The Artists Behind: Governors Ball After Dark

The Artists Behind: Governors Ball After Dark

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Part of the fun of the Governors Ball is “After Dark,” where a few select artists entertain showgoers in the evening at alternate venues. These after-hours performers are sometimes less commercially known than the day-side headliners, but deliver plenty of great sound and provide memorable experiences to listeners. While the day-time fans will be getting their fill of Kanye West and Beck this year, not to mention Death Cab for Cutie and De La Soul, After Dark fans will be enjoying, or even discovering, some super artists, often in more intimate – and dry – venues.

For those planning their 2016 Gov Ball NY experience, including what artists to check out and which locations, use this handy guide:

Friday, June 3rd

Against Me!

Against Me!

Performing at Webster Hall

This punk band has been rocking hard since 1997. Based in Gainsville, Fla., its lineup has changed over the years but still retains the powerful lead vocals of founder, lead guitarist and songwriter Laura Jane Grace, formerly Thomas James Gabel. Against Me! started as a solo act but expanded into a quartet. It has created six studio albums on different labels, including “White Crosses” and “New Wave,” which reached as high as No. 57 on Billboard’s 200 in 2007.

         

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Duke Dumont

Duke Dumont

Performing at Output

To some British club music fans, DJ and producer Adam George Dyment, or his stage name, Duke Dumont, is all about success. His singles “Won’t Look Back,” “I Got U” received high positions on the UK Singles Chart, and “Need U (100%),” received a Grammy nod for best dance recording. He began playing and remixing in the 2000s, and released his first EP in 2007. His material has been performed by Annie Mac, Trevor Nelson, and MNEK. Today, Dumont owns the label Blasé Boys Club.

         

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Mac Miller

Mac Miller

Performing at Irving Plaza

The Pittsburgh-based rapper goes by several alter egos, including lounge singer Larry Lovestein and producer Larry Fisherman. But Mac Miller has done pretty well by himself, releasing 10 hit mixtapes, including “Blue Slide Park,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2011, one of few independently-distributed hip-hop albums to make it this high. He claims Wiz Khalifa as a mentor, but has also forged close relationships with other artists including The Beastie Boys.

         

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The Knocks

The Knocks

Performing at Knitting Factory – Brooklyn

Ben Ruttner, “B-Roc,” and James Patterson, “JPatt” met at New York’s New School, and combined their talents to become a well-known producing duo, remixing material for everyone from Jay-Z to Katy Perry, from Taylor Swift to Justin Bieber. Their music is fresh and exciting, and blends disco, retro and more, which easily moves their work high on the U.S. electronic charts. Accomplishments include their first hit single, “Dancing with the DJ,” 2014’s “Classic,” featuring POWERS, and “55,” the first album, which dropped earlier this year.

         

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Against Me!

Thomas Jack

Performing at Marquee

To better define Thomas Jack, you need to define his style, which he calls “Tropical House.”The artist and producer from Bemboka, Australia, has a definition: think house but with a lively, upbeat, almost salsa-like twist, plus the infusion of exotic instruments like steel drums and marimbas. The ‘trop house’ sub-genre actually started as a joke that Jack created, but audiences ended up digging the good vibes and warm feel, especially at bigger mainstream venues like Coachella.

         

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Duke Dumont

Thundercat and Friends

Performing at Brooklyn Bowl

Thundercat has nothing but musical bonafides as a celebrated trans-genre bass player and studio player in the worlds of jazz, R&B, funk, psychedelic, indie, electronica and thrash metal. Over the years, the Los Angeles-based artist and producer has performed with Suicidal Tendencies, Kendrick Lamar, Infectious Grooves, Erykah Badu, fellow After Dark performer Mac Miller and countless others. He’s released four solo albums and brought home a Grammy for best rap/sung collaboration in 2016 for “These Walls” on Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly.”

         

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Saturday, June 4th

Against Me!

Albert Hammond Jr.

Performing at Brooklyn Bowl

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hammond has music in his blood – his father penned the regional easy listening homage “It Never Rains in Southern California” in 1972. The younger Hammond has gone on to be not only the guitar and keyboard player and sometimes songwriter for The Strokes, but is also a successful fashion designer. Joining him will be Public Access TV, a New York-based post-punk band that has received acclaim at festivals in Europe with hits like “In the Mirror” and “In Love and Alone.”

         

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Black Pistol Fire

Black Pistol Fire

Performing at Gramercy Theatre

Not a lot of people can claim an equally huge fan base in Texas and Canada, but this group can. Members hail from Austin and Toronto and receive a warm welcome in both communities for their music which blends blues, Southern (U.S.) rock and even punk elements. It’s loud, proud and generates plenty of excitement and a growing legion of international fans. This year, it plans to drop its fourth studio album, “Don’t Wake the Riot,” and hopes it has the same positive response as “Hush and Howl.”

         

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Day Wave

Day Wave

Performing at Knitting Factory – Brooklyn

This indie band came together in 2015, and is based in Oakland. Jackson Phillip, a former jazz drummer, is the frontman of the ‘dream pop’/alt-rock group that already has made a name for itself with the EP of “Headcase” in 2015 plus the very identifiable single, “We Try But We Don’t Fit In.” Day Wave had a big boost last year when it toured with Blonde Redhead, and recently released its sophomore album, “Hard to Read.”

         

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Eagles of Death Metal

Eagles of Death Metal

Performing at Warsaw

Contrary to the very ‘metal’ name, this group is anything but brutal. In fact, its sound is closer to rockabilly, blues and alt-rock. Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme put the band together in 1998 in Palm Desert, Calif., and remain the only permanent members. Legend has it had Hughes came up with the name when wondering what sound would be created if The Eagles went more death metal. The band recently was in the news when it a club it was playing at in France was attacked by terrorists.

         

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Holly Miranda

Holly Miranda

Performing at Arlene’s Grocery

She taught herself piano, guitar and trumpet, and by age 17 recorded her first album with BMG. However, she parted with the label in 2001 so this was never released. She later returned to music in 2003, and teamed up with three musical colleagues to create The Jealous Girlfriends, based in Brooklyn. The quartet recorded several albums and Miranda also continued to release her own music, including “High Above the City” and “The Magician’s Private Library.”

         

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Vince Staples

Vince Staples

Performing at Irving Plaza

Vince never really intended to rap, but encouraged by friends in the music business who loved his voice, plus believing he didn’t have other career prospects, he embraced the lifestyle. Today, he’s one third of Cutthroat Boyz, based in Long Beach, Calif. He’s appeared on a variety of albums by Odd Future, and created his own recording, “Stolen Youth.” “Hell Can Wait,” his first EP, featured “Blue Suede” and “Hands Up,” followed by his first full album, “Summertime ’06.”

         

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Years and Years

Years and Years

Performing at Webster Hall

Founded in London in 2010, Years and Years is an electronic trio that includes Mikey Goldsworthy on bass, keyboard player Emre Turkmen and keyboard/front Olly Alexander. The sound is pure electropop, but with a bit of house and R&B thrown in. Its singles have drawn acclaim, including “King,” that reached the top spot on the UK Singles Chart, and “Shine” that hit No. 2. The band also received the very impressive recognition for “BBC Sound of 2015.”

         

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Sunday, June 5th

Galantis

Galantis

Performing at Webster Hall

At the 2014 Coachella festival, Christian Karlsson and Linus Elow showed that seeing elctro-style music performed live can be pretty cool. With the “Seafoxchella” name, the duo incorporated music tracks, synthesizers and other audio effects to make something catchy – and danceable. The duo began working together in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2007. They focused on producing pieces that got people dancing, including “Smile,” “You” and “Runaway (U & I).”

         

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