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Coachella 2014: Weekend Two: Redemption Island

By Bailey Pennick and Angelica Corona; Photos by Bailey Pennick, Natasha Aftandilians on April 23, 2014

 

Coachella 2014: Weekend Two: Redemption Island

 

"Last week the desert got me, but not this time!"

 

Pharrell Williams looked out on the enormous crowd that erupted in hoots and cheers as he declared his victory against the fickle Indio weather. "You ready to have fun?" he shouted. Once again, the almost unmanageably large congregation unanimously approved Williams' newfound confidence as he strutted across the casually-named "Outdoor Stage" on Saturday night. After a series of disappointing technical difficulties and a weak voice during the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music + Arts Festival, the beloved singer-songwriter-producer-rapper-musician-fashion-designer-composer-hat-wearer knew he had to triumph over the elements. With his intricate light show working and a cavalcade of special guests that included T.I., Usher and Jay Z, Pharrell went all out, making sure not to waste this second chance.

 

It seems that the sage saying "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" was on the tips of the tongues of many of the acts performing at Coachella this year. Reports of lackluster sets, whining, taunting and bad attitudes floated around the web worrying festival goers and promoters alike. And while we can never be completely sure of what happened within the walls of the Polo Field in the weekdays sandwiched between the two festivals, by the time the second Coachella Friday rolled around, the "do over" button was pushed and left everyone scratching their heads asking “What problems?” as their favorite artists tore the desert stages up.

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FESTIVAL WATCH: Austin City Limits Announces 2014 Lineup With Beck, Belle & Sebastian + More

By Staff on April 22, 2014

 

FESTIVAL WATCH: Austin City Limits Announces 2014 Lineup With Beck, Belle & Sebastian + More

 

With Coachella 2014 past us (even if we are still washing the dirt out of our clothing and trying to regain our hearing), we here at FILTER are ready for the full season of music festivals. Thankfully, one of our favorites, Austin City Limits Festival, can help us extend the season well into the fall.

 

This morning ACL Fest announced the stacked lineup for their two-weekend bash with headliners: Eminem, OutKast and Beck, and amazing FILTER favorite inclusions of Belle & Sebastian, The Replacements, St. Vincent, Spoon, Phantogram, Jenny Lewis and more. You now know exactly where we will be in October!

 

Tickets for ACL Fest 2014 are onsale now and you can buy them here

Q&A: Actor Peter Stormare on Ramases and the Psych Rock Resurgence

By Christian Koons on April 21, 2014

 

Q&A: Actor Peter Stormare on Ramases and the Psych Rock Resurgence

The psychedelic rock resurgence isn't exactly news at this point. The recent popularity of bands like Tame Impala, Temples, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Foxygen—not to mention the increased exposure of the West Coast school of psych-outfits, including Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall and White Fence, amongst others—is evidence enough that the indie-rock sphere is finding inspiration and new forms of expression by harkening back to the pre-digital days of psych-rock. Call it a reaction to a post-Internet society, where you'll likely see glowing Apple logos outnumber guitars on any given stage, but whatever the cause, one thing is clear: rock is returning to its gnarled roots, and dads all over the world are coming home to find their record collections pilfered and their living rooms hazy with the smoke of incense. 

 

Peter Stormare, a Swedish actor best known for his roles in Fargo and The Big Lebowski, has spent the last decade working between movies to reissue the material of Ramases, a psychedelic space-rock project from the 1970s led by Barrington Frost, a British central heating salesman who believed himself to be the reincarnation of the Egyptian Pharaoh from whom he and the band take their name. After releasing two albums with his wife, Selket, that received little commercial or critical attention, Ramases strayed into obscurity and eventually died by his own hand in 1978. The band's eventual cult following, it would seem, was inevitable. 

 

Stormare, whose record label Stormvox will reissue the Ramses catalog on April 22, has been a fan of Ramases since childhood. FILTER spoke with Stormare about the process behind the reissue, his contact with Selket, the importance of psychedelic music to his spiritual life, and how The Beatles pointed him to God.

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LIVE: Bombay Bicycle Club At The Belly Up (4/17/14)

By Sarabeth Oppliger on April 18, 2014

 

LIVE: Bombay Bicycle Club At The Belly Up (4/17/14)

It’s rare that a 20-song set careens by without a lull in energy. Capturing an audience’s full attention for 90 minutes is a feat that few bands accomplish. Bombay Bicycle Club’s sold-out show last Thursday night in San Diego defied those expectations as they played to an audience that would have gladly stuck around for 20 more songs. 

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LOOK: Red Bull Sound Select Offers Free Record Store Day “Divided” 7” Feat. Four Emerging Artists

By Staff on April 18, 2014

 

LOOK: Red Bull Sound Select Offers Free Record Store Day “Divided” 7” Feat. Four Emerging Artists

Tomorrow is Record Store Day, which is making this Good Friday feel a lot more like Christmas Eve, and we're here to give you a peek under the tree!


The artist development team over at Red Bull Sound Select has compiled Divided 7", a split featuring four promising up-and-comers from around the genre spectrum, and they're giving it away for free along with any purchase you make at participating record stores. You must have been good this year.


Get the skinny on all four artists and hear their 7" contributions after the jump! 

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LIVE: Beck Gets Comfortable At KCRW’s Apogee Sessions (4/16/14)

By Bailey Pennick; Photos by Larry Hirshowitz on April 17, 2014

 

LIVE: Beck Gets Comfortable At KCRW’s Apogee Sessions (4/16/14)

 

Beck
KCRW's Berkeley Street Sessions at Apogee Studios
Santa Monica, California
April 18, 2014

 

"Wow, they really packed you guys in here like sardines!"

 

It took no time at all for Beck Hansen to start joking with the 200-person audience all shoulder to shoulder within the warm confines of Apogee Studios.

 

"All the tall people in the front? Yeah, that's when you know that this is going to be a real show."

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LIVE: Blood Orange At The El Rey (4/14/14)

By Yumi Lifer on April 15, 2014

 

LIVE: Blood Orange At The El Rey (4/14/14)

Aside from an encore or two, Blood Orange’s sold-out El Rey show supporting his latest album, Cupid Deluxe, left nothing more to be desired. 

 

A DJ set from Kindness opened with a mellow prelude to a much-anticipated performance by the NYC-based artist. By the time the curtains lifted to reveal Dev Hynes and his band onstage, the theater was packed with a diverse crowd donning outfits befitting French New Wave stars or In Living Color’s Fly Girls. Indeed, the show was not only well-attended, but the crowd was also notably well-dressed. Hynes’s band was a bevy of beautiful people with exceptionally good hair. Donning a leather cap, red button-down shirt, and a pair of well-worn jeans, Hynes worked the crowd with an easy charisma, his energy and force palpable despite his quiet humility. Crooning behind backup singer or sitting beside his drummer, he seemed equally awed by fellow band mates as we were of him. Hynes delivered the requisite jaw-dropping guitar solos and fluid Michael Jackson-meets-Pina-Bausch dance moves, drawing screaming applause. 

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OBSESSIVE COMPULSIONS: FILTER’s Weekly Picks Featuring Sleigh Bells + More

By Staff on April 14, 2014

 

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIONS: FILTER’s Weekly Picks Featuring Sleigh Bells + More

 

Sleigh Bells at Coachella

Why: One word: PERFECT. -- Natalie Anderson

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GMG 47: “Pharrell: Lady Luck” Available Now

By Staff on April 14, 2014

 

GMG 47: “Pharrell: Lady Luck” Available Now

 

We're thrilled to reveal our latest Good Music Guide cover starring the unstoppable Pharrell Williams. Get all the details and a free download of the GMG HERE.

LIVE: Julian Casablancas and The Voidz Showcase New Material at The Roxy

By Christian Koons; photos by Caleb Wicker on April 14, 2014

 

LIVE: Julian Casablancas and The Voidz Showcase New Material at The Roxy

Last time Julian Casablancas debuted new solo material in Los Angeles, he played a four-night residency at the Palace Theatre downtown complete with resplendent moving backdrops and costume changes. This time around, he went a little simpler. Casablancas and his new band The Voidz announced Friday night's show at West Hollywood's 500-capacity Roxy Theatre just two days prior, and it sold out in minutes. Needless to say, those in attendance came ready to party. 


 

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