REVIEW: Mysteryland 2015 Returns to Bethel Woods Bigger and Better

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Photos by Steve Liskiewicz

Mysteryland returned to Bethel Woods, NY over Memorial Day Weekend for it’s second annual USA installment. Last year’s rainy weather and excessive mud put a damper on some people’s first visit to the three-day electronic festival, however you wouldn’t have known based on the lively, ambitious audience who showed up in full force to watch artists like Porter Robinson, Empire of the Sun, Dillon Francis and Diplo on the original Woodstock grounds. The attendees more than tripled with 50,000 people in attendance throughout the weekend. Holy Ground camping was also sold out this year at 10,000 people, which was a much larger number actually staying on the premises than last year. This year rain was exchanged for extreme cold (32 degrees on Friday night with a wind chill on the hill that dipped much lower), but this didn’t seem to discourage folks from committing to the party. In fact, I’d say they came out even harder. (But for real, who else froze their ass off that night? That was some next level Discovery Channel I Shouldn’t be Alive shit.)

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Governor’s Ball 2015: Reasons to get to the island early

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Well folks, we are officially only NINE DAYS out from this year’s Governor’s Ball weekend on Randall’s Island, so it’s time to start planning. Although… you probably already have your outfits picked out, don’t you? Schedules, food vendors, transportation options, the festival grounds map and more have been released by the Gov Ball team, and we’re here to help you make the tough decisions easier.

P.S. can’t make it the whole weekend, but still want to come for a day? Well you’re in luck! They’ve re-released a limited number of single day tickets - GET ON IT HERE.

So one of our favorite things to do is entice you to get there EARLY. There are so many fun and amazing smaller acts playing this year that are well worth your waking up a little bit earlier, and really get your wristbands’ worth! Plus this is not to mention the food options curated by The Infatuation. Those are probably well worth it on their own…

Keep reading to find out what acts we think you should check out every day of the festival before 5. Plus our choices of food vendors, which may or may not depend on how many 24 oz Foster’s you’ve consumed by that time.

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Live review: Follakzoid played Rough Trade

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Chilean psych heavyweights Föllakzoid played my favourite show of the year at Rough Trade on Saturday night, and I will be amazed if anyone beats it. There is no better scene than Santiago right now, and the band pulled off a masterclass of cosmic proportions.

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Live review: Kaki King played Rough Trade

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Kaki King performed The Neck is a Bridge to the Body at Rough Trade last Thursday; it is a show where the guitar is the main focus in more ways than one. Aside from Kaki’s always captivating style, the guitar itself acts as a screen and forms the narrative of the show.

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Live review: Courtney Barnett played Bowery Ballroom

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It’s probably fair to say that Courtney Barnett was the hottest ticket in town this week, and she duly delivered when I saw her at the Bowery on Tuesday.

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Mysteryland Interview: Moon Boots

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Raised in Brooklyn and Connecticut and then finding himself in Chicago, French Express artist Moon Boots knows what’s up when it comes to house music. Both cities’ influences can be heard in his disco-infused tracks that give him a sound that’s both timeless and modern. Having roots in the Big Apple and Chi-Town have given him a wide perspective of the club scene and just what it takes to satisfy diverse audiences. His mega-mixes incorporate decades of sound, while some of his more recent remixes. like the one he did of CHVRCHES the Mother We Share, are uniquely ethereal.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

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Happy memorial day weekend! This has already been a great week for shows, with Courtney Barnett on Tuesday and TV On the Radio on Wednesday already setting things up nicely. If you’re away travelling, you’ll be missing some outstanding music!

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Video: Ducktails – ‘Headbanging In The Mirror’

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Matt Mondanile of Real Estate (aka Ducktails) has a new record coming out on July 24th. Here’s the first single from St. Catherine. Ducktails will be at Bowery Ballroom on August 8. [Read more...]