Mamby On The Beach shares new location and lineup: ZHU, Virtual Self, Phantogram + more

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Mamby On The Beach shares new location and lineup: ZHU, Virtual Self, Phantogram + moreMamby On The Beach 1

A wealth of new developments are in store for the fifth anniversary of Mamby On The Beach, a lakefront favorite festival for Chicago’s niche music lovers.

This year, the double-day alcove of electronic, indie, and hip-hop acts will move to Montrose Beach on Chicago’s North side August 23-24. Splashed across three stylized stages, the 2019 lineup boasts headliners ZHU, a 3D set from Flying Lotus, Virtual Self, and more.

From the festival’s abundant undercard, indie electronic crossover duo, Phantogram will make a stop at Mamby amid their summer tour with Bob Moses, who will precede their tour partners at the Beach Stage August 24. Fervent up-and-comers Eli & Fur, SOFI TUKKER, Robotaki, and Kasbo appear on this year’s installment alongside longtime electronic eminence like Justin Martin and Sylvan Esso. Several artists from the forthcoming installment have still yet to be announced. However, it’s clear Mamby-goers are in prime position for a pristine fifth pursuit of beach-friendly reverie this summer season.

Two-day, single-day, VIP, and GA passes to Mamby are available here.

2019 Lineup (more to be announced):

A R I Z O N A
BOB MOSES
BROCKHAMPTON
DJ SEINFELD
ELI & FUR
ELTON
EMPRESS OF
FLYING LOTUS 3D
JOHN SUMMIT
JUSTIN MARTIN
KASBO
MANIFEST
MASTERIA
NAO
PAPG G
PHANTOGRAM
PHANTOMS
QUINN XCII
ROBOTAKI
ROOSEVELT
SAM GELLAITRY
SANTIGOLD
SMILES DAVIS
SOFI TUKKER
SOSUPERSAM
SUMMER WALKER
SYLVAN ESSO 
THE ACES
TIM BARESKO
TROYE SIVAN
VIRTUAL SELF
WAJATTA (Reggie Watts x John Tejada)
WASHED OUT (DJ SET)
WINDY CITY SOUL CLUB
YOKE LORE
YOUNG FRANCO
ZHU

Photo Credit: Mamby On The Beach

Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 155 with Sylvan Esso, Chet Faker, Liquid Stranger, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 155 with Sylvan Esso, Chet Faker, Liquid Stranger, + moreSMM 2400

Even NPR was able to “get up / get down” with Sylvan Esso‘s 2014 indie sensation, “Coffee,” featuring the track on their Songs We Love list that June; now, four years later, it’s topping DA’s Sunday Morning Medicine chart. The mellifluous melding of Amelia Meath’s Norah Jones-esque, light Soprano intonations with Nick Sanborn’s twinkling xylophone and bell chimes is the ideal backdrop for a comfy-cozy Sunday spent reading or wiggling one’s toes under the covers.

While Nick Murphy may have laid his Chet Faker alias to rest a few years back, his lengthy catalog of soulful downtempo and trip-hop remains. Let the long-winded, jazzy saxophone and languid vocal harmonies executed by Murphy himself on “Talk Is Cheap,” carry you to distant domains, away from workday woes.

Longtime Monstercat maven, Mr FijiWiji has since toned down his formerly fervent style, a departure exemplified on his most recent album, Lost Lost Lost, from which “Reality Is More Beautiful” arrives. While the song may tout arrestingly plaintive piano chords and somber strings, likely mirroring your end-of-weekend sentiments, the lyrics, embodied in the track’s title, introduce the promise of a halcyon love capable of brightening the dreariest quotidian weekdays.

It’s no difficult feat to fall sweet victim the ambient allure of a Liquid Stranger production. Pour a cup of cocoa in your favorite cat-themed mug and just “Dissolve.”

Madeaux flexed his profound sonic range and narrative predilection this year with his LIMBO EP, the vessel through which he dropped off “HIGHER.” A blissful exodus from his shadowy subterfuge, the track, with its rectifying progression and lush instrumentals, emulates eclipsing emotional mountain peaks—quite apropos for combatting those nagging Sunday scaries.

Sylvan Esso & Collections Of Colonies Of Bees – “Funeral Singers” (Califone Cover)

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Sylvan Esso & Collections Of Colonies Of Bees - "Funeral Singers" (Califone Cover)Y’all ever listen to Califone? If not, you should really rectify that immediately. Tim Rutili’s deconstructed folk-rock project produced some of the most beautiful and inventive underground sound of the past couple decades, winning a small but devoted audience and arguably laying the blueprint for fellow Chicagoans Wilco’s masterpiece Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Over the years … More »

Hear 3 Tracks From Mountain Man’s First New Album In 8 Years, Magic Ship

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Mountain Man - Magic ShipIt’s been eight years since Mountain Man’s excellent debut Made The Harbor. Today, the Vermont trio — comprising Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Molly Sarlé — announce the forthcoming follow-up album, Magic Ship, along with three new songs. More »

Cut Copy transforms Sylvan Esso’s ‘Radio’ into seven-minute epic

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“Slave to the radio,” Sylvan Esso sings, nearly shouting at points on the duo’s early-2017 hit single, “Radio.” It’s a tongue-in-cheek pop tune, a scathing review of the music industry at large, and not to mention, Sylvan Esso’s biggest radio hit to date, though Cut Copy‘s new version is anything but.

Cut Copy’s remix is far removed from the world of the radio. “Radio?” Cut Copy seems to ask, only to answer with a sonic embodiment of the “I haven’t heard that name in years” meme.

Reversing the total taste vacuum that radio so creates, comes Cut Copy’s own version with scintillating synths and billowing grooves that build on each other even halfway through the song with the least of its concerns being the radio.

Austin City Limits unveils staggering 2018 line-up with ODESZA, Childish Gambino, REZZ, and more

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Austin City Limits is one massive annual event that every devout festival goer ought to check off their festival bucket list at least once. The two weekend Texas throw-down wrangles a staggering herd of talent year after year that brings the best of electronic, pop/rock, and hip-hop to Zilker Park, ACL’s host venue on the banks of the Colorado River with scenic skyline views of downtown Austin. Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the legendary Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, ODESZA, and The National.

Running from October 5–7 and October 12–14, ACL’s expansive 2018 lineup features over 140 live acts, providing a truly cross-genre, mega-festival experience. From Khalid and Shawn Mendez, to Deftones and St. Vincent, and Lily Allen, Børns, and Sylvan Esso in between, the C3 Presents-produced event delivers the full sonic spectrum to satisfy a range of musical tastes. With live performances by Marian Hill, Sophie Tucker, and synth pop rockers CHVRCHES, along with key electronic acts in Justice, Illenium, Rezz, San Holo, and Gryffin, Austin City Limits continues to be at the pinnacle of festival curation.

Tickets are now on sale for both weekends here.

Featured image courtesy of ACL.

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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Here’s the thing about Justin Timberlake’s “Supplies” video: It’s fucking hilarious. The little kid telling us to die? The guy with the collar made out of guns? The wall of TV screens, all of them showing vague bad things, being shorted out by the mere presence of Timberlake? It’s the clumsiest possible attempt to … More »

Sylvan Esso – “PARAD(w/m)E” Video

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North Carolina dance-pop duo Sylvan Esso released the standalone single “PARAD(w/m)E” last week, and today, they’ve shared its video. In the clip, Dan Huiting directs the duo and a bunch of their friends as they do choreographed dances down a lonely desert highway, while tumbleweeds blow by. Later on, they take over … More »

Watch Sylvan Esso Perform “PARAD(w/m)E” With Amber Coffman & Jenn Wasner On Kimmel

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Last night, Sylvan Esso ushered in their new single “PARAD(w/m)E” with a performance of it on Jimmy Kimmel Live. They brought along some friends and notables to sing backup vocals on the track, Amber Coffman and Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, and they performed it with sing-a-long captions pinging in the background. Watch below. [videoembed … More »

Sylvan Esso – “PARAD(w/m)E”

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Last month, the folky North Carolina dance-pop duo Sylvan Esso followed their 2017 LP What Now by offering up a folky, very much not dance-pop cover of the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood song “There Are Many Ways To Say I Love You.” And now they’re back with another standalone single, the dance-poppy, very much … More »