Started in Beijing seven years ago, the Modern Sky Festival is now one of many big music festivals that take place across China put on by its namesake company, Modern Sky Entertainment. On the weekend of October 4th and 5th, Modern Sky took the plunge into the US market, starting in New York City, where you can't throw a rock on any given day without hitting some kind of festival.Modern Sky Festival 2014The weather, too, wasn't exactly cooperative. An outdoor concert in a Northern city in October is always going to be a gamble, and had Modern Sky taken place a weekend earlier, it would have basked in unseasonable warmth. Instead, less fortunately, the barometer ended up taking its first real dip into fall teh weekend of the festival, and a long Saturday morning rainstorm left puddles across Rumsey Playfield -- some of which were still lingering after everything wrapped up on Sunday evening.
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On a recent hour-long drive, I burned a CD of mp3s, and all that would fit on the disc was CocoRosie's entire Grey Oceans album and nine tracks from Jamie Lidell's latest effort, Compass. Five tracks from Compass were missing from the burn, starting with its title track. Usually, this...

Jamie Lidell's new record, Compass, comes out May 17th, and this is certainly one of the best videos I've seen so far this year. (The synopsis, as copied straight from YouTube:) "Jamie and fellow musicians including Chilly Gonzales and Dan Rossen (Grizzly Bear) lift their hammers in this Anvil blues, whose...