Next month, Durham will play host to this year’s MoogFest, an innovative mash-up of artists, designers and creatives birthed from the genius of Dr. Robert Moog. We’re excited by what’s to come during those few days (17th to 21st May), particularly in regards to who’ll be contributing to the music side of this event. Below, we’ve grouped of five such acts to check out:
The always-forward thinking Flying Lotus (who — via his Brainfeeder imprint — has helped shed light on the likes of Lapalux and Thundercat) will certainly be bringing his deathly awesome vibes to Durham, thanks to releases like You’re Dead! (as well as classic drops Los Angeles and Cosmogramma and Until The Quiet Comes). Hopefully, the West Coast producer will also be providing some entertainment on the festival’s film side — he recently premiered his, um…cringeworthy film Kuso at Sundance.
Expect a mix of nostalgic, Jazz-y Funk, experimental Hip-Hop and mind-bending Electronica when Steve takes the stage.
One of the dopest things about MoogFest is diversity and push and social change: the event’s coordinators made this clear during last year’s debate over HB2 (the now-infamous ‘Bathroom Bill’). This year, that resistance continues with their Protest Stage, which will also take aim at Donald Trump’s travel ban — leading that line-up will be none other than Talib Kweli, who will bring his timeless brand of Hip-Hop (and hopefully a guest or two…a Black Star and Reflection Eternal reunion, perhaps?) to the forefront.
Mykki Blanco has been blazing her own trail for a while now, thanks to a slew of EPs and mixtapes that have been dropping for much of this decade…as a result, the artist of many different identities (gender fluid being one of them) has almost single-handedly pioneered the LGBTIQ’s entry into the depths of Hip-Hop culture. Now, Mykki will be bringing her genre-bending style to MoogFest, fresh off of last year’s debut album Mykki (as well as a recent collaboration with Wiki back in January).
Fans of the now-defunct R.E.M. already know what it means to hear the voice of former frontman Michael Stipe (please refer to their discography). Now, it’s been announced that the legendary singer-songwriter would be debuting both a “never-before-seen” multimedia installation (which will run through the duration of the festival) as well as his “first solo composition ever”. Given his presence as an activist, you can expect a powerful message from Stipe as well.
Peanut Butter Wolf’s Stone Throw Records will be making an appearance at MoogFest as well, sharing their set with Matthewdavid and Jesselissa Moretti’s Leaving Records (of which Stones Throw is its exclusive distributor). While Leaving Records is sure to provide some great surprises, we’re pretty hype about the possibilities that come with Stones Throw — artists like Tuxedo, Homeboy Sandman, Karriem Riggins, Knxwledge (one half of NxWorries with Anderson .Paak) and even Snoop Dogg collaborator Dâm-Funk are signed to the historic label.