Who we’re seeing at Governor’s Ball (and who you should see too): a conversation

Two of FREEwilliamsburg’s newest music bloggers hung out last night (and over email today, seeing as drinks began to flow) and talked about who they’re seeing at Governor’s Ball this year. Check it out, check out the acts we’re excited for, get excited too, and we’ll see you on Randall’s Island! Feel free to join in the conversation in comments.


Carly: Well the last time I saw Run the Jewels they left everyone dead and bleeding on the floor of Music Hall of Williamsburg (and the show was free). That is to say, they were awesome. They’re aggressive, but fun, and I think that’ll be a great way to start the weekend. Plus with Killer Mike on the same day as Outkast? It’s like a nice pregame for “The Whole World.”

After that it’ll be Kurt Vile for me. Quite the transition I know, but who doesn’t want to see that man’s flowing locks blowing in the breeze on a pretty day (daze?).

Megan: I’ve gotta check out Janelle Monae. Talk about a girl who hit the ground running. It’s been a nonstop couple of years for Monae who’s proven to be pretty prolific. She’s dropped three full length albums since 2007. I saw her open for Of Montreal at Terminal 5 back in 2010, and she stole the show. She always brings it with outrageous dance moves, crazy costumes, solid vocals and an enviable sense of style.  Can you believe this chick is only 5 ft tall? [Read more…]

Washed Out Pool Party Coming This Sunday To Debut Paracosm


Washed Out Pool Party

Sunday, August 4th // 2:00-7:00PM

Thompson Hotel LES [190 Allen Street, NYC]

DJ Sets by:

Small Black
Chrome Sparks

Come celebrate Washed Out’s upcoming album “Paracosm”, out August 13th on Sub Pop. Selections from the new album will be played during Washed Out’s DJ set.

RSVP here.

Washed Out Shares The Second Single From Paracosm: ‘Don’t Give Up’


Washed Out – “Don’t Give Up” [Read more…]

Washed Out Shares “Paracosm” Deets, Plus Listen to the First Single



Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out, is releasing Paracosm on August 12 via Weird World in the U.K., and August 13 via Sub Pop in the U.S. Today, he’s shared the first single “It All Feels Right”, and the album’s artwork (above).

The album features 50 different instruments, plus samples, and was produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Gnarls Barkley), the producer behind Within and Without.

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Washed Out – Trailer for their New Album


Paracosm is out on August 13th via Sub Pop.

On Paracosm, the Georgia-based musician explores the album’s namesake phenomenon, where people create detailed imaginary worlds. The concept has been used to describe fantasy lands like Tolkien’s Middle Earth and C.S. Lewis’ Narnia, and it’s at the heart of the 2004 documentary In The Realms Of The Unreal about outsider artist Henry Darger.

The idea of escaping is all over Paracosm’s lyrics, and it’s also the main thrust behind the music, which finds Greene distancing himself from the modes and methods that informed Washed Out’s previous recordings. No, he hasn’t thrown away his computer or synths, but Greene made a conscious decision to expand his sonic palette, which resulted in the employment of more than 50 different instruments, the most significant of which turned out to be old keyboards like the Mellotron, Chamberlin, Novatron, and Optigan. Designed during the middle of last century and made up of prerecorded sounds with individual notes sampled for each key of the chromatic scale (the flute sound in The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” is a well-known example of the Mellotron in action), these relics allowed Greene to use his sampling expertise while also offering the flexibility to explore new creative avenues

Here’s the trailer: [Read more…]

Washed Out Is Playing A Free Show In Greenpoint Thursday

More information here.

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Washed Out – Before

The Most Blogged About Shows Of The Week

Washed Out

Topping our list of shows to see this week are some true “buzz” bands-Washed Out, Grimes and Blood Orange-together at the Bowery Ballroom. Everyone should have a few free shows on their radar, and this week you’ve got three to choose from: Tombs at St Vitus, Ted Leo + The Pharmacists / Screaming Females at the South Street Seaport, and Raekwon / Smif N Wessun in Prospect Park. (Plus there’s Santigold, Swizz Beats and Joe Jonas at House of Vans for a secret show tonight, if you were lucky enough to get on the RSVP list. Let us know if you can get us in!)

In the mood to dance? Check out Warm [email protected] this Saturday. Headlined by Four Tet, the lineup from top to bottom is solid, and includes an appearance by SBTRKT (the band we are seeing tonight @ Glasslands). Without further ado, here are our Top 10 Shows for the next seven days.

10. Ted Leo + the Pharmacists @ South Street Seaport w/ Screaming Females
Saturday, July 9th at 6pm – All Ages, FREE!

9. Salem DJ Set @ Brooklyn Bowl
Saturday, July 9th at 11pm – 21+, $5 -> tickets

8. Vetiver @ The Bell House w/ Yellowbirds and Meg Baird
Sunday, July 10th at 8pm – 21+, $12 -> tickets

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