From the Governors’ Ball 2021: sound bites on Saturday | Arts



Day two of the Governors Ball saw North Side rapper Amin take control of the GrubHub stage. The 27-year-old rapper and his DJ beat the mid-day blues by playing hyped songs like “BLACKJACK” and “Can’t Decide”, the latter smoothing over to the chorus of “Pride is the Devil” from J. Cole. since both share the same guitar loop. While not all festival-goers knew the lyrics to every song, Aminé made sure to fill in audience knowledge gaps with interactive commercials, such as the “Can’t Decide” pre-chorus countdown. “. His efforts paid off, obviously, when the energy of the crowd literally rocked the ground in response.

Electric alt-pop group Muna then welcomed fans to the Honda scene. Made up of singer Katie Gavin, guitarists Josette Maskin and Naomi McPherson, and their bassist and drummer, Muna is the kind of band that makes people want to be part of a band. They are so much fun to watch that the urge to join them on stage is almost overwhelming. Gavin (who wore a white tank top branded her name in bold black letters – very camp) was always the de facto singer, though the rest of the band were equally dominant on stage, their energy unmatched from start to finish. Everpresent was Muna’s distinctive contagious electro-pop brand and Gavin’s enviable cool-girl stoicism. “No one loves me and I’m going to die alone in my room,” Gavin sang, the massive crowd singing along with her. They knew every word. And when the time came to perform their latest track, “Silk Chiffon” – a song the band called “for gays” – audiences were greeted with a surprise appearance from the song’s collaborator and girl icon. sad Phoebe Bridgers. Bridgers, in turn, was greeted with deafening applause. But it was Muna’s unmistakable stage presence that made the set one of the most memorable of the day.

Bleachers was next, and Man of the Year Jack Antonoff took to the GOVBALL NYC stage in cosplaying Bruce Springsteen (a white tank top and blue jeans) to perform the band’s hits. The set began with Antonoff alone at the piano, drawing the audience away before exploding into a catchy and catchy hymn. Songs like “How Dare You Want More” and “Rollercoaster” gave the ensemble a dynamic energy throughout the performance, while begging the audience to let go, dance and jump with them. Antonoff himself did it: “I’m serious, get on the fucking shoulders – this is pre-pandemic shit!” he shouted into the crowd after calling the festival experience “all that matters”. The songs they performed were undeniably pop and fun, but it was also hard to miss that Bleachers is a band of musicians. Each song was complemented by technically complex solos from each member of the quartet. The best song of the set? An overpowering performance of “I Wanna Get Better”.

To wrap up the day, King Princess put on their first show in two and a half years. She greeted her audience in typical KP fashion: “We need more pussy. We’re dying to have more pussy, “she said before stepping into her 2018 single” Pussy is God. “The bass-heavy ensemble took the fans reunited to the BACARDÍ stage in through a broad overview of King Princess’s best songs, from his most recent single, “PAIN,” to his biggest hit, “1950.” With poppy and space tunes, the ensemble was brought to life by charisma of King Princess. With each new track, she was in command of the stage, connecting with the audience through her tireless dancing and constant banter. It was clear that she was in her element, joking and chatting with fans about her position. front and center. She shared stories about her high school years spent “intoxicated” at the festival and, when someone threw a bra on stage, she joked: “I accepts bras. I accept trinkets. I accept different types of paraphernalia. Most notable from her already memorable set were the classic bangers “Talia”, “Cheap Queen” and “Hit the Back”, a song she said was “made for stockings”. The show also featured its very first live performance of ‘Holy’ of 2018. By the end of the ensemble, King Princess had taken her audience through a captivating and engaging ensemble, with everything from light piano ballads to a raging guitar performance, fueled by powerful chords, of “Ohio”.

– Editor Sofia Andrade can be contacted at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @bySofiaAndrade. Editor-in-chief Alisa Regassa can be contacted at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @alisaregassa.


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