Review: Music Tastes Good Festival, September 29-30, 2018

Review: Music Tastes Good Festival, September 29-30, 2018

This year’s two-day Music Tastes Good festival, now in its third year, held again on long, narrow, comfortably laid out, slice of the Marina Green park alongside Shoreline Village in Downtown Long Beach, would appeared to have to been a success by most visible measures. While the Saturday and Sunday lineups were ostensibly headlined by closing sets by New Order and James Blake respectively, it was the daytime undercards of both days that made the a big impression–an eclectic, incredibly well curated mix of wide range of the possibilities of guitar-based songwriting.

Saturday’s 4-piece indie outfits Neighbor Lady, out of Atlanta, and Brooklyn’s Big Thief, brought uptempo folk-adjacent rock with honeyed female vocals and bright, occasionally loud scratchy guitar work. Big Thief in particular impressed; frontwoman Adrianne Lenker (who just released her first solo LP under her own name, abysskiss) must be included in mentions of today’s best singer-songwriters, with her uncanny knack for hooks. Her “Masterpiece” and “Shark Smile” might be the most memorable tunes of the weekend.

L.A. was represented with strong showings from gals FEELS channeling some vintage Doors jamming and X’s melodic punk, and all-around indie pop from Cherry Glazerr. Both are ready for the next level. Clementine Creevy of Cherry Glazerr in particular has honed her act–rock star shredding on guitar along with a very accessible pop sound in this year’s new tune “Juicy Socks.”

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Photos: Music Tastes Good 2018 | Sunday

Photos: Music Tastes Good 2018 | Sunday

featuring: Asi Fui, BAUM, The Black Angels, James Blake, B.A.G. (Blimes X Gab), The Blow, Bill Callahan, The Church, Hollie Cook, De Lux, Ethio Cali, The Fling, Ezra Furman, LADAMA, LIZZO, Janelle Monáe, Parquet Courts, and Sun Kil Moon

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Photos: Music Tastes Good 2018 | Saturday

Photos: Music Tastes Good 2018 | Saturday

featuring: Big Thief, Broken Social Scene, Cherry Glazerr, Feels, Forest of Tongue, Joey Bada$$, Los Master Plus, Manuel The Band, Blake Mills, Neighbor Lady, New Order, No BS! Brass Band, Oliver Tree, Princess Nokia, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, RADIOLISTENER, Santigold, and shame

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Photos: James Blake @ Music Tastes Good 2018

Photos: James Blake @ Music Tastes Good 2018

James Blake | jamesblakemusic.com
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Photos: New Order @ Music Tastes Good 2018

Photos: New Order @ Music Tastes Good 2018

New Order | neworder.com
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