Day For Night 2017 Preview

It’s almost Christmas – the music festival season is over, right? Not if Texas has anything to say about it, as it’s still warm down in Houston for Day...
Day For Night

Day For Night 2017 Preview

It’s almost Christmas – the music festival season is over, right? Not if Texas has anything to say about it, as it’s still warm down in Houston for Day For Night, a pioneering art & music event, Friday-Sunday, December 15th-17th:



Blue Stage

Kaytranada, 12:30 AM – 2:00 AM

Haitian by way of Montreal, Francophile DJ/producer Kaytranada comes to Texas to close out the first night of Day For Night.
Earl Sweatshirt, 11:20 PM – 12:10 AM

The massive hip-hop collective Odd Future (QRO live review) keeps giving – there’s frontman Tyler, the Creator (see below), R&B star Frank Ocean, and now Earl Sweatshirt (QRO photos at a festival), who’s also worked with the likes of Flying Lotus, in Lotus’ Sealab 2021-inspired alter-ego, Captain Murphy.
Earl Sweatshirt
Jenny Hval, 10:00 PM – 10:50 PM

Norway’s Jenny Hval (QRO photos at a festival) had been releasing records for years, both under her own name and as Rockettothesky, before getting notice in 2015 with Apocalypse, girl – and followed that up last year with concept album about vampires, menstruation, and seventies horror films, Blood Bitch.
Jenny Hval
BOOTS, 8:50 PM – 9:40 PM

Producer/singer/rapper Jordan Asher, better known as BOOTS, became known for his significant contributions Beyoncé’s Beyoncé.
Saint Heron Presents: “Soul Cleansing” featuring Solange, 7:40 PM – 8:30 PM

Solange Knowles’ record label, Saint Records, put out a compilation of contemporary R&B artists, Saint Heron, in 2013, and now Knowles brings it to Day For Night as “Soul Cleansing”.
Talks by Laurie Anderson, Lauren McCarthy, Nadya from Pussy Riot, and Chelsea Manning; Performance by Saul Williams, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Day For Night opens with talks by famed performance artist Laurie Anderson (see also below), multimedia artist Lauren McCarthy, Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot (see below), and Iraq War whistleblower Chelsea Manning – plus a performance by spoken word maestro Saul Williams (QRO live review).
Saul Williams




Red Stage

Nine Inch Nails, 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM

The most successful and well-known industrial band ever, Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails (QRO photos) are legends in quality as well. The group was loud & angry in debut Pretty Hate Machine and “Head Like a Hole” before grunge was a ‘thing’, and has kept up that spirit ever since. Yes, they inspired countless imitators, but NIN themselves never fell into a Downward Spiral. The iconic nineties act managed to stay relevant in the new century/millennium with such creations as the inspired underground viral alternate reality game/marketing campaign Year Zero, but went into hiatus in 2009 while Reznor worked on other projects, such as the Oscar-winning score for The Social Network (and American version of Girl With a Dragon Tattoo), work on Dave Grohl’s Sound City documentary (QRO soundtrack review) and …Like Clockwork (QRO review) by Queens of the Stone Age (see below), plus new group How To Destroy Angels (QRO album review).

But the unholy Nine Inch Nails has rise again, with 2013’s excellent Hesitation Marks (QRO review) and last year’s Not the Actual Events EP, reportedly the first in a trilogy. Be sure to catch NIN headlining Day For Night, as it’s an experience you will never forget, guaranteed.
Nine Inch Nails
James Blake, 7:30 PM – 8:40 PM

People seemed to start talking about ‘post-dubstep’ before dubstep was even a thing, in the form of highly hyped Brit James Blake (QRO live review). But the former singer of Mount Kimbie (see below) made massive waves with his self-titled debut (QRO review), so see for yourself what all the fuss is/was about (QRO photos at a big venue) as he comes to Day For Night.
James Blake
Pretty Lights, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Colorado-based producer Derek Vincent Smith (QRO photos at a festival) puts some energy behind his electronic work as Pretty Lights (QRO photos at a festival). While his most recent full-length is still 2013’s A Color Map of the Sun, where he used only self-created samples, he’s put out a slew of singles.
Pretty Lights
Pussy Riot, 4:40 PM – 5:30 PM

A very special performer at Day For Night is Pussy Riot. Members of the famous Russian agit-punk act have been everywhere from Russian gulag to sharing a stage with Madonna (QRO photos) to even music festivals (QRO photos at a festival), and have even been releasing actual music.
Pussy Riot
Perfume Genius, 3:20 PM – 4:05 PM

Seattle’s chamber-pop artist Mike Hadreas (QRO photos) comes to Day For Night as Perfume Genius (QRO photos at a festival).
Perfume Genius
Of Montreal, 1:50 PM – 2:50 PM

There are few acts that do a live show like of Montreal (QRO live review). Kevin Barnes’ epic orchestra (QRO photos at a festival) literally fills the stage (QRO photos at a festival) with a performance more akin to (the actually French Canadian) Cirque du Soleil than indie-rock (QRO live review). The band (QRO photos) emerged out of the Elephant Six Collective to reach serious heights, with 2010’s False Priest (QRO review), 2012′s Paralytic Stalks (QRO review), extras Daughter of the Cloud (QRO review), 2013’s Lousy with Sylvianbriar (QRO review), and last year’s Aureate Gloom (QRO review), but they have to be seen live (QRO live review) to be truly believed (QRO photos at a festival). They (QRO live review) come to Day For Night after last year’s Innocent Reaches (QRO review).


True American, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

of Montreal

Green Stage

Tyler, the Creator, 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Day For Night flirts with awesomeness and danger by booking the infamous Tyler, the Creator. In addition to fronting the ultra-chaotic Odd Future (QRO live review) collective, he’s released two solo studio albums of his own, 2012’s Goblin (QRO review) and 2015’s Wolf (QRO review), and will come to Texas behind this year’s Flower Boy.
Tyler, the Creator
Cashmere Cat, 8:20 PM – 9:20 PM

From cold Norway to hot Texas comes Magnus August Høiberg, a.k.a. Cashmere Cat (QRO photos at a festival).
Cashmere Cat
Cardi B featuring Hoodcelebrityy, 6:50 PM – 7:40 PM

Maybe no one’s done being a contemporary ‘internet celebrity’ as well as Cardi B. She rose from stripping to online fame thanks to her “no filter attitude,” including starring on VH1 reality series Love & Hip: New York. This year she broke into another field, music, in another big way, with debut single “Bodak Yellow”, dubbed “the rap anthem of the summer” by the New York Times. She comes to Day For Night with Hoodcelebrityy.
Cardi B
Lil B, 4:10 PM – 5:00 PM

TheBasedGod, or ‘Lil B’, brings his beats & positivity to Day For Night.
Lil B
Princess Nokia, 3:00 PM – 3:40 PM

Get ready for the in-your-face hip-hop of Princess Nokia, including crowdsurfing and shirt removing (QRO live review, with both).


Hescher, 2:10 PM – 2:40 PM

Deep Cuts, 1:10 PM – 1:50 PM

Princess Nokia

Blue Stage

Jamie xx, 12:20 AM – 1:50 AM

One-third of The xx (QRO live review), Jamie xx has also been making his own (first) name in DJing & production circles, especially at festivals (QRO photos at a festival).
Jamie xx

Andy Stott, 10:40 PM – 11:40 PM

Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Laurie Anderson, 7:40 PM – 8:30 PMQRO photos

Forest Swords, 6:20 PM – 7:10 PM

Gas, 4:50 PM – 5:50 PM

Jlin, 3:40 PM – 4:20 PM

Demdike Stare, 2:30 PM – 3:10 PM

Faten Kanaan, 1:20 PM – 2:00 PM

Andy Stott

Laurie Anderson

Forest Swords

Yellow Stage

G Jones, 12:10 AM – 1:40 AMQRO photos at a festival

Bjarki, 10:10 PM – 11:40 PM

Roni Size, 8:40 PM – 9:40 PM

B L A C K I E, 7:30 PM – 8:10 PMQRO photos at Day For Night ’15

Freeka Tet, 6:20 PM – 6:50 PM

N N O A, 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM

Tyler Barber, 3:40 PM – 4:40 PM

Pearl Crush, 2:50 PM – 3:20 PM

XLX, 1:30 PM – 2:10 PM
G Jones





Red Stage

Justice, 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

One of the biggest breakouts in the dance-rock craze of last decade has been France’s Justice (QRO photos at a festival), who followed up smash 2007 debut with 2011’s Audio, Video, Disco and last year’s Woman, as well as expanding their live show (QRO photos), including at festivals (QRO photos at a festival).
Solange, 6:40 PM – 7:40 PM

While originally known as being little sister to Beyoncé (and her fight with her brother-in-law Jay-Z, captured on an elevator camera), Solange Knowles (QRO photos outdoors at a festival) has pipes (QRO photos headlining a festival) and stage presence all her own, as she’s more than proved, like with last year’s A Seat At the Table, and recent high-brow acclaim as well.
Phantogram, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Saratoga Springs’ dancetronica act Phantogram (QRO photos at a festival) got notice less for their debut full-length Eyelid Movies (QRO review) than their enchanting live show (QRO photos at a festival) – which works outdoors (QRO photos outdoors at a festival), at least when in the evening (QRO photos at a festival). 2014’s Voices (QRO review) upped their game (QRO photos at a festival), after which they teamed up with Big Boi as ‘Big Grams’ (QRO photos at a festival). But now the Phanto is back (QRO photos), with last year’s strong Three (QRO review), coming to Day For Night (QRO photos at a festival).
REZZ, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Persian-Ukrainian by way of Canada DJ, Isabelle Rezazadeh, a.k.a. REZZ, comes to Texas behind this year’s debut album, Mass Manipulation.
Kimbra, 2:10 PM – 3:00 PM

While she’s only just getting known in the States (QRO live review) thanks to contributing vocals on “Someone I Used To Know” by Australia’s Gotye, New Zealand’s Kimbra (QRO photos on tour with Gotye) is already well known down under, as her debut Vows charted in ANZAC (QRO photos at an Australian festival) – and America (QRO photos at a festival). She comes back to America in the run-up to next month’s Primal Heart.


Saro, 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM


Green Stage

St. Vincent, 8:40 PM – 10:00 PM

After the one-and-only Annie Clark (QRO interview) made 2007 her break-out year, both as part of The Polyphonic Spree on The Fragile Army (QRO review) and with her own debut as St. Vincent (QRO photos), Marry Me (QRO review), she followed that up with even-better years (QRO spotlight on), gracing festivals (QRO photos at a festival), charming and surprising crowds with winning humor live (QRO live review), and bringing a stable of new songs (QRO live review). Those new songs, like “Laughing With a Mouth of Blood” (QRO video) and “Actor Out of Work” (QRO video) formed into 2009’s Actor (QRO review), which vaunted her into the even bigger time (QRO photos at a festival), including playing Lincoln Center (QRO live review) and other storied concert halls (QRO photos at a festival) & venues (QRO photos at Royal Albert Hall).

Admittedly, 2011’s Strange Mercy (QRO review) wasn’t quite as good, but then she teamed up with the one-and-only David Byrne (QRO photos at a festival together) for 2012′s Love This Giant (QRO review), and the holy St. Vincent (QRO photos) came back with a vengeance in 2014 on St. Vincent (QRO review), including an absolutely stellar live show (QRO photos in Europe), with her platinum grey hair and mannequin moves shining outdoors (QRO live review outdoors), at festivals (QRO photos at a festival) and in the Old World (QRO live review in Europe). A must-see at Day For Night (QRO photos at a festival), she comes behind this year’s massively seductive MASSEDUCTION (QRO review).
St. Vincent
The Jesus Lizard, 7:10 PM – 8:10 PM

Austin (with some Chicago thrown in) natives The Jesus Lizard were acclaimed punk-noise forebears who broke up in 2000. They reunited ten years later to positive reviews, only to break up again – and reunite again this year.
The Jesus Lizard
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, 5:40 PM – 6:40 PM

Post-rock is littered with seminal acts, but none, none is more important and acclaimed as Godspeed You! Black Emperor (QRO photos at a festival). The Montreal ensemble has done everything from curate numerous All Tomorrow’s Parties festivals around the world (QRO photo at an ATP) to working with the late Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü on Hot Wax (QRO review). They come to Day For Night behind this year’s Luciferian Towers.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
En Vogue, 4:30 PM – 5:10 PM

One of the great groups of nineties R&B, En Vogue is also one of the most successful girl groups ever, with such hits as “Don’t Let Go (Love)” and “Hold On”.
En Vogue
The Album Leaf, 3:10 PM – 4:00 PM

Day For Night welcomes the dreamy, calmer and soothing The Album Leaf (QRO album review), who come to the Texas (QRO photos at a festival) behind last year’s Between Waves.


Priests, 2:10 PM – 2:50 PM

Narcons, 1:10 PM – 1:50 PM

The Album Leaf

Blue Stage

Thom Yorke, 12:00 AM – 2:00 AM

In case you somehow don’t know, Thom Yorke is the frontman for Radiohead (QRO live review), the most successful and acclaimed alternative music band in the world. The musical madman you first got to know as a “Creep” led his band to blossom with such iconic gems as OK Computer, most recently with last year’s A Moon Shaped Pool (QRO review). In 2006 he put out his solo record, The Eraser, and recruited an all-star band to tour it, as Atoms For Peace (QRO photos), and together they released Amok (QRO review) in 2013. But you never know what to expect from one of the great auteurs of our time.
Thom Yorke
Tim Hecker, 10:20 PM – 11:20 PM

International ambient artist Tim Hecker comes to Texas.
Tim Hecker
Corbin, 9:05 PM – 9:50 PM

Corbin Smidzik is best known as Spooky Black, but now the member of hip-hop/R&B collective The Stand4rd, comes to Day For Night as simply ‘Corbin’.
Shlohmo, 8:10 PM – 8:55 PM

Los Angeles’ own electronic musician Shlohmo (QRO photos at a festival) comes to Day For Night (QRO photos at a festival).
Mount Kimbie, 7:00 PM – 7:50 PM

Close friends to post-dubstep big-name James Blake (see above), Mount Kimbie (QRO photos at a festival), bring a lighter electronica, and come to Day For Night behind this year’s Love What Survives.
Mount Kimbie

Babyfather, 5:50 PM – 6:30 PM

Ryoji Ikeda, 4:40 PM – 5:20 PM

Rabit x House of Kenzo, 3:30 PM – 4:10 PM

Jessy Lanza, 2:30 PM – 3:10 PMQRO photos

Shabazz Palaces, 1:20 PM – 2:00 PMQRO live review

Jessy Lanza

Shabazz Palaces

Yellow Stage

Nina Kraviz, 11:20 PM – 1:50 AM

DJ Tennis, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Santa Muerte, 7:30 PM – 8:10 PM

Tearz, 6:40 PM – 7:10 PM

Marcus Marr, 5:00 PM – 6:10 PM

Acid Jeep, 4:00 PM – 4:40 PM

Kona FM, 3:10 PM – 3:40 PM

Collin Hedrick, 2:10 PM – 2:40 PM

Miguel Flaco, 1:20 PM – 2:00 PM
Nina Kraviz




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