the big weekend has finally arrived! yesterday’s monsoon had me nervous that govball would turn into a wash out (no earnest) like last year. but alas, the clouds made way for a beautiful day 1. i’ll be posting daily recaps of the festival here each night, so keep it locked to the site. if you are interested in live reporting, be sure to follow me on twitter at @so14below. hope to catch some of you irl. here we gooooooooooo!
ratking – 2:15
i may be illiterate, but i really thought the schedule said 2:45…but alas. we caught the last song that included a saxophonist, so that was awesome!
janelle monae – 3:00pm
janelle was a spur of the moment addition. i’ve previously discussed my complicated relationship with her, plus i haaaaaate her fans, so i planned to skip it. however, i lovelovelove her voice and her band is amazing (shoutout to the my college classmates all up and through), so it would kinda be dumb to skip it right? her antics are a bit distracting, but the girl can perform her behind off! thumbs up j.
washed out – 3:45
i love ernest greene! no, not this ernest greene, the co-father of chillwave, duh! i’ve seen him in concert a jillion times, but it never gets old to me. “you and i” and “feel it all around” are two of my favorite songs on the planet, so it’s obvious that i was in heaven when he performed them. washed out is the perfect way to usher in summer.
la roux – 5: 45
wifeyyyyyyyyyy! the last time i saw la roux was coachella 2010 and i was blacked out in the grass after hours of guzzling boxed wine. i loved her album and fell in love more once diplo dropped a remix album. check out my fave from the mix here. la roux has the swag of a rapper, so it’s easy to become obsessed. her performance was stellar and her new songs sound amaaaaaziiiiiing!
phoenix – 6:50
you guys know i’m a crazy francophile, so it’s makes sense that i love phoenix. i saw them at coachella 2010 when “lisztomania” was the hot song of the summer. they were great then, but what a difference 4 years makes! first off, their most recent album, “bankrupt” is their best work to date, so i was stoked to hear the new songs live. i wept. vocals crazy! band crazy! they also performed my fave “chloroform”, so i had a quick outerbody experience. i wasn’t alone however. a black girl popped up on the jumbotron nearly seizing, singing the words and holding up a sign saying “PHOENIX, SING TO ME!”. to top an already flawless performance, the lead singer crowd surfed to the middle of the crowd, had the crowd hoist him up so that he could finish the final song standing completely upright. it was surreal! phoenix has the best (and strongest) fans.
grimes – 8:15
at every festival, a casualty must occur. unfortunately, my boo grimes was skipped bc we wanted a good spot for outkast and they were performing at the stage we were at for phoenix. i saw her at roots picnic last year, so i’m not thaaaaat depressed about it.
outkast – 9:15
ok, this next sentence will confirm that i am a) a total girl obsessed with girl power and b) from the east coast. the most exciting part about the outkast performance for me, besides 300’s flawless face, was keisha and joi singing background. keisha is erykah badu’s background singer and millie jackson’s daughter. joi is erykah’s bestie, big gipp’s ex, and is kelis’ predecessor of the cool black girl brand. i’d go as far to say that she started it. her song “lick” was also used for gucci mane’s “freaky girl”. she’s a legeeeeeeeend. tennesse slim truly is the bomb. ok, back to outkast! they are some of the best performers i have ever seen! it was the perfect intro to black music month because they were up there being good and black. the oldhead two-steps and bop were in serious effect. andre was in a t-boz wig, a swishy jump suit, and a pair of fabos. fabos are what we called white sunglasses when i was in school in atlanta. get it?big boi was in a short set, like an oldhead supposed to. they best outfit of the night though went to sleepy brown. a black satin suit with a royal purple S monogrammed on the chest. they went through all of their albums’ hits. y’all were trying to shade white people on their outkast knowledge, but they were on it. all of the black people revealed themselves during andre 3000’s set. he performed “vibrate”, “she lives in my lap”, and “prototype”. i’m screaming my head off ow cause it’s a top 20 album of all time for me, but it was dead complete silence from everyone else. dre even kept saying “are y’all still with me?” the crowd came back to life during “hey ya”, wherein my friends and i had our chance to stand stoically. during “hey ya”, they brought girls onstage. one attempted to bed andre on stage, but in the trashiest way. big boi yelled “stay away dre” once he arrived back on stage. they ended the set with “whole world” with killer mike in tow. phenomenal performance from a legendary pair. the south really had something to say!
the internet – 12:45
i’ve talked about my love for cali artists a million times before, so you guys know i obsess over ofwgkta, namely the internet. yesterday was my 5th time seeing them in concert and they never disappoint. the songwriting and musicianship far exceeds their age. if you complain about the state of black music or r&b, but don’t own either one of their albums, you might wanna hush and cop.
rjd2 – 1:30pm
another festival occurrence is the 2-for-1. waiting for one show to start while another is going on. this is how we discovered rjd2. good soul samples and house beats that had me scrubbing the ground. will def look into their music more and you should do the same.
tanlines – 2:15
i first met tanlines at a fader party where they were performing. it was your usual as to be expected indie music, but the percussion was alllll west african. that night i had two tallboys in my pocket, so i couldn’t dance like i wanted to. i made up for it all at their show last night. their sound starting messing up and we all danced through. they performed my fave, “real life” and it felt so good! i’m really glad these dudes are back!
chance the rapper – 3:45
neneneneneh! aah! you can really begin to believe that the children are our future after seeing a chance performance. first, the bars are nice. then, his band is official. lastly, his stage presence is unreal. it’s like he’s possessed by the music and it takes over him. i can only align it with kanye or kendrick. his fan base is deep and hardcore. it super sucked to see so few black faces in the crowd. that will be another essay for another day. he ended is electric performance with “paranoia”, which is the song that got me hooked on him in the first place. i’m inducting myself into the stan club.
childish gambino – 7:00pm
i was never into gambino as a rapper until “because the internet” dropped. it quickly became the only album i listened to for a solid 2 months. i went to see him in concert a few months ago, but the festival performance was just beyond! i lost my voice, but i lipsyched for my life. every song on “because the internet” is a jam. one friend was being super anti-gambino, but i looked over and saw him boppin like i told him he would. i’m in black girl solidarity with his keyboardist, so i was glad to see her out there banging the keys. she had her summer sew-in and it was super cute. speaking of black girls, they ran the front row and donald couldn’t help but pay homage to them in one of his three dope freestyles. pyrotechnics happened and then chance’s missing verse from “worst guy” happened. i almost wept seeing donald and chancellor on stage together. it was black excellence overload. my black music month celebration may have peaked yesterday.
banks – 2:15pm
if you liked daisy rowe from a previous post, you’ll love banks. i’ve been listening to her for a few months now, so i was beyond excited to see her live. first off, the stage was packed! i didn’t know she had such a following, but i’m glad because she’s sooooper dope. shallow things first, banks is a total babe! she started the set with “before i met you”, then straight into “this is what it feels like”, only to nosedive into “brain”. i was convulsing by the end of her set. her speaking voice is tiny and shy, but she command the stage in a major way.
earl sweatshirt – 3:00pm
yay ofwgtka! you guys know i love the odd future kids, but earl was the last one that i got hooked on. i’m chalking this up to the fact that he was on “vacation” and not in the loop of what the crew was doing. anywho, “doris” dropped and i enjoyed it. hearing it live though makes me want to keep it on loop for the summer. to be a cali kid, the beats and flow is soooooo 90s east coast. he had a great stage personality and the bravado of someone much older and more seasoned in the game.
tyler the creator – 3:45pm
the govball folks in their infinite wisdom, scheduled tyler’s show directly after earl’s at the stage next door, so earl’s entire crowd just shifted a few feet over. tyler seriously has the scariest voice of allllllllllll time. he started his set with all of his creepy songs from his early years, so initially i was clocked out. white teen girls however, were not! a bra landed on the stage pretty early on. tyler moved into his latest album, so my frown turned immediately upside down. “ifhy” is obviously one of the best rap songs about boo loving (in its weird way), so i was stoked he performed it. most of the performance was tyler and his friends onstage being silly and cracking joked on the crowd. tyler also alerted the vip section that they’re wack. thumbs up to celebs for loving us common folk, ty! i had to skidaddle after 30 minutes since govball decided to put alunageorge and tyler at the same time.
alunageorge – 3:00pm
when people talk about the state of current r&b, i’m always dumbfounded that alunageorge is always left out of the convo. lovelovelove them! i got on them soon after their song, “just a touch” dropped. TOTAL jam! i was only gonna be able to see half of their show since i spent the other 30 minutes at tyler. i was deep into a bodyroll when they yelled “thank you!” and left the stage. not sure why they cut their performance short, but the three songs i got in were enough for me. really love those kids.
james blake – 6:45
yesterday was my 4th or 5th time seeing blake live. my recap is as follows…..
hope you all enjoyed my govball2014 recap. til’ next year you filthy animals!