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10 Songs We’re Dying to Hear at Governors Ball 2019

Tyler, the Creator, The Strokes, and Kacey Musgraves all have songs we're craving

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Just as Memorial Day has come to mark the unofficial start of summer for millions of Americans, hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers know that the first weekend in June means their annual pilgrimage to Randall’s Island for the latest installment of New York’s Governors Ball Music Festival.

For Consequence of Sound, Governors Ball signifies the true kick-off to the summer festival season. We named it our festival of the year in 2014, and it’s only evolved since then both as a music showcase and an overall weekend experience. Whether it’s homegrown NYC talent (Mitski), the hottest names in hip-hop (Tyler, the Creator), or indie rock legends (The Strokes), Gov Ball has something for everyone.

The festival also gives us a chance to start searching for the songs that’ll turn into the hottest jams of the festival season. Here are 10 songs — complete with a handy playlist — that we’re dying to hear this weekend as summer starts to heat up.

–Matt Melis
Editorial Director

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070 Shake – “Morrow”

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070 Shake, photo via artist’s Facebook

Set Time: Sunday at 3:45 p.m. on the American Eagle Stage

Jersey native Danielle Balbuena, better known as 070 Shake, began turning heads in 2016 with her emotive single “Honey” and stole the whole damn show by the time she shut down Kanye West’s “Ghost Town” last year. Now, she’s set to take festival stages by storm with newfound fame and can’t-miss, fresh material. “Morrow” is the new cut we’re dying to hear live, a brooding pop jam that mixes Shake’s ability to spit rhymes one moment and emote in her unique throaty style the next. –Matt Melis

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Beast Coast – “Snow in the Stadium”

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Beast Coast on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, photo via Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

Set Time: Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on the Bacardi Stage

A little over a week removed from their highly anticipated debut, Escape From New York, Beast Coast will swarm over Randall’s Island Park with a homecoming performance that should feel like something outta Walter Hill’s The Warriors. Seeing the hip-hop supergroup’s local heroes come out to play at Governors Ball will be quite a sight in itself, no doubt aided by an anthem for the occasion with “Snow in the Stadium”. Can you dig it? –Michael Roffman

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Calpurnia – “Cell”

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Calpurnia, photo by Leeor Wild

Set Time: Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on the GOVBALLNYC Stage

Want a Beatlemania moment? Stop by Calpurnia’s set on Saturday afternoon, where you’ll see swaths of fans screaming their head off for Finn Wolfhard. Hell be weeks away from returning to Hawkins, Indiana for Stranger Things 3, and the fandom will be rabid. Yet also earned, as their latest material is quite addicting, particularly Song of the Summer contender “Cell”. The guitar work alone demands spilt beer. –Michael Roffman

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Denzel Curry – “Ricky”

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Denzel Curry, photo by Cat Miller

Set Time: Saturday at 3:00 p.m. on the Honda Stage

Florida trapper Denzel Curry only last summer dropped the acclaimed full-length Ta13oo, a high-charting solo effort that guaranteed festivals would soon be looking for Curry to strengthen their under cards. For some, Gov Ball will be a chance to hear that album live for the first time, but Curry has already forged ahead since then with irresistable new singles. The kinetic jam “Ricky” finds its drive less in its beat and more in the energetic flow of Curry, who pays tribute to his father (Ricky), his late brother (Treon), and all those who mentored and inspired him growing up. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a shout-out that slams. –Matt Melis

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Kacey Musgraves – “Rainbow”

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Kacey Musgraves, photo by Debi Del Grande

Set Time: Saturday at 4:45 p.m. on the GOVBALLNYC Stage

Those in search of a reprieve from the chaos might want to stop and catch Kacey Musgraves on Saturday. That’s not to say the Grammy winner won’t be having fans singing and dancing underneath the sun (see: “High Horse”), but she’ll also have a hit like “Rainbow” to lean on, a flavorful ballad that should teleport everyone from the big city to the great plains. As she sings, “Tie up the boat, take off your coat, and take a look around…” –Michael Roffman

Click ahead to see the remaining songs and listen to our exclusive playlist.

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Noname – “Song 31”

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Noname, photo by Caroline Daniel

Set Time: Sunday at 3:45 p.m. on the Bacardi Stage

There’s always a very short list of rappers who can seriously lay claim to the throne at any one time, and nobody who’s been half-awake the past several months can easily dismiss Noname (aka Fatimah Warner) from that conversation. Like fellow Chicagoan Saba, Warner works best atop jazz-style accompaniment with a rapid-fire, spoken-word flow that somehow relates as much emotion as a singer belting out a heartbreaking note. On “Song 31”, her first release since last year’s phenomenal full-length, Room 25, Noname raps her mind and heart on issues ranging from supporting black artists to questioning how much of one’s self should go into one’s art. It’s a heady song with a refreshing smoothness that’ll feel perfect for summer once Phoelix’s choruses of “Truth be told, I wear my heart on my sleeve” tie everything together. –Matt Melis

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The Voidz – “My Friend the Walls”

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The Voidz, photo by Lior Phillips

Set Time: Friday at 7:45 p.m. on the American Eagle Stage

Not gonna lie: The Voidz are pretty goddamn abrasive. At this point, Julian Casablancas is probably never going to give us another Phrazes for the Young, and we’re content with that, especially if he can keep releasing songs like “My Friend the Walls”. One of the embedded gems off last year’s Virtue, the track annihilates with its ability to find smooth hooks in the band’s rusty junkyard of distortion. Whether they actually play it, though, is anyone’s guess, but if they do, be sure to tie up those dancing shoes of yours. –Michael Roffman

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “Read My Mind”

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, photo by Pooneh Ghana

Set Time: Friday at 3:00 p.m. on the Honda Stage

While “rolling blackouts” are not the words New Yorkers want to hear in summer, no doubt the locals will forgive Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever once the Aussies break out their latest single, “Read My Mind”. After last year’s full-length debut, Hope Downs, received universal acclaim both at home and in the States, the indie rockers wasted no time in releasing new singles in 2019. “Read My Mind” offers the type of serene harmonies and laid-back guitar bliss that’ll help cool things off if a heatwave hits NYC early this year. –Matt Melis

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Tyler, the Creator – “EARFQUAKE”

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Tyler, the Creator, photo by Ben Kaye

Set Time: Friday at 9:45 p.m. on the GOVBALLNYC Stage

After years of flashing his brilliance on various collabs and bangers as the defacto leader of hip-hop collective Odd Future, last week, Tyler, the Creator proved that he could deliver a fully realized solo album that should keep the rap world talking all year long. And at the epicenter of that ground-shaking personal breakthrough is the aptly named “EARFQUAKE”. Just when you thought there was no original way left to tell a lover that they put the spin on your world, Tyler comes up with the simple, yet beautiful, admission: “You make my earth quake.” And it’s so easy to imagine that chorus being sung between thousands of lovers once the sun goes down on Randall’s Island … and, if need be, the responding bridge on this irresistably cool jam: “Don’t leave/ It’s my fault.” –Matt Melis

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The Strokes – “Ize of the World”

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The Strokes, by Philip Cosores

Set Time: Sunday at 9:45 p.m. on the GOVBALLNYC Stage

The Strokes and New York City go together like Ghostbusters and Twinkies, which is why their headlining set on Sunday will be such a local event. Much of that hype will be met when the shaggy rockers revisit their First Impressions of Earth epic “Ize of the World”, a deep cut and personal favorite of frontman Julian Casablancas that they’ve been parading around lately. When those choruses hit, just let those ricocheting guitar lines glaze over your aching body and give you that necessary 8th wind to carry you over ’til the end of the set. –Michael Roffman

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