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How Do Rappers Handle “Nigga” During the Rise of White-Dominated Festivals?

This past March in Amsterdam, Oddisee—a D.C. rapper whose music often wrestles with sociopolitical themes—had a surreal experience. During a performance, he spotted a white…
Brian Josephs / September 13, 2017

Watch Lorde Perform “Perfect Places” Live for The First Time at Governors Ball

Yesterday, Lorde shared "Perfect Places," another single from her upcoming sophomore album Melodrama. Earlier today, we named the anthemic banger one of the 5 Best…
Peter Helman, Stereogum / June 3, 2017

Franz Ferdinand Announce North American Summer Tour

Franz Ferdinand have announced a new North American tour consisting primarily of mostly club and amphitheater dates. Their main festival stops will be in New…
Winston Cook-Wilson / February 28, 2017

Governors Ball 2017 Lineup Features Tool, Chance the Rapper, and Phoenix

This year's Governors Ball will have Tool, Chance the Rapper, and Phoenix taking top billing. Tool's headlining gig will also be the band's first New…
Brian Josephs / January 4, 2017

Governors Ball 2016: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

Day three of Governors Ball 2016 was canceled because of threatening weather, which sadly meant no Bat for Lashes, no Courtney Barnett, and no Kanye West.
SPIN Staff / June 6, 2016

Governors Ball vs. Panorama: Who Has the Better Lineup?

Today, the lineup was announced for Panorama, the East Coast festival expansion of Goldenvoice, producers behind the country's preeminent music fest, Coachella. Exciting as the…
Andrew Unterberger / March 1, 2016

Panorama 2016 Lineup: Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, and More

Panorama, the new festival in New York City that's being thrown by the same company behind Coachella, has revealed the lineup for its 2016 debut.
James Grebey / March 1, 2016

New York City Country Festival FarmBorough Has Been Canceled After Only One Year

Farmborough, New York City's first major country festival, has been canceled after only one year. Founders Entertainment, the same company behind the annual Governors Ball…
James Grebey / February 9, 2016

Governors Ball 2016 Lineup: The Strokes, Kanye West, the Killers, and More

Update: Governors Ball has revealed the by day lineup for their 2016 show, which takes place over the weekend of June 3. The Strokes, the Killers,…
Harley Brown / January 8, 2016

Governors Ball Organizers Are Trying to Host a Festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Too

It looks like Queens is New York City's hippest borough — when it comes to massive music festivals, at least. Earlier this fall, AEG Live, the…
James Grebey / November 13, 2015

Coachella Organizers Reportedly Looking to Start New York City Music Festival

Update: The producers of Governors Ball have just launched a petition to New York City mayor Bill de Blasio asking him to "reject approval of this…
Colin Joyce / September 30, 2015

Governors Ball 2015: The 15 Best Things We Saw

SPIN spent this past weekend on New York City’s Randall’s Island, basking in the three-day glory of the Governors Ball Music Festival. Now in its…
SPIN Staff / June 8, 2015

Governors Ball 2015: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

This weekend's Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City brought rising talent and well-established stars to four stages on Randall's Island, just off the…
SPIN Staff / June 8, 2015

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s Many Costume Changes at Governors Ball 2015

"Weird Al" Yankovic was a bit of a left-field addition to the 2015 Governors Ball lineup, but few acts could match the 55-year-old satirist's showmanship and…
James Grebey / June 8, 2015

Governors Ball’s Gambit: Founders Entertainment Brings Country Festival to the Big Apple

It was raining by the time thousands of bodies started streaming onto Randall’s Island on June 8, 2013, the first day of New York City’s…
Brennan Carley / May 21, 2015
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