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There’s always a lot to be excited about with Governors Ball, the annual 3-Day NYC music festival put on by Founders Entertainment at Randall’s Island. There’s the trek all the way uptown, across that massive bridge that we collectively grunt our way through, only to realize how worth it it really was once we finally make it through the gates. There’s the food trucks, the free snacks, and the art to glimpse at. But,...
There’s no way else to put it: in recent years, the music festival market has become quite saturated. As the industry continues to evolve, so too does the path to success. With each year’s #1 single sounding different from the last, and one year’s ‘next hot sound’ sounding, well, entirely divergent from another, it’s nice to have at least one thing as a constant each year. That thing, here, is Governors Ball, the 3-day festival...
There's a house in Far Rockaway that’s business in the front, party in the back—an unassuming ranch with curb appeal that's worthy of an HGTV revamp. With a stone facade, it’s nestled on a half-acre parcel of fluffy green grass on a quiet bayside street. At night, street lamps spray the asphalt with a non-offensive buzz of incandescence. On a muggy, Saturday evening in July, no one uses the front door. Matting down a path...
All the way back in 2013, I was working on something that took me to the main branch of the New York Public Library every day. The morning-to-afternoon work was quiet and solitary. It was during that time that a song from Blouse—the Portland-based three-member indie band headed by Charlie Hilton—crept onto a Spotify playlist. Blouse's second album Imperium, and their self-titled debut from 2011 turned my work into a love-infused day-dream from the 80s, versus the...

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