One of our favorite free festival in the Netherlands is the Rotterdam based Metropolis. In a nice setting, the Zuiderpark is this festival booking nice and refreshing bands since 1988. So examples? Let’s see; TV On The Radio in 2004, Death From Above 1979 in 2005 and maybe more recent in The xx three years ago. This year there also some nice who maybe not al gained a lot of popularity (yet). Here our personal favorite five acts you can’t miss this Sunday
Active child is the moniker of Pat Grossi; a ginger who made us fan since his last year released debut record You’re All I See. This bedroom producer can be best compared to How To Dress Well, dream synth pop with falsetto. This last producer collaborated with Grossi on the beautiful track Playing House. After seeing the live sessions he did at the underground Seattle radio station KEXP we can safely say that next to being a great musician in his bedroom Grossi is also live something you can’t miss on stage.
Thee Oh Sees
In the same scene of Ty Segall, The Strange Boys and the also playing on Metropolis Mikal Cronin is Thee Oh Sees. The band around John Dwyer is bring garage rock where you can actually hear the San Franciscan sun. This band was for most people THE sensation from last SXSW, but of course we were already fan of this band before the hype caught them.
The last time that this New Zealander was with his band in our country was last spring when he was touring as the backing band from Charlotte Gainsbourg. Of course we like this last French girl, but like everybody we must admit that we didn’t hear any interesting after IRM. Who brought something really interesting last year was actually Connan Mockasin. After working together with Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) on The BPA-album in 2008 we finally hear Connan’s own work last year in shape of Forever Dolphin Love. The mesmerizing self-titled track on this album was definitely the highlight. By the way, people like Erol Alkan and Mickey Moonlight made both a remix from this track which is worth listening to
Just like Thee Oh Sees is Nick Waterhouse coming from San Fransisco. But where the band of John Dwyer is making fuzzy garage, is Waterhouse taking you back to the 60′s. Most people would compare this man to artists like Mayer Hawthorne, but Nick is bringing much more ‘raw’ rhythm and blues, instead of the ‘slick’ soul from Hawthorne. It seems that he’s coming with a nine-man counting band, so we pretty curious to catch this live.
Most of our favorite acts are all playing at the Workers-stage, but of course it’s always good to also check other stages and some other music. F.Stokes is bringing hiphop back to the roots. This Wisconsin-based rapper is also experimenting with spoken word and blues music.