As always with Gov Ball, the openers are a a bit of a wash out (though I saw first sets of the days by Kae Tempest and Jessie Reyez in the past), and the headliners are more or less not worth the hassle. Also… I tend to miss one day a week and if I chose to, I’ll miss Saturday…
Now, if you want to see everything go here but if you wanna pick and choose, in the immortal words os Jason Isbell to me at Gov Ball a coupla years ago: “let’s do this…”
Friday, June 10th
215p – 3p – Samia – the queer icon given to first rate covers
330p – 430p – beabadoobee – the Filipina via London is the sine qua non for bedroom pop and a superb songwriter and arranger
415p – 515- JPEGMAFIA – the best art rapper around
520p – 620p – Skepta – after Stormzy the best UK drill rapper
630p – 730p – Migos – last time I saw em live they were opening for Drake and blowing him off stage (here), still boogie after all these years
730p – 830p – Jack Harlow – the teen heartthrob of the moment, plus Pitchfork gave him a 2.9 so how bad can he be?
845p – 10p – Kid Cudi – headlining, but headliners are too crazy audience wise…
Saturday, June 11th
330p – 430p – Tove Lo – the Swedish popster returns
415p – 515p – Shaq as a rapper – a large one
545p -645p – Denzel Curry – he was terrific opening for Billie Eilish at Radio City in 2019 (here) and while I run hot and cold on record, on stage he is excellent
7p – 8p – Roddy Ricch – he was pretty good with Post Malone on SNL last week
845p – 10p – Halsey – she was great the last time I saw here at Gov Ball (here) but headlining?
Sunday, June 12th, 2022
245p – 345p – Soccer Mom – the indie rock star, she doesn’t do it for me but maybe on stage?
415p -515p – 100 Gecs – the hyper-pop duo are the highlight of the weekend
520p -620p – she is not J Balvin (who headlined last year) but she is still impressive and her latest album is first rate pop reggaeton
545p – 645p – Japanese Breakfast – again, good word of mouth but I haven’t bought in yet
630p – 730p – Glass Animals – a hugely important performance for the UK “Heat Waves” guys -do they make it all the way?
730p – 830p – Jazmine Sullivan – one of the best r&b women around and Heaux Tales put her back on top
830p – 945p – Playboy Carti – the fashion plate rapper with his own set!
845p – 10p – J Cole – Why would they put Cole up against Carti?
Drake’s 14th # 1 since 2009
looks poised to be the first Afrobeater to lead the album charts
Brooks Nielsen (of the Growlers) has four nights at The Roxy
a typhoon of images and sensations
they turn Presley into the ultimate fairground ride
Harry moves back in…
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – March 1975 (Volume 6, Number 10)
entering a portal into a different place and time in our universe
Joan Jett, Poison, And Motley Crue: The Stadium Tour At Citi Field, Friday, June 24th, 2022 Reviewed
if nostalgia tours are optical illusions Motley Crue failed to use theirs
a nonplussed Kate Bush embraces one of the weirdest third acts in history!
a seamless flow of Allenness, family friendly vibe