Frank Ocean made a powerful statement on Friday night at the Panorama Music Festival held at Randall's Island Park in New York City. During his performance, he wore a white t-shirt with the words "Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could just be quiet?" across the chest. Ocean has been a vocal supporter and member of the LGBTQ community.
The sheet explains that The Cairo Gang is, strictly speaking, a person, and not a backing band of which she was ever a member, in the exasperated manner of someone telling you that Big Ben is a bell, not a clock.
Garrett Borns, who performs under just his last name, started his creative career at a very early age in Grand Haven, Michigan, when he won a National Scholastic Art Award at just 13 years old. Since then he’s moved to Los Angeles, and completed a debut album, Dopamine, set for release October 16. “It’s very hard to explain my music—it has elements of disco, glam rock, oldies,” he said, talking before his set at theToyota Tent in conjunction with SPIN at this year’s Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas. “I’m from Michigan so Motown is in the water.” One thing also in his brew—a solid work ethic and desire to create, having found himself in the position of needing to record his debut album in a very short period of time and while on the road.
Kanye West delivered an uncompromising headline performance at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday that ignited when the U.S. rapper left the Pyramid Stage to take to the sky for hits “Touch The Sky” and “All of the Lights”. West was the polarizing figure of Europe’s biggest green-field festival, and the announcement of his appearance prompted thousands to sign a petition against the choice of a rap act for the top billing. The multi-talented West, who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian, proved the doubters wrong by attracting a large audience who knew the words to many of his tracks.
Singer-turned-activist Charlotte Church and Russian punk protesters Pussy Riot kicked off Britain’s Glastonbury Festival with a call for revolution on Friday, though the crowds they rallied seemed more interested in basking in the sun. Europe’s biggest green-field music festival was in full swing by lunchtime, ahead of a headline performance by Florence and the Machine on Friday night and a highly anticipated turn by U.S. rapper Kanye West on Saturday. Tim Burgess, frontman of unannounced opening band The Charlatans, said “Morning Sunshine” to a huge crowd on the Other Stage, before launching into hits including “The Only One I Know”.
One of the most talked-about appearances at Britain’s Glastonbury music festival wasn’t a singer or rocker — it was the Dalai Lama. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader joined singer Patti Smith on stage Sunday, where she led the crowd to sing “Happy Birthday” to mark his 80th birthday next week.
Day one of Los Angeles’s FYF Festival was filled with highlights, but the most surprising one was the unbilled appearance by Rihanna, during Kanye West’s triumphant set on the main stage. And it seemed that no one was more surprised than Rihanna herself.
Imagine Crass doing an album of Stooges covers with Mick Taylor on guitar. After a notoriously rules-flouting career that perhaps peaked with them convincing major label Virgin Records to sign them, let them release an album with a photo of a vomit-filled toilet on its cover, and then give them millions of dollars to go away, Herrema and Hagerty split personally and professionally in 2001, moving on to other music, fashion, and art projects. By all accounts, up until a couple weeks before their reunion gig, exes Herrema and Hagerty still hadn’t even been in the same room together in 13 years, and they had yet to rehearse.
Day two of San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival in Golden Gate Park had its share of mega-acts, from Kendrick Lamar to the Black Keys to even Billy Idol – the first two frustratingly playing at the same time on competing stages. The Chicago fuzzy, scuzzy garage-rockers thrilled the small crowd with their unabashedly shambolic, Stooges-meets-Strokes, by-the-seat-of-their-overalls set, and even inspired a mini-moshpit at the ungodly-early festival hour of 12:45 p.m. And the crowd participation didn’t stop there: Band member Clay Frankel borrowed a last-minute guitar from a fan in the audience. The quirky electro-pop buzz band went over so well on the Lands End stage, no one even complained when they halted their crowd-rousing cover of Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” (right at the “stop/wait a minute” mark) to lurch into one of their original tunes.