Cayuga Sound 2018: X Ambassadors & Young The Giant

DSP Shows and This Fiction present

Cayuga Sound 2018: X Ambassadors & Young The Giant

Matt and Kim, Sofi Tukker, Talib Kweli, Towkio, Lady D & The Shadow Spirits, No-Comply, KNEW

Fri · September 21, 2018 - Sat · September 22, 2018

4:00 pm

$49.50 - $99.50

Experience Cayuga Sound in first class by adding one of the following packages at check-out.

VIP Package #1 ($300) includes:

+Meet and Greet with X Ambassadors
+Serendipity Catered Dinner at Stewart Park hosted by X Ambassadors
+Special acoustic performance by X Ambassadors
+Access to the VIP tent during the festival with specialty food/drink options available for purchase
+Exclusive VIP viewing area during the festival
+Cayuga Sound Mega VIP Merch Pack
+Access to all off-site special events

VIP Package #2 ($225) includes:

+Serendipity Catered Dinner at Stewart Park hosted by X Ambassadors
+Special acoustic performance by X Ambassadors
+Access to the VIP tent during the festival with specialty food/drink options available for purchase
+Exclusive VIP viewing area during the festival
+Cayuga Sound VIP Merch Pack
+Access to all off-site special events

X Ambassadors
X Ambassadors
Young The Giant
Young The Giant
There comes a time in a young band’s life when they hit that sweet spot where their voice, their sound, and their unity as a band gel perfectly. For Los Angeles-based indie rockers Young the Giant, that time is now. This trifecta of musical magic manifests itself on the band’s third album, Home of the Strange, on Fueled by Ramen.



“With these new songs, we’ve fully embraced what it is to be lyricists. We’re not trying to combine fiction writing and lyricism anymore,” explains singer Sameer Gadhia, who mi-nored in fiction writing at Stanford University where he studied human biology before dropping out to pursue music. “We’ve also taken a collective approach to the thematic and lyrical development of each song on this album. Most of these songs came together during the demo process at either Seahorse Studios in downtown Los Angeles where Francois, Eric and I would spend hours collaborating over coffee on the rooftop, or at our producer’s home studio in West Los Angeles where we would do the same on his back patio. We used to view songwriting more like being a fly on the wall and not being in the story. But, on this record, we’re in the story more than ever. It’s personal, but universal at the same time.”



The new record not only displays the group’s new heights as lyricists and communicators, but it shows a rich, musical growth for the band as well. “We’ve always struggled to really capture what we do live on record. We accomplish that on this release. Now that we’re on our third album we finally figured out how we need to work together. It helped that we had a theme and we all kept on that path in one solid mindset throughout the process.”



The theme of Home of the Strange is of the modern American immigrant story. It’s especial-ly relevant to the quintet as they’re from different ethnic backgrounds and most are immi-grants or first-generation Americans. Gadhia is Indian-American, Jacob Tilley (guitar) is British, Eric Cannata (guitar/vocals) is a New Jersey-born Italian-Jewish, Payam Doostza-deh (bass) is Persian-American, and Francois Comtois (drums/vocals) is French-Canadian. But, it also speaks to anyone who feels like they don’t belong, or feels marginalized, angry about the state of affairs of our nation (especially in this polarizing election year), or hope-less about a better future.



On “Amerika,” for instance, the band explores the idea of the American dream and how to reconcile that with the various cultures they each grew up with. The song, which USA Today named one of the 10 Best Songs of the Week, was inspired by Franz Kafka’s unfinished novel of the same name. It’s the story of a 16-year-old boy named Karl who flees Germany under uncertain circumstances looking for a better life in New York and struggles to find a place to belong between the two cultures.



“We find ourselves searching for our own ethics in between the often-contradictory beliefs of this polarized American Modern Age and those of the romanticized cultures of our fore-fathers,” reveals Gadhia, whom The New York Times declared “one of the great contempo-rary rock voices.” “Our perspective is irreversibly tinged with this rhetoric of the immi-grant conscience and guilt. Searching for the ‘American dream’ is to lust for excess, power, and sex. We realize that when we achieve our goals, they often leave us more hollow than before.”



“Home of the Strange,” meanwhile, is a tongue-in-cheek play on the national anthem. “I’ve always had to reconcile the ideals of my Indian culture that my parents tried to instill in me with what it means to be American and figuring out what my American dream is. There was always a conflict of where it is that I exist. Am I American? Am I Indian? I always felt that I was somewhere in-between. I wanted to find a place to belong.”



“Something to Believe In” was inspired by conversations with students they met at colleges in 2015 while performing on tour. It’s about being brave enough to forge your own path if the one we’re raised to follow fails. “Everybody wants something to believe in,” he says. “But what many of us are taught to believe in – go to school, get a job, have a family – doesn’t always work. Kids are coming out of college with serious debt and jobs are scarce. They’re realizing the dream is broken. It can be liberating and scary at the same time to carve your own path instead.”



The album’s most hopeful song, “Repeat,” is a call to action to not repeat history. “The only times people tend to make big changes is when they must – when they are faced with some-thing greater than themselves. Things seem bad now with environmental issues, the econ-omy, the job market, but sometimes the best changes come when we are at our lowest,” says Gadhia.



Musically, the band came into the recording sessions with a specific sonic vision. “We wanted a full, live band sound, but at the same time really direct and up-front. It’s the per-fect combination of old school and new school. It’s like a contemporary hi-fi record. We fi-nally achieved that live sound we’d been touching upon on previous records, but it’s full realized on this one,” says Gadhia of the sessions with producer Alex Salibian (Elle King, Mikky Ekko) and executive producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay Z, fun.), who won the 2016 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year for his work with Mark Ronson and Nate Ruess, among others.



The band also finally figured out how to truly write together as a band. “Most bands don’t actually write together,” notes Gadhia. “It’s a great concept, but it wasn’t until this record that we actually fully achieved it. Our new producer Alex really helped us get there. We re-alized the genesis of a song or its end point can come from any member. And we all switched around, too. We played different instruments. I played a Hammond organ on ‘Amerika,’ and Jacob played vibraphone while Francois sang the verse. Overall, Fran and Eric sang and wrote more this time around. It’s really our most collaborative effort.”



Since the band’s 2010 inception, Young the Giant has made a name for itself in rock as the “thinking man’s band,” winning over fans, radio, and press with their incendiary live shows, strong musicianship, and poignant lyrics. The band’s 2010 self-titled debut, which reached No. 6 on the Rock and Alternative album charts, featured the RIAA Gold-certified hits, “Cough Syrup” and “My Body,” which peaked at No. 2 and No. 4, respectively on Alternative Radio. The band’s sophomore release 2014’s Mind Over Matter hit No. 7 on The Billboard 200 and spawned the hits, “It’s About Time,” which reached No. 2 on the Alternative Radio chart and the title track, which hit No. 15.



Even with chart successes, critical praise (Rolling Stone, Billboard), coveted television ap-pearances (The Late Show with David Letterman, MTV Video Music Awards), and high profile festivals (Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo), Young the Giant still feel like they have a lot more to do and, more important, a lot more to say as a band.



“We have a platform and we have our own beliefs, but at the same time, what’s amazing about songwriting, music, or literature is that it brings people together and it shows people that everyone has the same problems and wants the same thing. This record is really a call to consciousness to really understand our predicament,” adds Gadhia.
Matt and Kim
Matt and Kim
Matt and Kim, the duo known for infectious, beat-driven anthems and explosive live shows, are back with their sixth studio album, ‘ALMOST EVERYDAY’, due out this spring on FADER Label. Work on the new music began soon after Kim suffered a torn ACL while performing on stage at Mexico’s Vaiven Festival in 2017. The year-long break from touring allowed Matt and Kim the time to focus on songwriting and complete this album, which is one of the band’s most personal releases to date.

Matt and Kim’s previous release was 2016’s WE WERE THE WEIRDOS -- a surprise 4-track EP produced in its entirety during the week between the band’s two performances at Coachella and debuted on stage. Noisey called the EP, “the kind of record that wants you to run around Brooklyn and shower your friends in dollar bills, or better still, dance on a roof in the middle of the day.”

While students at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, Matt (Johnson, keyboads) and Kim (Schifino, drums) met on campus and began collaborating musically when they were quickly recognized for their thunder-punching, melodic mix of indie and dance music. Pitchfork described their sound as “melody so happily jerky and rhythms so dangerously spastic that you can practically hear paroxysmal crowds pogo-ing madly...Johnson sings and thousands of other kids in his zip code (and others like it around the country) feel like he’s describing their Saturday nights.”

In addition to multiple successful album releases, Matt and Kim have become the go-to live band for raw exuberance and dance-ready anthems. Billboard says, “their honestly creates a bond with an audience that wants to know as much as it can about their favorite musicians. And you don’t want to miss a moment.” The band has performed sold-out headlining tours across North America and wowed fans around the globe. They’ve performed to thousands upon thousands at many major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Firefly, Summerfest, Big Day Out, Fuji, V, Pukkelpop and Ultra.

The Brooklyn duo are also viral video stars, with over 50 million YouTube views and counting, from innovative music videos to a regular vlog “Matt and Kim Show Ya Stuff” which allows fans a personal glimpse into their lives off the stage. Known for their inventive concepts, Matt and Kim’s video for “Lessons Learned,” in which they strip naked in Times Square on a very cold February day, won an MTV Video Music Award for “Breakthrough Video.”
Sofi Tukker
Sofi Tukker
New York-based musical duo consisting of
Sophie Hawley-Weld and
Tucker Halpern
Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli
The Brooklyn-based MC earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years.

“I’m a touring artist. I’m an artist that’s internationally known. I’m not just a local artist at this point in my career. I’m cognizant of the fact that what I do is beyond where it started. I’m trying to reach the apex of where I am now, but without turning my back on or dismissing what I’ve done before.”

After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the world’s most talented and most accomplished Hip Hop artists. Whether working with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material or collaborating with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla, or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of instrumental.

In 2011, Kweli founded Javotti Media, which is self-defined as “a platform for independent thinkers and doers.” Kweli has set out to make Javotti Media (which released his 2011 album, Gutter Rainbows, and is named after his paternal grandmother) into a media powerhouse that releases music, films and books.
Lady D & The Shadow Spirits
Lady D & The Shadow Spirits
Lady D & the Shadow Spirits plays deeply powerful soulful poetry through the lens of rock, folk, soul and punk music. Lady D, Alyssa Duerksen, fronts this powerhouse band of refined Ithaca musicians, Justin Roeland, Mike Amadeo, Chris Ploss and Jason Shegogue. Their sound is unclassifiable in a sense, they traverse flawlessly between intimacy and expansiveness, and somewhere in the middle there is actual magic. Lady D has a strong, dynamic presence on stage, and her haunting voice bathes the crowd with something like a prayer and a primal cry; her prayer is for all of life, her cry is for peace and music happens to be her favorite language. Prepare to be moved and know you will not walk away without feeling something genuine within yourself.
No-Comply
No-Comply
Syndicate of kids forced to move militant.
KNEW
KNEW
Black Feminist Thought + Hip Hop
Venue Information:
Stewart Park
1 James L Gibbs Dr
Ithaca, NY, 14850
http://www.cityofithaca.org/516/Stewart-Park