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Music Tastes Good
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
Day One
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Part one of three

The city of Long Beach hosted the two-day event at the waterside in Marina Green Park. The festival brought a wide range of talent to the two stages and an overall relaxed atmosphere. As the title might indicate the festival also places a great emphasis on the culinary arts. The food experiences were nice and well thought out, but of course, at this type of event, the music was king. Here are some of the amazing acts we caught on the first day. 

Below are collections of photos featuring Built to SpillHalconesHeaven 17Juana MolinaOf MontrealSpirit MotherTV HeadsVinyl Williams, and Ween,


Halcones

An eclectic four-piece rock outfit from California’s Capitol city.

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Spirit Mother

A Psych Power Pop group out of Long Beach that focuses on the darker side of Pop songwriting.


TV Heads
A four-piece band born in the artistic crucible of the Bay Area and raised in Los Angeles on a steady diet of post-punk riffs, raw vocals, and electro textures.


Vinyl Williams

The résumé of Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Lionel Williams may seem heady, quoting Egyptian BioGeometry and Russellian science as key influences, but when he performs under the name Vinyl Williams, his music draws from more typical reference points like shoegaze and psychedelic pop.

 


Juana Molina

Juana approaches music in a very physical, intuitive way: every instrument and electronic resource is an extension of her body, and is used to express feelings and moods. It’s magic, in its oldest sense: art or techné, which articulates knowing with doing, in order to produce something which didn’t exist before.


Heaven 17

“We’re a band from the 80’s”

If you were a man (or a woman) with a briefcase and a bowler hat in the UK in the early 1980’s, dancing was a problem. The sensibilities of punk remained but there was a growing recognition that there should be more to dancing than jumping up and down. Then along came Heaven 17 with “Fascist Groove Thang,” it pressed all the right buttons.

 


Slaves

Raw U.K. punk duo Slaves were formed in 2013 in leafy Maidstone, Kent by guitarist Laurie Vincent and drummer Isaac Holman. Slaves play just one electric guitar and a stripped-down drum setup consisting of just two cymbals, a snare drum, and a floor tom (which Holman played standing up), the pair shared vocal duties, forging a harsh, vicious, cathartic, and uniquely British sound


Of Montreal

“Hello to whoever reads this. My name is Kevin Barnes and I’m in a band called Of Montreal… I play guitar and sing. My two friends Bryan Poole and Derek Almstead sing and play bass and drums, respectively.  Of Montreal gives me the ability to live a more romantic life. Through my songs, I add beauty and mystery and happiness and love and new landscapes and sadness and laughter to a life that’s not very interesting by itself. My life is elevated to a better place through my songs.

Of Montreal performed their album Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer to celebrate its 10th Anniversary.


Built to Spill

Twenty years on from first signing to Warner Bros. Records, Built To Spill is set to return in 2015 with its eighth studio album, Untethered Moon. That’s now two complete decades that one of America’s leading “indie rock” bands has happily made its home on a major label, and in the process redefined that clumsy descriptor of independence by operating wholly and consistently under its own steam, taking the proper time to craft timeless songs and playing endless, epic shows to a growing grip of fans each year.

 


Ween

Formed by Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, Jr. in New Hope, PA, Ween has taken on a cult-like status with legions of devoted fans around the world. Beginning with six self-released cassettes in the 1980s followed by 11 studio albums, 6 live albums and a smattering of EPs through the 1990s and 2000s, Ween’s recorded output is far-reaching in its styles moving from rock to punk to psychedelic to country to alternative and all points in between.

 

Please take a look at  the other stories on Music Tastes Good;
Day Two Music Galleries
Full concert review by Harriet Kaplan

Images by Caren Spitler