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Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Preview: Friday, October 27

14:45 October 27, 2017
By: Staff

Voodoo Artist Previews: Friday, October 27

Free Swim w/ s.K.b & yrstrly
Le Plur Stage, 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Tim Quigley, Steve Carpasso, and Mike Stamp are the trio behind Free Swim, a multi-genre jam band from Rhode Island. Quigley offers a unique blend of rock-, blues-, and jazz-influenced guitar techniques. Carpasso began his career as a base player in the reggae band What’s Up, Bach? Stamp is a legendary RI drummer who has been playing since the age of five. Just like each of its members, the band together embraces a wide scope of musical styles, ranging from rap to country

DJs yrstrly and s.K.b. (Super Killer Badass) are the tour de force behind the monthly dance party known as “Free Swim,” held at the Saint Bar & Lounge. yrstrly began DJing at the Saint in 2012 as a guest at the ActionActionReaction indie dance party. After AAR’s retirement, yrstrly partnered with Saint resident s.K.b., and their infamous late-night parties are known to go well into the early morning.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Preview: Friday, October 27

Public Access T.V.
South Stage, 12:30-1:15 p.m.

New York City's Public Access T.V. is an indie quartet that makes hooky and swaggering power pop. The band was formed by lead singer/guitarist John Eatherly, who dropped out of high school to join Nashville indie rockers Be Your Own Pet before moving to N.Y.C. to work as a studio and touring musician. Their debut LP Never Enough arrived in the fall of 2016.

Durand Jones & The Indications
Wisner Stage, 12:30-1:15 p.m.

Durand Jones & The Indications coalesced around a common love of gritty Southern soul and Delta blues as students at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. The four core members of the band include Aaron Frazer (drums, vocals), Blake Rhein (guitars), Kyle Houpt (bass), and Justin Hubler (organ, electric piano). Their self-titled debut album was released in 2016.

Alfred Banks
Le Plur Stage, 12:45-1:15 p.m.

New Orleans’s own Alfred Banks decided to pursue MCing full-time after leaving Loyola University on a full-ride scholarship. The emerging rapper released his third LP, The Beautiful, this year. The 12-track project is inspired by his brother Orlandas, whose struggle with schizophrenia ended with suicide. Banks has been named one of the “10 upcoming New Orleans MCs” by Complex. His song “UnderDogCentral” can be heard in the Netflix movie Burning Sands.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Preview: Friday, October 27

Flint Eastwood
Toyota Music Den Stage, 1:00-1:30 p.m.

Flint Eastwood is an alt-pop project based around the work of Detroit-based singer/songwriter Jax Anderson. With wide-ranging influences, from Spaghetti Westerns to Motown to mainstream dance pop, Anderson has built a reputation for her uncompromising style and high-energy presence. "Queen," her debut single for the label, found Flint Eastwood's sound further evolving into sophisticated, bombastic pop.

Chicano Batman
Altar Stage, 1:15-2:00 p.m.

Chicano Batman is the four-piece Latino rock band that’s bringing culture to funk and rock ‘n’ roll. The members have become the de facto faces of Latin rock, and they are known to draw influences from 70s Latin pop groups and soul music. The band’s name is a reference to the bat-like symbol of Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers movement.

DJ Mel
Le Plur Stage, 1:30-2:15 p.m.

Notoriously recognized as "Obama's DJ," Austin-based DJ Mel is one of Texas's most well-rounded and high-profiled DJs. With past performances at the 57th Presidential Inauguration for Barack Obama, the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and Obama’s Farewell Address, he is the official DJ for the University of Texas football and men's basketball teams. In 2014, he was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame.

Toyota Music Den Stage, 2:00-2:30 p.m.

Autograf is all about the art, as the creative trio’s background came from visual art and design. After years of working as solo artists, this dreamy house group came together to make music that combines EDM and art. Relying on their artistic history, the group seems to bring visual art into their music.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Preview: Friday, October 27

Flow Tribe
South Course Stage, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Voodoo Fest favorite Flow Tribe is back with an even more energetic beat in their New Orleans soul. This locally grown rock band has played at several festivals throughout the country and toured nationally, bringing their traveling street parade and high energy to every show. Flow Tribe fuses psychedelic funk, blues, and rock that always captivates the crowd.

Wisner Stage, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Garrett Charles Nash, or gnash, is an alt R&B artist best known for his 2016 breakout track “i hate u, i love u”. The 24-year-old, Los Angeles-native cites Death Cab for Cutie and Jack Johnson as some of his musical influences, and this is clear in his music. gnash combines alternative musical sounds with a hip-hop lyrical style.

Le Plur Stage, 2:30-3:15 p.m.

Carlos Saint John, the Brooklyn-born rapper who goes by SAINt JHN, made his name in the music industry by writing for others, a talent that earned him co-writing credits on Usher’s hits “Crash” and “Rivals.” In 2016, he turned the spotlight back on himself again with the song and video “1999.” The budding MC has attracted attention for his skillful wordplay and melodic style. Check out Soundcloud for his latest tracks.

Toyota Music Den Stage, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Formed by sisters Jessica and Jennifer Clavin (formerly of Mika Miko), Bleached is a California-based pop-punk band. Since their debut album Ride Your Heart released in 2013, the band has gravitated towards a more polished, less lo-fi sound. Their development and shift into the distinctly harder rock edge found on 2016’s Welcome the Worms is reminiscent of powerful 70s feminist rock icons such as Joan Jett or Siouxsie Sioux. Their latest EP Can You Deal? was released this past March.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Preview: Friday, October 27

Marian Hill
Altar Stage, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Marian Hill is an American songwriting duo from Philadelphia consisting of production artist Jeremy Lloyd and vocalist Samantha Gongol. Their name comes from two characters, Marian Paroo and Harold Hill, from the musical The Music Man. Rolling Stone Magazine called this electronic group the “Most Shazam’d band in America.” Their music has been featured on Apple’s Airpod ads.

Le Plur Stage, 3:30-4:15 p.m.

Jennifer Lee, usually referred to by her stage name TOKiMONSTA, is the popular electronica/hip hop DJ from L.A. After recovering from two brain surgeries, Lee recorded her forthcoming third album Lune Rouge, which is a masterpiece of work. Though not directly addressing her recovery, the music is embedded with Lee’s struggle to overcome the biggest challenge in her life.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Preview: Friday, October 27

Mondo Cozmo
South Course Stage, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Josh Ostrander, better known by his alias Mondo Cozmo, has been around the music scene since 2005. He is enjoying his long-term success and the journey that it took to get him where he is today. His new album Plastic Soul is a fusion of folk, indie, and alternative rock that brings to mind Bob Dylan and U2.

Bibi Bourelly
Wisner Stage, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

The daughter of a guitarist and an artist, Bibi Bourelly had music and creativity in her blood. Bourelly has written songs for Rihanna, Selena Gomez, and Usher, including Rihanna’s hit single “Bitch Better Have My Money.” Her own singles include “Ego,” “Ballin’,” and “Sally.” She gets much of her inspiration from her mother, who died of cancer when Bourelly was just six years old.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Preview: Friday, October 27

Altar Stage, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

You may recognize Kehlani from America’s Got Talent in the group PopLyfe, but this Oakland-based artist has become one of most popular R&B singers of this generation. This songwriter is known to sing the straight truth about her life, pain, passion, triumph, and everything in between. Her debut album SweetSexySavage generated positive reviews.

Le Plur Stage, 5:45-6:45 p.m.

JOYRYDE is an English DJ who is the son of record producer John Phantasm of Phantasm Records. JOYRYDE has risen from being a complete unknown to a status as one of the most buzzing acts on the planet. With support from other artists like DJ Snake, Skrillex, Diplo, and Rick Ross, his highway to success is paved with bass.

Benjamin Booker
South Course Stage, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Benjamin Booker is an American blues and grunge rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist. His first album was self-titled and rose as high as number 10 on the U.S. Alternative Albums Chart. He released his second studio album Witness this past June, which has garnered much press and critical acclaim over the past few months.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Preview: Friday, October 27

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Wisner Stage, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Andrew McMahon, also known as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, was the vocalist, pianist, and lyricist for the bands Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin. In 2013, he released his first solo EP, The Pop Underground. His debut album, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, featured the lead single “Cecilia and the Satellite.” His second solo album, Zombies on Broadway, was released last February.

Le Plur Stage, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

From anonymous uploads to collaborations with Dillon Francis within just a couple years, L.A.-based artist NGHTMRE was born Tyler Marenyi in Stamford, Connecticut and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. At first, he uploaded trap and house remixes of tracks by Tiesto, Rae Sremmurd, and Skrillex, then he began releasing a set of his own tracks. He hit the scene in early 2015 with "Street," a track Skrillex played during his headlining set at the Ultra Music Festival.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Preview: Friday, October 27

LCD Soundsystem
Altar Stage, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Formed in Brooklyn in 2002 and fronted by DFA Records co-founder James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem began by releasing a string of singles leading up to the 2004 release of their eponymous debut album. Their tongue-in-cheek attitude on tracks like “Losing My Edge” and “Daft Punk is Playing at My House” poke fun at the hipster-music-snob archetype. Their second album, Sound of Silver, was released in 2007 to universal critical acclaim. In 2010, the band released the first single, “Drunk Girls,” of their third album This is Happening. Prior to its release, Murphy released a statement that it would likely be the last LCD Soundsystem album. In February 2011, LCD Soundsystem announced their final show on April 2  at Madison Square Garden. The sold-out show produced a four-hour spectacle, featuring a handful of guest appearances, before ending with “New York, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down.” After remaining relatively low-profile over the next five years, the band announced a reunion in January 2016. Their current tour follows the release of their fourth studio album, American Dream, which dropped September 1. The album is a rebirth as much as it is a revival. Fans will not be disappointed to find the same catchy electronic synth-pop beats; however, the ironic attitude is gone. As the band has grown and matured, their focus has shifted to address more serious themes. Murphy once described LCD Soundsystem as “dance music, or disco … and dance music isn’t really about anything. I can tell if it’s working: are people dancing? Yes. Then I’ve achieved my goal.” Though the goal has not changed, the new album and reincarnation give substance to dance music. LCD Soundsystem is back and better than ever. The band’s tour history includes joining the likes of M.I.A. and Arcade Fire, as well as headlining sets at numerous high-profile festivals, including Coachella, Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and now—Voodoo. Their multi-instrumental, pop-electronic sound is so infectious, we dare you to try and stop dancing.

Yellow Claw
Le Plur Stage, 8:15-9:15 p.m.

Yellow Claw is the dynamic DJ duo from Amsterdam that consists of Jim Aasiger and Nizzle. Their music is a mix of a wide range of genres and often incorporates elements from trap, hip hop, dubstep, big room house, hardstyle, and moombahton. Signed to Diplo’s Mad Decent label, the group is known for their catchy songs like “Light Years” and “Good Day.”

The Afghan Whigs
South Course Stage, 8:30-9:30 p.m.

The Afghan Whigs have since reformed after their disbandment in 2001. Since their reunion, the rock group has made a stronger and bolder comeback, and incorporates more of an R&B influence. Sadly, this year, tragedy struck when member Dave Rosser died after losing his battle with cancer. The group has promised to keep his memory alive and their music fun.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Preview: Friday, October 27

Prophets of Rage
Wisner Stage, 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Prophets of Rage is the rap-rock supergroup that consists of three members from Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, two members from Public Enemy, and rapper B-Real of Cyrus Hill. This revolutionary music group promotes politically and socially conscious rap. Their radical artistry has drawn both praise and criticism, but underestimate them at your own risk.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Preview: Friday, October 27

Le Plur Stage, 9:30-11:00 p.m.

Galantis is the EDM group duo from Sweden consisting of DJs Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklow. The duo first came into prominence at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival where their performance garnered much praise from the crowd. Their new album, The Aviary, is now available featuring their singles “No Money” and “True Feeling.”

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Preview: Friday, October 27

Kendrick Lamar
Altar Stage, 9:30-11:00 p.m.

Born Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, the Compton rapper rose to prominence through mixtapes released under the moniker “K-Dot.” In 2003, at the age of 16, Lamar landed a contract with Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), a respected California independent label. He has been unstoppable since the release of his first full-length album, Section.80, in 2011. Since signing with Dr. Dre’s label, Aftermath Entertainment, Lamar has been catapulted into superstardom. He has released three critically acclaimed albums in a row, solidifying his place as one of this generation’s greatest rappers. Lamar’s subject matter often revolves around sharp observations of street culture; however, his albums vary stylistically. Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is largely autobiographical, focusing on his childhood in Compton. Musically, the album reflects the influence of 90s gangsters and West Coast rappers. The 2015 Grammy-winning album To Pimp a Butterfly showcases Lamar’s versatility with jazz- and funk-inspired tracks and the inclusion of spoken-word poetry. The album is a lyrical exploration of race, culture, and discrimination in America, a social and political juggernaut. In April of this year, Lamar released DAMN, which became his third number-one album on the Billboard 200 chart. The lead single “Humble” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The album features cameos from pop mega-stars U2 and Rhianna, and was described by Rolling Stone as “a brilliant combination of the timeless and the modern, the old school and the next-level.” Lamar is the recipient of 51 awards from 143 nominations, including seven Grammys. He has been named MTV’s “Hottest MC” of 2012, a title shared with Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem, and Rick Ross. He was named GQ’s “Rapper of the Year” in 2013. He is considered by Rolling Stone to be the greatest rapper alive, and the most exciting and innovative young artist. Kendrick has come a long way from welfare, Section 8 housing, and the persistent violence that plagued his childhood. He credits his family and sense of humor for helping him “understand tragedy, but not break from it.” He is fueled by the pressure to be the best rather than crippled by fear of failure. Despite already establishing his rightful place within the hip-hop canon, his career remains on a path to meteoric success. It’s the constant drive to outdo himself that makes Lamar a stand-out artist and performer.

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