By Seth MillerThursday NightThursday’s headliners were Big Gigantic and Beats Antique. We got in late but seamlessly, all told, from the perimeter highway in Southwest Atlanta, through the festival gates was one of the quickest entries ever. We were running late, dome light on, changing shoes in the car, a traffic cop directs us to the credentials area with a smile.After checking in and being dropped off by two staffers on a golf cart, there was that feeling of anticipation that we all know and love. Which way do you go? That way- the direction of the music. You could hear the tribal, experimental and edgy sound of Beats Antique. Forget about setting up camp, we were ready to go- this was not to miss. After walking a quick pace, some could even consider it a light jog, we made it to the crest of the hill overlooking the main stage for Thursday, the Beat Tent.Beats AntiqueBeats Antique has a sound that is kind of hard to describe because there just aren’t a lot of bands out there like them. If you were to be teleported into uncharted territory, a tribal region in the middle of Africa, into sacred ritual where everyone had some type of synth machine hooked up to their instrument. An electronic drum circle keeps the beat, occasional deep bass hits, and a witchdoctor plays the flute accompanying a small string section, you may be imaging what Beats Antique sounds like. Of course, nothing like that exists, and that’s what makes the band so fun to see live.L4LM Stock PhotoThe three piece is known to put on quite a show and has a stage presence that often pushes the boundaries of out-of-control. Frontlady Zoe Jakes enjoys crowd pleasing, and leads the audience down a strange road of mischief and mystery. At any point in time, the mood and direction of the set can completely change. The trio is able to key off of each other, creating a musical circus with Jakes starring as the main attraction and ringleader.Zoe is mesmerizing as a belly dancer, and a talented performance artist- the likes of who may actually be too interesting to book the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a show. Not that they wouldn’t have her. She is synchronized with with the rest of the group, and her antics are both shocking and intriguing. Eyes open and jaws drop as she entrances the audience with her Siren’s Call.L4LM Stock PhotoBig GiganticAs the name implies, Big Gigantic brings a full bodied sound, escalating melodies until just the right time and then exploding the rhythm into a dubstep and jazz influenced snapshot of music. Playing familiar tunes such as their popular “I Need a Dolla” remix and a jazzed-out version of “I Can’t Stop” by Flux Pavilion, they have the ability to slow things down, mix it up, and even throw in hip-hop to keep the party fresh. Bring earplugs if you are coming to see Big G because part of what they do is play at a very high volume. Big G is the kind of set where you may feel like you need to sit down and take a break (always drink lots of water, for sure) – but your body just won’t let you.The duo drew the biggest crowd on the first night, fully packing out the Beat Tent to capacity. Here’s a video that we took from the crowd as the Rowdy Train heads into the Station: Recap Video: Pretty Lights X Fireworks SkrillexGrammy Award Winning Sonny Moore, AKA Skrillex, came in to town to throw down his signature, grungy and grimey style of dubstep on Saturday night. A lot of people at CounterPoint had not seen Skrillex live before, but for certain there were a lot there that had come to see the dubstep artist.Sonny catches flack for being trendy, because he has nice hair, makes wompy dub step music and all of the posers like him. Or whatever, that’s all nonsense and pretentious. I’m here to tell you that the Skrillmaster turned heads as he took the stage, changing a few minds in Georgia on Saturday. Seasoned EDM fans flocked to his set at the main stage, and the crowd went nuts when he dropped hits like “Make it Bun Dem” and his remix of Benny Benassi’s “Cinema.”He did joke to the crowd “Pretend like you’ve never heard this before.” – whenever he brought in his version of AVICII’s “Levels.” To my great pleasure, Skrillex played “Summit” – probably not one of his most popular songs live as it is a little slower, but it showed a true emotional side of his set that was candid and warming. If we were giving out awards for success at CounterPoint, Skrillex probably would have won the Breakout Artist award, changing minds and showcasing good energy through music.Also, Sonny was mixing live throughout his set, using improvisation and most importantly, having a good time.We stumbled into a feat of bravery during Bass Cannon – a company had come in and blew up a gigantic airbag that you could jump on to from several stories up. AVICIIAVICII’s set was a dance party the entire time. There was a nice hard-house drop that he came back into, time and time again during his set that I hadn’t heard before. There was a lot going on during AVICII’s set, which was really unfortunate as he is personally one of my favorite artists. As we were walking around we caught some artwork from graffiti artists, which would change by the day. Have a look below as we look at the art, and take you into the into the crowd to get a feel for what it was like to walk into AVICII’s set. Saturday NightEveryone is recovering from night one and ready to do it againPretty LightsSeeing Pretty Lights is believing, we’ve included some photos and a short recap video below so that you can relive the experience with us. Pretty Lights headlined night three, and was one of the most anticipated artists at the show. With an elaborate stage that almost mimic’d a cityscape, Pretty Lights filled the air with luscious tunes and a light show that is bar none.Derek Vincent Smith (aka Pretty Lights) brought a very impressive stage setup, that included 3d projection mapping, LED lights, high output stage lights and lasers. His DJ booth appears to be wrapped by millions of watts of electricity, and with each note the stage interacts with Derek. Also at Pretty Lights, the lighting technicians do a phenonomal job of projecting the stage presence out into the crowd, by layering smoke and fog and then overlaying lasers and lights to create a blanket of rainbow visuals. The crowd at Pretty Lights was as energetic as any of the entire weekend, and the venue was again filled to capacity as the much anticipated artist entertained with not only an impressive light show, but also beats that incorporated elements of electro, funk, dubstep and soul. In ConclusionWe will be back next yearCounterPoint 2012 went off without a hitch. There was a nice selection of festival wares, from special glasses to light sticks and apparel. The crowd was great, staff worked their asses off, and there was a nice range of amenities available. CounterPoint welcomed some of the largest names in electronic music with open arms, and a sense of pride and accomplishment.Hats off to everyone who made CounterPoint possible including production, artists and management, vendors and festival staff, volunteers, the patrons, and everyone else who supported the event and brought their best. Look forward to seeing you all next year!!!Photos, HD Bassnectar & Pretty Lights video by Winston Murray Friday Night HighlightsFriday and Saturday nights, the main festival stages were open, the Point and CounterPoint stages.Bassnectar30,000 Bass Heads Represent the Bassnectar FamilyAlways a crowd favorite, Bassnectar brought a set that was precise and kept the crowd on their toes. A little dab’ll do ya, but in this case there were (we estimate) around 30,000 in attendance at the main stage, and so Bassnectar brought an extra special mix that transformed CounterPoint into a full on rage fest. The crowd stretched from the front rail of the stage to all the way back to the CounterPoint sign on the hill, and as the fog rolled in we were all dropped into a Magical Valley of Bass.Sexy mashups, remixes and new songs such as “The Bass Episode” were delivered during Bassnectar’s 90 minutes to peak the festival. As he criss-crossed tracks, new and old, experimental and improvisational, Lorin (Bassnectar) continuously kept the crowd in the action by having us sing along, and maybe even to a certain degree dictate the pace of his performance.Samples from Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode” were incorporated into a new mix, and he used some of his classics including “Here We Go” as segways and buildups into new song introductions. Just after CounterPoint, Bassnectar released his newest mixtape “Freestyle” – it turns out he featured a few of these new jams at the first annual festival.Basshead AliensLook closely at this video and you will see that even some martians flew over to get a glimpse of the scenery:All about the crowd participation, Bassnectar gave the crowd multiple opportunities to sing-along, fill in the gaps and dictate the pace of his juicy grooves.WATCH: Lorin “OMG I love you!!” as the crowd fills in for him on his Redman vs. “Wildstyle Method” mashupThe Magical ValleyThe highlight of possibly the entire festival came when Bassnectar dropped his massive hit with Nelly Furtado, “Magical World” – which although a little old – was a track that when released brought dubstep into listener’s living rooms and car stereos. Unlike other songs of the night, ‘nectar left Magical World relatively intact, and played the melodic track near the end of his set in beautiful fashion, searing life long memories into the hearts of his endearing fans. He also played his remix of “Lights”, a huge track that he remixed by Ellie Goulding which provided another slowed down – but heart warming moment in the evening. There were moments of the set that were more melodic and downtempo, which Pretty Lights used to please the audience. With a bit more of a mainstream appeal that some of the other artists at the festival, Derek made sure to play a nice selection of sub-genres during his headlining gig. During most of the weekend folks were coming and going throughout sets, but it seemed like there was no one leaving early for this one- and if anything the main stage area was more full at the end of his set than the beginning. Looking back at the stage setup for Pretty Lights at CounterPoint, it was one of the best I’ve ever seen. As the photo below demonstrates, some of the best in the business have spent numerous hours in staging and production areas, behind the scenes to make a display like this work. If you have an opportunity to see to see Pretty Lights I would highly recommend it, it may just be one of the most amazing experiences of your lifetime.
Looks like the forefathers of Rock n’ Roll are showing that the young ones still have a lot to live up to. With the Rolling Stones putting on some great shows over the last year, and continuing in that fashion with the beginning of their most recent tour, Paul McCartney is the latest legend to strut his stuff on the live stage. In the opening show of his Out There tour in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, “Macca” who will be turning 71 on June 18th, busted out several rarities during his 36-song set. Yes, that is correct. 36 SONGS! Granted, the songs aren’t exactly jam vehicles to go on an exploration with, but the man plays for almost two and a half hours, part of which he tells awesome stories that have you captivated from the moment he lets out the first syllable.The show on Saturday night opened with “Eight Days a Week”, which was the the Beatles #1 Hit from 1965, and played only once live by the band. With that being only the second time in its history played live, McCartney busted out some first-timers as well, including “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” off Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, “Your Mother Should Know” (off Magical Mystery Tour), “All Together Now,” and “Lovely Rita” which appeared in the first encore. Other rarities included a the Wings numbers “Listen To What The Man Said” and “Hi, Hi, Hi” which were both performed live with his solo band for the first time. He also played “We Can Work It Out” for the first time since the Glastonbury Festival in 2004.If this show was any indication of how this tour might unfold, expect more updates as the shows go on. Paul McCartney puts on a great live show, and always enjoyed playing in the live setting (despite the Beatles decision to stop touring in 1966). Macca will be making his way to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on June 8th and 10th. If there ever was a bucket list show, this is it.“Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite”:“Eight Days A Week”:Here is the setlist from the Paul McCartney show – Saturday, May 4, Estadio Mineirao, Belo HorizonteEight Days A WeekJunior’s FarmAll My LovingListen To What The Man SaidLet Me Roll ItPaperback WriterMy ValentineNineteen Hundred And Eighty FiveThe Long And Winding RoadMaybe I’m AmazedHope Of DeliveranceWe Can Work It OutAnother DayAnd I Love HerBlackbirdHere TodayYour Mother Should KnowLady MadonnaAll Together NowMrs VandebiltEleanor RigbyBeing for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!SomethingOb-La-Di, Ob-La-DaBand on the RunHi, Hi, HiBack in the U.S.S.R.Let It BeLive And Let DieHey JudeE:Day TripperLovely RitaGet BackE2:YesterdayHelter SkelterGolden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End(Thanks to JamBase for the tour update)
The Purple Hatter’s Ball, held from May 9-11, 2014 at the Spirit of Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, FL, has just announced a stellar lineup for their seventh annual musical event. With Beats Antique, Emancipator Ensemble, The New Mastersounds, The Heavy Pets, and The Nth Power topping the bill, this is one festival that you won’t want to miss.The lineup (show below) is particularly eclectic, promoting a wide array of musical styles all in one venue. And, with three day tickets priced at only $65, The Purple Hatter’s Ball gives you quite the bang for your buck. Yes, you did read that right… only sixty-five dollars to see over 40 bands on three stages over three magical, musical nights… and camping is included with the price! W0w!Additionally, this year’s festival will offer scheduled activities for the first time, including yoga, painting, massages, arts workshops, and many more.Sounds like a great time to me. That Emancipator Ensemble show should be a very intriguing orchestration of Emancipator’s trip-hop beats, and definitely worth checking out. Not to mention all the other fantastic bands playing at the Purple Hatter’s Ball. Is it May yet?Here’s the full lineup announcement:Beats AntiqueEmancipator EnsembleThe New MastersoundsThe Heavy PetsThe Nth PowerDubConsciousSpace CaponeRising AppalachiaGreenhouse LoungeCatfish AllianceLocos Por JuanaGrandpa’s Cough MedicineApplebutter ExpressSir CharlesVlad the InhalerZak tha BlakTrial By StoneKetchy ShubyStillwoodCherry RoyaleShoes and LacesSPOREHerd of WattsParker Urban BandSqueedlepussJason Lamar & the RigJacksonvegasLove ChunkMorning FattyStereo VuduFlat LandHail Cassius NeptuneBells and RobesDJ RubyMSNRAParker RobinsonTrillucinationLeGingeEllofunkCombustibleSethEdemikBit DeffMason MastersMatthew Connor-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
In accordance with their recently-announced new album, Saudade, acid jazz duo + ensemble Thievery Corporation have revealed their schedule of summer tour dates. Thievery Corporation will begin their summer tour April 27th at Counterpoint Music Festival in Georgia, and will include other stops at places like the newly-opened Brookyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV, and The Belly Up in Aspen, CO.Plus, Rob Garza, half the DJ duo, has remixed Shana Halligan’s, “Depth of My Soul”. He’s released it as a single and it will be featured in on the album. Here is the complete schedule of Thievery Corporation summer tour dates:04/27 – Kingston, GA @ Counterpoint Music Festival04/29 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s04/30 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues05/01 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues05/03 – New Orleans, LA @ Sugar Mill06/10 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas06/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas06/14 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen06/17 – Athens, GR @ Water Square06/18 – Thessaloniki, GR @ Babylonia06/20 – Cluj-Napoca, RO @ Electric Castle Festival07/23-27 – Floyd, VA @ FloydFest 201408/08-10 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish FestivalAnd check out Rob Garza’s , “Depth of My Soul” Remix:
Some cool news out of Houston, TX today. As Bruce Springsteen performed “No Surrender” last night, two teenage boys were lucky enough to storm the stage and sing along with him, officially making every other person at that concert jealous. The two boys belted their hearts out alongside Bruce, making it a night they will never forget. Still, with a lot of the repeatative music that many teens are listening to today, it’s nice to see that the youth have a strong appreciation for the Boss himself.Watch the boys freak out onstage with Bruce Springsteen in this fan video below: – Marisa Frydman (@musicalmarisa)
The highly acclaimed EDM festival Ultra Music Festival, which occurs every year in the springtime in Miami, Florida, has major changes coming to its 17th edition in 2015. According to flyers handed out this weekend during Electric Zoo promoting the Miami event, next year’s Ultra festival will be restricted to 18+ for ages able to attend, which eliminates the festival’s longstanding “All ages” welcoming. The festival cites safety concerns for its attendees as the reason for the age restriction, saying, “The safety and security of our attendees, artists/performers, and personnel are out utmost priority and concern.”Ultra is not the first music festival to put age limits into action in more recent years, as events such as EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) have also made these changes. The age restriction serves as a reminder that it’s important to be responsible and well-informed on the dangers that coud be presented at festivals like Ultra, such as the availability of substances like MDMA (molly).The flier also that early bird tickets for Ultra 2015 will be on sale soon. Though the new age restriction promotes safety for its attendees, it will surely devastate the spirits of the “young ravers” who were seeking to attend this incredible festival come the spring of 2015.– Jeremy Lamstein[Photo via Your EDM]
The Disco Biscuits recently announced plans for a New Year’s run, with two nights at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall (12/26-27) followed by three nights in New York City at the Best Buy Theater (12/29-31). Support acts for the New York run have been announced, with Modern Measure playing on the 26th and 29th, Cosby Sweater on the 27th, and our good friends TAUK lending their efforts on the 30th. The 31st, as is the norm, will be strictly an “Evening with” night, with the Biscuits playing 3 full sets. Tickets for all shows can be purchased here.Tauk has been on our radar for awhile now, between their album release party for Homunculus at the now closed Sullivan Hall last year, to our recent interview with guitarist Matt Jalpert over the summer. This is a band that is clearly on the rise, and if you haven’t seen them yet, do not miss their opening set on the 30th. Trust us!Cosby Sweater is all over the place right now. On tour non-stop and playing with everyone from Pretty Lights, Umphrey’s McGee (hint hint at a potential upcoming afterparty), Deltron 3030, Lotus, EOTO, and a killer performance at this year’s Catskill Chill, Cosby and their Sweater are making waves quick.Modern Measure, made up of Kyle Holly (Music Production, Live Drums) and Charlie Thornton (Live DJ, Live Sampling, Music Production) has already set the bar high coming off of sold out performances in Atlanta, as well as touring across the United States, and a huge set at CounterPoint Music Festival and playing with acts such as STS9, Big Gigantic, Break Science, Zoogma, and more.The Biscuits are coming off a successful 3-night stand in Philly at City Bisco. Check L4LM’s review here.
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Bowl said that they had no further information, and had not been contacted by authorities. Despite the various reports circulating, The Brooklyn Bowl is (most likely) free of the Ebola virus. As the story goes, a doctor, who was treating victims in Guinea, returned to New York and cabbed over to a bowling alley-music venue. Later, the man contracted Ebola-like symptoms and was rushed to the hospital. The full story about Dr. Spencer can be read in the NY Times.The venue in question is actually called The Gutter, a nearby bowling alley-music venue, similar to the Brooklyn Bowl. The venue cancelled its scheduled CMJ Show last night, due to “unforseen circumstances.” Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Spencer during this difficult time. Fortunately, however, The Gutter has been informed that no one else at the venue, staff and customers alike, are at risk:
Edit this setlist | More Dopapod setlists Dopapod brought their A-game for two great shows at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY last weekend. Playing on Friday April 24th and Saturday April 25th, the band’s first-ever multi-night venture in New York City was a smashing success. The group played tunes from their new album, Never Odd or Even, in their first appearance in the Big Apple since the infamous speaker-fire at the Gramercy Theatre late last year.Check out setlists from both nights and photos courtesy of Djivan Schapira:Edit this setlist | More Dopapod setlists Load remaining images
An old friend of Kurt Cobain’s, Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne, claims that 90% of the recent critically acclaimed Cobain documentary Montage of Heck is complete bullshit.In a piece for The Talkhouse, Osborne dissects the film, calling the filmmakers out for a major lack of fact-checking. Osborne goes way back with the Nirvana guys, having attended high school with Cobain and playing with his band at Nirvana’s final show. Knowing him as well as he does, Buzz believes many of Kurt’s stories were just created to mess with people, and blames the film for lack of thorough research.Watch Kurt Cobain Read Hate Mail Wearing A Wedding Dress And Hitler Mustache“People need to understand that 90% of Montage of Heck is bullshit,” he writes. “Total bullshit. That’s the one thing no one gets about Cobain — he was a master of jerking your chain.”Certain things he calls him out on are the “I tried to fuck a fat retard” story (“That’s too good a story to have gone this long without me hearing about it”), his stomach issues (“He made it up for sympathy and so he could use it as an excuse to stay loaded”), living under a bridge (“As far as I know, Kurt never set foot under any bridge in that town, let alone lived under one”), and Courtney’s claims of a previous suicide attempt (“She’d have us believe that Kurt tried to off himself when she’d only thought about cheating on him?”).Watch Cobain Choose Band Name Nirvana In New ‘Montage of Heck’ Clip“I find it amusing that the filmmakers never bothered to fact-check simple stuff like this, and just took Kurt and Courtney at their word,” he writes. “Unfortunately, it matters very little what the facts are; what matters is what people believe. And when it comes to Cobain, most of what they believe is fabricated nonsense. Montage of Heck does nothing to counter that. With that in mind, it’s really hard to take any of this film seriously.”Source