It’s hot out here in NYC and when it’s hot there’s one thing music lovers associate that with, festival season. Being tied up with traveling I haven’t been able to plan to go to a festival, but thanks immaculate timing and the good guys at Panorama, we’ve been granted a press pass to cover this glorious event. I’m a seasoned veteran of Coachella and when I heard the makers of Coachella were planning an event in my new city I was ecstatic. The line up is smaller than most festivals, but its dense with talent. The headliners are impressive however I always like to shed some light on the smaller acts, so I’m going to be posting articles highlighting a few artists that aren’t as well known. Check them out below.
Oh where do I start!? Holy Ghost! are NYC natives who have been around for a while. I first caught wind of Holy Ghost! while streaming HypeM a few years back, then I had a chance opportunity to see them live in Santa Barbara, CA. Despite being drunk off my ass, I can remember Holy Ghost! putting on quite a performance that was received with an encore, which they happily obliged. For anyone who hasn’t had a chance to listen to them, they bring a new wave of disco, combining soft vocals with upbeat electronica. Here are some of their recent tracks.
Tokimonsta has been on my radar for quite some time now. The LA native is classically trained as a pianist, but started producing beats while in college. She was also the first female to sign to Flying Lotus‘s Brainfeeder label and released her first album, Midnight Menu, in November 2010 on Brainfeeder. In 2010 Tokimonsta was rated the #1 Hottest LA Lady DJ by LA Weekly. Since then shes been on a tear producing 3 more albums. “Tokimonsta is known for her unique take on indie electronic/r&b/dance music. Her classical upbringing and eclectic music taste has allowed her to create vast textural soundscapes—a reverberation that fuses vintage sensibilities with progressive inclinations.” Check out some of her recent tracks below.
One thing I love about music festivals these days is the genre diversity. One stage will feature some up and coming rap talent and the next act could be an artist like Nathaniel Rateliff, a not so conventional blues artist from Missouri. Nathaniel started out as a folk based artist before combining forces with The Night Sweats in 2013. Since then he has garnered some attention for several singles such as “S.O.B” and “I need never get old”. He’s received praise from The New York Times and Billboard as a folk-pop hero. If you haven’t had a chance to hear his voice, have a listen to a few of my favorite tracks below.