Sure, you've probably heard the plaintive wails of Björk and might have lost yourself in the fairytale soundscapes of Jonsi and Sigur Rós from time to time, but how much do you really know about Iceland's current music scene? The enigmatic and seldom-visited island is certainly famed for its creativity, consistently churning out artists whose otherworldly voices seem to come from another planet.
Fortunately for those of us that can't afford a ticket to Reykjavik, Iceland holds a travelling festival called the "Taste Of Iceland" that takes place in a different city each year and is designed to promote the country's music, cuisine and culture. This year it will be held in NYC and will include, among other things, a free concert at Le Poisson Rouge on October 5th at 6pm titled "Reykjavik Calling," that will showcase unique collaborations between 3 breaking Icelandic musicians and 2 NYC based artists.
Big news has dropped today in the festival circuit: New York’s Governor’s Ball has officially announced its 2012 line up. For those not familiar with the Ball, it’s a two day fest featuring diverse tunes, a myriad of activities, and all the usual shenanigans that accompany any outdoor music festival. Situated on Randall’s Island—stock prison backdrop included—this fest boasts headliners Beck, Modest Mouse, Chromeo, Ducksauce, and Passion Pit (to name a few). Interspersed throughout the two days, the line-up looks fiendishly delicious, with June 23 & 24 shaping up to be quite the weekend.
It looks like it's time for another wild weekend at the Hamptons, and here at Joonbug we have all the information you need to make sure you hit up all the right parties and events. Here are our suggestions for this coming weekend!
Friday June 17th 2011
Cocktail Cupcake Party:
Alberta Cross, whose British take on American southern-blues-rock has attracted the attention of Rolling Stone and the New York Times, is giving two very lucky fans the chance to attend their show aboard the Temptress, a 50's-era former Navy vessel that floats on the Hudson River, that is sure to pack nearly 500 die-hards for their show on November 9.
Coming off a massively successful tour after the release of their 2009 album Broken Side of Time, where they opened for Them Crooked Vultures, the New York based band is now simultaneously headlining their own tour and recording their next studio album. Gaining global recognition with their rock-driven, soulful undertones, Alberta Cross is not only a band to keep an eye out for in the coming months, but also one that you have a chance to see for free.
Sunfest is a music and art festival hosted annually in West Palm Beach, Florida. It opened this past Wednesday with Weezer and ended Sunday with Nas, Damian Marley and Ben Harper. Tickets to the festival daily on average will cost you between $35 and $40. The festival is set all along West Palm Beach's intercostals coastline. This year they had three main stages, three Captain Morgan Floating Oasis's and an Arts and Crafts row. Each day on each of the main stages were performers from every genre of music ranging from ZZ Top to Smash Mouth, Shinedown, Sean Kingston, The B-52's, Rage Against, Patti LaBelle, Speaking Volumes and Flaming Lips. There were also performances from up and coming bands such as Alberta Cross and Arrivederci. I saw Arrivederci early this year at a super bowl party in downtown Miami and was proud to see them again at Sunfest. It's a great event for families, adults and teenagers. I was blown away but the beauty of West Palm Beach, and the gorgeous people of the town. My favorite part of the festival was catching the Damian Marley and Nas' performance from backstage. Although Nas forgot the lyrics to one of his sounds, the crowd cheered him on and he finished his set successfully. Great job West Palm!
It's April and summer is coming, and so is a whole lot of music. It's the season for all those bands to get back on the road, and for the sidewalks in front of our venues to fill with smokers and scalpers. With the weather getting nice, it's time to start hitting the streets. There's a whole lot of talent coming into the city, so let's just start with April and go from there. Here's a short list of the good stuff coming up.
Acrassicauda Only The Dead See The End Of The War
Alberta Cross Broken Side Of Time
Before Their Eyes Untouchable
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Beat The Devil's Tattoo
Broken Bells Broken Bells
Frightened Rabbit The Winter Of Mixed Drinks
Gorillaz Plastic Beach
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Monica Still Standing
The Morning Benders Big Echo
New Young Pony Club The Optimist
Numero Group Good God! Born Again Funk
Pavement Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement
Josh Rouse El Turista
Standard Fare The Novelle Beat
The Steel Wheels Red Wing
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists The Brutalist Bricks
Titus Andronicus The Monitor