ABSOLUT X Showed NYC an Unforgettable Time with Santigold, Sanford Biggers, Questlove, & Naren Young

 

Photos by Seher Sikandar

We couldn’t have been prouder to produce such a spectacular event for the NYC leg of the ABSOLUT X experience where art, cocktails, and music come together. RSVPs reached record highs and a line wrapped around the block hours before the event.

Upon entering, guests were greeted by futuristic ladies with trays of masks marked with a bold “X.” Party goers glady donned the silver and black masks while several folks stunted with elaborate masks of their own.

The space was brilliant; Bright spotlights drenched the room and Sanford Biggers’ striking art – including a colossal hula girl and a cloud installation on the ceiling – created a breathtaking display.

Master mixologist Naren Young was constantly surrounded by a large huddle of people eagerly awaiting his concoctions, which he also happened to make and distribute with impressive speed and ease. Our personal favorite drink included an Açaí berry puree (genius).

Stationed atop a grand balcony of his own, Questlove had the party going with nostalgic hits and new bangers alike from jump. And once Santigold hit the stage, the energy only compounded. Complete with three wardrobes for both her and her dazzling backup dancers, Santi put on a performance that made you pay attention. And of course her backup dancers weren’t going to leave home without an array of rad props like umbrellas, ropes, and a large mammal. Yes.

Roseland Ballroom was undoubtedly the place to be last night. Thank you to all that came and helped make it the night it was! For those that missed out, watch the photo slideshow below!

LA: UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest – May 26 & 27 + Contest

 

Going on its 27th year this weekend, the UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest returns with another amazing lineup, including Santigold, Common, Jhene Aiko, Ziggy Marley, and Barrington Levy.

For those not yet familiar, the festival also hosts some really killer food vendors and artisans selling clothing, jewelry, and other unique goods. Various art installations will round out the atmosphere for what promises to be a great event.

For you foodies: make sure you go to the cobbler dude if he’s there this year. Not a joke.

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Video: Sky Ferreira – “Everything is Embarrassing”

 

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Sky Ferreira got her a little vintage Madonna steez going on. In this video for “Everything is Embarrassing,” she flails about like the natural carefree pop star rocker she seems destined to be. That early 90s pop zest on this tune is exactly what we needed to make this sunny Friday seem all the more perfect.

Pitchfork even gave it the honor of Best New Track when it first came out – not too shabby. And she’s quite easy on the eyes with that carefully crafted “messy” hair, too, huh? Winning all around.

The track is part of her upcoming EP, Ghost, where Sky calls on an impressive cast of producers, including Greg Kurstin (Santigold, The Shins), Jon Brion (Fiona Apple), and Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher).

Look out for Ghost on October 16.

CMJ Show Dates
October 17 (10pm) @ Union Hall, NYC
October 18 (early, 8pm) @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC
October 18 (late 11:30pm) @ Santo’s Party House, NYC
October 20 (daytime tbd) @ Piano’s, NYC
October 20 (12am) @ 92Y Tribeca, NYC

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