Governors Ball – Big Apple Stage Preview Governors Ball – Big Apple Stage Preview

gov-ball-nycSometimes my baby brings me chicken skin, garlicked and salted for the relishing and I am thankful to be in such a place as this (even mad and broke and blasted) because there’s a homey love at work there, man. There’s a real truism in fattened crunch. And all I’ve got to say, today, is that I’m one lucky sunmabitch to be alive and crying foul in this place. That last little bit is unrelated, I guess. Good things are happening. Rockit.

FRIDAY, 6.6!

12:45-1:30 – Drowners – Loose jangle half Welsh party rock.

2:15-3:00 – Kurt Vile & the Violators – The king of Philadelphia and his agit half folk rock is the new sound for a good, dying day.

3:45-4:45 – Bastille – Melodramatic soul dance power rock.

5:45-6:45 – Neko Case – Folk country blues siren. Indie pop darling. Best damn thing to ever come and go from the well of The New Pornographers, period.

8:00-9:15 – TV on the Radio – I still don’t “get” TV on the Radio’s dark complexities but I’m banking on a live session changing that for good.

SATURDAY, 6.7!

12:45-1:30 – Diarrhea Planet – Sigh. The new guitar punk heroes.

2:15-3:00 – Tanlines – Percussion heavy art pop with roots in Don Caballero/Storm & Stress. Hell yes.

3:45-4:45 – Fitz & the Tantrums – We’ve covered Fitz & the Tantrums almost as many times as we’ve covered Charles Bradley and Future Islands (maybe not Future Islands) and yet I have never seen their Darryl Hall Philly soul revival show.

5:45-6:45 – The Naked and Famous – That one song of their’s is fucking amazing (ed. note: “Young Blood”). Some other songs too. Kiwi rules.

8:15-9:30 – Spoon – I’ve hated Spoon for eighteen years and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I don’t care that Britt Daniel can write a decent tune. I just don’t like them.

SUNDAY, 6.8!

12:45-1:30 – Half Moon Run – I don’t know if I like it, but I could see learning to love it.

2:15-3:00 – Wild Belle – Brother/sister bash country blues. A little affected but not without reason.

3:45-4:45 – Tyler, the Creator – The enfant terrible of the hip hop’s postmodern age. Equal parts punchline and provocateur, Tyler is the undisputed king of the dystopian brat pack and his set may well incite a riot.

5:45-6:45 – The Kills – Real sex genius.

8:00-9:15 – Interpol – When Interpol first started making waves way back in the early aughts, I wrote them off hard as a rip off of the post punk I hadn’t yet learned to truly love and I was right to but that doesn’t mean the band hasn’t released some serious decency over the years.



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