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.
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.
- 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.
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
My friend Chris is in an exhausting number of bands. He might be the musical equivalent of me. Every time I turn around, he’s posting a show he’s playing somewhere in the Northern CA area. In addition to often playing solo, he’s also in my favorite Northern CA band Dad’s LPs, who will be playing Tahoe twice this summer. Dad’s LPs are a super fun energetic rock/pop outfit and you can catch them Saturday, June 20th in the Heavenly Village at 5:00 PM or at Live at Lakeview on Thursday, July 30th.
In addition to Dad’s LPs, Chris is also the frontman for Big Eyed Fish, a Northern CA Dave Matthews Tribute Band. Chris and his DMB troupe were recently in Tahoe to play at the new music venue Vinyl, inside our recently opened Hard Rock Resort and Casino. As a side note, Vinyl features live music almost every night of the week and it’s often free! To say that Chris is a Dave Matthews fan would be an understatement. DMB is his self-professed most favorite band in the world and I’m actually a huge Dave fan myself, so when he asked me to come down to the show and snap some photos for their marketing efforts, I was thrilled to accommodate the request. It was a joy to be able to capture him playing the (extremely difficult) songs of his music idol.
In addition to Dad’s LPs and Big Eyed Fish, Chris also plays with The Diva Kings. You can catch the Diva Kings next at Redwood Winery in Plymouth, CA on August 8th.
I am really fortunate to be returning to Austin for the third year in a row as an Austin SXSW Photographer. I look forward to my time at SXSW every year with great anticipation. It’s quickly stolen away a spot in my heart as my favorite music festival. Every year, I return home with a list of amazing previously unheard of bands to listen to. My number one goal for any music festival is to seek out new artists and SXSW provides like no other!
During my time at the event, I spend most of it photographing events that sponsors pay for like super fun happy hours put on by film and production companies, opening parties for the Tech Fest, and end of the event awards shows. In between, I get to run around photographing side events and discovering new music. Oh, and eating lots of tacos.
Now, it is the fate of every professional photographer, I think, that your clients come first and as such, I actually didn’t really take a very good look at any of my personal photos from SXSW until last week (and still, that’s a debatable statement). For the record: I highly regret not even culling them last year! Running through the images quickly was an insurmountable feat and I’m sure I missed some that I love, but, well, it’s probably a lost cause now because I’m flying to Austin today for this year’s event.
Here’s a quick selection of images from SXSW 2014 to hold you over until I return from this year’s event! I am hereby declaring to the internets that I will not leave my photos untouched for an entire year this time.
Lauren Lindley is a destination wedding, commercial and event photographer that services the Greater Austin area during SXSW. She is available for freelance event photography in the area from Thursday, March 12 through Tuesday, March 24th.
For the 7th year in a row, I present my annual Best Music of 2014 album wrap-up. I had a super busy year and unfortunately, didn’t get to listen to as much new music as I normally do. I need a better system for cataloging new music finds and marking them to listen to now that I work from home. Equally perplexing, my Amazon account was hacked more than two weeks ago and now I can’t login and buy new music even if I wanted to! In case you are wondering what you missed in the last year, in keeping with my traditional rating system, here are my faves:
Super awesome and by far my favorite
Alt J – This is All Yours
Black English (formerly NO) – NO (formerly El Prado)
Phantogram – Voices
Shakey Graves – And the War Came
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Phantogram at Snowglobe Music Festival
Still pretty awesome
Beck – Morning Phase
Misterwives – Reflections EP
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Sea When Absent
Spoon – They Want My Soul
Jack White – Lazaretto
Voyage – De Lux
Black English (NO) at SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX.
Kind of awesome
Lilly Allen – Sheezus
Gina Chavez – Up.Rooted
Foxygen – …And Star Power
The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
Foxygen at SXSW 2013 in Austin, TX.
things that are on my amazon.com wish list that are supposed to be awesome but I haven’t bought yet
Alvvays – Alvvays
Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
Previous best of lists
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.
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
Welcome to Snowglobe! Day 1 was an absolute blast, though mild in temps with bluebird skies. Attendees: be prepared for colder weather today! The forecast is calling for a cold and mostly dry Arctic storm with temps in the low teens tonight and snow showers. 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.
- OVERWERK: Sierra Tent, 3:30-4:30. Canadian producer and songwriter Edmond Huszar combines dramatic, orchestral passages with electro house. For fans of: Daft Punk, Justice, Wolfgang Gartner.
- Snakehips: Main Stage, 4:00-5:15. With some skillful production and booty shaking remixing, this young duo takes classic R&B and hip-hop and repurposes it in the most delightful of ways. For fans of: Star Slinger, Curtis Mayfield, Disclosure.
- Phantogram: Main Stage, 5:40-6:40. Phantogram has had a stand-out year. Critical acclaim resounded from all sides for their new album Voices, which has already taken up prominent positions on almost every “Best Of” Music List of 2014. Their blend of danceable electronic pop is percussive heavy and sure to keep even the coldest of Snowglobe festival goers warm from intense dancing. For fans of: Memory Tapes, Sleigh Bells, STRFCKR, the xx.
If you get hungry, make sure to grab a bowl of White Guy Pad Thai! In veggie or chicken options, it’s warm, filling and amazing!
Photos from Day 1 of Snowglobe Music Fest