Osheaga 2014

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetCalifornia has Coachella, we have Osheaga! My adventures this year at Osheaga were certainly very fun, despite the extremely crowded festival site! Filled with a carefully crafted selection of some of the best bands, booths and food trucks, this festival certainly did not disappoint it’s festival-goers! Some of the headliners this year at the weekend-long festival were Outkast, Jack White, Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, Foster the People, HAIM, Band of Horses, Sam Roberts Band, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Chvrches. All the performers that I saw were amazing, but I did have my favourites of the day! Here’s a recap of my top moments on August 3rd, 2014 at Osheaga.20140805-203559-74159729.jpgMatt Mays was the first to perform on sunday, and he was great! The crowd hadn’t all arrived yet, and so it was intimate for a big stage performance, and the Canadian singer/songwriter was fantastic!20140805-203600-74160448.jpgFoxtrott, an up-and-coming techno-fusion project from right here in Montreal. Very interesting, and definitely captured the audience and took you into a fantastical, dreamy zone. 20140805-203600-74160088.jpgVance Joy, a recent favourite of mine, performed all of his best songs, including Emmylou and Riptide. Love, love, loved him!20140805-203601-74161033.jpgKodaline performed a small, acoustic set a few hours before their actual performance. It was intimate, with a crowd of no more than 60 people, and their no-mics, no speakers rendition of All I Want had the entire crowd singing along.20140805-203601-74161412.jpgThe Kooks, one of my favourite bands, didn’t fail to disappoint! They played their hits, and their energy was perfect for the hot, summer day! They had us all dancing to naive, Junk of The Heart and She Moves In Her Own Way.

Processed with VSCOcam with lv03 presetKodaline’s actual performance was also amazing. They had a fantastic set and their love for music made us love their fantastic music.20140805-203603-74163539.jpgAh, my loves, Half Moon Run. They were the main reason as to why I chose sunday as the day to go to Osheaga. They are hands down one of my favourite bands and I was so happy to see them live for the first time. I swooned over their performances of Call me In The Afternoon and Need It, among others from the set.Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetShowing my support!20140805-203604-74164036.jpgThe H&M Loves Music Booth at Osheaga, equipped with purple umbrellas and pretty lights! Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with lv03 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset20140805-203602-74162382.jpg

See you all next year!


Top 3 Albums: July 2014

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Eclectic, folk-country sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg have set the bar very high as First Aid Kit. Their latest album, Stay Gold, is the perfect mix of magic and harmony. Each track is embellished with mesmerizing harmonies and hypnotic sounds that make you feel as though you’re lying in a field of daisies. It’s liberating, enchanting and spellbound. The duo feature a variety of different instrumentals, from violin to flute, incorporating orchestral sounds to the album. The lyrics are powerful, symbolizing love, hope and freedom. They pull you in, and leave you wanting more by the end. Top 3: Stay Gold, Cedar Lane, Shattered & Hollow.

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Synths, keys and dance-like beats are omnipresent in this electro-pop album by Foster The People. From fast to slow and everything in between, Mark Foster and his band capture this eccentric genre in all their own ways. After their out-of-this-world, debut album Torches, somehow Foster The People surpassed all expectations with the complexities of this new album. Supermodel is the rebirth of self-doubt and struggle wrapped up into eleven amazing songs. Not to mention each track fits into the ultimate party mix perfectly, with catchy lyrics and awesome grooves. Top 3: Ask Yourself, Best Friend, The Truth.

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The debut, self-titled album of Jungle is a remastered throwback of the 1970’s. Combining funk, soul, disco and, somehow, dubstep-like electro, this London-based band plays with your mind by mixing in various psychedelic sounds. Leading with a prominent and pulsating bass, each track is hip, groovy, and makes you wanna dance to the beat. Jungle arose from out of nowhere and hit us all with a fantastic array of beats, crazy-cool effects and fantastic melodies. Power and passion make this album a strong success in the music business. A modern rendition of hardy, old soul music. Top 3: Platoon, Drops, Time.

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