I bloody love animated videos. Especially when they're as beautiful and mesmerizing Youth Lagoon's new video for the track "Raspberry Cane". The clip, directed by Stephen McNally, is a great watch for your tired mid-week eyes. It features all kinds of wonders and frights, yet accompanied by the track it floats from scene to scene wonderful. Click play below and enjoy it courtesy ofNoisey.
The track features on Youth Lagoon's album Wondrous Bughouse which is out now.
Only two days left until Sasquatch! begins. Tomorrow and the next day will see thousands of avid music fans journeying to The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA, prepping their campsites, stocking up on alcohol and drugs in anticipation of dozens of amazing performances. This year's lineup boasts some fantastic talent, such as The xx, Vampire Weekend, Sigur Rós, The Postal Service, Disclosure, Arctic Monkeys, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros and many, many more. It's a lineup worth salivating over.
As the festival quickly approaches, I've put together a list of some of the best acts playing each of the four nights. Each band comes with some recommended listening, because there is no better way to prepare for a festival than sampling what each band has to offer, whether you know them or not. Check out our most anticipated artists for days one and two below, with days three and four to follow tomorrow.
Day One (Friday):
Japandroids - 6:05-7:05pm @Honda Bigfoot
This Vancouver duo knows how to get a crowd moving. With their raucous, anthemic sound, Japandroids are sure to get the party started right.
Father John Misty - 7:30-8:30pm @Honda Bigfoot
Former member of Fleet Foxes and Saxon Shore, J. Tillman now performs under the moniker Father John Misty. His soulful folk ballads would be perfectly paired with a beer in one hand and a joint in the other. Don't forget your lighter for this one.
Arctic Monkeys - 8:30-9:45pm @Sasquatch
The Sheffield four-piece are no strangers to the big stage. They'll be rockin' it out on the main stage for an hour and fifteen minutes, plenty of time for you to get fucked up amidst a rowdy crowd. There's no doubt a mosh pit will start during their set.
Youth Lagoon - 8:30-9:45pm @Yeti
Trevor Powers will bring his dreamy, weird soundscapes to the Sasquatch! crowd on Friday night. If you're not in the mood for Arctic Monkeys, this one will surely attract a more experimental crowd. Don't freak out if you come across a few people on mushrooms.
Vampire Weekend - 9:45-11:15pm @Honda Bigfoot
With Modern Vampires of the City now out, Vampire Weekend will have three albums worth of material to unleash on festival goers. Expect more than just ivy league ballads, as the New York outfit have expanded their sound in a fantastic way.
Day Two (Saturday):
Andrew Bird - 5:55-6:55pm @Sasquatch
While his last album Hands of Glory wasn't his best, we can expect he'll dish out tracks from throughout his career, including last year's amazing Break It Yourself. Relax on the hill, drink and smoke merrily, and let Andrew Bird usher in a beautiful sunset at The Gorge.
Holy Ghost! - 6:50-7:50pm @Honda Bigfoot
Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel proudly carry the DFA torch, bringing the classic nu-disco style defined by LCD Soundsystem to the west coast. I've seen these guys before, and they know how to get a crowd dancing. They're also releasing a new album later this year, so expect them to perform new material.
Bloc Party - 7:25-8-25pm @Sasquatch
Bloc Party is one of those bands that lives on through a certain nostalgia. Every fan has that one album that they clung to during the angsty teenage years, or that first time you saw Kele Okereke and co. live and couldn't hold back your excitement. They strive off it, but it doesn't hold them back. Their latest album Four was aggressive, loud and overall really fucking good. If you haven't seen these guys perform before, you're in for a treat.
Porcelain Raft - 7:40-8:40pm @Yeti
Mauro Remiddi's debut album Strange Weekend is a highlight amongst the often tiresome dreampop genre, an LP that is so mesmerizing that it refuses to become stale. It's so catchy and unique, and hopefully that translates to a great live show.
Divine Fits - 8:15-9:15pm @Honda Bigfoot
How can you go wrong when you bring together talent from Spoon, Wolfmother and Handsome Furs? Divine Fits pulls the best aspects of those bands, yet brings something more. It's raw and experimental, combining rock 'n' roll and synthesized elements that never overpower one another. Every instrument and sound complements each other perfectly, something that will surely shine during their live performance.
The xx - 9:00-10:15pm @Sasquatch
Atmosphere is all you need to know about The xx. Their moody, minimalist approach is enough to turn the rowdiest of crowds into a mass of hypnotized converts. Don't miss this performance.
Sigur Rós - 11:00-12:30am @Sasquatch
Much like The xx, Sigur Rós strives on the atmosphere they create. Their ethereal sound is simply beautiful, something you can so easily become lost in. The band is also releasing a new album next month, so make sure to pay attention for new material.
Tame Impala - 10:00-11:00pm @Honda Bigfoot
This Australian outfit is damn good live. Like, damn good. Their brand of psychedelic rock is fantastic no matter the setting, and a warm summer night at The Gorge sounds like the perfect place. Unfortunately, the band's bassist Nick Allbrook said farewell earlier this week, being replaced by Pond member Cam Avery. Don't expect Tame Impala to sound any less amazing, though.
Despite his name coming across as that of a stately professor, Orlando Higginbottom owns the dancefloor with his bass-heavy beats. He is a highlight in this year's crop of electronic artists, bringing a unique brand of synthesized flavor to the El Chupacabra dance tent. If you're in the mood for dancing, this is the right artist for you.
Empire of the Sun - 12:30-1:30am @Honda Bigfoot
Capping off Saturday night is the flashy and theatrical Empire of the Sun. Slipping into the early hours of the morning, this show will no doubt keep you awake and ready to party. If their recent performance of "Alive" is any indiciation, this show will be weird, bright and extremely awesome.
What begins as a regular day of skateboarding through the suburbs turns into a series of abnormal adventures for the character in Youth Lagoon's video for "Mute." Check out the stylized clip below. Tyler T. Williams directs.
Youth Lagoon's sophomore LP Wondrous Bughouse is out now.
The official lineup for Outside Lands Festival 2013 is here, and it looks to be pretty good. Topping off the bill are Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National, Vampire Weekend, D’Angelo, Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Jurassic 5, Willie Nelson, Hall and Oates, and Grizzly Bear.
Rounding out the eclectic lineup are Wavves, Young The Giant, Band of Horses, A-Trak, Yeasayer, Matt & Kim, The Tallest Man on Earth, Foals, Youth Lagoon, Gary Clark Jr., Jessie Ware, Dillon Francis, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Surfer Blood, Chromatics and Smith Westerns. While not as good as last year's lineup, which was headlined by Metallica, Neil Young, The Kills, Foo Fighters, Jack White, Beck, Sigur Ros, this year seems promising. Check out the full lineup here or below in a ridiculously charming announcement video.
Tickets go on sale this Thursday, April 18th, at 12 noon PDT at the festival's official website. Outside Lands takes place August 9-11 in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Alt-J are fucking dedicated. Their debut album An Awesome Wave received heaps of praise when it was released, it won the Mercury Prize back in November, and the UK indie outfit will soon embark on an expansive worldwide tour to support the LP. With a huge list of dates and festival appearances throughout North America and Europe taking them through till August, you would think they would set aside some time for a break. Apparently not. Alt-J will be back in North America in September, stopping in 13 cities over the course of the month.
Check out their extensive tour schedule after the jump.
Alt-J 2013 Tour Dates: 03/02 – Boston, MA @ Paradise 03/04 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club 03/05 – Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle 03/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Hell Stage) 03/08 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree 03/09 – New Orleans, LA @ Buku Music + Art Project 03/10 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s 03/12-15 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest 03/16 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater 03/18 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge 03/19 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall 03/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts 03/22 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall 03/24 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 03/25 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre 03/27 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre 03/28 – Chicago, IL @ Metro 03/29 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom 03/30 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion 04/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater 04/02 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre 04/03 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater 04/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge 04/06 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune 04/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom 04/08 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom 04/10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore 04/12 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 04/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades % 04/16 – San Diego, CA @ Belly Up % 04/17 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory # 04/19 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 05/05 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy 05/06 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC 05/08 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy 05/09 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 05/10 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy 05/11 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy 05/13 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock CIty 05/14 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange 05/15 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy 05/16 – London, UK @ Academy Brixton 05/17 - London, UK @ Academy Brixton 05/27 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival 06/01 – Moscow, RU @ Ahmad Tea Music Festival 06/08 – Randall’s Island, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival 06/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls 06/11 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues 06/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe (Old Nat’l Center) 06/13-16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 06/15 – Aarhus, DK @ Northside Festival 06/19 – Luxembourg City, LU @ Rockhal 06/21 – Neuhasen, DE @ Hurricane/Southside Festival 06/22 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival 06/23 – Neuhausen, DE @ Hurricane/Southside Festival 07/03 – Gydnia, PL @ Heineken Open’er Festival 07/05 – Arras, FR @ Main Square Festival 07/07 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter Festival 07/11 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live 07/13 – Balado, UK @ T in the Park 07/14 – Lisbon, PT @ Optimus Alive! Festival 07/18 – Tonsberg, NO @ Slottsfjell Festival 07/19 - Gräfenhainichen, DE @ Melt Festival 08/29 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater 08/23-25 – Reading and Leeds, UK @ Reading and Leeds Festivals 09/01 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum 09/03 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom 09/05 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium 09/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue 09/10 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall 09/11 – Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach 09/13 – Boston, MA @ Bank Of America Pavilion 09/18 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club 09/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle 09/24 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues 09/27 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues 09/28 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs 09/29 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues 10/02 – Paris, FR @ Olympia
Youth Lagoon's moody, cosmic soundscapes are at base level explorative, journeys into the mind that are as psychedelic and fascinating as the artwork pictured above. Wondrous Bughouse is Trevor Powers' sophomore album, another chance for him to uncover truths about himself and our world through musical expression. The LP is introspective, it asks questions that many of us have thought, on mortality, sprituality and the mind, but it does so in a wholly upbeat way. By weaving intricate layers of eccentric synthesizers and simple melodies, Powers offers an entrance into the mind, a beginning to a journey. Stream the album below and see what end it leads you to.
Wondrous Bughouse is out on March 5th through Fat Possum.
Youth Lagoon delivers another slice of the Wondrous Bughousepie with the enchanting single "Mute". Much like the first single "Dropla", this new cut is beautifully layered, an expansive psyechedelic soundscape that will no doubt brighten up your day. Trevor Powers impresses once again.
Stream "Mute" below.
Wondrous Bughouse is out on March 5th on Fat Possum.
Youth Lagoon, aka Trevor Powers, offers up the first taste of his sophomore LP Wondrous Bughouse with the single "Dropla", a quirky, atmospheric trip through the cosmos. The six-minute affair is mild at first, drawing us into the song before the intensity increases. As the tension rises, the calm, raspy vocals of Powers find a powerful emotion, all before winding down into the final two minutes of a serene, piano-driven soundscape. Stream and download the track below.
Wondrous Bughouse is out on March 5th via Fat Possum.