previous expectations.

At the center of the hype was the festival’s Bjork Digital virtual experience, the U.S debut of video and digital… Continue reading

REVIEW: iiiPoints is the Music, Arts and Tech Fest of 2016

Last weekend, Miami was able to dodge an immense hurricane just in time to embrace another storm of its own. iiiPoints Festival blew in local and foreign artists to construct a weekend to remember. In the heart of the town’s art district of Wynwood, the grounds welcomed over 25,000 people who attended the fourth annual music, art and technology festival.

Austin City Limits 2016 15th Anniversary Recap

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Jess Glynne’s voice echoed through Zilker on Friday afternoon, spreading a cheerful attitude mirrored by the crowd and those finding their way to start their weekend.  She wowed with her cover of Prince’s “I Feel For You” just before she closed out her set.  Banks & Steelz were worth getting to the Samsung stage early, while The Front Bottoms teased and tested the crowd’s football knowledge in between songs.  The Strumbellas drew a crowd that may have seemed to be full of stragglers, but everyone easily sang along to “Spirits” even those that may not have known that they knew all the words.

 

Both the crowd and St. Lucia got lost in the music, delivering a performance that would’ve… Continue reading

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2016 Day Three

major lazer- OSL16Outside Lands 2016 was on the verge of becoming one of the more chillier weekends of the eight-year event but alas the sun made its appearance and warmed up the crowd for the final day of great music. With the sun shining, British duo Oh Wonder provided the perfect soundtrack to lounge on a blanket and enjoying some of the great food. Things picked up as both Jack Garratt and Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem delivered solid sets, especially the former, whose one-man show demonstrates how talented Jack Garratt is.

Third Eye Blind delivered all of the familiar 90s songs from the band’s catalog that included “Jumper,” “Graduate” and “Semi-charmed Life.” Prior to the latter song, the San Francisco band launched into a four song David Bowie medley that consisted of ”Young Americans,” “Heroes,” “Modern Love,” “Ziggy Stardust”) with a 30-person choir (donning fire engine red wigs) and 12-person orchestra on the Lands End Stage in front of a hometown crowd.

In the weekend’s second nod to Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Major Lazer got the crowd into a frenzy as Diplo rolled into the crowd in hamster ball-type balloon as they performed a highly energetic set.… Continue reading

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2016 Day Two

halsey - OSL16Many attendees we’re hoping for warmer weather on the second day of Outside Lands but the fog never burned off. The skies were overcast throughout the entire day and winds picked up throughout the night but most attendees of Outside Lands we’re prepared.  Nothing was going to stop them from having the time of their lives while their favorite performers took the stage, starting with The Knocks and The Wombats and ending with Zedd and Radiohead.

There were surprise guests during the second day as the rumored collaboration of hip-hop legends Warren G. and E-40 popped up late in the afternoon.  The performance marked the first time that they performed their track “Saturday” together live on stage.  The Knocks got the crowd moving early and brought out guests St. Lucia, who performed the day before and the indie-pop duo, Powers.

Years and Years brought their catchy 90s-tinged electro-pop to the main stage mid-afternoon and the party kept getting better with an impressive set by Los Angeles-based DJ/producer Jauz.  Halsey continues to demonstrate her ability to command an audience as her outstanding set drew an overflowing crowd who danced and sang along to nearly every one of her songs.  Simultaneously, Sufjan Stevens impressed a good-sized crowd with a stage presence reminiscent of Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips.… Continue reading

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2016 Day One

lcd soundsystem - OSL16The first day of Outside Lands 2016 was met with great anticipation by music fans who attended the event at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco from all over the country. The typical chilly August weather didn’t stop the crowd from enjoying great music as early performers Marian Hill impressed many at the Twin Peaks stage while Ra Ra Riot got people dancing to both their new material and earlier standbys on the main stage. The crowds started filling up throughout the day with many eager to see headliners, the recently reunited LCD Soundsystem later in the night.

There were other attractions as strong as the music in the Barbary tent, which featured various comedy acts, as well as Gastro Magic, which combined musicians with culinary masters. A highlight of the day at Gastro Magic included Ra Ra Riot performing as their alter-ego cover band, A Humiliating Kick In The Crotch, who performed as a Police cover-band dressed in wigs while cooking demonstrations were going on that even included a fish getting filleted. … Continue reading

Lollapalooza 2016: Preview & Recommendations

LollaIn 1991, Perry Farrell and Jane’s Addiction were calling it quits. One of the foremost bands to start the late 80s and early 90s movement into the Alternative wanted to go out with a party. So they invited along some friends to tour with them on their farewell venture. The first incarnation of the event is a history guide to that movement including Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails, Ice T & Body Count, Rollins Band, and the Butthole Surfers. The anything goes, dance party, heavy metal atmosphere was a staple of that time and moved on to permeate the tour. The 1992 version saw the festival double with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ministry, Ice Cube, and Soundgarden headlining and a side stage that included the always interesting Jim Rose Circus.  1993 saw the mighty Metallica, Tool, and Rage Against the Machine headline. And so on until 1997, when interest waned and the tour was cancelled. Jump to 2005 when the tour was turned into a 2 day festival in downtown Chicago and has increased in size ever since. 25 years on and Lollapalooza is a place where left of center bands want to play, coming back from the dead to go international with festivals in North America, South America, and Europe. The 2016 lineup is once again a guide to today’s alternative music and has branched to include metal, hip-hop, and EDM, with a continuation of that anything goes atmosphere. To acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the festival, this year’s event extended to four days in Grant Park with headliners J. Cole, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers and LCD Soundsystem. Check out our preview of some of the lesser known but severely talented artists.… Continue reading

PHOTO RECAP: Vans Warped Tour 2016- Mansfield, MA

warped-16-MAWarped Tour is a summer long party, full of renowned, up and coming, and insane bands. It is not only an event that many across the country anticipate, but it is the one day a year that music is celebrated with a loving and accepting community, all thanks to the founder, Kevin Lyman. The 2016 Warped Tour was a special edition to the tradition, considering its main sponsor, Vans, celebrated its 20th Anniversary and the festival’s lineup was a little different than previous years. 2016 Warped featured several throwback punk bands, like Sum 41, New Found Glory, which both made a come back with hit songs, that were performed even better live.… Continue reading

Summerfest 2016 Festival Preview

3282016 Summerfest Preview

Set on the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee, Summerfest is listed as the World’s Largest Music Festival. The festival is 11 days long with 800+ acts across 11 stages on the concert grounds bringing a range of diverse music. 2016’s lineup includes Paul McCartney, Sting and Peter Gabriel, Luke Bryan, Weezer, Willie Nelson, and Pitbull, among others. Behind the headliners, the 45+ food and beverage vendors, interactive exhibits, and shopping marketplaces, there is a bevy of activity that truly brings home one of the largest parties in North America and we have a bunch of acts you should learn about for this year’s Summerfest festival.… Continue reading

PHOTO REVIEW: Lightning In A Bottle 2016

IMG_2501Lightning In A Bottle is a unique annual event which combines art, music, self-improvement and an open-mindedness that has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. Set in the beautiful San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, California, this year’s sold-out event took place over Memorial Day Weekend by the folks of Do LaB and provided a solid lineup that included familiar festival names such as, Grimes, Chet Faker, Jamie XX, Big Gigantic and numerous others, alongside a concious lineup of illuminating talks, yoga and performers at the Temple of Consciousness. … Continue reading

REVIEW: Coachella 2016: Weekend One Review

coachella-groundsThe first weekend of Coachella 2016 is in the books and was chock full of memorable moments. In what has become expected, the surprise guest performances were plentiful. Rihanna, Big Sean and John Newman joined Calvin Harris, Angus Young joined Guns N’ Roses for a couple of songs during the band’s reunion appearance, Kanye West jumped on stage with A$AP Rocky then Kanye joined Jack Ü, who was always joined by Kiesza, Ice Cube brought out Snoop Dogg, Common, his son O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sam Smith performed “Latch” with Disclosure, while Lorde performed “Magnets” and Aluna Francis sang on “White Noise” with the British duo, Skrillex made an appearance during Snails, Brandon Urie of Panic At The Disco joined Halsey, Zedd brought out Kesha as well as Sydney Sierota of Echosmith, Grimes was joined by Janelle Monae, Seal performed a couple of songs with Gallant, while Jaden Smith performed with Lido. Many praised the performance by Sia, whose set showcased live actors performing to her songs as they synced up to the screen visuals on the side of the stage. Aside from the guest appearances, the festival delivered in showcasing some great up and coming talent and emerging acts.… Continue reading

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