Foreign Air‘s first two tracks, “Free Animal,” and “In the Shadows” were intoxicating and mysterious, songs that kept you coming back even if they were ultimately pretty noir in nature. Think Glass Animals with a rock edge.
Their latest, “Echo,” shows a completely new dimension, one that they could be using to fill arenas in the near future. The single, taken from their EP out September 2rd, is sleek and sexual, but it packs a rollicking, EDM-esque build complete with a show-stopping hook.
The track’s subject matters veers into the intergalactic, so it’s only fair that the massive sound follows suit.
Lollapalooza releases four-day 2016 lineup including Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem & J. Cole
With festival season fast approaching, Chicago-based behemoth Lollapalooza has revealed it’s 2016 festival line up, which includes top bills of Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, and J. Cole. The festival, which celebrates it’s 25th anniversary this year by adding a fourth day of music, will take place at Grant Park from July 28 – 31.
Other notable acts include Lana Del Rey, Future, Disclosure, Jane’s Addiction, Flume, G-Eazy, M83, Halsey, Grimes, Leon Bridges, Bryson Tiller, Miike Snow, ZHU, Years & Years, and Danny Brown, among others.
Four-day passes are already sold out, but single days are still available at lollapalooza.com.
It’s Lollapalooza weekend here in Chicago, so I’m gonna keep it short and sweet as I prep to go cover the festival for you guys. Whether you’re here in The Second City having widespread dance offs to the likes of Avicii, Nero, Madeon, Kaskade and others, or alone in your apartment kitchen, here are the best songs to get down to from this week.
1. Adventure Club Debstep – Retro City
2. ZZ Ward – Criminal ft. Freddie Gibbs (Com Truise Remix)
3. USHER – Climax (dave sitek remix)
4. Pretty Lights – You Get High
5. Azealia Banks – LUXURY
It shouldn’t come to a surprise to any of you that we at Sunset in the Rearview are big fans of Oncue (check the interview here). And I, personally, am a HUGE fan of Kings of Leon. So when Cuey decides to rap over KOL’s “Pickup Truck,” it’s no surprise that I’m going to love the final product.
“Eat Your Words” was a song off of Cuey’s project “Leftovers,” and it got the visual treatment by our friends over at It’s the Bino. Really well done video by Sperry, really dope song from Oncue, and an awesome project overall. I’ll let Sperry do further introductions:
I met up with Connecticut-native OnCue in late January at one of his concerts in western Massachusetts to sit down to do an interview. We came up with the idea of shooting an impromptu music video to one of his tracks, Eat Your Words. itstheBino ended up covering two of OnCue’s concerts and listening to some never before heard beats from his upcoming mixtape “Can’t Wait”. This is the result. This is itstheBino’s first ever music video.
Sperry mixes in great live footage with some cool shots of Cuey backstage and throws it all together really well. I can’t wait for Cuey’s next mixtape, “Can’t Wait.” He’s one of the artists I am most excited to see progress. He’s got a great voice, slick flow, and really strong lyrics: always a mixture for success. What I respect most about his music, though, is the raw honesty. The words he says reflect the life he’s lived, and that’s honorable.
Last week I went pretty heavy on the bass courtesy of Bassnectar, and unfortunately my boy Garrett wasn’t feeling it. I didn’t take that as an insult, I took that as a challenge. Garrett, this post is for you, hopefully you like this one a little more.
So this is a really unique song from Empire of the Sun originally, and Kids at the Bar put their own spin on it and make it a great song for any party situation. Sitting here after a long, tiring day, I’m exhausted and still find it hard not to get a little jig going on listening to this song. They do a great job sampling the vocals in a really cool way, and the bass is powerful and well delivered.
So I’ve posted a Sleepyhead remix before on a Womp Womp Wednesday post, but this vibe is so different. While the Neo Tokyo remix is all about the womping bass, Borgore’s remix is a little more clubby, and has a really cool shuffling snare line that is typical of the dubstep genre. He puts a really cool twist on the lyrics as well, and the end result is one of my favorite Sleepyhead remixes, a great one to drop live.
So yesterday Kid Cudi launched a new Tumblr, and let me tell you, Lyds and I were stoked. I love Kid Cudi (she really, really loves Kid Cudi), and almost anything he does I find simultaneously amusing, inspiring, invigorating, and just simply pretty damn awesome. Crookers, for those of you who don’t know, are an absolutely ridiculous remix team. This one is not new, and many of you may have heard it, but I thought I’d show Cudi love in honor of his new Tumblr, which you can check out here.
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Aer is a group out of Wayland, Massachusetts, who are creating a strong reputation for themselves right now. Born David von Mering and Carter Schultz, this duo of high schoolers are incredibly talented.
Delving into the Sublime/Slightly Stoopid genre of reggae infused hip-hop (I only say that because I don’t really know how to label them; just listen), they have immediately become one of the groups I am most excited to see progress. Using their own studio and their own production, Aer is able to create a sound that is full and extremely well produced. With a grooving guitar riff and two great, complimentary voices, Aer creates a really mellow vibe that is perfect for any mood.
Don’t sleep on Aer. They are too talented to not blow up.
The sun had taken its leave and only thing illuminating my path was a stream of light rays emanating from the art vendors to my left and the flashing strobes of the stage to my right. I had finally arrived at the Big and Hearty Music Festival, and as I walked further down the dirt path towards the Big Stage my head began to nod to the music that filled the air. It was the beginning of the first night of Big and Hearty and, as a newfound and quickly lost festival companion stated, “It could only get better.”
I passed smiles, glazed over eyes, and matted hair. I dodged swinging arms, stepped over sprawled legs, and squeezed past sweaty shoulders to get stage-side. Soon my back was towards the crowd’s full on dance party and in front of me Zoogma, in all their jazzy-electronic-ness, jamming away. There were many who could not dance but, as the grass lay trampled beneath their bare feet, none who cared. This was Big and Hearty, and even though it was not what I expected, it was alright.
There were no hipsters or the like. No abundance of men wearing tank tops or the overuse of the word “Bro.” There were just hippies, gypsies playing with fire, a steady stream of dance DJ’s, and the lovers of music such as myself.
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Written by Falade
As the night progressed, I began to wave to the same smiling faces; I began to meet the same glazed over eyes; I began to notice the same matted hair. This is when I rubbed my drooping eyelids (I had not slept in two days at this point) and realized that the attendance count was not astronomical. There were maybe a few hundred people circulating the festival grounds that night, so the energy was not overpowering but it definitely was distinctive.
The first night of Big and Hearty was the festival attendees’ night. It was as if I had been granted access to a private party, a private party where everybody knew each other and had personally chosen the stage acts to serve as the soundtrack to their night of fun. The laughing, stumbling, and jumping of the festival-goers was not just because they were enjoying themselves but because they felt comfortable. Big and Hearty was their festival and they basically ran it. This was Night 1 and it was alright.
Written by Falade
Welcome to the second-ever Artist Picks feature. I was hoping to make this a more regular feature, but, totally understandably, it takes people a while to prepare their list of what could be their Top 10 Songs of All Time. To refresh your memories, let me recap what this feature entails. We are asking people, be they artists, listeners, or fans, what they would do if they were stranded on an island with an iPod that held only 10 songs. Which songs would they pick and why?
Emma Simmons is a Photographer based in San Francisco, California. She is pursuing her dream of capturing the beauty of life on camera, and loving every minute of it. Since finishing school, she has worked as an Assistant and traveling wing-woman to several world-famous photographers. She has mastered the art of portraiture, wildlife, and landscape photography. Here are some links to her work:
And on top of all of this, she just so happens to be my sister! 🙂
Here’s what she had to say:
If I only had 10 songs on my iPod…
Being someone who LOVES to listen to music, be it sitting at my computer editing photos, driving in my car, sitting on a train or walking, I love having music right there, so limiting it to 10 songs was a little difficult, but I decided to categorize why I would choose each song. Sitting here at my desk, I chose to write down the numbers 1-10 on a napkin that was next to me. I labeled each number with a category: Dance to, Whistle to, Relax to, Daydream to, Drive to, Sing to, Smile to, Frolic to, Travel to, and the YOU song.
1. Dance to: ”Say Hey (I Love You)” (ft. Cherine Anderson) – Michael Franti and Spearhead
Last Labor Day I was in Aspen with my boyfriend and best friend. We went to hear Michael Franti, who was playing at Aspen Jazz Fest, and it could not have been a better night. While he performed (outdoor show), the moon was rising over the mountains and dancing with a cold beer in hand was the picture perfect setting.
2. Whistle to: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – Bobby McFerrin
An all-time favorite. I did a summer program back in high school, living on a 69’ sailboat in the Bahamas, tagging sea turtles and sharks. The first mate of the boat didn’t allow whistling. I’m not sure if you have ever been told not to whistle, but when you have that freedom taken away from you for 3 1/2 weeks, you realize how much you tend to whistle in life…
3. Relax to: “Caribbean Blue” – Enya
My family grew up listening to Enya NON-STOP, literally! We would wake up to Enya playing in the house and go to sleep to Enya playing, the CD was the only one in the CD player and repeat must have been a new function on CD players because it was on repeat for months at a time. I love listening to her music – it helps me slow down (which is hard to do at times!)
4. Daydream to: “The Wind” – Cat Stevens
I was having a hard time picking my perfect daydream song, but “The Wind” is one of those songs that just never gets old. I find it too short, but it’s about the journey, which my mind is constantly fixed on.
5. Drive to: “Settler” – Balmorhea
I can really drive to anything. If there are words to sing at the top of your lungs to, even better! But, a little over a year ago, a friend sent me this song and I had this vision in my mind of one of my all-time favorite memories: driving my parents’ 1982 Range Rover to this lake in Maine with one of my closest friends. We would have the windows rolled down and most likely would be listening to the Top Gun soundtrack (which is the exact opposite song choice). We would park the car on the side of the road, jump into the lake for an afternoon “dip” and then continue on with a beautiful drive with wet hair drying in the crisp Maine air and summer sun in the REARVIEW! Somehow this song is so peaceful that it reminds me of growing up (although I still do this routine with my friend) and beautiful days in Maine.
6. Sing to: “Man in the Mirror” – Michael Jackson
I guess if you are told you can’t whistle, you can always snap your fingers! Absolutely incredible lyrics and inspirational for sure!
7. Smile to: “Way You Do The Things You Do” – UB40
UB40 is one of my favorite bands. EVER. Seeing them live (minus the lead singer) was one of the best nights I had while living in NYC. I totally believe in doing things your own way. It’s okay, you too can be custom!
8. Frolic to: “Wide Open Spaces” – Dixie Chicks
I went on a trip with my family before the iPod existed…and being that I lOVED listening to music, I decided to bring my whole CD collection with me (not smart-lugging that weight around at that age…). For some reason, though, I gravitated towards one CD: The Dixie Chicks. My two older sisters and I went on a long hike one day and found a huge field, which we happily “frolicked” in. This song will always remind me of this unique experience.
9. Travel to: “Praan” – Gary Schyman
Ever since the YouTube phenomena, “Where The Hell Is Matt,” surfaced, I have LOVED this song. Playing it on your iPod in the airport, on a crowded bus, an open-aired market, it works for any setting!
10. The YOU Song: “Kokomo” – The Beach Boys
I believe everyone has a song that people hear and immediately think of you. A family friend hosted a lunch for me when I was graduating from high school and as party favors, she gave out cds, with one song on the CD to remind them of me. That song was “Kokomo.” I’ve claimed it as my song ever since!
As always, keep your eye out for the next On The iPod feature!
The poll will end next Thursday. Whichever blog wins, I’ll contact the blogger and ask them to do a guest post on Sunset so we can get another one of their epic selections! Take two seconds and leave your input!
If you haven’t heard or downloaded the mix, check it out here.
Ball of Flame Shoot Fire. I can feel it. They’re gonna be good. And known. My only complaint about this one song is that it’s not long enough. Guess I’ll just have to play it twice every time I listen to it!
They’re based in Brooklyn, NY and were actually requested by Yeasayer to be their opening act. I’m excited to hear what they’ve got coming for us on the sophomore album, set to drop this fall.
To download, click on the downward arrow on the right side of the player.
-2 free tickets
-Chiddy Bang, Super Mash Bros, more
-June 18th, near Philly, NYC, Trenton
-To sign up: comment on this post with your name, email address, and favorite movie of all time
Yep, you read it right! I’ve got two free tickets to give away for a concert outside of Philly (and only one hour from NYC via a $12 train, and close to Trenton as well). The event is called Summer 618 and it will feature:
Super Mash Bros.
5 & A Dime
3 Philadelphia DJs
+ 4 Surprise Electronic Artists in the VIP dome/stage*
(*VIP: underneath an Ultra-style geodesic dome, a second stage will host the official VIP after-party.)
To be in the running for the free tickets, simply comment on this post with your name, email address, and favorite movie of all time.
Yall know if I was near NYC/Philly I’d be at this show in a heartbeat! This isn’t something to pass up on!
Here’s a video to get yall pumped:
***To make this whole thing even cooler, the concert is eco-friendly and fueled by biodiesel, run with electronic ticketing, and hosted on a natural food local-crop farm that will reinvest its profits in sustainability.
Feel free to spread the word about this to your friends/family in the NYC/Philly/Trenton area by sharing the link using the Twitter/Facebook/Buzz/etc. icons below this post.
I can hardly believe it. I have now posted 1000 times to this blog. It’s gone from being a mode of procrastination from school, to now, post-graduation, a practically full-time hobby. I love every minute of it. And the feedback and gratitude has kept me going-so thank you to all of you readers. To return the favor, I’m going to offer up a free giveaway!
A customized playlist from my rather large iTunes collection — you choose the genre. Workout mix your thing? Sleepytime playlist? Driving tunes? You decide. I’ll do the work.
How to be eligible:
1. Leave a comment on this post with your name, your email and your favorite song from Sunset recently.
2. Become a fan of Sunset either on Facebook or Twitter (translation: follow on Twitter if you have an account). Both links are on the right hand column.
Deadline for entry is a week from today: Thursday April 15th.