New York nightlife is a volatile industry, always on the look out for the next thing. You can rave about a club one week, but it may not even exist the next. With this video, Vice releases its second video installment serializing different aspects on the NYC party scene. Here, we listen to David Byrne, Peter Gatien, Amy Sacco and other pillars of nightlife talk about their experiences and predictions on the future of nightlife. You can watch the first part of the series, here, which focuses on club design.
From shows played in the mountains of Japan and on the beaches of France, to the waterside in Brooklyn at New York's Governor's Island, it seems like Local Natives have already conqured it all since their 2009 release of their debut album Gorilla Manor. The band has no plans of slowing down, as Local Natives guitarist and vocalist Taylor Rice recently shared with me. He also chatted with me about their upcoming show at Webster Hall on October 29th, the band's recent trip to Europe, an awesome outlet for fans to remix their songs, and a surprise encounter with the legendary David Byrne of The Talking Heads.
Melissa Auf der Maur Out Of Our Minds
Jonsi [Sigur Ros] Go
David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Here Lies Love
Dr. Dog Shame, Shame
Jakob Dylan Women And Country
Future Islands In The Fall
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 Propeller Time
Hypernova Through The Chaos
John Butler Trio April Uprising
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings I Learned The Hard Way
Angelique Kidjo Oyo
Lali Puna Our Inventions
Laura Marling I Speak Because I Can
Bobby McFerrin VOCabuLarieS
PJ Morton Walk Alone
Murder By Death Good Morning, Magpie
Red Sparowes The Fear Is Excruciating
Robin Trower Twice Removed From Yesterday
Tunng ...And Then We Saw Land
Peter Wolf Midnight Souvenirs
Ever June since 2002, something strange happens in the rural town of Manchester, Tennessee: for one long weekend, its population grows tenfold, with over 80,000 people of all ages flocking there from all over the country. The reason behind this phenomenon is the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
While Bonnaroo began as a jamband festival, it has evolved over the years into a diverse platter of musical stylings, to the point where a single label cannot be placed on the festival’s genre. For a taste of Bonnaroo’s variety, one needs look no further than the lineup of headliners – Bruce Springsteen, Phish and the Beastie Boys. The Beasties put on a playful show littered with classics such as “Sabotage” and “Intergalactic,” and while the set was enjoyable, it was definitely lacking in certain areas. The standout hip-hop act of the weekend was, without a doubt, Snoop Dogg, who instilled a little oomph in a crowd made sluggish by the Tennessee humidity. While a decent amount of the crowd was mainly at his show to score prime real estate for the Phish show that was to follow, Snoop proved that his energy and charisma, not to mention the smooth beats backing him, could even get the neo-hippie crowd going. Snoop Dogg also wins my award for most surreal moment of the festival, when he ended off his set asking us if we were “ready for mothafuckin Phish?” No where else in the world would that situation seem remotely normal.
Not to be outdone by the announcement of the Coachella lineups last week, the lineup for 2009’s edition of Bonnaroo has leaked to the internet today. Bonnaroo is one of the other most heralded outdoor music festivals in the country, and last year Rolling Stone magazine named it the “Best Festival” of 2008. It takes place annually every summer on a 700 acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.
Bonnaroo primarily first focused on jam bands, but has since branched out to include artists from a wide array of genres. However, this year the concert is getting back to its roots by featuring perhaps the most prominent of the jam bands, Phish, as its headliners. The Vermont-based band has been on hiatus since 2004, but Phish heads will be thrilled that they are playing three reunion shows in Virginia in April, and than performing two sets at Bonnaroo.