Skate And Surf Festival is three days away, and we hope you’re all as excited as we are for an incredible weekend at Six Flags in Jackson, NJ. We posted POZ’s Must See Bands And Acts for the first day of Skate yesterday, and we’re back today with day two! Check out ticket/lineup information for the festival here, our list below, and reblog to let us know who we need to see while we’re at Skate this weekend!
POZ Skate And Surf Preview: Our Must-See Bands And Acts (Day 1)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, by Sydney Gore
I have already had the pleasure of watching this dynamic duo perform live, so from my own personal experience, I can assure that they know how to show a crowd a good time. There’s so much more to the Seattle based rapper and producer than meets the eye—the same men who made the catchy, lighthearted tracks like “Thrift Shop” and “And We Danced” also speak out about social issues, such as marriage equality, in “Same Love.” The Heist was one of the most anticipated albums of the year, and since its release back in November, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have earned themselves quite a supportive following. Believe the hype, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis dish out lyrical poetry that does not disappoint.
Glassjaw, by Jesse Richman
Elusive post-hardcore veterans Glassjaw tend to keep a low profile these days; it’s been over a decade since the band released their last LP (though they continue to quietly release the occasional EP), and nearly as long since they played anything approaching a full-time touring schedule. Not that the infrequency of their performances shows in their stage work — ask anyone who’s had the luck to catch them in the last few years, and they’ll gladly let you know that Daryl Palumbo remains as dynamic a frontman as ever. These veterans of the original Skate And Surfs may be fighting an uphill battle against a crowd primed for Macklemore and A Day To Remember and too young to remember the band’s glory years, but Glassjaw are nothing if not fighters. Hopefully the crowd will understand what a rare treat they’re getting when the band takes the stage.
Rx Bandits, by Erik van Rheenen
Ten years after releasing The Resignation,the Drive-Thru standouts are putting the kibosh on their one-year hiatus with a return to Jersey. Nearly four years removed from their stellar full-length Mandala, the progressive rockers will shake off the rust and be back to their old proggy tricks. The elusive veterans haven’t played North American shows in more than a year, and in a day packed with nostalgia, (Glassjaw and Saves The Day, for starters) Rx Bandits will rock the Skate And Surf stage like it’s 2009.
MOD SUN, by Sydney Gore
Selecting two hip-hop artists from the lineup was a happy coincidence, but MOD SUN is definitely one of my favorites. The hippy-hop artist is all about being happy, spreading posi vibes, and living life to the fullest— or the highest. I guarantee that you’ll leave his set with a huge smile on your face and a fresher perspective on life. Anyone who wants to immerse themselves in a fun atmosphere needs to let MOD SUN be their guide.
Saves The Day, by Erik van Rheenen
We the fans can be big complainers. “This band didn’t play all the songs I wanted to hear.” “Where’s that obscure B-side from 2005?” “You guys always play the same set.” So Saves The Day cut out the middleman and had fans vote on the setlist, so even if they don’t play “Sell My Old Clothes, I’m Off To Heaven,” you at least had some say. A collection of fan favorites and deep cuts should be more than enough to pack the pit for Chris Conley and company — who knows? Maybe we’ll get a taste of some new tunes, too.
PropertyOfZack is sharing more insight from some of the artists who helped develop the first GameChanger World games today that will be launching this spring and summer. We have a new POZ Perspective with Mod Sun on his game, Trippy Hippy. Check out info on GameChanger World and Skate And Surf Festival and the full Perspective below!
A jet pack with his initials scrawled across the tank strapped across his back, Mod Sun looks the part of a superhero — digitally speaking, of course. But while his GameChanger World avatar, clad in tie-dye, rocking a beanie and clouded in a haze of emerald smoke, is larger than life, the Minnesota-hailing rapper resolutely believes that superheroes no longer solely reside in summer blockbusters.
“Superheroes are bands and artists who are out there fighting the good fight,” he says. “They’re not just in comic books anymore.”
So it’s probably fitting that Mod Sun blazes a trail skyward in Trippy Hippy, soaring through smoke rings: Mod Sun, not one to back down from being edgy and artistic, prides himself in being a pioneer. The rapper is a not-so-mad scientist, a renaissance-man-of-sorts: he’s an artist who lives and dies for his art. Mod Sun is the architect of his own genre, a no-stress brand of rap he dubs “hippy-hop.” Was developing a video game kind of a crazy idea to jump to? Of course. Bring it on, he thought.
“It was just a fucking beautiful left-field concept,” Mod Sun says, “You use your finger to shoot higher with the jet pack, and it’s just real fresh.”
Mod Sun appreciated John D’Esposito’s artistic approach to the GameChanger World platform, and when he found out about it last summer from a friend on Warped Tour, he wanted in on the concept. “He’s a special dude,” Mod Sun says, “Anything he’s a part of, I’m interested.”
Designing a character wasn’t exactly a new artistic endeavor for Mod Sun, but the rapper can’t help but to break into a gleeful chuckle when he talks about his sky-bound superhero alter ego in Trippy Hippy.
“I look fucking good,” he says with a laugh, “Like I’m a futuristic hippie superhero from the 70s. It’s like seeing yourself as a comic book character, and it’s just funny, man.”