For the very last day of summer, we headed over to the Azul rooftop of Manhattan’s Hotel Hugofor Electric Beach’s blow-out bash. Among the guest artists, were MOTHXR, French Horn Rebellion, and Julian Cavin. Sponsored by Corona, it was “a scene” to say the least, replete with inebriated millennials and panoramic views of Manhattan. Quite the way to kiss away summer indeed. Peruse our photos of the event, here! See you next year, Electric Beach.
A precursor to SXSW, Savannah Stopover takes place March 5-7 in downtown Savannah, a haunting and iconic boutique neighborhood. As far as music getaway’s go, we couldn’t be more stoked to attend the 5th incarnation of Savannah Stopover. Check back for full festival coverage as it unfolds, and make sure to follow AudioFemme on Instagram and Twitter as we abandon the brutal Brooklyn weather for warmer scenery with one fantastic soundtrack. We’re still anxiously plotting our schedules to see how we’re going to catch as many acts, including some featured local bands, as possible, but here are five that we’re sure to see.
The Chicago-based folk artist Ryley Walker has been causing the music scene to bat their eyelashes. We can’t wait to tap our feet to these tunes in agreement. His sophomore release Primrose Green, the follow-up to the well-received full-length debutcomes out next month. Rambling and soulful, inspired both by jazz and noise music, the 25-year-old creates a collage of the Chicago music network to come up with a sound that’s wholly his own.
We’re going to want a front and center spot for Brooklyn’s Fort Lean. The vastness of their sound can surprise you they’re from Brooklyn, as if the city is too crowded to produce such chill expressions. Play into type, grab a craft beer, and see if you can fight through the seduction to stick around for the late-night shows rather than back to your motel room with a lover after listening to these dreamers.
Amythyst Kiah and Her Chest of Glass Saturday, March 7 5:00pm
Friday, March 6 7:00pm (solo show)
Tennessee singer-songwriter and roots artist Amythyst Kiah is joined with friends Her Chest of Glass for the ultimate Saturday afternoon cocktail hour time slot. “Gothic Southern Folk” is about the most exciting mix mash of adjectives I’ve ever seen to describe music, in researching artists Mythyst has to be one we’re most thrilled for (not to mention she’s got killer style).
Parlour Tricks Saturday, March 7 7:00pm
Parlour Tricks have made the AudioFemme front page before, and this editor thanks her lucky stars (as Parlour Tricks might say) to see how the New York City pop rockers translate their buzzed-about stage presence to serene Savannah.
Saturday, March 7 12:00am
After you’ve shaken off any visuals invoked by their name, Nashville’s Diarrhea Planet are downright delightful. The punk rockers promise to deliver the climax of the festival with their Saturday late-night time slot. With bold vocals, wild lyrics, and grimy guitars, we’re sure to get sweaty for this one.
Generationals, Southern Culture On The Skids, San Fermin, ASTR, Matthew E. White, Computer Magic, Diarrhea Planet, Reptar, All Them Witches, French Horn Rebellion, Donald Cumming (of The Virgins), Dumpstaphunk, Parlour Tricks, Hiss Golden Messenger, Heavenly Beat, Gap Dream, Rocco DeLuca, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, ISHI, Bombadil, Rose Quartz, Family and Friends, Capsula, Tall Tall Trees, Born Cages, Beach Day, Fat Tony, Horse Thief, Fly Golden Eagle, Mothxr, Young Buffalo, Jack + Eliza, SALES, Mainland, Christopher Paul Stelling, Clear Plastic Masks, Ryley Walker, Buxton, Fort Lean, Corners, PitchBlak Brass Band, Cobalt Cranes, Alanna Royale, Baby Bee, Lilly Hiatt, this mountain, Dreamers, Reputante, Caleb Caudle, Axxa/Abraxas, Suburban Living, Avers, Amythyst Kiah + Her Chest of Glass, Adia Victoria, Margo and the Pricetags, The Prettiots, Guthrie Brown & The Family Tree, ELEL, Grounders, BLKKATHY, Blank Range, White Violet, What Moon Things, Fire Mountain, Emilyn Brodsky, Needle Points, Lace Curtains, Music Band, Las Rosas, Semicircle, Ruby the RabbitFoot, Little Racer, Bedroom, Grand Vapids, Bond St. District, 100 Watt Horse, Cusses, Triathalon, Velvet Caravan, Damon & The Shitkickers, Penicillin Baby, Wet Socks, Crazy Bag Lady, Sunglow, Coeds, Wave Slaves, Beneath Trees, Paving Gravy, Nightingale News, Saint Corsair, A.M. Rodriguez, Boy Harsher, Blackrune, Black Water Choir, Heavy Boots
It’s rare for an electro-pop band to sound better live than they do on their recordings, but such was the case for French Horn Rebellion’s packed performance on Saturday night for the Wild Honey Pie’s CMJ showcase at Cameo Gallery. The night started out with an actual, smooth french horn solo from one half of the band’s founding duo, Robert Perlick-Molinari, and from there it picked up into an all-out dance party.
The french horn made several appearances throughout the night, which added an unexpected element when paired with keyboardist David Perlick-Molinari’s synthy beats. Early on in the show, the two leading brothers dueled over which was the “better” instrument—keyboard or the french horn—but by the end of the night, it was clear that both were inextricably essential for band’s sound.
Joining the Rebellion on stage was the exuberant Ellie Liu, who sang lead on the spunky “Girls” and spiked some energy into the show with every swing of her bubble gum pink ponytail. The band also welcomed NYC pop duo Ghost Beach to the stage to perform their recent collaboration, “Caaalifornia,” a super sunny and funky number, as well as Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore for an ’80s-tinged rendition of their single, “Dreamers.” The guests made for a wholly dynamic set and were undoubtedly a highlight of the show.
Another high point of the performance was the band’s cover of The Human League’s 1981 hit “Don’t You Want Me,” which got the entire crowd singing along. And for the set closer, Ghost Beach and Savoir Adore reappeared to help on a lyrically stripped-down but raucous version of the hit “Love is Dangerous” in which the only line sung was, of course, “love is dangerous.” Everyone was invited to belt the words out in unison and the crowd happily complied, wrapping up the show on a high note.