Governors Ball 2013 – Honda Stage Preview Governors Ball 2013 – Honda Stage Preview

govballmainhondaAnother stage? Fuck yes another stage! What kind of namby pamby half-assed pass at a cheap money-grabbing NYC unter alles festival did you think this was going to be? Shit. THIS IS THE GOVERNORS BALL! AND IT’S TAKING OVER A WHOLE DAMN (more or less, of course) ISLAND! And whereas the Main Stage may have managed to reel in the kind of acts that scream headliner from a good forty blocks away, the highlights of this humbler (by only the most bloatedly mega rocking in the free world standards by which I will soon judge everyone one and every thing irrespective of space, time and reason) stage are certainly nothing to sneeze at. Seriously. This thing is going to be goddamn ridiculous. Set times stand, herein, as ever approximate. Rockit.

Friday, June 7th!

12:15-12:45 – Pacific Air – I know this band, I know it. I don’t know why but I know that they were once known as Ko Ko and that there are two brothers behind the white puffy clouds of vaguely electronic dream pop who also make a decent name remixing like minded lovelies. Ah, sunshine.

1:30-2:!5 – Reignwolf – I thought this was a one-man bass drum and electric sideburn dirt leather blues scratch maniac but I think he plays as a trio which is cool because the more motherfuckers you got romping the alley sex stomp they better the odds of a panty rain.

3:00-3:45 – Holy Ghost! – DFA approved nouveau disco pop from the synth capital of Brooklyn, America. These boys are opening for New Order soon so get hip to this shit, right quick.

4:45-5:45 – Dillon Francis – Nick Swardson, Sick Boy and Craig Kilborn walk into a bar, hang the DJ and become internet famous as a dancing baby.

6:45-8:00 – Young the Giant – Why you would change your name from The Jakes (which elicits Polanski, pre statutory even though it’s a friggin’ acronym) to Young the Giant is beyond me but I’ve never been part of Roadrunner’s ceaseless shift from Sepultura to easy listening so what do I know about playful pop melancholy?

9:30-11:00 – Pretty Lights – Wunderkind DJ/Producer of the electronic cum hip hop variety who knows a fuckload about musical instruments, recording equipment and what MC melts minds with his Dozens. This set will either be wildly inspiring and full of A-List guests or a white dude popping up and down in a sideways cap behind an archaic deck.

Saturday, June 8th!

12:15-12:45 – Ruby Vell & the Soulphonics – Lady brass soul glow.

1:30-2:15 – Griz – Shut up and dance, Detroit. His new record, Mad Liberation can be had for free. I think it might be dubstep.

3:00-3:45 – Paper Diamond – Can a DJ really be a band?

4:45-5:45 – Alt-J – This band is kind of a big deal, huh? Their name is actually a triangle but, whatever. It’s darkened British electronic indie rock best suited for luxury car commercials or cutting edge, temporal communications devices.

6:45-8:00 – Kendrick Lamar – Last year, this cat’s album broke the internet’s end of year lists but I must shamefully admit that I never got so deep into it. I heard a mix tape of his that I think I enjoyed but I prefer my hip hop bad drugged out (no purp, please) or furious. I also think I like Danny Brown but I like that Kendrick’s last name is Duckworth.

9:30-11:00 – Nas – NYC hip hop LEGEND who is seriously fucking pissed off at his ex wife and getting paid handsomely to represent Hennessy.

Sunday, June 9th!

12:15-12:45 – On An On – Nice music for sad people who sometimes party a little too hardy for their still frames and feckless age. Sunday morning come down, babies.

1:30-2:15 – The Vaccines – Whenever I hear this band I think of The Hives masquerading as Clinic which is wrong as wrong can be. It’s just rock and roll, baby. Have at it.

3:00-3:45 – Cold War Kids – This band is actually pretty awesome. Taut rock of the still beating heart. Why am I not listening to them all the time? Perhaps I just enjoy my ire too much.

4:45-5:45 – Gary Clark Jr. – This dude is so cool his momma raised him in aviators.

6:45-8:00 – The Lumineers – You know…I really, really, REALLY want to hate this band and when I see them and their Civil War chic I totally do but they can write a love song that isn’t simpish or insulting and that is a goddamn commendable thing.

9:30-11:00 – The Avett Brothers – Rockaway Records (where I used to go every weekend when I was a kid learning about the wonderful horrors of rock and roll) once opined (to paraphrase) that Mumford and Sons could fuck off because we already had the Avett Brothers and they know how to write more than one song. They were right. Rockaway Records is always right.



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