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Coeur De Pirate concert review

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Cœur de Pirate preformed a concert in DC on Sunday the 27th of October at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. It was her second time preforming in DC and it was my first time seeing her.  The intersection of Sixth and I street is right behind the Verizon Center, we drove and traffic was great because it was a Sunday. The concert was pretty intimate as the Synagogue only seats 800 people. I went to the concert with my mom and we sat in the first row of the balcony. It was still close enough for me to gaze longingly into her eyes.

Cœur de Pirate (or Béatrice Martin off the stage) is a bilingual Canadian singer who sings mostly in French. She has released three albums: Cœur de pirate, Blond and Roses and she composed “Child of Light”, a video game soundtrack. One of her most popular songs, Comme des Enfants” was released in 2008 and it has become a staple in french classes everywhere. As an artist she has developed since then and her music no longer applies to a single genre. “Child of Light” is almost entirely orchestral with other worldly vibes, she has also experimented with strong drum beats and keyboard sounds.

Cœur de Pirate on 10/25/10 at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Cœur de Pirate on 10/25/10 at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Béatrice Martin is a wonderful artist and human being. She combined her original music with beautiful stage lighting and projections. The acoustics were great and the sound reverberating in the synagogues dome and walls really leant something to Cœur de Pirate’s songs. Béatrice Martine is a gift, I learned a lot about her during the concert. She was very excited for the new The Walking Dead episode which came out during the show. I wonder how she is recovering from the events of last episode. She has a daughter who she wrote “The Way Back Home” for. Her favorite Canadian is Drake and she covered “Hold On We’re Going Home” which was great. She also covered “Dead Flowers” by the Rolling Stone.

So all together it was a great concert 9/10

If you would like to find out more about this artist; this is Cœur de Pirate’s website and you can listen to her on Spotify here

WVCW goes to LAVA Fest

 

WVCW goes to LAVA Fest

This year an airway strip in Suffolk, Va transformed in to a day long party thanks to the magic of LAVA fest. The festival is in its first year of operations and brought a unique approach to the festival concept. Featuring Devil’s Backbone literally everywhere, a totally excellent arcade (stocked with pinball, retro classics and a trippy volcano bar), in addition to a sweet lineup the festival has sown seeds for promising future years. The bands selected to play ranged from radio pop rockers Fitz + the Tantrums, Tokyo Police Club, and Mutemath, to more out there indie rockers Cloud Nothings, KIshi Bashi, and the absolutely phenomenal of Montreal. With such a diverse lineup the festival attracted a wide audience, helping it stay away from the typical overwhelmingly bro populations that seem to hit many festivals these days. The future is exciting and optimistic for LAVA music festival, seeing how they’ve taken such a big step forward with their first season

Fans @ Lava
Fans @ Lava
Cloud Nothings @ Lava
Cloud Nothings @ Lava
Kishi Bashi @ Lava
Kishi Bashi @ Lava
of Montreal @ Lava
of Montreal @ Lava
of Montreal @ Lava
of Montreal @ Lava
of Montreal @ Lava
of Montreal @ Lava

WVCW goes to Shaky Knees!

The first day of Shaky Knees saw an influx of people and some of the festival most sought after acts. The first act of the festival was Surfer Blood premiering songs off their new record “1000 Palms.” The mid afternoon was taken up by other newcomer bands with a mostly pop emphasis like Haerts, Tennis, Halsey, and Zella Day. The night took off with a destroying, crowdsurfing, and utterly weird set by Mac DeMarco, opened for by stoner punks WAVVES. The 6:15 slot proved to be the most conflict spot of the night, and possibly the festival, TV on the Radio, Death From Above 1979, and the Mountain Goats all going on at the same time. Semi locals Mastodon played a thrashing set to a mixture of diehard metalheads, first time festival goers, and Strokes fans who were waiting out the mosh pits for the anticipated headliners. The 8:15 time slot also forced festival goers to make difficult choices between Pixies, Brand New, and crooner James Blake. The biggest draw of Friday was headliners, The Strokes. Giving their first set of the year to a very eager and receptive audience, the band blasted through a career spanning setlist that was both refreshing and familiar. Some major highlights of the show were very rare live performances of “You Talk Way Too Much,” which hadn’t been performed since 2004, and accompaniment by Mac Demarco for the arguably the bands most popular song “Last Nite.” At the end of the set singer Julian Casablancas ran through the crowd high-fiving fans and setting the tone for an exciting and memorable festival. For more live coverage stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram accounts of the weekend.

The second day of Shaky Knees brought a more laid back vibe to the the festival. This didn’t stop the day from starting with high energy rising indie stars like Mariachi el Bronx, Real Estate, and Viet Cong. The peaks of intensity were in the mid afternoon with Irish rockers Flogging Molly, skater boiz FIDLAR, and Atlanta based crowd pleasers The Black Lips. The mellowing began of the day began with a rare, and magical set by weirdo indie rockers Neutral Milk Hotel. Bringing out all of their friends as musicians, and employing unique instrumentation such as euphoniums, fiddled banjos, and the signature singing saws, their show was not one to miss. They also are one of the only acts who did not allow any photography, meaning the lasting impression they gave the audience was the only souvenir they got. Interpol and Built to Spill also brought the classic tunes and kept the crowd rolling along. One of the major highlights of the night was the amazing Wilco. Playing a significantly shorter set than the were used too, every song was a hit bringing out jams like “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” and “Impossible Germany.” The crowd begged for an encore, but the strict time restraints disabled them from back coming out. ZZ Ward also put on an amazing set, The night closed with a set by folk rockers The Avett Brothers. Drawing a massive crowd of fans and newcomers alike, the band burst through a set of sing-along tunes that had every ones knees, dare I say it, shaking the whole night through.

Day three marked the most psychedelic day of the fest. Starting out with QOTSA off shoot Mini Mansions and RVA rocker Matthew E. White, the beginning of the day proved that even the smaller bands selected for the fest were still prime cuts. Sunday also put up some great singer songwriter bands like Ryan Adams, and the Aimee Mann/ Ted Leo collaboration, The Both. Another nice thing about the final day was the inclusion of jazz-funk staple bands like The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty. Both bands provided a needed change up from the very CMJ friendly line up. That being said many CMJ chart toppers played amazing sets on Sunday, including Best Coast, Dr. Dog, and the ultimate dad, Panda Bear. Rounding off the night were sets from psych stalwarts Spiritualized, Appalachian folk rockers Old Crow Medicine Show, and a crowning comeback set by shoegaze legends Ride. However the major draw for many sunburned fans was headliners Tame Impala. Playing a hits focused setlist, the Aussie psych rockers played favorites like “Elephant” and “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” while also displaying tracks off their forthcoming record “Currents,” such as “Disciples” and “Eventually.” After leaving the stage, the band succumbed to an unplanned encore citing “They didn’t expect a festival crowd to be into their music,” playing Lonerism deep cut, “Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control.”

The festival was an exciting and diverse experience, filled with amazing bands and a great atmosphere. Pushing itself to become one of the major festival names along the likes of Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Governors Ball, Shaky Knees 2015 was a killer festival thats sure not to disappoint in the coming years.[huge_it_gallery id=”2″]

WVCW goes to Shaky Knees: Day Two Recap

  • Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • General Manager Owen Martin at Shaky Knees festival.
  • Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • Mad Scientist soundchecks Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • Dr. Dog @ Shaky Knees
  • Mini Mansions @ Shaky Knees
  • Matthew E. White @ Shaky Knees
  • Wilco @ Shaky Knees
  • Wilco @ Shaky Knees
  • Wilco @ Shaky Knees
  • Mastodon @ Shaky Knees
  • DFA 1979 @ Shaky Knees
  • Mac DeMarco @ Shaky Knees
  • Mac DeMarco @ Shaky Knees
  • Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • RIDE @ Shaky Knees
  • Minus The Bear @ Shaky Knees
  • Old Crow Medicine Show @ Shaky Knees
  • Panda Bear @ Shaky Knees
  • Panda Bear @ Shaky Knees
  • Dr. Dog @ Shaky Knees
  • The Both/Ted Leo @ Shaky Knees
  • The Both/ Aimee Mann @ Shaky Knees
  • The Mowglis @ Shaky Knees
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Shaky Knees
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Shaky Knees
  • The Avett Brothers @ Shaky Knees
  • ZZ Ward @ Shaky Knees
  • ZZ Ward @ Shaky Knees
  • The Black Lips @ Shaky Knees
  • The Strokes @ Shaky Knees
  • The Strokes @ Shaky Knees
  • The Strokes @ Shaky Knees
  • Pixies @ Shaky Knees
  • Mastodon @ Shaky Knees
  • Zella Day @ Shaky Knees
  • Zella Day @ Shaky Knees
  • WAVVES @ Shaky Knees
  • WAVVES @ Shaky Knees
  • Tennis @ Shaky Knees
  • Tennis @ Shaky Knees
  • Halsey @ Shaky Knees

WVCW goes to Shaky Knees: Day Two Recap

The second day of Shaky Knees brought a more laid back vibe to the the festival. This didn’t stop the day from starting with high energy rising indie stars like Mariachi el Bronx, Real Estate, and Viet Cong. The peaks of intensity were in the mid afternoon with Irish rockers Flogging Molly, skater boiz FIDLAR, and Atlanta based crowd pleasers The Black Lips. The mellowing began of the day began with a rare, and magical set by weirdo indie rockers Neutral Milk Hotel. Bringing out all of their friends as musicians, and employing unique instrumentation such as euphoniums, fiddled banjos, and the signature singing saws, their show was not one to miss. They also are one of the only acts who did not allow any photography, meaning the lasting impression they gave the audience was the only souvenir they got. Interpol and Built to Spill also brought the classic tunes and kept the crowd rolling along. One of the major highlights of the night was the amazing Wilco. Playing a significantly shorter set than the were used too, every song was a hit bringing out jams like “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” and “Impossible Germany.” The crowd begged for an encore, but the strict time restraints disabled them from back coming out. ZZ Ward also put on an amazing set, The night closed with a set by folk rockers The Avett Brothers. Drawing a massive crowd of fans and newcomers alike, the band burst through a set of sing-along tunes that had every ones knees, dare I say it, shaking the whole night through.

WVCW goes to Shaky Knees: Day One Recap

  • Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • General Manager Owen Martin at Shaky Knees festival.
  • Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • Mad Scientist soundchecks Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • Dr. Dog @ Shaky Knees
  • Mini Mansions @ Shaky Knees
  • Matthew E. White @ Shaky Knees
  • Wilco @ Shaky Knees
  • Wilco @ Shaky Knees
  • Wilco @ Shaky Knees
  • Mastodon @ Shaky Knees
  • DFA 1979 @ Shaky Knees
  • Mac DeMarco @ Shaky Knees
  • Mac DeMarco @ Shaky Knees
  • Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • Tame Impala @ Shaky Knees
  • RIDE @ Shaky Knees
  • Minus The Bear @ Shaky Knees
  • Old Crow Medicine Show @ Shaky Knees
  • Panda Bear @ Shaky Knees
  • Panda Bear @ Shaky Knees
  • Dr. Dog @ Shaky Knees
  • The Both/Ted Leo @ Shaky Knees
  • The Both/ Aimee Mann @ Shaky Knees
  • The Mowglis @ Shaky Knees
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Shaky Knees
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Shaky Knees
  • The Avett Brothers @ Shaky Knees
  • ZZ Ward @ Shaky Knees
  • ZZ Ward @ Shaky Knees
  • The Black Lips @ Shaky Knees
  • The Strokes @ Shaky Knees
  • The Strokes @ Shaky Knees
  • The Strokes @ Shaky Knees
  • Pixies @ Shaky Knees
  • Mastodon @ Shaky Knees
  • Zella Day @ Shaky Knees
  • Zella Day @ Shaky Knees
  • WAVVES @ Shaky Knees
  • WAVVES @ Shaky Knees
  • Tennis @ Shaky Knees
  • Tennis @ Shaky Knees
  • Halsey @ Shaky Knees

The first day of Shaky Knees saw an influx of people and some of the festival most sought after acts. The first act of the festival was Surfer Blood premiering songs off their new record “1000 Palms.” The mid afternoon was taken up by other newcomer bands with a mostly pop emphasis like Haerts, Tennis, Halsey, and Zella Day. The night took off with a destroying, crowdsurfing, and utterly weird set by Mac DeMarco, opened for by stoner punks WAVVES. The 6:15 slot proved to be the most conflict spot of the night, and possibly the festival, TV on the Radio, Death From Above 1979, and the Mountain Goats all going on at the same time. Semi locals Mastodon played a thrashing set to a mixture of diehard metalheads, first time festival goers, and Strokes fans who were waiting out the mosh pits for the anticipated headliners. The 8:15 time slot also forced festival goers to make difficult choices between Pixies, Brand New, and crooner James Blake. The biggest draw of Friday was headliners, The Strokes. Giving their first set of the year to a very eager and receptive audience, the band blasted through a career spanning setlist that was both refreshing and familiar. Some major highlights of the show were very rare live performances of “You Talk Way Too Much,” which hadn’t been performed since 2004, and accompaniment by Mac Demarco for the arguably the bands most popular song “Last Nite.” At the end of the set singer Julian Casablancas ran through the crowd high-fiving fans and setting the tone for an exciting and memorable festival. For more live coverage stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram accounts of the weekend.

WVCW goes to Shaky Knees: Intro

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WVCW is super excited to be covering Shaky Knees Music Festival, here in sweaty Atlanta. We’re super excited to be covering awesome bands today like Surfer Blood, Tennis, WAVVES, Mac DeMarco, TV on the Radio, Death from Above 1979, Mastodon, The Mountain Goats, Pixies, James Blake, Brand New, and the big headliners of the night, The Strokes. As each day progresses we will be updating our facebook and instagram, so stay tuned for great coverage of great bands!