Organizers on behalf of San Diego’s house-and-techno-hailing CRSSD festival have released the Waterfront Park event’s phase-one lineup. The expansive artistry, including widely received electronic billings, like ODESZA (who will be returning after making their far humbler debut in 2015), Phantogram, and Whethan, exemplifies the once-modest festival’s continued growth in popularity and attendance.
The bi-annual soiree, of which this year’s spring installment is set for Mar 2-3, has seen idiosyncratic acts across the board–from Gesaffelstein to Empire Of The Sun–sweep through its stylistically sectioned stages, The Palms, City Steps, and Ocean View. With a mass of acts still to come, the brimming first batch includes additional support from Petit Biscuit, The Martinez Brothers, Jungle, and more. See the full lineup below.
Tickets to 2019 CRSSD go on sale Tuesday, Dec 11. They’ll be available here.
Lido‘s rendition of Bill Withers’s timeless ballad, “Ain’t No Sunshine” is a warm brush with daylight you won’t dare deplore—no matter how nasty the hangover this Sunday. The Norwegian experimentalist’s raindrop plucks and redemptive synth stabs effortlessly usher in residual weekend splendor.
This wavy Beach House B-side is a Sunday morning must. Victoria Legrand is here to sagely remind us to find “perfection in the accident,” with hazy, rolling chord progression and vapory vocals for the ultimate Sunday subterfuge.
This velvety Future ClassicChrome Sparks offering, “The Meaning Of Love” is a like quixotic trip through the most delicious technicolor clouds. Sparks’s cosmic analog synths furrow and float atop lush, deliberate percussion as our worries of the week begin to dissipate.
The sultan of sampling, aka Pretty Lights, has the sublime synth loops to rectify your most raucous inner voices. Borrowing from a sultry ’70s soul track from La’Fez, Pretty Lights conceives a celestial requiem for your weekend.
From their most recent album, Phantogram‘s “Cruel World” is the ideal vessel for vanquishing Sunday stress of the most pesky existential variety. As the band’s frontwoman, Sarah Barthel, so starkly points out, life can be quite cacophonous; but with a spectral duo like them around, your Sunday playlist doesn’t have to be.
Earlier this week, Phantogram accepted the Public Awareness Award at the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention’s annual Lifesavers Gala for their work in raising mental health awareness after Sarah Barthel’s sister died by suicide. Today, they’re releasing a two-song digital single, with all the proceeds going towards the AFSP. More »
There’s been a steady stream of exciting news pouring out of northern California from Google’s annual I/O conference. The Google Assistant is getting a John Legend upgrade, devices are now being integrated with continued conversational abilities, but perhaps the most exciting part will be a rare live-streamed performance by Justice to close out this year’s event. Justice are expected to take the state at 8:30pm PST and their headlining slot is slated for a full 90-minute set.
The French electro dons are fresh off the release of their mind-bending new animated feature for “Stop,” from 2016’s Woman LP, which is expected to also receive a special live debut during the Ed Banger veterans’ performance. What’s more, the conference closer also includes a supporting set by Phantogram before Justice takes the stage. Ahead of a number of high-profile arena and festival appearances the summer spanning from the UK to Russia, Justice are bringing their awe-striking live show to Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheater for fans across the world to stream and enjoy.
In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »
There are many different opinions on just how bad Taylor Swift’s new song is, and the general consensus is: Pretty bad. And now I’m living in mortal fear of her new video also being bad. I don’t know why this should concern me. Swift has made bad videos for almost her entire career. She … More »
New York indie-pop rockers, Future Generations have been blowing up playlists since their debut last summer. With their sweet hooks and perfect pop construction, it’s certainly easy to see why. We asked the NYC band to make us a playlist of tracks that get them hyped before a show, and they delivered a perfect mix of tracks that could also work as a playlist of some of the best new music released this year.
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1. White Reaper – Eagle Beach
After seeing White Reaper at SXSW, these sweet southern rudeboys quickly became FG’s favorite band. We immediately bought tickets to their Baby’s All Right show and proceeded to mosh harder than we have for any other band.
2. Lewis Del Mar – Loud(y)
Lewis Del Mar has a presence on stage that magnetically draws your attention, particularly to Danny and Max, and then keeps it until the band decides they are finished with it. Also, they take full advantage of subwoofers, so it’s awesome to see them playing bigger and bigger stages.
3. Muse – Knights of Cydonia
Muse is the greatest living rock n’ roll band. We don’t care, we don’t care. Don’t @ us.
4. Calliope Musicals – Echo of the Whoos
From a purely performance standpoint, Carrie and her band of merry, loudly-dressed gentlemen elevate their music with affably weird, southern charm. Carrie is zenmaster, offering encouraging epithets between songs. In the middle of songs, background singers dressed as tigers and smiley-faces prance about on stage. We played a backyard show with Calliope in some Austin Suburbs, and by the end of their set, the tiger was in the pool.
5. Frances Cone – Arizona
When you see an entire crowd of people closing their eyes and swaying to the music, it’s an incredible feeling. Frances Conemakes that happen on every single one of their songs. The harmonies, the drums, the guitar melodies, all doing their part to put you in a trance.
6. Sylvan Esso – The Glow
Some of the most mesmerizing and interesting sounds you’ll ever have the pleasure of hearing from your speakers are Sylvan Esso’s gift to music. For instance, the subtle but beautifully affecting snare change on this song.
7. Jay Som – Baybee
Jay Som is a band that makes you smile: Their sound is so light and playful, yet so intricate and dense. Not to mention every one of their band members exudes personality on stage. If you watch their guitar player and don’t have a smile on your face, you have a stone soul.
8. The Weeknd – Secrets
Consider this one a surprise that isn’t really a surprise. We saw him headline Firefly, and we all knew in the back of our heads that he was going to put on an unforgettable show. He used a live band, which, obviously, enhanced the entire performance.
9. Active Bird Community – QB Sneak
We’ve been playing shows with Tom, Zach, Andrew and Quinn since our college days. From both a songwriting and performance standpoint, ABC continues to stand out in the NYC punk scene. QB Sneak is a lyrical favorite, a playful elegy to collegiate malaise.
10. Phantogram – Answer
We bonded over Phantogram in the early days, appreciating and pulling ideas from the way Sarah and Josh balance electronic production with live guitar, bass and drums. The new Phantogram album, III, bangs, and their live show is a clinic in combining instrumental execution with pop performance art.
Phantogram’s sharp and polished new album Three is coming out this fall, and it’s already yielded a whole pile of singles. The upstate New York synthpoppers have already shared the bulletproof “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore,” as well as “Run Run Blood” and “Cruel World.” And now they’ve also posted “Same … More »
A-Trak’s “Parallel Lines,” the poppy single released with Phantogram a few months ago, has taken on a second life through the huge number of official remixes it’s generated. From MSTRKRFT to BLU J, eight producers so far have tried their hand at flipping the single, the most recent to see release being San Francisco duo STFU.
Abandoning the saccharine sentimentality of the original, STFU fill their rendition with crushing bass and an off-kilter, syncopated trap beat. Though the crunchy bass swells of the chorus are raucous enough to set off any dance floor, the remixers never lose sight of the melodic direction of the vocals, and the result is a true remix, one that understands its origins and interpolates them through a new and exciting context.