Day For Night Festival 2015 Preview

In the final days of December, Austin has one more festival, the brand new Day For Night, Saturday & Sunday, December 19th & 20th....
Day For Night Festival 2015 Preview

Day For Night Festival 2015 Preview

In the final days of December, Austin has one more festival, the brand new Day For Night, Saturday & Sunday, December 19th & 20th:



Red Stage

New Order, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

New Order formed in post-industrial Salford in the early eighties – after the tragic suicide of singer Ian Curtis, the rest of Joy Division (along with new keyboardist Gillian Gilbert) became New Order (QRO photos at a northern English festival), and became the band that perhaps most defined the eighties dance club sound, as well as influencing the alternative and rave scenes of the nineties while the group was on hiatus.

The original trio of Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, and Bernard Sumner returned with the new millennium, but in 2007 Hook permanently departed and Morris & Sumner became Bad Lieutenant (QRO album review). But now, even as Hook as been redoing Joy Division and early New Order (QRO Hook live review), Morris, Sumner, and the returning Gilbert have returned (QRO photos) as the iconic New Order (QRO photos at a festival), this year with the completely excellent Music Complete (QRO review).
New Order
Janelle Monae, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter (QRO photos at a festival) nicely crosses between the urban and alternative genres, from signing to Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ Bad Boy Record to opening on tour with of Montreal (QRO live review with of Montreal). She has since risen to amazing heights (QRO photos) with 2013’s The Electric Lady, from festivals (QRO photos at a festival) to guest singing on mega-hit single “We Are Young” by fun. and even becoming a face for CoverGirl (QRO photos at a festival).
Janelle Monae
CocoRosie, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

Sisters Bianca ‘Coco’ & Sierra ‘Rosie’ Casaday combine a welter of sounds & visuals as CocoRosie (QRO live review). Previously of the now-departed Touch & Go label, they found a new home at Sub Pop with 2007’s The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn (QRO review) and 2010’s Grey Oceans (QRO review), and come to Day For Night behind this fall’s Heartache City.

Shamir, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PMQRO photos at a festival

Cazwell & Amanda Lepore, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Jonte Moaning, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM


Green Stage

Madeon, 9:50 PM – 10:50 PM

Big house synths, and disco dance grooves with a pop friendly structure is what Madeon uses to describe his music. Not even at drinking age yet (QRO photos at a festival), this precocious youngster has already played at Coachella, SXSW and many other festivals. Check out his dubstep song, “Finale,” as well as his pop mash-up, “Pop Culture”. Not too shabby for starting off in his garage, right?
Battles, 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

Most instrumental-only acts are, frankly, boring to watch live. But there are a few exceptions to the rule, such as Explosions In the Sky (QRO live review) and New York’s own Battles (QRO live review). Though they lost Tyondai Braxton (QRO photos with him), the band is still ultra-exciting to see on stage (QRO photos outdoors), even at a festival (QRO photos at a festival), as they come to Day For Night (QRO photos at a festival).

Prince Rama, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PMQRO photos

Deru, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Julien Bayle, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Philip Glass Ensemble, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Christine Renee, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Prince Rama

Blue Stage

Roman Gianarthur, 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Multi-instrumentalist Roman Gianarthur is best known for his work with leading J ladies like Janelle Monae (see above) and Jidenna, and this year was named one of the ’10 New Artists You Need To Know’ by Rolling Stone.
Roman Gianarthur
Psychic TV, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

English experimental video art & music collective Psychic TV comes to Day For Night.
Psychic TV
Indian Jewelry, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Houston’s Indian Jewelry (QRO photos at an Austin festival) made a name for themselves in the chillwave genre, thanks to sonic experiments and seizure-inducing live shows.
Indian Jewelry

Future Blondes, 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Richard Ramirez, 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Boan, 2:00 PM – 2:40 PM

Millennial Grave, 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM
Future Blondes




Red Stage

Kendrick Lamar, 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Day For Night is headlined by hip-hop hit Kendrick Lamar (QRO photos at a festival), who got notice with his 2010 mixtape, Overly Dedicated, and lived up to the hype (QRO photos at a festival) in 2012 with debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city – he’s got no “Fuckin’ Problems” (QRO video), as he comes to the festival behind this year’s To Pimp a Butterfly.
Kendrick Lamar
Flying Lotus, 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM

While Flying Lotus (QRO photos outdoors) might be best known for making the music in Adult Swim’s bumpers (that text right before a show on the cable channel), he’s also an accomplished producer, as well as making & playing music in his own right (QRO live review) – not to mention his alter ego, Sealab 2021-inspired Captain Murphy.
Flying Lotus
Death Grips, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Alt-hip-hop has grown into experimental hip-hop, the next big thing in outfits like Sacramento’s Death Grips (QRO photos at a festival) – who also have a wild stage show more akin to Odd Future (QRO live review). But the big question is whether they’ll even show, as they’re notorious for canceling shows (sometimes without notice), like in 2013 at Lollapalooza (including an after-party, which caused a riot), Osheaga (QRO recap), and FYF Fest – but since breaking up and reuniting, they’ve actually been playing shows…
Death Grips
HEALTH, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Los Angeles’ own HEALTH (QRO photos) not only bring the noise-rock to Day For Night, but are also known for their mash-ups, most notably with electronic dance duo Crystal Castles (QRO live review), though outdoors (QRO photos outdoors), they’re more ‘noise’ than ‘rock’.

Elliphant, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

U.S. Girls, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PMQRO photos outdoors

Fredster, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

U.S. Girls

Green Stage

Prismo, 10:15 PM – 11:00 PM

Prismo, a.k.a. Zach Burgett, is an up and coming bass music producer/DJ from Houston.
Dillon Francis, 8:45 PM – 9:45 PM

American electronic artist Dillon Francis (QRO photos at a festival) has worked with big name DJs like Calvin Harris (QRO album review) and Diplo (QRO photos).
Dillon Francis
Dan Deacon, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

One of the acts bringing the wild, DIY element to Day For Night is Dan Deacon (QRO photos). The Baltimore native (QRO photos outdoors) is a man of many talents, including throwing his own DIY festivals & tours, like 2009’s ‘Round Robin’ tour (QRO live review) with No Age (QRO live review) & Deerhunter (QRO live review). But he’s still best known as an electronic musician, most recently with this year’s Gliss Riffer, 2012’s America (QRO review), and 2009’s Bromst (QRO review), which get wild live (QRO live review), whether with his fifteen-piece backing band (QRO live review) or Deacon standing & playing from in the crowd (QRO photos, outdoors at a festival), like at festivals (QRO photos at a festival).
Dan Deacon
Nicolas Jaar, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

American-Chilean Nicolas Jaar brings his ruminative & emotional “blue wave” to Day For Night.
Nicolas Jaar

Holly Herndon, 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Matt Thibideau, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Josiah Gabriel, 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM

Holly Herndon

Blue Stage

Com Truise, 8:15 PM – 9:30 PM

Princeton’s ghostly-synth Seth Haley is Com Truise (QRO photos), who’s been releasing EPs since coming out with 2012’s In Decay, follow-up to the prior year’s full-length debut Galactic Melt (QRO review).
Com Truise

B L A C K I E, 7:10 PM – 7:45 PM

Wrestlers, 6:00 PM – 6:40 PM

Children of Pop, 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Hearts of Animals, 3:40 PM – 4:20 PM

The Vanity, 2:40 PM – 3:20 PM

Light Wheel, 1:50 PM – 2:20 PM

FLCON FCKER, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Children of Pop


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