As we start to put Winter in the rear view mirror, a new season beckons…and it’s not actually Spring. That’s right…it’s the start of Festival Season. Music Festival Season. A magical time of year as the weather warms and our collective thoughts move to planning vacations, hanging poolside, not getting tan if you are like me…and deciding which festivals you may want to attend. At Entry Revel, we will try and best prepare you to help navigate the waters of what is quickly becoming a saturated market. As festivals gain in popularity, so do the expenses and we want to put you in the driver’s seat to make the best possible decision.
While we are moving into the preview game, we figured it would also make sense to give you an update and some notice on the highly anticipated upcoming albums for the month (mainly which ones I’m excited for) which inevitably should be teasers for music festival schedules that still have not been released. It’s very typical of bands/singers/musicians/DJs to release albums and then go on tour to promote their album. It’s a strategy as old as maybe like the 1970’s or something. Without further adieu, here is our first monthly installment of Must-Listen Monthly: March 2016 Music Preview
Notable Album Releases
- The Knocks – 55 (March 4): Probably my most anticipated album of the month, the duo from NYC look to lock down the pop electronic scene
- Miiike Snow– iiii (March 4): These guys are underrated and legit. Make sure you listen to this album. They are doing a ton of SXSW shows so you know their label is making a huge push for them to be mainstream
- The Joy Formidable– Hitch (March 25): This kick ass rock band has a female lead singer who brings it. One of my favorite live bands to watch
- RJD2– Dame Fortune (March 25): Guy is a legend. Keep doin it’
- Gwen Stefani– This Is What The Truth Feels Like (March 18): I’m feeling a little No Doubt nostalgia
- Iggy Pop– Post Pop Depression (March 18): Still doin’ the damn thang
- Baauer– Aa (March 18): Can he re-create the magic of Harlem Shake?
- Thao & The Get Down Stay Down– A Man Alive (March 11): Buzzy folky rock band that is getting a lot of attention
Notable Music Festivals
- SXSW– March 15-20 (Austin, TX): If you are not a local or living under a rock, it’s South by Southwest. The greatest music festival to ever exist hits the hipster streets of Austin for a week of free partying with unlimited Red Bull Vodka’s and Lone Star Beer. If you want to see a preview of what we saw last year, check out our FB page where we got a glimpse of Wyclef Jean singing Jump Around 50 feet in the air at 11:30 AM on a Wednesday morning.
- BUKU Music & Arts Festival– March 11-12 (New Orleans, LA): The lineup is pretty incredible and it happens to be in the Big Easy which is one of the funnest cities in America. Top acts include Miike Snow, Kid Cudi, Pretty Lights and some of my favorites including GRiZ and Autograf. There is also a CAN’T MISS set that involves Mystikal B2B Juvenile. Back Dat Ass Up indeed
- Ultra– March 18-20 (Miami, FL): Get ready to get your rage on. I’m glad Ultra is finally diversifying their lineup to include a lot of live acts in addition to the straight DJ sets.
- Auckland City Limits– March 19 (Auckland, New Zealand): The sister festival to Austin City Limits is starting up in New Zealand and to a killer program. Kendrick Lamar and Arcade Fire are good enough for me!
Honorable Mention Music Festivals
- Okeechobee- March 4-6 (Okeechobee, FL): No idea where this is but they somehow have a solid lineup. Bassnectar, Kendrick Lamar, Gramatik and Odesza should have everyone pretty happy they chose to attend. Underrated act is Kamasi Washington. Dude is AWESOME.
- CRSSD– March 5-6 (San Diego, CA): For electronic lovers, this has a pretty eclectic mix of acts. Chet Faker, Gorgon City (personal fave), Tycho (another personal fave) and Eric Prydz’s alter ego Cirez D should have the Whale’s Vagina partying through the night.