Music Festivals

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Connan Mockasin calms people’s “new FYF” frustrations with a dreamy set

As people slowly filtered into Exposition Park for FYF Fest 2014, New Zealand’s Connan Mockasin played a dreamy, well-received mid-afternoon set. Listening to Mockasin play, it felt as though he had taken the crowd on a journey into the thick of Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. There is no doubt Mockasin’s catalog would have fit […]

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Grimes proves authentic at FYF Fest

Looking all the part of a Japanese anime character — her hair flowing like she was about to be swallowed up in a tornado — the Vancouver-based Grimes took the crowd on a journey that jumped from place-to-place. On appearance alone, you wonder if Grimes is a gimmick, but moments into her FYF Fest set it […]

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Julian Casablancas delivers a gift to FYF Fest on his birthday

“I’m not a big birthday guy, but thanks,” said Julian Casablancas on the main stage at FYF Fest upon receiving a birthday cake on Friday, playing with The Voidz. The Strokes front man celebrated his birthday in style, playing a wide assortment of differing tunes from his repertoire. Though his side project was never received […]

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Punk Rock Bowling 2014: a chaotic musical playground for punks

Punk rock has always been a counter culture for kids that were uninterested in the common recreational activities of youth. Something real and raw compared to the politically correct phoniness of the traditional adolescent social scene. It was a place where you could release all your anger and frustration at the farce the American dream […]

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Arcade Fire leaves pretentiousness at door, rocks Coachella

Last weekend during Arcade Fire’s set at Coachella, lead vocalist Win Butler got on his soapbox and denounced DJ sets and the VIP area at Coachella. On the final night of weekend two, Arcade Fire and Butler left all of that at the door and humbly played a rockin’ set to help bring the 2014 […]

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Beck gives Coachella audience its final burst of energy

Los Angeles-based singer, Beck helped give Sunday’s Coachella crowd their final burst of energy for the home stretch, ripping through a number of his recognizable dance tunes while also playing a number of songs from his most recent full-length release, Morning Phase. Beck played through many of his 90s hits that first landed him on […]

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Lana Del Rey fans teach a course in being a terrible crowd

I’m still trying to figure out where Lana Del Rey’s fans got their superhuman strength to push their way to the front of a packed crowd to see their idol play her Coachella weekend two set at the Outdoor Stage on Sunday night. I had the experience of being with a group of people set […]

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Neutral Milk Hotel pitch perfect at Coachella sundown

Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum has such a perfect voice live that it actually sounds like it has auto tune applied to it. No, Mangum was just pitch perfect at Sunday sundown at Coachella weekend two, though it felt a bit disrespectful to have their set lead into Lana Del Rey’s at the Outdoor Theatre on the […]

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Naked & Famous blend rock and electro pop beautifully at Coachella

New Zealand band, The Naked & Famous put on one of Sunday’s best performances at Coachella weekend two and proved that they might be ready to start headlining the big arenas next time they tour a new album. Their early evening main stage set was well attended and well received. “Punching in a Dream” and […]

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Poolside brings early afternoon chill vibes to Coachella

Described on their Wikipedia page as “daytime disco”, Poolside brought the right kind of vibes to an early afternoon Coachella audience on Sunday of the second weekend. With a substantial number of attendees nursing wicked hangovers from partying hard on Saturday, Poolside provided laid back dance tracks that didn’t exacerbate those dreaded headaches. Poolside kept […]

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