Governors Ball is this coming weekend, and we're pretty stoked to cover a festival in our own backyard. Unlike the others that involve tiresome road trips and cramped flights, Governors Ball is the one festival that we thoroughly enjoy, and over the past three years has become a Baeble summer staple. Baeblers will be all over Randall's Island this weekend, sweating it up to snap pics and listen to some of the biggest bands the industry has to offer. With four stages hosting 22 performers per day, obviously there will be some difficult decisions of who to see when. And just in case you were looking for some solid scheduling advice, we've decided to share our weekend itinerary in three daily posts. Today, we offer a look at our personal Gov Ball 2013 FRIDAY circuit.
This Canadian group's electro-colored rock was a surprising treat during our time down at Hype Hotel, and we're certain they'll be perfect ushers to your Gov Ball weekend with tunes off their 2012 release xo that offer a meld of nostalgic hints, while still remaining all their own.
Although we're surprised to see such a fantastic band playing so early on the opening day of Gov Ball, we can't say we're disappointed about it. St. Lucia is a band that you'll want to see first-hand, and in the early afternoon on Friday, crowds won't be surging, giving you a great opportunity to do so. Watch the clip of their performance down in Austin below to get a taste of some of the synth pop magic that you won't wanna miss.
There's something eerily enchanting about Polica's dark electro tones. By 2PM we expect to have reached the sweaty point of no return - a moment that happens to every summer festivalgoer - and Polica's music will certainly cater to this hedonistic instance. And with their most recent single featuring Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, optimists can always hope for a guest appearance. Listen to "Tiff" below.
Seeing these two sons of DFA Records performing at NYC's biggest festival is a must. After recently announcing their sophomore album, Dynamics with the song and video below, we cannot wait to see what these retro electro hounds bring to the stage Friday afternoon.
After recently hanging out with the massively popular Icelanders at Coachella, we consider Of Monsters and Men to be one of our major must-sees of the entire weekend. With so many electro-based bands saturating Friday's lineup - and considering we haven't included headliner Kings Of Leon on this list - this bunch will perfectly quench your folk-rock thirst.
It's been nearly two years since the mainstream breakout Metals, and we couldn't imagine a better setting for the Canadian songstress to unveil some new material. And even if we're wrong, she'll have four albums worth of great material to soundtrack the setting sun, like "Graveyard" below.
We're choosing to close our evening out with Beach House at 8PM to bear witness the Baltimore duo's 2012 epic album, Bloom live. After experiencing brilliant songs like "Wishes" (below), we may even make it to bed early enough to see Saturday's openers.
Beach House puts on a great live show, and if you don't believe us, watch the concert below.