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Festival Preview: 2012 North Coast Music Fest

Video from NCMF 2011 by Matt Woskey

As music fanatics, we’re extremely lucky living in Chicago. Most cities are fortunate to have ONE major music festival a year. But this year in Chicago, we had FIVE. Lollapalooza is obviously the bread winner, Pitchfork gets all the hype, and Wavefront and Spring Awakening launched their inaugural fest this summer. But there’s one festival that stands out amongst the rest to us. One festival that just feels right. There’s no question, every summer, that North Coast Music Fest is our favorite. With a fantastic blend of jambands, funk, hip hop, and damn near every genre of EDM, North Coast embodies the scope & taste of Soundfuse like no other Chicago festival. Not only that, but it’s organized by a group of the awesome independent promoters from Chicago who throw many of the shows we cover. From the moment NCMF was born, we’ve known that we’d be in Union Park every Labor Day Weekend for years to come.

There are plenty of big names on this year’s line up; most of us are quite familiar with Pretty Lights, STS9, Umphrey’s McGee, Atmosphere, and Paul Oakenfold. So let’s talk about some artists who might be flying under the radar or just don’t get the press they deserve. DFA Records, based out of New York, has two artists on the bill: YACHT and The Rapture. Both groups follow the indie label’s dance-rock ethos and fit the motto “too old to be new, too new to be classic.” 24 year old British DJ/producer Maya Jane Coles is a sensation globally and has accomplished a lot in such a short amount of time. She finished #9 in last year’s Resident Advisor Top 100 DJ’s Poll; she was also the only female in the Top 10. She was the top DJ we saw at Movement Detroit this past spring, we have been looking forward to another show for some time. There are also two guys carrying the disco torch: Smart Bar resident Kid Color and vinyl connoisseur Wyllys. They will face against each other in the silent disco tent Saturday at 6:45 P.M. and Wyllys will be with his New York Hustler Ensemble on Sunday at 1:30 on the North Stage. And then we have four of Chicago’s best bands — Digital Tape Machine, Van GhostStrange Arrangement and IndigoSun — holding it down for the city.

On the hip hop front, we are excited to see 1/2 of OutKast in the form of Big Boi. He played here two years ago at Pitchfork Music Festival with a live band accompanying a DJ and it worked really well. Hailing all the way from Los Angeles is the group People Under the Stairs, who have performed thousands of sold-out shows around the globe. And there’s Two Fresh, the live hip hop and electronica act featuring brothers Kendrick and Sherwyn Nicholls and drummer Colby Buckler. These guys have developed some serious chemistry from years on the road spent honing their craft. And for some edgier stuff, we’d recommend you check out Thibault and Dan Deacon. Deacon has earned praise for live shows which require a lot of audience participation and interaction. Thibault is will be pulling double duty with his own solo sets as well as with Auto Body.

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Pretty Lights – Girl Talk –  STS9 –  Umphrey’s McGee

Axwell –  Steve Angello – Knife Party – Atmosphere

Steve Aoki – Excision – Alesso – Paul Oakenfold

Big Boi – The Rapture – EOTO

Digitalism – Chuckie – Tommy Trash

Yelawolf – Modestep – Felix da Housecat – Mord Fustang – Future Rock – Midnight Conspiracy

Beats Antique – YACHT – Dan Deacon – Gramatik – Rebirth Brass Band – BoomBox

Digital Tape Machine – Maya Jane Coles – King Khan & the Shrines – Thundercat – Papadosio

NiT GriT – Savoy – Two Fresh – Minnesota – Van Ghost – Com Truise – People Under the Stairs – Zion I

Mr. MFN eXquire  -Zebo  -Auto Body  -Thibault  -Wyllys & the New York Hustler Ensemble

AbdeCaf – Family Groove Company – Team Bayside High – Strange Arrangement – Stratus – LoBounce

Gentlemen Hall – NORdjs  -Paul Universe – Mario Florek – Kid Color – DJ SOLO

ProbCause -Orville Kline – BUHAY – Mathien – Jamie Lono – Arts of Life Band

IndigoSun – Second City Citizens  -Vapor Eyes – Ignorant Noise

Groupon Noise Refuge Personal Time Silent Disco

Alex Kislov – ATLIS – Avi Sic – Bisharat Benji – Gunplay – BUHAY – Dakota – DanceFloor Destroyers

Dani Deahl  -Deafside – Deejay Pickel – Digital Departure – DJ Dante – DJ Demchuk – DJ Intel

DJ Moppy – DJ RC – DJ RTC – DJ SOLO – DJ Trew – Fleege – Gemini Club – Greg Corner – Hunter Vita – Intensive

Jaime Lopez – Joe Bryl – Kid Color – Konrad Gainnes – Kool Hersh – Lewis Gigson – Lou Dooben – MattBoyWhite

MEGA MIKE – Milk N Cookies – Miss Amphetamine – Mister Joshua – Moxxy – Mr Bobby – Orville Kline

Phenom Phives – Punky Fresh – SABOR – SUSHI – SWGGRBCK – Team Bayside High – Tima Fei – Vipeeps – WhyB – Wyllys

AFTER PARTIES

Friday, August 31st

THE ONLY Official Hip hop North Coast Music Festival Event
Chance The Rapper, Add-2, Neak
9:00 PM (Doors) @ Cobra Lounge
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GIRL TALK, w/ ZION I, DJ INTEL
9:00 PM (Doors) @ The Congress Theater
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Eliot Lipp, Thibault, The Coop
9:00 PM @ Bottom Lounge
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PAUL OAKENFOLD
9:00 PM (Doors) @ Transit
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MIDNIGHT CONSPIRACY w/ Nit Grit, AbdeCaf, Manic Focus
10:00 PM (Doors) @ House of Blues
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Oktave welcomes
Chris Liebing, Qbot, Jeff Derringer
10:00 PM @ Smart Bar
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Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap
10:00 PM @ Spybar
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Saturday, September 1st

DAN DEACON w/ DJ LA JESUS
9:00 PM (Doors) @ Cobra Lounge
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Felix Da Housecat, Zebo, Porn N Chicken
9:00 PM @ Bottom Lounge
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DOCTOR P – EOTO – LOBOUNCE
9:30 PM @ The Congress Theater
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STS9, w/ Future Rock – SOLD OUT
10:00 PM (Doors) @ House of Blues

ALESSO – SOLD OUT
10:00 PM @ The Mid

5 Magazine’s 7th Anniversary party featuring
Marc”MK” Kinchen, Lauren Flax, Chez Boogie vs. Rees Urban
10:00 PM @ Smart Bar
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Sunday, September 2nd

GRIZMATIK featuring Gramatik, Griz, The M Machine, Paul Basic
9:00 PM (Doors) @House of Blues
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THE RAPTURE (DJ Set) w/ Kid Color, Gun Love
9:00 PM (Doors) @ Cobra Lounge
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Rebirth Brass Band, Dumpstaphunk
9:00 PM (Doors) @ Bottom Lounge
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UMPHREY’S MCGEE
9:30 PM (Doors) @ The Congress Theater
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Steve Angello
10:00 PM (Doors) @ The Mid
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Claude VonStroke w/ Maya Jane Coles, Justin Martin
10:00 PM @ Transit
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Queen! presents an evening w/
Frankie Knuckles, Michael Serafini, Garrett David
10:00 PM @ Smart Bar
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Jeremy Frazier is the editor-in-chief of Soundfuse, an online magazine based in Chicago.