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Snowglobe 2015 Photos | Day 3

There may have been frigid temps in Tahoe South this year, but you couldn’t put a freeze on Snowglobe attendees spirits.  Regardless of the weather, the crowds braved the bone-chilling cold to dance the night away and ring in the New Year under fireworks and our beautiful mountain sky.  My third day at Snowglobe was elevated by Ghostland Observatory, hometown favorites of mine who recently came off a long hiatus.   Northern CA favorite G-Eazy certainly warmed up the crowd with a high energy enthusiastic set.  Thanks to his energy, he was one of my favorites to photograph all week!

Here’s a few photos from our last day at Snowglobe 2015.  We hope you enjoyed your stay in Tahoe and Happy New Year!  See you next year!!

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Snowglobe Music Festival

Snowglobe: Lauren’s Picks | Day 3

Snowglobe Music Festival

Well, I for one was not so sparky this morning after the epic dance party in the Igloo Tent for Autograf and Cut Copy last night!  After a short nap and maybe the hair of the dog, I will be raging and ready to go for the last night of Snowglobe!  Here are a few of my favorite photos from day 2 and recommendations of who to catch on on this last day of the festival!  Single day tickets and the schedule are still available on their website.  Happy New Year!

  • FDVM: The Igloo, 5:30-7:00.  FDVM are Florent Denecker and Victorien Mulliez, a deep house/tech house duo from France that serves up classic deep house with a touch of disco and some airy happy vocals.  For fans of: Miguel Migs, Disclosure, Toddy B.
  • Option4: The Igloo, 8:30-10:00.  If you are looking for an education on the roots of EDM, look no farther than the moving melodies and soulful vocals of deep house.  Hailing from Denver, CO, Brennen Bryarly’s tagline is “More House than Tech, More Deep than Disco” and he offers a refreshing retake on a classic and beloved genre.  For fans of: Damien Lazarus, Sebo K, Donald Glaude.
  • Ghostland Observatory: Main Stage, 10:00-11:00 PM. Ghostland Observatory and their magnificent laser show hail from my hometown of Austin, Texas and while the music can be described as a combination of electro, rock and funk, I say that it’s shimmering pulsating pop at it’s best.  Frontman Aaron Kyle Behrens’ stage performance is like none other: while he struts like a peacock and gives you the beat, I promise you’ll be nothing short of mesmerized.  For fans of: David Bowie, Laurent Garnier, New Young Pony Club.

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Snowglobe 2015: Lauren’s Picks | Day 2

Snowglobe Music Festival

Welcome to Snowglobe!  How awesome was day 1?!   The temps may have been chilly, but the energy certainly wasn’t!  While most of the crowd was over at Jack U, the highlight of my day was being in the Sierra Tent with the E-40 fans!  Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day and recommendations of who to catch on Day 2 of the festival.  Single day tickets and the schedule are still available on their website.

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  • Lil Dicky: Main Stage, 4:00-5:00.  Comedian David Burd grew up in an upper middle class family outside of Philly originally started rapping as a way to garner attention comedically under the moniker Lil Dicky.  Originally, he aimed to write for movies and TV shows and act but his foray into the rap industry created such a viral sensation Dicky successfully started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a rap tour.  His perseverance paid off: Burd was invited to SXSW in 2014, kicked off a concert tour and released an album this year.  Burd credits his success with his comedic approach and that he’s “just a normal dude,” which makes him relatable.  His video for $ave Dat Money is a must watch primer.  For fans of: George Watsky, Doc Brown, Spose.
  • Alison Wonderland: Sierra Tent, 8:30-9:30.  This classically trained musician (she was a principal cellist in the Sydney Youth Orchestra) turned DJ has been described by Irish DJ and Television Producer Annie Mac as “the best party set I’ve heard in a long time.”  Her eclectic influences make for a wide variety on her most recent album, which she did all the vocals for herself and collaborated with the likes of Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and New York rapper Johnny Nelson.  For fans of: Galantis, JOY, Brika.
  • Cut Copy: The Igloo, 10:00-11:30 PM. Cut Copy has long been one of my favorite synthpop bands.  While their live show is absolutely fantastic, a DJ set by this energetic duo from Australia is not to be missed and comes on the heels of the release of their new mixtape called A Forest Through the Trees. The mix features tracks from Jamie xx, Four Tet, the Chemical Brothers, and Talking Heads. For fans of: Holy Ghost!, Daft Punk, Classixx.

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Snowglobe 2014

Snowglobe: Lauren’s Picks | Day 1

Snowglobe Music Festival is fast approaching and although three day passes are sold out, single day tickets, last chance three day passes, shuttle passes and VIP passes are still available.   While Kaskade and Dillon Francis may be big draws for the under 30 crowd, I can’t wait for Ghostland Observatory to give me the beat.

Here’s some insider’s tips to having your best fest!

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  • Didn’t buy a shuttle pass?  DO NOT DRIVE to the festival as there is NO PARKING on site.  There is NO PARKING in the adjacent neighborhood.  Good news for you: shuttle passes are still available!  Want to travel in style?  An All-Access Transportation Pass will provide you and up to 13 friends on-call, door to door transportation between your house/hotel, the festival and bars/after parties all weekend long.  If you actually split it between the maximum amount of folks, it’s a veritable bargain with added convenience.  If you aren’t into either of those options, Tahoe is proud to have UBER in town finally (and LYFT will be here soon).  Please note, there are not a ton of drivers so services may be spotty.  Drivers from CA may pick you up in CA and drop you off in either state, but they cannot pick up in NV.  Drivers from NV can pick you up in NV and drop you off in either state, but cannot pick you up in CA.  If you are at Stateline and having a hard time getting a driver, simply walk across to the opposite state to see if it offers you an available car.  Taxis are always available at casino reception areas.

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  • Dress warm: snowsuits optional.  When the sun goes down each day around 5 PM, it’s going to feel like it’s 20 degrees.  Expect your weather the next three days to be clear and cold.  Keep your core warm with polypropylene base layers under tights and skirts and if you’re feeling really flush, buy those super cheap disposable hand and toe warmers at the grocery store.  You’ll be the only person there with warm toes and you won’t regret it.

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  • Drink water. You’re from sea level? Drink three times as much water as you think you need. Those of us who live at altitude love to watch those of you from sea level get drunk on one beer. It happens.

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  • Don’t forget to explore.  In the past few years, Snowglobe has added some amazing things to it’s line-up, one of which is talented artists.  Take a few minutes in between acts to explore the artwork, local vendors and great food.  Worried about your phone?  Hit up the mobile charging lockers which keep it safe while it charges.  You can pre-pay for one for the weekend via this link.

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Lauren’s Picks: Day 1

Festivals are my favorite way to discover new music, so be sure to catch a few of these lesser known acts on Day 1 of the festival.

  • Lex: Main Stage, 5:45-6:45 PM.  This dynamic four piece hails from Los Angeles and was discovered by Daft Punk engineer Peter Franco.  They released their self-titled EP on May 5, featuring alluring phantasmical synths and a live electronic performance merging art, fashion, design & technology.  For fans of: Lykke Li, Lana del Rey, Billie Eilish.
  • Hippie Sabotage: Sierra Tent, 5:00-5:45. This dynamic brother duo hails from Sacramento, CA where they’ve been making music together since the mid-2000s.  They were thrust into the limelight in the Spring of 2014, however, when Ellie Goulding shared their remix for “Stay High” by Swedish singer Tove Lo.  Expect them pull from their extensive and wide ranging remix catalog featuring everything from ethereal vocals to dirty beats accompanied by their signature subtle touches that don’t overwhelm, but move you from the core.  For fans of: ODESZA, Adventure Club.
  • E-40: Sierra Tent, 8:45-9:30 PM.  E-40 is no stranger to the rap scene: he released his first EP in 1986.  He’s released 22 albums to date and in 2014, his single “Choices (Yup)” charted at number 125 on Billboard and number 43 on r&b/hip-hop chart.  This East Bay Rapper isn’t just about music though; he recently announced plans to release a 40 ounce malt liquor which I expect you can guess the name of.  For fans of: Too $hort, Mac Dre, The Coup.

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Phantogram

Snowglobe | Lauren’s Picks | Day 3

Welcome to Snowglobe!   Day 2 of Snowglobe 2014 was the best day of the entire event.  “But Lauren,” you might say, “the festival isn’t over yet.”  Or perhaps, “slow your roll, girl, and save some for New Years!”  All things being said, I firmly stand behind my statement.  If you missed Phantogram’s dark glorious set filled with cold breathy vocals from Sarah Barthel and the lush disco heavy beats of Classixx, then my friend, you sorely missed out.  There is no way that anything that happens today can compare to the awesomeness of yesterday. Fact.

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Today is the last and final day of Snowglobe Music Festival.  There are more photos from last night’s event below, along with my recommendations of who to catch on the last day of the festival while you ring in the New Year!  Single day tickets for New Year’s Eve are sold out but the schedule is available on their website.

  • Cherub: Main Stage, 5:00-6:00.  Sexy electro-pop duo that is guaranteed to produce a high energy dance party.  The Nashville, TN based members of Cherub, Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, share a love for honest original music and vibrant live performance.  For fans of: MGMT, Milky Chance, Capital Cities.
  • Slaptop: Sierra Tent, 5:15-6:15.  Groovy disco house beats for everyone who loves the warmth of dancing in the California sun.  For fans of: Voyage, Chromeo, Amtrac.
  • Atmosphere: Main Stage, 9:30-10:30.  I am a huge fan of Atmosphere.  The duo is always a joy to photograph and I’m looking froward to another great time with them on the stage riling the crowd up with their infectious blend of spoken word, stories and hip-hop.  The duo from Minneapolis comprised of Sean Daley, otherwise known as Slug, and DJ/Producer Anthony “Ant” Davis.  For fans of: Swollen Members, Dilated Peoples, Aesop Rock

 

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Sunset Sound System Season Opener

At the beginning of April I traveled to the Bay Area for a three day wedding aka THE BEST WEDDING EVER.  It was a quadruple whammy weekend of awesome: wedding photography, trivia nights, amazing food, and I got to spend time with some of my good friends who live in Redwood City.

I didn’t expect to have Sunday afternoon free.  In a surprise turn of events, I was able to join them for an annual Bay Area Party: the Sunset Sound System Season Opener.  It takes place every year at the unbelievably picturesque Stafford Lake Park in Novato.  The 139 acre regional park serves the local community and is able to host large scale events, picnics, musical performances and more.  There is fishing in the lake, a nature trail, picnic areas and a playground and a disc golf course.  Know before ya go: no dogs allowed and no swimming!

It had been a long time since I’d heard some legit deep dark house music so I was more than ecstatic to lay on the lawn of Stafford Park and listen to fantastic sets from Galen, Solar, J-Bird and Doc Martin.

It was a warm, balmy summer like day so there was lots of rosè drinking, napping and dancing.

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My Top SXSW Acts: #8

My favorite new artists from SXSW 2013

#8: Zeale

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Zeale’s Official SXSW Showcase at the Stage on Sixth

I cannot lie: SXSW was not the first time I’d seen a Zeale show.   I actually caught part of his show at Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans this past fall and I loved what I saw so much that I couldn’t wait to see  him again.  I’m including him in my list of new favorites because I didn’t give him a complete write up after Voodoo and he deserves every bit of praise he gets.

I would put Zeale in the realm of conscious hip hop.  If you’re a fan of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, definitely check him out.  His most recent EP is available for free at his site.   His tunes have a nice indie influence, a bit of EDM and balanced depth.  Zeale’s enthusiasm for performing is what originally won me over: his energy is boundless and his love and attention for his audience is overflowing.  The end result is a show that is infectious and in mere minutes, he has the entire audience jumping.

I was lucky enough to catch two of his shows at SXSW: his official showcase at the Stages on Sixth as well as his opening slot for the Unofficial Mos Def After-party.  We met a few of his classmates from high school at the Mos Def show who told us that not only is he a genuinely nice person but that he excels at freestyling.  Apparently, he used to treat his classmates back in the day to exhibitions of his skills in between classes.

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Previously in my SXSW wrap-up:

Intro to SXSW

#12: Devendra Banhart

#11: PHOX

#10: Social Studies

#9: Guards

 

Robert Delong

One of the musicians I interviewed for Snowglobe is blowing up the internets this week.  Although he is young and adorable enough that it seems more appropriate to refer to him as a kid, the 25 year old Seattle Native that now calls LA home is setting the stage to be the next big thing that the kids are listening to.  I’ll take his midi and sometimes tribal beats over those of FUN anyday.  His show at Snowglobe was one of the more memorable ones I caught and the photographs I got of him were bright and captivating.   This week alone he showed up on MTV, multiple music blogs I read,  and on David Letterman.  I’m thrilled for him.

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You can read my original interview with Delong via this link.

You can see all the photos from Delong’s set at Snowglobe via this link.

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A Few of my Favorite Things

I’m working on my Outdoor Retailer/Utah post, I promise.

In the meantime, there’s a lot of things I’m totally obsessed with right now and most of them involve food:

  • Steel Cut Oats and Quinoa breakfast cereal: I’ve been making a big batch of this at the beginning of the week and then reheating it when I get to the store. Add in some fresh fruit and a little bit of honey and it’s the best part of waking up other than coffee. Recipe via Bon Appetit.
  • Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches for lunch every day. I bought a chicken to roast last weekend at Whole Foods and used the leftovers to make us a ton of chicken salad for our lunches. Buying lunch meet is ridiculous and expensive. This stuff just gets tastier every day! I think you could probably use greek yogurt in place of the mayo. Recipe via Cooking Light.
  • My crockpot. I am SO productive in the morning. At night? Not so much. Especially in the winter. In the last month I’ve used my crockpot at least once or twice a week, making stand out dinners like Shredded Pulled Sandwiches, Pork Ragu, and Beef Burgundy with Egg Noodles. The best part is how amazing your house smells when you come home from work or the mountain.
  • Listening to NPR while I run on the treadmill. Something about Terry Gross’ voice during her in depth and often funny interviews, the stories on This American Life, and the hijinks of Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me totally draw me in and make me forget I’m on the treadmill. Otherwise I get super sadistic and end up running quarter mile or hill repeats almost every day.  I’m sure I’m giving the gym quite a show because most of the time I’m on the treadmill, grinning ear to ear and laughing out loud.
  • Dreaming of traveling. January, otherwise known as Junuary in Tahoe, totally brings me down: it never snows and it’s always warm and sunny during the day and freezing at night. I either want powder or I want to ride my bike. None of this in between crap. I start to get claustrophobic, especially since it’s one of the slowest months at my store. I get bored, restless, and start fantasizing about places to go.
  • Dreaming of a new wardrobe. I haven’t bought a new skirt in years. I’m tired of the ones hanging in my closet. I feel a shopping spree coming on. Also, most of the skirts I have are flirty, summery and totally inappropriate for the Tahoe winter. First purchase in the closet update: this super cute chunky denim A-line from Boden. Also on the agenda: cute, fun, functional dress-up-or-down classic dresses, including a little black dress, and some tops that I can wear with all the amazing wide leg pants from Anthropologie that I have nothing to wear with.

Things I’m looking forward to:

  • Heading to Austin at the end of February to see James Zabiela play, who I haven’t seen since before I moved to California, and spend the evening with Lance, Toddy, Jamie and my old crew whom I get to see briefly and infrequently these days.
  • Photographing SXSW in Austin in March.
  • Mountain biking Moab in May with Torril, Marion, Bill and the rest of their crew.
  • My birthday party. That’s right. It’s never too early to start planning your next birthday party. FIVE MONTHS til we Rock the Casbah!

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Snowglobe Highlights, Day 3

Going into the third day of Snowglobe, I was more than a little exhausted and honestly, I was somewhat dreading it.  Snowglobe is by no means an easy festival to attend: in addition to dealing with the normal festival  happenings like traffic, logistics, drunk people, packed tents, etc, you are also dealing with the elements: cold, mushy snow underfoot and on the first day, actual snow falling.  I delayed my arrival to coincide with Poolside‘s set in the Sierra Tent.  I was excited to check out their “daytime disco” and pretend like I was in a warmer locale.  As I arrived, I was drawn into the idiocy and ridiculousness that was going on at the Main stage: Con Bro Chill.  I think they are a complete and total joke but I can’t tell if the joke is on them or on the surprisingly large crowd.

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Post Poolside I ran back over to the main stage to check out Royal Teeth, whose members call my favorite city in the world home: New Orleans.   When you are from NOLA, you have immediate street cred in my books (WHO DAT!) and honestly, this band put on an amazing show: they are fun, energetic and totally engaged the audience.  Bonus points for covering Queen.

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After Royal Teeth, I hightailed it over to the Tecnhibeats.com stage where apparently there was a bit of a riot and they had cleared the entire tent out.  Some walls were repaired while the crowd waited impatiently for the start of Nobody Beats the Drum, the show I was most excited for that day.  Unlike Chase over at Electric Panda Music, I did not leave Snowglobe with an appreciation of  dubstep.  In my world, dubstep is the equivalent of my generation’s jungle and I hope it dies a speedy and quick death.  Once upon a time, I listened to trance and jungle and then one day I realized what good music is.  I think music should be just as amazing when you’re not on something as when you are.  While I understand that dubstep appeals to the sensory overload that occurs when you’ve been ingesting things that keep you up for days, I no longer party like it’s 1999 every weekend because I’m old and I would frankly just rather drink a glass of wine.

That being said, I used to LOVE electronic music and in particular, I am a sucker for dark dirty house and breaks.  Living in Tahoe, there is little of the EDM that I care for and when I started reading up on Nobody Beats the Drum, I got very excited.  You see, something happens to me when you put me in a room full of sick beats: I remember how much I FUCKING LOVE it and I never want it to stop.  Once upon a time, in my previous life, I ran around in dark clubs every weekend, could out kick-step just about anyone, spent a lot of time with really amazing music producers and helped throw some really amazing shows.  Not only do I not regret it, but every once in awhile I am reminded of what I have traded my extreme outdoorsy mountain life for.  To quench this thirst,  I have been known to fly across the country just to see a DJ.  In fact, I will be doing that very thing to see James Zabiela play in Austin in February.  Also filed under: reasons why my 35th Birthday Party is going to be a Retro Throwback Rave.  There will be no dubstep, only house music circa the early 2000’s.

ANYWAYS, I digress.  It was time for Nobody Beats the Drum and I had an inkling that I might like it.

I didn’t just like it: I couldn’t leave.  There were other acts I should have gone to photograph but I could not bear the thought of leaving while that insanely raucous dance party was happening and those boys were dropping tracks so dark, dirty and sick, I wished it would never end.  Big thanks to the Technibeats.com staff who let me hang out on the side of the stage and dance so hard that I finally realized why none of the kids at Snowglobe had any clothes on this weekend.

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From start to finish, those cute Dutch boys dropped the gnar on the Technibeats.com stage in the very way they know how and it was AMAZING. I want to do it again.  Like now.  But for more than an hour because that wasn’t long enough.  I am totally planning a trip to see a full show at some point in 2013.  That was simply not enough.  Thirsty.  For.  More.

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After Nobody Beats the Drum I wandered around for a little while watching kids freak-out to a DJ I don’t like, biding my time waiting for Chromeo to start.  Chromeo was a perfect way to close out 2012: electric disco dance party to the max.  I snapped a few sweet shots of the band and then headed to the back of the crowd to ring in the New Year with my friends under fire works.  Day 3 of Snowglobe was definitely the best.  Just goes to show: the day I was feeling too tired to attend turned out to be the most amazing of the whole weekend.  Way to rally!  Let’s do it again, all over, NOW?

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For those of you who think you have no place at Snowglobe, you do.  What started out as a purely electronic music festival has managed to diversify itself quite nicely in it’s 2nd year.  There is something for everyone here.  I may not like Deadmau5 or Big Gigantic or dubstep, and maybe I’ll complain about the west coast’s obsession with it, but people are entitled to dance to what they like.  I am thrilled that I found so many amazing new bands this weekend that weren’t even remotely on my radar and was introduced to some new EDM producers doing things that are super fresh and new.  Don’t be afraid to head to a fest and wander aimlessly: you might hear some music you aren’t into, and you might find something that makes you dance til you take all your clothes off.

All my favorite photos from Day 3 of Snowglobe are below.  They include photos from Con Bro Chill, Poolside, Polica, Royal Teeth, Nobody Beats the Drum and Chromeo.   You can check out photos from Day 1 and 2 here:

Snowglobe Highlights, Day 1

Snowglobe Highlights, Day 2

You can check out all the interviews I did before the fest here:

Beats Antique

Quixotic Fusion

Nobody Beats the Drum

Archnemesis

Big Chocolate

Robert Delong

If I happened to take a photo of you at the fest, feel free to use it on your social media sites as much as you want, but please do not crop out my watermark.