[Event Review] Coastline Festival – West Palm Beach/Tampa

oastline Festival invades Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm

Photo credits: Jason Koerner.

Passion Pit
Constant Conversations (Alternate Version)

We had the opportunity to attend the inaugural Coastline Festival 2013 on November 11th in West Palm Beach, FL. Located at the Cruzan Ampitheater. Turns out someone had the bright idea to get a bunch of food trucks, a multitude of beer breweries, and some of the finest names in indie music to come together and sustain/entertain the fine folks of South Florida.

The demographic of the festival-goers was truly diverse. The crowd ranged from teeny boppers and hipsters in wayfarers, and even an occasional neon-attired Aussie. The bands people stated they were there to see were almost as varied as the crowd themselves. With indie power houses like Passion Pit, Two Door Cinema Club, and Matt & Kim headlining, it was surprising how many fans listed other acts as their most anticipated. LA based Fitz and the Tantrums had a strong showing of listeners, along with the Cali quintet The Neighbourhood, scoring significant mentions during our very unscientific polling.

oastline Festival invades Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm

Matt and Kim
Lets Go

Matt & Kim blew us away with their dynamic stage presence and command of the crowd. Balloons, drummer booty shakin’, and gangsta beats all intertwined between energy filled tracks left us flabbergasted at what a two person band could do with their time slot. Two Door Cinema Club opened their flood gates of auditory excellence upon us as well. Their harmonic crooning coincided with punchy bass lines and meandering guitar riffs to provide an almost surreal experience. The effect was so powerful that after their third song we overheard a gentleman next to us proclaim, “Dude, I’m going to download EVERYTHING from them!” Noob.

oastline Festival invades Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm

Two Door Cinema Club
Next Year (Radio Edit)

Music wasn’t the only attraction at this unique festival. The “Food Trucktopia” put together by event organizers was a thing of culinary beauty. Featuring mobile restaurants from all over South Florida, the lines for all the trucks stayed packed throughout the event. Our personal favorite delectable cuisine option was “Ms. Cheezious”. We’re no stranger to her sexy sourdough, and Ms. Cheezious truly brought out her very best for the occasion. The West Palm crowd knew quality when they tasted it, and Ms. Cheezious sold out their stock of grilled cheese goodness, well before the other trucks hit their breaking point. Other fan favorites were “Fry Daddy”, serving up delicious fried…everything…and “The Rolling Stove” with their bodacious brisket.

There’s nothing better than coupling the best grilled cheese sandwich you’ve ever had with an ice cold beer. Coastline Festival ensured a fine selection of craft beers were at our disposal for just such a chance. “Craft Beer Cove” provided an oasis of microbrews for us to sample, most noteworthy on our radar being Florida representatives “Funky Buddha Brewery” and “Tequesta Brewing Company”.

Bathrooms were plentiful. Service staff was courteous and knowledgeable. Security was present and alert, yet unobtrusive. Vendor booths were original. Artists were talented and inventive. The acoustics at the venue were excellent. The light show was awe inspiring. Coastline Festival was a complete success in our humble opinion, and an experience we hope to have again this time next year. Bravo!

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[Tropical] Snakadaktal – Fall Underneath (Kilter Remix)

Fall Underneath (Kilter Remix)

Leave it to two Aussie’s to create something that makes you crave an ice cold beer, sandy beaches and big, crashing waves. Between Melbourne based dream pop outfit Snakadaktal and Sydney beat smith Kilter, we’re left looking out our frost covered windows, wishing we were somewhere sunny and warm.

Utilizing the illusory vocals of Snakadaktal’s track “Fall Underneath,” Kilter is able to create a tropical electronic tune. Taking playful, melodic xylophone keys, this remixer dials up a downtempo dance tune with delicious drum play and a delightful melody progression. Add in some light guitar notes and claps, and you’re practically putting on sun tan lotion.

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[Gorgeous] Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Collapse

Vancouver Sleep Clinic

Interestingly named, Vancouver Sleep Clinic is far from Canada, producing soulful tunes from Brisbane, Australia. The adopted moniker of 17 year-old Tim Bettinson illustrates a vision of REM fueled visions with his name alone. Adding in the dreamy tune, “Collape,” only embodies what this youngster is going for.

With slow kicks, tapping tom hits and slow building chords, this tune relys heavily on the vocals. In all honesty, we couldn’t picture it any other way. The ethereal tone calls on association of RY X, Taped Rai and Bon Iver. While associations are sometimes necessary, this adolescent is well on his way of having people compare other acts to him.

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[Like MJ] Dornik – Rebound


It’s like there’s a party in my ears, and all you ninjas are invited! With a subtle nod to the King of Pop, UK based Dornik has a vocal tone that reminds of us of our childhood. Slip on your singular white glove, lie back and listen to this synth driven pop gem.

Coming off his debut album, due on PMR next year, we’re already greedily tapping our fingers, Mr. Burns style. Make sure to keep an eye out for it by liking Dornik’s facebook page.

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[VIDEO] The Crystal Method ft. Dia Frampton – Over It

The Crystal Method
Over It (Featuring Dia Frampton)

Before the days of college blogs covering the “Top 10 Hottest Rave Outfits,” or hearing your favorite DJ on a Madden commercial, The Crystal Method has already established themselves as one of the most respected names. Fast forward twenty years, we find Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland are still throwing down huge tracks, maintaining the respect of the community.

While some youngsters might not be familiar with their history, a track like this might intrigue them to dig deeper into the roots that this duo laid down for what the world knows as EDM. For this particular collaboration, the LA/Vegas duo teamed up with Dia Frampton. You may remember her for her days with Meg and Dia, or you may remember her from her tenure on the Voice. Hell, you might even remember her from her adorable hipster look. Regardless of how she stands out, the girl has a voice.

In this bass riddled tune, TCM has put together a vocal dubstep gem that snaps, crackles and pops with razor sharp synths. The video is as entertaining as the track, featuring Meg going toe to toe with some voluptuous ladies, battling the odds with her “girl next door” looks and gorgeous voice.

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[Good Lord] Yogi – Christian Bale

Christian Bale

With a bad ass title like “Christian Bale,” one would hope not to be disappointed. Well, fear not, ninjas. The foggy, London town (praise be to Burgandy) producer Yogi just dropped this monster of a track, and we can assure you that it’s nothing but sheer gold.

In a melodic fury of movie samples, gigantic bass kicks and bongo hits, this beat-centric trap gem stands alone as one of the better tracks we’ve heard in a minute. It’s larger than life, providing industrial, ominous vibes, yet still maintaining that anthemic dance structure we expect to hear at the club. Expect to hear this off of the debut EP, out early 2014.

Bravo, Yogi. Bravo.

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[Hip-Hop] Childish Gambino – Telegraph Ave. + Ta-Ku Remix

Childish Gambino
Telegraph Ave
Childish Gambino
Telegraph Ave (Ta ku Remix)

Childish Gambino has been on a roll the last few weeks as he prepares for the December 10th release of his second album, Because of the Internet.  Earlier today, Bino re-tweeted a status from actor Michael B. Jordan, of The Wire and Fruitvale Station, that included the dreamy “Telegraph Ave.” and a remix from up and coming producer Ta-Ku. While we saw the higher-energy, punchline-heavy Childish on “Sweatpants”, he showcases his singing chops over floating, synth-heavy production only rapping briefly, but effectively, around the 2-minute mark. The title of the song refers to a main street that covers multiple cities, including Oakland, within the East Bay Area. While pure speculation, it seems possible that Michael B. Jordan’s recent role as Oakland’s Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station has some thing to do with the way it was released.

While the original is a treat in itself, the Ta-Ku remix might be the true gem of this release. The Huh What & Where affiliated artist puts a beautiful twist on the track chopping, and distorting, the vocals and speeding things up a bit with a variety of unique percussion.

Listen to both tracks above and grab a free download of them together HERE. You can check out the 14-second, “No Emoji” trailer for Because The Internet after the jump.

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