Summer festivals are spreading like wildfire and in its second year Summer Set Music Festival in Somerset, WI is a relative newcomer. In order to make a mark these days festivals need a quality lineup and then some. Fortunately Summer Set take two had good music flowing non-stop and plenty more to entertain those who converged on this small town in Northwest Wisconsin. Here’s 10 ways Summer Set Music Festival stood out from the pack including killer sets, crowd interaction, and a near miss.
Ryan Hemsworth’s Dreamy Dance Party
One of the weekend’s best electronic sets turned out to be one the earliest thanks to Ryan Hemsworth’s incredible Friday afternoon set. Hemsworth showed why he has been one of the independent electronic scene’s most buzzed about artists not only for his studio work but also for his varied live sets. His mix featured the ambient tracks of his recent Still Awake EP as a constant backdrop for the pop and hip-hop flavored set. Highlights included Sophie’s “Bipp” (which might be the catchiest song of the summer) and Hemsworth’s own recent mashup of A$AP Rocky’s “Thuggin’ Noise” with Britney Spear’s “Everytime”. The set seemed even dreamier when juxtaposed with the furious noise and frantic crowd that flowed in for following act Figure.
There is a movement for the Kentucky commonwealth’s new slogan to be Kentucky Kicks Ass. While I hope to return and explore more of the Bluegrass State one day I can more narrowly attest that Forecastle Festival Kicks Ass. Here’s the rundown from logistics to art to legendary sets on why this year’s Forecastle Music Festival was once swift kick after another.
Bike Valet The best way to explore any new city is hands down a trusty bicycle. A couple of us brought our bikes south ready to explore the streets of Louisville. The icing on the cake was when we arrived to find a bike valet program conveniently located at the festival gates. The friendly staff cordoned off your bike in a secure area for the day while you enjoyed the show. No one wants to be in a festival worrying if their bike will still be locked to that sketchy fence at the end of the day. Hit the jump to read more about the awesomeness that was the Forecastle Music Festival! Read More
OutKast reunites (sort of) as Big Boi adds a verse to Frank Ocean’s already 3 Stacks assisted album cut Pink Matter. Word is Big is also working on a verse for T.I.’s Sorry, which featured an apologetic Andre as well.
Already a legend in his own right Big Boi cliques up with Atlanta veterans T.I. and Ludacris for the visual to his smash “In The A.” Storming the streets with dope verses, these three on the same track is a problem. Big Boi’s album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is in stores now.
Once an artist sells 10 million albums, they either a) Get infatuated with the fact that they sold 10 million records and try to top that feat, b) Get bored and turn their backs on music in lieu of something else for a while, or c) Continue to make music because they love doing it. Big Boi seems to fall into category C, for what it’s worth. The Dungeon Family General just won’t stop, even if his absentee partner rhyme has all but ditched what they started. “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors” his second (or third, depending on what bag you put “Speakerboxxx in) is proof of that.
One thing for certain is this: The Dungeon Family has NEVER done the same thing twice musically. This holds true for Big Boi’s latest effort. Even though some of the joints have somewhat of a similar vibe (such as the criminally slept on “She Said OK” and the chest thumping collab with T.I. and Ludacris, “In The A,”), the LP pushes Big Boi’s envelope forward quite a bit. Check the swinging “Apple of My Eye,” as well as the Kid Cudi flavored jam “She Hates Me” if you don’t believe me. The real departures come, though, when he collaborates with some unusual suspects. Little Dragon shows up on “Thom Pettie,” Higher Res” and “Descending,” respectively, and the results are quite impressive. No need to worry, though. There’s plenty of Southern funk to reassure you that Antwan Patton hasn’t lost a step. “Lines” features a A$AP Rocky and it’s dope to say the least, but to say you’ll turn up once “Gossip” comes on is an understatement. UGK and Big K.R.I.T. check in for verses and it’s like Pimp C never left us. “Mama Told Me,” was a great choice for a single, in my opinion, as it doesn’t compromise the overall direction of the album, but is strong enough to stand out on its own.
At this point in his career, there just isn’t much you can say about Big Boi. He knows what he’s doing. Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors is a tour de force for him. As different as it may be from his previous effort, the fact that it is different is vintage Outkast, because that’s the way they’ve always been. And hey, if we never get that next Outkast album, all is well as long as Big Boi is somewhere making music.
Big Boi and his ATL counterparts Tip and Luda hit the sets to shoot a visual to their lauded collaboration “In The A,” which is lifted from the Outkast member’s latest opus Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors available now in stores. Looks like it’s gonna be a doozy, though.
“…Teddy Pendergrass cooler than Freddie Jackson sippin’ a milkshake in a snowstorm…”
Being a kid in the ‘90s was bittersweet, as we were able to listen to classic albumslike Illmatic or Only Built for Cuban Linx in the moment, but were not yet old enough to understand their impact. We can look back and understand the impact of such classic albums, but being in that moment is priceless. There are more than a few memorable moments when those synapses began to fire and I can recollect my admiration and intrigue in certain albums or songs, but there was a song from this Southern group Outkast titled “Rosa Parks” that demonstrated to me, the depths of this genre of music.
Big Boi AKA Daddy Fatsax AKA Billy Ocean AKA Sir Luscious Leftfoot is set to drop his much anticipated album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. With the help of Kid Cudi, he puts out this honest and poignant track “She Hates Me,” which will be featured on the album set to drop December 11th.