Electric Zoo 2017 was by no means perfect. Having attended only the final day of NYC’s major EDM fest, I arrived fresh on site to find the fields full of mud. I should have known better given the rain on Saturday, but I managed not to slip, nor get any mud on my camera. And the crew worked hard to get hay on the field to prevent any one else from falling. So that counts as a success.
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Greta Van Fleet‘s EP Black Smoke Rising (Lava Records) grabs the listener from the get-go. It’s hard not to hit play and immediately sense lead singer, Josh Kiszka, practically embodies Robert Plant with the vocal undercurrent to the guitar riffs (Plant is of course still alive). The band has been selling out shows on the back of that four-track EP and made their way through New York City for a sold out early night at the Mercury Lounge.
The 3rd Annual Emerging Music Festival took place in collaboration with Paste Magazine, who were livestreaming the show. With the first day of the two day fest nearly rained out (a set or two was spared from the deluge), the EMF was aided by terrific weather on the second day which drew a lot of people to Bryant Park‘s lawn for the music, food and activities, like hula hooping, juggling, and bubble blowing.
Deer Tick can be found practically everywhere during Newport Folk Festival. Beyond a guest appearance on the main stage, the group had four after parties during a three-day music festival. No one can suggest they take it too easy. The same may be said about their time in the studio too. On September 15th, Deer Tick will release two entirely different albums (on Partisan) dubbed Vol 1. and Vol 2.. The first is an acoustic disc. The second is rock.
Zeshan Bagewadi released his debut album Vetted in April of this year (under his performance moniker, Zeshan B) on the Minty Fresh label. The album collects a few originals from this versatile soul-singer with covers of rarer ‘60s or ‘70s tracks and has been driven by the first single, “Cryin’ in the Streets”, a civil rights song written by George Perkins.