I See You
Above expectations. Romy Madley Croft along with Jamie xx and Oli Sim has undergone a transformation an moved into the mainstream over the past years bringing us “I See You”; a smooth, vibrant release.
Just for Fools
This Michigan-based indie band springs forward with an upbeat garage pop. Led by Autumn Wetli, the tracks on “Just for Fools” focus in on personal experiences with past lovers without overdoing gloom and doom. Quite to the contrary, for example, “Kiss You” is all high energy pop.
By Kayla Flores
Friday’s big acts being The Last Shadow Puppets, Breakbot, Two Door Cinema Club, Clutch, and Damien Jr. Gong Marley. Amongst the big names, Friday truly held an impressive list. Saturday was not disappointing either, with great acts including Wolfmother, Beau, Bring Me The Horizon, Grand Blanc, La Femme, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, L7, and Massive Attack. Wolfmother truly rocked out and engaged with the crowd. Beau performed at the Pression Live stage drawing in fesitval goers with their eclectic sound. Heather and Emma of Beau, had great energy on stage. Beau even surprised fans with a new song! Throughout the terrible heat, attendees were able to stay cool with snow cones, ice cream, and sporadic water fights! It was quite a fun time.
With the intense heat continuing into Sunday’s festivities, the staff continued to make a bearable environment by providing splash zones near the stages as well as the whole park held water stations allowing festival goers to fill up and stay hydrated. Sunday started off with Maestro who was unique in his sound and kept the early crowd entertained. Blues Pills performed on the main stage and drew in a large crowd, despite the heat, with a high number of music lovers taking shelter in the shade while their favorite bands performed. Kevin Morby was excellent in his ability to pull a crowd with his beautiful voice. KillASon is a French rapper, whom performed all his work in English attracting the international crowd. He truly is a performer as he danced all around the stage and entertained everyone in the audience. Going from the rap world to the heart of Harlem with Gregory Porter allowed for a great transition to calm down once again. The saxophone and piano skills of his band were exceptional and captured the majority of festival goers as he paid tribute to the lives lost in the world this past year. Following the wonderful jazz, we moved to see Miike Snow, an up and coming hit maker in the electro pop world. With many hits already, Miike Snow showed his versatility and performed a great show. Then it was time to reminisce of the simpler times in the early 2000s for any American teenager, it was time for Sum 41. Performing all their early hits, as well as announcing an album release in October, the crowd was ecstatic jumping up and down and singing along to all of Sum 41’s hit songs as well as recent work.
After using up quite a bit of energy, it was time to grab some food. Dining options at Rock en Seine were endless. International options including cuisines from South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, as well as North America. Essentially a taste of the world. We decided to hit the Burrito Truck creating beautiful chicken burritos and nachos with jalapenos as well as grabbing some refreshing beer. Finishing up our grub, we ran over to see the one, the only, the legend. Iggy Pop. In true fashion, Iggy got the crowd rowdy and loud! It was a special event to see this man perform live. With such energy and excitement, we caught up with CHVRCHES and calmed down to their synthpop sound. The final act was none other than, Foals. Having the opportunity to see them live at a festival earlier this summer, it was awesome to end the summer with Foals again. What a treat. These guys truly speak to the crowd with their high energy, engaging conversation pieces, and all around great vibes.
Great job, until next summer. Rock en Seine 2016, rock on!
Emily Jane White
They Moved in Shadow All Together
California indie rock, folk-rock, indie acoustic artist has released her fifth album. The album is hypnotizing and even eerie at times. She addresses social battles and injustices faced by women. In addition to the lead tract, “Frozen Garden”, special recognition goes to “Pallid Eyes” and “Nigtmares on Repeat”.
Punk rock verteran Alice Bag has released her first solo album on the Don Giovanni label. She is a noted musician, author and feminist. The album offers up plenty of rock (”Little Hypocrite”), but there’s also some intelligent pop (”Suburban Home”) and Latin folk-rock (”Incorporeal Life”).
What a Festival! Taking place at the Paloma venue, in Nîmes this past weekend of June 3-5, 2016. Consisting of 3 days and nights of various international indie and rock groups, organic vendors, and great beers, this festival in the south of France truly is a great time. Compared to festivals in the United States, such as Coachella, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza, TINALS can be ranked amongst them in terms of quality, music selection, and organization. I would say pricing was reasonably cheaper in comparison, but it is also a smaller event with bands performing in the later afternoon and nighttime. Saturday and Sunday had two groups play in the early afternoon inviting anyone to come listen, free of charge. The eco-friendly festival provided various activities such as flower headband crafts, games, Elvis ordaining weddings, even a ‘50s style hair cut for men. It was truly a unique experience. Below is a short recap of some of the bands that performed this weekend. Enjoy!
Underlying greatness of this festival was its contributions to an eco-friendly cause. Each guest was given a coupon for a free goblet /day promoting the decrease in usage of cups per person (cost 1€ for cup) and its recycle bins located throughout the park. They had dry toilets which eliminated the usage of water and instead provided bags of hay to absorb the components and would later be used as manure. For food, they had various food trucks featuring vegetarian, vegan, and organic cuisines such as burgers, ‘Mexican’ food, falafel and more.
FOR MORE INFO ON THE LINEUP, CHECK OFFICIAL TINALS WEBSITE: https://thisisnotalovesong.fr/edition-2016/lineup/
Helen Love is back with their eight album since their formation in 1992. This Ramones-loving band from Wales made up of members Helen, Sheena and Ricardo Autobahn offers up their combination of punk rock, pop and dance. This album is nothing short of great fun!
Death and Vanilla
Death and Vanilla
Formed in the town of Malmö, Sweden by Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson, Death and Vanilla delivers an exceptional eclectic sound bringing together vintage keyboards, heavy soundtrack, indie rock, indie pop, dream pop and psychedelia. The album is moody, melodius and skilfully executed.