Osei-Duro x Space 15 Twenty Present: Megan Whitmarsh at the Bazaaaaar Pop-Up Shop
If you're in L.A. tonight, be sure to stop by the Bazaaaar pop-up at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.) for a special evening with clothing line Osei Duro and artist Megan Whitmarsh! Come by from 7-10pm to take part in a live fashion meets art show, with live drawing! The audience is highly encouraged to participate! DJ Al Dente and DJ Last Looks will also be there in order for you to get your groove on. RSVP on Facebook! - Maddie
Tennessee-based band TORRES is playing at our new Knoxville store's opening party. We spoke with frontwoman Mackenzie Scott about finding her voice, her favorite thing about living in Tennessee, and her love for the "Man in Black."
Interview by Ally Mullen
Introduce yourself! My name is Mackenzie Scott. I sometimes write and sing and play the guitar, and sometimes I do these things at the same time in front of people (the singing and the playing the guitar, that is). I also drink ungodly amounts of coffee and run a Facebook account for my cat, Little Bat.
Are you a born and raised Tennessean? I’m actually not a born and raised Tennessean at all. I was born in Orlando, Florida and grew up in Macon, Georgia from the age of three. I’ve only been in Tennessee since 2009.
What's your favorite part about Tennessee?
I’d have to say it’s probably the whiskey.
Your voice is amazingly dreamy yet raw at the same time. Have you always been a singer? When did you realize you could sing well? Thank you. I’ve always tried to sing, but I kept it a secret when I was young. I’d lock my door and sing Britney Spears songs into the mirror, but when I was around people I’d always make it a joke. I’d sing in cartoonish voices and play characters because I was too insecure to sing seriously and be myself. That’s why I got into musical theatre when I was in middle school and continued through high school. That’s also when I learned that I could actually carry a tune without having to be afraid of someone listening. Ironically, playing characters on the stage gave me the confidence I needed to be myself, unabashedly.
When did you first decide you wanted to make music? I’m not sure. I think I’ve always made music in some form, since I was six or seven. My parents gave me the opportunity to learn to play a lot of instruments at a young age.
How old were you when you began to play guitar?
I started playing the guitar when I was about 16.
What musicians did you look up to when you began? As a female, did you specifically look up to women at all? Male and female alike, I had a lot of influences: Johnny Cash, Joan Jett, Ryan Adams, Brandi Carlile and Tori Amos were some of my early heroes around the time I started writing songs.
Can you tell us five things that you sing about/that have influenced your writing? 1. Heartache in the morning 2. Heartache in the afternoon 3. Heartache in the evening 4. Jesus 5. Lucifer
How much does living in TN influence your music? It doesn’t really affect the music at all.
How about your style?
It does affect my style. The Man in Black lived here; I pretty much wear whatever I think Johnny would wear. That usually means I’m wearing black, even on a scorching summer day.
What's your go-to live performance outfit? Black pants, black boots, collared button-down shirt, black blazer, and sometimes a wide-brimmed hat.
When you're not singing your own songs, what's your #1 karaoke song to sing to? "Crimson & Clover" by Joan Jett
This Saturday, May 11, come on out to our newly opened Knoxville, TN, store and celebrate with us! We'll have free beer (for you of-age folk, of course), and free tunes, including a DJ set by Washed Out, as well as sets by Jackson Scott and TORRES. The fun starts at 6 PM, so set yo' clocks. The new store is located at 503 Market St., Arnstein Building, Knoxville, TN. See you there!
Urban Outfitters Presents BAZAAAAAR: NYC Opening Party
Don't worry New York, we didn't forget about you! We'll be setting up our second BAZAAAAAR pop-up shop at our 5th Avenue store (521 5th Ave. at 43rd) on May 9 with an opening party from 6-9 PM. Shop the Zamrock-inspired shop and art show—featuring limited edition pieces and collections by brands like Della, Fashion Rising, African Lookbook, Osei Duro and more—while listening to a DJ set by the lovely Wynne of Twin Shadow. RSVP Here!
Join us this Friday at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) in LA for the opening of the mega cool Zamrock inspired pop-up shop and art show, Bazaaaaar, presented by Dossier Journal and Urban Outfitters. Open from May 3rd until May 27th, the shop will bring together many different cultures, all in the style of an old fashioned marketplace, hence the title of the shop. Bazaaaaar will be carrying lots of interesting things, including sustainable pieces, which I'm very excited for! Come and see treasures from Della, Now Again Records, Android Homme, and lots more. During the evening there will also be a DJ set by Kilo Kish, a live performance by Theophilus London, and a Zamrock Live! performance, featuring WITCH's Jagari Chanda. If you're not familiar with Zamrock, it is a type of rock music that came from Zambia in the 1970s. If you're able to attend this Friday, make sure you RSVP on Facebook or by email to RSVP@Space15Twenty.com. —Maddie
Sometimes it feels like Burger Records can do no wrong. A nice addition to the Cali label's roster is glam rock group Fatal Jamz, whose LP "Vol. 1" is awesome. Not to mention their song Rookie has won my heart over. Though there seems to be no official connection to Rookie Mag, I'd like to think they're singing about Rookie readers. —Hazel
Matthew Houck is the man behind Phosphorescent and his new album Muchacho is out now. We caught up with him on the opening night of his tour to talk about his cover art, his many hats and, of course, Willie Nelson.
Interview by Kate Williams
How long has it been since you toured? It’s been over a year. I did a couple one-off things and a few solo jaunts here and there, but a full-on, taking the whole shebang out on the road it's been a year and a half.
Does it feel good? I’ll let you know after tonight [laughs]. No, it always does feel good, for sure. The initial ramp-up for it I had little reminders of why I thought I was maybe going to stop doing this [laughs], but it’s just me having a small attitude problem or something.
Like what little things? Just little frustrations. I think it’s exactly like any other job. You have things you don’t want to do at a certain point during the day and they have to get done.
Which is the definition of a job, basically. Precisely. I think there’s this romantic notion that I still hold on to that the reason you do music is because you don’t have to have a job, you know what I mean? You can hold onto the notion that you’re skipping that particular hurdle somehow but no.
How old were you when you started playing music? I started playing guitar when I was like, 14.
How did it become something you did for a living? I think I just did it. I was really stubborn, probably to a fault when I was young, but it didn’t seem like I wanted to do anything else. I didn’t go to college, so I was playing coffeehouses and busking on the streets and trying to do that thing. And again, it was just a silly notion you have about things. You’re young and you try it. I was just stubborn, I guess.
Do you ever have days where you imagine quitting and what you would do? Oh yeah, all the time. I think it’d probably end up being connected to music, or writing. Those things are kind of intertwined for me.
What’s your leaving it all behind fantasy? Probably would be something about chemistry. Or maybe zoology or something. Something where you just explore the world more as opposed to your inner psyche at all times.
Who did you listen to and what music influenced you when you were growing up? In the early days it would be a lot of country music, early ‘80s country music, but then, same as anybody else, when I was 14 and picked up a guitar, it would have been because of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
How many hats do you own? Not that many! What happens is I hold onto them until I lose them and then another one appears. This one is my dad’s and I got it when I was visiting over the holidays. The hat I had before this I had for a really long time and that was from a buddy in Texas. Judging by the photos that I’ve seen, apparently I wore it for like 2 years straight on tour. It was a great hat.
What kind of hat was it? It had a net thing in the back and it was from Hawaii. It said “Hang Loose.” It was a good hat. But I did buy a cowboy hat to make the record cover of Muchacho.
Where was that cover shot? What’s the story behind the setup of it? It was shot in New York in a hotel in the village. It was this beautiful hotel. To me something about the feeling of this record is dark stuff. The songs themselves are uncomfortably heavy to me, but I don’t feel like that’s the thrust of it. I don’t feel that it’s a downer theme, just an acceptance of some of the darker parts of life and maybe the seedier parts as well, and so I was trying to get something that showed that.
What was it like the first time you met Willie Nelson? Amazing. The first time I met him was in New Jersey because he happened to be close by. My record [To Willie] had just come out, like it’d only been a month and a half, and I was in New York and I got a phone call from a private number so I didn’t answer it, but somehow he had tracked down my phone number. He’d heard the record and tracked me down. At the back of my mind I thought maybe he’d hear the record after a year or so, but not within a month or something. So he left a voicemail and said he was going to be in Jersey the next couple of weeks and to come say hi. It was so generous and so amazing.
What’d you guys talk about? It’s weird, I’ve met several older institutions, like icon guys of whatever music, but especially songwriter-y country guys, and they’ve perfected a way of being super charming and super hilarious at all times, so we just bullshitted. It was utterly charming. Just a really sweet, charming, amazing dude and a towering musician.
What do you think of Willie’s hair? I think it’s amazing. Oh, yeah! I think Willie has a style that’s continually amazing to look at. He’s never not looked good. Those pigtails are great.
This is definitely one of the coolest gimmicks I've ever seen. Jack White never disappoints when it comes to vinyl, and this vinyl recording booth he set up for Record Store Day is no exception. If it were possible for me to get down to Third Man in Nashville without spending hundreds on a plane ticket, then you better believe I'd be waiting in line for this thing. —Katie
I am so pleased that Steve Buscemi and Vampire Weekend have been palling around because it gives us wonderfully awkward and hilarious videos like this. Can't wait to see the Buscemi-directed Unstaged concert for the band on April 28. (via Pitchfork) —Katie
Our friends at Fathom put together this guide full of critical info, and were kind enough to let us share it here.
Since its humble beginnings in the late '90s, Coachella has become the opening bell for summer festival season, a three-day affair where rock's biggest names hold communion under the endless desert sky, surrounded by swaying palm trees. In 2012, Coachella expanded to two weekends, and it's staying that way in 2013; the lineups will be identical, although last year the second weekend's crowds were a little lighter than the first weekend's throngs.
Who: Big names playing this year include French titans of cool Phoenix, winsome twins Tegan & Sara, the ever-explosive Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and "Harlem Shake" crafter Baauer. This year's lineup has a decidedly retro bent, with New Order, Dead Can Dance, Blur, and the Stone Roses among the old-school titans. And, of course, there's the people-watching -- walking around Coachella's grounds is like being in a fashion show, with festivalgoers decked out in a style that combines hippie breeziness with desert temperature-inspired minimalism. Think long, loose skirts, floppy hats, bandeau tops. (This year's New Wave bent might mean that some goth influences will creep in, although they'll likely be kept to an accessories-based minimum. After all, wearing black underneath a desert high noon isn't always comfortable.) And keep an eye out for celebs going incognito: Boldfaced names who spent last April at the Polo Grounds included Emma Watson, Usher, and Kate Bosworth.
What to pack: Sunscreen, breathable clothes, sunglasses, a phone charger, a non-metal water bottle (refillable at on-site water fountains)‚ and, even though it's the desert, something you can throw over your shoulders once the sun goes down. The music's 12-hour-plus span means that temperatures will fluctuate a lot‚ and that doesn't even take into account the parties, which stretch into the wee hours.
But you should probably not bring: Blankets, chairs, musical instruments. (The Coachella website makes particular mention of not bringing drums -- hippie chic only goes so far.)
Be on the lookout for:
1. Date shakes, a delicacy particular to the desert; Palm Springs and the surrounding areas are flush with the sweet fruit, and they're absolutely delectable when blended and served up with a straw. Food vendors on-site will have them, but there are also a few choice sipping spots (like Sheilds Date Garden) on the way to Indio.
2. Metric, who are playing a mid-afternoon set on Friday both weekends. When I saw them in 2008, the combination of frontwoman Emily Haines's sweet vocals and her band's punky punch was great for recharging my batteries and getting ready for the long night ahead of me.
3. Outside parties, to a point. Since Coachella sprung up in 1999, other companies have tried to get in on the action, throwing swag-filled fests at hotels and other venues within driving distance (well, an hour) of the Polo Grounds. A bunch of them are invite-only. Sorry, regular folk, you only get to see the action after the paps have off-loaded their DSLRs! But Spin's SpinHouse poolside bash and Lacoste's Desert Pool Party are open to those members of the public willing to give up their email addresses. Be warned, though: These parties can be a bit of a time commitment, what with the area surrounding Indio being a bit far-flung and the lines having a tendency to get long.
But don't worry about: Being at the center of the "action." Yes, the festival has grown into its own cottage industry, with tickets selling out less than 24 hours after they go on sale and sponsored parties popping up around the periphery. But there's a lot to take in, and going at your own pace for 72 hours is more than OK. Given that there are six stages' worth of bands and tons of art on-site, not to mention a record store (operated by the west coast music outpost Zia Record Exchange, a speakeasy, and food trucks (including the legendary Kogi), finding an experience that's way more satisfying than a VIP glimpse won't be much of a problem.
How to recharge: The Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs is a renovated old-school motel with an on-site spa, a sparkling pool, and a location near downtown Palm Springs. It still has a couple of rooms left for people who want to extend their stay by a day or two, and who can't let go of their memories yet; its Desert Gold festival includes a pop-up record shop from Jack White's vinyl-fetishizing Third Man Records label and a karaoke night for anyone who wants to try and get on next year's bill. —Maura Johnstonvia (Fathom)
Here's a new video from the awesome British band Savages, which is a welcome addition to the sparse catalog of songs they have available (as of yet, the band has only released a handful of tracks). If you like what you hear, you can catch them at Coachella this weekend (their set last weekend received great reviews), or you can just sit anxiously and wait until their full album Silence Yourself drops on May 7. —Katie
It's been a whole decade since the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their first album, and their fourth album, Mosquito, is out today. Judging by their performance at Coachella this past weekend, they are just as hot as ever.—Kate
If we had to pick a theme song for day three of Coachella, it would be "Dust in the Wind," even though Kansas was no where in sight. But more on that later...
The day started out beautifully, with perfect weather and a gorgeous set from Wild Belle, who seem like they were made to play outdoors on a stage lined with palm trees.
From there, we made our way across the grounds to see Dave P (from Philadelphia and Making Time) and JDH in the Yuma tent. Our joke this trip has been that we can't go anywhere without hearing Stevie Nicks—from the Filter party to the Integratron to every Palm Springs radio station—which is awesome, because there's no such thing as too much Stevie. Therefore, when they played Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams," we were pretty sure that it was a sign that in the midst of the Coachella craziness, this was exactly where we needed to be.
And speaking of signs, we couldn't help but think that this one at the info booth seems maybe a tad bit optimistic?
As we left the Saguaro and headed back to Coachella, what had been a beautiful day suddenly took a turn and we found ourselves—and about 80,000 other people—in the middle of a serious dust storm. It brought to mind either a zombie apocalypse or Burning Man (and actually, is there really that much difference between the two?).
That didn't stop the crowd from going crazy during a Vampire Weekend set, and one of the happiest things we saw this weekend was this spontaneous circle dance of about 50 strangers. Coachella can be total madness with long lines, heat, dust, bros and a ton of other things to drive you crazy, but it's moments like this that remind you that everyone's just here to have a good time.
Ally's been crushing hard on Father John Misty, and his on-stage quips and ramblings only served to add fuel to the fire. If he did perform in a robot hat, I guess the down side would be that we wouldn't be able to see how cute he is?
Sunday night is when Coachella brings out the big guns that draw huge crowds. When the Wu-Tang "W" suddenly lit up the stage, it was like the bat signal and people took off running from all corners of the grounds to mob the show. We watched from what we guessed to be a half-mile back. We promise that the Clan is up there somewhere, just trust us.
Ditto for Red Hot Chili Peppers, where we were too far back to even pretend to take a picture, so here's one from the LA Times. Anthony Kiedis said he felt like he was in Lawrence of Arabia, which reminds us, did we mention the dust?
These festival-goers weren't the only ones who opted to huddle under their blanket instead of sit on top of it, and our associate social media manager Vanessa employed extreme measures to upload a Vine.
We all put on our sunglasses, even though it was after midnight, and ran to the car covering our faces. In the end, it was ok, because it just made us feel like we were Vanessa Hudgens running from the paparazzi. This is just SOME of what came off my face when I got in the car. So, thanks Coachella! We had a blast and will see you again in 2014. We should have all of this dirt out of our hair by then.—Kate
We woke up bright and early and made our way down to the festival grounds by noon. We breezed through security, walked about a mile down the "Yellow Brick Road" and BOOM! As you can see from the shot below, we were not prepared for the influx of campers making their way through the second checkpoint. Note to self: Nothing is ever easy.
We waited about and hour and a half to get through, missing Io Echo (sorry guys!!), but we ended up being surrounded by some pretty nice people and had plenty of entertainment while we stood in the blazing sun.
After making it through the gates (and getting a very, very thorough pat-down) we finally found ourselves at our destination: Coachella. Ahh, free at last!
The rainbow tents in the center of the grounds are the place to be. More on that later.
Our first show of the day: Youth Lagoon! Where we happened to run into our very own UO blogger, Maddie. Isn't she the cutest?
As the sun went down, things started getting weird. And awesome. And very Spring Break. The music was loud, the people were psyched and everyone was having a good time (especially all of those couples making out. Yeah, we saw you!).
Yeah Yeah Yeahs! Karen O is the ultimate.
Was it just us or was EVERYONE at Blur? Here, Z Berg was seen canoodling at Chris Isen's Halloween party. I mean, err, Coachella. Woo hoo!!!
Jade!!!!!! She wasn't wearing her Maxi Tube Dress but we still love her.
Back to the rainbow tents where Cirque du Soleil and gasoline coexist. Don't light any flames next to us this weekend, please?
Tegan and Sara's "Walking With a Ghost" is still IN my mind, no matter which way I go.
Whew, what a day. Stay tuned for our Day Two recap and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to catch the action as it's happening!
Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, has a new video out for her single "Manhattan" off her latest album Sun. This was one of my favorite songs off the album, and I'm super pumped that there's an accompanying video for it, mostly because I love having any excuse to stare at Marshall. She's just so cool (and she'll be at both Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza this summer!). —Katie
Fuck all these festivals, how do I become a Colorado medical marijuana patient in time for the First Annual HIGH TIMES US Cannabis Cup?! Attendees of the sold out event can drink beer, smoke weed and watch Cyprus Hill and Slightly Stoopid perform on 4/20, and possibly mingle with some of Mary Jane's celebrity pals. (With friends ranging from Snoop Lion and James Franco, to Parks and Recs' Nick Offerman and the cast from Trailer Park Boys, you might just get to toke up with some of America's—and Canada's—favorite stoners.) -Ally
Coachella is creepin' up on us real quick, so we should all make sure we're well-acquainted with EVERY SINGLE BAND that's playing. Just kidding (kind of). Since there are way too many good bands this year, you're gonna have to start small, and we helped you out by listing some of our favorites below. And stay tuned because soon we're gonna have a totally awesome and not lame Coachella Spotify playlist for y'all, just for being so great. —Katie
Kurt Vile "Wakin On A Pretty Day" Playing: Sunday April 14 & 21
Rodriguez "Sugar Man" Playing: Sunday April 14 & 21
Japandroids "The House That Heaven Built" Playing: Friday April 12&19
Wild Belle "Keep You" Playing: Sunday April 14& 21
Io Echo "When the Lilies Die" Playing: Friday April 12& 19
Alt-J "Tessellate" Playing: Friday April 12& 19
Jessie Ware "Sweet Talk" Playing: Sunday April 14& 21