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New Music Tuesdays – Newsworthy Edition


Musicheads,

This week unfortunately offered very few options of any import on the new album release front, but there have been some headline-making music announcements.  Because of the lack of any album purchases (and with expected purchases coming this Saturday for Record Store Day 2015) I will spend this week’s New Music Tuesday post highlighting singles and other music news.

We will start with festival announcements.  This past weekend kicked off festival season with Coachella Weekend 1 (which was both live streamed online and select performances were aired live on Sirius XM Satellite radio and plenty highlights came out of it.  Apart from the whole DrakeMadonna and Justin Bieber PR clickbait bullshit, the weekend was full of musical performance ups and downs.  For instance, AC/DC rocked Friday night’s headline performance, and Florence + The Machine performed likewise (her full performance is here: https://vid.me/fGpp)

You can catch her performance and many others over at the Coachella 2015 Vid.me page: https://vid.me/coachella2015

Meanwhile, Alt-J offered a disappointingly pitchy and vocally flat performance.  Speaking of Floshe also announced today that she actually broke her foot during her Coachella performance and therefore has had to alter her upcoming tour schedule.

This offers the perfect segway into the next news story, Glastonbury. Ms. Welch does expect to be up and spinning around again onstage by the time the annual UK music festival rolls around again in late June.  Today also marked a major announcement for the 2015 iteration of the festival, a major lineup reveal!

As previously announced, Foo Fighters and Kanye West (begrudgingly) are the two named headliners, with a mysterious third headliner still under wraps.  However, despite the headliner announcements the initial festival lineup release looks stacked as always.

Speaking of lineup announcements, NY’s Governor’s Ball Festival announced it’s “After Dark” lineup of shows each night after the festival ends for the day around the multiple NYC venues.  If you don’t happen to make the festival itself, these shows are definite spots to be.

In other news, a rash of singles were released at the beginning of this week, including the latest release off the upcoming album from Best Coast:

Also worth noting are recently new tracks from the artists Alpine and Bully:

I will leave you with an actual album to be sure to check out today though.  Spotify currently has an exclusive early premier of the début album from Joywave that they have posted today.  Don’t miss out on the album How Do You Feel Now? which features a lot of old television samples and the tracks Tongues feat. KOPPS, Somebody New and a couple other interesting tracks such as Destruction and In Clover.

And now, as always, here was everything acquired on this New Release Tuesday:

and be sure to follow on Facebook and on Twitter @AudiofileAkwitz to get even more music updates that don’t make the posts.

Spotify Playlists:

-Akwitz

Now Playing: Chromatics – In Films

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The Great Festival Review – 2015


Musicheads,

We’ve been bombarded of late with all the reveals of a ton of festivals across the US and their lineups with much fanfare, but how do they all compare?  While each year the festival circuit is mostly a lot of the same artists, let’s review and see which offers the “best” lineup and what is unique to each of them.

Well first let’s take a look at all the posters lined up side-by-side:

Coachella (Indio, CA)

Unique Acts: Steely Dan, AC/DC

Governor’s Ball (NYC, NY)

Unique Acts:  Björk

Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN)

Unique Acts: Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons

Hangout (Gulf Shores, AL)

Unique Acts: Foo FightersZac Brown Band, Foster The People, Paramore

Boston Calling (Boston, MA)

Unique Acts: Ben Harper & The Innocent CriminalsTenacious D, Vance Joy

Shaky Knees (Atlanta, GA)

Shaky Knees 2015 Lineup Poster

Unique Acts: Old Crow Medicine Show, Neutral Milk Hotel

Counterpoint (Kingston Downs, GA)

CounterPoint Music Festival 2015 Lineup Poster

Unique Acts: The Roots

Mountain Jam (Hunter Mountain, NY)

Unique Acts: Gov’t Mule

Eaux Claires (Eaux Claires, WI)

Unique Acts: Bon Iver, The National, Sufjan Stevens

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (New Orleans, LA)

Unique Acts: Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, John Legend, Ed Sheeran

Big Guava (Tampa, FL)

Unique Acts: Passion Pit

Sasquatch! (Gorge, WA)

Unique Acts: Of Monsters & Men

Firefly (Dover, DE)

firefly 2015

Unique Acts: The Killers, Kings of Leon, Snoop Dogg, Paul McCartney

Forecastle (Louisville, KY)

Unique Acts: Sam Smith

Lollapalooza (Grant Park –  Chicago, IL)

Lollapalooza Announces Lineup

Unique Acts: Metallica

Osheaga (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Unique Acts: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Outside Lands (San Francisco, CA)

Unique Acts: D’Angelo and the VanguardNate Ruess

Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI)

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Unique Acts: a lot!  Check out the headliner video here:

 

Then there are the artists and bands that are practically living on the festival circuit this year.  Here are just a few of the big name recurring acts: Modest Mouse, St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Spoon, Chromeo, TV On The Radio, Ryan Adams, Florence & The Machine, Robert Plant, Odesza and My Morning Jacket.

 

Props go out to a few of these festivals however which really do stand out from the crowd for their uniqueness: both the inaugural Eaux Claires (put together by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver), and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival offer vastly different musical lineups to them then all the other festivals this year.

If you are a fan of The Strokes, you’ve got only two options this year: Big Guava in Tampa, FL or Shaky Knees in Atlanta, GA.

What about the Grammy-winning Beck? He’s only headlining two spots as well: Hangout Festival down on the beach of Gulf Shores, AL or up at Boston Calling in the town of the same name.

Foo Fighters fans? If you aren’t gonna make the trip to go to Glastonbury this year, Hangout Festival is your only shot to catch Dave Grohl and Co. stateside (but then again, they may end up headlining Lollapalooza, ya never know)!

 

So with all the festival lineups out there now, which seems like the best bang for your buck?  It’s mostly a toss-up this year as to where your musical preferences lie.  Coachella has one of its strongest lineups in years, and Bonnaroo always puts out a fantastic lineup.  Firefly still has that mysterious final headliner which we can all but expect to see filled with the name of one of The Beatles.  If you take a look at Governor’s Ball, it doesn’t have the most unique of festival lineups, but it may in fact have the most solid one throughout.  Mountain Jam is more jam band-centric, while Counterpoint is all about the EDM.  If it’s about the atmosphere, Hangout Fest can’t be beat as it is literally on the beach, but Sasquatch! up at The Gorge could quite possibly give it a run for its money.

 

-Akwitz

Now Playing:  Eric Prydz VS CHVRCHES – Tether


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Audiophile Concert Series – Clean Bandit @ 9:30 Club


Musicheads,

This past Thursday I spent the evening down in DC enjoying the musical styling of UK dance outfit Clean Bandit.  The early show was a fantastic affair with the UK group really taking care of business up on stage.

Although I arrived late and missed the opening act Lizzo, I did catch the last track and did not feel too bad in doing so.  Rap is one genre I am not particularly fond of and I will attest to that adamantly.  That being said, let’s get back to the headliners.

 

The sold out show was in high spirits and full of energy Thursday, September 18th.  The band clearly felt it too and fed off of it to only improve their performance further.  The group was constantly smiling and dancing up on stage with one another.  The group opened up with A+E and it only went up from there.  Playing a majority of their 2014 album New Eyesthe band rocked the crowd and got everyone moving.  Definite highlights of the evening was right in the middle of their set where they played four incredibly strong tracks in a row:  Come Over, a new, unreleased and incredibly catchy track titled Stronger, Birch and Extraordinary.

The best part about this group is the unique fusion of genres they take on in their music.  The group consists primarily of Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson, Grace Chatto and Milan Neil Amin-Smith.  Neil and Grace are both classically trained musicians with the violin and cello respectively and met while playing in a string quartet at University.  You can hear in their music bits of multiple genres, from classical to tropical to electronic and dance house.  One of the earliest tracks the group created, Mozart’s House, is a prime example of this musical fusion, classical orchestral music paired with drum beats and electronic music.  The group played this near the end of their set and although the male vocals were substituted by Elisabeth Troy, the song still had a lot of punch behind it.

After walking off to a raucous crowd, they came back for a 2-song encore which included a fantastic rendition of Robin S‘ Show Me Love and their smash hit single Rather Be.  A good time was had by all and it was visually noticeable within the band.  The band was so excited about the show they even closed out with a selfie with the crowd to capture the evening forever:

Tonight in DC was off the scale! So good. Regram from @neil_milan

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If you get a chance to capture them live, I would highly suggest you do so.

 

Here was the entire set list for the night courtesy of Setlist.fm:

  1. A&E
  2. Dust Clears
  3. Rihanna
  4. Cologne
  5. UK Shanty
  6. Up Again
  7. Come Over
  8. Stronger (New Unreleased Song)
  9. Birch
  10. Extraordinary
  11. Heart On Fire
  12. Mozart’s House
  13. Nightingale
    Encore
  14. Show Me Love (Robin S cover)
  15. No Place I’d Rather Be

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More of my photos from the night: Clean Bandit @ 9:30 Club

 

Akwitz

 

Now Playing: Clean Bandit – Rather Be (Live at Glastonbury 2014)