Friday Finds: Music ‘Round the World
October 18, 2013
The days of warm-weather concerts in wide-open fields may be months behind us (or ahead of us—we’re more of the glass-half-full persuasion), but with the sunset’s forward creep comes gloomy music for the increased darkness. October’s festivals are edgier and grungier than the ones that light up Great Stage Park and Coachella Valley in spring, but what they lose in sunshine they make up in authenticity—and local flavor. Our favorite blogs round up the across-the-globe lineup.
Treasure Island is to Coachella what San Francisco is to SoCal. Bikini tops and flower crowns fall by the wayside here for the festival’s annual weekend of noon-to-night blowouts, and attendant hipsters take up the Bay Area uniform of layers upon layers (you never know when the fog will clear!). Tickets may be hard to come by so late in the game, but optimistic 7×7 readers can toss their hat in the ring to shop the vendor village; ride the Ferris wheel; and catch stunning headliners like Beck, Atoms for Peace, and other alt-rock icons. [7x7]
CMJ might not have the star quality of, well, pretty much any mainstream music event, but it’s the festival that launched then-unknowns Mumford & Sons and Arcade Fire into the stratosphere, and it’s quintessential rock ‘n’ roll New York. Through Sunday this week, a wide and colorful lineup in that same indie vein takes the stage at 80-plus lounges in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Keep your ears peeled for retro-chic harmonizers Lucius as well as Lou Doillon, the smashing and ultra-talented progency of Jane Birkin. [DailyCandy]
Music festivals aren’t all oblique lyrics and brooding frontmen. At London’s fourth ReVoice Festival, entertainment gets a jazzier interpretation. Big names include Carmen Souza, a sensation in her native Portugal, and Carleen Anderson, once-muse to Amy Winehouse herself. It all transpires at the city’s celebrated Pizza Express Jazz Club—over a cheesy slice, if you’re In the Mood. [Time Out London]