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Somewhere, in an alternate dimension, there’s a very different version of First Aid Kit. Klara Söderberg and Johanna Söderberg recall a time shortly before they were known as Sweden’s folk darlings when wistful harmonies and acoustic guitar lines weren’t exactly their primary focus. Although that time in their life didn’t last long, had it endured we might be talking about First Aid Kit the punk band, or perhaps First Aid Kit the experimental rock outfit. (via First Aid Kit Gets Used to the Extraordinary | MTV IGGY)

Somewhere, in an alternate dimension, there’s a very different version of First Aid Kit. Klara Söderberg and Johanna Söderberg recall a time shortly before they were known as Sweden’s folk darlings when wistful harmonies and acoustic guitar lines weren’t exactly their primary focus. Although that time in their life didn’t last long, had it endured we might be talking about First Aid Kit the punk band, or perhaps First Aid Kit the experimental rock outfit. (via First Aid Kit Gets Used to the Extraordinary | MTV IGGY)

Every day it seems like a new music festival has sprung up — or that an established one has sprouted a second week and a much higher price tag. While many of them book the same acts, attract the same tribes of bros and trustafarians, and sell the same overpriced beer, they are not all the same. How do you pick out the under-hyped gems, and figure out which ones are frankly over-rated? Now, at the height of festival season, how is a music fan to know which ones are worth camping in the mud for and which are best enjoyed from the safe distance of someone else’s Instagram feed? Our answer: ask around. (via The 18 Best Music Festivals in the World | MTV IGGY)

Every day it seems like a new music festival has sprung up — or that an established one has sprouted a second week and a much higher price tag. While many of them book the same acts, attract the same tribes of bros and trustafarians, and sell the same overpriced beer, they are not all the same. How do you pick out the under-hyped gems, and figure out which ones are frankly over-rated? Now, at the height of festival season, how is a music fan to know which ones are worth camping in the mud for and which are best enjoyed from the safe distance of someone else’s Instagram feed? Our answer: ask around. (via The 18 Best Music Festivals in the World | MTV IGGY)

One of the big things I learned at Open’er Festival is that Polish crowds aren’t cool — and that makes everything more fun. Across four days a number of bands, including MØ, HAIM, and Daughter made their country debut at the festival in Gdynia. They were met with homemade signs, t-shirts, and large groups of people jumping in unison — making their sets not unlike the world’s best flash mobs. During Foster the People’s headlining show on Wednesday night (their second time performing in the country), I saw a young teenager clutching a hand drawn picture of frontman Mark Foster, tears streaming down her face. (via Festival Report: Fans Stay Gold at Poland’s Open’er | MTV IGGY)

One of the big things I learned at Open’er Festival is that Polish crowds aren’t cool — and that makes everything more fun. Across four days a number of bands, including MØ, HAIM, and Daughter made their country debut at the festival in Gdynia. They were met with homemade signs, t-shirts, and large groups of people jumping in unison — making their sets not unlike the world’s best flash mobs. During Foster the People’s headlining show on Wednesday night (their second time performing in the country), I saw a young teenager clutching a hand drawn picture of frontman Mark Foster, tears streaming down her face. (via Festival Report: Fans Stay Gold at Poland’s Open’er | MTV IGGY)

Complete Surrender, the third album from Sheffield-born, London-based Slow Club, unearths a previously obscured emotional power in the duo. (via Slow Club, ‘Complete Surrender’ Review | Wondering Sound)

Complete Surrender, the third album from Sheffield-born, London-based Slow Club, unearths a previously obscured emotional power in the duo. (via Slow Club, ‘Complete Surrender’ Review | Wondering Sound)

Slow Club’s third album, Complete Surrender, is inspired by heartbreak. But it’s a beautiful summer day in New York, and the Sheffield, England-based duo can’t be bothered to linger on the idea of romantic gloom and doom. (via Slow Club: Look on the Bright Side :: Music :: Features :: Paste)

Slow Club’s third album, Complete Surrender, is inspired by heartbreak. But it’s a beautiful summer day in New York, and the Sheffield, England-based duo can’t be bothered to linger on the idea of romantic gloom and doom. (via Slow Club: Look on the Bright Side :: Music :: Features :: Paste)

Beginning with their ramshackle 2009 debut Yeah So, and then in 2011 with Paradise, Slow Club quickly found their music niche, effortlessly crafting a Technicolor world with their male/female harmonies and playful pop progressions. (via Slow Club: Complete Surrender Review :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste)

Beginning with their ramshackle 2009 debut Yeah So, and then in 2011 with Paradise, Slow Club quickly found their music niche, effortlessly crafting a Technicolor world with their male/female harmonies and playful pop progressions. (via Slow Club: Complete Surrender Review :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste)

Misia Furtak (otherwise known as Misia Ff) has just gotten off stage at Open’er Festival. But before settling down for a chat about her music, she took a turn on the opposite side of the microphone, interviewing music fans about their festival experience for a local website. The Warsaw-based singer-songwriter (who also moonlights as a radio broadcaster) jokes about it being a hell of a task, but admits that by the end of her stint they all but had to pry the microphone from her hands. (via For Misia Ff Great Power Comes with Great Humility | MTV IGGY)

Misia Furtak (otherwise known as Misia Ff) has just gotten off stage at Open’er Festival. But before settling down for a chat about her music, she took a turn on the opposite side of the microphone, interviewing music fans about their festival experience for a local website. The Warsaw-based singer-songwriter (who also moonlights as a radio broadcaster) jokes about it being a hell of a task, but admits that by the end of her stint they all but had to pry the microphone from her hands. (via For Misia Ff Great Power Comes with Great Humility | MTV IGGY)

Yeah, we know - jazz is literally in the title of Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, but the musical celebration (taking place each year for two weeks at the end of June/beginning of July) is all about inclusiveness. In the spirit of diversity, here’s a ten brief snapshots of our favourite non-jazz things we saw/heard/experienced during our time in Quebec. (via Our 10 Favourite Moments from Festival International de Jazz de Montreal | The Line Of Best Fit)

Yeah, we know - jazz is literally in the title of Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, but the musical celebration (taking place each year for two weeks at the end of June/beginning of July) is all about inclusiveness. In the spirit of diversity, here’s a ten brief snapshots of our favourite non-jazz things we saw/heard/experienced during our time in Quebec. (via Our 10 Favourite Moments from Festival International de Jazz de Montreal | The Line Of Best Fit)

Between the language barrier and the time difference, going to a music festival in another country can be tricky. But it’s not impossible. Most of life’s problems can be solved by a Diet Coke, smiling, and saying “pardon” repeatedly. Last week was Poland’s Open’er Festival. Now in its twelfth year, the event attracts an impressive array of talent, both from within the country and abroad. With bands like Phoenix, Jack White, Lykke Li, Eric Shoves Them In His Pockets, Misia Ff, and We Draw A on the bill, it was well worth the nearly 24 hours travel time.

Rather than drag you through the dirt and spilt beer (sorry ‘bout that) of the festival in long form, here are a few of my favorite moments of the event—presented in award form. (via Open’er Festival 2014: Awards Edition | Under the Radar - Music Magazine)

Between the language barrier and the time difference, going to a music festival in another country can be tricky. But it’s not impossible. Most of life’s problems can be solved by a Diet Coke, smiling, and saying “pardon” repeatedly. Last week was Poland’s Open’er Festival. Now in its twelfth year, the event attracts an impressive array of talent, both from within the country and abroad. With bands like Phoenix, Jack White, Lykke Li, Eric Shoves Them In His Pockets, Misia Ff, and We Draw A on the bill, it was well worth the nearly 24 hours travel time.

Rather than drag you through the dirt and spilt beer (sorry ‘bout that) of the festival in long form, here are a few of my favorite moments of the event—presented in award form. (via Open’er Festival 2014: Awards Edition | Under the Radar - Music Magazine)

NONONO launched their US invasion last October at CMJ. Although they had a blast performing for the first time at the New York music festival, the Swedish trio admits that they didn’t realize the impact they made stateside until returning several months later. (via NONONO Feel All of the Feels | MTV IGGY)

NONONO launched their US invasion last October at CMJ. Although they had a blast performing for the first time at the New York music festival, the Swedish trio admits that they didn’t realize the impact they made stateside until returning several months later. (via NONONO Feel All of the Feels | MTV IGGY)