Sure, you know Bonnaroo, SXSW and Coachella, but that’s really just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to music festivals. There are plenty more hot tickets that offer fun ways to discover new music and share the passion that these communal experiences offer.
A few festivals that fly under the radar but offer an amazing time include:
Beale Street Music Festival, May 2015, Memphis TN
Part of the Memphis in May International Festival, 2014’s eclectic lineup included Kid Rock, Alabama Shakes, Foster the People, and Patti Labelle. With such a wide variety of acts, there’s definitely something for everyone. Plus, one word for ya: barbecue. Nom city.
Here's the most recent lineup:
Festy, Oct. 10-12, 2014, Nelson County, VA
Combine music, camping and craft beer culture and you have bluegrass-influenced Festy, headlined by The Infamous Stringdusters. Throw in the Gorg scenery and sustainable efforts and you have all the makings of a great weekend.
Here's this year's lineup:
Firefly Music Festival, June 18-21, 2015. Dover DE
Nicknamed the Bonnaroo of the East Coast, this past year’s lineup included Foo Fighters, Outkast, Imagine Dragons and the Arctic Monkeys. Hipsters and Yipsters are drawn not only for the great music, but also the craft beers (are you sensing a theme?), hammock hangouts, and arcade games.
Here's the most recent lineup:
North Coast Music Festival, Aug. 29-31, 2014, Chicago, IL
Billed as “Summer’s Last Stand,” this festival blends electronic, hip hop, dance, jam and rock into one tidy weekend. Acts include Snoop Dog, Bassnectar, and Kid Cudi.
Here's the slated lineup for this coming weekend:
Treasure Island Music Festival, Oct. 18-19, San Francisco, CA.
Right in our backyard, Treasure Island Music Festival has got an amazing lineup this time around, replete with a breath-taking view of the SF skyline. Festival favorites Outkast, Zedd, Massive Attack and more headline this weekend on tiny Treasure Island, just past the Bay Bridge. We recommend you take a boat there, because boat party.
Check out this year's lineup:
Our friends at DIM MAK Records hooked us up with a monthly music guide to everything DIM MAK. With a stellar roster and a unique sound, this Steve Aoki brain child has released a bunch of new hits to keep you going this month. Check out the first edition of our monthly Label Playlist series, featuring fresh tracks from the top dogs in the electronic scene, like Clockwork, The Chainsmokers, and even Moby.
Turn up the volume:
Clockwork & Taylr Renee - “Signals”
Mercer & Autoerotique - “Murda Dem”
Felix Cartal & Autoerotique - “HEAT”
Felix Cartal - “Ready For Love” Feat. Chloe Angelides
Borgore - “Syrup”
Moby and Darth & Vader - “Death Star”
Yolanda Be Cool - “Cause I Like It”
The Chainsmokers - “#SELFIE” (Botnek Remix)
Infected Mushroom & Savant - “Rise Up"
PeaceTreaty - “Titus”
Deorro - “Dechorro” (Chardy Remix)
Kenna - “Relations” (Justin Martin Remix)
ShayGray - “Hipster Hype”
Steve Aoki, Chris Lake, Tujamo Feat. Kid Ink - “Delirious (Boneless)”
D!rty Aud!o Feat. Yultron - “Blackout”
Vato Gonzalez Feat. Then - “Monkey Riddim"
This year's FYF Fest in Los Angeles not only reeled in a stellar lineup and the freshest music, it also featured some unique fashion trends. From the fashion-forward to the retro influenced, check out our recap of the most interesting styles to grace the FYF festival grounds.
The first day of FYF Fest came with a tight line-up, a new venue (Expo Park) and music lovers in their finest gear. Throughout the crowd, it was obvious no pattern was rocked more than the once lowly tie-dye. At FYF it showed up on bold tees on both men and women, with additional nods on dresses, socks, and scarves on women.
The 90s-fication of the 20-teens continues with the resurgence of overalls at FYF Fest. Sunday brought more hot weather and a plethora of baggy vintage overalls with a distinct patina, worn (mostly) by the fairer sex. Words not usually associated with each other: sexy, baggy, and well-worn. Yet, these ladies mix up the perfect proportions and get it exactly right.
About the author: Based in SF, Mai deeply obsesses about music, fashion, art and social justice. Chances are high she's photographed someone you know for her seven year old street style site, fashioni.st. More info than necessary can be found about her, here: about.me/mai.
From the underground to the inescapable, our roundup of new music that must be heard…Lauryn Hill, The New Pornographers, and more.
Track: “Black Rage” - Lauryn Hill
As a volatile summer comes to an answerless end, Lauryn Hill breaks her silence with “Black Rage”, a previously unreleased track that delivers the news the media won’t report. Like Jay-Z did more than 15 years ago with “Hard Knock Life”, Ms. Hill recontextualizes a Broadway standard for a world apart from the Midtown marquees, shaping her rueful lyrics and crackling voice to the ominously sweet melody of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things”. Read the lyrics while listening to the track at Lauryn Hill’s website.
Album: Brill Bruisers - The New Pornographers
Vancouver’s New Pornographers have extended their catalog of ersatz, irresistible Britpop with Brill Bruisers, their first new record in four years. Teeth-grindingly witty power-pop abounds, with tracks like lead single “War on the East Coast” and “Another Drug Deal of the Heart” delivering the goods to twitchy Pulp and Blur addicts, but the album peaks with the frayed-nerve momentum of “Born with a Sound,” where Black Mountain’s Amber Webber joins in to summon the inseparable optimism and regret of a survive-and-advance all-nighter.
Track: “There’s a Girl in the Corner” - The Twilight Sad
Halloween arrives early for fans of Glasgow’s The Twilight Sad, who have released a characteristically gloomy single, “There’s a Girl in the Corner,” in advance of their mouthful of a new album, Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave. Like most emotionally explicit, goth-leaning synth pop, this one ratchets up the mood to a slightly ridiculous intensity while, mysteriously, retaining its glorious power to bum you out.
Track: “Chasing Control” - Dreamshow
According to his helpful Facebook page, New York guitar dude Dreamshow likes Pete Doherty--and, like Pete Doherty, he must really like Julian Casablancas, who casts a long shadow over the gravelly wailing of Dreamshow single “Chasing Control.” The vocal similarities are beyond eerie, and the lack of biographical details about the artist (I just gave out all of them) invites enough speculation to warrant more than a few listens.
About the author: Spencer Shawcross is a freelance writer in San Francisco. He hearts the TL and its many music venues.
Whether you're a born and raised local or a lost Bay Area transplant looking to find the best tunes in the city, we've picked out this week's best live shows in our home town of San Francisco for you to check out.
Peaches come from a can, they were put there by a man, in a factory downtown. If I had my little way, I'd eat peaches every day... I could go on but I think you may get the idea. The mid-90's warriors are back with a new album. If you're looking for a fun throwback come for the Peaches, Lump, Some Postman, and Dune Buggy sing-alongs and stay for the recently overlooked albums.
Here's your powerhouse local show of the week with acts that have managed to put on a more dance fueled show than their last each and every time. All three bands cross the bridge from their home base of Oakland to bring a collective combination of afro-soul, indie-rock, a lot of funk attitude and an excess of horns to start the night. Start listening to some Guy Fox now so you can blend in with their die hard fans singing along to every song.
Now Austin based Leopold and His Fiction knows how to make raw blues rock and, just as important, groom a mustache. This will be a worthy way to cap off your Friday if you can survive the rock assault from acts one and two. Bonnie and the Bang Bang are a growing local group to watch (Crowd favorite track: "Play dead"). Clockwise is loud, dramatic, and will make you second guess you aren't watching an area performer.
Local singer songwriter Luke Sweeney releases his new record Adventure: Us full of his summer ready folk pop sensibilities. Filling out the night is the well crafted storytelling of Magic Trick and Will Sprott (of The Mumlers). This collection is great if you are looking for a show combining rock and folk without yelling it at you. Though much of the bill's material lays on the softer side past, performances prove the leading men always remain engaging.
Bombino list their genre as Desert Rock and would make a fitting soundtrack for a high speed chase across any desolate land. The Niger band return to the bay to cap off the week playing off last years Nomad release (Recorded by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys) filled with hypnotizing guitar jamming. Berkeley's Waterstrider fits in well with their falsetto vocals leading the charge among the percussion heavy 5-piece.
About Mike: Habitual Bay Area show-hopper and new music junkie. Currently Artist Relations at DeliRadio and occasional DJ at KALX. Follow the music based ramblings on Twitter.
Music from this week that channels your feelings and speakers from 0-100 like the famous words from your boy, Drake.
“Bang Bang” - TREE
With all the terrible news happening around the world, Chicago’s finest TREE really broke it down in a song called “Bang Bang”. Just 20 seconds in the track, TREE surrenders his passionate soul cries of what’s happening around us while a verse of “bang bang” repeats and adds depth to the tear-jerking production from Noah Sims.
“Switch Hitta” - Alex Chapman
Rising above New York’s daunting underground is a rapper named Alex Chapman. In his most recent song, Chapman teamed with producer Nar on “Switch Hitta”-- a track title about chasing after straight men with threatening atmospheric beats whiffing in and out of Chapman’s sultry rhythm as he explains how he’s going to steal your man.
“oicu” - Kelela x Le1f x P. Morris
Produced by P.Morris, rapped by Le1f, and sang by Kelela, this trifecta in “oicu” is as intimidating as it sounds. A collaboration from LA to NY meets to find two strong vocalists carrying their distinctively forward R&B personalities on a thin layer of intricate liquid dance production-- find yourself feeling some type of way on this track.
“Our Love” - Caribou
Earlier this summer, Caribou teased us with his forthcoming record by releasing the first single called “Can’t Do Without You”. Following that delivery, the title track of the album Our Love is now available and it meets all expectations of finding love on the dancefloor. Those two romantic words of “our love” slowly lead you to a flawless breakdown halfway through the track where the energy and tempo just keep ascending to higher and lustier altitudes.
About the author: Briana Cheng has a lot of feelings that she sometimes writes about but mostly she takes twitter screenshots of online dating apps, follow her @banacrisp.