We were treated to a masked appearance by Slow Magic during the sixth installment of the Fireside Sessions at the Haus of Hipstamatic in San Francisco this past May. Guests took in an animated, live performance of the classic track “Corvette Cassette” from Slow Magic’s debut album.
Rockin some red eye but no matter, when I get to end my day on the beach with the beautiful and amazing @thetwinshadow for @officialculturecollide thanks @cvaria for making him purtier #venicebeach #culturecollide #twinshadow #piperferguson
Festival Watch: Our Picks From Culture Collide 10/10-10/12
Here at Ones To Watch, nothing sets us off on happy life tangents more than discovering new music that rocks. Naturally, we jump at any opportunity to do so – which is how we found ourselves in L.A.’s Echo Park for this weekend’s Culture Collide Fest. The fourth annual arts festival thrown by FILTER Magazine featured a lineup of musicians from all around the globe and surprises along the way, including a creative panel kickoff featuring keynote speaker Moby (awesome) and tacos from Iceland (yum).
Basically, we were blown away by the amount of talent the world brought. Below are a list of the acts that stood out to us the most.
From Brooklyn, NY, the men of The Men won us over with their fuzzy, post-punk rock sounds they brought to the festival. Their new EP, Campfire Songs, is out today via Sacred Bones Records. The collection of five tracks was literally recorded around a burning fire during the band’s sessions for their 2013 album, New Moon.
The Raveonettes proved they were just as good live as we hoped they’d be. That their latest album, Observator, was recorded in the same studio on Sunset where The Doors recorded many records came as no surprise – this bicoastal duo from Denmark are well on their way to making an even bigger name for themselves in American rock.
The beginning of Friday night brought one of our earliest finds with Houston DJ, Aidan Kennedy. As Bagheera, his funky, upbeat mix of urban and primitive dance music had the crowd in high spirits for the rest of the evening.
Rhye (pronounced like “rye”) has been quite the talk of town lately, and with every good reason. The sublime synthesis of Mike Milosh’s ethereal vocals and Robin Hannibal’s soulful blend of jazz and electronic instrumentals made for a positively cerebral live experience. Their new album, Woman, debuted in May via Republic Records.
“Two Boys. Make Noise” reads Kid Karate’s Facebook About section. That is both a truth and an understatement for this rock duo from Dublin, who had the entire floor at The Echo floored from the first few notes of “Heart.”
Of course we had to make it out and support our favorite guys from the UK, Duologue. Finally having recouped from jetlag, they played a solid live set in the back of a cozy French restaurant which, by the looks of it, garnered a whole new room of fans just in time for the release of their new album, Song & Dance.